The limitations of the blood of Jesus

What an outrage! Pure blasphemy, I can almost hear you say. But they are not my words! These are the words on the lips of many preachers and Christians alike. Chances are that you have said this same thing at some point without even realising it.

The covenant that has been established in the blood of Jesus seems to have it’s limitations from what I hear. It only covers your sins and is ineffective in other aspects of your life, if you do not tithe that is. Your inability to feed your children is due to you refusal to tithe. That also explains why your car keeps breaking down. And if you do not keep up to date, your children will continue to fall sick and you stand the risk of losing everything you own.

Doesn’t this sound a bit outlandish? Very, but that is exactly what many Christians say when they promote this doctrine. They invariably suggest that the power in the blood of Jesus is limited and needs the “power” of tithing to augment it.

I visited the blog of a pastor today and felt really scared after reading what he wrote about tithing! According to him, Abraham did not receive God’s promises until he tithed. The tithe was therefore Abraham’s connection to God’s promises. Funny enough, he is not the only one that holds this view. I have heard a few preachers proclaim these very words – surprise, surprise! But is that what the bible says? Let’s Look at Romans 4 to find out

13 Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. 14 If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless. 15 For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)
16 So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. 17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.

If there was any link to Abraham tithing and his receiving God’s promises, I must have missed it and so did Paul.

It really does not matter how you try and dress this subject, anytime you attribute some success or divine provision or intervention to your tithing, you do in fact say the blood of Christ is limited – “What the blood of Christ was powerless to do, tithing was able to accomplish.”

In the book of exodus, the redemptive power of the blood of Christ was foreshadowed by the blood of the Passover lamb.

21 Then Moses called all the elders of Israel together and said to them, “Go, pick out a lamb or young goat for each of your families, and slaughter the Passover animal. 22 Drain the blood into a basin. Then take a bundle of hyssop branches and dip it into the blood. Brush the hyssop across the top and sides of the doorframes of your houses. And no one may go out through the door until morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through the land to strike down the Egyptians. But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the Lord will pass over your home. He will not permit his death angel to enter your house and strike you down. Exodus 12.

If the observance of the Passover was able to save the children of Israel, how much more the blood of Jesus? No where in scripture are we told that giving a mandatory 10% gives protection of any sort to you and yours. That is so insulting to the sacrifice of Jesus!

Here’s what scripture says with regards to the sacrifice of Jesus

Romans 8:32
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Don’t let any preacher deceive you and tell you otherwise.

Why muzzle the ox?

Paul did not hide his displeasure at those who questioned his authority as an apostle. He expressed this in his first epistle to the church at Corinth.

7 What soldier has to pay his own expenses? What farmer plants a vineyard and doesn’t have the right to eat some of its fruit? What shepherd cares for a flock of sheep and isn’t allowed to drink some of the milk? 8 Am I expressing merely a human opinion, or does the law say the same thing? 9 For the Law of Moses says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” Was God thinking only about oxen when he said this? 10 Wasn’t he actually speaking to us? Yes, it was written for us, so that the one who plows and the one who threshes the grain might both expect a share of the harvest. 1 Cor 9

He touched on something very important: the investor should partake off his investments. Which was taken from God’s Old Testament command to the children of Israel: they were not to muzzle the ox that treads the corn. Paul showed that this could also apply to us.

How often do we hear that God must get first pick from our wages in the form of tithes and/or firstfruits even before we have met our necessary financial obligations like feeding, clothing, shelter etc? Wouldn’t that be akin to muzzling the ox? Of a truth God owns a 100% of what we earn anyway but does that mean we do not have to spend anything on ourselves?

The commonly held belief about stewardship with finances is giving towards God’s work, with many preachers inventing their own definition of God’s work. What indeed is God’s work? Big church buildings? Paying for luxury cars for preachers? Paying for their air time (“partnership”)? Is that really God’s work? Does that show good stewardship of God’s money?

Is there really any sense behind paying someone else’s bills while yours goes unpaid under the guise of funding God’s work? The ox has to eat from the corn it treads! When it eats from it, it happily treads the corn because it knows there is a reward for its labour. It is the same thing with those of us who earn wages; we should be able to take care of our needs through the wages we receive. With careful planning and proper budgeting, one would be able to meet one’s needs and still have something to give to someone in need.

I must admit that some Christians do not help themselves in this situation either.They continue to sink themselves deeper and deeper into debt till they become bankrupt. They buy cars they can ill afford, live in homes they cannot pay for and even borrow money from their credit cards to tithe and give offerings. They live well above their means and secretly struggle under the weight of crippling debts but try to make others believe God is blessing them in all manner of ways. That is till their home and luxury car is repossessed. How we are destroyed for lack of knowledge!

I once read about a very popular Christian sportsman who was behind in his child support payments, had the threat of foreclosure hanging over his head and still believed that tithing was something he should do. How in God’s name does he think the Lord would be please at someone who neglects the needs of his immediate family under the guise of funding God’s work? Besides if he wanted to tithe so bad, why did he not get a smaller house and free up more cash to tithe as well as meet the needs of his immediate family? Sad isn’t it!

Take care of your needs and that of your family first! With proper budgeting you can have enough left to “fund” (like God needs our money anyway) the gospel without going bankrupt. Think about it!