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ABANDON THE BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE FOR BIBLICAL SUCCESS,
AND YOU HAVE NO REASON TO EXPECT THAT SUCCESS

A LONG TIME AGO, IN A NEARBY LAND, I was listening to a minister with a timely message for the Church. At that time the Congress of the United States was considering legislation affecting tax deductions on “charitable giving.” This would impact giving to the Church including the tithe.

Or consider the following excerpt from a recent article by Pam Fessler. This was on the National Public Radio website, dated November 4, 2017.

“House Republicans say the tax bill they introduced Thursday will grow the economy, create jobs and simplify tax returns, in part by eliminating tax deductions. … Even though Republicans promise to preserve the deduction for charitable donations, these groups say other proposed changes in the bill will discourage giving. … Una Osili, of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, estimates that change would lead to a reduction of up to $13 billion a year in charitable giving. … She says it doesn’t mean these people would stop giving, just that they’re likely to give less. And, she adds, “it could disproportionately affect certain kinds of charities that draw more on the average American family,” such as churches and smaller community groups.”
tithe, tithingAnyway, A LONG TIME AGO, IN A NEARBY LAND, I was listening to this minister. His stated intention was to prepare the body of Christ not to be moved in their giving if they no longer get a tax deduction on their tithes and offerings. And he did an excellent job of presenting his case from the Scriptures. He said in no uncertain terms that the Lord had directed him to deliver that message to the body of Christ. It was an important message because the world should not have a voice in Christian giving decisions. satan’s systems should not determine our financial purposes nor principles.

BUT WHO EXPECTS THE CHURCH TO SUCCEED IN ITS VISION AND MISSION

“There can be no manifestation without expectation because your expectation is your faith in action.” – Pastor Dean A. Brown

Tithes and offerings are principles of success for redemptive ministry throughout Scripture. Everywhere we see an organized ministry in Scripture, that ministry needs “money.” And nowhere in Scripture do we find tax deductions listed in the promises of God for tithing or giving. But God does make promises to those who support His redemptive ministries by tithing and giving.

It is prudent to take the government tax deduction when it is available. It keeps that money in the body of Christ. But we will not abandon the principles God has given us for accomplishing our vision and mission as the Church. We will not be moved by government taxes nor tax deductions.

“For most the purpose of the tithe as pictured in Scripture is not even under consideration. Many Christians no longer consider tithing viable because it is not required by law. This legalism reveals that the purpose of the tithe is not expected. Who expects the Church to enter into corporate faith around the purpose of redemptive ministry in biblical proportions? Who expects the Church to incorporate free-will tithing and have 100% participation in support of the ministries of the Church? We can unleash a revived quality and extent of ministry into this world. Full participation in free-will tithing is designed by God to produce this.” (quoted from “Tithing by Faith” by George T. Frey, Jr.; to be released this winter; pg. 151, p2)

Where are you at on this? Will you participate in financing the vision and mission of Jesus’ Church? What about no tax deductions, does that bother you at all?

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Jesus, Matthew 6:21

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