Monthly Archives: October 2013

When Good People Die

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 [...]

Waiting For The Lord To Act

“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 [...]

Do Not Take Revenge

“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 [...]

Do Not Tithe!

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 [...]

Tithe Conclusion

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 [...]

Stop Tithing!

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 [...]

Division About Tithing

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 

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 [...]

Campaigning Against Tithing

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 [...]