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The Brother Lied
by Ronald W Robey
 
I wonder how many people would get upset if say…they were told by their brother that their mother was demanding $50, $60, $75, even $100/mo. be sent to him on behalf of their mother…only to find out that their mother never demanded such?
 
I’d say they’d be pretty furious with their brother, and…upon finding out that the brother was lying, would cease sending that brother any money on behalf of their mother.
 
Well, people are doing the same thing in their religious institutions around the world. The “brother” behind the pulpit tells them that God requires them to give His ten percent of their money every Sunday morning for the rest of their life.
 
If only they would be as the noble men of Berea in AD 53; if only they would search the Scriptures to see if is true that God requires the saved in Christ to give Him ten percent of their monetary income…they would realize that the “brother” behind the pulpit is lying to them. Through that lie, the “brother’ is successfully extorting money out of their pockets…money that God never told that “brother” to collect from them at all.
 
They should be angry that a “brother’ would lie to them in order to get money from them that he was never authorized to receive in the first place.
 
Wake up Church.
 
Proverbs 22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
 
Do you really want to give to God? Well, giving to a man who lies in order to get money from you is not the proper way to do it. Here is the proper way to give to God…
 
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.
 
Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
 
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
 
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
 
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
 
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
 
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
 
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
 
Giving to God is giving to those who are in need. You know…those that you see in your own community who are struggling to get by. Neglecting them, when you have the means to help them is not giving to God…it’s ignoring God.
 
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?