Answers to Key Tithing Questions – Cirrhosis of the Giver
Lee Jenkins has served in the financial service industry for 25 years and is the author of Lee Jenkins on Money—the book from which this week’s messages are adapted. This week’s messages are handled in a Question-and-Answer format. The questions are drawn from those Lee has been asked during his live speaking engagements.
What he Said … Cirrhosis of the Giver
Check out these statistics from the Empty Tomb and Christian Stewardship Associations:
- The average Christian in America gives only 2.5 percent of his or her income to the kingdom of God.
- The percentage Christians who give financially to God has been declining for the past 26 years.
- Between 80 percent and 90 percent of Christians do not give 10 percent or more.
What’s up with that? Cirrhosis Of the Giver (COG) is what’s up. This disease is running unchecked through too many of our Churches.
Take this quick test to see if you have COG:
- Do you experience sudden paralysis and inability to reach for your wallet when the offering plate comes your way?
- Do you find yourself sweating or getting mad at the preacher for talking about money?
- Do you pay everybody else before you pay God?
This Week’s Key Study Passage: Mark 12: 41-44
The Widow’s Offering
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”