The Tithe

February 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Even as I write this, I know that there will be many who cry foul. As a matter of fact, there are many churches out there (including churches I formerly attended) that would read this and ostracize me for it. However, knowing this only adds to my grief for the church and the direction that many individual churches seem to be headed. I’ve written before on how the modern day church has become a business and nothing seems to have changed since then. If anything, it has only gotten worse. In many churches today, there is a teaching that permeates everything these churches do in regards to giving and after having heard it over and over and over for the past 11 years, I’m going to go through it in the hopes that others will begin to see what God says about it.

The teaching that I’m talking about has to do with tithing. Today in many churches, the tithe is the churches main supply of funds.  The tithe, as is taught in most churches, is basically the first ten per cent of the money that a person/family brings in. This money is given to the church for ministry and general expenses and is taught as something that Christians are required to do. The tithe is taught as something required and something that you must do if you want God to bless you. It is so common in some churches/denominations/areas that it is a given and something that most people don’t even consider it when they attend church. The number of pastors that assert that the tithe is required for Christians isn’t what makes it true or false. Whether or not it is found in scripture is what makes it true or false. There are a few questions that are brought about by the assertion that it’s a requirement for Christians to observe. Before we address those questions, let’s look at what scripture says about the tithe.

When looking at the tithe, it is possible to split the scriptures into three time periods: pre-Law, Law, and post-Law. The pre-Law period begins with Creation and continues up to the giving of the Law on Mt. Sinai. The Law period begins with the giving of the Law on Sinai and continues (this is IMPORTANT) to the death and resurrection of Jesus. The post-Law period starts with the death and resurrection of Jesus and continues to today. My desire here is to let the scriptures speak for themselves.

Pre-Law Tithes

There are two instances of the tithe found in the pre-Law period. One is found in Genesis 14:20 and the other is found in Genesis 28:22. Let’s look at Genesis 14 first:

17 Then after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High.

19 And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;

20 And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tenth of all. (Gen 14:17-20 NAS)

Four kings of the region fought with and defeated five kings (including the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah) and took all of the spoils of war, including Lot and his family/possessions. Abram found out about it and took 318 men of his house and defeated the four kings. After his victory, Abram meets Melchizedek, the king of Salem and priest of the Most High God. Melchizedek blesses Abram and Abram gives him a tithe (tenth) of the spoils from war. There are some important things to notice. First, Melchizedek blesses Abram before Abram gives him the tithe. Second, there is no indication that the tithe was something required of Abram by God. Also, we have no indication that this was a recurring action that Abram took. There is no other instance of Abram giving anyone else a tithe – ever. If we are going to honestly handle the text then we can’t use this as some sort of evidence that the tithe should continue after the Law.

The other instance of the tithe before the Law is found in Genesis 28:22. Let’s look at the text:

16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.”
17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

18 So Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on its top.

19 And he called the name of that place Bethel; however, previously the name of the city had been Luz.

20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and garments to wear,

21 and I return to my father’s house in safety, then the LORD will be my God.

22 “And this stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God’s house; and of all that Thou dost give me I will surely give a tenth to Thee.” (Gen 28:16-22 NAS)

Jacob just duped his brother out of his blessing and is on his way to Paddan-Aram to find a bride. He has stopped to rest for the night and, during his sleep, sees a vision of a ladder going from earth to heaven with angels ascending and descending. He awakens the next morning, sets up a pillar to God, and makes a vow to God. If God will be with Jacob and protect him on his journey, and if God will bring Jacob back to his father’s land safely, Jacob will give a tithe of all that God gives him. Again, looking at the text, there are things that we have to note. First, we see that God didn’t require this from Jacob. Second, the tithe by Jacob is conditioned upon God protecting him and bringing him back home safely. Finally, we don’t have any indication that this is something that Jacob did more than once – as a matter of fact, we don’t have anything saying that he even followed through with this promise. Given all of these points, we cannot use this verse to say that the tithe is required of Christians either.

Law

Now we turn to the period of time in scripture where the Law was in effect. This is the source of 95% of the scriptural “evidence” for tithing as a requirement for Christians. We are going to be looking at a lot of scriptures, so I’m going to just go through and point out the information that we need to look at in regards to the tithe and how it applies to Christians.

30 “Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the LORD’s; it is holy to the LORD.

31 If a man wishes to redeem some of his tithe, he shall add a fifth to it.

32 And every tithe of herds and flocks, every tenth animal of all that pass under the herdsman’s staff, shall be holy to the LORD. (Lev 27:30-32 ESV)

Here we see the tithe of the land and the tithe of the flocks. Israel was required to give a tenth of their produce and livestock to the priests. The people were required to give a tithe of their produce and livestock to the priests for a very simple reason. When the land of Israel was divided between the 12 tribes, the tribe of Levi wasn’t included. They were God’s portion. They were to live among the other tribes and perform their priestly duties at the local synagogues. Because of this, they didn’t have land to grow produce or to keep livestock. We see this again in the next set of scriptures:

21 “To the Levites I have given every tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service that they do, their service in the tent of meeting,

22 so that the people of Israel do not come near the tent of meeting, lest they bear sin and die.

23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tent of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations, and among the people of Israel they shall have no inheritance.

24 For the tithe of the people of Israel, which they present as a contribution to the LORD, I have given to the Levites for an inheritance. Therefore I have said of them that they shall have no inheritance among the people of Israel.”

25 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

26 “Moreover, you shall speak and say to the Levites, ‘When you take from the people of Israel the tithe that I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall present a contribution from it to the LORD, a tithe of the tithe. (Num 18:21-26 ESV)

Here, we see that God has really given the tithe to the Levites and His reasons why He did so. What’s interesting here is that even though the Levites received the tithe, they were required to give a tithe of that to the Lord. Let’s keep looking:

5 But you shall seek the place that the LORD your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go,

6 and there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock.

7 And there you shall eat before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the LORD your God has blessed you.

8 “You shall not do according to all that we are doing here today, everyone doing whatever is right in his own eyes,

9 for you have not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance that the LORD your God is giving you.

10 But when you go over the Jordan and live in the land that the LORD your God is giving you to inherit, and when he gives you rest from all your enemies around, so that you live in safety,

11 then to the place that the LORD your God will choose, to make his name dwell there, there you shall bring all that I command you: your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, and all your finest vow offerings that you vow to the LORD.
12 And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your sons and your daughters, your male servants and your female servants, and the Levite that is within your towns, since he has no portion or inheritance with you. (Deu 12:5-12 ESV)

Here, the Lord is giving instructions as to what the Israelites are to do when they get into the land. The instructions are for the celebrations that are to take place where the Lord determines to dwell. These festival tithes are on top of the Levitical tithe we’ve previously looked at.  It’s important to point out that this tithe was also of produce and livestock and not of money. God has more to say about these festival tithes:

22 “You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year.

23 And before the LORD your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always.

24 And if the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, when the LORD your God blesses you, because the place is too far from you, which the LORD your God chooses, to set his name there,

25 then you shall turn it into money and bind up the money in your hand and go to the place that the LORD your God chooses

26 and spend the money for whatever you desire– oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the LORD your God and rejoice, you and your household. (Deu 14:22-26 ESV)

This is more explanation of how Israel was to handle their festival tithes. If they were too far away from the place of the celebration (Jerusalem) and the tithe would rot/spoil before they got to the celebration, they were to convert the tithe into money. This money would then be taken to the city and spent on food and drink so that they could celebrate the festival.

27 And you shall not neglect the Levite who is within your towns, for he has no portion or inheritance with you.

28 “At the end of every three years you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in the same year and lay it up within your towns.

29 And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do. (Deu 14:27-29 ESV)

In the very next couple verses, Moses talks about a third tithe. This tithe is for a specific group of people. It is a tithe of their produce and it is to be used for the Levite, the sojourner, the orphan, and the widow so that they will have food to eat. This is a tithe that happened ever three years. This is continued in Deuteronomy 26:

11 And you shall rejoice in all the good that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner who is among you.

12 “When you have finished paying all the tithe of your produce in the third year, which is the year of tithing, giving it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your towns and be filled,

13 then you shall say before the LORD your God, ‘I have removed the sacred portion out of my house, and moreover, I have given it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all your commandment that you have commanded me. I have not transgressed any of your commandments, nor have I forgotten them.

14 I have not eaten of the tithe while I was mourning, or removed any of it while I was unclean, or offered any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the voice of the LORD my God. I have done according to all that you have commanded me. (Deu 26:11-14 ESV)

Here we see more about the third tithe. It is a tithe that takes place in “the year of tithing”. The tithe is of produce and is to be used for the group as listed above. We also see that this tithe is called a “sacred portion”.  It is a commandment of God.  Here is more about the tithe:

2 Chronicles 31:1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah and broke in pieces the pillars and cut down the Asherim and broke down the high places and the altars throughout all Judah and Benjamin, and in Ephraim and Manasseh, until they had destroyed them all. Then all the people of Israel returned to their cities, every man to his possession.

2 And Hezekiah appointed the divisions of the priests and of the Levites, division by division, each according to his service, the priests and the Levites, for burnt offerings and peace offerings, to minister in the gates of the camp of the LORD and to give thanks and praise.

3 The contribution of the king from his own possessions was for the burnt offerings: the burnt offerings of morning and evening, and the burnt offerings for the Sabbaths, the new moons, and the appointed feasts, as it is written in the Law of the LORD.

4 And he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the Law of the LORD.

5 As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the firstfruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field. And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything.

6 And the people of Israel and Judah who lived in the cities of Judah also brought in the tithe of cattle and sheep, and the tithe of the dedicated things that had been dedicated to the LORD their God, and laid them in heaps.

7 In the third month they began to pile up the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month. (2Ch 31:1-7 ESV)

This passage takes place when Hezekiah, king of Judah, began to reign. The king called the Levites and priests to restore and consecrate the temple. He had the people tear down all of the idols, groves, and altars to idols. He had the began the process of reviving the Levitical practices and sacrifices. When the people began to bring in the tithe, we see that it was a tithe of produce and livestock. They did this for a four month period of time.

The book of Nehemiah also talks about the tithe:

37 and to bring the first of our dough, and our contributions, the fruit of every tree, the wine and the oil, to the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and to bring to the Levites the tithes from our ground, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all our towns where we labor.

38 And the priest, the son of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive the tithes. And the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes to the house of our God, to the chambers of the storehouse. (Neh 10:37-38 ESV)

8 And I was very angry, and I threw all the household furniture of Tobiah out of the chamber.

9 Then I gave orders, and they cleansed the chambers, and I brought back there the vessels of the house of God, with the grain offering and the frankincense.

10 I also found out that the portions of the Levites had not been given to them, so that the Levites and the singers, who did the work, had fled each to his field.

11 So I confronted the officials and said, “Why is the house of God forsaken?” And I gathered them together and set them in their stations.

12 Then all Judah brought the tithe of the grain, wine, and oil into the storehouses.

(Neh 13:8-12 ESV)

The first passage is when Nehemiah calls on the people to renew their covenant with God and reinstitutes the Levitical priesthood. We see (as we have before) that the Levites are to receive tithes of the produce and keep them in the special storehouses that the temple had. The second passage is when Nehemiah finds out that the priest Eliashib has set up a room for Tobiah in one of the storerooms in the temple while Nehemiah was back in Babylon with King Artexerxes. When he finds out what Eliashib has done, he throws out all of Tobiah’s furniture and the tithe of produce is begun again so that the Levites would have their portions.

The last OT passage we will look at concerning the tithe is found in Malachi 3. This passage is horribly misused concerned the requirement of the tithe. The passage in question:

6 “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.

7 From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’

8 Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions.

9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you.

10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

11 I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the LORD of hosts.

12 Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the LORD of hosts. (Mal 3:6-12 ESV)

Here, it is important that we understand the context. Malachi is prophesying of all the reasons that the priests and Levites are seeing God’s judgment upon them and their nation. He gives them a litany of things that they are doing or not doing that has separated them from the Lord. The list includes things like offering polluted things upon the altar (1:7), corruption of the covenant of Levi (2:8), and unfaithfulness to their wives (2:14-16). In chapter 3, Malachi begins to warn them of the coming Messiah who will refine the priests and Levites and will judge the adulterers, sorcerers, and liars. Then we see the passage posted above. In it, Malachi tells the priests that they have robbed God by not bringing tithes into the storehouse. Notice that the tithe is brought to provide food in the house of the Lord. When this is done, God will bless the priests and the nation for their obedience.

There are a couple of things that I want to point out here that are important because of the way that they are used today in many churches. First, it is the Levitical priests that are being challenged to bring in the tithe. I emphasize “Levitical” because many will point to NT passages that call the body of Christ a “priesthood of believers” (1 Peter 2:1-9). This is true, but it needs to be understood that we are not a Levitical priesthood. We are the priesthood of the New Covenant in Christ’s blood. To somehow imply that we are priests and therefore should be tithing is illogical. We are not under the Law and are not required to do what the Levites and priests were required to do. What is ironic is that while they will use this to defend the tithe for Christians, they balk at Christians sacrificing animals or holding to Levitical dietary laws. I didn’t know that we, as the “priesthood” get to pick and choose which laws we follow and which ones we don’t. Second, there are many who try to tie the “storehouse” in Malachi to the church of today. This, too, is scriptural gymnastics. The storehouses were specific rooms used to store the grain and produce that were brought in by the people. They are not the entirety of the temple nor are they the main part of the temple. It is bad hermeneutics (to say the least) to try and imply that the church of today correlates to the storehouses of the OT temple.

Lastly, I want to point out that while the Lord challenges the priests and Israelites to test Him by bringing in the tithes and that He will bless them when they do and “open up the windows of heaven” has no application to Christians. To say that Christians are required to tithe and by doing so God will show His favor by opening the windows of heaven and blessing them is to say that God can be bribed and only blesses those who are obedient. “God will bless you when you tithe” is a quid pro quo statement that can’t be found in the New Testament. The OT Law was based on quid pro quo. God continually says, “If you do…(this), then I’ll do…(that)”. We don’t see that in the NT. As a matter of fact, when we look at the NT we see the opposite. Romans 5:8 says that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. This is definitely NOT quid pro quo.

There are three major places in the NT that talk about tithing. The first we’re going to talk about is Hebrews 7:

Hebrews 7:1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

2 and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace.

3 He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever.

4 See how great this man was to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the spoils!

5 And those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brothers, though these also are descended from Abraham.

6 But this man who does not have his descent from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.

7 It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior.

8 In the one case tithes are received by mortal men, but in the other case, by one of whom it is testified that he lives.

9 One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham,

10 for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him.

11 Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? (Heb 7:1-11 ESV)

This is a longer passage, but I wanted to show something specific. This passage talks about Abraham giving tithes to Melchizedek. However, this is not the point of the passage. The passage emphasizes the greater priesthood found in Melchizedek than that found in Levi (through Abraham). It was Abraham that gave tithes to Melchizedek, showing that it was Melchizedek that was superior to Abraham and, therefore, Levi. The entire point of this passage (and of Hebrews overall) is how Christ and His priesthood is superior to the priesthood of Levi! Why would someone who is in a superior priesthood, revert to an inferior priesthood’s practices? It makes no sense…

The second passage we’re going to look at is found in Luke 18:

9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt:

10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.

12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’

13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’

14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luk 18:9-14 ESV)

In this parable told by Jesus, the Pharisee is listing all of the reasons why he is righteous. One of those reasons is the fact that he gives his tithes like he’s commanded to. While the focus of this parable is not the tithe itself but the contrast of the self-righteousness of the Pharisee against the humility of the tax collector; it is interesting to point out that the tithe can be a measure of self-righteousness. It is no different today. There are “churches” who measure the spirituality of their congregations by their “obedience” to the tithe. Even in those that don’t, it is easy to see how the tithe could become something of a badge of piety.

The final passage we will look at is the main one in the NT:

23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.

24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel! (Mat 23:23-24 ESV)

This passage is a part of the chapter where Jesus is basically tearing into the Pharisees for the legalism of their religion. They did all the outward things that made them look holy and pious, and yet, they neglected the main things that would actually make them that way under the Law. Many argue (very poorly) that because Jesus commends the Pharisees for tithing their herbs that it is His requiring the Christian to tithe as well. This is terrible hermeneutics. To understand the passage, it is important to understand that Jesus is talking to the Jewish religious leaders who were still under the Law. Jesus was commending them for tithing because they were required to by Law. Even with his commendation, Jesus is condemning them for neglecting the more important matters of the Law. To use this passage to support the requirement to tithe is only fighting to put the traditions of men over the clarity of scripture.

In all of these scriptures, we see that there are specific guidelines for what the tithe is, who was to collect it, and what was to be done with it. All of these guidelines are laid out in the OT Law that no longer applies to Christians due to the death and resurrection of Christ. What I find interesting is that all of the people who push the tithe as a requirement for Christians seem to ignore that the tithe for OT Israel wasn’t just 10%…it was 23 1/3 %. Why don’t they say that Christians are required to give 23.33%%? Because they know that people won’t buy it…

Post Law

So, what then does the Bible say about Christians and giving? Let’s look at the major passage on giving:

7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

9 As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”

10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.

(2Co 9:7-12 ESV)

Paul talks about giving to support the saints in need, the ministry of the gospel, and to take care of others. The big point to be made in this passage is found in the first verse. Paul says that Christians should give in a certain way. First, they shouldn’t give grudgingly. They shouldn’t give because it’s a duty. They shouldn’t despise giving of their money/time/etc. Second, they shouldn’t give under compulsion. This point is often overlooked or glossed over (as it was by my pastor) because it contradicts the push for the tithe as a requirement for Christians. To say that the tithe is a requirement is to compel people to give, which this scripture says shouldn’t be done. When someone gives grudgingly or under compulsion, they are not cheerful in their giving! I’m really not sure why this is so hard to see but I think that’s not the problem and it leads to some serious questions.

If the tithe isn’t required for Christians according to scripture, then why do so many pastors preach it as being so? There is two main reasons that I’ve come up with and if it’s true, then it’s despicable. The number one reason that I came up with for pastors teaching the tithe when scripture contradicts this is this: They are unable to trust in God to provide for the needs of their church. They don’t believe that God will provide for all their needs. Why else would they force people to tithe when scripture denies this as a requirement? The second reason follows the first. Pastors don’t want their agendas stalled or unfunded. Many pastors will browbeat their sheep to give and give and give in order to make sure that their “vision” is fulfilled. There is no accountability for the money that they’re spending and how it is being spent. There is no time taken to look and see if they can reduce the wasteful spending (it’s all part of the “vision from God” and therefore it is all necessary). The sad part of this is that much of the time that needs to be spent feeding the flock and helping Christians to mature is spent running finance campaigns and events to raise money.

Many may disagree with me, but I believe that if a church is spending its time doing what the scriptures call the church to do – preaching the truth, explaining the scriptures, maturing the sheep in the faith, evangelizing with the true gospel – then the flock will have no supporting the church and its ministries. If, however, the pastor and leaders twist the scripture, water down the gospel, place legalistic burdens on the sheep that scripture doesn’t, and tickle ears to make goats comfortable it will find itself hard up for money from the flock. This will continue until one of two things happens. Either the pastor/church will begin to preach the truth, driving out those who like to be comfortable and starting with a smaller group who are hungry for depth and truth; or, the pastor/church will completely abandon the truth of scripture for the entertaining, secular ways of “preaching” to bring in more goats who will never hear the gospel, repent of their sins, and be soundly saved. They will be megachurch monuments to the god of self. But they’ll be filled and have lots of money…all of which will mean nothing when they stand before God…

I’ll end with my stating that I’m not against giving in any way. I love to give of my time/talents/money to those in need and to those ministries that strive to uphold the truths of scripture. What I am against is supporting unbiblical teachings or ministries. I don’t agree with everything that everyone says, but when a church would rather teach the vision of the pastor and his take on scripture, when it can’t handle its money rightly, or when it would rather placate many than mature few; the person giving should seriously consider whether or not they should stay at that church and support it…

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