When Christians talk about sacrificial giving, they are referring to a doctrine or teaching about God which is 100% wrong. Simply put, the doctrine is that we can control God with money. If you want God to bless you, just pay Him by dropping money into the offering plate at your church. The more you give, the more you’ll get in return. Sacrificial giving is promoted as a kind of magic investment system in which you can get God to turn your cash into other forms of blessing, such as a spouse, a fancy car, or a big house. This system appeals to all human beings for two key reasons. First, it says that we can get a God of infinite powers to do our bidding. Second, it says that we can make all of our carnal dreams come true in this life if we just do a little upfront sacrificing. But because we’re guaranteed to always get back more than we give, it feels like a risk free investment. Unsurprisingly, sacrificial giving is enormously popular among Christians, and it also has a strong appeal to unbelievers who figure they can’t go wrong taking a shot at bribing God. Continue reading Sacrificial Giving: Why You Should Be Glad That It’s Not Working For You
The world is heading for a massive economic collapse. It’s not a matter of if, it’s just a matter of when. Look back at history and you’ll see that we’re in the midst of repeating a pattern that has been going on for thousands of years. Look at the present and notice how many countries are in debt up to their eyeballs. Do you know what stock markets really run on? Emotions, not facts. All it takes to collapse any economy is for enough people to panic at the same time and cease spending, shut down investments, and go crazy buying emergency goods. The analysts who are telling you that a worldwide economic crash is due any moment are right—it is due. Well, to be more precise, it’s long overdue. But do you know what else is long overdue? Nuclear warfare. The poisoning of our oceans. The extinction of the human race.
People haven’t changed their basic nature since the beginning of this world. Adam and Eve were rebellious little brats who had no use for honoring God. The people of Noah’s time were all immoral little monsters. No one’s getting any nicer, so why hasn’t anyone pressed the button and launched those nukes? Don’t try to say that the same idiots who build weapons of mass destruction actually have the maturity not to use them. If mature people were in charge, we wouldn’t be spending billions constructing weapons that can’t be used without harming ourselves. The reality is that no matter how many people want to nuke America off the map (and we’ve been hearing those threats for many years), the sudden vaporization of the American people is only going to create massive problems for everyone else. We could say the same for the elimination of the Russians, the Chinese, or the folks in the Middle East. Mass extermination of any group with nuclear weapons is one of those really dumb ideas that is guaranteed to result in horrific consequences. You can’t fix what’s wrong with the human race by blowing up large amounts of people. But because there is so much wrong with the human race, the real mystery is how we’re all still here. Continue reading The Fear of Economic Collapse: Guidance for Christians
There are people in this world who are poorer than you. You should feel bad about having more than them and give your excess away. Oh, and do it out of love for God because that’s what He commands. If you don’t do it, He’ll be mad at you for being a greedy miser. This is often how Christians are taught to view giving to the poor. It’s guilt, guilt, and more guilt. By the time we’re done preaching about how Jesus said we ought to help the poor, we’ve made the poor out to be some big mistake on the planet that we’re all trying to help God fix. But is that really what they are? Continue reading Giving to the Poor: Cautions for Christians
How far do you think you’re going to get with God by trying to bribe Him into doing what you want? God demands submission from us. Bribing God is about trying to control Him, and controlling God is about trying to dominate Him. As long as you’re trying to dominate and control God, you’re a thousand miles away from submission, and that’s where Satan wants you to stay. Continue reading Sacrificial Giving: A Favorite Teaching of False Shepherds
You’re a Christian and you care about pleasing God. So what do you do about money? How much should you try to save up for the future? How do you know when to share your money with others? When is it useful to tithe? Is it okay for Christians to be rich or to spend their money on expensive, frivolous items? The answers to these questions are going to be different for every individual. In this post, we’re going to talk about some basic principles which are useful to bear in mind. But when it comes to working out your personal budget, you need to look directly to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to show you how to honor Him with your choices. Continue reading Answers About Money: Guidelines for Serious Christians