Sermon Illustrations

An article in Friday’s Wall Street Journal (November 23, 2007) described the backlash many churches feel when teaching on tithing (giving 10% of one’s income): “Opponents of tithing say it is a misreading of the Bible, a practice created by man, not God. They say they should be free to donate whatever amount they choose, and they are arguing with pastors, writing letters and quitting congregations in protest.” But Steve Sorensen, director of pastoral ministries at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio was quoted as saying, “‘When you tithe, God makes promises to us, that he…is not going to let anything bad or destructive come about’…. For those who don’t tithe, he says the Lord ‘is not obligated to do those things for you.’”