A Guaranteed Return
by Ronald W Robey
 
Are you looking for an investment with a guaranteed sure-fire return?
 
There is a verse in the Bible that guarantees exactly that.
 
Proverbs 19:17 He that tithes his monetary income to his local church lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will He pay him again.
 
Oh wait,… that’s the wrong version. That was from the DPV. (Deceitful Pastor’s Version)
 
The real return promise is,
 
Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
 
Many preachers around the world today tell their congregations that God requires them to tithe their monetary income, and that the tithe belongs in the local church that they attend,… not in charity work outside the four walls of that religious institution.
 
The problem?
 
There is no command, nor instruction in the word of God for anyone to give a tithe of their monetary income to their local Church.
 
Sorry folks, but it just is not there.
 
What is in the Bible, are verses that have to do with assisting the poor in their difficulties.
 
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?
 
What is in the Bible, are verses that have to do with caring for those who are in distress.
 
Proverbs 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
 
It is the wicked that don’t want you aiding the poor. It is the deceitful pastor who would rather you ignore needs around you and instead invest your money into his ministry.
 
However, God’s word tells us,…
 
Proverbs 22:22-23 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
 
Did you know that if you see a poor person in need, and you have the means to meet that need, but refuse to help that person, you are guilty of robbing that person?
 
So many times, people pass a beggar on the way to their local church. They have money in their purses with which they could enrich the life of that poor person, but instead take the money to their local church that already has thousands of dollars in its bank account.
 
When they do so, they demonstrate exactly what the Apostle John was talking about when He said,
 
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?
 
They demonstrate that, though they may have an outward appearance of godliness, their hearts have not the love of God at all.
 
Instead of ignoring those in need that you pass everyday when out shopping, or that you pass on your way to your local church, stop and show Christ to them. Matthew 25 says that when you give them drink and food, when you give them clothing, when you minister to their sickness,… you do so unto Christ as well.
 
Those people need ministering to more than your local church needs your money. Maybe it’s time you begin lending to the Lord and watch Him work.
 
Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
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