Saturday, March 13, 2010
"Disillusionment comes when they discover too late that their "seed-faith" offerings, instead of returning money to their own pockets as promised, are only making wealthy those who invented and are propagating this false doctrine. Those who drop out, however, are quickly replaced by others equally eager to get rich from "giving to God." (Dave Hunt, Beyond Seduction)
The Bible says, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt...but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven..." Paul explains that love seeks nothing for itself and expects nothing in return (1 Cor. 13:1-8). For Paul, God's blessing upon his life and ministry never involved a financial reward. Giving is important, but we have to be careful of those who want to emotionally manipulate us.
Out of all of the teachings of the Faith movement, this one bothered me the most. I knew God called me to be a keeper at home, but there is no promise of an easy lifestyle to the obedient - rather it is usually the opposite. Doing right is usually a struggle. I would grow watch out for anything that is considered as a divine formula, and check it out first before believing it.