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Monday, August 23, 2010

Tithing and the Fear of Death

God has asked us to trust Him. He has assured us that we can. Yet, I find that most Christians don't. They worry when things go wrong. They go outside of His will to solve their problems. They fail to do what He says.

One day a life threatening or a life ending tragedy strikes. These "believers" are assured there is a place called heaven that has been reserved for them. They say they believe but honestly are terrified of death. They are trying to believe in a God who will take them into heaven when they have never believed in a God who can take them to tomorrow. They have no evidence that He can be trusted because they have never had to trust Him. They worked every situation out by themselves. Their faith has been marginalized by their actions.

People use great excuses when they are asked to be obedient to God. Their excuses reveal their lack of trust in Him. They say that they don't have the ability to do what He has asked them to do. They don't trust in Him to give them the ability. They say they don't have the resources to give like He has asked them to give. They don't trust Him to give them more than they need to be obedient and beyond.

Honestly, their lack of tithing reveals their lack of trust. That trust is not suddenly generated when they near death.

(Those who don't want to believe try to claim that preachers are out after their money. Let's be honest, most of you will never meet me nor will you ever come to my church. I have no vested interest in your obedience. I will not benefit whether or not you serve or give. You are the only one who will benefit from your obedience. So, quit trying to blame the preachers when they are simply telling you the truth.)

Why would someone want to live like this? Why think you will trust Him for eternity when you can't trust Him for tomorrow?

Malachi 3:9-10 (ESV)
You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

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