Perry Noble’s South Carolina church promises to return tithes if congregants aren’t blessed in 90 days.
"Because we believe what the Bible says about tithing, we commit to you that if you tithe for three months and God doesn't hold true to His promises of blessings (Malachi 3:10), we will refund 100 percent of your tithe. No questions asked," the NewSpring Church said on its 90-Day Tithing Challenge webpage.
"After you sign up, we'll send you resources and encouragement. We would also love to hear your story along the way — how is God blessing you after taking this next step in your walk with Him?" the message said.
According to The Christian Post, the online tithing challenge has been in place for at least two years. It’s unclear if the church has ever returned tithes to people, but the church did report that in 2014, more than 1,600 people gave some $59.3 million during the 90-day tithing challenge.
In 2013, the church collected about $50.7 million.
"The 90-day tithing challenge. Everybody has a problem with money and I say 'Well, I'ma trust You.' It's hard but 'I'ma trust You,’” said NewSpring member Roshanda Fuller in a video. “This past Sunday I put my last $11 in the collection plate. And I was like 'Oh, I forgot about gas. How am I gonna get gas? But I found it in my wallet. It worked. Yesterday was exactly what I put in and it was wrapped up in receipts I didn't even know I had.”
Noble said of the challenge: "We believe that and we believe that to the point that we are challenging you to take our 90-day tithe challenge and in 90 days, if you don't feel like God has blessed you, if you don't feel like God has done what his word has said, if you believe God's a liar here's what we'll do. We'll refund every dime you gave during that 90 day period.”
Publication date: March 30, 2016
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