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Church Refuses to Hold a funeral for Member Over Three years Tithe Arrears

A Nigerian church has reportedly refused to hold a funeral service for one of their late members. The deceased’s offense? He has stopped attending service for three years and was not faithful in tithing throughout the period he stopped worshipping with them.

A Twitter user, Kelvin Odanz shared the story in a thread of tweets on the microblogging site but did not disclose the name of the church.

The story has since generated a series of reactions from netizens who claimed the practice is common in a particular orthodox church.

Kelvin said the deceased is the father of one of his colleagues.

He noted that the church insisted that before burying the deceased, his family must clear all his tithe arrears the man didn’t pay for three years.

Kelvin tweeted:

“A colleague’s father died and their church (name withheld) is refusing to officiate the burial. They claim he stopped attending the church and paying tithe 3 years ago. And if the church must bury him, the family has to pay all the tithe he didn’t pay in the last 3 years.

“I am utterly enraged and disgusted at the hypocrisy and greed that underlies religious practices in this country. At the end of the day, it is all about money even for the most pious of men of God. Fucking greedy exploitative idiots, cashing out on the rot in this country.”

He added:

“When the pastor needs help, wants to build a church or buy a car, the entire church contributes for such projects. But when you get sick and are at the verge of dying, the church merely offers you project. And when you die, they look for ways to profit from your death. Idiots.“

Corroborating Kelvin’s story, other social media users have camped in the comment section of his thread of tweets to share similar experiences.

  • @BimpeROyale: Lol. My dad’s church where he birthed and dedicated all his seven kids refused to come bury him cos they hadn’t seen him months prior to his death plus he died in December and they said they didn’t want bad news to disturb their December programmes
  • TosinPHD: Do you need a Pastor to Bury your loved Ones? It’s a NO… In fact, Prayers don’t work for the dead. The moment your heart stops that’s all. They should take the man to cemetery and Bury him… Church Burial is all ceremony and culture.
  • Bruce Lee Grandson | When my great-uncle was to be buried, they found out he was a RT Hon. Justice. The church asked the family to buy a bus, a video camera, and complete a block in the church’s quarters. The church made them pledge when they were at the alter without prior notice.

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