A South Carolina church is promising a "money-back guarantee" for tithe donations. NewSpring Church reportedly claims to refund parishioners who are not sufficiently blessed within 90 days.
Pastor Perry Noble is reportedly making the offer to incentivize church members to donate 10 percent of their income to the church, reports Christian Today.
“Because we believe what the Bible says about tithing, we commit to you that if you tithe for 3 months and God doesn’t hold true to His promises of blessings, we will refund 100 percent of your tithe. No questions asked,” pastor Noble said in a video advertisement.
Noble backs up his money-back guarantee with biblical scripture.
“If we will put God first with the tithe, he will bless us; in fact, he will open up the flood gates of heaven and pour out so much blessing on us that we won’t have room enough for it,” quoted Noble from the bible.
The NewSpring Church website reportedly includes advertisements to solicit donations, including an explanation of “Why you can’t afford not to tithe: Once you’ve seen God’s provision in tangible ways, it’s easy to see that you can’t afford to not”.
NewSpring also engages with its members online, encouraging them to keep in contact with the church while donating.
“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? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org” reads the church’s website.
The New Spring Church has been subject to criticism from fellow religious organizations that do not see eye-to-eye with its practices, reports Greeneville News.
The South Carolina Baptist Convention reportedly criticized pastor Perry Noble in January for his claims that the bible’s Ten Commandments were more like “sayings or promises”.
South Carolina Baptist Convention president Tommy Kelly implored Baptists to “remove ourselves from these positions and problematic statements and call for NewSpring to correct these positions if it chooses to say that it affiliates with South Carolina Baptist churches”.