Prosperity and debt, kingdom finances, giving and tithing are all somewhat controversial subjects. But should they be? I think we have all seen, or heard, the slick huckster in his three piece suit come up and give a motivational, (read manipulative), speech about why we should give to his ministry. Perhaps we even fell victim to it. Looking back, I have, more than once. But does that invalidate all teaching on these subjects? Let me put it another way, does it invalidate three piece suits, or those wearing them? Of course not, to even consider that would be preposterous! Neither does it invalidate sound biblical teaching on kingdom finances.
On the other side of the coin, we have also seen ministries de-emphasize this subject to the point of not speaking on it at all. While I can certainly empathize with their desire to avoid such a controversial subject, they are as much in error as those on the other extreme. The former is “fleecing the sheep”, while the latter is neglecting to feed the sheep by failing to teach others about a very important subject.
This is not about just “getting stuff’ from God, He is not a fool and will not be manipulated. Nor do we accept the theology which teaches that all truly godly saints are poor. Neither theory is born out in the Word. The truth is, God does desire to prosper us, both spiritually and physically, and He will. However, there are some requirements. He will not squander His resources so we can just live a lavish life. Nor will He do so when we are disobedient, or irresponsible. He will lavish His resources on those who will manage them, use them to further His kingdom and do His work. Those who have learned His kingdom principles, and operate by them will never lack for any good thing. They will have all they need and more. As a good friend once said, “If He can get it through you; He’ll get it to you.”
Like it or not, finances are an integral part of our lives. After all, whatever it is that your heart desires to do for the kingdom may be, it will require God’s provision to accomplish. As believers, it behooves us to study this subject in the Word, and learn all we can about what God has to say about it.