Are there Bible verses for every situation?
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable … that the man of God may be complete” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Those who demand a Scripture verse for everything they do place an intolerable burden on the Christian life never intended by the Heavenly Father.
Some among us have all the answers about the Christian life and have solved all the mysteries of doctrine and theology.
Is there a verse of Scripture on that?
These “super-apostles” write me, taking issue with many of the positions we hold in these articles. They have it all worked out and find it incredulous that we do not see matters their way. The only explanation, they conclude, is that I must be: a) unsaved, or b) willfully blind.
I wrote something about tithing for this website.
One of several online preachers’ magazines picked it up and sent it out to their 75,000 subscribers. The tithe-haters came alive.
Are There Bible Verses for Every Situation?
In the article, I took the position that we’re simply talking about generous giving, whether it comes out exactly to a tithe or not. I emphasized that this is not about legalism. No church to my knowledge ever checked up to see what I was giving, if it was a tenth or anywhere close to it. No Nazi henchmen invaded our church offices to ride herd on the giving of the staff or the membership.
I thought that was a reasonable statement. We give generously because Scripture commands it, the work of the Lord requires it and doing so blesses the giver. What’s not to like about that?
From the enraged comments of some readers, you would have thought I was a legalist of the worst sort calling for the strictest kind of tithe and urging that the Gestapo check up to make sure Christians were giving.
More than one person attacked the article without reading it. Had they done so, they would have seen that I wasn’t actually preaching that the tithe is in New Testament (only that one can make a case that it is), was not setting the tithe up as the standard, and was not slamming anyone who disagreed.
I was for generous and sacrificial giving, as every believer ought to be.
It would appear that the word “tithe” triggers the reflex mechanisms of some Christians in the way Pavlov’s dogs drooled at the sound of the bell.
What about “storehouse giving”? Should my tithes be given only to my church?
Our Lord Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourself treasures on earth … but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven … for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).