There are two major reasons people give in their defense against paying tithe. The first is that it is an Old Testament practice. The second is that there is no record of it as a New Testament practice.
Both arguments are wrong.
Let’s look at some New Testament scriptures that point to the relevance of tithe in the New Testament.
The idea that the believer is meant to eat his or her tithe instead if giving it to church is based on a major misconception. In the Old Testament, there were three sorts of tithes to be paid from the people, besides those from the Levites to the priests;
Does grace overlook it when we sin? No, it doesn’t. The Scripture says;
“…Whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”Matthew 5:22NKJV
And again, in James it says;
“Whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it”.James 2:10 Berean Study Bible (More on these verses in my next post, because I know how these verses are easily labeled ‘Old Testament in nature’).
With that said, we need to understand the position of grace in relation to sin, so, let’s look at a profound verse in Romans:
In my first post about this doctrine of ‘once saved, forever saved’, I said that many are poorly equipped to fight this error. So, in order for us to be better equipped, I spoke about the fundamentals of their philosophy of ‘grace’, so that we know what we’re up against. In this post, I want to speak about another factor that many lack which makes them ill-equipped to contend for the true gospel of grace – it is the rules of engagement which should govern us in this ‘civil war’ in Christianity.
In our last post we spoke on the significance of the Man Child, today, what I want to do is show us what we need to do to transit from ‘The Woman’ (of Revelation Chapter 12) to the Man Child. To do this I have to expound on the significance of the attire of the Woman – the ‘sun, moon and 12 stars’.
Clothed with the Sun.
Like we said before, the Sun is the glory of the Father, each time the Woman surfaced on the earth, she was clothed with the glory of the Father. In Israel before Moses was born, it was the Blessings of Jacob upon his twelve sons, in Mary, it was the Power of the Holy Spirit that overshadowed her. Therefore, it is of uttermost importance that this generation be clothed with the glory of the Father if we must take the leap from being the Woman to being the Man Child.
We continue to explore the prophetic message revealed in the Woman and her offspring from our last twoposts.
If you have read the previous articles, then the identity of the Woman is quite clear by now – she is any generation of God’s people that is pregnant with a ‘Man Child’. When such a generation faces tribulation which the scriptures call ‘birth pangs’ – Mark 13:8 – then it is time to bring forth the Man Child. But only a generation who knows the worth and significance of the Man Child will be willing to endure such tribulation.
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. ~Buddha~
The following is a product of my conversation with a protégé on Bible study methods.
The young man said to me, “In major parts of the Old Testament, the temple and holy items are all measured. It may not relate, but when I saw that clause about measurements in your write up, The Pagemaster Project, it directed my mind to these passages on measurements – Exodus 25; Ezekiel 40-47; Revelation 11 – and prompted the question, What does the measuring imply for the church?”
“The Scripture is a box without hinges, keys, or lid, yet golden treasures are hid within.”
The Bible, like a goldmine, is filled with precious truths. Sometimes Scripture is very clear about what it says, but sometimes we need to drill deep and do some excavation work ourselves (by the help of His Spirit of course). However, when you dig, what you find becomes much more precious. (For where your treasure is there your heart will be also).
Today, I started my morning drawing strength from this verse and I want to share it with you.