posted on Oct, 10 2008 @ 03:07 PM
S&F for you JJB!!! thank you for posting this! I will agree with the youtube vid as well. Being a christian and servant going on 30 years and have
been in small to medium churches, it has been my experience that all of them 'required' a tithe.
Interestingly enough, there are only 2 methods I've chosen over the 30 years when paying 'tithes' to the church. 1). I ask Father how much HE wants
me to give or (2). I give what I 'feel' that would I'd would be able to give joyfully. 90% of the time, it has NEVER come up to 10% every time.
Sometimes, and more often than not, He asks for more because He knew what was needed for me and for the body. ONLY on 1(one) occasion in 30 years did
he EVER require me to give a full paycheck. Even in the face of having to pay rent, food, utilities, etc. not to mention a marriage on the rocks, in
which the wife had decided to not to follow the Lord. (STRESS) Later that year, it was returned to me 3 fold in one paycheck. As I opened the envelope
and looked at the amount, the Lord said.."I appreciate your obedience in giving" Obedience is better than sacrifice.
Now, when I gave that much, it was pure obedience, I never did think 'God will compensate me later.. " he was silent when he instructed me to do so.
I completely and whole heatedly believe that the Church is/has been, falling back into the days of Jesus whipping the money changers out of the court
of the gentiles (saved for another discussion) I was asked a while ago to preach with some other brothers on a Sunday night using Acts chapter 2.
Getting before the Lord to ask what He wanted to say, God said, "THAT chapter is my blueprint of what I desire how the church to be conducted,
even to the very day of my return"
Here's what I think/believe is what should be happening with ALL the currency/possessions that is brought into the hands of the church. It's Acts
Chapter 2 all over again. When each believer brings anything to the body to shared, it s/b gathered, stored, and distributed amongst those that are
widows, orphans, and believers that can't not make ends meet.
All 'fund raising' in each dept s/b treated the same way. Yep! I said it. Why? What about youth groups that need money to go on 'special' trips?
Good question. My answer to that is~ what are we teaching them by taking them to a swim park and having fun? How about teaching them the principles of
helping those that can not help themselves. The reward they will receive won't be in $ value, as it would putting integrity, and self-esteem back
into them KNOWING they could have been in that spot as well, but, a church decided that it was more important to share the wealth of the world
with the poor of the world.
That, is the lesson we should be teaching to every believer. In all the preaching/teaching I've done, I've never taught on 'tithing' .. maybe now
I know why.
So it goes back to the age old question: If a man with a family took a bullet for you and died, but you survived because if it. What would you return
back to his family for being grateful you lived?
Yep! If Jesus didn't give his life, and make such a HUGE sacrifice, then the return wouldn't be what we have today as believers. We'd
still be men most miserable.