The Nine Week Timetable
In PlainSite.org Note: I read this piece a long time ago, and saved it without noting the source. However it is way too good not to be used here. Therefore with apologies to the author..
Recently, I was watching a TV "ministry" (hucksters) who were urging people to send them money and they were guaranteeing a 100 fold return on the seed-faith money. Well, if I took them at their word and started with "sowing" $10 a week, I should start expecting to receive a $1000 a week in return. If after that I gave 10 percent of the $1000 ($100) I received per week, I could then expect to receive $100,000 per week. If after that I gave 10 percent of the $100,000 ($10,000) per week, I could then expect to receive $10, 000, 000 per week. In nine weeks I would be richer than Bill Gates (net worth ~ $30 billion) who is an atheist and does not give anything to the Lord's work. The following table summarizes the results:
Amount Given ($)
Amount Received ($)
If instead I gave this amount once a year, I still would be the richest man in the world in ten years. If this is really what Jesus meant, then why do these "ministers" have to ask for money at all? Could not they apply the same principles and reap the money themselves?
Sound Ridiculous? Sure it is! But no more so than the extravagant promises made day in and day out by the hucksters on televisions