When a pastor doesn't have the calling and the gift of a shepherd, he will end up lording over the people, controlling them, and will never release them to go do what God called them to do. His main concern is to keep the flock under his own wings because of the tithes and offerings he receives from them, and because he doesn't want to give the appearance to the outside world that his congregation is decreasing. Therefore, he will typically tell those of his church members who wants to step out and start their own ministry that they are “not ready” and shouldn't leave, but instead they have to continue to stay under his authority till he decides when they are potentially ready to do anything! A true shepherd, on the other hand. cares for the flock that God has entrusted to him. He watches over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what he will get out of it, but because he is eager to serve God. He doesn't lord it over the people assigned to his care, but lead them by his own good example. (See 1. Peter 5:2-3) A true shepherd understands that his responsibility is to equip God’s people TO DO GOD'S WORK!!! (See Ephesians 4:12)
Thursday, October 31, 2013
God never intended for Christians to live together and have sex without being married, and yet that's exactly what is happening and being more and more tolerated in the churches nowadays. The Bible says that we are supposed to judge and confront those who are living this sort of sinful lifestyle, and if they don't repent, we are to remove them from our midst, so that the rest of the church will not be contaminated. For this reason, we are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer and yet indulges in sexual sin. We shouldn't even eat with such a person. (See 1. Corinthians 5:1-13) That is why we need to be on our guards and never allow ourselves to be fooled! We must realize what the Bible says that those who have a lifestyle of indulging in sexual sin, will not inherit the Kingdom of God – people who are fornicators, adulterers, male prostitutes, and those who practice homosexuality. Thank God that from time to time you hear testimonies from those who say that they once were sinners just like that, but they are now cleansed and made holy and right with God because they called on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!!! (See 1. Corinthians 6:9-11)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Partaking in the celebration of God's Holy Communion or the Lord's Supper is a very serious event. For every time we eat the bread which represent the body of the Lord Jesus Christ which is given to us and drink the cup of wine after supper which represent the new covenant between God and His people—an agreement confirmed with His blood, we are remembering the Lord and announcing His death until He comes back again. If anyone eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily, meaning with unconfessed sin, or disregarding the true meaning of the bread and cup and forget the tremendous price our Savior Jesus Christ paid for our salvation, is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. You are basically eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. That is the reason why many people are weak and sick and some have even died, as happened in the Corinthian church! We should therefore always examine ourselves before eating the bread and drinking the cup so we would not be judged by God in this way! (See 1. Corinthians 11:17-34)
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The problem with so many churches is that the pastor, elder, or bishop does not have the gift and calling of a shepherd, and therefore he is not able to lovingly care for and feed the flock assigned to him in the appropriate way, leading them by his own good example, which is; watching over them willingly, without controlling them, but instead serving them with all humility and not for what he can get out of it, but because he is eager to serve God! (See Acts 20:28 & 1. Peter 5:2-5) A true shepherd is not dishonest with money, arrogant, or quick-tempered. He has a strong belief in the trustworthy message of the Word of God, and is able to encourage others with wholesome teaching, and lovingly show those who oppose it where they are wrong. (See Titus 1:1-9) But what happens when a church doesn't have a leader who has the gift and calling of a pastor or shepherd, is that it will most likely be led by someone who has the gift of a teacher, who will focus all his attention on giving Bible studies and often overfeeding the people. Or, if the church is led by someone who has the gift of an evangelist, he will be stressing out the church with all sorts of evangelistic and mission activities. If a church is pastored by someone with the gift of a prophet, he will most of the time be busy with prophesying over the people over and over again. Even though we need all these gifts to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ (See Ephesians 4:11-12), God has intended for the church to be led by someone who has the gift and calling of a pastor or shepherd, BECAUSE ONLY A TRUE SHEPHERD KNOWS HOW TO ATTEND AND TAKE CARE OF THE FLOCK!!!
Monday, October 28, 2013
“Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.” Hebrews 13:17 NLT It is extremely important to know what kind of leadership you are submitting yourself under in the church! Is it one who builds you up in Christ or tears you down in hurt and discouragement? The responsibility of a spiritual leader, which is one who must have the gift and calling of an elder or shepherd/pastor, “is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12 NLT The pastor is supposed to care for the flock that God has entrusted to him, watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what he will get out of it, but because he is eager to serve God. He is not to lord it over or control the people assigned to his care, but lead them by his own good example (See 1. Peter 5:2-3), which the Bible clearly outlines under the qualifications for being an elder or pastor. First of all, an elder or pastor must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall. He must be a man whose life is above reproach. People outside the church must speak well of him, his good character, so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. He must be gentle, not violent, not quarrelsome, and not be a lover of money! He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church? Their wives must be respected and must not slander others. (See 1. Timothy 3:1-7) This is the right kind of spiritual leadership you should allow to watch over your soul!!!
Saturday, October 26, 2013
The atheists likes to mock Christians, saying things like; what happened to the promise that Jesus is coming back, everything has remained the same since the world was first created. (See 2. Peter 3:3-4) To them it is all nonsense, God does not exist! They think it is ridiculous that Christ was crucified for our sins. They would rather put their faith into what the philosophers, scholars, and the world’s so-called brilliant intellectuals and debaters are saying. (See 1. Corinthians 1:20-23) The Bible says that only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” Psalm 14:1 NLT Isn't it ironic that the Devil and his demons, who causes the atheists to reject the existence of God himself, believes in God and yet trembles in terror? (See James 2:19)
Friday, October 25, 2013
Stand firm against the attacks of the Devil, and be strong in your faith! Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. God in His kindness called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation. Be encouraged! What you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you! Stand firm in this grace!!! (See 1. Peter 5:9-12)
Thursday, October 24, 2013
God is faithful! For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for His glory! Therefore hold tightly without wavering to the hope you affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise! Because faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen! You must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. God will certainly make this thing happen for you, for He who calls you is faithful!!! (See 2. Corinthians 1:20, Hebrews 10:23, Hebrews 11:1 & 1. Thessalonians 5:24)
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Whether it is the Evangelicals, Baptists, Pentecostals, Charismatics, Presbyterians, Methodists, or any other Christian denomination or non-denominational church or ministry group, you will find teachers who teach destructive doctrines and heresies, and even deny the Master who bought them. Many follow their evil teachings and shameful immorality. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. (See 2. Peter 2:1-3) Here is a list of some of the false theologies: Cessationism, (the belief that the gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues, prophecy, and faith healing ceased from being practiced early in Christian Church history), the “once saved always saved” idea, tithing, keeping of the Sabbath, the prosperity gospel, name it and claim it proclamations (which by the way is based on the New Age philosophy of the Law of Attraction), special Jewish festivity money “seed” offerings, disqualification from being in ministry once divorced and/or remarried, men being forbidden to have long hair, women pastors teaching men and having authority over them, hyper-grace, same-sex marriage along with tolerance of homosexuality, and the list could go on and on. We all, who accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, have the same obligation as the people of Berea in the Bible book of Acts, who searched the Scriptures day after day to see if what was being taught to them was indeed really the truth. They did not want to be fooled!!! (See Acts 17:11)
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
King Herod Agrippa persecuted the believers in the church. He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword. When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish people, he also arrested the apostle Peter. He imprisoned him, placing him under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him. The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, the Lord send his angel to miraculously lead Peter out of prison and save him from Herod and from what the Jewish leaders had planned to do to him! Peter immediately went to the home where many of the church were gathered for prayer. He knocked at the door in the gate, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to open it. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and told everyone, “Peter is standing at the door!” “You’re out of your mind!” they said. When she insisted, they decided, “It must be his angel.” (See Acts 12:1-15) Wow! These Christians were earnestly praying for a miracle for Peter to be released from prison and when it indeed happened, they could not believe it! They did absolutely not get and believe what Jesus said, which is; “What is impossible for people is possible with God!!!” Luke 18:27 NLT
Monday, October 21, 2013
Jesus commanded those who are His disciples to: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; THEY WILL SPEAK WITH NEW TONGUES; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:15-18 NKJV That is exactly what happened when the apostle Paul traveled through the interior provinces and came to Ephesus, where he found several believers. “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked them. “No,” they replied, “we don’t know what you mean. We haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and THEY SPOKE IN OTHER TONGUES and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.” (See Acts 19:1-7) It is this same apostle Paul who admonished the Corinthian Church to be eager to prophesy and NOT to forbid speaking in tongues!!! (See 1. Corinthians 14:39) Or, as he said to them: “I wish you all had the gift of speaking in tongues.” 1. Corinthians 14:5 NLT So, don’t let anybody deceive you or steal this God-given gift from you. I encourage you to ask for it, since it is God’s will for you to receive the gift of speaking in tongues, and He will surely give it to you! Because; “we can be confident that He will listen to us whenever we ask Him for anything in line with His will. And if we know He is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that He will give us what we ask for!” 1. John 5:14-15 NLT
If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; because those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters. (See 1. John 4:20-21) God called us Christians to be of one mind, sympathizing with each other and loving each other as brothers and sisters. He also wants us to be tenderhearted and keep a humble attitude. We should not repay evil for evil or retaliate with insults when people insult us. Instead, we pay them back with a blessing, because if we do so, God will bless us in return! For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.” (See 1. Peter 3:8-12) Therefore, “don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other!” Romans 12:9-10 NLT
Saturday, October 19, 2013
We must be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven us. (See Ephesians 4:32) But we are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a Christian yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Don’t even eat with such people. (See 1. Corinthians 5:11) For the simple reason that the Bible says; “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1. Corinthians 15:33 NLT That is why we must stay away from people who are unloving and unforgiving; who slander others and have no self-control and are cruel and have no interest in what is good. We must stay away from those who betray their friends, are reckless, puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. These are the kind of people who will act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. (See 2. Timothy 3:2-5) We also need to watch out and stay away from people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things that are contrary to what the Bible, the Word of God, teaches us. Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people. (See Romans 16:17-18) The consequences of having relationships with unrepentant people like that can be devastating and painful and open the doors to all sorts of curses in our lives. It will not lead us to the heart of Jesus Christ and His blessings, but to the contrary, away from God into confusion, the stealing of our peace with God, and ultimately corrupting our good behavior! They will instead encourage bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking and malice. (See Ephesians 4:31) Therefore, for your own protection: STAY AWAY!!!
Friday, October 18, 2013
When you are a loyal, kind, and a good person, you will find favor with both God and people! (See Proverbs 3:3-4, 12:2) You would be following the example of Jesus, who grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people, (See Luke 2:52) and who said; “Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you. If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return. Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate!” Luke 6:27-36 NLT Yes! “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him!” Proverbs 16:7 NKJV
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Here is another Bible scripture that often has been misquoted and twisted in order to tell Christian men that God doesn't want them to have long hair; “Isn’t it obvious that it’s disgraceful for a man to have long hair? And isn’t long hair a woman’s pride and joy? For it has been given to her as a covering. But if anyone wants to argue about this, I simply say that we have no other custom than this, and neither do God’s other churches.” 1. Corinthians 11:14-16 NLT To fully understand this scripture, we need to understand what the situation was like at this time in Corinth. The city of Corinth was known for its immorality and perversity, and the men that were sexually perverted had long hair. The apostle Paul who wrote this letter, didn't want the men in the church to be mistaken for those perverted ones. This was not God's commandment to all people throughout all times, but Paul's special advice to the people in Corinth at that time! The whores in Corinth, for instance, had short hair or shaved heads, and Paul didn't want the women in church to be mistaken for whores, which is why he told the females in the church not to cut their hair off. Again, this was not God's commandment to all Christians throughout all times! In Numbers 6:5 NLT it says about the Nazirites, who devoted themselves to God, that; “they must never cut their hair throughout the time of their vow, for they are holy and set apart to the Lord,” Three well-known Nazirites were Samson (See Judges 13:5), Samuel the prophet (See 1. Samuel 1:11) and John the Baptist. (See Luke 1:15)
Monday, October 14, 2013
You are a well-known pastor of a large congregation, and every Sunday before taking the offering, you quote your members the Old Testament law passage of Malachi 3:8-11 that says; “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes.” Based on this scripture, you falsely explain to your church members how important and detrimental it is not to rob God, but pay at least a 10% tithe of your gross income into the storehouse, which according to you is the church, in order to be protected against the devourer and be blessed in your finances, marriage, family, work, and every other area of your life! But then, one day, you find yourself standing in front of your congregation, confessing that your wife of twenty some years had multiple affairs for a span of five years! What happened? How come the tithing didn't propel God to rebuke to devourer from destroying your marriage, as you yourself so often preached? This tells me again how ridiculous and deceptive this whole “must” tithe doctrine is. Tithing was and is NEVER meant for the New Testament believer, instead the Bible teaches that; “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2. Corinthians 9:7-8 NLT
Sunday, October 13, 2013
In 2008, I wrote a study called “The White House” which was about the then elected president of the United States, Barack Obama. In that article, I compared Obama with King Saul, who was chosen by the people of Israel against God’s will. God warned them through the prophet Samuel of the kind of bad leader their choice king would be. But regardless of all the warnings, the people of Israel insisted on having their king, and ultimately, God gave them Saul so that one day they would find out that their choice didn't work out to their benefit! The Israelites were also told that, “when that day comes, you will beg for relief from this king you are demanding, but then the Lord will not help you.” 1. Samuel 8:18 NLT The story of King Saul is eerily similar to that of President Obama. The people of America were also warned by many prophets of God about how Obama would reign over them, financially burden them to the point of poverty, and bring destruction upon them and the nation, in addition to the fact that he would be an ungodly, anti-Israel, immoral president, who would openly endorse gay marriage. And yet, the people of America stubbornly went ahead and chose Obama. The day came for the Israelites that they begged for relief from King Saul, and God nevertheless, in His goodness, responded by giving them King David instead, a man after God's heart! Has that day also come for America, that its people are begging for relief from President Obama?
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Jacob, who preferred to stay at home, was his mother’s favorite. His brother Esau, a skillful hunter, was his father’s favorite. One day, Esau returned from hunting, exhausted and hungry, and desired some of the lentil stew that Jacob was cooking. Jacob offered to give his brother some stew in exchange for his birthright, which gave him the right to a double portion of his father's inheritance as the firstborn son. And so Esau was misled to sell his birthright to Jacob. (See Genesis 25:27-34) When the time came for their father Isaac to pronounce his blessing to Esau, Jacob and his mother conspired to deceive Isaac into blessing Jacob in Esau’s place. When Esau found out that his blessing had been given to Jacob, he threatened to kill his brother, and Jacob fled. (See Genesis 27:1-41) Jacob took advantage of the weaknesses of others in order to deceive them, as he deceived his brother out of his birthright, and he deceived his father, who was turning blind, into thinking that he was his brother, so that he could steal his blessing. But then sometime later, Jacob discovered that his uncle Laban was just as much a deceiver as he had been. Jacob agreed with Laban to work for seven years in return for Laban’s daughter Rachel, whom he loved deeply, only to find out on the wedding night that Laban substituted his older daughter, Leah, for Rachel. (See Genesis 29:23-25) These type of stories is what the Bible warns us against when it says; “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap!!!” Galatians 6:7 NKJV
Friday, October 11, 2013
Drunkenness is also called the work of the flesh, and no drunkard will be found in heaven, even if he or she claims to be a believer. (See Galatians 5:19-21, 1. Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 5:11) Therefore, it might be a good question to ask ourselves: If drunkenness will not be allowed in heaven, why should it be practiced by a Christian here on earth? Drinking alcohol leads to drunkenness and addiction and often sets off a chain reaction of events, like tipping over the first domino. Drinking causes many to stumble, others to be offended, and many to be weakened. One of the top five reasons teenagers drink is because their parents drink. One half of all traffic fatalities and one-third of all traffic injuries are related to the abuse of alcohol. Accidents and suicides that are associated with alcohol problems are especially prominent in the teen years. It is estimated that over 3 million teens between the ages of 14 and 17 in the United States today are problem drinkers. It is always fascinating and amazing to see that whenever we run into a Christian who has a lifestyle of drinking alcohol, they never seem to have an intimate love relationship with Jesus Christ and live radically for Him, but instead live compromising lifestyles and often religiously judge and condemn other believers in order to cover their own hidden sins and shortcomings. Drunkenness is a sin and a curse! We are quick to claim all the blessings that God has for us, but not so swift to recognize the curses that are in store for us when we do not obey the Word of God, that warns us against the alcoholic and drunkard lifestyle and its consequences. Instead of being filled with alcohol, we should be filled with God’s Spirit as stated in Ephesians 5:18 NLT; “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit!!!”
Thursday, October 10, 2013
In Psalm 90:10 NLT it says that; “seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty,” and yet the Bible also says that; “good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come.” Isaiah 57:1 NLT God doesn't see life here earth as we do. He knows that this earth is not our ultimate home, nor is it necessarily the best place to be. In this life, many of us experience pain, disease, sadness, and poverty. Additionally, destruction, violence, and death are common occurrences. Even Christians are not always immune from the sorrows of this life, because “even the best years are filled with pain and trouble.” Psalm 90:10 NLT God loves us, but He knows that this place is not really life in comparison to spending eternity with Him in heaven, where “there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.” Revelation 21:4 NLT God chooses when to take His children home, even if it is before their time, to protect them against the Devil who wants to snatch them away from God and drag them into hell! That is why we do not grieve like people who have no hope and say things like; if there is a God, why does He allow people to die before their time? No! “For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with Him the believers who have died.” 1. Thessalonians 4:14 NLT And until Jesus Christ comes back, only “those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die!!!” Isaiah 57:2 NLT
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
“Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act.” Psalm 37:7 NLT Waiting in this context means seeking God for answers, studying the Word, and claiming His promises. Waiting for God to act is also a time to be in prayer about the issues, a time of praying for wisdom and discernment, and a time of meditating on who God is, what He wants to do in us and through us, and on what we need to do by way of answers and direction. This might also be the time that we need to examine and evaluate our motives and attitudes, our values and priorities, and our goals and objectives in life. Waiting is resting in God’s timing while taking care of our responsibilities—the things we can do and should do as set forth in the Word of God. This stands in opposite to running ahead of the Lord and taking matters into our own hands and turning to our own human strategies. No one can wait on the Lord if he or she does not truly trust in God. Waiting for the Lord to act is claiming His promises by faith, and trustfully resting in what He is doing in our lives! Because, “at just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up!” Galatians 6:9 NLT
Sunday, October 6, 2013
“Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 NLT This is also what happened to Moses when he was criticized by his own sister Miriam and brother Aaron because he had married a certain woman. They said, “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he spoken through us, too?” But the Lord heard them and became very angry with them and said; so why were you not afraid to criticize my servant Moses? Right after God struck Miriam with leprosy. When Aaron saw what had happened to his sister, he cried out to Moses, “Oh, my master! Please don’t punish us for this sin we have so foolishly committed. Don’t let her be like a stillborn baby, already decayed at birth.” So Moses cried out to the Lord, “O God, I beg you, please heal her!” (See Numbers 12:1-16) Yes, it is indeed as the Lord said; I will take revenge: I will pay them back! Therefore, NEVER TAKE REVENGE just like Moses didn't either!!!
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Churches who obligate and force their members to tithe 10% of their income are basically stealing from them, since they gain the money illegitimately by deceitfully teaching that God implemented tithing for all believers. That is why these churches will never tell their members what the apostle Paul taught, and that is that: “You must each decide in your heart how much to give.” 2. Corinthians 9:7 NLT and that: “On every Lord’s Day, each of you should put aside some amount of money in relation to what you have earned and save it for this offering.” 1. Corinthians 16:2 NLT Jesus Christ set us free from the Law, which includes the law of tithing: “He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations.” Ephesians 2:15 NLT Therefore, do not allow a pastor to tell you how much money you should give to his church, whether it is 10% of your gross income or any other amount. Don’t let any pastor tell you that you are robbing God if you don’t tithe. If a pastor tells you that 10% of your gross income belongs to God, do not listen to him! Do not allow any pastor to tell you that there is a bottom or minimum where you can start giving your money to his church, which is actually a crafty way to say to you that you at least have to tithe ten percent of your income. Don’t allow any pastor to tell you to disclose your finances. God bless you!!!
We are free from the guilt and bondage of the Old Testament Law of Tithing! There has never been such requirement for the New Testament believer! This is what the Bible says about how we should handle our money. First of all, the decision making in how we handle our giving should come from being led by what God tells us individually through the Holy Spirit. As believers in Jesus Christ, we ought to be controlled by His Spirit and God’s Word in regards to how much money we should give, and through His Word, we learn about the promises and rewards our generous giving awards us. No church should ever make us feel guilty about the amount of money we give, or try to control it! Here we go: The apostle Paul, who himself at one point was living according to the Old Testament law of tithing, now writes, after being born-again, in the New Testament: “You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “Godly people give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will never be forgotten.” 2. Corinthians 9:7-11 NLT In other words, whether you are able to give 5% of your income, or at other times you may be able to give 20, 30, or even 100%, the point is that you are giving the appropriate amount of money the Holy Spirit directs you to give and God will bless you for doing so. This is how Paul instructed the Christians in Jerusalem to give each week: “On every Lord’s Day, each of you should put aside some amount of money in relation to what you have earned and save it for this offering.” 1. Corinthians 16:2 NLT Now, when it comes to who to give money to, we first and foremost need to take care of our own family, making sure they have food, clothing, and shelter. If we don’t, according to the Bible, we are “worse than an unbeliever.” (See 1. Timothy 5:8) As a believer, we each have a duty to support the church we join, which pays for the pastor, the elders, evangelists, teachers and other ministry services. “Elders who do their work well should be paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “Do not keep an ox from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!” 1. Timothy 5:17-18 NLT “Those who are taught the word of God should help their teachers by paying them.” Galatians 6:6 NLT We should also support missions financially as you can read in Romans 15:25-27, and we need to be willing to help a brother or sister in need. “Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing, and you say, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat well” — but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?” James 2:15-16 NLT
Friday, October 4, 2013
The Bible never ever commanded New Testament believers to tithe 10% of their monetary income! As a matter of fact, there is no command or example in Scripture that has anything to do with tithing money! It is very hard for those who are tithers to admit they are wrong and have been fooled. Many are bound by guilt and fear of being cursed or punished if they don't tithe! But, if they still insist on tithing, then they should do it the way the only 3 people or groups of people in the Bible have done it. All these people had money and some lots of it, and yet they did not tithe one cent of it! Let's start with Abraham, who only tithed ONCE in his entire life. That one time, he did not tithe from his wealth or normal income, but of the spoils of war. (See Genesis 14:20) So, to try to insist that Abraham's one time tithe on the spoils of war means that every Christian must give 10% of their regular income every month throughout their entire life is absolutely ridiculous. Next would be the Israelites living under the Old Testament law of Moses who had agricultural products and livestock. These were farmers and ranchers who had to bring the 10th portion of their crops and livestock ONCE A YEAR to the Levites as stated in Malachi 3:10 NLT: “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” If Malachi 3:10 applies to the New Testament believers, then the entire Old Testament also applies to us, and so would the law system of blessing or cursing based on behavior rather than Christ's work on the cross! Last, but not least, there were the Pharisees who were Old Testament Jews, living under the Old Testament laws, whom Jesus rebuked, saying: “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your MINT AND ANISE AND CUMMIN, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. Blind guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat, but you swallow a camel!” Matthew 23:23 NLT You see, tithing was never about money and never meant for the church, the body of Christ! Under the New Covenant, the Bible gives clear instructions to the New Testament born-again believer on giving, when it says: “You must each decide in your heart how much to give.” 2. Corinthians 9:7 NLT and “On every Lord’s Day, each of you should put aside some amount of money in relation to what you have earned and save it for this offering.” 1. Corinthians 16:2 NLT STOP TITHING!!! IT WAS NEVER MEANT FOR YOU, THE NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVER!!! It's a false doctrine!
Thursday, October 3, 2013
We should not get involved in foolish discussions with people about spiritual genealogies or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws, like the Old Testament law of tithing, which was never meant for the New Testament believer in Jesus Christ! These things are useless and a waste of time and only leads to division. Titus was told that if people are causing divisions among him, to give a first and second warning. After that, he should have nothing more to do with them. For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them. (See Titus 3:9-11) You see; “Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.” Ephesians 2:14-15 NLT
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Jesus said; “I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.” Matthew 5:17 NLT It is especially important to note how the word “abolish” is used here. In this context, “abolish” is set in opposition to “fulfill.” Christ came “...not to abolish, but to fulfill.” Jesus did not come to this earth for the purpose of acting as an opponent of the law. His goal was not to prevent its fulfillment. Rather, He revered it, loved it, obeyed it, and brought it to fruition. He fulfilled the law’s prophetic utterances regarding Himself (Luke 24:44). Christ fulfilled the demands of the Mosaic law, which called for perfect obedience under threat of a “curse” (see Galatians 3:10, 13). That is why it says; “For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.” Ephesians 2:14-15 NLT That is the reason why the Jewish believers of the first century church NEVER were commanded to teach the gentiles to obey the Old Testament law. In the New King James translation of the book of James, chapter 2, verse 10, it clearly states: “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” And in Romans 7:6 NLT it says: “But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.” In other words, we are no longer under the Law, but under God’s Grace! The apostle Paul also puts it this way: “He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.” 2. Corinthians 3:6 NLT So, why are we then keeping an Old Testament law of tithing that was NEVER meant for the New Testament believer to begin with? Are we so deceived?
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.” Galatians 5:1, 4 NLT What is important, is that we place our faith in Christ Jesus that expresses itself in love for Him! (See Galatians 5:6) If Jesus Christ has set us free from the bondage of being under the law of Moses, why are so many Christians keeping a fabricated law of tithing 10% of their income to the church and thinking they are going to be blessed by doing so, when it clearly says in the Word of God that when we keep the law we are cut off from Jesus Christ and have fallen away from God’s grace? It is no wonder that so many Christians are seriously struggling financially and in other areas of their lives despite tithing faithfully to their churches. They do not experience any window of heaven being opened with blessings being poured out on them. It is interesting to see that the so-called big time pastors, who are teaching this false doctrine of tithing, are the ones who are benefitting from you tithing money to them. They get away with living lavishly and buying anything they want. Since they do not trust God for taking care of them and their ministry, they are banking on the secure tithe income coming from you. That is why they have every reason to keep this deceptive tithing message going, as they falsely promise those who tithe to them that God will abundantly bless them financially. They absolutely hate it when anyone speaks against it. Many of these pastors are crafty businessmen, who, instead of taking good care of the flock and feeding them, are busy buying and selling properties and merchandizing and selling the Word of God for profit. It is not these false teachers, who gladly wants to tell you how much you should give to them, but it is the Bible that truly teaches us how to give our money and be blessed, when it says: “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 2. Corinthians 9:7-9 NLT “Give in proportion to what you have. Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal.” 2. Corinthians 8:11-14 NLT