Friday, January 01, 2010

An example of local prosperity teaching 3

(Daily Devotion dated 28 Dec 2009 from Kong Hee. The definition of 'prosperity teaching' is here.)

"Tithing is returning to God a tenth of all that He has given to us. It is a test of our faithfulness and it qualifies us to be a steward of God. To withhold the tithe is therefore robbing that which belongs to God. As such, Malachi 3:9 says that you are therefore “cursed with a curse.” A thief is cursed and can never see the blessings and the abundance of God...

Have you been a faithful tither? Have you fulfilled all the promises that you made to God? If you have not, then make a decision today to be a faithful tither and a promisekeeper. It may cost you something, but the reward far outweighs the sacrifice. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”" (Italics added)

2 comments: said...

Hi Sze Zeng,

Do note that Pastor Prince NEVER preaches like this and New Creation doesn't believe this. The curse is not something Christians will fall under if they fail to tithe. That is the wrong motive to give.

The time to give our tithes and offerings is a non-event in NCC. It coincides with our video announcements. There is no mini-sermon to encourage or manipulate members to give in fear. There are no warnings given that if members don't tithe they will fall under the curse or they are disobeying God, etc. Giving should be motivated primarily by our love for God and all He has done for us. If we give, God will bless us back too. I think this is biblical but should NEVER be the emphasis or main reason we give, like it is in many so called "prosperity gospel" churches.

I love the way New Creation approaches all this. It's very different from the typical "prosperity gospel" churches in many ways.

CHC is a wonderful church, as I've written elsewhere. But it's important to notice a difference in teaching and practice in this area.

Happy New Year :)

Sze Zeng said...

Hi Jonathan,

Thank you for pointing that out.

That is the difference I noticed between NCC and CHC too. That's why I make it clear in my post where did I get the messages from so that will not implicate other non-related parties.

Hey, happy new year to you too! :-)