The Faith Promise Deception
by Ronald Ward Robey
(written October 26, 2016)

In many church assemblies, members are given a “Pledge Card” which they are encouraged to sign with a vow to donate “x” amount of their monetary income to missions over the next twelve months. They call this, “The Faith Promise Campaign.”

The problem? It’s not Biblical.

In 2 Corinthians 8, we read,…

2 Corinthians 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.

1. Paul said giving should be of a “willing mind.” Many feel pressured to sign the Faith Promise card they have received. This is not a “willing mind,” but rather, “a forced mind.”

2. Giving should be according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. Not one of us know what will happen from one day to the next. According to James, our life itself is “but a vapour, and we aren’t even promised that we will be alive the next day.”. We don’t know if some medical need will take a good portion of our future monetary income. or a lay-off from work, or even inflation will cause us to need more for food on our tables and household bills. Faith Promise has us vowing to give money that we don’t have yet, nor really know if we will have. Yet, as stated, our giving is supposed to be “according to what we have,” not according to what we think we will have. Nor according to what we hope to have.

The Faith Promise Campaign is in total contradiction to 2 Corinthians 8:12.