The entire church has been left in a state of dismay after Archbishop of Kampala, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga urges the Ugandan government to deduct tithes directly from workers salaries, claiming the christians are lying to God and cheating the church. The isue of tithe paying has alway been a big topic of debate leaving difference persons to quote different scriptures in the Holy Bible depending of what favors a person’s point of view.
But the recent action of the Ugandan Archbishop calling on the government to deduct tithe directly from workers salary is causing real trouble in the church.
If persuasion fails, force must be applied. Since you don’t want to pay your tithes voluntarily, it may soon be deducted from your salaries at the source.
Deduct tithes directly from workers salaries; Archbishop Lwanga Urges Ugandan Government
The Archbishop of Kampala, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has triggered controversy after he suggested to the government of Uganda to deduct tithe from salaries of workers.
According to Lwanga, the reluctance of Christians to pay their tithes lately is having a huge toll on churches as they cannot undertake certain necessary projects.
The Archbishop of Kampala archdiocese, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has proposed that the central government should start deducting 10 per cent tithe from monthly salaries of Catholic believers.
Archbishop Lwanga during a Sunday mass at Lubaga Cathedral revealed that many Catholics do not pay the tithe, which slows down church work.
The Catholic Archbishop made the request to the Ugandan government during a mass.
“Whenever we ask for tithe, everyone gives only what they have at that time. But the Bible says a tenth of whatever you earn belongs to the church,” Lwanga said.
“We lie to God that we pay church tithe off our monthly salaries. During a mass like this, when time to pay the tithe reaches, Catholics just pick whatever they get from their pockets and give in, but the tithe the Bible talks about means that you pay 10 per cent of your monthly salary,”
“Give me your support as I front this proposal because it is good for us. Aren’t you tired of putting money in the baskets all the time?” he asked his congregants.
The man of God cited Germany as an example where government deducts 8-9 per cent church tax (Kirchensteuer) from annual earnings of workers who are registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews.
“I was told Germans made agreements with their government to deduct monthly tithe from their salaries and forward it to the church and this money they use to build and renovate their churches,” Lwanga added. “In Germany where I have recently been, if an employee is supposed to be getting Shs1 million, the government deducts Shs100,000 and he/she walks away with Shs900,000 and it is working very well,” Archbishop Lwanga said.
His suggestion comes at a time some men of God are gradually reversing from coercing their congregation to pay tithes against their will.
It remains unclear as to whether Catholic believers will support the idea.