2014 Church of God Resolution on Biblical Stewardship

WHEREAS, Biblical stewardship is shown to be vitally important throughout the Bible by: the various Hebrew and Greek words for gift and give being used approximately 2,000 times; the words for offer and offering being used over 650 times; and in the New Testament alone, 42 different Greek words for giving and offerings being used over 775 times; and,

WHEREAS, John clearly stated that the gift of God’s Son is the central theme of the gospel: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16); and,

WHEREAS, the first scene of worship in the first book of the New Testament occurred through the giving of gifts by the wise men from the East when they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:2-11); and,

WHEREAS, the first scene of worship by the family of Jesus after His birth occurred when the parents presented Him to the Lord and offered a sacrifice according to the law, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons” (Luke 2:24); and,

WHEREAS, in His very first recorded sermon, commonly known as the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 6-8), Jesus interwove the “blessings of giving” throughout His entire message, placing the “giving of alms” on the same level as prayer and fasting, and instructing His hearers to be generous to others: “Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow from you, do not turn away” (Matthew 5:42); and,

WHEREAS, throughout His ministry Jesus continued to instruct about giving, saying, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8); and emphasizing that we will be abundantly blessed through giving, He commanded: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom” (Luke 6:38); and,

WHEREAS, the New Testament church continued to teach the principles of Biblical stewardship: by instructing the Ephesian elders to “remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35); by teaching the Roman believers that giving is a charisma gift of the Holy Spirit to the body of Christ (Romans 12:3-8); and, by explaining the doctrine of liberal giving to the Corinthian church in such complete detail that, in conclusion, Paul’s soul soared with a doxology of praise, “Thanks be unto God for his indescribable gift” (2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15);

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, pastors and local congregations be encouraged to teach and practice the principles of Biblical stewardship and that churches be encouraged to avail themselves of the latest available technology to enhance worship through tithing and offerings.

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36 thoughts on “2014 Church of God Resolution on Biblical Stewardship

  1. Link Hudson says:

    “What I want to know is how a command to give 10% of agriculture and animal husbandry in Israel, paid into the Aaronic priestly tablernacle/temple system gets interpreted allegorically to mean that every believer has to pay 10% to the tithing fund of a local church, administrated, not by a kohen, but by a church elder. In the OT, they did not tithe to elders. How many churches would accept tomatoes, cucumbers, or grain in the tithing envelopes and offering plates.

    Generally, the COG denomination doesn’t use much allegorical interpretation. Why is it acceptable when it comes to tithing? Why put people under the law when it comes to tithing, but eat pork and shrimp? Why put people under an interpretation of the law that it obviously doesn’t mean in the actual context? By what authority does ‘the storehouse refer to the local church or the tithe fund instead of to the actual storehouse near or adjoining to the temple?

    Why demand tithes of the types of people who did not have to pay them in the Old Testament? If a widow had some kind of cash income, money coming in from an adult child, for example, in Old Testament times, where is it written that she would have to tithe that if she owned no land. She would RECEIVE the tithe of the first year? Might it not displease God when the modern preacher twists scripture (following common Pentecostal traditional teaching) to demand the poor widow pay tithe, but that church never even gives a portion of any tithe to the poor widow?”

  2. Jim Price says:

    Link you have raised many good questions and I don’t think they have ever been answered adequately. Nevertheless there is a need for funds, for more than is needed for sports, entertainment, travel etc. It seems to me that the Exc. council is trying to get us to think in different terms.

  3. Melvin Harter says:

    I remember Tony Scott posed this very question to Dr Ray H Hughes at French Lake, IN during the time of the CoG Study Commission. However, Hughes did not give an answer even though it was understood that all questions were to be answered. The general consensus was the GO’s salary, not including the perks in the late 1970s and early 1980s was in excess of $100k.

  4. ‎Jim says:

    This week I have been listening to live Camp Meeting preaching. Among other things I wanted hear if any speaker had any good or positive thing to say about our government. There have been several statements alluding that America has turned evil ( implying that it has been good and even godly but now has fell away and become evil ) Of all the hundreds of things that our government does to protect us and to make our life more bearable, so far there hasn’t been a word of appreciation. Not to FEMA for helping after floods and storms. Not to S. S. for sending those checks every month. No word of appreciation for the highways that we use to get to Camp Meetings or for those who protect us when we fly. This puzzles me as we are supposed to be people of thanksgiving!

  5. Robert Bord says:

    Wow. Good points. Conspiracy theories and end times speculation sell so well and occasionally scare people into getting saved even if no true repentance follows. People are unfortunately not informed that we can work together with God to see a better future.

  6. Jim says:

    I am not holding the gov. above God, only trying to give the Gov. some credit as we see in Romans 13. I try to be a good citizen no matter who is in office. Maybe it is just my background but over the last 40 years I have worked with at least 100 politicians, most from the local level but including governors, U. S. representatives and senators and I find that they are at least as good as the people they serve. ( My connection was as a printer/publisher )

  7. bigchurchmouse says:

    This is what I’ve read
    recently that it was actually more than $900,000…Any truth to that?
    An accounting was promised…has it been updated?
    I’d be more interested in knowing if changes were made in protocols that would prevent its happening again.
    I am more interested in the insurance monies that they were supposed to receive. And if that amount is zero…and we lost 800,000 …then it is what it is. We just deserve to know where it stands, Hopefully we have an outside group handle it now
    I think there are many of us that are interested in what happened in this situation. My questions are, did our HQ receive any funds from the insurance company; two, has the purchasing and finance policies change as a result of this theft of COG members hard earned tithes and offerings; finally, did any internal investigation reveal that others were involved, or was it completely a crime committed by this one individual?

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