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Activate Your Faith: Sow that seed January 21, 2010

Posted by Henry in False Doctrines.
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One of the common teachings one will hear from Word of Faith teachers is that one should activate or release their faith and this normally requires one to “sow a seed” (in the form of monetary donation), usually into the teacher’s own ministry. Usually this type of exhortation is accompanied with further encouragement that the size of your seed will determine the size of your harvest. It is thought that it is imperative to activate your faith if we are to receive from God, and to move to the “next level” of blessings. However, are these teachings scriptural?

 Firstly, if one is a Christian such teachings leave us with a dilemma. When we first came to faith in Christ what did we do in order to “activate” our faith at that point? Did we sow a “seed” in order that we may activate our faith such that we may believe in the Gospel of Jesus and thereby receive the free gift of Salvation? Noting that the gift of Salvation is the greatest blessing we could ever receive from God the Father. Scripture tells us that we were alienated from God and enemies in our mind by wicked works yet He chose to reconcile us through the work of the cross (Col 1:21). Had it not been for God’s saving Grace we all would have perished. According to the Ephesians 2:4-9:

 “4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

 Verse 8 of the above portion of scripture tells us clearly that it is by Grace that we are saved through faith and not of ourselves. By ourselves we could do nothing talk less of “activating” our faith. More profoundly, how did we obtain this faith? It was given to us by God who gives a measure of faith to every man (Rom 12:3). Scripture also tells us that Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2). Going by this scripture alone, we see then that it is Jesus Christ who starts us on the journey of faith, take us along and accompany us on the road of faith, and takes us to the finish line of faith. This happens as we abide in Him and He in us. If this is the case then how can anyone suggest that it is possible for individuals to “activate their faith” by their own doing especially by sowing a financial seed?

 Clearly scriptures show that this type of Word of Faith doctrine of activating our faith is false. It is designed to deceive the hearts of the simple (Rom 16:18) and make merchandise of the sheeple (2 Pet 2:3). I pray that those who have been deceived by this type of doctrine would wake up to the knowledge of truth.

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1. glasseyedave - February 27, 2010

On TBN Paul Crouch commented that Oral Roberts his guest was the very first one to coin the phrase and doctrine of planting the seed. Oral didn’t bat an eye. He took his credit right there on TV. I would hate to seem him take credit for that in front of God.
We do not see this anywhere in scripture. What a heresy. If God did not withhold His only Son what else would He simply give us as we need? Not to mention Jesus taught the father already knows what we need. We didn’t see Jesus telling the people to plant the seed and line His pockets.

2. Doug Pritchett - September 30, 2010

My wife and I attended our old church Sunday night where they were having revival. We enjoyed seeing old friends but when the evangelist started preaching we were shocked. He was bragging about having built a $25,000 personal debt and taking money from a couple in his church who had sold some land in order to pay off his debt. I couldn’t believe how proud he was of having let that couple pay off his debts. He encouraged those who were short on money to “give anyway”, sowing a “seed” that would result in their being better off financially in the future. Leaving the impression that if they didn’t give they would never get back on their feet!

I am saddened to see how far the 21st century church has fallen. Jesus cast the money changers out of the Temple, today I fear that in many cases the money changers have returned. Let’s all pray for Christ’s church

3. Henry - October 1, 2010

Hi Doug,
Indeed it is very sad that these things are happening in our churches today and one of the main reasons is because people lack discernment and are seeking for teachers who can tell them things they want to hear.

What is happening is basically prophecy fulfilling and it will get worse. For instance Peter said:

2 Peter 2
1But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

There is an evil that is flourishing in our churches and one of the roots of this evil is the love of money. The sad thing about it is this evil is being passed of as “revival” yet the church will not know it. Yes we need to pray for the church but also we need to proclaim the truth loud and clear.

4. Yesterway - February 5, 2011

There is no such thing as a “spirit of discernment”. Where are you people getting this? Read the scriptures before you start posting error. The scriptures teach of the gift of “discerning of spirits” which is altogether different than what you are selling. All people even the unsaved have or should practice “discernment”. It’s akin to “common sense” which is not common at all!

1 Corinthians 12:9-11 (King James Version)

9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

11But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

5. glasseyedave - February 6, 2011

Yesterway,

Apparently you have nothing better to do. Henry’s blog is not a testimony to an extra spirit that moves along with the Holy Spirit. His blog is about the people having a “spirit” of discernment, you know, being inclined to let the Holy Spirit give us that wisdom. As apposed to a spirit of stupor.

6. Henry - February 14, 2011

Yesterway,

I think Glasseyedave could not have said it better. This blog is about pointing people to the instructions of scripture to have a spirit of discernment towards all doctrine – not that there is a separate spirit coexisting with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has given us the gift of discerning of spirits yet we neglect to use this when we entertain all sorts of folk with strange doctrines in our pulpits. We should instead adopt the Berean attitude to study the scriptures daily to see if those things were so.

7. Brother Carmichael - March 10, 2012

The bible does say Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. This can have many meanings of giving but whatever it is that you give you shall receive it back.

The bible also says you reap what you sow. and that too, has several meaning of what you are sowing. If you sow to the flesh of the flesh you shall receive and sow to the spirit of the spirit you shall receive. If sow money money you shall receive.

The bible also say Let every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.

We should know that faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God.And how shall we hear without a preacher. So if you have been blessed by a man of God, I think it is okay to sow into the ministry of the Kingdom of God. Not by force or necessity but because you believe that this ministry has blessed you and in order for it to continue to do the work of the Lord it needs to be provided for by the people who its blesses.

Remember in the bible the master who went away to prepare a Kingdom and he three servants and he gave them all a talent. And when he came back, he said to them, what have you done since I have been gown with the talent. One had turn the one into 10 the other took it and turned into 5 but the one who buried and did put it to use. He called a wicked servant because he knew that he reaped where he didn’t so so he took the one talent and gave it to the man who had 10 and killed him in front of everyone.

So all that we have comes from God and if we have the ability to give back what he has blessed us with, he will bless us with even more. God has given us the Power to obtain wealth, it is our duty to give back. Shall a man rob God, but once again not by necessity, but if you are in a ministry that is blessing and the word of God is being preached yes you should sow a seed ( which is money in this case) into that ministry.

And if you discern that there spirit is not of God and you feel that they are deceiving you for money then don’t sow. The worse thing that can happen is you miss a blessing or the best thing can happen if you feel you are being deceived, you save your money and your not deceived.

God bless you saints.

8. Henry - March 12, 2012

Brother Carmichael,

Thanks for dropping by. I am not against giving to the work of ministry and I do not think I have said anything to convey such an idea. I do not however share your perception of sowing and reaping. If people could sow money and were guaranteed to receive money in return why then are there poor people in the church – people who have been sowing seeds of their modest income for years?

I noticed you quoted from Deut 8:18 that the Lord giveth thee power to get wealth. This verse is often misquoted and used out of context. God was simply warning Israel (see from verse 11 of Deut 8) that when they entered the promised land that they should not get puffed up and haughty about the wealth they now possessed as if it was by their own hands. Rather they should remember that it was the Lord who gave them that wealth with all the abundance they will have access to in the Promised Land. What did Israel sow to God to receive all these blessings? Nothing – it was God’s sovereign will to bless them and carve them out as a nation for Himself.

9. Deborah - March 28, 2012

Henry,

Those people who have been sowing seeds all their lives and are poor, how many of them have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour? believing in their heart and confessing with their mouth he is who He says He is, repenting of their sins and obeying His word? Do they rob God by not paying all of their tithes or part of it? From observation, their are many people who go to church, consider themselves christians but haven’t done all of the above and are robbing God which is religious and not right in His sight. Our heavenly father requires of us to pursue a relationship with Him. We have to seek his face not only going to him to supply our needs but for us to know intimately who our provider is. He told us to seek 1st his kingdom and righteousness and all other things will be added to us (Mat6:33).

I don’t know if this is the situation with them but it is a possiblity. Of course he will provide for us because He loves all of us for he said “..for me maketh the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust” (Mat5:45). It’s important we be under His saving grace. How does our father see us? Men see the outward appearances of people, God tries the reins of a man’s heart.

Another observation, there are many workers for the Kingdom but not in the Kingdom.

10. Deborah - March 28, 2012

I’m thinking also if these people have done what is required of us, supposing God has downloaded in them strategies to making money instead of being poor and because of “lack of faith” they think it’s impossible for them to be successful?

11. Henry - March 30, 2012

Deborah,

Thanks for dropping by and for your comments. What is certainly the case with many of these people who are sowing for years yet remaining poor is that they have been deceived in one form or another. The fact that one has been given the keys to the kingdom does not mean that such a person cannot also be deceived. Do remember that the warnings in scripture to take heed that no man deceives us were warnings to the church – those who believe in Christ for their salvation. The Lord does not promise us that we will be “successful” in a material sense in this life. If that were so the church of Smyrna, which Christ had no fault with would not have been poor. The Lord also requires that those who are rich and have plenty should actually be redistributing their wealth to the poor and needy but this is not something that is taught in many churches today.

12. jane blaze - April 22, 2012

We are not under the law of tithing. Nowhere in the New Testament are we under obligation to tithe 10%. I was recently under the leadership of a ministry who wanted 10% tithes, 5% offering, a monthly pastoral, seed planting 3 times a year and 1500 a year assessment. This is a false teaching. The bible says that we should give what is purposed in our heart. God loves a cheerful giver. We give all of this money to the church and some are not feeding the poor, helping the less fortunate, they are furnishing their own lavish lifestyles. As believers we should sow seed and do almsdeeds wherever the Spirit of the Lord leads us. It does not particularly have to be a church or ministry. I do not have a problem giving an offering to a ministry as long as they have a outreach program and their members lights aren’t getting cut off. If there is a need of the saints in the church and the church isn’t helping them, they are greedy false teachers of the prosperity gospel. Please use discernment when being asked to give. If it is in your heart to do it God sees it and he will reward you for it. Be blessed.

Henry - April 24, 2012

Hi Jane Blaze, Thanks for your comment. I couldn’t agree with you more.Indeed we are not under the law of tithing but some churches want to institute it as their own law nevertheless and clearly it is not biblical to overburden the fellowship. God bless.

13. Serving the One and Only True God - May 3, 2012

We are suppose to take the whole counsel of God. You won’t find a scripture that says don’t smoke or chew but you still know that it’s wrong because God tells us to take care of our temples. God says to GIVE and you shall receive not keep what little bit you have cause he understands. He points out the widow gave more than anyone else. Why’s that when we can see that she actually gave less than the others. She planted a seed out of her need therefore opening the door for God to bring her more. Just like the lady in the old testament who took care of the prophet instead of her and her boys eating what little she had left. What happened to her. God took care of her need supernaturally!! I would call someone else paying of my debt for me supernatural considering God isn’t going to send you money Himself from heaven he uses us to bless each other with His stuff we have. Cause it all belongs to Him anyway!! If you choose not to believe the whole counsel then you are the one missing out on the Blessing!! He brought us $16,000 last year from a source outside our jobs to pay off our credit cards. I choose to believe and continue to give and He meets EVERY need according to His riches in Glory!!

14. Jerry kelso - May 3, 2012

Serving the One and Only True God,
This is a hard subject across the board. I believe there is a law of sowing and reaping according to spiritual works found in Galatians 6:7-8. 1 Corinthians 9:11; says that spiritual things could reap carnal things as well as spiritual things. Verse 10 quoted the old testament about plowing in hope and in hope should be partaker of his hope. Paul said in the next verses that he had the power or the right to be paid for his ministering but, did not choose to do so everything would be of God and that there would be no vain glorification by man. 2 Corinthians 9:1-5 was the ministering to the poor saints in Jerusalem. Verse 6 Paul says, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always having all sufficiency in all things may abound to every good work. This had nothing to do with a tithe to the church but, it was for the poor saints in Jerusalem. There is nowhere scripturally where money is sown and then reaped.
The 30,60 or 90 fold had to do with spiritually sowing the Kingdom of Heaven message in Israel and what was reaped were the souls who accepted the message. The message was about the physical Kingdom being restored and they had to recognize that Jesus was the Messiah and believe in him to be saved for Luke says he came to seek and save that which was lost. Luke 6:38 was under the covenant of law and Israel was backslidden and when they would come back into their right standing according to their covenant with God they would be blessed and not cursed and men would give unto their bosoms. It had nothing to do with tithing or the gentiles for the gentiles didn’t have a covenant.
Hebrews 7 is used as tithing being sanctioned for New Covenant Believers and they use Malachi 3:16-17 to prove that Satan will destroy your crops if you don’t tithe.
A). Under the patriarch age Abraham gave a tithe and under the law covenant it was a demand with a specific blessing or cursing of judgement. So the question is; is it right to use Malachi 3 whose context was the priests abusing the temple and the temple sacrifice and had a specific curse on them in this age? No! Besides the Bible says not to give out of necessity which was the whole concept about law because they could only receive if they gave. Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount; Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. They couldn’t receive mercy until they showed mercy. Today, we show mercy because we’ve been forgiven and because of who we are in Christ and the power of his finished work.
B). The tithe Abraham gave was spoils from a war, not a tithe to a church. He didn’t even keep any of the other spoils, but, gave them away. Should we give like Abraham? Not exactly for we don’t go into war necessarily and have spoils. However, in verse 8 men on earth received tithes, but in heaven Christ receives them. Why? Because they witnessed he liveth. So Abraham gave not of a commandment but because of who Melchisedec was. We give because of who Christ is. This is the point of the whole passage for Christ is of the everlasting priesthood.
So the issue is are we being selfish if we only give a tenth? Should we just ponder on what to purpose in our heart? Some think the extreme’s are much like lotto games. And is it right to support your tithing on old testament scriptures because there is a law of sowing and reaping? Are we to still honor God with our substance? Does this prove the tithe to be right?
This is food for thought and I’ll let you think on these and tell me what you honestly think for I would like to go to church right now, but, I’ll be back! God Bless! Jerry Kelso

yesterway - May 4, 2012

The Holy Spirit directs New Covenant believers regarding giving just as any other aspect of our lives. I think there is too much focus on money especially from those on the receiving end. Hirelings use Malachi (fear) to get people to give money. If we do not give out of joy we are wasting out time and resources. A true pastor makes his request known to God and the Holy Spirit moves on the hearts of the congregation to give out of love and not fear. That is faith in action and without faith God will not be pleased. If Christians would study the scriptures these tithe teaching hirelings would be put out of business.

15. Henry - May 4, 2012

Serving the One and Only True God,
Indeed we should take the whole counsel of God but the reality is that much of what is taught in the church today does not amount to the counsel of God but are merely doctrines of men – even men of corrupt minds who are destitute of the truth. No one is arguing against giving but when you say giving what or to whom are we supposed to give? Do you give a $1000 seed to Mike Murdoch because he says you will be blessed in doing so? No! In fact the scriptures clearly say that those who give to the rich will suffer lack. You should therefore give to those in NEED. The church as an administrative body does not have any scriptural right to demand money from their congregation but rather members of the church are admonished to give to those in need in and outside of the church and especially to those who teach and minister in the word where they have no other source of income. The motivation of giving should not be to receive an earthly reward but rather that you give to fulfill the law of Christ by meeting each other’s needs. Jesus never promised that we would reap material blessings/wealth if we do good works but that we would have our reward in heaven. Man has however change the scriptures to imply that one can sow their way out of debt or other difficult situations as if their is a formula for doing so. No my friend. The blessing of the Lord is sovereign and He makes the rich and the poor and cause rain to fall both on the just and the unjust. This is what the scriptures teach.

16. Serving the One and only True God - May 4, 2012

Here’s the deal. I don’t give to anybody to get blessed. I am blessed because of Christ in me. I choose to give my ten percent to my church based on scripture. Tithing has been here since the Garden. I am not Righteous because I tithe but I am righteous and choose to tithe. I also give above my “tenth” as lead by the Holy Spirit. Everyone is free to choose to believe what they want but you all reached me to late. I have seen it work time and time again. When’s the last time someone gave you $16,000 without knowing you were in desperate need of it. That’s the cool thing about the ministries I choose to “follow” I turn it off as soon as someone starts begging for money. The teachers and preachers I listen to teach what the word says and then trust God to meet their needs. At our church the pastors go so far to tell the congregation to keep their money if they are giving it grudgingly, because they won’t receive anything with that attitude anyway. They are quick to tell people how much God loves them right where they are, His love is not based on how much we give. You all can argue the scriptures all you want but I am acting on them and having every bill paid and every need met. Blessings!!!

17. yesterway - May 4, 2012

I know of many heathen who are “having every bill paid and every need met”. What does that prove. Nothing. It is a matter of doing as the Holy Spirit gives you to do as an individual and it has nothing to do with tithing. Why is it so important for people to assign the term ‘tithe” to the act of giving? Just give and keep quiet. The fact that you feel the need to announce the fact that this is “my tithe” pretty well indicates a spirit of pride. Just quietly serve God and stop grandstanding about it.

Serving the One and Only True God - May 5, 2012

Hmmm I didn’t see anywhere in my text where I said I announce anything anytime I actually give it. I am discussing something here with people who know nothing about what I actually give or where or how much each time I give. Discussing something for discussion sake is discussing. I don’t toot my own horn any time I am actually practicing what I believe. It’s not as big a deal as everyone makes it. If you believe in tithing then tithe, if not then don’t. Your salvation has nothing to do with it. You are saved by believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord! That’s what’s important…..

18. Serving the One and Only True God - May 5, 2012

Oh and by the way I know alot of heathen that are poor also, that’s neither here nor there. I don’t know anyone who just has money come to them without working for it in some way other than Blessings from the One above!!

yesterway - May 5, 2012

” I don’t know anyone who just has money come to them without working for it in some way other than Blessings from the One above!!” Happens all the time all over the world. You cannot use a testimony about money to prove the existance of God in your life reagrdless of “how” it came to you.The only testimony that anyone with any discernent will accept is the life you live before them, Your ability to forgive and bless your enemies is the true test of God’s presense in your life. True Christian joy results from overcoming trials and tests and from being conformed into the image of Christ. The kind of fruit (evidence) that God is interested in is not tangible or of this world. Those who have been refined by the Refiner’s fire do not make a point of trying to convince anyone of anything except by their actions which the unsaved will notice because they cannot possess it. Talk is cheap and when you consider the increase of lying signs and wonders abounding in these last days nothing you can detect using your five senses can prove the existance of God in your life.

19. Henry - May 14, 2012

Serving the One and Only True God,

Just wanted to point out a major error in one of your responses. You claimed that tithing has been around since the Garden and this is clearly false. There is absolutely no scripture to support that claim.

20. A voice Crying out in the wilderness - May 27, 2012

I think everyone is missing the point. If riches or blessings are the focus, regardless of whether you have God tag along, then you are lost. It is one thing to say give unto the church that you attend out of the goodness of your heart and another to tie blessings and cursing to it. Maybe I am reading a different bible but it clearly says seek ye first the kingdom of God and everything else will be added unto you. Paul counted all the things lost as being nothing compared to knowing Jesus Christ. He was a pharisee, a man of power, stature, and of good breeding and gave that all up to die for the faith in Rome. I think it is sad that today we are fighting for the meager blessings of this world, rather than seeking Christ.

I think the focus should not be on what God can do for us and how much we can sow, so we can reap wealth and success, but on how we can get closer to GOD. I do not determine my faith by activating my faith in order to get things from GOD. God as already given me everything. He offers us peace that surpasses all understanding. He is telling us not to worry about those things.

Jesus says follow me and counted being poor as being blessed. The scriptures talk about tribulations as a time that God’s will is strengthened not something to overcome in the sense of becoming rich and successful, but something that God will get you through.

I would rather be poor, unsuccessful, and have Christ than activate my faith and feel like I did something. We are to do depend totally on GOD. When did being a christian hinge on something we DO, rather than the unmerited grace of GOD?

21. A voice Crying out in the wilderness - May 27, 2012

On Sowing and reaping, I think that is taken out of context. When it says we sow what we reap, it is not really talking about money and wealth. I think it is talking about sin and following the commandments of God. If you continually sin, you will reap the rewards of that lifestyle. If you are following the commandments of God and Following Jesus, you will reap the rewards of ever lasting life and the personal relationship with God. I would rather sow that, then sow riches in this life that will quickly fade away. our present life is nothing but vapor to reduce the Gospel to blessings is truly sad.

I think someone earlier made the excellent point that being rich and poor indicates nothing. It does not mean that you have God’s favor or that you have his wrath.

22. Henry - May 28, 2012

A Voice Crying Out,

Excellent points. I could not have said it better. Thanks for dropping by.

23. K.C - December 18, 2013

Hello I was a follower of these teachings until i got to know The word of God and the son for myself. It’s so ironic that this wake up call just happen to me these past three weeks. I will not go into a long detail but i was in my car parked by work. I have a bible on my dashboard. And it was like something in my mind said open the bible. So when i opened the bible i was in the book of Titus so i began reading. Then i said God what are you trying to show me. And my journey into the light of God has been so clear.I was thirsty for the word even more awaiting to pickup bible and learn about The Father& Son teachings. Learn what is right and what is The gospel of Jesus Christ.I had to learn how to sow seeds to God not money for money. It hurts that after every amazing sermon this is what i hear SOW INTO THE WORD THAT YOU JUST RECEIVE IF THEY READ OUT OF PSALMS 89 SOW 89( which i do believe God uses some of these great men and woman to speak to us). But the flesh of financial teaching to give God money and he will do it for you. Has turned us away from what we are suppose to be preparing for and teaching.How can a person Sow A Seed Of Faith which you teaching me faith is me taking money out of wallet.Did they forget Faith is the seed we sowing.We have faith God will do it he don’t need money.I will stand on Gods word and not flesh i don’t pleased man i please God.

24. Henry - December 20, 2013

Hi K.C. many thanks for sharing your experience. Hopefully others may read and take note and may have their eyes opened to the truth and come out of these false doctrines.


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