I’m encouraged (and often challenged) when believers interpret Scripture in a way that affects their own finances. (I mean, its easy to interpret Scripture in a way that affects others people.) I’m even more encouraged when they then acts on that interpretation.
I’ve linked a couple of times to Eric’s decision to resign from professional pastoring. (See his posts at “A Pilgrim’s Progress.”) Now, a missionary is examining Scripture and questioning a common practice that will also affect his own finances.
Guy at “The M Blog” says “Kingdom Giving trumps Storehouse Tithing.” Now, Guy is a missionary paid from tithes given by SBC churches to the International Mission Board. If people stopped tithing to their local church, Guy knows that he would be affected, but he says that there are more important considerations:
But if everyone practiced kingdom giving, the argument goes that our churches and programs would crumble overnight. The economic system of financing church-as-we-know-it would collapse. Would this be a bad thing? Undoubtedly things would be terribly chaotic for many of us, especially for those of us like myself who depend upon storehouse tithing/giving to pay our bills and buy our food. But I am convinced that after the dust settles from such a 9.0 magnitude earthquake by this transfer of assets from the storehouse to the kingdom, there would be a dramatic surge forward towards the fulfillment of Kingdom purposes in all spheres of life and giant steps forward in making Christ known amongst the nations.
Very encouraging… and challenging. Guy is willing to take a financial hit if it benefits the kingdom of God.