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By Edwin & Sophia Christiaan | March 1, 2021 | www.instituteoflove.net
“God wants you to be blessed,” they thunder from the pulpit! With the promise of God’s blessings upon your life, preachers and pastors have fooled churchgoers for decades into believing that this can only be achieved through tithing! But it doesn’t stop there. They are told, that if they do not give the church ten percent of their monetary income each month, they will be robbing God Himself from what He is duly owed!
What if I told you, that this is far from the truth? What if I told you, that I can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is in fact a false, evil doctrine? In reality, nothing less than a giant universal scam!
For decades, the Church has perpetuated this lie in order to control people and get hold of their money – and quite effectively so! Yet, in their desperation to “get their bills paid” (so they say), and/or in their greedy desire for riches and luxury, countless lives have been destroyed by pastors, who are pressuring their congregants to pay their tithes or face being “cursed with a curse.” People end up giving money they don’t have, and in doing so, causing themselves and their families to suffer greatly. Instead of being blessed, they are living in outright poverty! Despite their obvious lack of funds, they are told to stay “current” with their tithes – making sure to pay double if they have “skipped” a month! This kind of pressure easily drives a wedge between spouses who disagree on how to manage their finances. Nevertheless, the tithing obligation overrules everything, because God requires His “First Fruits” no matter what!
Tithing brings a lot of politics in the church. Many times, the “big tithers,” sit at the best front seats and occupy leadership positions they do not even have the gift or the calling for. The pastor keeps them engaged and involved, because of their tithe money. Unfortunately, many of the sheep are getting hurt and wounded by these so-called well-to-do leaders.
Don’t think you can escape the indoctrination coming from the pulpit, as they meticulously brainwash you with repetitive quoting of scriptures from the Old Testament book of Malachi chapter 3.
Still, the incredible point about tithing has gone lost on the Church: Tithing was NEVER about money!
LET’S GO OVER THE TITHERS IN THE BIBLE, ONE BY ONE!
There were 3 people or groups of people in the Bible who tithed. All these people had money – and some lots of it – and yet they did not tithe one cent of it!
NUMBER ONE: ABRAHAM
Let’s start with Abraham, who only tithed ONCE in his entire life to a king. That one time, he did not tithe from his wealth or normal income, but of the spoils he took from his enemies.
“After Abram returned from his victory over Kedorlaomer and all his allies, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High, brought Abram some bread and wine. Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing: “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you.” Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.” Genesis 14:17-20 NLT – IT WAS NOT MONEY!
“This Melchizedek was king of the city of Salem and also a priest of God Most High. When Abraham was returning home after winning a great battle against the kings, Melchizedek met him and blessed him. Then Abraham took a tenth of all he had captured in battle and gave it to Melchizedek.” Hebrews 7:1-2 NLT – NOT MONEY!
“Consider then how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, recognized this by giving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle. Now the law of Moses required that the priests, who are descendants of Levi, must collect a tithe from the rest of the people of Israel, who are also descendants of Abraham.” Hebrews 7:4-5 NLT – NOT MONEY!
NUMBER TWO: THE ISRAELITES
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 were commanded to bring the 10th portion of their crops and livestock ONCE A YEAR to the Levites.
“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.” Leviticus 27:30 NKJV – IT WAS NOT MONEY!
“You must set aside a tithe of your crops — one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year.” Deuteronomy 14:22 NLT – IT WAS NEVER MONEY!
“Give it to the Levites, who have no inheritance among you, as well as to the foreigners living among you, the orphans, and the widows in your towns, so they can eat and be satisfied. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all your work.” Deuteronomy 14:28-29 NLT – CAN YOU EAT MONEY?
“Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’ “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. 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! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Malachi 3:8-12 NLT – IT WAS NEVER MONEY!
NUMBER THREE: THE PHARISEES
Then, there were the Pharisees, who were also living under the Old Testament law of Moses. Jesus rebuked them, 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 herb gardens, 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 23:23-24 NLT – HERB GARDENS ARE NOT MONEY!
As you can see, tithing was NEVER ABOUT MONEY and never meant for the New Covenant Church to practice!
In Proverbs 3, we find another popular verse a lot of pastors love to use to pressure the church members to give them their tithes. This scripture was meant for the Israelite farmers under the Old Testament Law of Moses:
“Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10 NKJV
Using a scripture like this in our time today is not only ridiculously ignorant of the Bible, but also a blatant lie! The Apostle Peter explained it this way,
“In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.” 2. Peter 2:3 NLT
Know this: Pastors have no business knowing how much you make and to tell how much you should give. Their responsibility is to trust in God for whatever comes into the offering bucket.
It clearly says in the Bible that pastors should care for the flock, not for what they can get out of it!
“Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.” 1. Peter 5:2-3 NLT
TITHING FOR A NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVER IS DANGEROUS
Why would it be dangerous to tithe? Well, consider this: Whenever a pastor uses Malachi chapter 3 to tell you that you must tithe in order to not rob God and be cursed, he or she is in reality putting you under the CURSE of the Law of Moses. The Bible warns us clearly that,
“Anyone who tries to please God by obeying the Law is under a curse. No one can please God by obeying the Law. The Scriptures also say, “The people God accepts because of their faith will live.” Galatians 3:10a, 11 CEV
The Old Testament Law of Tithing – which is not money – was never meant for the New Testament church, because when Jesus Christ died on the cross, He ended the system of law with its commandments and regulations! See Ephesians 2:15.
That is why the apostle Paul writes,
“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.” Galatians 5:1 NLT
HOW TO GIVE ACCORDING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
Under the New Covenant, the Bible gives clear instructions on giving to the born-again believers, when it says:
“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give in response to pressure.” 2. Corinthians 9:7a – IT DOES NOT SAY TITHING!
“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.” And, “Your giving should not make life easy for others and hard for yourselves.” 2. Corinthians 8:11b,12,13b. – IT DOES NOT SAY TITHING!
On the first day of each week, you should each lay aside some of the money you have earned (see 1. Corinthians 16:2). – IT DOES NOT SAY TO TITHE!
But God blesses those who cheerfully give whatever they are being led to give! He generously provides all what they need, and they will always have everything they need and plenty left over to share with others (see 2. Corinthians 9:7-8)! – IT DOES NOT TELL YOU TO TITHE!
“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 – IT DOES NOT SAY TO GIVE THEM YOUR TITHE!
“Those who are taught the word of God should help their teachers by paying them. “
Galatians 6:6 NLT – IT DOES NOT SAY TO PAY THEM TITHES!
TEACHING TO THE RICH
“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.” 1. Timothy 6:17-19 NLT – THE APOSTLE DID NOT TEACH THE RICH TO TITHE!
THE EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST CHURCH IN THE BOOK OF ACTS
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47 NLT – THERE WAS NO TITHING INVOLVED IN THE CHURCH!
“All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell themand bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.” Acts 4:32-35 NLT – NOBODY WAS TITHING! THEY WERE CARING AND SHARING!
CONCLUSION: THE BIBLE IS WARNING US!
“Be on guard so that you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2. Peter 3:17-18 NLT
Therefore, do not allow a pastor to tell you how much money you should give to his/her 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 to where you can start giving your money to his/her church. That is nothing but a crafty way to say to you that you have to consider your tithe to be just the beginning of your giving.
Don’t allow any pastor to tell you to disclose your finances.
Don’t let pastors tell you that Jesus did not come to abolish the Law, as a twisting of words to make you think the Laws are still to be kept today. (See Matthew 5:17) The Apostle Paul, who once himself lived under the Law of Moses, clearly said, “I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.” Galatians 2:21 NLT
STOP TITHING! You are being cursed and scammed! It’s a lie! Tithing is NOT MONEY! NEVER HAS BEEN! IT WAS NEVER MEANT FOR YOU, THE NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVER!!! It is a false doctrine!
THE EXPOSURE OF FALSE PROPHETS
By Edwin Christiaan, January 21, 2021
False prophets will come and they will even try to fool God’s chosen ones (See Matthew 24:24). The exposure and the purging of false prophets from God’s Church has begun!
“For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household.” 1. Peter 4:17 NLT
This is a message to you false prophets who are inventing your own prophecies. Because of you, the way of truth is being slandered. This is what the Lord says: What sorrow awaits you false prophets who are following your own imaginations and have seen nothing at all! You have told lies and made false predictions. You say, this message is from the Lord, even though I never sent you, and yet you expect Me to fulfill your prophecies! Can your visions be anything but false if you claim, ‘This message is from the Lord,’ when I have not even spoken to you?
Therefore, this is what the Lord says: Because what you say is false and your visions are a lie, I will stand against you. I will raise My fist against all you prophets who see false visions and make lying predictions, and you will be banished from the community of My people. Then you will know that I am the Lord. This will happen because you evil prophets deceive My people. You blame them for lacking in faith, making them responsible for your failed prophecies! Instead of taking responsibility, you stubbornly and unrepentantly continue to double down!
You ensnare the souls of My people, young and old alike. You bring shame on Me among My people by going even as far as to charge them for teaching My Word. You have discouraged them with your lies and made them sad. But now they will no longer be your victims. For I will rescue them from your grasp. Because of all this, you will no longer talk of seeing visions that you never saw, nor will you make predictions. You will know that I am the Lord! Yes! I expose false prophets as liars and thus proving them to be fools!
EDWIN CHRISTIAAN SLAMS DOWN ON THE MASSIVE SCAM OF TITHING IN THE CHURCH!
January 24, 2021
After having spoken up extensively for almost a decade against the false practice of tithing in the Church today, in this video, Edwin Christiaan explains why tithing is not for the New Covenant believers!
“If we are lying and deceiving people, we will ultimately reap the consequences of that. I’m kind of a lone voice talking about this stuff out there, but this demonic fraud is real and causes much harm and pain among God’s people!” says Edwin in the broadcast, as he boldly exposes why the Church is ineffective as lights in this dark world,
“The Church is not producing power! The people in the world cannot see Jesus in the Church, because we are not truly caring and sharing with one another as the First Church did.”
Watch this video broadcast, where Edwin and Sophia prove in the Word of God, that the Church should turn away from the Old Testament practice of tithing and base their giving instead on the teachings of the Apostle Paul.
THE COMING MOVE OF HUMILITY
By Edwin Christiaan, June 2020
After 14 years of traveling with our ministry, The Institute of Love Ministries International, throughout the USA, Europe, and the Caribbean, God called us to go to the city of Toronto, Canada. He revealed to us that He is going to ignite a “Move of Humility” in the streets of downtown Toronto, that ultimately will spread throughout other cities around the world.
This is the word the Lord gave us concerning the city of Toronto:
My children, says the Lord, come back to Me, and I will heal your hearts. I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will guide you into a “Move of Humility,” giving you My knowledge and understanding. Yes, I would love to treat you as My own children. I look forward to you calling Me Father. The hard ground has been plowed. The time has come. Many will say, I hear a cry, like that of a woman in labor, the groans of a woman giving birth. In that day, the streets of Downtown Toronto will be known for My love. All nations will come there to honor Me. Yes, we’re coming, the people say, for the Lord Jesus Christ is our God!
As God was revealing this word to us, He began speaking to us about how the Church in general has no power; how it has become utterly ineffective! Many Christians have identical lives to those of the World! The unconditional, humble, loving, and giving attitude of Jesus Christ is not being seen in the Church today.
Rather, the Church has been busy dominating and controlling the people, guilt tripping them with false teachings, obligating them to pay tithes, and fleecing them out of their money. The Church is charging for everything; conferences, bible schools, worship seminars, even food and coffee! In church environments steeped in religion and tradition, many continue to struggle financially as well as with their physical health, believing false prophesies that never come to pass. Leaders are busy praising and celebrating themselves with much boasting and fanfare. Instead of building up the people, the church is busy building their own empires. Churches have very little real impact on their local communities, let alone society in general.
The Church is supposed to represent Jesus Christ like the first church did in the Bible book of Acts. They were humble, devoted, and they shared everything they had with each other. No one had lack! And because of this Christlike attitude, they enjoyed the goodwill of the people around them, and many were getting saved on a daily basis. Everyone was amazed by the many genuine miracles and wonders they were seeing, performed by the apostles.
This upcoming “Move of Humility” is about the church going back to the model of the first church, where, led by true shepherds of God, the people lovingly serve one another and give to the poor and the needy!
And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.Acts 2:44-47 NLT
All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.Acts 4:32-35 NLT
This is the same model the apostle Paul used to teach the Corinthian Church:
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
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
God wants to restore His body, His Church, whom He has chosen to represent His Son Jesus Christ in attitude on this earth!
For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His Son!Romans 8:29 NLT
That is why the Bible teaches us, the Church;
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.Philippians 2:3-8 NLT
As the Church humble herself before God, it will now have the power to effectively resist the devil, who must and will flee. The Church will experience God’s favor, victory, and breakthroughs in every area!
Therefore He says:
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.James 4:6-7 NKJV
TEN YEARS AFTER HER BESTSELLING AUTOBIOGRAPHY BOOK THAT WAS PUBLISHED IN DENMARK, SOPHIA CHRISTIAAN HAS NOW PUBLISHED THIS ICONIC BOOK IN ENGLISH WITH ADDED UPDATES!
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EVIL – How My Mother Stole My Life
Imagine waking up 28 years old, realizing that your whole life has been one big lie. Your family is not who you think they are. Your marriage is not your own choosing. Your life is in the hands of people, who abuse and exploit you. The person you think you are, is actually a shaped and formed product of indoctrination from your childhood. Your identity, your thoughts, your opinions, your beliefs – your entire world has been distorted.
This is how Sophia Christiaan finally woke up to the reality one day in August of 2005. She had one week to prepare herself to lose everything she owned; her career, her family, her marriage, and even her own daughter. With a conditioned mind, and carrying baggage from a childhood as the disowned daughter of the country’s most well-known religious cult leader, she began a journey toward true freedom. An almost impossible battle of life and death, in the hunt for her true self.
Sophia Christiaan’s true story is a shocking narrative about religious fanaticism, brainwash, disturbing exposures, divorce, love and intrigues, and a controversial battle between good and evil forces in her personal showdown with the perpetrator in her life, her own mother, Ruth Evensen, leader of the charismatic church, the Father’s House (Danish, Faderhuset), who triggered one of the country’s biggest scandals through the purchase of the most disputed building in Denmark, the infamous “Youth House” on Jagtvej 69 in Copenhagen.
It is a book about evil without limits. Evil with one single purpose – achieving total power!
As I was looking for other tithing verses in the New Testament, I did not find any requirements saying that Christians are supposed to tithe! That is simply because Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for us sinners and rose from the dead to set us free from the bondage of being a slave to the law.
“These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.” Jude 1:19 NLT
At this crossroad, God is basically isolating you on purpose, much to your discontentment, in order to produce a godly character in you that says, “I cannot and will not please people! I love Jesus more than anyone or anything, and if I am going to serve Him, I must please Him alone without compromise!”
So many Christians can “talk the talk,” but their walk contradicts what they preach! They are like the religious teachers in the Bible Jesus rebuked, saying: “For they don’t practice what they teach.” Matthew 23:4 NLT
How many Christians blame God for not loving them because of the troubles they are going through and give up on Him?
Soon you will be thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. You will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
The “Jezebel-influence” is spread out all over this earth like a thick blanket of deceptive smoke. It is like a seeping toxic air that is designed to train our sub consciousness to act and think in patterns of rebellion to God and God’s order of things.
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TITHING – Exposing One of the Biggest Lies in the Church
Author and preacher Edwin Christiaan explains, in easy to understand language, why the Church needs to STOP imposing the false doctrine of TITHING on its parishioners – the obligation to pay 10 percent of their gross income to the church as a rule from God.
Author and preacher Edwin Christiaan explains, in easy to understand language, why the Church needs to STOP imposing the false doctrine of TITHING on its parishioners – the obligation to pay 10 percent of their gross income to the church as a rule from God.
Discover why this “rule” in the Church is actually an Old Testament command that has been misinterpreted and misused by Modern-day pastors and preachers to impose an obligation on people that was only meant for the Israelites who lived under the Law of Moses.
– Have you ever been manipulated, bullied, or controlled in the area of tithing?
– Are you really robbing God and coming under a curse?
– Apart from what you have been taught, do you truly understand the Scriptures for yourself?
It’s time to expose perhaps the biggest lie in the church today!