|Posted on August 2, 2013 at 11:55 PM|
We've all heard the TV preachers calling for your hard earned cash. Well I thought most of us were smart enough not to send our money to this wolves in sheeps clothing. But I didn't know that this same message was being preached in local churches. I am talking about the prosperity doctrine.
To begin with I remember becoming a Christian and as a new Christian we don't know very much and like all new Christians we listen to every word the preacher is saying we put complete trust and faith in the man behind the podium.
Whatever this man or woman spews over the pulpit we are going to take as gospel truth, and most Christians simply don't read scripture. And I don't know if some of these preacher know this and use the fact that most people don't crack open their bibles or they honastly have been truly decieved themselves.
As a new Christian I too did what I heard preached over the pulpit. I am talking about tithing. I did it, without question. I heard all the scriptures in Hebrews, Malachi, and various scriptures in the new testament of giving to God. I heard it preached to give beyond your means. Which I must say really discouraged me. But I gave, because they said the bible said to do it.
A few years ago I was fortunate enough to go to a church where the minister drilled people about paying tithes. It came up alot. He'd make you feel bad, he's put the guilt of God on you by quoting Malachi 3:8-12. I gave in cash and he wrangled me up wanting me to pay by check so, he said, he could have it on record for me for tax purposes. I didn't care, but I thought it strange, I said sure why not. I didn't realize it at the time but he was checking to see who was tithing and who was not. Later this same man said to me he was thinking of putting an atm in the church because of peoples "no cash on hand" excuse. That seemed very wrong to me, and made me start questioning things. Not to mention all the Tv preachers I mentioned before talking about sowing seeds with cash, and giving, giving, giving. After getting taxes and paying a pretty big tithe to the church I was told by this same minister that the church van was for sale. I looked at it, he had said there was a slight problem with the transmission. They were asking $ 450. which was about the amount of the tithe I had just "PAID" to the church. He got a call on his cell phone while we were inside looking at the van. It was his wife. He odviously didn't realize that I could hear their whole conversation. He told her what we were doing. She said "Ron, I'd just as soon give it to him." he told her goodbye, got of his cell phone and told me, "She said, she'd let you have it for $350." I lost all respect for this man, I left his church, but I had to work with him every day for the next two more years. And when I told him I didn't want to go to his church anymore he made working with him miserable. He was my boss. I felt betrayed, and used. But because of this instance I became bold and began stepping out in faith and telling him what I believed and we differed on many subjects and I began to search the scriptures about giving and tithing, and couldn't find anything that mandated tithing in the new testament church. All those scriptures including the one in Malachi were taken totally out of context and were being used to manipulate people out of their hard earned cash. Tithing is part of the levitical law, and again was never part of the early church in any way, shape or form.
Here's a great link with scripture references: http://www.nomoretithing.org/
So I was able to come out and feel good without any condemnation. The only curse is to them that put themselves under the law of moses rather than on the grace of Christ.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
For the past few weeks I've been attending a church. I met some wonderful people at this church including my new girlfriend. But right from the moment I heard the minister preach I felt something was wrong. His preaching wasn't anointed, he had people hold up there bibles and say a weird chant like Joel Olsteens congregation does. There was even a script in one of the bibles that sat each week unclaimed on one of the seats.
He did seem to have a gift of prophecy, as it appeared which was cool, although if he had read my blogs on my myspace he would have known me. And I had been corresponding with one of the people from the church who had invited me. I'm not saying he did nor did not have the gift of prophecy, of this I truly do not know. But his preaching was dry and wishy washy, didn't talk about sin, except that it's between you and God, which I agree to a point and your either saved or your not, which I also agree to a point. But before the preaching one of the other members of the congregation would give a big dramatic over the top speal about giving and paying tithes. I ignored it. Now don't get me wrong I don't have anything against giving to a church, but I don't believe in tithing, It's not biblically based for the new testament church and is used to manipulate people. I do believe in giving to support a minister, the up-keep of the church, utilities and such. If that's what kind of church you belong to. But as the Lord moves on your heart.
II CORINTHIANS 9:7
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Although this scripture above is cited, it is referring to a special offering and not to that particular church. So giving is a matter of personal belief as far as the church is concerned, the only thing we are admonished to give to at all is to the poor. We are merely meant to make sure that a minister and a wife and kids if he has them has a place to sleep and food to eat, which should be provided by the church or the person that the minister is staying with, as they are meant to live off the gospel, unless he of course has his own occupation as well, and many do.
We see fulltime ministers today driving better cars than anyone in there congregation, nicer homes and living rather well. Ministers that preach against people recieving unemployment or food stamps. Rich pastors that preach in nice churchs as people come in with holes in their shoes, or not enough money to pay their bills or not enough money to buy new clothes, and they are beaten up by out of context scriptures by a "mad" pastor for not paying their tithes.
This minister, who's name I will not mention but goes by the first name of Pastor, would give his own interpretation of scripture citing how he's read the origanal Greek and Aramiac. A puffed up minister that tells us boldy if we don't agree to take it to the one who wrote the book, God. How arrogant.
I didn't like his first sermon, but I liked my new friends that I had corresponded with via email. And then of course my new girlfriend, with which we just seemed to hit it right off. February 14th. Valentines day. The preacher gave a surprising prosperity message. money, greed, sowing a seed, calling a blessing over the cash, and claiming a financial reward. Paying God for a blessing! I couldn't stand it. I prayed while the minister preached, it wasn't Godly it vexed my very soul. I couldn't stand it, I walked out, knowing full well I could lose my new girlfriend. I went home and prayed, my daughter left with me. Seeing I was upset, my daughter returned to the church to question the minister, he apparently wouldn't show her scripture, but told her to read her bible and giving her Malachi 3:8-12. My daughter brought it to me and I explained to her he was speaking to the levites that in chapter 1 were bringing lame and sick to the priest as a first fruit and this is whom God was talking to. For tithing was a levitical law that was never carried over to the church. To quote this minister "your either" under the law "or your not."
I returned for a wednesday service because my girlfriend asked me to, but my heart was no longer there, I had told her I didn't agree with tithing or the properity doctrine. And she said she would search the scriptures on her own and see what she believes. The kids were also getting ready for their first youth night, and I thought it was great for them. I thought about talking with the minister but after what he had done with my daughter and what was witnessed by others I knew that he wouldn't listen. My girlfriend had searched the scriptures and agreed that tithing was indeed part of the law, which we as Christians are not part of, and that tithing was not mentioned in the new testament, except in the 7th chapter of Hebrews where the writer of Hebrews was merely stating what was happening then and not giving a command as far as what Christians need to do now. In fact the writer was attempting to get the Hebrews to stop trying to obey parts of the law that included tithing.
The next sunday, this past sunday, sat in the service. It became odvious to even my girlfriend that this man was having a personal conflict with me. He even stated that he felt that Holy Ghost wanted him to talk because something was coming against paying of tithes. Of which I do agree, but the message wasn't for him to me, but from God to him.
Just before he came out during the singing there was a word from the Lord, that said that we weren't to try and put God into our own understanding. Tithing is a way to try and force God's hand and try and make sense of a graceful God.
This preacher had an agenda. He came out with guns a blazin' about tithes reading from Hebrews chapter 7. I became very vexed in my spirit an began to pray and was immediatly in the Spirit speaking tongues and I asked the Lord over and over what should I do. I then all the sudden looked up and told the minister he wasn't right. Which I might add is totally out of character for me. I tried to tell him that Abraham had merely given 10% of the spoils of war not of all he had. He was talking scripture out of context in order to manipulate the flock. I got up to leave telling him he was wrong. He came after me rebuking me In Jesus name, I turned around and rebuked him In Jesus name.
When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.
When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, "You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?
I believe unless this man repents of spreading this evil blesings for cash prosperity doctrine that God will smite him.
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
I TIMOTHY 6:3-11
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
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