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Why Tithing Won’t Help Your Finances

Windows on Finance Part 1 

There is a line of teaching floating around Christendom that says that if you have financial problems, just tithe or give what you have to God and He will sort the rest out for you. I know people who have (under guidance from their pastors) tried to tithe to get themselves out of debt but because their finances were in such a mess all they did was put their tithe on their credit card each week and worsen their already overburdened debt problem i.e. they just got into more debt! They thought they were doing the right thing, they desperately wanted to be out of debt but they were just making things worse for themselves – tithing was not helping their finances!

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Hotter than Sex

Windows on Finance Part 2

Thanks for having enough faith in me to come back for a second round. Last time I talked about mammon and how he seeks to control us through money. Today I want to expose mammon a bit more. I should forewarn you, this one gets pretty hot!

Pornography is a terrible thing and the statistics for the number of people caught up in it are scary (unfortunately the church stats are pretty appalling too). The problems the human race faces with pornography are huge. What is more sinister is that the issues around money are bigger than those around pornography and illicit sex. Unfortunately most of us live our lives unaware of the issues around mammon that need dealing to.

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Financial Foundations

Windows on Finance 3

Welcome back, we’re up to article three and it’s time to back the truck up and get some perspective on where all this is going. Yes I am going to share on tithing, on offerings, on receiving God’s abundant release and all those things, eventually. And yes I am an ardent believer in all of the above (in spite of my provocative article titles).

But if you’re going to build a building, the first thing you build is the foundations. Foundations are the part that is hidden underground and pretty much never seen, but without them the building will not last. In fact the bigger/higher the building, the deeper the foundations need to be. Tithing, offerings, etc are all the building. They are the parts we see, touch and feel. If I build the building of tithes and offerings etc without laying the foundations first, I’m doing you a major and potentially catastrophic disservice.

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Are you disqualifying yourself from God’s true riches?

Windows on Finance Part 4

In Luke 16:11-12 Jesus makes a curious statement: “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the case of unrighteous mammon, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not proved faithful in that which belongs to another, whether God or man, who will give you that which is your own, that is, the true riches?” (Amplified Bible - emphasis mine)

mammon wants us to believe that riches, money and possessions are “true riches”. He wants us to trust in them (which is actually him). Jesus is saying that in reality, unrighteous mammon is deceitful or false riches and that it is God’s heart to give us true riches, but there is also a process to receive them.

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