How often do we hear of fellow Christians who have been emotionally manipulated into “planting seeds” of cash by some smooth talking preacher promising a 100 fold return for their financial investment into what the preacher calls the kingdom of God? The modern church loves to talk about the blessings of God, but very little attention is given to the subject of curses – particularly the curse of debt.
We are told in Proverbs, 7 “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7) Jesus also reminds us that “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (Matthew 6:24) How often do you think of these verses before buying something on credit?
I’ve known Christians who have been convicted by their pastor’s sermons, of the need for personally practicing tithing, who decided to quit making their house payments in order to give the money to the church. They expected God to look at their tithe as a righteous act, when in fact it was stolen from the bank. They honestly believed that God was going to honor their actions with a 100 fold return on their cash.
The result of such silliness is incurring the wrath of “the Curse” upon your finances. Does your pastor teach when he is expounding on Malachi 3:9-10 that debt is a curse? Does he tell you that your debt will be a curse to you even if you tithe? By the way – there is no “storehouse” in the New Testament and tithing is no longer commanded. The New Testament emphasis is simply on giving as the Lord prospers you which means that you may should give much more than a tithe.
The curse of debt is always waiting for you to give in to the temptation to “get” what God has not provided. The commercial world will do its best to try to manipulate you into debt and bondage. We begin to believe that we deserve what we cannot pay for and ignore the clear warnings of God. The Apostle John tells us, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15)
Debt is simply a form of slavery that will steal your peace and joy in this life. Church congregations are not immune to this curse either. How many churches out there have taken on huge loans to build grand buildings presuming that the Lord will somehow make a way to pay for it all. This too is evidence of folly and a true lack of understanding concerning God’s blessings and curses. In other words, stop borrowing and get out of debt!