While I was in Europe, I ended up visiting a Hillsong service because of my sister. Anyways, there was a sermon (sort of) by this self-professed multi-millionaire (in about 10 years he says) and he was explaining about tithing. Afterwards, I felt extremely bothered by it :ehh: especially since it seems so disapproving of mendicant orders which I am very inspired by (Saint Francis ), so just wondering if there is any truth to his sermon (if at all). Here are just random snippets I was able to copy down from the sermon…
*Is being poor scriptural? He says no. Having money and being financially stable is the way to help others. He says there are 70% of parables in the bible related to money, and he mentions Luke 16:10 as a way to show that being financially stable etc. is a way to show that a person is trustworthy in small matters (vs. the great matters in heaven).
Says being poor is not what God wants. Says if you are poor, then you can’t give (and he points out the Bible says to give much). He mentions scripture that “blessed are the poor” is in reference to spirit, not in finance, so this is not the Bible telling people to be poor.
He mentions Deuteronomy 6:5, and he says a more accurate translation of loving God with all your “heart, soul, strength” is “emotions, reasoning, and money” and uses this to point out that God wants you to love with all your money, not to get rid of your money.
He mentions how if we can’t be trusted with money then we can’t be trusted with real riches (Luke 16:10) Says tithe is before the mosaic law and so we should do tithe. He says if you don’t tithe, you are still saved etc. (This guy is a OSAS, just saying) but no covenant or blessing is made in regards to finances because to not tithe is to take control of your own finances instead of letting it up to God.
He says Jesus isn’t poor. Mentions Deuteronomy 8:10. Says you should pray after you eat, not before. Also, Deuteronomy mentions being thankful for the “excellent land which He hath given thee” and so this is an example that God does not want us to be poor. He then mentions Deuteronomy 8:11 to beware of forgetting God, and that God wants us to be financially good, and just not to forget about God. He then mentions Deuteronomy 8:13 and how a person is given riches (oxen, sheep, gold, silver…) and says that if you can’t handle gold here then you will be digging the streets of gold in the new Heaven.
He then says he became a multimillionaire in 10 years from the slums by giving his finances to God, etc. He then mentions Matthew 19:16. He says not all commandments are mentioned to show a point about financial living (don’t have his explanation). Once the man asks what more to do to attain eternal life in Matthew 19, the guy mentions Matthew 19:23, and Matthew 19:25, how it is against what is said in Deuteronomy and is the reason why the apostles are against this and says it is impossible. Then he says that it is possible only through God. He says if humans think having 100% of money is better than 90% of money, that’s not correct. He says that if we tithe so we have 90% of money, then we will receive more than 100% in return. He then ended the sermon with prayer for financial well-being of everyone in the theater.*