Perfect in Love? or Tormented?
by Ronald W. Robey
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Does your Apostle/Prophet/Evangelist/Pastor or Teacher love you? What he preaches from the pulpit will tell you if he loves you or not.
A true man of God will demonstrate love in his sermons. Though some sermons may offend, they must always be guided by truth.
The Apostle/Prophet/Evangelist/Pastor or Teacher may tell you that he loves you when he is visiting your home. He may tell you that he loves you while shaking your hand as you head out the door at the end of the weekly service. But, does he truly love you?
If he is pronouncing a curse upon you, he doesn’t.
And ultimately, all monetary tithe requirement preachers do indeed pronounce curses upon those members of their congregation who refuse to give a monetary tithe to their leaders.
Therefore, based upon 1 John 4:18, that Apostle/Prophet/Evangelist/Pastor or Teacher who teaches “Tithe or be cursed!” (or, as my former pastor said in the last message I heard him preach, “You say you can’t afford to tithe? Well, let me ask you this… Can you afford to be cursed?”) that pastor truly does not love his congregation at all. He is speaking in direct contrast to 1 John 4:18, and is in direct disobedience to 1 Peter 5:1-4.
1 Peter 5:1-4 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
And if the member sitting in the pew yields to the threat of a curse from the pulpit by placing ten percent of his monetary income into the collection basket as it is passed around, that member demonstrates that he himself is not made perfect in love.
He is giving, not because of love,… but because of torment. He is tormented by the thought of being “cursed by God” if he does not submit to the demand for monetary tithes.
There is yet another way that the Apostle/Prophet/Evangelist/Pastor or Teacher exposes his hatred for you.
He also demonstrates that he does not love you when he tells you that, “God requires you to tithe your monetary income to the House of God!”
Since God’s word reveals that the only tithes God ever commanded from anyone are tithes of agricultural increase, the Apostle/Prophet/Evangelist/Pastor or Teacher is lying when he teaches a monetary tithe requirement doctrine.
Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.