100% Money Back Tithe Guarantee

Ed Young is breaking new ground again.

No… it’s not another sexperiment. (Thankfully.  That last one was out of sight!)

(I do want to take a break here and thank Ed for allowing me the ability to write the best headline of my life)

And it’s not the Kingdom Kit. (aka ‘murse’). Again, thankfully.

This time, Ed is introducing the 90 day challenge on tithing. While he’s not the first to do so, he’s getting a lot of attention because he’s Ed Young.

Here’s the promise:  “If you tithe for 90 days and God doesn’t hold true to his promise of blessings, we will refund 100% of your tithe.”

I’ve not heard how this has gone at a couple of other big churches that have tried it.  Did they return anyone’s money?

What do you think?  Good idea?  Bad idea?

My initial thoughts… much better than the Kingdom Kit; not as sexy as the sexperiment.

Would love to hear your thoughts.



  • pietrosquared June 19, 2014 Reply

    I love it, faithfulness to God presented as a business transaction.

    Ed… stop… please…

  • Ronnie June 19, 2014 Reply

    Some give as a duty. Some give out of a need. Some give to feel good. Some give to honour God. …and some give to challenge God!

    • pietrosquared June 19, 2014 Reply

      But surely there’s a right or best reason?

      • Ronnie June 19, 2014 Reply

        The best would be giving to honour God by consciously knowing that we gave our best!

  • LGB June 19, 2014 Reply

    This is SO NOT a new idea! The church I was in 20 years ago was doing it and to my knowledge has never been asked to give any refunds.

    It can be a scary thing for people who have not tithed before (think new believer) to suddenly start doing it. A “money-back” guarantee such as this can take a little of the fear out of it.

    “pietrosquared” might consider a little less legalism and a little more grace. God Himself tells us to test him on this… “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” Malachi 3:10.

  • davepatchin June 19, 2014 Reply

    Been there done that, had one taker on the refund. Overall giving went up 40% during the 120 days. Well worth the risk.

  • James June 19, 2014 Reply

    Ha! Surely not a new idea, but perhaps it’s about perspective. Who says God doesn’t or does bless according to whether you tithe or not.
    Sometimes it’s really hard to know for sure! God blesses us with so many wonderful things in our lives. Life itself is a blessing how in the world do you ever tithe on that concept.
    Perhaps a special asking of God for a deep need and He comes through on the mark, I guess. But I’m more inclined that tithe is connected to desire and not obligation.
    The law of giving is no longer demanded. We give from a different heart and mind. We give in ways totally apart from money.
    And what about the idea that the whole world is blessed by resources, ideas, technology given to us by God in the first place. The very air we breath, the food we eat, the homes we live in are a blessing.
    Not to put down the idea of tithing connected with God’s blessings, to me it’s a little narrow and small minded. If blessing were tightly connecting to blessing then if you don’t tithe, no blessing. And that isn’t true whatsoever. However, the joy of giving is far beyond the tithing and blessing conversation.
    Blessings and grace abounds whether I do or not

  • Craig R Secor June 19, 2014 Reply

    So-o-o “money back, guaranteed”. Uh. God, doesn’t do what He says, man steps in to….? Obedience to… Faith in… and Love for..God. Yeah, living that out is a far better example to our families and especially teens where God is The Ultimate 100% Guarantee.

  • Alberto Medrano June 20, 2014 Reply

    1) Can I imagine Paul or Jesus making the same statement? It’s difficult for me to think so.

    2) What’s the intent of the pastors? Honestly, they sound like a salesman trying to close a deal.

    3) Who really going to ask a church for their donation? It’s a little deceptive because we all know hardly anyone will do so. And if someone does, we just look at them like “So you’re gonna be that guy?”

    4) New Covenant basis. How many of Paul’s letters refers that everyone gives a tithe? Did they tithe? If so, in keeping with the old tradition, did the maintain exceptions for the poor?

    5) the witness to a broken world. Outsiders see this and think, “nope. This is why I’m not going to church. They just want your money. Never satisfied with their current offerings. Thieves!”

    6) promotion of guaranteed prosperity. How defined is God’s return? Or is it subjective? Does this promote the potential of the gifts above the respect of the giver?

    • davepatchin June 20, 2014 Reply

      Alberto, allow me to respond briefly with Scripture.
      1) Would Jesus or Paul say this?
      Jesus: Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Lk 6:38
      Paul: Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 2 Cor 9:10

      2) Sound like Salesmen?
      Paul: “Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account.” Ph. 4:17

      3) Who would ask for it back?
      People who feel their faith is not rewarded. It’s been done. But Paul told the church to “finish” their giving: Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.” 2 Cor. 8:11

      4) Tithe exceptions for the poor?
      “Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity…they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.” 2 Cor. 8:2,4

      5) Outsiders say never satisfied? Thieves?
      If they think that, they think that REGARDLESS of whether a church offers to give money BACK, which is the point. They think that MORE of the church that takes an offering with NO offer.

      6) Guaranteed prosperity?
      Paul: You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Cor 9:11

      The issue is not prosperity gospel or does the scripture command generosity. The issue is encouraging people to take a step of faith and lowering their fear that the faith step will destroy them.

      Blessings, Dave

      • Alberto Medrano June 20, 2014 Reply

        Thanks for your kind response. But a question, and it seemed to be overlooked but, in those responses, what I’m getting at here is, using Paul particularly since you do, where do you get this minimum that one must give to be blessed?

        • davepatchin June 24, 2014 Reply

          Albert, that is an excellent question. I am not attempting to argue that believers must tithe, and if that is your main objection to Ed Young’s challenge, fine. I was focused on offering a “refund” if God didn’t bless in response to steps of faith in generosity. If you are not concerned with the refund issue, then our concerns may be mutually inclusive.

      • … and yet not one of the passages above has anything to do with the OT tithe. How many more yokes must modern-day Pharisees like Ed Young put on their flocks? What’s next, a circumcision challenge?

  • Fred June 20, 2014 Reply

    Scammers sell worthless crap every day with a money back guarantee because they know most people wont ask for a refund.

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