Summary: The "health and wealth" doctrine is a heresy. But it uses many sound Biblical truths in its false teaching. Do you know what one basic truth they’ve left out?
iii. But more likely, my motivation will be so that my bank account will grow and prosper.
Now, there’s not a thing wrong with my bank account growing and prospering.
But we need to remember Jesus words on this topic:
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
If my giving is all about taking care of MY bank account… where’s my treasure?
It’s in my bank account.
If I use the “health and wealth” doctrine as the basis of my giving, I’ll merely be using God as another investment in my portfolio, and I will expect a return on that investment.
III. Scripture teaches an entirely different concept
1st – the Bible teaches us that our offering doesn’t belong to us… it belongs to Him.
In fact, even if you didn’t give it… it would still be His.
When Israel had fallen into the false thinking that they could somehow engage in sin and still offer their sacrifices to Him, God told them:
“I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.” Psalm 50:9-12
This is critical for us, because otherwise – we look at as our offering as our money.
ILLUS: A U.S. Congressman named Bob McCune, told the story of the time when he took his kids out to eat at a local fast-food restaurant. As he they sat down to eat, Bob smelled the fries in front of one of his sons - and reached over to get one.
To his surprise, the young boy grabbed his dad’s hand, pushed it back, and exclaimed, "Dad, Dad, don’t take my fries!" McCune was stunned. He sat in front of his son in silence and wondered, "What happened?"
Then the meaning of this "teachable moment" hit him. He thought, "My son doesn’t know where those fries came from. He doesn’t realize that about five minutes ago I went to the counter, put my hand in my pocket, pulled out the money and bought those fries for him. I am the source of those fries.
My son doesn’t understand that, if I wanted to, I could take those fries away from him.
He doesn’t know that I don’t even need his fries; if I wanted to, I could go over to the counter and buy my own.
He doesn’t realize that, if I wanted to, I could go over to the counter and buy a dozen orders and cover him with fries.
What I really wanted from my son was his willingness to share w/ me what I’d already given him
SO 1st, God owns my offering.
It isn’t my investment in Him - it’s His investment in me.
2ndly Scripture teaches us that God has asked us to partner with Him.
Look again at 2 Corinthians 9:8
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
Did you catch that…
“God makes His grace abound to you SO THAT … you will abound in every good work.”
In other words
1. We can’t out give God
2. God expects His church and its ministries to be supported by our free-will offerings