You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free
“This is one of the most important chapters in the Old Testament as it depicts the establishment of the Abrahamic Covenant,” [the New Covenant, ultimately fulfilled in Christ, which includes all New Testament, Jewish and Gentile believers.] “Abraham represented Old Israel, [and the Dual, Old Testament Law; the Moral and Ceremonial Law,] when he paid tithes to Melchizedek.”
Note that this was not a tenth of Abram’s earnings, which he had to wrest from the earth. This was a spoil of war, which represented his gratitude for God’s victory over his enemies - and it foreshadowed the victory of Christ over Satan. This passage about Melchizedek distinguishes Abram not only as our patriarch of faith, but also as a mighty man of war, who fought against his enemies in the same way that New Testament believers fight and stand against the entities of darkness - solely dependant upon God and His provision, living a grateful life of obedience in Him: 2 Cor. 10:4-6.
Footnote, SPIRIT FILLED BIBLE, Heb. 7: “Melchizedek emphasizes the inauguration of a new priestly order. Another priesthood or totally different order now supersedes the old, Levitical priesthood. The first covenant, [with its Ceremonial Law and its decree of tithing], proved weak and useless in providing either full access to God’s presence or full fitness for His company, [or blessing]! Therefore, it had to be annulled and a new and better hope introduced to succeed where it had failed.
Jesus’ [spiritual priesthood of believers] supersedes Aaron’s as His was established by God’s solemn oath. Total salvation demands a perfect High Priest and a perfect sacrifice for sins – which attention to the Law could not accomplish: Heb. 7:28. The work of Melchizedek is so superior to the ministry of the Jewish priests that, by it, the old system is done away and replaced by the absolute, eternal, and perfect priesthood of Christ. Jesus’ ministry is performed in the true sanctuary, not on earth, but of heaven.
“The ministry of the old tabernacle, [with its continual Ceremonial Law], was only a symbol of the realities accomplished by Christ. Therefore, His ministry surpasses that of the Levitical priesthood as substance surpasses shadow: Heb. 8:5-7. His ministry is performed under the Covenant of Grace, wrought within the mind and hearts of believers by the power of the Spirit. “Thus, God established a new personal covenant-relationship with His people, based not on a compelling, [religious] force from without, [which forces believers to adhere to some of the decrees of the Ceremonial Law such as tithing], but an impelling power from within,” [wrought by the Holy Spirit and the Royal Law of Love written on the heart of every real believer: Heb. 8:10.] [Read more about the Mystical High Priest Melchizedek, the Lord Jesus Christ.]
GIVING, NOT TITHING
The Old Testament Malachi Chapter 3 is definitely not a tithing mandate to extort money from even poor believers in order to keep an unscriptural, hierarchical clergy in luxury, (Acts 2:44-45.) Jesus and all His disciples such as Paul taught New Testament believers in 2 Cor. 9:7 that the main principle of agapë or Godly love is to give willingly for the support of believers in need.
Note that the context of 2 Cor. 9:7 is not Malachi 3, as nearly all religious leaders teach. The context of 2 Cor. 9:7 is the heading of 2 Cor. 8 – ‘THE OFFERING FOR POOR BELIEVERS:’ “Let each one give as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his own heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion…”
The Lord Jesus has commanded every believer to sacrifice spiritually unto God all that he or she is, and all that they have, (Mt. 16:24-26.) This means that everything – our spirit, soul, body, life, thoughts and priorities – our complete obedience, (which proves our faith or our ‘love’ for God,) as well as our finances, must be wholly sacrificed on God’s spiritual altar.
This is agapaö-love for God and the genuine act of worship, according to Rom. 12:1-2.
THE MISUSE AND MISMANGAGEMENT OF ‘TITHES’ AND THIS ‘DIFFERENT GOSPEL’ OF ‘ANOTHER JESUS’
Even those who recognize the mismanagement of their ‘tithes’ and offerings were indoctrinated to believe that they should keep on ‘tithing’ no matter what. Even if they know that their rulers are squandering their hard-earned money, they were brainwashed to believe that these leaders are accountable to God; therefore the squandering and misuse of their money has nothing to do with them, the givers! These deluded givers do not realise that God will not, in any way, bless the exploitation of His Holy Word, (Rev. 22:18-19.) In reality, God curses the false ‘leaders’ who twist, abuse and use His Word to bring His blood-bought souls into bondage, as well as those who reject His Truth, Jesus Christ, to follow the deception of men.
Paul lamented in Gal. 1:6-10, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him Who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the Gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached, let him be ACCURSED… For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”
2 Cor. 11:4-14, “For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached [in the Scriptures,] or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received [from the truth of Scripture,] or a different gospel which you have not accepted [through the truth of Scripture,] you may well put up with it!... And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light…”
To pay our taxes is a physical law of the land and therefore it is compulsory. If and when pagan government officials squander and mismanage our taxes, we can safely allow God to be God in this matter. However, when believers are subjected to the abuse of God’s Word through false doctrines and false spiritual authority, they must realise that they are NOT submitting to God. In reality they are submitting to wolves in sheep’s clothing and to the lying father of these leaders, the devil – which is active idolatry! (Mt. 7:15-16; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; Jn. 8:44; 1 Cor. 10:14-21.)
It is a Scriptural fact that God can and will hold us responsible for supporting such blatant sin through our emotional, physical and financial support, (Rom. 1:32; Mal. 2 & 3!)
David Wilkerson wrote in ‘Set the trumpet to your mouth,’ p. 199,’ “Christians, wake up! How can any true lover of Jesus support these great abominations? You who send money to build buildings and projects that have nothing to do with repentance and [spiritual] revival are partakers in these men’s sins. You, too, will be judged with them. In the name of all that is pure and righteous, stop! Not another dollar! They could not build their abominations, [man-made, unscriptural, physical churches, Acts 7:47-49], if God’s people had discernment and quit supporting them.”
Yes, to give freely to support truly God-called, servant-leaders and those in real need is a New Testament principle of God. But it is not a law that buys blessing from God. Giving simply proves our attitude towards God and our fellow man – our agapaö (love for God,) and agape, (love for our fellow man.) Obedience to the Scriptural principal of giving abundantly, do not diminish our responsibility to spend the money which God had entrusted to us wisely and with discretion: 2 Ths. 3:10; Col. 4:5; Ps. 112:5; Mt. 5:23-24; 25:24-30. Above all believers are commanded to live and give as, where and how the Holy Spirit leads them. False doctrines such as New Testament ‘tithing in order to earn the blessing of God’ were instituted to control believers through fear, and to bring them back under the yoke of legalism: Rom. 8:14; 2 Cor. 9:7: Gal. 5:1.
THE CONTEXTUAL TRUTH OF "ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED ON TO YOU..." Pastors use this little uncontextual piece of Jesus' whole teaching on dependence on GOD above all else, (because He is the Supplier of ALL our NEEDS NOT OUR GREEDS, Mt. 6:24-34,) to enforce the 'blessing,' which church 'tithing' and excessive giving to churches supposedly bring. Here, Jesus' teaching is seated in the fact that God will always supply ALL our NEEDS. Their get-rich-quick deception is based on only this second part of verse 33 - and then they either forget about the rest of the verse, or do not know what it really means, "Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and HIS righteousness [IN truth,] and THEN all these things shall be added on to you."
Church righteousness mean to be a ‘diligent thither’ and ‘never to neglect any of the assemblies,’ (plural, as some translations teach and all churches practice,) but it lacks personal TRUST in Jesus under all circumstances. It is actually written, ‘assembling or meeting together,’ (singular.) Wherever believers study the Word and pray for one another, whether in houses, other meeting places, or even over the internet, they are ‘meeting together.’ ‘Meeting together’ ARE NOT COUNTLESS legalistic meetings that brainwash you with false teaching to control all your time to get to your money. Real 'meeting together' is to minister to one another on a regular basis in the Truth of God’s whole Word; to exhort, build, lead, meet real needs, and pray for one another to glorify JESUS!
Seeking Jesus through the Truth of His whole Word in Holy Spirit teaching, is ‘first seeking the Kingdom of God.’ DOING what He teaches according to His Moral Law of Love under His New Testament Covenant, is seeking His righteousness.
THE FALSE SEED-FAITH PRINCIPLE
Where Paul spoke in 2 Cor. Chapter 8 on ‘excelling in giving,’ he actually said that the believers in Macedonia, “in a great trial of affliction, with abundance of joy... [GAVE as much as they could to fulfil certain needs among believers...] And not only did they FIRST give themselves to the Lord and then to [the apostles] BY THE WILL OF GOD, [or as the Holy Spirit led,] but... they abound in everything — in faith, speech, knowledge, diligence, love...” Chapter 9:5, “Therefore... [Let] your GIFT be a matter of GENEROSITY AND NOT A GRUDGING OBLIGATION. [However,] he who sows sparingly, [or gives FOR THE WORK OF GOD GRUDGINGLY,] will also reap sparingly, [as stinginess begets more stinginess, which is an affront to God.] SO, LET EACH ONE GIVE AS HE PURPOSES IN HIS HEART, NOT GRUDGINGLY OR OF NECESSITY; FOR GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER...”
Paul was NOT applying either Old Testament tithing nor the so-called “seed-faith principle” of a “hundredfold return” to this sermon. He was saying that true believers should never be selfish and stingy, but GIVE freely as the Holy Spirit leads to glorify God and to build the body of Christ. We should never be give to be “rewarded” by God, but actually, because everything we think we “have,” already belongs to God. Thus, we should honour Him with everything He had entrusted to us — not blindly and without wisdom, but responsibly, and ALWAYS, as EVERYTHING, in the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Old Testament tithing is not the seed-faith principle of the prosperity preachers either, as NEW Testament believers already live in a personal state or position of blessedness, simply because they are in Christ and He BECAME a curse in our place at Calvary, so that we could freely inherit the entire blessed state or position of Old Abraham in Him, Gal. 3:10-14.
Concerning the ‘first fruits,’ God commanded Old Israel in Deut. 26:2: “You shall take some of the first of all the produce of your harvest… and say: I give thanks… to the Lord…” The first fruits of our lives represent the very best that we have received from God and the very best that we can offer to Him. In Gen. 49:3 Jacob said: “Reuben, you are my firstborn… the first fruits of my manly strength…”
The first fruits always pertain to the Law of Love, as Jesus illustrated in Lu. 14:12-14: “When you give a dinner, do not invite your friends, relatives or wealthy neighbours, lest they also invite you in return, and so you are paid back. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the disabled, the lame and the blind. Then you will be blessed, [you will honour God,] as they have no way of repaying you...”
Seen in context, our first fruits do not merely pertain to a tenth of our money, (Acts 4:32-35.) Offering our love to God, which will manifest in our love for our fellow man, are our first fruits. If we sacrifice our entire life and all that God had entrusted to us, we bring our first fruits to glorify His Name. Dedicating our marriages, finances, time and talents to His service, and rearing our children according to His holy decree, etc., are our also our first fruits on God’s Altar of Mercy.
Discussed on Facebook, 18.2.2017, GOD'S SEED IS NOT MONEY IT IS THE WORD! Lu. 8:3-21. "Seed-Faith" preachers are abusers and twisters of God's Word to enrich themselves. Every verse they give you is taken out of context. Jesus, in explaining the parable of the Sower, said, "THE SEED IS THE WORD OF GOD." (Mt. 13:19-23,) "WHEN ANYONE HEARS THE WORD AND DOES NOT UNDERSTAND IT, THE WICKED ONE SNATCHES AWAY WHAT WAS SOWN IN HIS HEART." [The devil is after the Seed of God in your heart and mind. He will do anything in his power to steal, twist, and abuse it and to make you turn away from God's Truth, which is life now and eternal life in heaven.] "THIS IS THE SEED RECEIVED BY THE WAYSIDE," [DO NOT THINK YOU CAN GLANCE AT OR EVEN LEARN BIBLE VERSES ON A MENTAL LEVEL WITHOUT SEEKING GOD'S FACE TO UNDERSTAND THEIR REAL MEANING; YOU ARE DELUDING YOURSELF.] Hence, Paul wrote in 2 Tim. 2:15, "Be diligent to present yourself approved unto God, [not to earn anything, but to be a knowledgeable] worker who does not need to be ashamed [when God gives you the honor to lead a soul closer to Him,] rightly dividing the Word of Truth. But shun profane babbling [false doctrine and superficial religion] that increases to more ungodliness." 'FOR HEARING YOU WILL HEAR AND SHALL NOT UNDERSTAND, AND SEEING YOU WILL SEE AND NOT PERCEIVE... And he who receives the seed in stony places is he who immediately receives it but he has no [true commitment and does not love the Truth but compromises,] and he is only for a little while. For when tribulation or persecution ARISES BECAUSE OF THE WORD, he immediately turns away. [As soon as his loved ones come against him when they are confronted with the Real Jesus, the Real Gospel, and the Real Holy Spirit, he fears he will lose them and bows to their false religious ideas, (2 Cor. 11:4.)]
Discussed on Facebook, 2016, WHAT IS THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT ‘SEED FAITH,’ OR SOWING AND REAPING HUNDREDFOLD? DOES IT MEAN, IF I GIVE or ‘sow’ 10% of my money in FAITH, God will repay me 100%? Again, as seen in the post below, the truth of everything, Jesus’ Word especially, is in the CONTEXT of what He was saying. Mt. 13:8, “[from v. 3, “He spoke many things in parables, saying, “A sower went out to sow. Some seed fell by the roadside and the birds devoured them. Some fell on stony places where the earth was shallow... but were scorched by the sun because they had no depth of earth. Some fell among thorns, which sprang up before them and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop; [to their God-given ability,] some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty... (v. 12,) For whoever has, will have abundance, [as explained in the parable of the five, two, and one talents according to their ability, Mt. 25:15-29. The one who received five talents made five more, and was also given the one talent of the one who buried the talent and made nothing of it.] But whoever does NOT have, even what he has [by his own wrong choices,] will be taken away from him...”
So, to ‘gain’ a hundred fold from God if we TEND AND KEEP what He had entrusted to us, has nothing to do with giving our money to the church. It is ALL about personal responsibility and accountability before God; WORKING with everything that He had entrusted to us. Mark 10:30, “[from v. 23,] How hard it is for those who have riches [and trust in them,] to enter the kingdom of God! [MANY miss the true Kingdom of God because they value the acceptance of their spouses and family more than the acceptance of God, etc.; it’s not just about money, but all about IDOLATRY – that which takes the place of God in our hearts, minds, and lives. In fact, because they CHOOSE not to surrender EVERYTHING to God, they cannot surrender themselves to Him either, and therefore] it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for an [idolater] to enter the Kingdom of God!... [JESUS WILL HAVE US, OURSELVES, OUR SOULS, OUR LIVES FIRST, AND THEN, WE HAVE TO SUBMIT EVERYTHING TO HIS REIGN, FOR US TO ENTER INTO HIS KINGDOM. HE WILL NOT HAVE US ANY OTHER WAY; AND WE CANNOT HAVE HIM OUR WAY.]
Then Peter said, ‘See, we have left all and followed You.’ So Jesus answered, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, spouses, children or lands for My sake and for the Gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time – houses, brothers, sisters... WITH PERSECUTIONS – and in the age to come, eternal life...” This so-called ‘seed faith, hundredfold return’ too, is all about accepting JESUS wholeheartedly and SURRENDERING OURSELVES ENTIRELY TO HIM ABOVE ALL ELSE. It has nothing to do with giving money to the church. It is not about getting filthy stinking rich by ‘sowing a seed and getting a hundredfold return.’ We will not GET a hundred houses if we give one to Jesus physically – it’s all about acquiring SPIRITUAL and EMOTIONAL riches first. We have to focus on ETERNITY above all, not on this earth, which, according to the TRUTH of God’s WORD, will not be ‘saved’ through a so-called ‘river of anointing’ or otherwise. Our riches must be in heaven, because in 2 Pet. 3:10-14, it is written that this earth and EVERYTHING ungodly and physical on it is destined for the FIRE on THAT DAY of the Lord’s return!
Hence, Paul called out in Phil. 3:7, “What things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Indeed, I also count ALL things loss for the excellence of the [true] knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for Whom I have suffered to loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ, and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from [keeping the ceremonial or ritual old temple law] but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by FAITH; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
Posted on Facebook, 2016, WHAT IS THE REAL CONTEXTUAL TRUTH OF “GIVE, AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU: A GOOD MEASURE, PRESSED DOWN, SHAKEN TOGETHER, AND RUNNING OVER WILL BE PUT INTO YOUR BOSOM. FOR WITH THE SAME MEASURE THAT YOU USE, IT WILL BE MEASURED BACK TO YOU?” Does this mean, if you give ALL your money to the church now, you will receive a hundredfold in return? The truth of EVERYTHING, the Word of God too, is always in the CONTEXT of the words spoken, the deeds that are done, etc. It is so EASY to find the truth of ANY doctrine the church is teaching you. Be like the ‘noble Bereans’: SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES DAILY TO SEE FOR YOURSELF IF THEY ARE TELLING YOU THE TRUTH! To understand the ‘good measure pressed down,’ (Lu. 6:38,) let us see what Jesus actually said, beginning in Lu. 6:24, “Woe to you who are rich [in money] now, for you have received your [pay or your] consolation... Woe to you when all men speak well of you, [ear-tickling ministers, pastors, prophets...] for so did their fathers do to the false prophets... FOR I SAY TO YOU WHO HEAR [because they desire My truth,] love your enemies, [and you can never love an enemy more, than to, (if there is an open door,) GIVE him or her the Gospel TRUTH that can save their souls,] do good to those who hate you, [and you can never GIVE or do better than to tell those who hate you the truth about everything in your quest to restore them to God,] bless those who curse you, [you can never GIVE your blessing (firstly, the BLESSED GOSPEL OF CHRIST) more than to try and help people to help themselves, although they might curse you for NOT GIVING as THEY expect you to give,] and pray for those who spitefully use you, [because GIVING YOUR sincere prayer is warfare of the celestial kind...] If you GIVE, love, do good, lend, to those who give, love, do good, lend to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same to receive as much back. Therefore, [GIVE YOUR] love even [to] your enemies, hoping for NOTHING in return, and your REWARD WILL BE GREAT, [because you will spend eternity with Jesus,] and you will be children of the Most high, for He is kind TO THE ungrateful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful... [Do not judge and condemn as in sending souls to hell for their evil,] but GIVE your forgiveness [if you cannot solve anything by speaking to them and doing good to them...] GIVE, [forgive or let them go if they so choose, but keep on showing the merciful character of God, Who lives in you,] AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU, A GOOD MEASURE...”
We can, from the context of Jesus’ teaching of GIVING our Godly character in charity, Godly love, forgiveness, and by being merciful to the lost and even our hateful persecutors, that receiving the OVERFLOWING, GOOD MEASURE from God has very little to do with our money – and absolutely NOTHING to do with giving ‘tithes’ to a church system, which never, or hardly ever, teach the Moral Law of Love.
Concerning this great MONEY-MAKING deception of ‘New Testament tithing,’ which is raw witchcraft and abuse against God, His Word, and the blood-bought body of Christ, the Word of the Living God clearly commands, “COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE, LEST YOU SHARE IN HER SINS, AND LEST YOU RECEIVE OF HER PLAGUES. FOR HER SINS HAVE REACHED TO HEAVEN, AND GOD HAS REMEMBERED HER INIQUITIES.” - Rev. 18:4-5.
2 John v. 9-11 commands, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the [true teachings of Christ,] does not have God. He who abides in the [truth] of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring THIS [truth,] do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.”
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