THERE ARE NUMEROUS false teachings that fall under the umbrella of the Tithe Doctrine and the Prosperity Gospel. False teachers know that many folks sitting in the pews Sunday after Sunday will not question them or read the scriptures for themselves.
As a result, it’s relatively easy for them to control and manipulate people into doing just about anything (like paying so-called tithes) just by pointing to something Jesus said in the scriptures.
Here’s an example of how tithing and prosperity pimps misuse the Gospel of Jesus in order to promote greed and materialism in the church.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (KJV).
Religious hustlers (mis)interpret the verse as meaning that the abundant life Jesus gave is a life full of money, riches, homes, cars, jewelry, etc. In other words, all the material possessions you can imagine.
Is this what Jesus was talking about in this verse? Is this is what is meant by an abundant life?
The Greek word for life in this verse is zoe. The word zoe (life) in this context refers to spiritual life. In Greek the word for possessions is bios. The word bios refers to the physical world and the means of livelihood, according Strong’s Greek Lexicon.
If Jesus was referring to money or material possessions in this verse, he would have said:
“I am come that they may have possessions.”
Pay attention folks…beware of false teachers…