A well-known preacher from California who is aired on a Baptist radio station from Kentucky recently made a telling statement about his attitude about money and esp. on tithing. According to this preacher tithing is a "must" for the New Testament Christian. Then he dealt with the question of people who say they can not afford to tithe. His reply was: "Are you in debt? Who would you rather be in debt to? God or man?" He insinuates that if you can't pay your tithe you should borrow the money to pay it. What kind of an irresponsible teaching is that? According to him you're supposed to go into debt to pay your tithe. The same preacher now advertises for ship cruises through the Greek islands with his Bible teaching. That would make me seasick! I despise this greedy attitude in many modern preachers who are constantly trying to preach in the money so they can go on vacation in Europe and a little Bible talk on a ship. That's preposterous! Shame on these ministers. Isn't it amazing how modern preachers attempt to preach in money, so they can burdern others and ease themselves. That's what 2. Cor. 8:13 condemns. The grace of giving and the ministering to the saints served only one pupose: equality! That the abundance of one will supply the want of another. Nobody ever preaches on 2. Cor. 8:14,15. Modern preachers are afraid that preaching on "equality" will make them communists. What a shame! I have a problem with this viewpoint according to which preachers dig up the OT verses on tithing and claim "That's for us today!" but at the same time they claim that "the sabbath is not for today", so they advance the restless, hustle-and-bustle, faced-paced culture where nobody has time, where people work, shop, and play on Sundays. So do these preachers only believe in 9 commandments instead of 10? How in the world can anyone preach that OT tithing is for today, but the OT rest day is not for us? Then those modern preachers violate Prov. 22:7, Ps. 37:21 and tell us we have to go into debt in order to tithe so they can go on cruise to Europe? Preposterous! What hypocrisy! These preachers always tell us we're overspending on things of pleasure and we should avoid debt, but when it comes to paying them then debt is OK. Self-serving false teachers who feed themselves off the flock rather than feed the flock! Repent, repent, repent! Then these preachers want us to go to work on Sundays since there is no rest day anymore. That was just for Israel according to them! What balderdash! Look at the facts: in the "Christian nation" of the USA Sunday is nothing but a regular work day, business day, and shopping day. That's why some segments of the American society will never come to church. And the churches in this country won't speak up, won't stand up, but just put up with it. Small rural churches with bivocational pastors are suffering from that. But who cares? You better go on a $5,000 cruise with Rev. Dr. Dryasdust.