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The Responsibility and Warning to Leaders

Updated: Mar 28, 2022

Written by: John Sernaque


CS - Counsels on Stewardship (1940) Chapter 16—First the Tithe—Then Offerings

This matter of giving is not left to impulse. God has given us definite instruction in regard to it. He has specified tithes and offerings as the measure of our obligation. And He desires us to give regularly and systematically.... Let each regularly examine his income, which is all a blessing from God, and set apart the tithe as a separate fund, to be sacredly the Lord’s. This fund should not in any case be devoted to any other use; it is to be devoted solely to support the ministry of the gospel. After the tithe is set apart, let gifts and offerings be apportioned, “as God hath prospered” you.—The Review and Herald, May 9, 1893. {CS 80.3}

Too many “leaders” of the churches, including “self-supporting ministries”, are using God’s treasury for their own personal use. This was not God’s intention when He established the system of benevolence. The purpose of God’s treasury is solely to support the ministry of the gospel. Period. Tithes and Offerings are for the church. They are not personal bank accounts. Let the church determine how and what expenses are paid, not some shady pastor. Once you submit your tithe and offering, you may make other donations to support the work of the gospel. Examine your income, and first, fulfill your obligation to God.

Our kind and gracious Father,

We thank You for all Your blessings. For giving us, the wherewithal to acquire means to support our families and ourselves. We pray that as we examine our incomes, and return the portion You require from us, that You will bless these means to support the ministry of the gospel. We pray that it will help to save souls from perishing. We pray that anyone who is misappropriating the use of Your tithe and offering repent of their sins. We pray that they keep their eyes on You, and their hands off Your treasury. Keep us faithful in our giving, in the name of Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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