Blessings, Wealth, and Giving: The Truth about How Much A Christian MUST Give

13 Aug

URGENT MESSAGE FOR TODAY’S CHURCH

God Wants Your Love

Give Your Money as you desire, no 10%, 20%, 30% required!

 Worship is not a monetary transaction. The issue is whether or not God has our hearts. If He does, responding to Him with our gifts will be no problem. Once we value God more than we value anything on earth, we will discover a new depth to our worship and experience a new level of God’s blessing. (Today in the Word – November 18, 1997, Moody Bible Institute)

Becoming Rich in Love Means Cash is Secondary

Give Freely, Generously, Unto God what you purpose in your heart.  Not by percentage, force, or fear. There is no longer a TITHE for today’s Christian, only giving what one chooses in love.

TITHING

For many years churches have found a way to enslave Christian’s into a system of forced giving. This is usually done by misrepresenting one key scripture Malachi 3:8.  Instead Christian’s are free to give whatever is in their hearts to give, as God leads them.  No man has the right to judge another person’s giving to the Lord. There will be a time many will answer for this.

There are 3-kinds of TITHES

  1. Yearly food only tithes given to Levites. The people had money but they were only required to bring food/produce as a tithe. (Read: Deut. 14:28-29, Deut. 26:12-13)
  2. The Levites 10% food tithes they took to the temple Priests from their own supply. (Read: I 1Chron 23:2-4, Num. 35:2, Num.18:21-32, 2Chron. 31:15-19)
  3. Third year celebration tithes of food items shared with the poor, widows, neighbors, Levites etc.(Read: Deut. 12:17, 12:6-19, Deut. 14: 2-3)

The Big MALACHIA 3:8 verse is ONLY directed towards Priest’s and Levite’s NOT Regular People

  1. Malachi 1:6 “It is you, O priests, who show contempt for my name. “But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?
  2. Malachi 2:1 “And now this admonition is for you, O priests if you do not listen, and if you do not set your heart to honor my name,” says the LORD Almighty, “I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not set your heart to honor me.
  3. Malachi 2:8 “For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the Lord Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth. But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi,” says the LordAlmighty.“So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.”
  4. Malachi 3:8 Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we (the priests and Levites) robbing You?’ “In tithes and offerings.You (the priest’s and Levites) are under a curse —your whole nation—because you (the priest’s and Levites) are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse,  that there may be food in my house.
  5. Malachi “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements   and going about like mourners   before the Lord Almighty

The Priest and/or Levites who served God were complaining that their job did not give them enough.  They began to misuse their office, keeping for themselves what belonged to God. This also happened to Eli (read 1 Samuel chapter 2) when his own son’s who were priest’s began stealing the offering made to God.  They refused to accept the food God reserved for them and began taking more than their share.

Even Jesus Himself referred to the food tithes in Pharisee’s they should have tithed the herbs (food) but not neglected the other rules in Matthew 23:23.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices–mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

Christians are not bound to Legalism and Laws.  If anyone attempts to ‘curse’ or convince you with Mal.3:8 inform them of the truth. If they won’t listen, run away from them.  It is not healthy to remain in a congregation that preaches bondage.

You are free, so remain that way. Note Paul’s discourse on what he could do, but won’t for the sake of the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 9:1-17.

“Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink the milk? Do I say this merely on human authority? Doesn’t the Law say the same thing? For it is written in the Law of Moses: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” Is it about oxen that God is concerned? Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because whoever plows and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more? But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ. Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me, for I would rather die than allow anyone to deprive me of this boast. For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me. What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel.

WHAT CAN I DO? I LOVE MY CHURCH? 
If the ministry is in ignorance, simply bringing this to their attention may help. However, be warned some ministries are afraid to trust God for their finances and may attack anyone who threatens to expose the BONDAGE that will set the people free from it.  “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:13).
  1. Pray for guidance, the Holy Spirit will give you an answer.
  2. Research the scriptures and know what Jesus says exactly.
  3. Give in secret Do not let the left hand know what the right hand is doing(Matt. 6:3)
  4. Give only what’s in your heart, freely, without fear (2 Cor. 9:7)
  5. Refuse to use an envelope unless you leave it blank
  6. If you use an envelope, mark only the amount of your gift or Offering.
  7. Talk to the senior pastor with a witness.  Tell everyone the truth, spread the word! Forward this study, as not to leave your brothers and sisters in bondage, and read

  Should the Church Teach Tithing?

A Theologian’s Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine
Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

  What Others Are Saying: (thank you truthforfree.com)

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:

…the question as to whether to tithe from one’s net or gross income is not answered in Scripture, nor is the question of whether to give it all to the local church or to include other ministries. We feel that such decisions should be based on personal conviction… It (tithing) is not mentioned in the New Testament except where it is describing Old Testament practices or in the Gospels where Jesus is addressing people who were under the Old Testament law. Note Jesus’ comments to the Pharisees in Luke 11:42… A New Testament teaching on giving which may be helpful to you is found in 1 Corinthians 16:2: “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income.” This passage brings out four points: we should give individually, regularly, methodically, and proportionately. The matter of your giving is between you and God, and He always takes into account our circumstances. He knows when they are beyond our power to direct and control. The important thing is that we see giving as a privilege and not a burden. It should not be out of a sense of duty, but rather out of love for the Lord and a desire to see His kingdom advanced. Second Corinthians 9:6-7 says: ‘Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’ The deeper question, you see, is this: What has priority in our lives? Is Christ really first–or do we put ourselves and our own desires first? Make sure Christ is first in your life, and then ask Him to guide you.

David Wilkerson – The Bountiful Servant (sermon excerpt – March 21, 1994):

I must warn you: If you focus on percentages with God, you might as well keep your money. God does not honor any gift that is not given in joy — willingly, out of a heart overflowing with love! If you give only because you believe it is commanded — or if you’re always wondering, “Is tithing a New Testament concept, or just Old Testament?” — your heart-attitude is all wrong! If you give 10 percent because the pastor asks it of you, that is wrong also. None of this gets to the issue — to the heart of what it means to give! One man told me, “After I give my 10 percent, I can do whatever I please with the rest. And I expect God to bless me as He promised — because I gave my tithe!” No! Many are able to give more than a tithe. And God wants us to give as we are able — with generosity! There is no place for stinginess among God’s people.

David Wilkerson – Letter To Friends of the Times Square Outreach (May 31, 1999):

The Holy Spirit has laid on my heart something I need to share with you.  It is a loving warning from the very heart of Jesus, who said:  Take heed, and beware of covetousness (Luke 12:15)…  Peter warned that false prophets would arise and through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you (2 Peter 2:3)…  Peter warned us to beware of covetous ministers who would use the Word to exploit believers — greedy preachers who would develop a false doctrine of avarice and greed…  God’s Word says of these rich, greedy preachers:  Their judgment is near, and their destruction will not sleep (see 2 Peter 2:3).  They have become blatant and arrogant in their greed.  They now preach that you cannot receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit until you prosper.  That’s blasphemy!  Beloved, do not listen to this false gospel.  It is satanic.  It comes from the heart of men who are light and frivolous, jokesters, greedy for more.  Isaiah the prophet has their number:  Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain (Isaiah 56:11).  I thank God that he has promised to supply all our needs.  And I do not want any believer’s money to make me rich.  We are rich when we have His peace and can live without fear all the days of our lives in holiness before the Lord!  Thank you for your prayers and support for this ministry to the masses in New York City.

Zondervan Pictoral Encyclopedia of the Bible, Vol. 5, (s.v. “tithe”):

Church fathers such as Irenaeus and Epiphanius did not believe Matt. 10:10, Luke 10:7 or 1 Cor. 9:7ff could be used to establish a pattern for the church based upon the practice of the Jewish synagogue. They believed “freedom in Christian giving [should be] emphasized”

For the Minister’s Who Demand Tithes… if you decide to continue enforcing laws such as tithing out of fear of losing money and support for your position or church… REMEMBER God is watching.  He will raise up, and set down as He chooses.

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