“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.”Malachi 3:8
“And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.” Mark 11:15-18
We were often taught that we were robbing God if we didn’t tithe and give offerings above the tithe. If we didn’t give, or didn’t give enough, we were robbing God. Edwin Young threatened on several occasions to read a list of the names of those he didn’t think were tithing. Giving cash was not enough–the money had to be tracked to your account, or you were “selfish.”
There are several rumors going around that Edwin Young took money from Faith Tabernacle. Reports of exactly how the money was taken-through a church loan or by manipulating the accounts varies. If these allegations are true, they are wrong and should not be supported by the church. Yet recent rumors are that the church will not take action.
If Edwin took money from the church that wasn’t his, he did not take a small sum. The rumors are that he took more than half a million dollars (one report states the figure to be $750,000) of church funds before he left. And the church won’t pursue the matter.
I am familiar with the church’s mentality. Protect the church at all costs. “Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?” (1 Cor 6:7) The thought is that some things should be hidden to make the church look better to those not in it, so that they’ll come and join. There is a problem with this concept: The truth cannot be defended by lies. Truth will prevail in spite of sin, but if the truth of a matter is hidden, how will it be made right? Would it be right to lie to people so that they would come? How can people be won to truth with lies?
The verse above is not talking about staying silent and letting sin prevail. It isn’t telling Christians that they should let someone rob them, much less the house of God. It is also not saying never to go to the law. Some things are illegal and need to be taken care of in court. However, some things should be decided within the church. There was too much quarreling in Corinth. That was wrong. But it is also wrong to sit silently by and watch someone do wrong without doing anything about it. By refusing to do anything we become part of the problem. Faith Tabernacle prides itself on having the Truth. The truth is more than one verse in the Bible. If we won’t tell the whole truth or if we hide sins rather than dealing with them, are we really standing for truth, or have we corrupted the precious truth with lies?