Pastor has been teaching us about tithing. His version states that it is unbiblical for the “priests” (him) to allow any of the tithe to be used for anything other than their own personal use (such as cars, motorcycles, artwork, jewelry, vacations, but no Starbucks of course). He says using it to maintain the church buildings, “discipleship training”, or missions angers God and shows the people (the congregation, the tithers, the givers) are not honoring God with their giving.
A little math. Suppose there are 150 tithers in this congregation. Suppose the average salary works out to $65,000 per year (some make far less and some make far more). This works out to nearly 10 million each year in income. 10% tithe alone brings in nearly 1 million each year for the “priest(s)” EACH YEAR. And Pastor says out of the goodness of his heart – his EXTREME generosity – that he is enduring the rebuke of God by giving some back into the ministry.
Other than the pastor’s own personal use, he says the tithe is also for the retirement fund of the “priesthood”. If these same numbers were consistent for the past 20 years – that’s now 20 million dollars in the pocket of the pastors, and he says it has been invested and multiplied. I don’t know about you, but I could do just fine with one or two million. Pastor, I ask you the question you have asked us: How much is enough?
Get ready – he wants more.
But God says, “This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein” (John 12:6). “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10). “But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money” (Acts 8:20). “And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts:for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:14-15). “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:2-3).