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Disease pathogens are so tiny you can barely see them, and only with a microscope. But let just ONE AIDS virus from an infected needle or a careless sexual encounter invade an otherwise healthy body, and it’s a virtual death sentence. You probably wouldn’t notice any immediate effects on that person’s body. But one, two, three months on down the road, DEATH begins to set in and it’s all downhill from there. When a tiny bit of soul-killing error enters the church, it acts like a disease, rapidly reproducing like flu virus until the congregation of saints is sapped of spiritual strength and living in fear instead of true faith. A sickly fear that is often beneath the surface, eating away at the heart and seldom spoken about. Fear that unless thee’s UNQUESTIONING obedience to self-appointed authorities who badger and bully My church, I’ll bring curses on your head. But you’re allowed and even COMMANDED to prove all things, not just blindly accept whatever the preacher serves you from his pulpit (I Thes. 5:21). TITHING is one major monkey wrench clogging up the delicate machinery of the healthy operation of My Body the Church. Tithing is based on the warped notion that some Christians outrank others and the rest are insignificant peasants who must work so the privileged Christians don’t have to. Christians are taught that their “spiritual dads” are authorized BY ME to tax the rest of My Body the church, whereas Paul and other apostles taught no such thing. Nor did My Son, Who stated that it’s His will that you all are to relate to one another as BRETHREN, not on a master/subject basis (Matt.23:8). If Christ’s instructions were LITERALLY followed, the so-called ministers of the church would be humbly asking what else they could do to serve their brothers and sisters to show how precious they are to them, instead of demanding that “pew Christians” slave at extra jobs to keep them up in the grand style to which they’ve grown accustomed. Matt.20:28: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45: For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Why do you think I allowed this clear statement of Christ to be included in My Word TWICE? Because I know repetition is necessary for those who refuse to obey Me on the grounds that they think I only commanded something once. Jesus NEVER hit up the crowds for cash donations or tithes on their welfare checks, so He could go squander it on treasures for Himself. He allowed people to support His ministry travels, but He never badgered them with demands for offerings. Nor did He ever pass the plate around at His meetings. Why don’t preachers preach more often on this one: Acts 20:35: I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Some preachers do preach on this verse. But ONLY for the purpose of making the congregation feel guilty if they don’t do the giving so the preacher can do the receiving. Instead of one Body united in love as brothers and sisters in Christ, you’ve got a select few who isolate themselves from the other Christians. Nothing is a better illustration of this than the fact the preacher usually stands way in the front of the rest of the people, up on a podium behind a wooden box called a pulpit. The preacher yells about how I’m gonna damn your soul to hell for all eternity unless you pay up to make HIS life nicer. On his right hand and on his left guest speakers or church elders sit, enthroned in fancy chairs like kings. On the far side of the wall near the rear exit you’ll notice a fancy tote board letting you know how many came and how much they gave, contrary to Scripture verses where I forbade believers to count their numbers or brag about donations (2 Sam. 24; Matt.6:3).
The further My church drifted from the original faith and practice taught by the apostles (Jude 3), the less and less My mighty power was manifest in their midst. And don’t say miracles aren’t important, and all you need is to save souls from having to go to hell. That’s important too, but the millions who were converted to the faith of Christ in the first and second centuries didn’t come to Me because they got to watch a free puppet show or got handed some funny cartoon tract. Those Greeks and Romans had “gods” of their own who had failed them and they needed to see the wonderful works of the REAL God (Acts 2:11; I Cor.2:4-5). Clever preaching and funny pulpit jokes didn’t convince these heathen converts that Jesus is real. Only the EVIDENCE of My power convinced them of the reality of the life of Christ in the apostles. Many of those people Paul ministered to were seriously sick or had dying loved ones. They needed to see My power, glory and might. They needed to see the power of the Resurrected Christ in their midst, mighty to deliver from all the power of satan, not just from the future flames of hell.
So where, oh where, are the miracles today? Where are the less spectacular gifts of the Spirit operating in My churches, where I give a word of revelation knowledge or wisdom about a specific situation someone is going through, and how to resolve it? Yes, you DO have carnival preachers in your midst who use all sorts of sorcery and trickery to fool people into thinking that “the Lord” told the preacher about their affliction, supernaturally revealed where they live, what they want from Me, etc. But there is a big scarcity of the true love of Christ being manifested through some vessel who quotes just the right verse about a situation and receives a TRUE revelation of coming deliverance for a specific individual. There is a scarcity of miracle-working faith in My church today. Some of My children are turning to crystals, angel guides (demons in disguise) fortune-tellers, ouija boards, and other dark practices of the occult because the institutional church holds no relevant answers for their lives in the here and now. My glory has departed from places where covetousness and greed has infiltrated the so-called ministry of the Word. The solution isn’t merely to get rid of tithing in and of itself. Tithing is a SYMPTOM of a more serious decay in My Body. Tithing is a poisonous plant whose roots stem from these evil fruits of the flesh: 1. DESIRE TO BE LORD OVER GOD’S PEOPLE AND TAKE TRIBUTE FROM THEM (I Pet.5:3). I cannot endorse such THEFT going on in My Holy Name by pouring out My Spirit in congregations where people are fleeced and fooled into committing: 2. IDOLATRY by listening to lies of men instead of to the Lord. 3. PRIDE IN POSSESSION and having the biggest and best things (Luke 12:15; Heb.13:5; 2 Pet.2:3). 4. DESIRE TO CONTROL and restrict other Christians’ standard of living by coercing them to give or tithe their earnings to the preacher’s satisfaction. 5. FEELING ENTITLED to make bondmen of My dear children. When you work so the preacher can have more, you’re working for HIM, not for Me. 6. The heady feeling of telling My people that they’re tithing “to the Lord”, when they really mean themselves. That is the SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST at work, which indicates: 7. AN ACHING DESIRE TO KICK ME OFF MY THRONE and to become Lord of My people in My place. 8. FIENDISH DELIGHT IN THREATENING My people with hellfire and damnation for failure to cough up enough tribute money. Just like Solomon and Rehoboam made slaves of My people and threatened them with whippings when they didn’t work hard enough to bring in the tribute money (I Kings 12:10-11). In one year Solomon took in 666 talents of gold (2 Chron.9:13). Gold speaks of divinity. Six is the number of man. 666 prefigures the number of the Beast of Revelation, who gives himself the glory due God alone. 9. MAKING A GOD OF MONEY, contrary to Christ’s own warning in Matt.6:24 and Luke 16:13. 10. REBELLION against My Word to the New Testament Church, which clearly teaches against keeping the Old Law of Moses in any way, shape or form (Acts 15: 24; Gal.3:10), which means: 11. GREEDY PREACHERS LOVE $$$ far more than their own brethren in Christ, because when you come back under the Law by trying to keep just one (1) point of it, you’re obligated to keep it ALL! And if you fail to keep it ALL perfectly, you fall under its curse! That’s what seminary-educated tithecollectors are hiding from you when they FORCE you to tithe out of their passion for the almighty dollar!
12. JUDAS sold Me for thirty pieces of silver, but preachers are SELLING THEIR OWN INTEGRITY as teachers of the Word of God, and selling their own brethren down the river of spiritual destruction by teaching them to tithe. 13. DESIRE TO BUILD BIGGER BUILDINGS and waste My people’s hard work and money on things which don’t count for eternity. Something I never commanded! 14. Using psychological PRESSURE AND EMOTIONAL CRUELTY to browbeat My people into yielding to THEIR false interpretation of My Word, frustrating and usurping the role of My Holy Spirit as teacher of My people (John 14:26; I John 2:27). 15. Wily preachers ADD TO AND TAKE AWAY FROM MY WORD in order to justify tithing and other profitable heresies. In Joshua chapter 7 he army of Israel fled before the enemy and suffered humiliating defeat in battle because I was no longer with them to give them victory. Why? Because a forbidden, accursed object had been hidden in the tent of one of the Israelites, who lusted after fine things more than he loved me. THE WHOLE CAMP OF ISRAEL SUFFERED DEFEAT BECAUSE OF THE ACTIONS OF JUST A FEW (Achan’s family was complicit in it too). Only when this problem was taken care of did I return to Israel as their Protector to go before them in battle to give them victory over all their foes. MONEY TITHES ARE THE ACCURSED THING which is bringing defeat to many congregation whose pastor KNOWINGLY covers up the real truth that church tithing is a false doctrine which is NOT to be practiced by the church of Jesus Christ under the New Covenant! The clergy-laity divide in My church is a FRACTURE! Especially when paid professional “ministers” hog all the gold and the glory to themselves and CONCEAL THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TITHE from My people in order to rob and cheat them spiritually and financially. Paul warned repeatedly about the danger of losing sight of the preciousness of the Body of Christ and defrauding your brethren in any matter (I Cor.6:8; 11:17-18, 2930; 1 Thes.4:6) Now do you know why miracles and signs and wonders are largely absent in the modern church? Because My people are following false shepherds who are hiding lies in the Name of the Lord for their own personal profit. I could not bless the priestly office of Eli back in Samuel’s day because of their greed, corruption and rebellion against My ways (I Sam. 2 and 3). Notice, Eli did speak a priestly blessing over childless Hannah, which came to pass. But I allowed this for Hannah’s sake, not for Eli’s. Because Eli shrugged off the evil in his own household and profaned his own holy office, My glory departed from him and his house forever. Rebellion and disobedience destroyed his ministry and led to his tragic death (I Sam.4). Sometimes I allow a certain degree of blessing in tithe-exacting churches, but only to a point as a gesture of grace to allow space for true repentance. But I cannot fill such a house with My glory, anymore than I could fill the Temple of Jesus’ day with great clouds of glory, for it was a den of thieves. Just like today’s typical tithe-collecting, preacher-enriching, idolatrous church.
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