We just had a Faith Promise convention at our church where I feel the scriptures were molded to fit the message of missions giving. I do believe we should give to missions and do believe that the bible teaches this principle. However! Faith Promise giving is a fairly new concept where the church member fills out a pledge card indicating how much they PROMISE to give . The bible says:Nu 30:2 If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth. Jas 5:12 ¶ But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. First of all missions giving should be an act of faith as taught in the church. But filling out a pledge card I believe is wrong. One thing scripture teaches about giving is that 1Co 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. This is a verse that is used as a foundation in N.T. giving. Paul was a missionary was he not? Churches are well within their rights to take offerings and designate a portion to missions. But to have people fill out promise cards is wrong. Leadership will say that they do it to see how much they will have for missions giving. It is actually an unbiblical way of locking you into an amount and making you accountable if they fall short. I believe the church should step out on faith and designate a specific percentage to missions and not badger people into promises (oaths). What sa you??