A Vow Not Taken

Lately I’ve been watching mostly Christian television, specifically Loveworld.

They have been preaching and telling personal stories of how making a vow to God moved him to help them out of their troubles. That’s what Benny Hinn and his friends say, but what does the Bible say?

In James 5:12 KJV it says, But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

A vow is a serious matter, especially one made to God. This is seen in Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 and in James 5:12 above.

Loveworld is advocating that you make a vow in order to increase their donations. If you want to donate that is your business, but I ask that you wisely do not make it a vow.


A Vow Not Made

Lately I’ve been watching Loveworld along with other religious television stations. Anyways they were recently promoting making a vow of money (or promise of donation) to their network. They were kind enough to point out that God does not look favorably on a broken vow. But what didn’t they tell you:

Jesus said don’t make a vow.

Matthew 5:33-37 KJV says, Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: [34] But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: [35] Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. [36] Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. [37] But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. (Italics for emphasis).

A vow not made is a vow not broken.