I agree 100% with the SBC positition on stewardship ie giving/tithing and disagree just about 100% with every Baptist sermon I've heard on the subject. The "Baptist Faith and Message" Section XIII "Stewardship" (as it's too long to post here I'll post only portions) "Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world... A binding stewardship in their possessions....they are under obligation to serve Him with their time, talent, and possessions and should recognize these as entrusted to them for the glory of God and helping others... Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally.... Please notice, not one word about percentages, stealing from God, under a curse, first ten percent, etc.. The SBC has not a word of whom to "give" to - none of "if you don't tithe to God (meaning "me") your stealing, etc.Not one word of tithing being necessary for membership in any church body etc. ad nauseaum. The SBC statement is balanced, proper use of scripture, and a correct understanding of scripture. Incendentally, also a position that other Christians teach and embrace ie Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian. Most Baptist preachers teach a most rank kind of legalism when it comes to money. Freedom in everything except support of whatever his particuliar "work" is. They lay burdens on mens shoulders that are in some cases difficult to bear. Also you never hear a word that not all monies are tithable ie retirement, social security, insurance, etc.etc. Even by the most legalistic scripture twisting only "increase" by your labor would be tithable (all other main stream Christian groups recognize this). Why is this imortant to me? I am Baptist and have a friend that recently had open heart surgery. He is Baptist, and a Sunday School Teacher and interim pastor on ocassion. Forced into Bankruptcy over medical bills, and barely living on Social Security, he feels he must tithe. They have nothing and have already tithed themselves into bankruptcy with the health issue. And no one has ever explained to them that not all monies are "increase". I suspect some Preachers will have a tough time explaining to God the burdens they have placed on this kind elderly couple. Is this not evil?? All idolatry is- is a false belief of who and what God is ie his nature. Scripture taught wrongly is enslavement. Tithing as taught by most Baptist preachers is enslavement. The SBC has it correct. It's a shame my friend never knew the true Baptist doctrine on tithing, only the mouthing of Preachers.