Prosperity preachers such as Frederick Price are in the business of drumming up donations to fund their lavish lifestyles. They wrest this support from the wallets and purses of their sycophants under the guise of tithing or sowing seeds. They pervert scripture to justify this and will say or do anything to drive the point home.
Unfortunately,even conservative denominations such as the Southern Baptist Convention encourage tithing.
The tithe (10%) is not a command under the new covenant, but can be followed as an example (e.g. Genesis 14:20; 28:22). 2 Corinthians 9:7 gives the new covenant standard, “as he purposes in his heart” and “God loves a cheerful giver” (see also Proverbs 3:9-10). Yet, Frederick Price has his own standard.
In an attempt to justify the tithe, Frederick Price perverts Hebrews 7:8 and writes,
‘Here mortal men receive tithes … refers to the ministers of God here on earth, such as pastors’. (p. 144, ellipsis in original)
One need only to read Hebrews 7:5 to see Frederick Price’s perversion.
‘And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, . . .’
The ones receiving tithes are the Levitical priests. The text neither implies nor purports anything about pastors. Price just makes this up (or repeats error that he has heard from another).
After quoting Malachi 3:10, Frederick Price perverts this passage as well and writes,
‘The storehouse is God’s house, the place set aside for the worship and praise of God and the study of His Word. In short, the storehouse is the local church. It takes money to maintain the storehouse, so if you are being spiritually fed at your local church, you should give that church your tithes’. (p. 145)
In Malachi 3:10 God’s storehouse was His temple (e.g. 1 Chronicles 26:12-17; Nehemiah 10:38), which was a building the Lord specifically commanded His people to build (e.g. 1 Chronicles 22:10-11; Zechariah 1:16; 4:9; 8:9). No such building, or anything like it, has been commanded by the Lord to the church to build. You will find no such building project(s) in the entire New Testament. Scripture does not teach, “the storehouse is the local church” as Price claims (Proverbs 30:5-6), thus it does not take “money to maintain the storehouse,” because no such storehouse is in God’s agenda. This is man’s agenda, not God’s (Colossians 2:8-10), and it is a perversion of the word of God.
In his tithing fantasy, Frederick Price comes up with a real winner regarding what goes on in the heavens. He gives a sample prayer, and at the beginning of the second paragraph of this prayer Price writes,
‘ Jesus, as our Lord and High Priest, we bring the firstfruits of our income to You, that You may worship the Lord our God with them’. (p. 157)
This is pure fantasy (Proverbs 30:5-6) nowhere found in holy writ. God (Jesus Christ) says,
‘Hear, O My people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you; I am God, your God! I will not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are continually before Me. I will not take a bull from your house, nor goats out of your folds. For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness’. (Psalm 50:7-12)
We can’t give God anything He doesn’t already own, and there is nothing in Scripture that even implies Christ takes financial offerings from believers and worships God with them. This is yet another example of Frederick Price’s (or someone’s) imagination gone wild, out of control.
The new breed of ‘Prosperity’ theology depends for its existence on the ability of its ministers to convince their congregants that tithing is directly related to their financial stability; without tithing there is no ‘reward’, without ‘planting seeds’, there is no ‘harvest’.
The following is a sampling of scripture that refutes this false theology (thanks to theendtimesreport.net):
‘Do NOT store up treasures for yourselves here on earth’ (Matthew 6:19)
‘They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a NEED.‘ (Acts 2:45)
‘Those who seek riches fall into a trap,’ (1 Timothy 6:9)
‘God shall supply all your NEEDS (not wants) according to His riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
‘It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.’ (Matthew 19:24
‘For the love of money is the root of ALL evil.’ (1 Timothy 6:10)
‘Freely as you have received, freely give’ (Matthew 10:8)
‘We look not at (or seek) the things which are seen , but at the things which are not seen : for THE THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.’ (2 Corinthians 4:18)
‘Godliness with CONTENTMENT is great GAIN’ (1 Timothy 6:6)
‘Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God (NOT MONEY) and THEN these things will be added to you‘ (Matthew 6:33)
Tithing is just another form of subjugation inflicted on modern day Christians by the wolves in sheeps clothing masquerading as ministers of light.
God does not need our money. We should follow the example set by the New Testament Church of Acts; support ourselves and each other according to our needs. Until or unless we are prepared to do just that, we should keep pour money to ourselves.
c 2013 by James S. Berge
Nov 24, 2013