The early Apostles engaged in argument both within the Church and outside of it. They didn’t resort to threats or blackmail. Today, certain preachers are doing the opposite.
The questions raised by Daddy Freeze are valid questions and it’s my conviction that every Christian should be interested in the answers of those questions. If you have been told that if you don’t tithe, things will be tight, your heaven will not be open, you are robbing God, you can’t be blessed and you can’t prosper. You should be interested in knowing if that is true.
The attack on Daddy Freeze is unbecoming of people who profess to be Christians. He hasn’t challenged the doctrine of Christ but the doctrine of men – doctrines that have no roots in the foundational teachings of the early apostles for the church. The burden is on the men who propagate such teachings to scripturally substantiate them by right rightly dividing the word of truth.
Arguing the Word of God
The early Apostles engaged in argument both within the Church and outside of it. They didn’t resort to threats or blackmail. As a matter of fact they were the one who were threatened and blackmailed. So where did these pastors get the idea of threatening and cursing Christians from?
I watched Daddy Freeze last Sunday and as he shared his views on Soni Irabor live of how he began his journey into questioning these popular teaching. According to him, he has been researching for the last 10 years. He just like everyone has a right to ask questions and the preachers of such popular teaching have a responsibility to answer those questions. You can’t claim to be a preacher and shy away from Christian debates. His personal live is not what is on trial but the doctrine of men. We are living in the day and age where superior argument carries the day and not subbing, shading, sentiments, emotions cursing, threats and terror.
But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to articulate a defense to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But respond with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15
We compare scriptures with scriptures and not with human experiences, emotions, sentiments, threats, curses and the likes.
The minister of the gospel or any believer for that matter is expected to be able to present sound argument that is water-tight, coherent, logical and above all rooted in the scriptures.
If you cannot argue the scriptures with fellow believers intelligently comparing scriptures with scriptures, how on earth do you want to argue with an unbeliever?
According to the gospel of tithe, 10% of your income belongs to God. You must not touch it because if you do, God will be angry with you. What a lie! Teachings like these upset the souls of believers and put them in bondage and the early Apostles never took it kindly.
Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved”. Acts 15:1
God doesn’t own the 10% of your income; rather God owns you and 100% of everything you have got. But then He has in His wisdom entrusted them to you and as a steward you will give account to Him on how you spent your life, talent, time and wealth.
A true believer doesn’t need to be coerced to give because down in his spirit, there is always a willingness to give. He gives out of faith and not out of fear.
Nothing New Under The Sun
Let me add at this point that his questions are very valid. We have asked those questions for year and those in the camp of tithers have NEVER been able to answers those two fundamental questions. In the local assembly where I was one of the pastors, we began to examine lots of issues in the Christian faith and the issue of tithe was one the issues that came up. As a church we decided to stop the collection of tithes. My pastor then ran a blog that dealt with these issues from 2006 to 2008. So the issue of tithe was settled about 10 years ago for us and we have consistently asked people to answer the two fundamental questions on tithing which are:
- Are there express instructions to the believers to pay tithes in the early church?
- Are there examples of any believer ever paying tithe in the early church?
If the answers to the above questions are in the negative why on earth should any Christian be manipulated into paying tithe through preaching?
Make no mistake about it. There are clear instructions to Christians with respect to giving in the New Testament.
For instance, the early Apostles gave express instructions on the following:
- Giving to the poor Romans15:22-27, Acts 20:33-35, Acts 20:33 -35 Hebrews 13:1-2
- Giving to fellow believers 2Cor 8: 1 -24, 2 Corinthians9:1 – 15, 1 Timothy 6:17-19, Hebrews 6:10
- Giving to a local assembly (the church) 1Cor 16:1, 2 Corinthians 8: 1 -14
- Giving to pastors (church leaders) 1Cor 9:1-18, Galatians 6:6, Philippians 4: 10-18
So why on earth did the Apostles not give express instructions on the issue of tithe?
Was it that God forgot to tell them to include tithe or He told them but somehow they all forgot to write about it and demand it from the Christians of the early Church?
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16 -17
Just by searching through the scriptures, from Acts of the Apostles to Revelation, shows that the Apostles never preached the collection of tithe and never collected tithes. They collected gifts and offering but never for once collected tithes.
That there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Acts 4: 34-35
The payment of tithe wasn’t applicable to the early church and by implication Christians of today and of all generations. So attempting to force people to commit 10% of their income to a local assembly on a regular basis for the rest of their lives is against the spirit of giving in the New Testament. Cursing, threatening, calling them thieves, telling them they can’t access the blessings of God are nothing but pure manipulation tactics. No Christian should ever fall for any of these. Christians should never give out of fear or intimidation. Such giving is not recognised by God and has no reward awaiting it. Remember God loves a cheerful giver.
A true minister of the gospel doesn’t handle the word of God deceitfully by twisting it to suit his views rather he rightly divide the word of truth so that he can edify the saints. 1 Corinthians 4:1-2, 2Tim2:15
If you have got a great pastor who loves you, cares for you and right divides the word of truth, I beseech you by the mercies of God that you honour such men and support them with material things. 1Tim 5:17
There are great ministers of the gospel out there and I have met some of them. So this isn’t about attacking all pastors. That will be a great mistake. A true preacher will never fight his congregation over material things or try to use the wisdom of men to manipulate them. He will preach the truth of God’s word and trust God to take care of him.
If you have a pastor who manipulates and threatens to give, from such run away for your dear life.
How Should A Believer Give?
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have. 2 Corinthians 8:12
As a Christian, you are free to give 1% or %10 or 99% of your income to your local assembly but what you can’t do is to claim that you are paying tithe. While tithing is a biblical doctrine, it’s not a Christian doctrine. There’s a huge difference in there. The doctrine of tithe isn’t consistent with the teachings of the Apostles. It was the wisdom of men that led to the importation of the doctrine of tithe into the Christendom for the purpose of funding the Church. You can choose who to believe and follow between the early apostles or your pastor on this matter.
PS: Don’t just disagree with this write-up. Feel free to take it apart!
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