Editor's Note: Pastor Roger Barrier's "Ask Roger" column regularly appears at Preach It, Teach It. Every week at Crosswalk, Dr. Barrier puts nearly 40 years of experience in the pastorate to work answering questions of doctrine or practice for laypeople, or giving advice on church leadership issues. Email him your questions at roger@preachitteachit.org.

Dear Roger,

Why does it seems, churches or leadership seems to be oblivious to us trying to pay tithes and offering every time we come to service. They never stop asking for money. Life is a struggle.

Sincerely, D

Dear D,

Let’s share some reasons why the Church should talk about money and ask for it consistently.

FIRST: OUR GREATEST FOE IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS NOT SATAN; IT IS MATERIALISM.

In our United States, Materialism, the rival god to the real God, has destroyed more marriages and lives than Satan ever will.

Jesus recognized this: "You cannot serve both God and Money" (Matthew 6:24). Materialism is the only other god that He mentioned during His earthly ministry. Materialism is our greatest spiritual rival.

When I teach my classes on Biblical Economics I use a checklist to help people analyze whether or not they are struggling with the sin of Materialism. Materialism is when Money is more important to us than God.

What Are The Symptoms Of The Sin Of Materialism?

  • Overspending
  • Compulsive buying
  • Being discontent with what we have
  • Holding on to more wealth than we need (Hoarding)
  • Failing to give God the top portion of our income
  • Spending everything we make and saving nothing for the future
  • Borrowing money for depreciating items (credit cards)
  • Cheating on our income tax
  • Using a credit card and not paying off or being able to pay off the balance completely at the end of the month
  • Getting nervous or upset when the pastor preaches on money

Hopefully, preachers talk about money to help people find victory over sin as well as to experience financial blessing.

SECOND: FOLLOWING THE PRINCIPLES OF BIBLICAL ECONOMICS GUARANTEES SUCCESS.

God has clearly laid out His plan for how we handle our money. If we do it well He promises to bless us. If we fail to obey then he promises to curse us.

"Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, how do we rob you?'
"In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse … because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse … Test me in this,' says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven …" (Malachi 3:8-11).

Biblical Economics Has Five Major Foundational Pillars.

1. Pay God His 10% Tithe.

God lays out the principle that the first 10% of what we earn belongs to Him.

Jesus said: "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices — mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law — justice, mercy and faithfulness. YOU SHOULD HAVE PRACTICED THE LATTER, WITHOUT NEGLECTING THE FORMER (Matthew 23:23).

2. Pay The Government Its Share.

Paul taught: "This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue" (Romans 13:6-7).