The Seed Faith Doctrine is a common teaching among prosperity gospel preachers and preachers who promote tithing. This doctrines falls under the umbrella of the Prosperity Gospel. The Seed Faith Doctrine is based upon a misinterpretation of the seed parable told by Jesus in Matthew 13:3-9.
“And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among the thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thrirtyfold. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear (KJV).”
According to the Seed Faith Doctrine, the seed is money or so-called tithes, the sower is YOU, the believer, churchgoer, Christian, the ground is their church/ministry and 30, 60, and 100-fold increase refers to financial gain. In other words, when you send money or so-called tithes to their church/ministry, God will give a 30, 60, or 100-fold financial increase – if you exercise your faith.
Is this what Jesus was teaching in his seed parable?
No! Jesus explains the meaning of the parable in Matthew 13:18-23 and Luke 8:11-15. Jesus is talking to his disciples. He tells them what to expect when they preach the gospel. He is preparing them for the realities of his ministry.
Here’s how Jesus explains the seed, the sower, the ground and the 30, 60, 100-fold increase:
• The seed is the word of God (gospel)
• The sower are those who spread the word of God (gospel)
• The ground is the heart/mind of people
• The 30,60,100-fold increase refers to the different levels at which people receive the gospel and how much fruit they will bear when they receive the gospel
The lesson of the seed parable is this:
There will be people who reject the gospel, some will receive the gospel up to a point and others will completely embrace it. As a result, the gospel will impact people’s lives to varying degrees which will produce varying results in their life.
We see that the Seed Faith Doctrine is a complete misrepresentation of what Jesus was teaching.
Beware of false doctrines! Read the Bible for yourself!
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