Exposing the Seed Faith Doctrine

THE SEED FAITH Doctrine is a common teaching among prosperity gospel preachers and preachers who promote tithing. The basis of the doctrine is that when you sow a seed (money) in faith God will bless you with a 30, 60 or 100-fold increase. The doctrine is based upon a misinterpretation of Jesus’ parable in Matthew 13:3-9 and Luke 11-15.


Matthew 13:3-9

And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among the thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit,some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thrirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear (KJV).

According to the Seed Faith Doctrine, the seed is money or so-called tithes. The sower is the believer, churchgoer or Christian. The ground is a church and/or ministry. The 30, 60, and 100-fold increase refers to the financial return you will receive on your seed (money).

Is this what Jesus was teaching in his seed parable?


In understanding what Jesus is teaching in this parable let us first look at what a parable is.

What is a parable?

Jesus often spoke in parables. A parable is a story that illustrates a moral/religious lesson or spiritual principle. Parables use symbolism and/or analogies. The symbolism and/or analogies Jesus used were inspired by everyday life, situations or cultural references that his disciples could relate to.

In the case of the seed parable Jesus uses the following agricultural/farming references for his symbols/analogy:

  • Seed
  • Sower
  • Ground
  • 30, 60, 100 fold increase

No Need for (Mis)Interpretation

What is interesting is that  no one should misinterpret the parable because Jesus explains the meaning of the parable in Matthew 13:18-23 and Luke 8:11-15. Since Jesus clearly explains the parable there is no need for an interpretation,  and there is no excuse for a misinterpretation.

The Meaning of the Seed Parable

In the parable Jesus is talking to his disciples. He is telling them what to expect when they preach the gospel. Basically, he is preparing them for the realities of his ministry. Here is how Jesus explains the seed, the sower, the ground and the 30, 60 and 100-fold increase:

• The seed is the word of God (gospel)
• The sower is the person who spreads the word of God (gospel)
• The ground is the heart and/or mind of people
• The 30, 60 and 100-fold increase refers to the different levels at which people receive the gospel and how much fruit they will bear when after receiving the gospel

The Lesson of the Seed Parable

There will be people who reject the gospel. Some people will receive the gospel up to a point and others will completely embrace it. As a result, the gospel will impact their lives in varying degrees.

It is clear that Jesus was not teaching a type of prosperity gospel or seed faith doctrine in his parable. It is also clear that the Seed Faith Doctrine is a complete misrepresentation of what Jesus was teaching.

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7 comments for “Exposing the Seed Faith Doctrine

  1. Michael
    January 17, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Yes the sower sows the word.
    What is in the word?
    Are finances and abundance and provision in the word?
    Are supernatural increases and favor in the word?
    Yes, so, one can sow the word, which is the gospel, and one can recieve 30-60-100 fold from the word that is sown.

    God bless.

  2. Michael
    January 17, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    But I do like your site, it has much about the fact that Jesus and the cross is our way. And about mind control and other subjects. The tithe is the law, and we are set free from the curse of the law by Jesus. It is true, giving not reluctantly or under compulsion is the way. Thanks for your site. I still believe that the word says we can sow the word and recieve 30-60-100 fold. Whatever is in the word we can sow. And finances and abundance are in the word. Our tithe is not the key, Jesus is our tithe in a way.
    God bless.

    • R. Renee
      January 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      Thank you for sharing your comments.

  3. Daisy
    September 27, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    Is following Jesus about getting money, 30,60 100 fold, etc? is it about how much money we can make and live material lives? giving is important for the work of the ministry, for the extension of God’s Kingdom, and God provides for our needs. Or have i missed something?
    i think you are spot on!! thanks for the message.

    • R. Renee
      September 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM


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      Peace & Blessings

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