Friday, November 5, 2010
"Give and Live" Gospel in the SBC: Bring Ye All the Tithe Into My Mega Church - Or Else!
The sad thing about the Ed Young tithing controversy this week is this: He is not the only prominent preacher in the Southern Baptist Convention who is preaching this nonsense on the tithe, threatening people with curses and calamity for not forking over 10% to their mega church.
It would be easy to say Ed is just on the fringe, he is extreme. But it's not true. His theology is right in line with other prominent preachers in the SBC.
Take Mac Brunson and Steve Gaines, pastors of two of the most historic, influential churches in the Southern Baptist Convention. They both preach the tithe, and they preach it hard. Not to tithe is a sin, and a serious sin, no exceptions.
It is the new Southern Baptist repackaged prosperity Gospel...but instead of "health and wealth", it is a "give and live" gospel that says to live in the fullness of God's blessings as a Christian (and avoid his OT curses), you must give 10% minimum, and only to your 501(c)3 church. Undesignated. Anything less, and you are accursed. Don't give it to Haiti, or for the poor in your community, it all must come to the "storehouse", which conveniently happens to be the church where these men collect their hefty paychecks and bennies.
Gaines has accused his non-tithing church members of living in stolen homes and driving stolen cars. Gaines says a Christian's first 10% of charitable giving MUST go to their church in an undesignated fashion. None of that 10% should ever go to any other cause, Christian or secular.
Brunson accuses his non-tithers of stirring the wrath of God, causing God to bring judgement on America. Brunson says non-tithers have brought this recession on to their fellow citizens. He also says that "God collects", that if you don't give God what is owed him, like a mob boss God will hurt you financially. Or as Mac says, "poof", God will just blow your money away in the wind as retribution, so you lose what you should have given to God, because "God collects".
THAT is the tragedy. It is NOT just Ed Young. Ed is merely taking a false doctrine and carrying it out to its absurd, but logical conclusion. You see, if indeed God is in heaven and is extremely angry over us not dropping 10% in the offering plate (that would be 95% of us) - if indeed we have brought a "curse" on ourselves and our nation - if indeed we are living in stolen houses and we are criminals in God's eyes for not tithing - if God is indeed a cosmic bully who is kicking sand in the eyes of the weakling, unmanly non-tithers by blowing away his resources as Brunson says....if that is true....then all preachers should recommend, maybe even demand automatic withdrawl of the tithe. They should warn us that we are bringing a curse on our family, that our careers will suffer and financial calamity is around the corner for us.
And by golly, these preachers should be honest with non-Christians when they proclaim the gospel. Tell them that once they accept Jesus Christ and experience the freedom of forgiveness...that they will have to begin giving 10% of their income to their church else their new salvation will actually lead them into a curse, because God expects 10% minimum.
Watch the video above, as you can see these three preachers in action as they teach their people that 10% is the pathway to peace with God.
Posted by FBC Jax Watchdog at 5:56 AM