…Those opposing ‘church tax’ urged to renounce their faith
A Catholic Archbishop has ordered government to start deducting tithe from people’s salary, saying most church members are reluctant to pay ten percent of their monthly perks as the Bible demands.
Addressing a mass at the Saint Mary’s Cathedral Rubaga in Kampala, Uganda, Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga said the attitude by many Christians is denying the church what is due and also affects its projects.
The man of God explained that tithes are supposed to be a tenth of a person’s salary and the only way to counter the resistance would be for government to deduct it directly from the monthly salaries of workers and then hand it to the Church.
“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,” Archbishop Lwanga is quoted as saying.
“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 proposed that the government should make this deduction directly from salaries depending on how one is registered, as it is done in some European countries Germany, where he said Christians have a church tax of 8-9 percent deducted from their annual income.
“I was told Germans make 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,” he said.
Those who do not want to pay the tax can leave the church by making an official declaration stating they are leaving the faith.