“Hillsong doesn’t force us to give money. We give it freely.’
That is the protest of faithful Hillsong cult apologists and it’s members.
Of course Hillsong members give their money freely. Wouldn’t you give Hillsong your money “freely” if they accused you of robbing God if you withheld your cash?
Hillsong, after the recent A Current Affair report, made the mistake of letting Bobbie Houston do the offering talk. Here is Bobbie talking about why Hillsong members should give:
“… I want to encourage you with your giving this morning, because that’s what it’s about. Malachi 3 says, bring the tithe and offering, bring it into the house of God that there might be food in my house. And in context it’s saying when you withhold or draw back you actually rob God, well we don’t rob God because we can’t rob God, but we rob His heart for the earth…”
It only goes to show that A Current Affair is right to portray Hillsong as a Prosperity cult and a money-making machine. Prosperity cults are known for ripping Malachi 3 out of context to accuse people of “robbing God” so they are guilted into giving money. To Christians, this is what is known as “works-based righteousness.”
The Christian owes God nothing except repentance of their sins in light of Jesus being our perfect sacrifice to God so that we may be right with him. By placing money as the mediator before God and not Christ, Bobbie is espousing nothing but pagan idolatry. Money is her God and she wants it now.
To say that people are robbing God’s heart for the earth because we’re not giving him cash is neurotic. But then again, Hillsong members think that this is a valid reason to give “freely”…
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If you read Malachi chapters 1, 2 and 3, you’ll see plainly and clearly that it is all about ‘giving God your best’. Back in Old Testament days, any offerings given to the priests of the Temple, had to be “without spot or wrinkle or blemish”, but Malachi’s word from the Lord was accusing God’s people of giving their second best – like giving someone a birthday present that you bought at the RSPCA op shop, and passing it off as new…
Incidentally, true “tithing” consisted of 10% of your produce, if you were a farmer, and selected animals if you were not. Money was only paid by people who lived too far away from the Temple, to get their produce there on “tithing day” before it went off inthe hot sun. Also, ‘tithes’ were for the support of the true priesthood (not fakes and phoneys like B&B) as well as the widows and orphans, and those who were disabled…
So much for “robbing God” – and if you really want to ‘tithe’ to Bobby and Brian, then hire yourself a 10 ton tip truck, get together with neighbours and friends, and fill it up with fruit and veg from the wholesale markets (add in the odd goat or two if you can find one – there’s probably one or two hanging around inthe Hill$ong car park anyway,) and drop it all off outside the Hou$ton’s beachside mansion – and then, and only then will you have fulfilled Malachi chapter 3… 🙂
Wow Apollo! You waxed a little too philosophical. Just because someone abuses a Biblical teaching does not invalidate it. Tithing is a part of worship that was established in Abraham by faith before the Law of Moses and validated in the teachings of Jesus.
Giving comes from the heart and a loving heart will always loves to give.God blesses the heart that gives.