By: Clement Ntukogu
WHO TO GIVE YOUR MONEY ACCORDING TO CHRIST?
CHRIST AS THE FINAL SPOKESPERSON FOR GOD:
God spoke different things to different people in different ways at different times. At these last days, He had spoken to us by His son – Hebrew 1:1-2. Christ is the final spokesman for God, for that reason, God gave Him all power in heaven and in earth – Matthew 28:18.
The Old Testament scriptures confirmed Christ as the final spokesperson for God – Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19. And during the transfiguration, God Himself confirmed Christ as His final spokesperson: “…This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5).
SO, WHO DO YOU GIVE YOUR MONEY ACCORDING TO GOD’S FINAL SPOKESPERSON? Since it’s only His words we can be right with God.
“Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and DISTRIBUTE UNTO THE POOR, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me” (Luke 18:22).
DISTRIBUTE TO THE POOR AND HAVE TREASURE IN HEAVEN:
Christ and His apostles NEVER asked anyone to give or pay tithes, sow seeds and first fruits offerings to them. These practices started after the departure of the early apostles – Acts 20:29-30; 1 Timothy 4:1-2.
Tithes, first fruits offerings and sowing of seeds are NOT required in the New Testament. Those asking you for those things are NOT following the patterns set by Christ and His the early apostles.
THE PATTERNS OF THE EARLY CHURCH:
“And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need” (Acts 2:45).
“Neither was there any among them that lacked: 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 unto every man according as he had need” (Acts 4:34-35).
In Matthew 28:20, Christ says, “Teaching them TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20).
So, if Christ had NOT commanded His early apostles to collect tithes, first fruits offerings and sowing of seeds, where do we got the idea from? Christians are commanded to observe only the doctrines taught by Christ and His early apostles – 2 John 9-10; Matthew 28:20.
Christ said to him; “Distribute to the poor and have treasure in heaven”. Money given to preachers as tithes, first fruits offerings and sowing of seeds will NEVER have any reward because it’s NOT done in obedience to Christ instruction.
If you want to be rewarded according to the scripture, stop giving your money as tithes, first fruits and seed sowing to any preacher, instead distribute it to the poor and get a treasure in heaven. On the judgment day, Christ will NEVER ask you the amount you gave to your priest or to your pastor as tithe, first fruits or seed sowing.
“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me” (Matthew 25:34-36).
New Testament did NOT talk about paying tithes, first fruits and seed sowing. It talks about distributing our resources to the needy, the poor, the stranger, the fatherless and the widow.
“Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth” (Luke 12:33).
“Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality” (Romans 12:13).
“If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” (James 2:15-16).
“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate” (1 Timothy 6:17-18).
“Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth” (Ephesians 4:28).
WHAT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE PREACHERS:
Preachers also should be given our resources but NOT as tithes, first fruits and seed sowing:
“He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward” (Matthew 10:41-42).
“Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things” (Galatians 6:6).