Biblical Perspective on Prosperity and Tithing

About this Site
    Statement of Faith
    No Donations
    Meet the Editor
Charismatic Issues
    Lying Signs & Wonders
       A False Apostle
       Prophetic Blunders
       Cruel Trickery
    The Prosperity Doctrine
       Empty Promises
General Issues
       Modern Evangelism
       Church as a Business
    The End Times

Prosperity and Tithing

From Andrew Strom:

Regarding "prosperity", I have to say that the arguments of those in the 'Faith' camp are very familiar to me, but my own studies on this matter convinced me of quite a different viewpoint.  Yes, I do believe in God's provision, and that He will financially bless His children so that they can continue to GIVE OUT.  But this is very different to the 'Prosperity doctrine' (which I cannot go along with).  The Old Testament was very different to the New.  It was a "physical" covenant, while the New Testament is a "spiritual" covenant.  They had physical riches; we have spiritual riches.  I do not believe you can argue that "God wants Christians wealthy" from the Old Testament.

I would ask everyone who wants a real answer on this issue to simply get out a Concordance, such as "Strong's" or another resource.  Then look up the words riches, poor, mammon, rich, etc.  Look at all the occasions these words were used in the New Testament, and you will develop a very good picture of the correct NT view of this issue.  Simply look up every NT Scripture relating to this issue and it will all become very clear.

I believe that Jesus' view of this is pretty much the opposite of today's prosperity teachers.  Look up the Scriptures and see for yourself!

From Tom Plumb:

Think about it.

Martin Luther fought the Roman Catholic practice of indulgences, even though they brought in unprecedented revenue into his church.  Indulgences enabled the Vatican palaces to be built into the splendor that we now associate with them.  They were far simpler before indulgences were invented!

Today's prosperity doctrine could be viewed as a revival of the essential philosophy behind this fallen practice.

Indulgence:  "The remission of temporal punishment still due for a sin that has been sacramentally absolved."

More precisely, it is the payment of money to the church so that the church would clear the plantiff from specific responsibilities before God.

Similarly, today's churches clearly request us to tithe. Give one tenth of your earnings, and God will let you do what you want with the rest . . . and bless you for it.  In faith, give more, and God will bless you more.

In contrast, Jesus clearly asks many to give all their treasure to the poor (not necessarily the church), and then follow Him, so they may have treasure in heaven.  It was a common practice for new believers to sell their lands and give the proceeds to God.  They then went on to live by faith in Him, that He would provide their daily needs, while they were ministering and working.  They supplied resources to Him.  He then supplied resources to them.  There were no churches or mortgages.  They met from house to house.

Today's doctrines, as often taught, limit required faith to 10%.  Any more is extra.  The New Testament pattern is total giving, and total faith for Him to supply as they functioned in their church body that was similarly committed.

Today's doctrines let us off the hook . . . for a fee!  Bribe God, so He will let you be as worldly as you please.  It's sort of a protection racket.

It even goes so far as being espoused essentially as a God approved high yielding ponzi investment scheme!  Paul never had it this good.  He had to trust Him directly.

[Editor's Note:  In January 2002 I received an informative e-mail on the subject of tithing.  With the writer's permission I am publishing it here:]

Hello Brian,

You have some interesting material on your web pages.

Years ago I attended the Worldwide Church of God in Pasadena, California.  My wife and I left that organization in 1974.  At that time I was the payroll supervisor for that church, which also had three college campuses called Ambassador College.  The payroll was an annual multi-million dollar payroll.

In that church we paid 1st tithe, 2nd tithe, and every third year 3rd tithe.  In addition to this, we were asked to contribute to special funds, such as the building fund, and even go to the bank and borrow money (which we did), and give it to the church.

I would like to recommend to you a book entitled "Beyond Tithes and Offerings" by Michael Webb and Mitchell Webb, published by ON TIME PUBLISHING.  I ordered my copy from Barnes & Nobles Bookstore.  To my knowledge this is the most complete and thorough book available on the subject of tithing.  It is because of the false teaching that tithing is applicable to New Testament Christians, that so many churches and their pastors become so wealthy.

The Apostle Paul, who was the Apostle to the Gentiles, never instructed Gentile Christians about tithing, circumcision, animal sacrifices, or any of the laws which God gave to physical Israel, and which were abolished at the cross.

The Worldwide Church was not a Pentecostal or Charismatic church, but was extremely wealthy, and the leaders lived like kings at the expense of the sheep.  In fact, at their peek, before the founder, Herbert W. Armstrong died, they took in approximately $180 million per year.  Since that time, that church split into many, many factions.  Some of the most bitter people I know came out of that organization.

Cordially yours,
Van Robison

[Editor's Note:  Van Robison has also recommended to me an outstanding book called "Tithing: Low-Realm, Obsolete & Defunct" by Matthew E. Narramore.  The book is available online for free, or can be purchased from Tekoa Publishing (]

[Home]  [Top of Page]

Send questions and comments to: Brian Karjala

Search this Site:
Updated Sun Mar 5, 2017 10:14pm MST