“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.”
I can’t think of any other scripture of the bible that preachers like to quote in order to harvest more money than Malachi 3:8. Never mind the fact this passage refers to the priests and not the people: never mind that at any other time, preachers tell us we are NOT under the law anymore, nor the fact that generally it was only food and animals that were offered as tithes.
Another man brought up frequently is the priest: Melchizedek. Here, Abraham gives 1/10th of his spoils of war. Note, this is not his stuff he is giving, but stuff gained as a result of a war victory. That’s easy enough.
One feature brought up often enough is so-called ‘Seed Faith” or seed money. This is introduced by the prosperity preachers who promise 100 fold return on those poor suckers who send them their money.
One such preacher demanded no less that $1000 from those who were seeking God’s favor! Can you imagine that?
Bums on the street generally only ask for either pocket change or a dollar, but not our preachers.
I am not saying or arguing that Churches don’t need money to operate. Yes, money is required in order to perform the work of God.
However, what I am saying is that if you want to give money on behalf of God, then it should first go directly to His people: to those who need it.
And here I’m not even speaking about a tithe. I don’t believe as Christians we are subject to tithes, but more so to the offering of the Saints as spoken by Paul. In other words, you give according to what you have and according to your heart.
This does NOT include TITHES! If one desires to make a promise or pledge, yes. But this excludes tithes and should exclude the Profit$ who desire to become rich as a result.
Isaiah states about God: “The world hateth me because of you.” Gee. I wonder why?
Personally, I’ll believe in the profit$ when I see them on the streets going without. I’ll believe in them when I see them just as poor as those they are ministering to. I’ll believe in what they said when they divide up all they have and give it to the poor.
There are still many great men in the world who grant testimony to God through His church. Most are unsung and truthfully, it should be that way. Great people have no need for recognition except that granted by God. And for the other greater portion of the Profit$. We and all do without..