You guys, Pat Robertson has solved the healthcare crisis!!
According to Pat, tithing is a cure-all for poverty and whatever ails you.
Because the Bible says so.
Of course, the Bible doesn’t actually say so, but that’s never stopped Pat before.
Here’s the passage from Malachi that Pat tells us to read closely…
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty.”
In other words, God does say God will bless you (if “you” are the people of Israel 3,000 years ago), but that whole “keeping back the devourer” nonsense only applies to farmers and even they don’t have any guarantees about not getting sick.
Call me cynical, but I have a sneaking suspicion that by “paying your tithe” Pat really means “sending your love offering to the 700 Club.”