The Fallacies of Grace Giving 2

Last time I introduced the concept of grace giving and attempted to give an explanation in terms of my understanding and exposure. I opened a forum for additional comment or correction, but have received none to date. I also promised to do a follow-up and discuss the fallacies of grace giving.

First, the concept is contrary to OT teachings, which Jesus embraced (Matt 23:23). Second, the concept could negate the financial support mechanism for those called into the ministry (I Cor 9:9-14). Third, the concept is contrary to the sowing and reaping principles of the NT (Luke 6:38; II Cor 9:6-7). Fourth, the concept is contrary to God’s grace, which is to provide for us the things that we need and cannot obtain for ourselves or for which we need and do not deserve (II Cor 9:8; Eph 2:8). Fifth, the concept exalts man’s ability contrary to God’s desire to provide (Phil 4:19). Last, Webster defines grace as “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification; a virtue coming from God; a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace.” In essence, the concept endows us with a divine trait; therefore, arrogantly putting man on equal footing with God. Need I go on?

Gary Ellis, MBA, CFP
Association Stewardship Director