Friday, November 7, 2008

Tithe Sermon pt. 11

3. On gross or net income. It is because of our disobedience that we suffer under large taxes.

4. R.C. Sproul: The most common objection to the tithe he hears is "I can't afford to tithe." (Human nature makes us so quick to find excuses not to tithe. Idolatry of money.)

a. His reply "Let me translate. What you mean is that you can't live according to the lifestyle you're currently living and still tithe."
Importance of teaching tithing early - establishing the habit.

b. Sproul: It is a liberating thing to live within the guidelines God has given us. There is no better investment than the kingdom of God.

c. To withhold the tithe in any degree is to rob God.

1) And yet Christians generally give only 2.5 to 3% of their income to charity (vs. 2% for all Americans) per [Douglas] Wilson.

2) Only 4% of evangelical Christians identify themselves as tithers. Think of the magnitude, if the 70 million American Christians tithed there would be no hungry children in the world.

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