The Love of Money in America’s Church

In these last days the church has fallen to a level comparable to the days of Noah and
Lot. Before we conclude that all the other churches are to blame, we must first step
outside our church, family, and interpersonal relationships with others and take a good,
long look at ourselves by objectively studying the scriptures to see where we have failed
to live up to the doctrines set forth in the Old and New Testaments.
Money was not demanded for ministry by the Apostle Paul, but requested to meet his
and other churches needs if he was not able to work with his hands due to traveling and
persecution; missionary work. Yes, the apostles were at liberty to forbear labor due to
the hardship of their service to God, which was often life threatening but even then they
worked with their hands when possible. Paul even considered it robbery to receive
offerings from others and did not want anyone to misconstrue his service to God to be
done for gain.
Acts 2:44 Now all who believed were together and had all things in common, and
sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had
2 Corinthians 8:13 For I mean not that other men be eased and you burdened: But
by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their
want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want, that there may be
an equality: as it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over, and he
that had gathered little had no lack (Exodus 16:18)
Acts 4:34 Neither was there any among them that was in want: for as many as
were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the
things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostles feet: and distribution
was made to every man according as he had need.
2 Corinthians 11:9. And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was
chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came
from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being
burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.
Philippians 4:15. Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the
gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as
concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 16. For even in Thessalonica ye
sent once and again unto my necessity.
2 Corinthians 11:7. Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might
be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely? 8. I robbed
other churches, taking rations of them, to do you service.
Most Bible translations interpret the Greek word opsonion to mean wages. The word

was used to describe the rations allotted to soldiers in that day
Strong's Ref. # 3800 Romanized opsonion Pronounced op-so'-nee-on
neuter of a presumed derivative of the same as GSN3795; rations for a soldier, i.e. (by extension)
his stipend or pay: KJV-- wages.
Not abiding in this doctrine is a major reason for the church of Laodicea needing to go
through great tribulation to be clothed in the white of righteousness and to sit with the
Lord on his throne. It is the responsibility of all heads of churches to distribute all the
offerings to all the congregation(s) in an equal manner. They may keep only enough for
themselves which is consistent with any other believer who they are aware of.
Revelation 3:14. "To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the
faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:
15. 'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were
cold or hot. 16. 'So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit
you out of My mouth. 17. 'Because you say, "I am rich, and have become wealthy,
and have need of nothing," and you do not know that you are wretched and
miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18. I advise you to buy from Me gold
refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may
clothe yourself, and {that} the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and
eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19. 'Those whom I love, I
reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. 20. 'Behold, I stand at
the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in
to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21. 'He who overcomes, I will grant
to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with
My Father on His throne. 22. 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says
to the church.
Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see
not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Because of our defiance of this one simple doctrine of building wealth and ignorance of
the Word of Truth we the church have become worldly and it has lead us into various
evils such as suing our brothers for earthly riches, prostituting our ministries, and
demanding payment for our supposed knowledge of the Word of God.
1 Timothy 6:5. useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the
truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw
yourself. 6. But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7. For we brought
nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8. And having
food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9. But those who desire to be
rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts
which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10. For the love of money is a
root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their

greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Titus 1:7-11 For the bishop must be blameless, as God's steward; not self-willed,
not soon angry, no brawler, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but given to
hospitality, as lover of good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled; holding to
the faithful Word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able to exhort
in the sound doctrine, and to convict the gainsayers. For there are many unruly
men, vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision, whose
mouths must be stopped; men who overthrow whole houses, teaching things
which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
Business has become engrained in American Christianity and has increasingly made it
difficult for unwise believers to discern between good and evil.
Mark 11:15 And they came to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and
began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the
tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; and would
not allow any man to carry any vessel through the temple.
John 2:16. and to those who were selling the doves He said, "Take these things
away; stop making My Father's house a place of business."
Hosea 12:7 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loves to
oppress. 8. And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out
substance: in all my labors they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin.
Luke 6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! For you have received your
If a Christian has more than he is in need of while other believers do without, that
person is rich and must give to those whom are evidently faithful, yet lacking. When the
Lord speaks of riches and wealth in parables, his intentions are to build spiritually, yet is
a snare for those of perverse minds who seek to feed their own evil desires.
Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings; but he that makes
haste to be rich shall not be unpunished.
Jeremiah 5:27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit:
therefore they are become great, and waxed rich.
Here is what the Lord has to say to all who charge wages for the work of God:
Micah 3:11 You leaders who take bribes, you priests and prophets who won’t
preach and prophesy until you’re paid. And yet you fawn upon the Lord and say,
all is well the Lord is here among us. No harm can come to us. 12. Therefore
shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps,

and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.
These words were spoken to the people of Israel and Jerusalem, but are no less true
today as we are also of Israel and Abraham by adoption or grafting of a wild branch.
That is what the Lord has to say about those who charge wages up front and promise a
pretribulation rapture to millions that does not exist. The same sins practiced by
religious leaders in the old covenant are now more rampant in the USA and all the free
world. Most are ignorant of this fact but it will be no excuse in the day of judgment
because the true Word of God is available in abundance in every free nation
Isaiah 56:11 Yes, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they
are shepherds that cannot understand: thy all look to their own way, every one for
his gain, from his quarter.
Psalm 73: 3. For I was envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the
wicked. 4. For there are no pangs in their death, But their strength is firm.
5. They are not in trouble as other men, Nor are they plagued like other men.
6. Therefore pride serves as their necklace; Violence covers them like a garment.
7. Their eyes bulge with abundance; They have more than heart could wish.
8. They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression; They speak loftily.
9. They set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue walks through the
earth. 10. Therefore his people return here, And waters of a full cup are drained
by them. 11. And they say, "How does God know? And is there knowledge in the
Most High?'' 12. Behold, these are the ungodly, Who are always at ease; They
increase in riches.
Ezekiel 7:19. They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be
removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of
the wrath of the Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels:
because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
Ezekiel 22:12 Thou hast taken interest and increase, and thou hast greedily
gained from thy neighbors by extortion, and has forgotten me, says the Lord God.
1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight of it,
not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but from a ready mind; nor as
being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
Deuteronomy 16:19. Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect
persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert
the words of the righteous.
A man of God must work with his hands.
Ephesians 4:28. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor,
working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him

that is needy.
Acts 18:3. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and
wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
1 Corinthians 4:11. Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and
are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place;12. And labor,
working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer
1 Thessalonians 4:11. And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own
business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;12. That ye
may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of
2 Thessalonians 3:10. For even when we were with you, this we commanded you,
that if any would not work, neither should eat.11. For we hear that there are some
which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12.
Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that
with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 14. And if any man obey not
our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he
may be ashamed.
It is no coincidence that many of America’s churches are run by Zionists and secret
societies whose secret goal is to bring back to Jerusalem the temple kingdom by the
works of man and bring in the Antichrist who will attempt to kill all of God’s true Church.
Matthew 10: 6. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.7. And as ye
go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.8. Heal the sick, cleanse
the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 9.
Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, 10. Nor scrip for your
journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is
worthy of his meat.
Once again this is missionary work with sustenance, clothing and shelter being provided
for the workers. It is interesting to note that many who claim to have done these
commandments will be rejected by the Lord:
Matthew 7:21. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?
and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful
works? 23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me,
ye that work iniquity.
Jesus did not contend that they had not done these acts but that they did not do the will

of the Father and they were workers of iniquity. They were serving the kindom and
leadership of Mystery Babylon and the church of Laodicea.
Luke 6:46. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
To freely give offerings to the poor and the needy is a highly commendable form of faith
to show our love for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 25:35. For I was hungry, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave
me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36. Naked, and ye clothed me: I
was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37. Then
shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed
thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38. When saw we thee a stranger, and took
thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39. Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison,
and came unto thee? 40. And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I
say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my
brethren, ye have done it unto me.
The Church leader who receives this freewill offering from you is being held accountable
by God to distribute these goods with equality to those in need, including themselves
and their staff if they are indeed doing the will of God.
2 Chronicles 31:14. And Kore the son of Jimnah the Levite, the doorkeeper
toward the east, was over the voluntary-offerings of God, to distribute the heaveofferings of Jahweh, and the most holy things.
1 Corinthians 16:1. And concerning the collection that is for the saints, as I
directed to the assemblies of Galatia, so also do ye;2. on every first day of the
week, let each one of you lay by him, treasuring up whatever he may have
prospered, that when I may come then collections may not be made; 3. and
whenever I may come, whomsoever ye may approve, through letters, these I will
send to carry your favour to Jerusalem.
This collection was for the needy saints in Jerusalem who were being persecuted.
These funds are not to be used as a form of increase in wealth for your pastor or your
Matthew 13:22. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth
the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the
word, and he becometh unfruitful.
If the funds given are being used to build wealth in this manner, that false teacher will be
judged for practicing this false doctrine and directing others to follow it. If the one giving
is aware of this selfish practice and continues to support this church and leader, then
that person may also be held accountable for giving God’s gifts to swine and evildoers.

If you tithe, which means ten percent or are asked to tithe or feel guilty about not tithing
I firmly recommend you read these next scriptures about tithing.
A tithe was always something that the human body could consume and is a tenth of
seed, produce, fruit of the tree or edible grazing animals which were offered to and
considered holy to the Lord. Money was not a tithe and the Lord did not receive it as
such. Yes, money did exist before the tithing laws were commanded and was used to
purchase land and redeem people and property. Money was not even used as a tithe in
the New Testament by the evil Pharisees. They are recorded as using mint, cumin, and
other spices grown from the ground for tithing.
Genesis 23:5. My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels
of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? Bury therefore thy dead.
Matthew 23:23. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you tithe
mint and anise and cummin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the
law, justice, and mercy, and faith: but these you ought to have done, and not to
have left the other undone.
Leviticus 25:14. `And if you sell anything to your neighbor or buy from your
neighbor's hand, you shall not oppress one another. 15. `According to the
number of years after the Jubilee you shall buy from your neighbor, and
according to the number of years of crops he shall sell to you. 16. `According to
the multitude of years you shall increase its price, and according to the fewer
number of years you shall diminish its price; for he sells to you according to the
number of the years of the crops. 17. `Therefore you shall not oppress one
another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the Lord your God.
If a person was traveling a long distance they were temporarily allowed to sell the tithe
until they reached their destination and then they were commanded to buy the
necessary food to eat and sacrifice to the Lord God.
Deuteronomy 14:24. "But if the journey is too long for you, so that you are not
able to carry the tithe, or if the place where the Lord your God chooses to put His
name is too far from you, when the Lord your God has blessed you, 25. "then
you shall exchange it for money, take the money in your hand, and go to the place
which the Lord your God chooses. 26. "And you shall spend that money for
whatever your heart desires: for oxen or sheep, for wine or similar drink, for
whatever your heart desires; you shall eat there before the Lord your God, and
you shall rejoice, you and your household.
A freewill offering was received to pay for materials, utensils and payment to the skilled
workers who labored with their hands to build the holy tabernacle and temple. The silver
that the Levitical priests received for the guilt offering and sin offering were used to
purchase animals to sacrifice and make atonement for themselves and other offenders

of the law. A fifth of the value of the guilt offering was paid to the priest in silver for his
labor and service commanded by God. You must remember that a priest did manual
labor in those days besides teaching the Word offering sacrifices. They had many duties
such as a butcher, (cutting up the meat and produce for sacrifice) chef, (cooking the
sacrifice) dishwasher, (cleaning the Holy utensils and wares) maintenance worker,
(temple upkeep) (warehouse work) distribution of food to the needy, etc. The priests
received tithes from all the tribes of Israel for the Lord and were appointed to distribute
them: One tenth of the total tithe was offered up to the Lord as a heave offering. They
ministered daily in the temple which God had appointed, ate of these offerings and
distributed the rest of the food to the stranger, fatherless, and the widow as they had
need. They also managed homes and pasture lands wherever they dwelt with the sons
of Israel when there was no temple to minister in. They received no inheritance as did
all the other tribes of Israel because the Lord was their inheritance. Nowhere in the
Bible is it authorized for any of God’s chosen people to increase gain or profit from the
poor and earnings of other believers.
Numbers 18:21. And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in
Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of
the tabernacle of the congregation.
Numbers 18:24. But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an
heave offering unto the Lord, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I
have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
Numbers 18:26. "Speak thus to the Levites, and say to them: `When you take
from the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them as your
inheritance, then you shall offer up a heave offering of it to the Lord, a tenth of
the tithe. 31. And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your households: for it is
your reward for your service in the tabernacle of the congregation.
Deuteronomy 12:17. Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy grain,
or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of
thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine
hand: 18. But thou must eat them before the Lord thy God in the place which the
Lord thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy
manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and
thou shalt rejoice before the Lord thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands
Nehemiah 13:13. As supervisors of the storehouses I appointed Shelemiah the
priest, Zadok the scribe, Pedaiah one of the Levites and, as their assistant, Hanan
son of Zaccur, son of Mattaniah, since they were considered reliable people; their
duty was to make the distributions to their kinsmen.
Deuteronomy 15:11. For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I
command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy

poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
Deuteronomy 26:12. "When you have finished laying aside all the tithe of your
increase in the third year, which is the year of tithing, and have given it to the
Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within
your gates and be filled, 13. "then you shall say before the Lord your God: `I have
removed the holy tithe from my house, and also have given them to the Levite,
the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all Your commandments
which You have commanded me; I have not transgressed Your commandments,
nor have I forgotten them.
2 Chronicles 31:5. As soon as the commandment was circulated, the children of
Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of grain and wine, oil and honey, and of
all the produce of the field; and they brought in abundantly the tithe of
everything. 6. and the children of Israel and Judah, who dwelt in the cities of
Judah, brought the tithe of oxen and sheep; also the tithe of holy things which
were consecrated to the Lord their God they laid in heaps.
Many greedy and ignorant false teachers have misused this next verse of prophecy as
fuel for their own destruction.
Malachi 3:8. Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein
have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9. Ye are cursed with a curse: for
ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10. Bring ye all the tithes into the
storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith,
saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour
you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
There is also another spiritual element in Malachi 3:8 present here and the key word is
meat (food) which are also classified as fruits in the storehouse of the Lord. The Law of
tithing was a foreshadow of future events as was the model of the heavenly temple. In
the days of harvest God has and will receive unto himself the first fruits of all his people
rather than food. Many times in prophecy, God’s people are described as crops, wine,
oil and grazing animals. Not coincidently, these are the same exact items used for
Isaiah 6:12. The Lord has removed men far away, and the forsaken places are
many in the midst of the land. 13. But yet a tenth will be in it, and will return and
be for consuming, as a terebinth tree or as an oak, whose stump remains when it
is cut down. So the holy seed shall be its stump.''
Jesus and some of the Old Testament saints who he witnessed to in Paradise of
Abrahams bosom have already ascended into heaven to be with the Father. It is well
known that Jesus was the first fruit and the 144,000 virgins shall be first fruits of the
twelve tribes of Israel. The Father has not yet received the tithes of Israel because of
their apostasy and the curse in Deuteronomy which was pronounced against them and

set in motion by King Solomon when he worshipped the gods and idols of his many
wives and violated many of the other commandments given to the nation in order for
them to receive the blessings promised by our Father. Jesus spoke of their delayed
Matthew 23:37. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and
stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy
children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye
would not! 38. Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39. For I say unto
you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in
the name of the Lord. This shall happen near the end of the great tribulation period.
The law of giving tithes to the priests in the old covenant law was fulfilled by Jesus when
he died on the cross for our sins. In the book of Hebrews you will learn that there is no
longer a need for an earthly priest as Jesus is now our high priest. Tithes and sacrificial
offerings were never received by the disciples or apostles after Jesus ascended up into
The church leaders are robbing God by not giving the collections to the poor and needy
of the flock. Instead they keep it for themselves and give it to Zionists and Secret
Societies who govern Mystery Babylon.
Matthew 25:41. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from
me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42. For
I was hungry, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43.
I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and
in prison, and ye visited me not. 45. Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I
say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not
to me. 46. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the
righteous into life eternal.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God; a workman that needs
not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
It takes greater faith to live simply rather than richly; faith comes by the hearing of the
Word. We must not deceive ourselves any longer for judgment begins with the people of
God and the time is near for the Day of the Lord to begin.