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Does God Punish Over Money

Is it true that people who hold back God's funds get punished?

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 ---jana on 6/5/06
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God does love a giver in general and a chearful one at that. Giving is part of love. I do not believe that God whould have us give a nickle to most of the Churches of today and to do so whould be to support their sin. We need to discern in our giving and give to the needy. We will definitely NOT be punished for withholding funds from the churches.
---jody on 6/4/07

I don't believe God punishes people for holding back funds. But I do believe you stop the flow of blessings in your life when you do not give. God also love cheerful givers. It is a blessing to give and to give cheerfully,not through coaxing,guilt or persuasion. Give according to what God has blessed you with and what you have. Not from what you do not have. Read 2 Corin chap 9 also.
---Robyn on 6/3/07

You give according to how God has blessed you. Depends how the Spirit is leading me. I really hate to get down to percentages because we never can repay God anyhow, for all that has done for us and is yet, doing. I do like to give but so much pilfering is going on these days.I give to my church but I also use some of the money ,to help other ministries and help the poor. Then I know where it is going.
---Robyn on 6/3/07

I believe that anyone who does not give away whatever God tells you to give away, that thing if you hold on to it, will NEVER bless you. Obey God. Always praying to God the Holy Father in the name of Jesus, about EVERYTHING.
---catherine on 6/3/07

That is a lie from the pits of hell. God does not punish anyone for "holding back funds". The New Testament in Jesus' Blood teaches us to be cheerful givers. Tithing which was part of the Law was done away with by Jesus on the Cross.
---Helen_5378 on 6/2/07

If you hold back God's funds(money that you have b/c of God which is all of it) b/c your greedy than yea
---mark_B. on 6/1/07

No, they don't. This is dubious teaching from some dubious teachers.
---mike8384 on 6/1/07

t.s., you have been greatly deceived when you think that you are really obeying God and buying his favor with 10 percent of your earnings. Also, if you want to keep the O.T. tithing custom to be justified to God, then too you must keep everything written in the Old Laws. As for me, I am not waiting until Judgment Day to obey the Commands of Jesus, I currently follow his New Laws delivered to us in the New Testament which is written by his blood.
---Eloy on 6/9/06

Whatever. You came WAY too late to convince this old girl that OBEYING GOD'S COMMANDS isn't neccesary. NOBODY forces me to pay tithes OR give offerings. I do it in complete freedom and JOY to willingly obey God's word. And He has been faithful in supplying my needs because of it. We'll see who is preaching a false doctrine when we stand before God!
---T.S. on 6/8/06

T.S. you profess falsehood and the curse from the O.T. Law. Jesus is God, and when he came to live and minister among us by the N.T. Law, he did not ever once command one cent, let alone 10%, from any single person. You need to obey the Messianic Law currently in force, and not the Mosaic Law which has been abolished.
---Eloy on 6/8/06

Rebecca, that's great. But with all due respect, tithing IS for everyone- it is a COMMANDMENT, not a suggestion. And Pastor is wrong for not teaching this to you and the rest of the congregation. Now, it's OK to say if you can't give in "offerings" don't worry about it, but if a person has an income, then 10% belongs to God right off the top. Moderator, and the rest of you, don't even waste the time to argue with me because I KNOW I'm right on this and you are not going to change my mind
---T.S. on 6/7/06

john--Every Jew (even Reform) will deny that the Levitical priesthood no longer exists.

Ever hear the terms "cohen" or "cohenim"?

It's the Hebrew word for "priest."

Jews with this and similar names (Kahn, Kuhn, Kagan, etc) are directly descended from Aaron.

They STILL have certain cultic duties and privileges.
---Jack on 6/7/06

T.S; I pay my tithes. Not because I have to by the church. My Pastor says if you can, than give, if you can't then don't worry about it, whatever you do is between you and the Lord. But ever since I have paid my tithes, my family has never went without of anything, food, clothes, money. No we're not rich. I am a housewife, my husband is a police officer, and a preacher. (not a Pastor). Paying tithes is not for everyone. I just know that it is my desire to do so.
---Rebecca_D on 6/7/06

2. While the Pastor and a FEW faithful givers among them solely support the church and pay the bills, and take care of all the neccesary maintenance like cleaning and yard work, and having fund raisers, so these spoiled loafers can stroll in an hour late on a Sunday morning, maybe twice a month on average, drop their two dollars in the plate, and think they've done God a favor.
---T.S. on 6/6/06

I can see that none of you have ever been Pastors of small churches who struggle to pay the bills because most of the congregation believes like all of YOU do. Oh, and believe me, they spend GOD'S money on a lot more than booze- lottery tickets, gambling, cigarettes, entertainment, clothes, jewelry, good times, self indulgent pleasures and extravegances...... while the hungry, poor, hurting, and dying people are in the shadow of thier steeples continually- totally ignored.
---T.S. on 6/6/06

Jack is right. Even in the Old Testament you could use your tithes for whatever you wanted. It was designed for the Levitical priesthood (which no longer exists) and to feed the hungry and supply necessities to underpriveledged. We still have the latter. Sharing your life with others is totally rewarding. These days the church has hirelings that require wages and we have errected massive structures that cost fortunes and hence comes the need for money to go into that instead of for the intended purpose.
---john on 6/6/06

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God does not have funds, for God owns every thing, even the cattle upon a thousand hills.
---Eloy on 6/6/06

The Father does not punish His children He corrects them. 2 Cor. 9:6,7 "He which soweth sparingly shall reap sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Every man accordingly as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; nor grudgingly, or of necessity: for The Father loves a cheerful giver" and is fully able to make all grace abound towards the generous so that they having all sufficiency in all things that may abound to every good work.
---josef on 6/5/06

The premise behind your question is that God punishes. This is simply not so.

Any "punishment" due us has been placed on Jesus Christ. Romans 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

God does bring correction and guidance but not punishment.
---Bruce5656 on 6/5/06

The tithe was sort of a "temple tax" in the Old Testament. God commanded the temple be built in a certain way and He commanded this method to support it. God no longer specifies any building, any animal sacrifices, any segregated priesthood. The New Covenent requires nothing like it. So there is no need to tithe (unless one wants to) and no need for guilt feelings if one does not. Now we ARE told to GIVE..but freely, as God has prospered us and to be cheerful in our giving.I Cor 16:2, 2Cor 9:7
---Donna2277 on 6/5/06

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BTW, did you know you can spend your tithe money on booze, according to the Bible?

Read Deuteronomy 14:22-26, and note esepcially verse 26.
---Jack on 6/5/06

Ananias and Saphira were slain not for holding back on their donation, but for lying about it.

Read the story carefully.

As St. Peter pointed out to them, to lie to the Church is to lie to the Holy Spirit.
---Jack on 6/5/06

If a person feels the need to pay tithes, and does for awhile, then stops and spend that money for things that they want, they will find that their life becomes miserable. Believe I have seen it. But paying tithes is only between God and each person. it should be required by a church. Everything that we have belongs to God anyway. He has blessed us so much, why can't we give back?
---Rebecca_D on 6/5/06

jana, you really do need to read a bible, a good translation would be New American Standard or New Int'l version if you don't understand King james. You can't automatically believe things unless you check them out in the bible. Only what the bible says is the truth. Sometimes God holds back financial blessings if people don't tithe or give money to the church, but not punish them.
---Donna9759 on 6/5/06

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