The Founder and Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), Pastor Mathew Ashimolowo, sparked an outrage on the social media platform, Twitter after he asked his church members to pay offerings online.
In a video that has now gone viral, the cleric was seen telling his church members that church offices would still be open despite COVID-19 lockdown, and asked members to get online and see different ways they can send in their usual offerings.
“For those of you who don’t know how to pay offerings online, go to our platforms and start paying your offerings online,” he said.
Pastor Ashimolowo gave the order after the United Kingdom banned public gatherings of more than two people following a lockdown order issued Prime Minister Boris Johnson which will be enforced by the police.
However, Pastor Ashimolowo’s call has forced social media users to fire a couple of shots at the man of God for asking for offering in this trying time of COVID-19.
See selected reactions on Twitter below;
@Valery_Kay wrote: Shouldn’t he be seeking directive from God at this time? God is not moved by money. Maybe he doesn’t realize that, we all came in naked into this world and will leave naked.
@McbenSnow also fired: Governments are giving out bail out funds, philanthropists are giving out cash, landlords are waiving rents, then there’s Ashimolowo, telling his crowd to subscribe to his only fans.
@EmperorSheriff added; “In this critical time, Pastor Ashimolowo is asking people to pay offerings and tithes. I thank God for I am not among those who are intimidated, brainwashed and conquered by religious business tycoon posing as pastors”.