Bar the door Katie; Pastor’s preaching on Malachi 3! If you’ve been in church long enough you’re familiar with this Scripture. It’s not like it’s preached often, but usually a pastor will touch on it entirely once or twice a year. I never liked to preach about money because one doesn’t want folk to think that’s what church is all about. However, it is all about money! If God thinks it important so should we.
There are some preachers on television that are good, sound ministers of the Word. But there are more shysters than good. They have made a mockery of the tithe and offering. “If you will send this ministry your thousand dollar seed gift, we will send you a prayer handkerchief blessed by brother so and so.” No thanks, I have enough hankies for now. But to be honest, there are among us robbers of God. They’ve used the excuse that the church is not going to fleece me, etc. Our homes need finances to remain cozy, warm and stocked well with food. We need to pay the utility companies and food stores. Church has the same responsibilities and without us contributing our God-ordered share- it suffers.
God asks, in Malachi 3:8, “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee?” They were probably trying to envision what they had stolen from God. ‘Gee, we haven’t stole anything from the temple or the priest’. What could it be? This proves people didn’t take the tithe seriously back then either. Just like us today. And God fired back, “In tithes and offerings.” Uh oh, you mean that. Yes that! Come on now everyone of us has robbed God. If you say you haven’t, don’t get near me. I don’t want to be collateral damage when God zaps you.
Churches need finances to exist. Giving to our local church is giving to God as long as the church is following the Bible. We need to heat the church, pay the light and water bill. Don’t forget ground maintenance; and that ever present insurance. Then there is the preachers salary, sundry other expenses and missionaries. Yes missionaries! Many missionaries never make it to the field, or are delayed in so doing, because of lack of support. Thirty seven hundred American churches close their doors every year. That means that every Sunday, 71 churches shut down. There are other reasons, but you can bet most because people have “robbed God in tithes and offerings”.
God wants to bless us, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith…if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (vs. 10).