Are you from a discerning or undiscerning church? Tithing is not found in the New Testament Church. Instead a free will instead a free-will offering is suggested. We are not to give of necessity which means as if someone were holding your arms behind your back in order for you to give. That is how the majority of Pentecostal churches operate.
Invite your pastor over for dinner or Supply them with vegetables and fruits. Let them hear this verse, When I preach the gospel I may present the gospel of Christ without charge so that I will not abuse my authority in the gospel. Many churches today abuse their Authority in the gospel by having a paid Ministry. The Church of the general Conference of Baptists have no paid clergy and that should be the standard. Pentecostal pastors are paid way too much. They make salaries close to professional athletes and that is wrong. Jesus said you cannot serve God and money. None of those pastors ever preach that text. So what should freewill offerings be used for?
This is very much like New Testament giving. The people gave from the heart. They weren’t told how much to give, they just gave. In part 4 of the series I will go into that more. Here are a few more examples of the tithe in Old Testament theology. Next will be the conclusion of this series.
The Pentecostal churches along with other denominations lie to you about tithing. They use the verse from Malachi. Will a man rob God? How about will they LIE to God? They were to bring the tithes into the storehouse. Money was not here but their produce from their farms and Vineyards were. That’s what goes into the store houses. The Pentecostal Church has turned the storehouse into a bank. How do they do that? Pentecostal churches then become Abracadabra churches. Do you know what that word means? It is a Hebrew word meaning- That’s almost a Pentecostal motto. That is also called extra biblical revelation which the New Apostolic movement also promotes. In that way you can make tithing almost anything you want it to be. I will have more in part 2 of this series.
In Matthew 6:24 Jesus said, YOU CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MONEY. How do Prosperity pastors reconcile that verse? The tithe of the Old Testament was to be taken from the LAND.
Did you catch that part about from the land? Malachi 3:10 says to bring tithes into the storehouse. Tithes from the land.
Not of silver or gold or dollar bills. Creflo Dollar needs to go on the lam for all of his false teachings about the tithe. He may be a bit sheepish to admit it but he is a muttonhead. He tries to pull the wool over your eyes in regard to tithing. Whenever pastors preach on tithing you can almost hear the bacon frying in the pews. Yet we are not to ask grudgingly as if your arm was twisted behind your back. God loves a cheerful Giver and a cheerful Giver does not need nudging from the pulpit. Paul was a tentmaker by day and at night he canvassed for the Lord. He said, when I preach the gospel I may present the gospel WITHOUT CHARGE so that I will not abuse my authority in the gospel- 1st Corinthians 9:18. How many today are abusing their Authority in the gospel? Maybe Gil Favor and Rowdy Yates can Stampede their herd of cattle right into Paula White’s Church as a tithe offering of their herd. After all if faith comes by herding and herding by the word of God is that not what Paula White would want? Beef steaks for everybody! Tithing comes from the land not from your pocket book. Those destitute of the truth suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself and not your money.
If you desire to check out the 100 Fold Tithe for yourself, pick your favorite tele-evangelist out and ask them to send you a million dollars. If the system works they will receive 100 million back. I did that once but never received a return check in the mail. Ministries today operate under the tithe lie and the Emergent Church has just blindly followed them in line. In fact since farm produce is their tithe maybe their prayer request should be, Lettuce us pray?
What is it about tithing in the church? I prefer a free will offering at the back of the church in baskets. There is an overemphasis on tithing in the church today. Pastors make their congregation feel like bacon burning on the grill when tithing sermons are given. The most often used reference is bringing the tithes into the storehouse. Guess what folks? In Israel they did not bring cash money into the storehouse. It was food and other materials to store. It was kind of like a supermarket. Today we make people feel like their arm was being Twisted behind their back in order to give. The Bible tells us we are not to give out of necessity which is similar to your arms being Twisted behind your back. Scripture says God loves a cheerful Giver. So why the overemphasis on sermons on tithing when tithing is not found in the New Testament. Surprise? Some Churches today pay their pastors exorbitant salaries and that is why they need the tithe to support their lavish lifestyles. Creflo Dollar runs up and down his stairs to his pulpit with cash money on the floor. It is one of the most sickening exhibitions you’ve ever seen and Elsewhere on this website I have that video. Last January Paula White told her congregation to give a month salary or God would curse them. Why do congregations fall for this nonsense? But they do and they support these hucksters. Those that are destitute of the truth suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From these people the Bible tells us to withdraw ourselves and not our money. That sounds sensible to me. What about you?