By Kobina Ansah,
When I hear some of these “prosperity” preachers, I just shake my head in awe. If giving large sums of money in church is what maketh a man rich, tell me how much the Mark Zuckerberg, Dangotes and Bill Gates gave to be where they are today.
If the size of my offertory determines the size of my blessing, I just want to know how much C. Ronaldo gave to warrant such gargantuan blessing of wealth!
You see, the gospel is more than wealth. The gospel of Christ goes beyond making you rich. When we reduce the gospel to money, it has no essence in the ears of the rich.
The test of the gospel is a message that makes such an amazing impact on not only the poor but especially the rich. The true test of the gospel is a message that fills the vacuum in our souls nothing can fill, not even all of the world’s money.
Let’s not reduce the standard of the gospel. When we go about promising people wealth after they’ve given to the church, the Richard Bransons will see no reason to come to church because they already have what you’re promising!
We need money to push the gospel but it doesn’t mean we ought to rearrange the scriptures to suit this need. The church needs money. However, we should take heed not to twist people’s arms to get this money!
Giving should be voluntary. No terms and conditions should be attached to such. You won’t go to Hell if you don’t pay your tithes. It’s a big, fat lie! Your life won’t be a mess just because you don’t pay offertory in church. Giving fuelled by fear is from the head, not heart. When we give out of fear, we give grudgingly!
I am a faithful tither. I don’t relent in giving offertory. You know why? I have come to understand that God is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, even with their little. I don’t need to give everything in my account to impress Him. Whatever I give should be out of a CHEERFUL heart, not from coercion.
What matters is not the weight of my money but the weight of my heart. I’d rather give Ghc5 cheerfully than Ghc1000 and go home whining!
We need to go back to the basics of the gospel. The gospel that has no strings attached. The one with no terms and conditions. The gospel that is good news to both the rich and poor. The gospel that is not someone’s opinion presented as God’s!
Of what use is a “gospel” that plays on people’s poverty? Of what use is a “gospel” that ends up enriching only the preacher, not the hearer?
Listen. The gospel is not some lotto where you stand the chance of gaining more when you give more. So… next time your preacher grades blessings into tiers of offertory, ask him which lotto scripture he’s using. Definitely, it’s not the Bible!
Give with your heart, not your head. Give because you love God and the propagation of His work, not because you’re desperately fleeing from poverty.
Poverty eradication involves a complete character change. Giving in God’s house is only a tithe of that change. Cheers!
Let the conversation begin.
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