Robert Morris, pastor of Gateway Church, was introduced on this blog in June as he is really the grand-daddy teacher of the "first fruit" tithing nonsense. In the first post on Morris he told his congregation that forking over 10% of their income was a requirement to avoid losing one's job, their kids, and to avoid divorce.
Morris preached his first-fruits nonsense at Perry Noble's church, at the Celebration Church here in Jacksonville pastored by Stovall Weems, and also at Rick Warren's church. Warren even went so far as to present Morris as a top financial expert.
2011 also saw Paige Patterson arrogantly tell his seminary students during chapel that the reason he is so blessed and why they are so poor is because he has been so faithful to tithe and many of them have not. In fact Patterson attributes his having a pulpit to preach in every week from him tithing 20% - which is great, but he is still about 3% short of the Old Testament 23% requirement.
No year would be complete without Steve Gaines rolling out his accusations that his church members are living in stolen houses and driving stolen cars, and Gaines didn't disappoint. He even rolled it out at Johnny Hunt's church in August.
Ed Young stayed true to form in 2011 by pushing the tithe, offering a money back guarantee if people would sign a pledge to tithe and then found that God didn't keep his word by blessing them.
A few bizarre tithing tactics: Perry Noble claimed that there would be less homosexuality if Christians would tithe, and a little-known pastor here in Jacksonville aggressively accused his members of being "heel grabbers" and "supplanters" for not tithing.
I will continue to highlight these false teachings on tithing as I become aware of them in 2012!