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A Follow Up to Freely You Have Received!

A Follow Up to Freely You Have Received!

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Published by: Ralph Nathanial Wells on May 14, 2010
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I have no way of knowing that you do not offer anything free of charge. I believe that you do. I am notyour judge and have no right or basis to comment on your level of generosity. That is not my concern.I am certain of one thing: That I am not misinterpreting the scripture nor am I misrepresenting what the bible has to say on this subject. Scripture does not need me to interpret it. It speaks for itself. (Genesis40:8)I do understand your reasoning; but it is the
 same
reasoning that the peddlers of Gods word use.You know, the ones we see on TV. My concern is that anytime one sells God's word - which islifesaving - puts a price tag on it. Who are we do do such a thing? God's word is NOT ours to place avalue on. It is God who places a value on it; they are His words. Jesus' words were not cryptic, theywere very clear and cannot be taken out of context. That he threw the money-changers out of thetemple is a prime example of how we should think in this regard. (Matthew 21:12-14)In ancient Israel there was a priestly-class - the Levites - whose sole purpose was to tend the thingswithin the temple and minister to the people. They did not work. The other tribes supported them.At Jesus' coming, he chose twelve men who all had a trade which allowed them to support themselves.We should not blend what happened in past times to what is to be now. Jesus showed this at Matthew5:21-30."God's work" has come today to mean putting money in their pocket. But you have to admitthat the TV Evangelizers rake in massive profits at the expense of doing what they call "God's Work."How convenient. They are like the money-changers Jesus spoke of. Most people see the wrong andhypocrisy in this. (Only in America) A rich man asked Jesus what he must do to get eternal life. Jesustold him to
SELL
everything he had and
GIVE
to the poor. The man could not do it. But the lessonhere is
GIVING
. Also, the treasure is NOT on earth, but in heaven. (Matthew 19:16-24)This is not taking anything out of context. This is in context. It is clear. I am sorry to say that Malachi3:6-9 is speaking of the Mosiac Law upon which the Jews were obligated to follow. Christianity did notexist at the time that it was given and no Christian was given this Law. (Think about what Jesus saidconcerning what his followers were to believe at Matthew 5:21-31) Why is it assumed that "tithing" hasto do with money. (Not to mention that it was a practice in the Mosaic Law). Tithing back then wasgiving a tenth of the produce of the
land and fruit trees and of the herds and flocks
, was brought tothe sanctuary and given to the Levites. No follower of Christ tithed. They understood that they were (asJews converting) no longer bound to that old Law. We never read of tithing in the NT nor do we seeJesus or his disciples ever mentioning it. But tithing - one of over 600 Laws - is what many people usetoday to justify commercialization of what
they
call "God's Work." If they believe that they are touphold that old Law, why just pick tithing? Why are they not practicing the other 600 Laws given alongwith it?You set a parameter that the "Lord does not change" and apply it to tithing. Why do that? It is wronguse of Gods word. That is not for what it was intended. That Scripture- when read in context - isspeaking of God's purpose not changing. If God said let there be light, there will be light. When Godspeaks it and purposes it, it will happen. It will not change because He does not second guess Himself or change his mind. If Jesus fulfilled that Law, his followers are not bound by it. (Romans 7:6,7;Romans 10:4) Additionally, one just can't extract from Scripture the parts they like or benefits them andignore the rest of it. If one thinks that they should Tithe - which is a part of the Mosaic Law - then practice the rest of the Law - the whole thing. That Judas had charge of money does not mean thatcommercialization was involved. Jesus dispatched his disciples out to different locations and told themto seek lodging at different houses. They had to eat and probably paid the householder they lodgedwith. Notice that Jesus told Judas to buy money for a feast and to GIVE to the poor. He did not tell him to
 
commercialize or SELL. But to GIVE. Anyone who sells what they were given freely by God is NOTgiving. Matthew 13:44-46 is not talking about doing "God's Work" or using money for that purpose.Jesus is giving a parable illustrating the value of the Kingdom of Heaven. That it is something to besought after like one searching for hidden treasure. Once finding the Kingdom of Heaven one owns itfor themselves (they buy it). This is not talking about monetary exchange or commercialization. You pick out keywords such as bought and justify that God needs money to see that his will isaccomplished? This is a parable. I will never agree with this line of reasoning (rationalization) of God'sword to justify taking something God gave to the human race for free and turn it into a commercialventure. It contradicts the Lord and Masters own words: "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise thedead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give."There is nothing about tithing or selling inthat Scripture. Why be counted in among those who also rationalize commercialization and peddlingGods word for gain?I have no way of knowing that you do not offer anything free of charge. I believe that you do. I am notyour judge and have no right or basis to comment on your level of generosity. That is not my concern.I am certain of one thing: That I am not misinterpreting the scripture nor am I misrepresenting what the bible has to say on this subject. Scripture does not need me to interpret it. It speaks for itself. (Genesis40:8) I do understand your reasoning; but it is the
 same
reasoning that the peddlers of Gods word use.You know, the ones we see on TV. My concern is that anytime one sells God's word - which islifesaving - puts a price tag on it. Who are we do do such a thing? God's word is NOT ours to place avalue on. It is God who places a value on it; they are His words. Jesus' words were not cryptic, theywere very clear and cannot be taken out of context. That he threw the money-changers out of thetemple is a prime example of how we should think in this regard. (Matthew 21:12-14)In ancient Israel there was a priestly-class - the Levites - whose sole purpose was to tend the thingswithin the temple and minister to the people. They did not work. The other tribes supported them.At Jesus' coming, he chose twelve men who all had a trade which allowed them to support themselves.We should not blend what happened in past times to what is to be now. Jesus showed this at Matthew5:21-30. "God's work" has come today to mean putting money in their pocket. But you have to admitthat the TV Evangelizers rake in massive profits at the expense of doing what they call "God's Work."How convenient. They are like the money-changers Jesus spoke of. Most people see the wrong andhypocrisy in this. (Only in America) A rich man asked Jesus what he must do to get eternal life. Jesustold him to
SELL
everything he had and
GIVE
to the poor. The man could not do it. But the lessonhere is
GIVING
. Also, the treasure is NOT on earth, but in heaven. (Matthew 19:16-24) This is nottaking anything out of context. This is in context. It is clear. I am sorry to say that Malachi 3:6-9 isspeaking of the Mosiac Law upon which the Jews were obligated to follow. Christianity did not exist atthe time that it was given and no Christian was given this Law. (Think about what Jesus saidconcerning what his followers were to believe at Matthew 5:21-31)Why is it assumed that "tithing" has to do with money. (Not to mention that it was a practice in theMosaic Law). Tithing back then was giving a tenth of the produce of the
land and fruit trees and of the herds and flocks
, was brought to the sanctuary and given to the Levites. No follower of Christ tithed. They understood that they were (as Jews converting) no longer bound tothat old Law. We never read of tithing in the NT nor do we see Jesus or his disciples ever mentioning it.But tithing - one of over 600 Laws - is what many people use today to justify commercialization of what
they
call "God's Work." If they believe that they are to uphold that old Law, why just pick tithing?Why are they not practicing the other 600 Laws given along with it? You set a parameter that the "Lorddoes not change" and apply it to tithing. Why do that? It is wrong use of Gods word. That is not for what it was intended. That Scripture- when read in context - is speaking of God's purpose not changing.
 
If God said let there be light, there will be light. When God speaks it and purposes it, it will happen. Itwill not change because He does not second guess Himself or change his mind. If Jesus fulfilled thatLaw, his followers are not bound by it. (Romans 7:6,7; Romans 10:4) Additionally, one just can'textract from Scripture the parts they like or benefits them and ignore the rest of it. If one thinks thatthey should Tithe - which is a part of the Mosaic Law - then practice the rest of the Law - the wholething.That Judas had charge of money does not mean that commercialization was involved. Jesus dispatchedhis disciples out to different locations and told them to seek lodging at different houses. They had to eatand probably paid the householder they lodged with. Notice that Jesus told Judas to buy money for afeast and to GIVE to the poor. He did not tell him to commercialize or SELL. But to GIVE. Anyonewho sells what they were given freely by God is NOT giving. Matthew 13:44-46 is not talking aboutdoing "God's Work" or using money for that purpose. Jesus is giving a parable illustrating the value of the Kingdom of Heaven.That it is something to be sought after like one searching for hidden treasure. Once finding theKingdom of Heaven one owns it for themselves (they buy it). This is not talking about monetaryexchange or commercialization. You pick out keywords such as bought and justify that God needsmoney to see that his will is accomplished? This is a parable. I will never agree with this line of reasoning (rationalization) of God's word to justify taking something God gave to the human race for free and turn it into a commercial venture. It contradicts the Lord and Masters own words:"Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give."There is nothing about tithing or selling in that Scripture. Why be counted in among those who alsorationalize commercialization and peddling Gods word for gain?---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
My good friend,
and I say good friend because; the more we communicate, I see that you are a man of sincere passion about the scriptures. The fact that you have taken the time to actually do some researchto make your point is impressive, and it shows to me that you are someone who actually reads the bible. I'm becoming more and more grateful each day that the Creator has allowed for us to meet inthis way. Also, I see that we agree on many of the same things we see happening with the word of truthtoday. I, too, disagree with the way the teachings of the bible are being used today. Yes, many today onTelevision and radio are doing exactly what you say they are doing, but your approach seems to be tothrow the baby out with the bathwater. We can agree, at least I hope we can, that there has to be a work taking place on earth that is preaching the true end time message, because the scriptures say that;
Mtt. 24:14; And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimonyto all nations, and then the end will come.
So, in spite of the fact that we live in a world today where the information in the bible is beingcommercialized; does not change the fact that the Savior said there will be a work on the earth that will be sending out the true warning to this corrupt society. Now, it is up to each individual to take the timeto thoroughly examine what is being said and done by everyone who claim to be representing theteachings of the bible. For you, it seems, you have made a blanket decision that anyone who collectsmoney to help them get their message out into the world; will all be group into the same category. So, because I sense something in you that I feel is genuine and very powerful; I will attempt, once moreand only once more, to help you understand that you are contradicting yourself and taking scripturesout of contexts in spite of the fact that you insist that you are not. I wont even attempt to try to cover allthe misrepresentation you have presented in your reply, because I feel that this is more about the fact

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