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Asked To Give $100 At Church

The Pastor asked each member to give $100 at church. The ones who gave the $100 were then asked to go first to lay the money on the altar. Other givers followed. Any thoughts?

Moderator - That is the typical Word of Faith technique to put peer pressure on the congregation to give bigger offerings. Nothing wrong with taking a special offering for a real need, however the offering should be done without pressure and privately. If you are attending a Word of Faith church, consider leaving.

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//Anybody who has any foundational teaching of the finished work of Christ would know better than to receive a curse spoken over them.
---Linda on 11/23/10//

Linda, I would agree with you except that Eve was deceived while walking in the light with God. She didn't know it was satan, and sometimes we don't know when a curse is being spoken over us. I think that's why we need to "pray at all times in the spirit."
---Donna5535 on 12/1/10

Would christians exist if they were without man-made religions, denominational churches (each having their own traditions, rituals, ways of living, and interpretations of the bible), without church buildings and real estate, without material things to fill up the buildings, and the money spent for upkeep and maintenance?

Very few.
---Steveng on 11/28/10

"Pastor asked each member to give $100 at church.... Any thoughts?"
"Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
When you give to someone, don't tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in secret, and your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you."
---joseph on 11/27/10

Anybody who has any foundational teaching of the finished work of Christ would know better than to receive a curse spoken over them.
---Linda on 11/23/10

Now they say they are "afraid" NOT to tithe--they've heard about people's tires going flat etc. because they didn't tithe. Now that's sad!
---Donna66 on 11/22/10

I have been told similar things. So many that I CAN'T stand to be around people -- with "steam coming out of their ears" -- that tell me:

I got SICK because I got divorced.

My backache was because I didn't help with work at the church.

Financial problems are the result of my NOT giving enough money.

You're "in trouble" with GOD if you ever have questions for his Reps [the Pastors]

I'd call this some sort of manipulation or mind games. Not even close to what the Bible teaches.
---Augie on 11/23/10

Augie, I agree with you 100%! If I attend a church like the one you describe, I do not return. I've even talked to some Christians who have been taught this for a lifetime. Now they say they are "afraid" NOT to tithe--they've heard about people's tires going flat etc. because they didn't tithe. Now that's sad!

Bud, Churches sometimes have so many people taking advantage of them, that they become a bit skeptical.
BUT if you offered to WORK, I can't understand them sending you away! People come to our small church, and if able bodied, are often offered some kind of small job in exchange for the help. It's amazing how many suddenly decide they are not really desperate after all.
---Donna66 on 11/22/10

Leaving churches are not the answer. I tried that many times before. All of them are dealing with corruption, in one way are another. I always give an offering. But I did not give the $100. I give what God has blessed me to give. He asked for more than what a lot of people would have given in tithes.
Thanks for all comments.
---Robyn on 11/22/10

If I was there I would have asked, "Why are you asking people for money?"
---Eloy on 11/23/10

If these "faith churches" believed what they preach, they would show the congregation how much they were giving, and how they were getting because of "their faith." Then "the faith church" would have all the money they need.

Why is it supposed to work for the laity, but not for the organization?
---Rod4Him on 11/23/10

No wonder this world is so antagonistic. False teachers are just as bad as to what this world calls terrorist..And God sends out one or two trues, and the world don't believe us, because, this world has far too many fakes. Sick, yes, don't come to close to me. I may throw-up all over you. unholy shoes.
---catherine on 11/22/10

This is such a sad, but repeating true story. I myself went and asked for help, even looking for a job at several churches only to be told.."just pray about it" ???
I went to church with some of the richest people I know...think anyone of them has even offered me a cup of coffee? I'm not Jesus...but I think I know how alone He musta felt.
---Bud on 11/22/10

Visited many churches. Not sure if any were Word of Faith. But they were all large churches. Some facts about giving that the Pastors told their flocks:

You can't afford NOT to tithe.

Give MORE and believe that you'll get that equivalent pay raise.

Tithing is a COMMANDMENT. Don't argue with GOD!

Would you ROB a bank? That's what you're doing by NOT giving, and the bank is GOD.

I want to see EVERYONE fill out a pledge card and place it in the offering plate.

When you're asked, don't LEND to the church. GIVE instead!

Not sure if any, or all, of this is Biblical. I believe that we should give as we feel led to do so. That's what I do.
---Augie on 11/22/10

My thoughts: LEAVE THAT CHURCH!!!!!

What a carnal Pastor he is!!!!! ugh, I just can't stand what's happening lately...Pastors panicking because the tithes and offerings aren't coming in so they demand $100 and then embarrass the ones who can't give that much - that's NOT Jesus's way at all.

And tell that Pastor that Jesus fed 5,000 people and it didn't cost him a dime!!!! Go tell your Pastor that and then ask him, "How do you think Jesus did that?" See what he says then come back and tell us.

This stuff just ruffles my feathers BIG TIME!!!
---Donna5535 on 11/22/10


I assume that you have talked with a lot of people about this issue. I'm one of those folks.

I tried going to a church that first met in an industrial park warehouse. There was an offering of this type to raise money to purchase a church building. I nervously thought to myself:

I don't want to "miss out on the promised blessings", so I better GIVE, and give generously too!

I gave $500. There were several more offerings like this one at the new church building. Same forced feeling to give. Never worked out in the end though.

A lot of people, myself included, became dis-illusioned and left. Where did all the offering money go? No solid answers. The church folded.
---Sag on 11/22/10

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