The importance of the Promised Land to the Old Testament Law

I chanced upon this piece on this blog and couldn’t help posting it here.

 

God’s covenant with the children of Israel was always tied to the land of promise. When God called Abraham, he was promised that his descendants would inherit a land that flowed with milk and honey. And as part of this promise God instructed that Abraham and all his descendants be circumcised. However, God did tell Abraham that his descendants were going to be in bondage for 400 years because the sins of the Amorites and co were not yet full.

At the appointed time, the children of Israel were set free from the land of Egypt and journeyed to the Promised Land. Whilst they journeyed God gave them the law as rules on how He expected them to live when they got to the land. Everyone living within the land was expected to observe these rules including the foreigners. Strictly obeying these rules would guarantee their continuance existence on the land and they faced being expelled like the previous occupants if they disobeyed these rules and followed the customs of the heathen nations around them.

God made them aware that the land was His and they were only tenants. They were not allowed to cultivate the land when they first arrived but were to first offer the firstfruits. They perpetually had to offer the firstfruits at every harvest of the land. There were even conditions on how they cultivated the land; they were not allowed to plant two types of crops on their farms, they were not allowed to harvest the fringes of their farm lands and they weren’t even allowed to pick harvested sheaves that fell as they transported the harvest. The land could only be cultivated for 6 years and left to rest in the 7th. No one was allowed to sell the land on a permanent basis and every land sold had to be returned to the owners at the year of Jubilee.

The land must never be sold on a permanent basis, for the land belongs to me. You are only foreigners and tenant farmers working for me. Leviticus 25: 23.

More importantly they were only to give a tithe from the produce of this land i.e. crops and livestock, nothing else was permitted to be tithed. This had nothing to do with the presence or absence of currency but was so that they continue to fear God. He gave the increase, He prospered the land and He owned the land.

One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy. Leviticus 27: 30.

All of the rules given to the children of Israel were intertwined, hence every single one had to be obeyed for it to count as obedience. Observing all but one was meaningless. You couldn’t observe the Passover without being circumcised, you couldn’t tithe without first offering your firstfruits, you had to observe the Sabbath. In short you wouldn’t be allowed to stay in the land if kept only some and not all of the law. The law was binding on anyone who lived on the land.

Further evidence of this seen when the children of Israel were exiled because of their continuous disobedience. They were taken captive to Assyria and the king of Assyria brought his subjects from other nations to live in the Promised Land. These nations had no knowledge of God’s law and their heathen custom was completely contrary to God’s law for the land that He sent lions to kill them.

24 The king of Assyria transported groups of people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim and resettled them in the towns of Samaria, replacing the people of Israel. They took possession of Samaria and lived in its towns. 25 But since these foreign settlers did not worship the Lord when they first arrived, the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them. 26 So a message was sent to the king of Assyria: “The people you have sent to live in the towns of Samaria do not know the religious customs of the God of the land. He has sent lions among them to destroy them because they have not worshiped him correctly.” 27 The king of Assyria then commanded, “Send one of the exiled priests back to Samaria. Let him live there and teach the new residents the religious customs of the God of the land.” 28 So one of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria returned to Bethel and taught the new residents how to worship the Lord. 2 Kings 17.

The New Testament is established on the blood of Jesus Christ and God’s promise is no longer bound to a physical land but a spiritual one. Hence observing the law is no longer required in the new dispensation as the rules have changed. Observing circumcision is no longer required as an outward sign of God’s covenant, we are no longer required to observe the Sabbath, giving of the tithe and firstfruit is no longer required and the list goes on.

The New dispensation is faith based; we are saved by it through grace. And the worship of God is no longer tied to any particular geographic location but true believers are to worship God in Spirit and truth.

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Debunking Christian myths – Who is Satan?

Our current view of the history of Satan is actually a result of the amalgamation of 2 different portions of scripture; Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28: 12 – 19. Even though those being referred to are clearly mentioned, it hasn’t stopped the misapplication of these verses.

According to the vision God gave Daniel, several kingdoms will arise and rule the whole world. The first was Babylon which was overthrown by Media and Persia, who in turn was overthrown by the Greek Kingdom. And the Greek Kingdom was finally overthrown by the Roman kingdom. As part of Israel’s punishment for disobeying God, Jerusalem was destroyed and the children of Israel where taken into exile in Babylon. Isaiah 14 was God’s promise of deliverance for them and punishment for Babylon. No portion of this scripture makes any reference to Satan.

Since this was a taunt against Babylon, a lot of figurative text was used. And this has resulted in a lot of literal translations which seems to build a case for this being Satan.

Ezekiel 28 is also quite similar. The Tyre kingdom was also another great kingdom. It was a vital trading route and this contributed to its wealth as lot of merchant ships passed through. A lot of figurative text was used to describe its tremendous wealth and the beauty of this great city. This unfortunately has been translated literarily and also gave rise to this being a reference to Satan.

Both portions of scripture definitely could not refer to Satan as the general consensus is that Satan’s rebellion took place before man was created. If this was so why then were references made to other people within these verses?

Everyone there will stare at you and ask, “Can this be the one who shook the earth and the kingdoms of the world? 17 Can this be the one who destroyed the world and made it into a shambles, who demolished its greatest cities and had no mercy on his prisoners?” Isaiah 12: 16

All who know you are appalled at your fate; you are an example of horror; you are destroyed forever Ezekiel 28: 19

One other verse of scripture thrown into the mix is Revelation 12, the reference to the dragon sweeping a third of the stars and being hurled to earth. This is used as further confirmation that this showed Satan’s demotion from glory. However, one crucial bit of information is usually omitted; God had already told John that this event as well as all other events described after chapter 4 would happen in the future. Another thing overlooked is fact that Satan was already described as a dragon at the start of the chapter.

So then who is Satan and how did he come about? The answer is actually in Genesis 3. The serpent here could not have been a physical snake as Eve would have fled from a talking snake. Whatever it was, it was clear there was no animosity between it and man as Eve appeared comfortable talking with it. God made them enemies because of the Serpent’s deceit and man’s disobedience and this resulted in both parties being punished. The Serpent would bruise the heel of man by constantly accusing him before God and redemption would come when the seed of a woman (not of a man) was born and He will crush the head of the serpent.

Jesus is that seed as He was born of the Spirit to an earthly mother making Him 100% God and a 100% man. Jesus’ death and resurrection was a blow to the Serpent’s head as he could no longer accuse us before God because we now had someone interceding on our behalf before God. We overcome all of Satan’s accusations by blood of the lamb that speaks better things than the blood of Abel and by our testimony that Jesus is Lord.

Irrespective of the Devil’s origins, we still have victory over him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of our testimony that Jesus is Lord!

Spiritual abuse in today’s church – Pt 2

Prophets too were raised by God and their words usually carried a lot of power. They were revered by the people as the very oracles of God and were in a different class to the rest of the children of Israel. Younger prophets always served older prophets; the Levites were servants to the priests while the rest of Israel was subject in a sense to the Levites, the priests and the prophets. All the Pentecostal churches I have been to adapt this model.

The head pastor and his wife were always in a different class to the rest of the church. They were followed by their assistants who were next in line and finally the rest of the congregation. Just as the Old Testament prophets had so much power amongst those of the Old Testament, so also these New Testament pastors believe that of themselves as well. Quite a lot of them believe they cannot be corrected when they are wrong. They believe they have so much authority that any pronouncements they make over people good or bad will definitely come to pass.

Just like the prophets did in the Old Testament, these pastors believe that anyone who wants to go out to start his own church has to first serve a pastor who had been in ministry longer than himself. The most popular scriptural example used to buttress this belief is the relationship between Elijah and Elisha and this has led to a lot of spiritual abuse. These pastors request unquestionable loyalty from their congregation as they believe God has bestowed upon them the highest authority ever known to man. ‘At their word’ things happen; the dead is raised, the blind see, those who have been blessed by them will truly be blessed while those who’ve been cursed by them will definitely be cursed.

This is undoubtedly very old wine in new wine skins and it will not hold for long!

The New Testament is definitely not like this. No one believer has authority over another believer and no man except Jesus is the go-between between man and God. His death and resurrection paved the way for us all to have unhindered access to God. The older and more mature believers are actually supposed to encourage the younger immature ones not lord over them. They are supposed to help the younger ones understand more about God and His word not take God’s place in their lives.

This gives rise to abuse of power and the prevalence of very faulty doctrines because of the mistaken belief that their authority should never be questioned. I once read how a pastor made members of his congregation eat grass and a lot of them fell ill afterwards. Another made his congregation drink petrol. Others have been known to take advantage of ladies within their congregation sexually and the list goes on. Some are not as extreme as this as their methods are a bit more subtle. It is abuse nonetheless. Anyone bold enough to raise any objections is usually silenced with the ‘touch not the Lord’s anointed’ gag order, another misapplication of scripture. That verse of scripture was never used in favour of a class division; it was used in a completely different context by David to describe the entire children of Israel in his Psalm of praise when the ark of covenant was being brought into Jerusalem

20 And when they (the children of Israel) went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people; 21 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes, 22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. 1 Chronicles 16 (The words in brackets are mine)

This is ‘touch not the Lord’s anointed’ in proper context.

Having gained this understanding, I no longer allow myself to be bullied into anything by any preacher who believes he is God’s representative. If I cannot find what he’s said in the bible, I completely disregard it. I am not in any way calling for disrespect or rebellion within our ranks but only pointing out how far some things that no longer belong in the New Testament have been taken.

Spiritual abuse in today’s church – Pt 1

I was born into the Catholic Church and always attended Sunday mass with my mum, my elder sister, my younger brother and younger sister. I was used to the ceremony but never really understood what it all meant. I never really understood the bible either.

In my teens, I became a ‘born-again’ Christian and joined the Pentecostal church of my own accord. And like I said in one of my previous post, I thought everything they taught was actually correct from a bible standpoint. So I threw myself straight into it and was completely immersed in its doctrine. I originally ignored the inconsistencies in doctrine and the wrong teachings really affected my view of Christianity and conditioned my behaviour.

When the inconsistencies had become too glaring to ignore I had a crisis of faith and faced severe internal battles as I questioned the legitimacy of all I had been taught. It lingered on for a very long time and I almost left Christianity altogether as I had begun to have doubts if God really existed. I thank God that He intervened through a variety of ways and this led me to start all over from the beginning.

I started from the book of Genesis, reading from chapter to chapter and book to book and now begun to see things in a completely new light. God is the only constant in the entire universe as He never changes, however, the way He relates with creation changes. The way He related with Adam and Eve was quite different to the way He related with Noah. This too was also different to the way He related with Moses and the Children of Israel.

The Old Testament contains the Law and accounts of God’s relationship with those living in that dispensation. And God’s requirement from those in that dispensation was completely different to ours in the new. I could now see the reason why the Pentecostal circle I had been in was the way it was; they’d simply repurposed the requirements of the Old Testament to try and fit the New Testament.

Not everyone had the right to approach God directly in the Old Testament and this was formalised in the Law of Moses. The tribe of Levi was the only one who could enter the temple and bear the holy things. There were always grave consequences whenever a non-Levite tried to perform the role reserved for a Levite. It usually resulted in sicknesses or even death in some cases.

90 day tithe challenge

A lot of churches seem to be jumping on this tithe challenge bandwagon and to what end? Do you become a better Christian at the end? Does it help you know God better? Or is it simply to increase your material possessions?

Something about this stinks to the high heavens as it is clear that the motive behind these challenges is not pure. God appears to be treated like a minion that can be manipulated to get what one wants and that is certainly not Christianity but more like paganism.

It is quite possible to take aspects of Christianity and turn them into pagan rituals. And this usually happens when we take Christ out of the equation or appear to manipulate aspects of it to provide specific results we are after. This is no different to spiritualists and the like who have to chant specifics words to get a desired outcome.

These challenges are indeed quite ludicrous as it is clear that those who initiate it are not doing so as a result of a specific instruction from God. God is God regardless; His word never fails as It always accomplishes whatever He sends it to do. Unfortunately, in the case of the tithe challenge people are being encouraged to put God to ‘test’ or hold Him to ransom as it were and He’s being given 90 days to respond. What a pity!

The major thing lacking in all of this is a relationship! You wouldn’t want to do a thing like this if you truly had a relationship with God. God is not a tool you manipulate to get what you want and you do not call the shots, He does.

Malachi 3: 10 has been taken completely out of context and is being touted as the proof that God has asked that we put Him to test in the area of tithing. To get a proper understanding of this verse one has to look at the entire book as well as understand the historical facts behind it.

This event takes place during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah when the Jews returned to Jerusalem after their exile in Babylon. Aspects of the law were no longer being observed or were forgotten. The law gave specifics on how sacrifices were to be handled and chapter 1 tells us that the priests were actually slack in that regard. Instead of offering up animals without blemishes they were offering up diseased animals which was against the law of Moses.

The priests were not the only ones at fault; some of the Israelites had divorced their wives in favour of younger foreign ones and had also begun to withhold the tithes and offerings commanded under the law. So the call to test Him actually meant they should investigate so as to better understand Him. As clearly those who came out of Babylon had forgotten God and the law.

This so called tithe challenge has no scriptural basis and if it was aimed at improving your personal relationship with God or helping you know God better that wouldn’t have been so bad. But it seems this is aimed at getting some form of financial or material reward by manipulating God through tithing. It is not right.

Giving in the New Testament

The relationship between the Old Testament tithes and offerings and giving in the New Testament remains something that is very poorly taught in much of today’s church.

The potential for error starts with the way the tithes and offerings are viewed; they are both taken completely out of context in today’s church and given completely new meanings and purposes. I have looked at both the tithe and offerings in previous posts and have now decided to link both to giving in the New Testament.

There were numerous kinds of offerings required from those of the Old Testament. These offerings played a part in the redemption plans of God and were types and shadows of better things to come. The offerings were in no way inferior to the tithes and failure to bring both had consequences.

Looking at the offerings on their own and not as part of the law can lead to misleading conclusions as all aspects of the Old Testament law were intrinsically linked and had to be observed in their entirety. Hence Paul stressed that breaking one was akin to breaking all. One of the first offerings given by the Old Testament Jews was the offering of the first born while they were still in Egypt. No non-Jew was allowed to partake or observe this except they had been circumcised. Some offerings like atonement and the offering of the first born were compulsory whilst others were required based on circumstances; trespass offering, guilt offering are some examples.

The importance of both the tithe and offerings was stressed in Malachi 3: 8. God reprimanded the Jews for defrauding Him by not bringing their tithes and offerings. He did not in any way place the tithe over the offering. However, their position in the New Testament was highlighted in the book of Hebrews:

Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. Hebrews 10:11

The Old Testament offerings could not take away the sins of those who observed them and had to be done year in year out to be of any value. According to the book of Hebrews this unfortunately brought a constant reminder of sin and the people could not attain perfection.

The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared. Hebrews 10: 1 & 2

And it clearly highlights that the offerings served redemptive purposes. Thankfully, the sacrifice of Jesus spelt an end to all of them and giving offerings unto God is ‘no’ longer required under the new dispensation.

For the New Testament believer our giving is not looked at in terms of tithes or offerings but is considered in terms of what we have and can afford to give.

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

And giving to those in need is considered giving to God. Hence our giving in church should always be geared towards meeting the ‘needs’ of others and this Paul likened to the sweet smelling savour of an Old Testament offering.

‘Offering’ time in church should be relabelled ‘giving’ time and should be viewed as an opportunity to contribute towards meeting the needs of others and explained as such. Trying to explain it as the New Testament equivalent of the Old Testament tithes and offerings paints an incorrect picture.

Alas! Here is something I really didn’t understand

I haven’t written anything in about 2 years now and had resolved not to write about the tithe again but a chance encounter made me go back on that.

I have come to realise that I did not have a full understanding of the tithe and my posts did not paint the full picture. Howbeit, I now have a much better understanding.

I had often heard it mentioned that there were 3 tithes required form the Old Testament Jew but I just couldn’t follow the trail in the bible. And I must admit the bible did seem to change the remit of the tithe whenever it was mentioned. But after a careful study, I now know that what I termed as different remits were actually different tithes which had different scopes.

There were 3 different tithes required from the children of Israel; the first, the second and the third tithes.

The first tithe was to be given to the Levites by the remaining 11 tribes after a heave offering had been offered. This was their means of sustenance because they were barred from doing any form of secular work. They in turn gave a tenth of what they received from the other 11 tribes to the priests. This appeared to be practised every year for 6 years within the seven year agricultural cycle (Numbers 18:21-30, Leviticus 27:30-33).

The Second tithe was collected on the first, second, fourth and fifth year of every 7 year agricultural cycle (Deuteronomy 12:11-18, 14:22-29, 26:12). This tithe was usually taken to be consumed at Jerusalem. Those who lived faraway and could not conveniently bring the agricultural produce where allowed to convert it into money. And the only caveat with this was they had to add 25% of its monetary value. They were encouraged to spend the money on anything they liked including wine and strong drink.

The third tithe or poor tithe was collected every 3 years. So in effect it was collected on the third and sixth year of every 7 year agricultural cycle (Deuteronomy 14:28, 26:12).

The seventh year was classed as the year of the Sabbath and no agricultural activity was allowed during this year. No tithes were paid either and people were free to eat everything that grew out of the ground by itself.

Ironically, those who preach and practise the tithe today do not do anything that closely resembles this. Which begs the question, ‘where did they get it from?’ They cannot claim they follow Abraham’s example because his was completely voluntary and was not required as part of God’s covenant with him. It couldn’t have made him wealthy because he was already wealthy. It wasn’t the reason God blessed him because we understand from scripture that God’s covenant with Abraham had nothing to do with him.

The book of Malachi speaks of tithe in the plural and this refers to the 3 different tithes required from the children of Israel. This clearly belonged to the law and is definitely not binding on the New Testament church.

The tithe was not solitary but was part and parcel of the Old Testament law. It had to be practised in conjunction with all the other laws for it to be accepted. Trying to impose tithing today revives the law and brings condemnation. And one then tends to repeat the same mistake of the Galatian church, starting off in the spirit and then trying to achieve perfection by observing part of the law.

Are we in denial?

It is no longer news that there is an economic recession going on. Loads of people including Christians are losing their jobs and homes at such an alarming rate. Many even face bankruptcy and churches have not been exempt either.

A local assembly is only as rich as its members. So if members are forced to scale back on their spending this will doubtlessly affect the church. A trend many preachers have become quite unhappy with. And thus resort to drastic measures to reverse this trend.

One weapon of choice is guilt! A lot of these preachers mount the pulpit and berate their congregation for reducing their giving and failing to tithe. They claim this has resulted in the recession. They go on further to claim that this would be the best time to give sacrificially as that shows to God you really love Him and he will have no option than to bless you. Really?

Others have decided to use another ploy; brute force! They forcibly ask for access to the bank accounts of their faithfuls so that they can collect the monies unhindered. After I studied the bible, I discovered that those on both sides of this divide are crooks! They are hirelings who are only after their own interests and not that of the sheep. You might say this is a very strong statement to make but let’s see what the scriptures has to say about this.

In Genesis 41, Pharaoh had a dream which Joseph gave the interpretation. In the dream, they were going to witness seven years of abundance which would be followed by another seven years of famine. And Joseph’s solution to this dilemma was that savings should be made during the years of abundance so that sustenance could be available during the famine years. Joseph was set apart because of his ability to interpret Pharaoh’s dream and provide a solution. This was an economic recession to which Joseph had prior knowledge by God’s Spirit and adequate preparation was made to cushion its effects.

In the New Testament, a similar event occurred and here was what was done

27 During this time some prophets travelled from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them named Agabus stood up in one of the meetings and predicted by the Spirit that a great famine was coming upon the entire Roman world. (This was fulfilled during the reign of Claudius.) 29 So the believers in Antioch decided to send relief to the brothers and sisters in Judea, everyone giving as much as they could. 30 This they did, entrusting their gifts to Barnabas and Saul to take to the elders of the church in Jerusalem. Acts 11

Again we see that men by the Spirit were able to properly predict the impending “recession” and the believers took steps to alleviate the sufferings of those who were going to be affected. When the prophecy came, did any of the apostles blame those affected that it was due to their lack of giving? Did they guilt trip them into “sowing sacrificially” to ward away the impending recession?

In today’s church it is a completely different story. With so many hirelings running amok, none could hear from God and warn of this impending recession. It has hit and has hit big. And instead of doing the honourable thing and find out from the Lord what we can do, they resort to all sorts of tactics to make sure money keeps flowing in for them. They are not the least bit interested in the welfare of the sheep or the furtherance of God’s kingdom for that matter.

Famines happen and have been happening since biblical times but God always revealed to the people through His prophets what should be done.

The question now is why couldn’t any of these preachers hear from God with regards to this recession and warn all accordingly? Well your guess is as good as mine!

The righteousness of the Pharisees!

I have often heard a number of Christians beam with pride as they let you know how faithful they have been with their tithes. They often say that it is their opportunity to give back to God and am sure God would be pleased.

Ironically, no material thing is of any value to Him. The only thing He requires from you is your life. And in the real sense of it your love for God is actually measured by the way you treat your fellow man. And this is sometimes masked by legalistic religious activities which the church seems to find itself in today.

Being overly concerned with religious ceremonies at the expense of the more important aspects of Christianity is nothing new. The Pharisees had that same problem which led Jesus to reel out a series of woes to them in Mathew 23. They were quite meticulous with their tithes but refused to stretch that meticulousness to the more important aspects of the law.

Jesus further exposed how self righteous they could be in their own eyes when He spoke of the tax collector and Pharisee that went to the synagogue to pray in the book of Luke. Fulfilling multitudes of religious activities could at times have this same effect. “I have never missed a Sunday service” “I always attend mid week prayer meetings” “I have never defaulted on my tithes” and so on. And these religious achievements become the basis in which we want to demand our “due” from God. We feel like we have earned it in some way so to speak. “Why do you think you deserve to prosper?” “Because I tithe.” “Why do you think you deserve that new job?” “Because I have been a very faithful Christian.” I am not at all trying to deride church attendance or proper Christian living but it becomes a problem when we believe that they become the legal ground for us to stand on before God.

You cannot make the relationship between you and God any better than it already is. And God is more interested in your relationship with your fellow man as this truly shows your love for Him.

No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4: 12

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 1 John 4: 20

In Jesus parable of the Good Samaritan in the book of Luke, the Levite and the priest were the first people to pass by the poor wounded Jew. There could have been a number of reasons they both refused to help – they could have been running late for temple duties or they could have just finished some form of ceremonial purification which was required by law and touching this wounded man could have jeopardised that. The reasons could have been varied and probably justifiable to the human mind but not to God.

But this same attitude is prevalent somewhat in today’s church. Some preachers insist that all must tithe even when it is clear that it would be impossible for some to do so. That aspect of religion becomes completely pointless because it is of no benefit to anyone but the preacher. Mercy should triumph over judgement. And why do you have to impose restrictions on non tithers or excommunicate them? Do you think God will find that commendable?

We have now fallen into the pitfalls of the Pharisees by imposing man-made laws that make the Word of God of no effect. We have our own yardstick for measuring good Christians and that is no better than the righteousness of the Pharisees.

You give back to God in the way you treat your fellow human being. Scriptures are replete with this charge. Those who fed the hungry, clothed the naked, showed hospitality to strangers and visited those in prison where commended by Jesus. Jesus declared that it was like it was done to Him.

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.

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