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.
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)