God is going to Kill Me If I do not raise this money?
Send in your seed faith money and God will bless you financially?
There is something about giving one thousand dollars that really touches the heart of God?
It is my understanding that these statements are a perversion of righteousness.
It was taught by many godly Christian leaders of the past that it was wrong to knowingly accept a pledge of money, or just money, or anything of value, for a Christian endeavor, from anyone who was known to be unsaved.
Yes, the unsaved or unconverted could put money in an offering basket or in the offering box at the back of the Church. However, there money or gifts were never to be accepted if the amount was known or if they approached a Church official with a gift.
Any gift that the unconverted or unsaved gave had to be done anonymously -
otherwise it was to be considered as an attemp to bribe.
Prov 15:8-9 8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. 9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
Prov 21:27 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
Prov 28:9 9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
Jer 6:20 20 To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.
Prov 17:23 23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
Exod 23:8 8 And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.
Deut 16:19 19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.
1 Sam 8:3 3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
1 Sam 12:3 3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.
There are proper gifts. A gift is acceptable in its proper place and when done with the right motive. The heart is the heart of the matter. The motive has to be right. We have those whom we call philanthropists. They give to support many charities. This has always been accepted. This kind of giving seldom is associated with the perversion of judgment. It is seldom thought of as being a bribe. However, when those who refuse to glorify God give in this area they may well be trying to gain recognition from both man and God. There have been numbers of wealthy people who have given to charities - anonymously.
Giving to the poor is most always a timely thing to do. Even then it must be done with wisdom, for to give unwisely is to enable those who can work but will not. There are numbers of people now who live quite well by begging.
Prov 17:8 8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
Prov 18:16 16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
Prov 21:14 14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
Isa 1:23 23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
Micah 7:3 3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
Lev 19:15 15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
Eccl 7:7 7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.
To often the unconverted are of the opinion they can earn favor with a Christian leader or with God through their gifts.
To accept their gifts is to further their self-deception.
God does not need anything that a sinner has, however they do owe him for everything they have.