Teachers of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine often attempt to stir up the lust for wealth by telling their audience that, “If you faithfully tithe, the Law of seedtime and harvest promises you a financial return. All you have to do is exercise a little faith, sow a seed, and reap an abundant harvest.”

I’ve not seen any concrete evidence that the law of “sowing and reaping” is even applicable to the religious institution’s lie of the monetary tithe.

I have, however, witnessed firsthand, faithful tithers who live and die in poverty, never experiencing this “financial harvest” that the monetary tithe requirement preachers speak of. My mother is one such example. Faithfully obeyed the preacher’s call to tithe for more than half a century, yet lived and died in poverty, not having anything to pass on to her children at her passing other than photos and knick-knacks. Money even had to be borrowed to pay the last thousand dollars on her funeral expenses. Mother had been making monthly payments to the funeral home, but passed before she could make the final eight payments toward her burial package.

On the flipside, there there are many who receive the same amount monthly as my mother did. They never tithe, and their savings not only pay for their funeral expenses, but they are also able to leave money and property behind to be divided amongst those they leave behind.

So, no, the law of “sowing and reaping” does not apply to tithes, other than the congregation sows and the ministers reap.

Poverty: The end result of sowing in another man’s garden. The garden belongs to the ministry, and they, like hungry birds, catch away the seed that is strewn therein.