Misinterpreted for self gain:
“At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.” 2 Corin. 8:14-15
This have misinterpreted in our acts of preaching and expecting people to give to us, so it appears the game here is they need God and blessings I will give them that and gather offering out of them. SO everyone comes telling what they like and at the end calls for blessing seekers and those feeling guilty of sin to given, so they can get ahead with God in real business. This is absolute erroneous and close to that which Luther the reformer contented; the selling of penitence for grace and salvation of the living and soul of the departed.
I put it to us that of a truth no giving can earn us salvation, for it is freely given by God and we are to receive it freely. No special oil prayed over is better than your fervent prayers to God; for we have access to God as priesthood of the Kingdom of God. I feel so worried when the believers are not told about the collective priesthood of all believers by those who love the high positions and praise of men, like the Pharisees and Sadducees. How would you qualify a prayer Christ purely noted as error.
Oh I pay tithe, I give to the church and I often come out when visiting pastor or whoever calls for special breakthrough offering to challenge God to act. Who are human to attempt to challenge God by works?
My conclusion is this; David had more than what is needed to build the temple because the people gave much more than required, the biblical reason given “The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly..” 1 Chron. 29:9 The Acts church gave so much because they were happy and one mind towards God’s mandate to the Church. In our time individuals project bigger mega building, new cars, jets, private schools worshipers cannot afford to mention but few as God’s project for the church. Give a pastor a car or a house, he will announce his super wonder God have done it because he has being on his knees praying for earthly possession when souls are sinning to make ends to give to him. But the Bible records God as our provider and whatever we do with our hands that are good, we are to prosper. Joshua was told to prosper by studying the writings of old and medicate on it. Our generation slogan is give millions and step into the next stage in your life.
May God help those that have ear and that can connect with the Scripture the grace to identify with John 4: 24-25 – worshipers are to do so in truth and in spirit. Giving is not for an individual to prosper while the Church comes in their rages but to help the Church overcome the trials of communities they come from so that they do not return to their vomits. I would recommend giving to any believer but let your offering not be called by any before you give, rather give your all to God and whatever that can be given as something to help believers any where the need is to be meant for godly reasons.
Let the preaching church focus on the word being rightly given to all, than interpret with an intention to making giving compulsively.
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 1 Corin.9:6-7
Giving is all about giving our all to God for we all belong to God.