Book Review -Receiving Financial Blessing
“Some people are getting away with calling God a liar, and it is because Christians are not supporting their Christian leaders”
Stephen Kirkendall uses both Old and New Testament to support the issue of tithing. He argues that many Christians are not receiving financial blessings because of their refusal to tithe. “We must pay what we owe to our government here on earth and also pay God what is His” according to the author, and I believe this is so. He backs up what he says with the Word so he is not just speaking in a vacuum.
There is a statement the author makes however that I am not totally in agreement with. He states that “ if you are not supporting your local minister, you shouldn’t be attending his church, if as a member you are supporting mega pastors”. Now while I have a problem with persons supporting mega pastors to the detriment of their local churches I would not go as far as to say they should not attend.
Kirkendall looks at issues such as the claim by some ministers that you should not borrow. Reminding us all that the scripture really says that as Christians if we borrow, we should always repay. The point he makes about Christians not repaying their debts is so valid. This can damage our witness and even prevent persons from coming to Christ. Not only does he speak of the importance of tithing, but he gives very useful tips on how to properly use and manage money. “The tithe is a part of the total giving. It’s a starting point, the cornerstone, a debt you owe”
The author is very passionate about meeting our financial commitments to God and to man. He strikes a balance and I am in total agreement with that. The book covers many areas about financial blessing and it is a must read for all Christians (especially the ones who are struggling with tithing and giving). Kirkendall does not beat you over the head, but gently guides to a better way of doing things.
Closing the book with the Seventy Biblical Blessings of money and a list of rewards is an excellent idea. The lists make it easy to see everything at a glance.