Thou Shall Sow Seeds to Thy Pastor

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:

  1. Give cheerfully
  2. Give voluntarily
  3. Give what you can afford
  4. 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.

Resources

Free Tithe Study Guide

The Tithing Hoax

5 comments for “Thou Shall Sow Seeds to Thy Pastor

  1. Tonette
    June 12, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Wow I experienced the same situation at the church where I attend. It wasn’t a celebrity pastor that visited, but he was coaching the congregation to sow to the pastor. I’ve been praying and wishing that I could either find a home church or some how start a home church . That way we could focus more on the word and not money.

    • GUEST
      July 5, 2013 at 4:57 AM

      You are not alone in your prayer for a real church environment where the manifest presence of God is felt and the Bible is not being twisted for monetary gain.

      If bible illiterates understood Galatians chapter three verses thirteen and fourteen they would understand it is impossible to be cursed for not tithing when Christ died to redeem them from all curses, including the curse in Malachi 3:8-9.
      Grace robbers are declaring curses on those Christ has redeemed from the curse of the law.

      They need to read Numbers 22 and see how displeased God was with Balaam for trying to collect money from a Moabite pagan King to curse God’s people. In Joshua 13:22 he met his doom and was slain in battle. No one has any business cursing whom God has blessed.

      These grace robbers do not have a clue as to what Covenant they got in under. Unless they were born a Jew in the days of Malachi under the Old Covenant God was not talking to a redeemed Gentile Christian who got grafted into Covenant with God under the dispensation of Grace. We have his grace, period!

      Paid in full means nothing else is owed. Only the tribe of Levite was mandated to collect the tithes in the first place. When was the last time you met the tribe of Levites?

      The Jews under the Old Covenant had endless tithes and offerings. They had Sin Offerings, Grain Offerings, Fellowship Offerings, Burnt Offerings and animal sacrifices. When was the last time your Pastor killed a spotless lamb and offered it up as a burnt offering? Hello grace robbers and the robots who follow them, please answer that question since you ascribe to Malachi 3:8-9.
      James 2:10 said all of the law had to be kept in unison and breaking one voided them all. Read Leviticus and count the laws they had and see how many you have kept vs broken.

      The carrot stick will continue to be waved as long as these grace robbers do not know how to fund their empires without being extortionist on God’s people.

      First off there are far too many bible illiterates in church bldgs who have yet to read their entire bibles Genesis to Revelation, word for word and that is why they lack an understanding in the difference of Jesus words on the cross…Paid in full vs Pay in full, they mix law and grace, Old Covenant with New Covenant which is as far as East and West.
      Read these bible verses all you grace robbing tithe legalist. Can’t they trust the Holy Spirit to do his job and lead the redeemed on how to give?

      Romans 10:4 “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes”.

      Acts 13:39 “through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses”.

      Galatians 2:16 “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified”.

      Galatians 3:24 “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.”

      Galatians 3:25 ” But after faith is come we are no longer under a schoolmaster”

      John 19:30 “it is finished,” the Greek word is: “Tetelestai” it means the same as: “Paid in full”

      Acts 15:10 ” Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bare?”

      Acts 15:19 “Therefore my judgment is that we should NOT trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God”

      Acts 15:24 “Since we have heard that some persons have gone out from us and troubled you with words, unsettling your minds, although we gave them no instructions”, (on keeping the laws of Moses and circumcisions)

      Acts 15:28 “For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us (the original Apostles) to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements”Acts 15:29 “that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”
      (There no mention to tithe in the above verses )

      Galatians 2:21 “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.”

      Galatians 3:2 “This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?”

      Galatians 3:3 “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”

      Galatians 3:5 “Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?”

      Galatians 3:11 “Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”
      ( keep all of the laws in Leviticus without breaking a single one to earn your righteousness instead of faith in Jesus work of redemption on his cross, but you can’t unless you are sinless).

      Galatians 3:12 “However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”

      Galatians 3:13 “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us– for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE “–

      Galatians 3:14 “so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith” (note: we have the blessing by faith, not works).

      Galatians 4:30 “What does the scriptures say? Cast out the slave woman (some translations say bond woman) for the slave woman and her son shall not inherit the promise with the free woman and her son. So then my brothers we are not the children of the slave woman but of the free woman. This was an allegory of the two covenants.

      Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

      Galatians 5:2 “Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you.”

      Galatians 5:3 “And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law”.
      (The same can be said of keeping the tithe law)

      Galatians 5:4 “You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace”.

      Galatians 5:18″ But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law”.

      Ephesians 2:15 “by ABOLISHING THE LAW of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace”

      Colossians 2 :14 “by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross”.

      Hebrews 8:6 ” But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.”

      Hebrews 8:7 “For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second”.

      Hebrews 8:13″When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear”.

      Hebrews 7:28 “For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever”.

      John 1:16 “For of his fullness we all received, and grace for grace.”

      John 1: 17 “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”

      If you are redeemed and born again you free from the curse of the law.

      • R. Renee
        July 6, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Thank you for sharing these verses.

        Peace & Blessings

    • GUEST
      July 5, 2013 at 5:07 AM

      I suspect there may just be a repeat of what happened to the early church when persecution hit and they were kicked out of their Synagogues and they met met in houses. Has the Lord allowed militant anti-church groups with alternative life-styles to create laws contrary to church teachings? In the Old Testament God allowed his own people to go into captivity and were ruled by a wicked Babylonian King for their sins and hypocrisy. Hope bible history is not repeating itself.

  2. Tonette
    June 16, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Not sure is my first message was sent got a system error. Wow I experienced the same situation at the church where I attend. It wasn’t a celebrity pastor that visited, but he was coaching the congregation to sow to the pastor. I’ve been praying and wishing that I could either find a home church or some how start a home church . That way we could focus more on the word and not money.

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