President of the Creative Arts Council, Mark Okraku Mantey, has revealed that he has never paid tithe.
Speaking on Daybreak Hitz with Andy Dosty, Mark Okraku Mantey, noted that his decision was influenced by one Brother Dan Owusu Asiamah of the Church Of Christ.
According to Dan Asiamah, there are scriptures in the Bible that states that the payment of tithe was for a particular era in the bible.
“He even backs his submissions with bible quotations…because I don’t know the bible too well, I will not try…,” he said.
Tithe refers to one-tenth of annual produce or earnings, formerly taken as a tax for the support of the Church and clergy. It has also proven to be a norm in almost all churches in Ghana.
Individuals take one-tenth of the monthly salaries or income to the church as a sign of obedience to the word of God. It is believed that doing this will cause God to shower his blessings on his people.
Mr Mantey, however, is convinced that some churches don’t use the monies paid as tithe for the work of God. He stressed that some of them still encourage it because of the selfish interests of certain individuals in the church.
“…Let’s find out from those who work in the church whether they benefit from the tithe given in church. They are supposed to be the beneficiaries of that money.
“Why are we saying that we don’t want an eye for an eye because it is in the Old Testament? But as for tithe, we like it because some people are benefiting…,” he said.