How Do We Know That A Seed Faith Offering Is Scriptural?
A few years ago if you had asked me this question, it would certainly be a different answer from the one you are about to read today. As Christians, when we spend time studying the word of God and depending on the Holy Spirit for understanding, we tend to see things in a new light. Prior to this blog post, another interesting article is written titled The Church in 2019 it will be an interesting read, check it out.
Is seed faith offering scriptural or is it man made doctrine to exploit believers? Well, let us take a look at what is going on in the church today. Many ministers of the gospel talk about seed faith offerings as the key to getting hundred-fold in return. In other words, a seed faith offering is money you give in order to open the windows of blessings. In addition, the more money you give, the more God will bless you. does this sound familiar? All right stay with me here.
Monetization of the gospel
These pastors or prosperity preachers as I have come to call them are good talkers… extremely good in soliciting gifts to their ministries by promising such in-kind returns. You will hear “motivational” words like give $40 and trust God to bless you with more money. They skillfully wrap these messages with spiritual embellishment like “God does not need your money, if He asks you to give something, just know He is testing you and He is preparing something bigger for you!” “Jesus Christ is bigger than your debt, trust Him with the little you have now.” “If it (seed) does not pain you, then it is not a sacrifice.”
All these will end with scriptures that they have misinterpreted such as Mark 4:8-12 “But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, “To you, it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables”
What they avoid explaining or teach is in verse 13-14 of Mark 4. “And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word.”
Here is the point I started questioning what we have been thought about giving the little you have so that God can bring more money. Romans 8:32 “32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
Please, I need you to open your mind, let the Word of God saturate. Romans 8:32 showed me how powerful the love of God is towards His Children. Imagine a God who freely gave His Son for people including the unborn to be saved, will be asking you to empty the bank or give what you have for Him to bless you? No! He can FREELY give you everything.
The gospel is not a get-rich-quick scheme
Jesus Christ explained to His disciples that the seeds, which the sower is sowing are the Word of God! Not money! Let me quickly drop this here “If God wants to enrich you, He does not need your money to do so, He is not a God of “get rich quick scheme”. Unfortunately, this is what some of our ministers, pastors, evangelists, etc. have turned our heavenly Father to.
They forget to teach Romans 14:17
“for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
You may ask “what about Luke 6:38?” – Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Well, let us read from verse 37 and then 38 37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Now you see the verse is not about money or financial gains– the scripture talks about FORGIVENESS! How much you forgive is the same forgiveness, even shaken together and running over! It was never about how much money you put in the offering box, or how much money you sow into the minister’s life or ministry. It talks about FORGIVENESS. The Kingdom of God is not a get-rich-quick scheme; we need to change that mindset.
Should we stop giving?
The answer to the above question is a big NO! This article is not trying to stop you from giving. It is showing you that there is a difference between “give, and” and “give so that”. The latter is rooted in a selfish motive. When you want to give, give for the right reasons; give for the sake of helping others and to the glory of God. Do not give so that something or some things will be given to you by God.
What preachers of the prosperity Gospel will not show you. 2 Corinthians 12:15 “15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.” The Apostles gave their all, they ensure everyone around them are comfortable, even though the act may not be reciprocated. They lived the life Jesus Christ showed them.
Let us be sincere, do you see teachers like the apostles today? Well, I will leave that for you to ponder. The Apostles had every opportunity to amass wealth for themselves, but they did not. They understood the true meaning of Love.
1 Corinthians 4:10–11
10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! 11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. So, what is the use of having a fleet of cars, jets, when your neighbor cannot afford a three-square meal?
Godliness with contentment is a great gain
1 Timothy 6:6-10
“6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, [a]and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
As followers of Christ, we should pray to be content with what we have, without the spirit of covetousness pulling us away from the Kingdom of God.
Encourage Yourself In the Lord
Is Seed Faith Offering Scriptural? Well, I will leave the question for you to answer. Let us know your thoughts via the comment box