The Prosperity Gospel
There are those who make fun of what they call the “prosperity gospel”.
Whether you like the preaching, or whether you don’t, you can’t take what you don’t like and use it as an excuse to not give to the Lord.
There are those who say that “all the church is after is your money, all they want is your money”.
- Are you going to say that to Walmart when you go to their Black Friday sale?
- Are you going to say that to any of the merchants, online or offline, that are holding Black Friday sales?
- Do you say it to McDonald’s when you buy something to eat?
- Do you say it to your movie theater when you watch a movie?
- Do you say that when you buy a new phone?
- Do you say that when you pay for a cable or online service?
It sounds trendy.
All they want is your money.
Are you staying home from the sales this Black Friday? Why not?
Because all they want is your money.
If you don’t think the bottom line is important to corporations and that they are just there as philanthropists, just try walking out of Walmart with a big screen TV on Black Friday and tell them that all they want is your money. (Actually, I don’t recommend this. This is just to make a point.)
As I said, it sounds trendy to say it, but try using that line the next time you go shopping.
In reality, God commands the tithes and offerings. These are not a suggestion, but a command. And, like any command, if you don’t obey, there are consequences.
Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:
3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.
6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.
13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?
14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?
15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.
17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
How much is a tithe? A tithe is 1/10 of what you earn.
A tithe of…
A dime is a penny.
A dollar is a dime.
Ten dollars is a dollar.
One hundred dollars is $10.
One million dollars is $100,000.
One Billion dollars is $100 million.
God makes it a percentage, not a certain amount, so it is equal for everyone.
A child who gives two pennies of a dime has given more than a millionaire who gives $10.
Mark 12:41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
There are those who say that tithing is Old Testament and part of the law and that we don’t need to keep it anymore.
Actually…no, that is incorrect.
Abraham paid tithes to Melchisedek. This was before the law was given through Moses.
The lineage is Abraham…Isaac…Jacob…Levi…(of the tribe of Levi, Amran & Jochebed) whose child was Moses.
So Abraham’s tithing was way before the law.
God was interested in offerings from the very beginning.
God rejected Cain and accepted Abel over an offering.
That occurred after the Fall of Adam and Eve.
So tithes and offerings go back a long time.
Jesus is a priest after the order of Melchisedek.
Hebrews 7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
We give our tithes and offerings to Jesus Christ, through the church. The church is the body of Christ. Jesus Christ is the head of the church. We give our tithes and offerings to Jesus who is a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedek.
The church is the outpost on earth that God has set up for the gospel to go forth.
The tithe belongs to the church that preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ…not some other philanthropic group.
It is fine to give to other groups. But those gifts count as alms. They are not the tithe.
Have you ever considered that some people with money have it because they have worked, obeyed God’s laws, and been blessed?
However there are real thieves, and some of them walk around in suits and ties. Some of them watch online church services but never give consistent tithes and offerings to help cover those expenses. God says that to not tithe is to steal money that belongs to Him.
- I don’t see anyone similarly complaining about theft of the Federal Reserve for printing trillions and stealing the value of the wealth of millions of people by devaluing the money.
- I don’t see anyone similarly complaining about those who create a toxic jab, sell the idea to stockholders, and people get rich as millions are maimed and die through a toxic jab.
- I don’t see anyone similarly complaining about an military industrial complex that gets rich, along with politicians and other connected entities, as a proxy war is waged in Ukraine that destroys the nation and murders-for-profit the Ukrainian people. I don’t see the press similarly complaining about that as they do ministers that they proclaim “only want your money”.
- I don’t see outrage for the impoverishment of Europe, the starvation of the nations, as globalists manipulate the pharmaceutical industry, commerce, the money supply, and economies to attempt to keep themself afloat as the rest of the “peon, plebian, deplorable, clings-to-God-and-guns” world is destroyed. No one accuses them, that they only want your money.
No, I only see that phrase used in regards to the church.
‘Scuse me, what about’….say, Bill Gates, or Klaus Schwaub, or Fauci or any of the other major players? The church sits as a timid church mouse. You don’t think Bill Gates is interested in your money? He is, and so are a whole bunch of other globalists. They are also interested in controlling your lives and your wealth.
The tithe is the Lord’s.
And if God blesses pastors for being faithful, good for them.
It is more important that you be concerned if your tithes and offerings that God requires of you are paid, than if someone else is prospering.
At the end of time, none of us will be judged for our neighbor.
We each will be judged on our own.
You can do more research on the tithe by clicking here.
If you don’t have a local church to go to or a place to pay tithes to, I suggest going to this church.
Here is another ministry that uses offerings to preach the gospel.
Here is another place for the tithe if you go to online church.
Here is a good place for giving alms.
A blog post can only introduce a topic but not cover it in depth. For more study on various topics, click here for links to various Christian ministries.
Depending on the ministry, there may be online church services, YouTube videos, podcasts, radio programs, books, teaching, or more. You have to seek out what they have.