(15)Giving for Rewards
(A)Giving for Rewards
1.The driving force behind the emphasis of the Word-Faith
preachers on [Giving] is what they refers to as the
[Law of Compensation].
2.In Mark 10:29-30, Jesus stated, [Assuredly, I say to you, there
is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or
mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s
who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time- houses
and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands,
with persecutions – and in the age to come, eternal life].
3.According to this law, which is supposedly based on Mark
10:30, the followers of Word-of-Faith need to give generously
to others because when they do, God gives back more in
return. This, in turn, leads to a cycle of ever-increasing
prosperity. In short, Mark 10:30 is a very good deal. It is
evident that the Word-Faith doctrine of giving is built
upon faulty motives.
4.If in faith one [sows] a financial gift to a Christian
ministry, then that person is guaranteed to [reap] a hefty
financial return for himself.
5.Whereas Jesus taught His disciples to [give, hoping for
nothing in return], Word-Faith preachers teach their
followers to give because they will get a great return.
6.Galatians 6:7:[Do not be deceived: God is not mocked,
for whatever one sows, that will he also reap].
The concept of sowing and reaping is popular in faith
circles. Using Gal 6:7, the Word-of-Faith preachers explain
that by planting a financial seed into a ministry, the believer
can name what it is that they want in return and believe that
they shall receive it. Failure to be specific in naming what is
hoped for can result in a failure to receive a harvest.
7.Gal 6:7 cannot used to support the seed-faith concept
of the faith movement. Rather than appealing to an
individual’s greed (Gal 6:8) , in context the passage is
clearly encouraging people to crucify all selfish
desires (Gal 5:21, 24) and serve one another selflessly
(Gal 6:9-10 )
8.The TV evangelists, whose particular con is the prosperity
gospel, are the folks you see on TV (US) constantly telling
their credulous followers that if they’ll just send them money,
their [gift of faith] will be returned to them, not by the
ministry but by God, ten-fold (or one-hundred fold,
depending on the day of the week).
9.Their selling point is that you have to [plant your seed of
faith] by sending money to the ministry. Then once you
do that, you can reap what you have sown and God will bless
you with [overwhelming abundance].And they sell it
with anecdotes of people who got just that.
10.After all, if a million people send money, a few of them,
by sheer coincidence, will have something happen that brings
them money. But of course, this only happens in a tiny
percentage of cases, and by utter coincidence.
11.When the blessings don’t come, the explanation given
on television is : Your faith wasn’t strong enough.
And that is always the excuse for why this celestial short-term
investment scheme doesn’t work 99% of the time: your faith
isn’t strong enough. And how do they know that your faith
isn’t strong enough? Why, you didn’t get blessed.
What more proof do you need?
12.On the other hand, what’s the difference between this
and any other fraudulent confidence scheme? Does it
magically transform from fraud into protected
activity because we slap the label [religion] on it?
13.And on the still other hand, do we really want the
government deciding which religious claims rise
to the level of consumer fraud? After all, one could
credibly argue that all religion is false and all religious claims
fraudulent. It’s not an easy problem.
14.But one thing is sure: these people are frauds and
con men, utterly dishonest con men preying on the
credulity and ignorance of their followers. They are
vile human beings and they deserve to be called out
(B)[Planting her seed of faith] by Tricia Tillin
The following are excerpts from an article entitled
[My Word of Faith Testimony] by Tricia Tillin
at the following website about [planting her seed
1.The money problem will seem familiar to anyone who has gone
down this path. Jon and I longed to be able to pay off our debts,
to make ends meet, and to end the ceaseless worry about money
matters. We knew the theory – send your ten percent tithe
every month to your Church or ministry as your seed,
and expect God to bless you financially. And give beyond
that title as a love offering, even if you can’t afford it,
because God will repay.
2.Oh yes, we knew the theory, and we believed it absolutely.
Nobody can criticise us for sowing in doubt. We faithfully sowed
our seeds of money, and we tithed every single month, ten
percent of our income. The trouble is, we simply could not
afford to give away that much every month. It made no
economic sense whatsoever. We were giving out of our need,
as they say, but never reaping. Strange.
3.God did bless us in our ignorance and he kept us afloat,
but as for [the hundredfold] – where was it? Not that we
looked for reward, but it would have been nice to make ends
4.It was a black day for me when we finally admitted we
could no longer afford to give away so much of our
income. That is anathema to the Faith teaching! What?
Not give your ten percent tithe? But the Bank Manager,
and simple common sense, warned us to pull back
before we lost the house and everything.
5.In my small perception, God was the great Provider
who was forced by His own Word to give us everything
we asked for, so long as we couched it in biblical promises.
6.Word-of-Faith doctrines in effect demand that God
conform to our own perception of what was good
for us, and it removed from God the ability to make
independent decisions in our lives, and to work all
things together for good in the long run.
7.In the Faith movement, we had been taught that God could
do nothing without our believing prayer. So the teaching
was that God could not move nor answer prayer except
we released Him by our faith. A God who acted
independently was somewhat confusing to us.
8.Several months passed before we realised one
tremendous thing that God HAD done for us.
(I think it was one of those days when God looked down
on his foolish, innocent ones and had mercy.
Oh how great is his love and pity!).
9.The cheque which we had given to the Word-Faith ministry
was never cashed! Either it was lost in the mail, or the
ministry didn’t cash it for some reason. Whatever, the money
was never taken from our overdrawn bank account.
10.Thinking about this, I had a spiritual insight about God’s
way of working. HE had taken the initiative, to do
something I had neither prayed for, sought for nor
11. There were no positive confessions of the Word that caused
Him to act on our behalf. He simply did so in a sovereign
way. And, He’d done something that my own mind and
my own flawed human understanding could not have
anticipated. God was outside my understanding,
acting of His own sovereign will. He did not NEED
my confessions or spoken words to do what he’d done
for me on that day.
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