You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free
TITHING AND EXCESSIVE GIVING;
do these Old Testament works of the ceremonial law ‘ensure’ God’s blessing?
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Benny Hinn ‘sells’ ‘God’s’ blessing: “Use your credit cards to pay $1,000 in offerings! The blessing will last only 2 minutes and will create 500 churchgoing millionaires or even billionaires!” [Coca-Cola Dome, Randburg, S.A.]
HILLSONG CHURCH Pastors Brian and Bobby Houston believes money can buy you everything.
TD JAKES, ‘TOP SALESMAN OF JESUS:’ “Jesus is a PRODUCT” to sell to the world...
Copeland CALLS MONEY at the top of his voice: ‘MONEY……… MONEY…… MONEY……….. MONEY…………... “
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness..” 1 Tim. 6:-12
I am only interested in the truth and in telling the whole truth — which is not ‘judging or loveless ‘criticism,’ but obedience to the commandment of God to publically expose the works of unrepentant false teachers and prophets, because they unrepentantly endanger the eternal life of millions of believers, and wreak havoc in their lives here on earth, (Eph. 5:11.)
SCRIPTURAL TRUTH CONCERNING THE SO-CALLED ‘PROSPERITY GOSPEL:’
1 Tim. 6:6-12, 'Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world and… can carry nothing out. Having food and clothing, [necessities,] with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich, fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is A root of all kinds of evil, FOR WHICH SOME HAVE STRAYED FROM THE FAITH... BUT... FLEE THESE THINGS and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life...’
2 Cor. 9:7, from their own Pentecostal/Charismatic Spirit Filled Bible, “LET EACH ONE GIVE [willingly and freely] AS HE HAS MADE UP HIS OWN MIND AND PURPOSED IN HIS OWN HEART, NOT GRUDGINGLY OR OF NECESSITY, RELUCTANTLY OR SORROWFULLY OR UNDER COMPULSION…”
So, if they know the Scriptures very well, why are these wolves in sheep’s clothing robbing the believers in Christ?
To keep on enriching themselves, as the love of money is limitless and they do not care that mostly, they are robbing the poorest of the poor instead of providing for them from the billions they have extorted from God’s people!
The Following is, in part, an Extract of the free Book, Relationship Versus Religion
JESUS’ BELIEVERS GIVE AS THEY PURPOSE IN THEIR OWN HEARTS
The aim of this discussion is not to turn believers into greedy graspers, but to free New Testament believers, who are staggering under the yoke of unscriptural, legalistic, ceremonial laws: Gal. 5:1.
To give freely, “AS WE PURPOSE IN OUR HEARTS,” or as the Holy Spirit leads us, is part of every believer’s life in Christ, (2 Cor. 9:7!) But Jesus does NOT compel His believers to ‘tithe,’ or to ‘give until it hurts,’ etc.!
However, our offerings, which provide for those in real need, are love in deed and truth. This kind of charity is agapë – a requirement of the Moral or Royal Law of Love towards our fellow man. For as long as believers live on earth, Jesus’ only New Testament law, His “new commandment” or God’s Moral Law of Love, will remain unchangeable, (Jam. 1:14-20; Jn.13:34; Mt. 28:20b.)
The old, (outward, ceremonial, ritual, or) Old Testament Law, which pertained to the old temple dispensation, as we know, is quite another matter. During the New Testament dispensation, Jesus became the “Mediator of a better (New Testament) covenant… for if that First (Old Testament) covenant was faultless, then no place would Have been found for a second covenant… In that He says, ‘A New Covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. Now what has become obsolete and old is ready to vanish away,” (Heb. 8:6-13.)
The Old Testament, Old-Israel’s Ceremonial Law commanded Old Israel to pay tithes, (plural), while the Old Testament principle of giving alms was agapë, (Godly love,) and part of the Moral Law of love. In reality, Old Israel was supposed to remain a Theocracy, or a chosen, God-ruled people. At first, God Himself was their God and King. And so, Old Israel’s tithing was actually their Theocratic taxes, (as God ruled them through the Levitical priesthood, who functioned as His parliamentary priests,) and part of Old Israel’s outward, Ceremonial, or Ritual Law. God’s Old Testament government, (the priesthood of the Old Testament temple,) was suppose to use these tithes or taxes to govern His Theocracy, and to fulfil His Ceremonial and Moral Law in and through the physical temple, which were the only laws of the land.
The tithes of Old Israel amounted to about 30% of each Jew’s income: 10% for the upkeep of the Levitical priests, the leaders of God’s old ‘church’ or temple, (which was also His Theocratic parliament); 10% to support the national feasts and about 10% for charity, (Old Israel’s ‘welfare fund.’)
To cheat with the tithes was to rob God, [their King and Government] of His taxes. To steal is a transgression of the Moral Law. Committing tax evasion against God, their Direct Government, was a serious offence. The Law prescribed that any transgression of its statutes would bring Old Israel under the entire cursed state or cursed position of Deut. 28.
THE CONTEXT OF THE MUCH ABUSED MALACHI 3:8-10 IS MALACHI CHAPTERS 1 & 2
God was actually admonishing His backslidden PRIESTLY PARLIAMENT when He said in Mal. 2:7-16 “I will send the curse upon you and curse your blessings… For a priest’s lips should guard and keep pure the knowledge of My Law, and the people should seek instruction at his mouth… But you have turned aside out of the way; you have caused many to stumble by your [false, twisted] instruction in the Law; you have corrupted My covenant with the people… [These leaders, just as those of today, have perverted God’s truth and made it into manmade doctrines to profit themselves and to justify their many immoral sins.] You do this with double guilt, covering My altar with tears, shed by your wives, whom you divorced that you might take heathen wives, and with your crying out because I do not regard your offering any more… Yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant... Yet you ask: Why does He reject [our offerings]?”
The false doctrines, idolatry, greed, adultery and sexual perversion of this backslidden, Old Testament, PRIESTLY GOVERNMENT is the context of Mal. 3:8-10, where God earnestly warned, “Will a man rob God? Wherein? In tithes and offerings. [My taxes and supplement charity for the poor.] You [idolatrous priesthood] are cursed with a curse…”
The corrupted Old Testament, parliamentary priesthood were the ones who were misusing and squandering God’s taxes. They were the ones defrauding their God and King - even robbing Him of His alms, which they collected from the citizens of Old Israel, but neglected to distribute among the poor. Yet the weightier of their sin was their blatant disregard of God’s Royal Law of agapaö (love for God,) and agape, (love for people.) They have leapt into perversion of the Holy Scriptures; idolatry, disobedience, adultery, divorce and robbery, but they were still asking: ‘Lord, why do You reject our offerings?’ – Mal. 2.
Their deliberate transgression of the Moral and Ceremonial Law brought them under the entire curse of Deut. 28, which is why God cursed these religious leaders “with a curse.”
GOD WAS NOT ADDRESSING BLESSED, NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVERS IN THE BOOK OF MALACHI
By confusing and fusing the Old and New Testaments, which are two different dispensations, these wolves in sheep’s clothing have indoctrinated Jesus’ blood-bought, New Testament disciples to believe that they should pay the tithes or taxes of Old Israel to ‘earn’ blessing from God. Otherwise, according to this blatant lie, God ‘curses them with a curse’: Gal. 2:21.
It is an unchangeable fact, as Paul explained in Gal. 3:10-14, that New Testament believers already live in a state or position of blessedness through their faith in, and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself ‘became a curse’ so that His sincere believers could FREELY ‘inherit all the blessings of Abraham,’ (Gal. 3:10-14.)
Sincere believers are Scripturally born again from a position or state of damnation and cursedness, into this position of salvation, redemption and blessedness in Christ. Thus they ‘inherit’ the entire state or position of blessedness which the old patriarch of faith in God, Abraham, had enjoyed in God.
As the entire old, ceremonial law pertained to a completely different dispensation, (the Old Testament temple-era which Jesus came to fulfil, annul and destroy,) the old prophet Malachi was not speaking to New Testament, blessed believers in Christ, (Gal. 3:10-14.)
The Old and the New Covenants or Testaments will forever remain two completely different dispensations and Covenants.
JESUS AND HIS EARLY DISCIPLES NEVER COMMANDED TITHING, EITHER TO OBTAIN BLESSING OR AS A REQUIREMENT OF JESUS’ NEW TESTAMENT COVENANT AND ITS MORAL LAW
Jesus never Commanded New Testament believers to adhere to the Ceremonial Law of tithing, as New Testament ‘tithing’ cannot rescue fallen humankind from their desperate position under the curse of the Law, (Gal. chapters 2 & 3; Deut. 28.) In the same way Jesus never commanded that animals must be sacrificed to atone for sin, as believers of the New Covenant live under an entirely different dispensation from that of the Old Testament Israelites.
If the clergy chooses to keep one law, (tithing,) to ‘earn’ blessing from God, they must keep the entire Ceremonial or Ritual Law, and thereby proclaim that they do not need the Lord Jesus and His complete atonement.
Then, they effectively reject the grace of God in Christ and Jesus had suffered and died in vain – Gal. 3:10-14; Gal. 2:21.
The only New Testament Law which Jesus and His disciples ever commanded was the Moral Law of Love for God and fellow man, which naturally relates to willing offerings, but never mentions tithing – accept in the view of those who abuse Scripture uncontextually to reinforce their manmade dogmas of greed, (Mt. 22:37-40; 2 Cor. 9:7; Rom. 8:14.)
Believers already pay personal taxes, sales taxes, petrol, toll, property taxes, etc. Governmental taxes are compulsory, (as were the tithes of Old Israel,) because they pertain to our physical life on earth, and governments are responsible before God to use these taxes to govern the country’s secular structures and welfare services, (1 Pet. 2:13-14; Mt. 22:21.)
God will certainly not expect us to pay the taxes of Old Israel as well!
The following statements, pictures and postures of Christian clergy clearly tell everyone why these leaders are capable of perverting the Word and Gospel of Christ to such a horrendous extent; mercilessly abusing the blood-bought body of Christ.
Christians aught to ask whether these leaders began to speak sign language — or does this sign not say, “I love you,” but actually, as known in the occult, “I belong to the horned devil!”
· As signified by the masonic compass and square on his book, Kenneth Copeland’s ‘Firm Foundation,’
is the Great Architect Of The Universe or Baphomet, the goat-god of the masonic lodge.
Read: ‘Kenneth Copeland: God is Both Male & Female,’ by Joseph Chambers.
‘Exposing Kenneth Copeland,’ by Dr. Carl McIntire
· Photo to the Word of Faith magazine’s cover: Since the Tower of Babel, (Gen 11,) the sacred obelisk or high tower had been the symbol of Baal or sun worship, and the worship of the erect phallus, (the male reproductive organ,) as the ‘giver of life.’ This indecent symbol is the essence of all pagan and freemasonry worship, which is the worship of Baphomet, the Goat-god of lust and power, who is none other than Satan himself. Freemasonry is a satanic sex cult.
· The ‘Stand in the Gap’ tower on this guy’s T-shirt is in fact the Promise Keepers’ filthy phallic symbol of FREEMASONRY!
GOD STRICTLY FORBADE THE USE OF SACRET PILLARS AND THE WORSHIP OF FALSE GODS IN BOTH THE OLD AND THE NEW TESTAMENTS:
2 Kings 10:26-27, “And they brought the sacred pillars out of the temple of Baal and burned them. Then they broke down the sacred pillar [tower or obelisk] of Baal, and tore down the temple of Baal and made it a refuse dump to this day.”
1 Cor. 10:14-22, “FLEE from idolatry… Am I saying that an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot dink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons…”
From this Scriptural evidence and knowledge of what they are showing and teaching the churches, I believe that even a child would be able to understand why these false preachers and prophets are robbing God’s people and more importantly, God Himself, while shifting their blame and judgment unto their gullible followers! It is because, secretly, they serve Baphomet the devil and not the Lord Jesus Christ! Many, if not all of these leaders from the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movement are supposedly ‘Elijah’ prophets, Manifest Sons of God, and/or PROMISE KEEPERS, whose doctrines and practices are based on masonic teachings, mingled with distorted and uncontextual Bible verses.
GOD DID NOT GIVE THESE MAMMON-WORSHIPPING IMPOSTORS A NEW TESTAMENT TITHING-MANDATE
The abuse, misuse, and twisting of God’s Word is an abominable sin! Jesus annulled the entire physical, Old Testament temple with its Levitical priesthood at Calvary, and sincere believers, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, became the spiritual New Testament temple of God, (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19.)
Thus’ “there was a need for a [spiritual,] New [Testament] priesthood, for there should rise another High Priest, [Jesus,] according to the Order of Melchizedek, and not according to the order of Aaron, [the Old Testament priesthood.] For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the [temple] law…” (Heb. 7:11-12.) For Jesus Christ “has redeemed us [every sincere believer in Christ] to God by His blood out of every tribe, tongue, people and nation, and have made us, [ALL HIS SINCERE BELIEVERS, spiritual] kings and priests to our God,” (Rev. 5:9-10.)
Yet, the New Testament church clergy claims the financial support and mediating position of the Levitical, priestly government of Old Israel, who ministered in the physical Old Testament temple as God’s parliamentary priests.
This counterfeit ‘priesthood’ actually insists that they have the ‘legal right’ to 10% of every believer’s income, as well as most generous offerings, to keep their extremely luxurious lifestyles and elaborate church buildings. While they teach their members “to give until it hurts”, the entire Old Testament concept of the physical temple, physical altar and hierarchical, Levitical priesthood, were totally done away with in Jesus Christ, (Gal. 3:10-14; 1 Pet. 2:9-10.)
Jesus does NOT dwell in “temples made with human hands, as the prophet says: Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool, what house will you build for Me? Says the Lord,” (Acts 7:48-49.)
And so Paul, one of these so-called ‘hyper-anointed elders’ of the New Testament ‘clergy,’ clearly wrote, “We did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and struggle we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden or impose on any of you.” He continued in 2 Ths. 3:7-12. “Not because we [‘elders’] do not have a right to such support, but we wished to make ourselves an example for you to follow. For we gave you this charge: If anyone, [‘ministers, priests, or pastors’ included], will not work, neither let him eat…”
‘YES, BUT ABRAHAM TITHED TO MELCHIZEDEK’
Many abusers of the Old Testament Law twist the meaning of Heb. 7:4-5 in an attempt to sustain their legalistic tithing as a New Testament commandment.
When we look at this passage in context, however, we find in it a much deeper meaning than ‘tithing,’ which greedy, legalistic minds easily ignore. Jesus, or Melchizedek, represents the New Order of spiritual, Melchizedekian priests, and the emphasis of Heb. 7 is on JESUS CHRIST as their eternal High Priest and His true ministry, not on legalistic tithing.
“Now observe how great a Personage this Melchizedek was, to Whom Abram the patriarch, [of the Old Testament], gave a tenth of the topmost or the pick of the heap of the spoils.”
The footnote of the SPIRIT FILLED BIBLE explains this much abused and misinterpreted passage quite satisfactorily, “In Gen. 14 Abram responds to [Jesus’] office, generosity and blessing by giving Him a tenth of all the spoils that he gathered in the recent war [NOT his hard-earned income!]” And to the king of Sodom, who shared their banquet, Abram said: ‘I will not take a thread or a shoelace or anything that is yours, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich. Take all except only what my men have eaten and the share of my allies who went to war with me.’