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What If God Was Sending a Message Thru Creflo Dollar That Was Missed About Tithing?



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This article deals with harsh truths backed up by sources that some may find offensive. Open your mind to the possibility that what you have believed or been taught could be wrong and seek the Holy Spirit for confirmation before -passing judgment.

A look at the facts

Christians were in an uproar when Pastor Creflo Dollar said he was wrong to push tithing and asked his congregants to throw away his books and teaching on the subject. Immediately pastors around the nation began insisting Dollar was wrong and gave their varied and disagreeing reasons why church members are required to tithe. Some preachers told me personally that they agreed with Creflo and believed he should have gone further by refunding money from the books and tapes to those who purchased them. Churches need money to keep going but threatening parishioners with a curse if they do not tithe and pushing giving 10% from pulpits more than salvation through faith in Jesus has wearied many churchgoers. Pastors have pointed out that Abraham tithed to Melchiadeck and Jacob promised the Lord 10% if He would protect him but these were personal choices and not commands. Malachi 3 which is used to enforce tithing was written to priests Old Testament Israelites did not tithe money. Tithing in the modern-day church came from Emperor Constantine enforcing a 10% tax on Catholics which you can read about by clicking on the first two links. II Corinthians 9:7 and 8 tell new covenant believers to give as they have purposed in their own hearts and not because they have been compelled and that God loves a cheerful giver. You cannot be cheerful and please the Lord if you are giving out of fear or because you feel you have to. Whether you give 1, 10, 20, or 50% to a local church or nothing at all it should be only between you and the Lord.

What's really going on?

Christians quote Malachi 3:8-10 because it's what they have been taught and they do not research it or understand the background so when you take it at face value you believe you are robbing God by not tithing. When pastors stand in pulpits and scream from the top of their lungs that you are robbing God and are buying new clothes with His dime this frightens people. Even if it were true that you robbed God is that not a matter for Him to take up with you rather than a preacher in a pulpit? Creflo Dollar spoke briefly about threatening his members to tithe and saying he also had been threatened and feared God's wrath if he did not give 10%. This issue has been practically ignored in a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. Pastors know if members stop tithing and choose to give less it will decrease church funds and affect their salaries. They also do not desire to look bad in front of their parishioners by admitting their teaching was wrong. This is why instead of supporting Dollar they point out that he asked his members to buy him a jet and preached the false prosperity doctrine. Dollar's stance on not forcing people to tithe has been ignored because many pastors decided to save face and make Creflo look bad. I always say that If churches were running over with members and money and had excess in the bank we probably would not hear about giving 10% but that is not the case. So consider the next time you hear that you have to tithe the person pushing it has an agenda.

Did pastors miss it?

So as I have pondered the various opinions being given on this subject for the past few months the following scripture came to me this morning. I will share my belief on what it means and you can feel free to say I got a bad revelation as has been said about Dollar.

I Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.

What if the Lord used Creflo because He knew it would seem foolish and there would be controversy and most wouldn't believe him? Suppose the Holy Spirit indeed convicted him on this issue as a test to the church? What if the Lord wanted to see who would heed the message, despite the messenger and also come clean about the abuse in the pulpits where tithing is concerned. Keeping the above scripture in mind the Almighty may have chosen this particular preacher because he is so controversial and has preached the false prosperity doctrine. This is where missing the forest because of the trees comes in. Perhaps instead of focusing on the faults and faulty teaching of this word of faith pastor mature Christians were supposed to heed God speaking to and through him on this one issue and receive confirmation. It could be that other pastors were supposed to trust God and not fear a loss of income and tell congregants the truth by saying "me too." What if all across the nation preachers had supported Creflo on this one thing and told congregants that tithing is not mandated for New Testament believers? They did not desire for giving to decrease rather than admitting that tithing is a personal choice and a matter of the heart.

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Maybe God is trying to tell us something

This may have been an opportunity to see the heart of true shepherds who were not afraid to go against tradition or admit they were wrong. Instead many continue to shout from their pulpits that the people need to tithe while not saying that sinners need Jesus. I could be wrong but what if I am not and the Lord begins dealing with the pastors who should have trusted Him? There was a period in the early 2000s where pastors under the age of 70 were dying of heart attacks in their pulpits or other areas of their churches and some said it was God's judgment. A few years later popular television preachers began dying of cancer and other diseases where they suffered long. This is not a judgment from me but an observation of fact. What if the Lord desires that His people who are struggling financially since COVID not be bullied and threatened but feel free to give what they can in church? In the first year of the coronavirus, there were well-known pastors telling congregations that COVID was not real and they contracted the disease and many of them died. Did we miss a message from the Lord when that happened? Keeping that in mind if the spiritual leaders indeed missed the opportunity and went back to business as usual by making threats regarding the tithe could we possibly see another wave of the Lord cleaning house?

A final note

Give and give generously and cheerfully to those who need it and where you choose and if you belong to a church you should support it financially. What should not be happening is that you are giving because you are threatened and remember whatever you give is between you and the Lord.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Cheryl E Preston

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