IN THIS EPISODE, I address another issue raised by our visitor “Kim” who sent us an email regarding tithing, sowing seeds and other issues. Today’s topic is Thou Shall Sow Seeds to Thy Pastor.
A well-known Prosperity Gospel/Word of Faith preacher visited Kim’s church for his Money Come to Me Conference. During the conference he told the church members that they need to sow seeds (i.e., give money) to their pastor.
Since then, Kim writes “Some of the congregation started going up to the Pastor before he started to minister the word to give him money.”
False Doctrine Territory
There is no commandment given to Christians that says that you must sow seeds (or give money) to the pastor. There is nothing inherently wrong with giving money to your pastor. However, if someone tells you must “sow seeds” (give money) to the pastor, especially as a way of receiving blessings from God, then you’re being led into false doctrine territory. According to the New Testament, the Apostle Paul does encourage voluntary giving and free-will offerings.
The Apostle offers these guidelines for giving:
- Give cheerfully
- Give voluntarily
- Give what you can afford
- Give from your abundance
I expound on these guidelines in my teaching, Why Tithe When Giving is So Much Better?.
There’s nothing wrong with giving money to the preacher, if that’s what you want to do, and it is done within the guidelines set forth above.
Power of the Celebrity Preacher
What’s the point of telling people to sow seeds to the pastor when the church is already paying him a salary (from “tithes” and offerings)? What that suggests to me is that the pastor wants more money. Instead of Kim’s pastor telling his church that he wants more money, he brings in a Celebrity Preacher (CP) to say it for him. The CP is rich and knows how to get people to give money. In fact, people are more likely to give money because the CP said so. And that’s the power and influence of celebrity.
Tune in, and listen to the rest of my commentary on this matter. I share my perspective on why celebrity preachers are brought to your church, and how the power of celebrity influences people’s behavior – and their pocketbooks.