Updated: May 27, 2019
The last time we checked South Mountain Community Church’s Draper campus back in February, we didn’t have the Website Review portion of our review process established yet. Now that we do, and we’ve actually physically checked them, we’re writing up a Check-Up that will be posted by the end of this week.
In addition to posting a new Check for them, we’re going to address what appears to be a new Position Paper on their website regarding giving. If we try including it into the Church Check along with the plethora of additional information we’ve gotten on them this time around, we’ll end up writing a small ebook!
Instead, we decided to make a separate post. For those of you interested in reading everything we’ve written on SMCC, we’ll include links to every post on this church campus in the Check-Up later this week.
In the meantime, let’s check this Position Paper! If you want to read it over for yourself, here it is.
We’re going to refute every false argument and assertion made in this Position Paper that we can find using a contextual understanding of the Bible, and just plain ole’ logic, one sentence, paragraph, and section at a time.
“Why Should a Person Give a Tithe?”
The first section of this Paper is entitled “Why should a person give a tithe?”
Well, I can answer that one easily. No one should give a tithe. As we’ve already established in our post on tithing, it isn’t Christian. I suppose if you are Jewish and follow the Mosaic Law, according to your religion, you should pay tithing. As for Christians under the New Covenant of grace and liberty in Christ, however, you should not.
Their first paragraph in this section is as follows (emphasis & numbering mine):
“Jesus said that we cannot serve both God and money (Matt. 6:24). This means that it is impossible to be committed to both (1). We are either a slave to God or a slave to money. Because money is an opiate that addicts as easily as any drug, its power to change us is comparable to the power of God. A good reason to give is so that we might break free of the stranglehold of money (2). Jesus also said, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matt. 6:21) (3) We can direct our heart by giving God's money back to Him, in worship (4).”
(1) It’s so hilarious and infuriating at the same time when churches try to use Matthew 6:24 to pressure Christians into giving or tithing as if it couldn’t possibly apply to THEM in any way, but it does. Ironically, by using Scripture to compel Christians to give to them, they are showing themselves to be slaves to money, rather than God.
(2) I wonder how much money SMCC gives compared to how much they receive and spend on frivolous and materialistic projects such as their buildings and their over-the-top indoor playground.
(3) Another verse that just as equally applies to the people using it as it applies to individual Christians. SMCC should look at where their treasure is. Is it in Christ, or their church?
(4) First here, we don’t direct our heart to do anything. God directs our heart through the Holy Spirit that dwells within every believer. Secondly, it sounds like SMCC is propping itself up to be synonymous with and/or equal to God by claiming that by giving to them you are actually giving to God in worship. Actually, any giving that a Christian does is by, for, and through Him, whether it be to their local church, or their local panhandler. All giving done with the love of God is for God.
Let’s move on to the next paragraph in this section (emphasis mine):