Do we defend the scriptures or the opinions of our pastors?

I have noticed a trend amongst many of today’s believers, a very shocking trend; we tend to defend the opinions of our pastors over the bible!

Many believers would certainly disagree with me, others would conclude that I have a problem. Either way, I believe it is the truth. Like I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I was involved in a series of email exchanges with a brother. He had written a piece on tithing (“here we go again”) which I had read through and thought it sounded so much like something I heard Kenneth Copeland say. A quick look at his blogroll confirmed my suspicions; Kenneth Copeland’s blog was on there.

I don’t intend to castigate anyone but this trend is becoming a cause for great concern. Kenneth Copeland’s idea on tithing is most certainly not scriptural (Don’t worry I know “touch not the Lord’s anointed”). He says amongst other things that tithing had been in existence since the Garden of Eden in the form of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So when Adam and Eve ate the fruit, they were eating God’s tithe. What poppycock! How can a Christian read the bible and arrive at such an absurd conclusion? I pointed out to the brother that Kenneth Copeland’s take on the topic was unscriptural and out came “touch not the Lord’s anointed!”

He is certainly not the only one with misplaced loyalty and blind zeal; believers like this abound. They are so ready to spring to the defence of their pastors even when these pastors are wrong and I don’t think it pleases God.

One of the other many blogs I visit is Miriam’s blog, www.endtimespropheticwords.wordpress.com and she did a piece on the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) some time ago. You can read it here. She highlighted some of the practices of the church and to be honest these practises where truly questionable. But rather than weigh Miriam’s points against scriptures, threats were flowing freely. The anger of its faithfuls was simple “who are you to criticise our pastor?” They never bothered to search scriptures to see how their pastor’s sayings weighed against it.

This kind of attitude is becoming quite wide spread and to be honest this is how cults are born! Since no one is allowed to point out when these “men of God” err and simple minded folks who are just not bothered to search their scriptures hang onto their every word, error and false doctrine is right at the door and such a group stops being a church and starts becoming a cult.

If you are reading this, before you call the entire troop of hell against me, ask yourself this question, “who is my allegiance to?” Is your zeal for God or your pastor? Do you weigh everything they preach against God’s word? Do you have stacks of cds of your favourite preachers and never bother to check all they preach against scripture? I am not advocating rebellion or rudeness but we need to know where our priorities lie and draw the line. Such blind followership has caused a lot of people their lives with followers of Jim Jones, David Koresh and Yahweh ben Yahweh as some of such examples.

No man is infallible, no man is above mistakes. And when we hold onto the words of our pastors without validating them against scripture, we have begun to walk in error!

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Don
    Dec 12, 2009 @ 03:54:43

    Tithing supporters have been brainwashed by the must tithe to be blessed (and not cursed by God). Many Pastors are skillfully repeating Malachi chapter 3 and inducing fear, guilt and condemnation to people who do not have the means to tithe. To only enforce one Mosaic Jewish Old Covenant law yet blatantly neglect the other 613 Old Covenant laws, while not even keeping the Sabbath which is to stop all work, recreation and activity from Friday night to Saturday night and stone disobedient children and people who commit adultery is strange.
    In Malachi God told the Jewish nation “you have not kept my ordinances”
    which is plural. To broke any one of the six hundred & thirteen Covenant Mosaic laws meant you voided out the entire Covenant Contract. No one could keep those external laws day and night around the clock. Which is why we need a Savior and the Holy Spirit to reside in us which comes free of charge only by the asking. It is called GRACE (UNEARNED FAVOR).
    NOW LISTEN UP ALL YOU BRAINWASHED CLONES WHO HAVE TAKEN THE GLORY FROM THE PAYMENT JESUS MADE ON THE CROSS AND REPLACED IT BY YOUR TITHE PAYMENT (WORKS) GO TO GALATIANS 3:13 AND REPEAT THIS VERSE “CHRIST HAS REDEEMED US FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW”
    CHRIST HAS REDEEMED US FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW” CHRIST HAS REDEEMED US FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW. YES VIRGINIA THIS WOULD INCLUDE THE TITHE LAW.

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  2. mrsbucket
    Jan 03, 2010 @ 20:12:48

    Great post Tony! I have to shout a big amen on that one. I have been attending a new church, and just last week I had a discussion with a lady and when I made some sort of statement about a certain book she could not decide on her own whether that was scriptural (reading this book) and lined up with what we are taught in the Bible. She had to ask the Pastor, and she knew the scriptures. I kind of questioned that and she looked at me like I had an extra eyeball. People actually think they are not allowed to make these decisions, they are under BONDAGE to this idea of authority. I am trying to explain to her we are responsible for reading and studying scripture ourselves…I just get so frustrated about it all. And yes I am free from that other bondage, tithing too! Hallelujah, GOD is good! Oh and I am going to add your blog to the scattered sheep blog roll, can you add us as well?

    God bless and great blog!

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    • eliteinchrist
      Jan 04, 2010 @ 15:38:04

      You are not the only one that feels such frustration. I have experienced it too and it can be very annoying. Yesterday, I looked at a chap’s blog and I saw he had a cartoon on there. Depicted on the cartoon was a man and his son at a restaurant and the man brought out his wallet about to pay for the meal they had had and his son blurts out “how come the waitress gets 15% and God gets only 10%?” That had to be the most self righteous piece I have ever seen! If God asks for 10% then what was the point of cartoon? These pro-tithers are so confused and do not even know what they themselves preach. According to them God gets 10% of your entire wage and on that cartoon the waitress gets 15% of the cost of the meal. Who gets more?

      Anyways, may God continue to reveal himself to us. Please how do you add blogs tp your blog roll. I have tried in the past and couldn’t seem to do it.

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  3. Dwayne
    May 06, 2010 @ 22:00:14

    Did not the Bereans search the scriptures to ascertain that what the Apostle Paul told them was in line with the word of God? If Paul was not above scriptural scrutiny, then neither should one’s pastor be.

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    • eliteinchrist
      May 07, 2010 @ 09:06:16

      I totally agree but unfortunately many of today’s pastor truly think they are God and do not take kindly to such scrutiny. May God deliver his church, amen.

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  4. Chris
    May 16, 2010 @ 07:54:06

    Congratulations on a great site….love your passion for truth…..and your understanding of the grace of God which has brought us liberty.

    Maybe sometime you could do a post on pastors favorite proof texts…..like Mat 23 :23….’this ought you to have done’. See Jesus says you ought to tithe…and therefore you must tithe as Malachi says!

    Chris

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    • eliteinchrist
      May 17, 2010 @ 10:05:29

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for stopping by. I have actually covered Matt 23: 23 in my first ever post on tithing. It’s a shame though that many preachers cling so desperately to this tithing lie than to the truth.

      May God help His Church, amen.

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