On one hand, I respect this pastor. He is being up front about the millions of dollars and how he intends to spend it. The people of his congregation can decide if this is a good use of their offering.
Give to receive. I am troubled by what is sometimes called the prosperity gospel. A message about giving and how one can expect to receive a blessing in return. Giving or tithing campaigns in church is nothing new. I understand the business side of a church.
I also expect my church to be a good steward with the money received.
I am troubled when I see a video or read an article about someone who receives an amazing and unexpected blessing in their life shortly after deciding to faithfully tithe.
Do I believe that God has blessed this person because they started writing checks to their church?
I would be more comfortable with a church that shows a second video. A testimony from a faithful giver who has experienced hardship or tragedy in their life.
Show the two examples.
Tell both stories.
I am not comfortable today. My walk of faith has often been uncomfortable.
When I go to church tonight, I will bring my check. I give to give. I don’t give to receive.