Talking about finances in the church is a heated argument and a vicious debate. So many people shy away from church because they are always asking for money; sadly, this is true. I have been in churches where they take up two and three offerings saying, “The Lord told me to tell you to give $1000.00.” I believe the Holy Spirit will tell you what to give before He tells your pastor. This behavior is spiritually harmful and unethical. It is oftentimes fueled by greed, lust and spiritual manipulation. The woman in the Bible that gave a fraction of a penny (Mark 12:42) was applauded by Jesus for her extravagant generosity.
This wave of financial gluttony is crippling the church and leading the Body of Christ astray. It gives the unsuspecting churchgoer the impression that God cares more about their pocketbook than He does their soul. What I take into consideration is the church needs money to care for the ministry and service the flock. It is just in so many churches the only one that seems to be prospering is the Pastor.
On the other hand, I do believe tithing and sowing into the ministry is a Biblical ordinance and I am a giver. The Holy Spirit gave me a scripture many years ago when I was planting a garden for my children, that changed my entire perspective on money. 2 Corinthians 9:10-11 (MSG Bible) says;
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it, He throws caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon. His right-living, right-giving ways never run out, never wear out. This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.
This passage shifted my entire life. As I begin to sow into the ministry God prospered my life in ways I could not even imagine. It allowed me to express my generosity not only in words but in action. Now, is God mad at you when you don’t give, the answer is NO! If I could ascribe emotion to God, I would say He is sad because He can’t bless you the way He wants to. It’s the same principle as raising children, there are certain things I can’t do for my kids if they won’t allow me to. As a Christian, for me, giving to God is an honor and privilege. I am impacting the world around and changing lives.