I recently stumbled upon another ignorant post judging and condemning Daddy Freeze (Ifedayo Olurinde) as unfit and unclean to speak on the things of God. Many highly esteemed church pastors and General Overseers (GOs) have risen up against Daddy Freeze, some raining all sorts of curses (causeless curses which shall not stand – Proverbs 26:2) on him because he called pastors out for collecting tithes – with scripture, and asked them to simply defend their positions with scripture (although in an attacking and somewhat insulting approach). I believe the Christian community is wrong for their condemnation and unchrist-like treatment of Daddy Freeze and his supporters. I therefore would like to share my own undiluted views on the matter with scriptural backing. Kindly note that I won’t be concentrating on the actual topic of tithing in this post, that would be a discussion for another day.
The Decay in the Church
The major cause of these altercations and unbiblical sense of reasoning is that many Christians esteem their pastor’s or GO’s words above the actual word of God. They depend on whatever their pastor tells them God said. If their pastor says “The Bible says”, they won’t go and confirm, they will accept it like that. If he/she says “Thus saith the Lord”, that is what God has said, they won’t consult God for themselves. Church doctrines are therefore usually diluted with the pastor’s views and not purely on scripture. This has also created an atmosphere of fear and reverence for certain pastors and GOs as special prophets of God like the Old Testament Moses whom nobody should open their mouths against. Don’t get me wrong, respect should be given to whom it is due.
They don’t believe that we are all equal in Christ (Galatians 3:28, Colossians 3:11, Ephesians 4:25). Meanwhile, Colossians 3:12 classifies all of us as “elect of God, holy and beloved”. But against the scriptures, there is a clear distinction between a GO and an ordinary Christian. However, there are different offices for the functioning of the body of Christ, which should be based on gifts (1 Corinthians 12:27-30, Ephesians 4:11-13), but even though Paul encourages us to earnestly desire the best gifts, he still shows us a more excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:31) as can be found in 1 Corinthians 13. The summary of 1 Corinthians 13 is that love is the greatest gift, it is the more excellent way. Without love, all other gifts are useless (including the well coveted office of “General Overseer”).
We are encouraged to forebear and forgive one another (Colossians 3:13) as equals. Peter regarded Paul as “our beloved brother Paul” (2 Peter 3:15). Paul referred to Peter on a first name basis as “Peter” (Galatians 2:11). But today, if you dare refer to pastors without their title, or make a mistake in their title, you are done for. So Daddy Freeze and his supporters are seen to be infidels speaking against these so-called “God’s Generals”. If you really notice, you would see that majority of the people that are against him are church members or supporters of those pastors that have openly spoken against him.
Unfortunately, many churches have also deviated from the love of Christ. Their doctrines and teachings are usually founded on the pastor’s personal preferences and the works of the law as against the true interpretation of the scriptures. This therefore guides their judgmental views and sentencing of men like Daddy Freeze. It’s funny but Daddy Freeze has actually exposed what goes on within many churches. It just shows how they treat members with biblical views that don’t agree with their doctrines. They don’t reason with them using scriptures, they just treat them as traitors and outcasts. It’s like a religious cult or cabal, it’s an unscriptural religious godfatherism. However, Acts 17:11 tells us that the Berean Jews received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily to confirm whether it was accurate. So if they found discrepancies, wouldn’t they have spoken out?
I was also a serious victim of this in my former church many years ago. At the time, I had been studying on the rapture in my personal Bible study. One Sunday morning, during Sunday School, it just happened that the lesson was also on the rapture. So when it was time for questions, I raised up my hand, because I believed a portion of the lesson wasn’t scriptural. As expected, they couldn’t answer me with scriptural backing. By the end of the service, they had called a meeting against me forbidding me from asking questions during Sunday School again, and forcing me to take permission from the elders before asking any question again. I raised up other issues on practices that were not scriptural, and it only made things worse for me. I became the antichrist and I was eventually pushed out of the church.
Biblical Evidence of Paul Openly Correcting Peter
Peter was the rock on which the church was built (Matthew 16:18). Peter was also one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. With regards to the New Jerusalem, Revelations 21:14 says,
“The wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were written the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb”
Peter’s name is on the twelve foundations of the beautiful city of God which we all hope to be citizens of when the world comes to an end. So let us be clear that Peter and Paul were not mates in the faith at all. However, in Galatians 2:11-21, we see an interesting narration of Paul concerning a certain event that occurred during the course of their ministries on earth. Galatians 2:11-14 says thus,
“But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?”
Would you look at that? Now let’s see Peter’s reaction to this in the next subheading.
Biblical Evidence of Peter Acknowledging Paul
Peter, in 2 Peter 3:14-16, then had this to say,
“Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”
Peter said “as also in all his epistles” (verse 16), meaning that he was also aware that Paul wrote about his encounter with him, and how he openly withstood and corrected him with scripture. Instead of cursing him, calling him names, and raising people against Paul for speaking against him, he acknowledged the scriptural truth that Paul spoke and the wisdom of God upon his life.
Daddy Freeze Has Hit a Nerve
We have hundreds of denominations in Nigeria which disagree on each other’s teachings and doctrines. They even disagree on matters as little as style of prayer, mode of preaching, dressing, covering of the hair, etc. They go as far as ridiculing and firing shots at each other during their sermons and on social media platforms. I once told a member of a popular church that I was attending another church. She ridiculed me and the church because we don’t follow their style of prayer. She went further saying “Your pastor that would still come to GO for prayers”.
However, the major subject which over 90% of them agree on is “paying of tithe”. Why? Why then is almost everyone openly cursing Daddy Freeze or condemning him? I mean, the guy just gave his scriptural opinion on tithing and asked pastors to prove him wrong with scriptures right?
Consequently, Daddy Freeze has hit a major nerve calling pastors out for collecting tithes. There is no doubt that his attacking and insulting approach, also suggesting that pastors and GOs are thieves is terrible and questionable. However, do you know that many Christians had already raised this same issue of tithing in the past? But it just so turns out that Daddy Freeze is an On-Air Personality with Cool FM for that matter, with a very large fan base, whose words have the potential to reach millions of people. This is quite similar to the Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB (The Indigenous People of Biafra) saga. Others had risen before him, but were insignificant. But when the government saw that he had the potential to mobilize the people, they went as far as proscribing IPOB and using military action against him.
In unity on the subject of tithing against Daddy Freeze, many highly esteemed church pastors and GOs, along with their members, have risen up against him. In the absence of scriptural backing to reply him, they have resorted to insults and name-calling. He is classified as an unbeliever who has no right to speak or teach on the subject of tithing. He has even been classified as Satan and an antichrist sent to divide the church (which church?). They attack him with so much passion and desperation like someone that wants to take away their means of livelihood. You can even hear and see the desperation from their voices and countenances when they speak. You can sense the desperation from their social media posts and comments. There have even been allegations that his Instagram account was hacked and blocked.
General Overseers in Favour of Tithing Against Daddy Freeze
Let’s review some of the comments by some of these popular GOs. These reviews are purely based on video evidence or transcripts from respectable sources, so as not to fall victim of inaccurate grapevines. I would also try to be as objective as possible based on their responses on the matter, and not judge their pasts or wrongdoings.
Mathew Ashimolowo – Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC)
Ashimolowo, referring to Daddy Freeze said,
“Some bunch of Yo-Yo somewhere should not determine what we believe.
Some guy who beats his wives, who beats his wife, throws her out, throws his children out of the house, should not determine what we believe. Not only does he beat his wife, his son was trying to defend her, he broke his own son’s knees.
He drinks alcohol, sleeps with women and he’s trying to preach to preachers. He should just shut up and let’s speak.”
Like seriously? This is just the height of it. As in, this is just the height. “Some bunch of Yoyo?” I don’t understand, is it Yo-Yo (the toy) or Yoyo Bitters? Kindly note that in no place did Ashimolowo respond with scriptures, just personal insults, judging his past and profane babblings.
Ayo Oritsejafor – Word of Life Bible Church/5th President of CAN
Oritsejafor had this to say:
“I know there are those who are telling you not to pay your tithe. Don’t listen to them o! Them wan kill you o! You go die quick o!”
Whaaaaaaaaaaaat? This is so funny. He then quoted Hebrews 7:9-10 which according to Abel Damina wasn’t an instruction to tithe, but rather a historical emphasis.
Johnson Suleman – Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide (OFM)
In the clip above, Suleman responded to Daddy Freeze again, after an initial response, according to Pulse NG . This time, he appeared to be very pompous about the issue, also contradicting himself at some points. First of all, he bragged about having two (2) doctorate degrees – “PhD in Theology and PhD in Human Resource Administration.” He also bragged about reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation thirty six (36) times. He then rounded up the bragging by saying that the tithe he pays every Sunday is more than the tithe all his church members pay for two Sundays. Nevertheless, in all these, he still had no scriptural reply to Daddy Freeze.
It is still worthy of note that he had some good advice for his church members and Daddy Freeze,
“If I talk to you in this church about anything, go back and ask God (quoting Acts 17:11)”
“Anybody who wants to raise up a people must understand the things of the Spirit. You do not attack, you correct nicely. Any movement you start under controversy is a cult”
Lastly, on 30th November, 2017, Suleman tweeted thus,
I just increased my tithe to 30perecent..Satan,go and die…
— Apst Johnson Suleman (@APOSTLESULEMAN) November 30, 2017
Well, that statement is more like a “To Whom It May Concern” but we all know that his altercations on the issue of tithing have been against Daddy Freeze. The timing was also perfect. I would have assumed that Satan had really been tempting him from tithing like he did to Jesus with hunger in the wilderness, but he already said he was a “dangerous tither” with two PHDs.
So I can only conclude that according to Suleman, Daddy Freeze is Satan, and he can go and die. This therefore gives Suleman “summa cum laude” for making such a huge theological discovery of who Satan is, and achieving the great feat of increasing his tithe to 30percent with his PhD in Theology.
Pastor whose church Daddy Freeze attended for 11years cursed him
According to Daddy Freeze,
“It was brought to my attention today that a pastor whose church I attended for more than 11years, a man who was entrusted with teaching me the word, cursed me.
He said he gives me 24months to see my end, I reject it. Why? Because I dared ask him to show us where in the Bible, the disciples who were our first pastors and Daddy GOs collected tithe.
This was a man to unto whom I entrusted my tithe for 11years, my offering, I contributed to the building of his current temple, and then he curses me. I reject it, and I forgive him, and I hand him over to my God who sent me on this mission.
God bless you.”
The name of the pastor and church were withheld, so we can’t say who it is. But going as far as cursing him over his scriptural views on tithing? When it’s not as if he stole from your offering bag or robbed your tithe account.
Paul Adefarasin – House on the Rock
Adefarasin gave a full sermon on tithing where he appeared to be firing shots at Daddy Freeze. In this part of the video, for example, he made statements like,
“A man cannot just come out and say “I am a man of God” the Holy Ghost must attest it. For example, I stand in the office of an apostle, and I boldly say that, though it’s not something I advertise myself by, but the signs and the fruit of an apostle as the scripture has attested are very evident in this ministry. Glory to God. You are part of that evidence. You are our epistles to be read of men, written by the Holy Ghost through our service to you.
But there are some men who make themselves interpreters, apologetics for their own belief system. They were not called by God, nor were they ordained by God, nor were they ordained by any agency of God.
They may be orators, but they are not oracles of God. They may have platforms in social media, they have platforms in the media to say whatever they want to and by this, attack the church. My friends, though they have skill at speaking, they do not have skill in understanding the doctrine. They may be orators, but they are not oracles of God, and we do not live by oratory, we live by the oracles of God.
Be careful who you listen to, because faith in God does not come by hearing orators, it comes by hearing the oracles. And thank God for oracles who are also orators.
Likewise, when certain men attack the church, particularly, the church’s belief, her value, her spirituality and also her economy, God protected the church then (referring to what happened to Ananias and Sapphira), as he will now. Paul said in one place “We turned such an one over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh so that he might be saved.” In another place, he said “We turn them over to Satan so that they will learn not to blaspheme.” Blaspheme there inferred spoiling the doctrine or perverting the church”
In this other part (03:30 – 08:00), he then created a doctrine, which he called ‘a reality’, saying that God took a tithe of everything he created, which was really unbiblical and alarming.
For example, he made statements like,
“God created the universe, He took a tithe – The Milky Way.
God created the Milky Way, He took a tithe – The Galaxy.
God created the Galaxy, He took a tithe – Our Solar System.
God created our Solar System, He took a tithe – Planet earth.
God created all species of being, He took a tithe – The family of God, which is comprised of the angels, the living and the dead in Christ.
God created humanity, He took a tithe – The Church.
God created the Church, He took a tithe – The Eldership.
God created the Eldership, He took a tithe – The Apostle.
God created the Church, He took the head of the church – Christ, another tithe. A tithe a tithe.
What we see on earth is a tithe holding a tithe going into a tithe.”
He then ended the doctrine by saying,
“My friend, because God’s tithe, He gave His best, what’s wrong with you giving your best? And because He gave His best, you have the best. But I don’t want you to have the best and never possess it. You have to possess your possession. Take your possession. Learn to tithe.”
Great, now I can’t get “He took a tithe” out of my head. Lastly, according to Pulse NG, which claims to have attended his midweek service on November 1, 2017, some of the excerpts of the sermon, which can be seen to also fire shots at Daddy Freeze include,
“He did not make everyone a preacher, Don’t let anyone tell you to take your tithe to charities, elsewhere.
A guy can not just show up and say he is an overseer. He can’t. Overseer from where? Who is your father? Who ordained you? Where are you coming from? John Doe can not get up and say he is a pastor, there must be evidence of righteousness in his life.
Anyone that attacks the body of Christ is not a Man of God. You can’t attack the church and call yourself a Man of God. We have to have decency and order in the Body of Christ. Let everything be done decently and in order.”
So in essence, according to Adefarasin, Daddy Freeze has no right to preach or teach on the things of God, just like Suleman also said. He also has no evidence of righteousness in his life. At least, Adefarasin was polite about judging him, unlike Ashimolowo, who went all gangster on him, calling him “some bunch of Yo-Yo or Yoyo Bitters, who beats up his wife, broke his sons knees, drinks alcohol and sleeps with women”. Or what else would fill in the vacuum for the lack of evidence of righteousness in his life?
Humble Okoro (Attention Seeker) – Joy Christian Church
This guy shouldn’t be on the list, but it’s just too funny to ignore. To Daddy Freeze, he says “Your shame will be bigger than your fame”. He also claims that Daddy Freeze has 52 demons and has organized a national deliverance for him tagged “Sakasusku Sakasa 2017”at National Stadium, Abuja. Time is 4pm prompt. He said it is not a debate, but a power clash. ROTFLOL.
General Overseers in Favour of Tithing but Not Against Daddy Freeze
Daniel Olukoya – Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries (MFM)
Olukoya noted that it wasn’t mandatory to pay tithe. According to him, there is nowhere in the Bible that makes it compulsory for you to pay tithe, offering, or do first-fruit, it is a personal decision. Nevertheless, he still justified his position on paying of tithes on a personal revelation level. He preached fully in favour of tithing as a basis for the windows of heaven being open, making reference to the Malachi 3:10 as other pastors, including Adeboye, also made reference to.
Olukoya, however, did not engage in any kind of altercations or insults against Daddy Freeze, even though his views may remain unscriptural (since he still requires tithes to be paid to the church, and not acknowledging the New Testament position on giving and not tithing). Apparently, Olukoya seems to be one of the very few who spoke objectively, with wisdom and maturity.
General Overseers Against Tithing in Favour of Daddy Freeze
Abel Damina – Power Chapel Ministries
Damina preached a very powerful message on tithing. I just found out about Abel Damina while researching, I never heard of him before. Nonetheless, I would advise that everyone watch his message carefully and confirm the scriptures. They are very enlightening. He was was very objective and scriptural on his position on tithing. He said,
“If we are going to examine the subject of tithing, we are not just going to take tithing because we saw it in the Bible. We are going to have to explain it in the light of Christ. We will have to look at what did Jesus say about tithing? And then we would have to look at the final, the climax of revelation, which is the epistles. How does the epistles address the subject of tithing? This is very important, so that we settle that matter once and for all in this church, and so that you also start teaching people who are confused.
Note how he encourages his congregation to also teach on the subject of tithing to people who are confused. This is as against the likes of Ashimolowo, Suleman and Adefarasin who say that someone who is not an ordained pastor has no right to correct a pastor, or teach the scriptures. He also condemned the exchange of insults concerning the subject of tithing, noting that tithe really shouldn’t be an issue because the scriptures are not loud on tithes.
He then acknowledges that the words “tithe” and “tithing” are words that were not emphasized in the epistles. It was only mentioned once by the writer of Hebrews (Hebrews 7:5-9), of which its mention was not an instruction but a historical emphasis. He equally dissected the scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, and noted that the New Testament emphasis is on giving cheerfully and not on compulsory tithing of a certain percentage. Based on scriptures, he concluded that our giving today is for pastors, widows, the fatherless, church members who are poor and need support.
Chris Ojigbani – Covenant Singles and Married Ministries
Ojigbani says “it is a sin to pay tithes” and backs up his argument with scriptures.
A Critic of Daddy Freeze
I personally do not agree with his approach of attacking and some instigating words and replies. For example, in an interview, he said “If you pay tithe to any Nigerian pastor, you are a goat“. That’s just an open insult to all tithe-paying Christians who equally have the right to pay tithe, whether as a personal decision or in error based on deceptive teachings, as it is not a determinant of eternal rest or damnation.
Daddy Freeze, we should be ambassadors of Christ, not hit men. You need to be as objective as possible. Remain focused on the Word, not falling to intimidation, but do not lose sight of your nature in Christ. See how Daniel Olukoya and Abel Damina addressed the issue, no need for name-calling or any further attacks. How do you intend to #FreeTheSheeple, when you have even gone as far as calling them “Goats” as if “Sheeple” wasn’t insulting enough? There is a more excellent way, and that way is love.
1 Peter 2:16 confirms that we are all of the royal priesthood and a chosen generation. Apostle Paul referred to the Christians as “Saints in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 1:1); he referred to Tychicus as “a beloved brother” (Ephesians 6:21). Peter regarded Paul as “our beloved brother Paul” (2 Peter 3:15). Paul referred to Peter on a first name basis as “Peter” (Galatians 2:11). Stop the victimization, fear tactics and respect of persons. We are all one body in Christ. Acts 10:34-35 says,
“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”
2 Timothy 2:15 says
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Daddy Freeze did just that and called ministers out. Nevertheless, instead of ministers (whom it is assumed to have already studied) to also show themselves approved or keep silent, acknowledge he is right or prove him wrong with scriptures, then correct him in love, they are busy making “profane and vain babblings which has only increased unto more ungodliness” (2 Timothy 2:16).
1 Peter 2:1-2 says,
“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”.
I believe this whole tithe debate has exposed many ministers for who they really are, and should be an eye opener to church goers on the need to desire the sincere milk of the word for growth.
At the end of the day, it is still all about love. Colossians 3:12-16 says,
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body, and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Galatians 5:13-15 further says,
“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.”
“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Let brotherly love continue (Hebrews 13:1), forgive me if you felt offended by my critic and leave Daddy Freeze alone.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance.
Cheers and God bless you infinitely!!!