Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 5 Study # 27
May 4, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<432> Thesis: Giving generates an explosion of capacity to be helpful. Introduction: Our text for this morning is Luke 6:38. It is a text that has often been used by false teachers to milk the gullible of their money to line their own pockets. The line that these perverters of the Truth use goes something like this: if you give money to God, He will give money back to you in great measure so that you can actually give yourself into significant personal monetary wealth. This teaching is enormously deceptive and significantly evil and, because the text before us today has been twisted so much and so often by those who would deceive us, we need to understand what Jesus was teaching. At the outset let me make this as clear as I can: God does use money as an instrument for good; but the attribution of the good to the money is the age-old problem of worshipping the creature rather than the Creator.