Several years ago I read a powerful article by Dr. Jess Moody, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Van Nuys, California. He was addressing the subject so many pastors and churches avoid like the plague: MONEY. Listen to these witty words of wisdom from a man who was one of America’s great pastors:
"The devil doesn't care what a preacher preaches on so long as he doesn’t talk about money.’ That's what the old preacher said. I didn’t agree with it at the time. I do now. Money is the catalyst that proves where a person’s commitment is. If he argues with his preacher about his tithe, he is calling God a liar and telling the whole world that he is either unsaved or uncommitted.
God can’t use an unsaved person and won’t use a carnal Christian. What a so-called Christian thinks about the tithe tells you exactly where he is spiritually. There are three battlefields where Satan wants to win in a Christian's life: money, morals and witnessing. A Christian who won't tithe, won't resist sin in his life, and won't witness is a flat-dabbed hypocrite.
I have known deacons who won’t tithe. I remember a Sunday School Superintendent who bossed a church for 28 years and never gave a dime to that church. He died early and I don’t expect to see him in heaven. I have worked with staff members who didn’t give to the church. They always were squabbling, egotistical and undependable. They are the worst kind.
The older I get, the tougher I am on the tithe. I don’t think it is optional, voluntary, or debatable. No Christian who won’t tithe should be a member of any board, teach any class, serve on a church staff, or be allowed to vote in church business meetings. Jesus said, “You tithe ... and that’s what you should do and never leave the weightier matters undone.” (Luke 11:42; Matthew 23:23)
If tithing is a lighter matter and you get mad at that, you’re going to explode when you get to the weightier matters. Don’t be a baby Christian. Case closed.
Now, carnal Christians, write me some hate letters for giving you strong meat. In return, I’ll send you a beautiful pacifier."
- Dr. Jess Moody, Pastor
My friend, Wayne Smith, who pastored the great Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky, for over 40 years, tells of a large hospital there that had the following sign on the front desk: “We’re not here to collect money. But if we don’t collect money, we won’t be here.”
Pardon me for asking, but you ARE a tither aren’t you?
© 2013. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.