I have, on a number of occasions, listened to preachers teach on tithes and offerings. In the process, I have observed that some preachers encourage members of the congregation to give tithes and offerings in order for them to get something (called a blessing) in return. It sometimes feels like getting a blessing is the only motivation for Christians to give to God! I find this disturbing!
I think that there is need for preachers to go deeper in their teaching on the subject. As far as I am concerned, focusing on “getting something in return” holds immense potential to lead some Christians astray.
A number of Christians now consider the issue of tithing and offering as an economic principle. You put something in, you get more out; what a rate of return! This habit encourages the development of an entrepreneurial mindset, not a spiritual one.
Because of such a mindset, some people have taken the Spirit of God out of their giving; and it’s quite unfortunate, in my view….