Osinbajo harps on Pentecost tax for preachers, Christians


…as Pastor Kumuyi launches biography, tasks Nigerians on positive mark

By Abimbola Abatta

Preachers as well as Christians in Nigeria have been tasked to pay their pentecost tax in adherence to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, gave this charge on Friday in Lagos during the launch of a book titled, “Kumuyi, Defender of the Faith.”

Osinbajo maintained that every person who has succeeded in their endeavours owes the society three forms of taxes.

In his words, “The first is the personal income tax, which is also company tax, the second is a social tax, which is also called philanthropy tax. The third tax is a civic tax. The obligation of the successful to write their stories, to share the histories of the phenomena they have become, in order to instruct to admonish and to inspire the present and the future.

“For the successful preacher of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, there is a fourth tax. This is the Pentecost tax, which is the obligation of men and women, since the day of Pentecost, the day described in Acts 2, when the Holy Spirit empower the disciples to preach the gospel to tell the story of their missionary journeys.”

On the Pentecost tax, he said, “This is one that we must all pay, it is one that men and women who preach the gospel must pay. It is not about personal reflections, It is not about personal aggrandizement. They owe an obligation. It is that obligation that has produced the book of Acts.

“So the book, Kumuyi, Defender of the Faith, just begins the work of discharging that tax, that obligation to tell the story of the missionary journey.”

On his part, General Superintendent, Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, charged Nigerians, especially Christians, to make a mark before they leave the world.

The renowned pastor who added that God loves everyone, irrespective of religious affiliation, further urged Nigerians to change the world positively.

Meanwhile, the book, “Kumuyi, Defender of the Faith” is the first authorised biography Pastor Kumuyi that chronicles the life and works of the Deeper Life Bible Church as well as the meaning of the cleric’s first name William, which implies “a resolute protector” or “strong-willed warrior.”