Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, September 17, charged preachers as well as Christians to pay their pentecost tax.
Osinbajo gave the charge in Lagos during the public presentation of a book titled, “Kumuyi, Defender of the Faith.”
The book is a biography of Pastor Folorunsho Kumuyi, Founder and General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry.
The vice president said paying the pentecost tax would ensure that Christians adhere to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
He said that every person, especially those who succeed in their endeavours; whatever those endeavours might be, owed the society three forms of taxes.
According to him, the first is the personal income tax, which is also the company tax; the second is a social tax, which is also called the philanthropy tax. He said that the social or philanthropy tax was an obligation of the wealthy; or simply those who had to give back to society or to give to those who do not have.
”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 empowers the disciples to preach the gospel to tell the story of their missionary journeys.
”The task is to tell what you have gone through in ministry, and this is a huge responsibility. The saints before us, discharge that responsibility. So we are beneficiaries of the Acts of the Apostles,” he said.
Osinbajo said that the pentecost tax was meant to instruct people in adherence to sound doctrine, to rebuke, and to instruct people righteousness.
“This pentecost tax 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 aggrandisement. 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,” Osinbajo said.