July 2016


Something to consider,…

There is nothing wrong with one volunteering to give any amount one wants to the work of the Lord.

The problem arises when one is made to believe that God requires monetary income tithes when it is abundantly clear in his word that He does not.

When one submits oneself to the monetary tithe requirement doctrine, one is not submitting to God. God is not in a lie. God never commanded it,… man did.

We should not yield our ears, hands, feet, lips or hearts to lies. When we embrace lies, we reject truth.

One should pause and ask oneself, “Since the preacher is lying about God requiring monetary tithes, just how much of the (ahem) “tithe” is actually going into the work of the Lord?”
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“The Bible says, “A tithe of everything…belongs to the Lord.” Get your thinking straight on this issue! In God’s eyes 10 percent of your income is “dedicated funds,” to be used for one thing only—His purposes on the earth. And tithing isn’t how the church raises its budget; it’s how God raises His children. We distort God’s Word when we teach tithing as a means of getting money to pay off church debt, or as a substitute for other worn-out methods of fundraising, or as a cure-all for the church’s financial shortfalls. The Bible says, “Son (daughter)…give me thine heart” (Pr 23:26). When God has your heart’s deepest affection you’ll give gladly, not grudgingly. The first man in Scripture to tithe was Abraham. Why did he do it? Gratitude, because God had delivered him from the hand of an enemy who was out to destroy him. .” – Jentezen Franklin; Free Chapel

There is so much wrong with the above quote by Pastor Jentezen Franklin.

1. Like many pastors, Jentezen only quotes part of the verse (Leviticus 27:30 on his blog. He conveniently leaves out that that verse (in his NIV) states that the required tithe is grain and fruit,… not “everything”.

2. Jentezen faills to take his readers to verse 34 of the same chapter which clearly states that the commands were given to a specific people, i.e.; the children of Israel.

3. Jentezen fails to tell his readers that Deuteronomy 6:1-3 & 12:1,10-11 show that God’s holy tithe was restricted to a specific location, e.g.; the Promised Land.

4. Jentezen claims that “in God’s eyes 10% of your income is “dedicated funds.” This, of course, is a doctrine that is not supported by the word of God. In every instance where we see the contents of God’s holy tithe described, we see that it is described as being agricultural increase, not monetary income.”

Further, as already pointed out, Leviticus 27:34 clearly states that the tithe command was given to the children of Israel. Acts 15:19-20 reveal to us that the commands given to Israel were not to be given to the New Testament Church.
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5. Jentezen claims that Abraham gave tithes because God had “delivered him out of the hand of the enemy who was out to destroy him.” Yet, the Bible text paints a different scenario altogether.

Abram was not in the hand of the enemy. Nor was the enemy out to destroy him at that time. The Bible tells us that Lot was in danger of the enemy, not Abraham. The enemy attacked the town of Sodom, (where Lot lived) not the town of Mamre. (where Abram lived)

Jentezen stated that many churches distort God’s tithe, when he himself is guilty of the same. Not only does he distort God’s tithe, (changing it from agricultural to monetary) but he also distorts the word of God by claiming that Abraham was “in the hand of the enemy who was out to destroy him”.

He distorts the word of God by stating that, “in God’s eyes 10% of your income is “dedicated funds.”

Saints, it is imperative that you study your Bibles. Don’t just believe every word spoken from the pulpit. Dig in the word. Be as the Bereans of the first century AD, who, upon hearing the Apostles speak, began to search the Scriptures to make sure what was being said was in accordance to what was written.

So many today are in a time of famine today. Not a famine for food or drink; but a famine for the hearing of the word of God.

Pastors are voted in position by a people wanting a leader. Sadly, these pastors who teach such doctrines as, “in God’s eyes 10% of your income is “dedicated funds,” are leading their congregations away from the truth, not into it.

Whose Wrath Are You Really Incurring Against You?
by Ronald W Robey

Those who attend, or are members of a religious institution that teaches that “God requires a monetary tithe of all His children” often hear how that “if you don’t tithe to the local church you are a member of, you are robbing God and God is angry with you.”

The truth is, God will not get angry with you if you do not tithe your money to your local church. Rather, it is the pastor, or the pastoral staff whose anger will be manifested.

If you stop tithing, they will eventually send you a letter, or will visit your home or workplace, inquiring as to why you have not been tithing lately.

At that time, many will also remind you how you are incurring the wrath of Almoghty God for not tithing.

They then present you with an ultimatum,… either you resume tithing to the church, or they will be forced to remove you from the membership role. If you have any ministry in the church, they will inform you that your ministry privileges have been canceled until you resume tithing your monetary income to the church.

So, the truth comes out,… it is not the wrath of God that is kindled against you for not tithing your monetary income to the church. Rather, it is the wrath of the leadership of the church that wishes ill-will toward you, your family, your home, your job security, your financial status, etc., etc.

As you realize that it is the ministry that is angry at you and not God, you will readily see how the monetary tithe requirement doctrine is actually a scam invented in order to extort money, (through fear tactics and manipulation) from you and other members of the congregation.

Friends, God does want us to give. But our giving should be directed toward those who are poor, i.e.; widows, orphans, etc., etc.,… not to extortioners and thieves who lie from what should be esteemed as a sacred desk.

Proverbs 22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

Proverbs 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Proverbs 22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.