WHO IS ACTUALLY ROBBING GOD IN NIGERIA, MEMBERS OR RELIGIOUS LEADERS? THE CHURCH NEEDS REVIVAL!

 

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WHO IS ACTUALLY ROBBING GOD IN NIGERIA? MEMBERS OR RELIGIOUS LEADERS? THE CHURCH NEEDS REVIVAL!

BOWEN UNIVERSITY N650,000 per semester. COVENANT UNIVERSITY N640,000 per semester. BENSON IDAHOSA N500,000 per semester. BABCOCK UNIVERSITY N450,000 per semester.

REDEEMERS UNIVERSITY N450,000 per semester. AJAYI CROWTHER UNIVERSITY N350,000 per semester. MADONNA UNIVERSITY N350,000 per semester.

All these UNIVERSITIES were built from TITHES and
OFFERINGS of the common people who now can’t afford
to send their children to these elite schools today.

Where is the morals and responsibilities of the
churches as charity in Nigeria?What is the difference between church and political leadership in Nigeria?

These schools were all built with the sweats of their church members who kept sowing seeds like:
-special offering seeds
-first fruit seed,
-redemption seed,
-thanksgiving seed,
-harvest seed,
-tithes,
-pastor’s seed,
-church building seed,
-evangelism seed,
-father’s day seed,
-mother’s day seed,
-children’ day seed,
-Pastor’s cake seed,
-olive oil seed….etc.

These schools are now elite
schools, only for the rich
politician children who never paid tithe.

The gainers then use the profits to buy private planes & jets to fly up high in luxury, ride Exotic Cars and live in expensive Mansions, while their members, (who are mostly the least of Jesus people) sleep hungry.

The next Sunday, they will read Malachi 3:6-12 to these members again without making reference to Deuteronomy 14:22-29 about their own responsibility to these poor members in their churches.

If you think this is unfair, like me, please pass on this message because this is reality and we also need the CHANGE here!!!

Thank God for early missionaries who built schools and gave basic education FREE or NEAR FREE to many of us including the CURRENT LEADERSHIP of these churches and universities.

The TRUTH is a bitter pill to swallow. ASK THOSE WHO SAW THE REVIVAL OF 1930s,1970s AND 1980s, THEY WILL TELL YOU WHY WE ARE CRYING OVER THIS
“FIRE LESS NESS” WE ARE SEEING IN OUR GENERATION OF BELIEVERS.

John Knox prayed: “Lord, Give me Scotland or I die”…
St Patrick, a rugged believer that Brought even dead animals and trees back to life prayed: “God, Give me souls or give me nothing else”….
Brethren during the Hebrides revival prayed:” Lord, If you will not use us, please, kill us”…

The brethren from England who brought the Fire from Azusa Street revival gathered everyday under the terrible cold. Their only prayer topic was: “Lord, give us men that will spread Your Fire in the streets of England”.

During the Indonesia Revival, those hungry hearts were seen praying day and night: “Lord, The harvest is ripe… If it pleases You, please use us”.
One prayer that was common during the days of William Seymour was: “Lord, this is another day that hell must lose men and women. Please, we are here use us”.
Paul said:” Woe is me if
I preach not the gospel”
Rachel said to her husband, Jacob: “Give me children or I die”

But unfortunately, our churches are filled today
with people who are not ashamed of spiritual
barrenness. We are asking “God give me money. God give me spouse. God give me visa”.
Where do we see believers
again that will be praying and fasting, and when you listen to them, you will be hearing:” Lord, let Your Fire fall on my community and let their be revival”?

When Paul encountered Christ, he fell and rose. What He asked was:” Lord, what will You have me do”. But today, when we fall under anointing, we stand to start expecting marriage proposals and visas and employment letters.

Most of this generation of members in our churches have not had a genuine encounter with the Man of Calvary (Jesus). No generation has carried Bibles like us without opening it. No generation is materially driven like ours and we expect the land to obey us.

Jesus said, pray to the Father that He brings His Kingdom on earth. GOD help us to get it on time. Amen. Let’s build up our spiritual life cos its very necessary.

If you miss heaven you can never miss hell. Think about it. Hell isn’t a pretty place. Do the work of an evangelist now by sharing this message with all your contacts.

Have u ever wondered
what would have happened if we treat the Holy Bible the way we treat our mobile phone?
And we really can’t live without the BIBLE. Don’t send later, send now.

May the Almighty God grant good success to every one who reads & sends this.

WHY YOU MUST NOT DEPEND ON SPIRITUAL PARENTS FOR COVERING – BUT TO PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

By: Charles Awuzie


WHY YOU MUST NOT DEPEND ON SPIRITUAL PARENTS FOR COVERING – BUT TO PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

If you believe that the anointing of your spiritual father/mother is protecting you from danger and death, what happens to you when your spiritual covering dies?
I speak the truth in the name of Jesus whom I serve, your covering, protection and blessings are in Christ Jesus, not in any mortal man. Don’t sow seeds to any man before traveling so you can travel safely…. No man can protect himself let alone protecting you. Look up to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith.

Don’t have a prayer time, pray ALWAYS in the spirit. It is religion that created The Hour Of Prayer. Christianity is a life in the spirit. Wake up speaking in tongues. Take a break while brushing your teeth(i just groan when I brush). Then switch back to tongues as you prepare for the business of the day. Let it flow.

If you are using public transport – groan in your heart. If it forces it’s way out of your mouth, you are not the first person. I have spoken in tongues in a board meeting too. But pray without ceasing. No ceasing. No special prayer time. We don’t have what people call “prayer life”, because Prayer is our life. I don’t ask you “how’s your prayer life?”…No. I ask “how’s your life”. Prayer is our life. It’s our oxygen. We stop praying, we suffocate. It’s that serious. I am praying even as I type this message. You should be praying right now as you read it. If you are married, try speaking in tongues while you make love to your wife. That’s sex in another level. (Wait for my post titled Sex In The Spirit).

The greatest neurosurgeon – Dr. Ben Carson, once said that he would spend hours praying in the spirit before entering the surgical ward. And while carrying out the surgical procedure, he would groan in his heart.

In your career, carry out your work while praying in the spirit. Pray in the spirit at work.

We don’t pray because we want something from God, we pray because it is our nature.

Are you just reading? Loose your tongue. Pray in the Holy Ghost. Don’t stop – this is why you must not depend on spiritual parents for covering – but to pray without ceasing.

TITHE – COMPREHENSIVE EXPOSITION ON TITHE AND OTHER OLD TESTAMENT REQUIRED OFFERINGS!

By Pastor Favour Adeyemi Aderinto


TITHE – COMPREHENSIVE EXPOSITION ON TITHE AND OTHER OLD TESTAMENT REQUIRED OFFERINGS!

I do not like jumping and talking about things until I have thoroughly searched the Scriptures and the heart of the Holy Spirit to find out how to tackle a certain issue. Tithing is about money, so I know even people that normally complain about our articles being long; they will read this article to the very end!
Let me emphasize at this juncture, that the purpose of this write-up is NOT to make you to give less or more, but to make you to give RIGHT.

For those who have studied the Scriptures, you will agree with me that in the New Testament, WE DON’T GIVE TO RECEIVE, and WE ASK TO RECEIVE. Because we are sons, not slaves! God is our Father, not employer. So, when we give to Him, it should be Gifts of love, not to get something in return. Our giving should not be regarded as seeds, but simply as Gifts.
In this write-up, we will take a BIG LOOK at Tithe.

There are TEN parts under this section. Please read slowly and patiently to the end.

Section 1: TITHE (REQUIRED 10%) IS ONE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT OFFERINGS

You must understand that in the Law, so many types of offerings were REQUIRED of the Israelites, sin offerings, fellowship offerings, temple tax, offerings, tithes, first fruits, etc. The characteristics of these offerings were that they were REQUIRED!
Not giving them appropriately means you are breaking the Mosaic Laws and had consequences. They also had specifications of how they should be given.

The truth is that because the Old Testament was the shadow of the New Testament, everything in the Old Testament was symbolic, including the offerings, the Sabbath, and the feasts. THE SUBSTANCE IS CHRIST. NOW THAT WE HAVE THE SUBSTANCE, THE SHADOW IS GONE!

#‎Point‬ 1: Jesus Ended The Law And The Old Testament Offerings – ALL OF THEM.
Romans 10:4 says, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”

This is the point. In a matter of the Law, you cannot be selective. Because if you break one, you have broken all – (James 2:10). So, dear Christian, you cannot select only tithe and first fruit offering. If you want to keep the Law of tithe, then you must give ALL other types of offerings too. Otherwise, you have broken all.

#Point 2: Tithe Was NOT Required Before The Law.
Abraham did NOT give tithe of His possession. He was very rich; He gave no tithe of His possession. God never asked Him to do such.
Rather, according to Genesis 14:8-24, Abraham went to war against many kings to recover His captured niece, Lot, and the King of Sodom where Lot was living. He captured the enemy and took their properties/loots. He then SWORE not to keep those loots to himself.
When asked by the King of Sodom to keep the goods, see what he said:
“22. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even to a shoe latchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou should say, I have made Abram rich:” – Genesis 14:22-23.
Did you just read that? That was the background for Abraham giving those loots away. He gave 10% (tenth) of the properties he recovered to King Melchizedek and then the rest (90%) to the King of Sodom, except what his men used to maintain themselves during the war.

SO, THE LESSON HERE WAS THAT ABRAHAM SWORE THAT HE WOULD NOT TAKE ANYTHING THAT DID NOT BELONG TO HIM. If King Melchizedek did not come to meet him, he would have given all the 100% recovered loots to the king of Sodom.

For Abraham, giving 10% to King Melchizedek was a matter of hospitality, He saw him as a Divine Person who came to congratulate him for the victory and he shared the spoilt with him. But as at that time, he did not know that act was symbolic. However, in Hebrews, we saw the substance of that act. We will discuss that under another point later.

SO, CLEARLY, ABRAHAM NEVER GAVE A TEN PERCENT OF HIS POSSESSION BUT OF THE PROPERTIES THAT HE RECOVERED FROM WAR, WHICH NEVER BELONGS TO HIM, AND HE RETURNED THE REST 90% TO THE KING OF SODOM. This was not a command, nor a model to follow. The lesson is, don’t keep what is not yours. Let God bless you clearly and be hospitable.

Another Pre-Law story that Tithe proponents normally refer to is Jacob. What Jacob did in Genesis 28:10-22, was simply a VOW to give back tenth of His possession IF God kept him in his journey. This was NOT something God wanted or require, but a voluntary promise (VOW). But Tithe is NOT a vow, UNDER LAW, TITHE IS REQUIRED. And remember we already dealt with vow in the New Testament in this series. SO, AGAIN, GOD DID NOT REQUIRE 10% OF ANYONE’S POSSESSION BEFORE THE LAW OF MOSES.

#Point 3: There Were Different Types Of Tithe In The Old Testament, Not Just One.

And if you truly love to tithe, then you should follow all the tithes in the Law, not just one. And actually, you should follow ALL the other offerings and sacrifices in the Old Testament.
I will mention briefly three main types of tithe in the Old Testament.

Type 1 – Levitical and Priest Tithe: That was the tithe for the Levites. Levites were the tribe in Israel who served in the Temple. And priests were Aaron’s descendant who served before the Lord on behalf of the Israelites. These two groups were to have no inheritance in the land of Israel and should not do any work, apart from serving in the Temple. Their whole family was devoted to the priests work in the Temple, from generation to generation.

Type 2: Festival Tithe: This tithe was brought once a year to the streets of Jerusalem during the three-annual feast, and it was eaten in the streets of Jerusalem by all the people, as a potluck, and they shared it with strangers and the Levites and the priests. In fact, this tithe could be sold/exchanged for money and you use the money to buy whatever you wanted for your family, under Law. (Deuteronomy 14:22-27)

Type 3: Tithe for the Poor and Widows: This tithe was commanded to be collected every three years. It was the ten of their whole crop harvest the third year. Instead of giving all of it to the Levites, it was set apart to be used to feed the poor, the widow and the Levites too, unlike the other years when it was for the Levites alone.

However, NEW TESTAMENT CHURCHES ONLY TOOK ONE TYPE OF TITHE AND RAN WITH IT! As a matter of fact, the Levitical tithe that was being followed was not followed to the letter. First, it is supposed to be devoted to the family of the priest alone! And all the children of the priests were priests automatically. Meaning, if your Pastor is claiming to be a Levite, then HIS WHOLE FAMILY CANNOT do any other work, the wife, the children cannot train to become a doctor or an engineer. THAT WAS THE ONLY GROUND THAT QUALIFIED THE LEVITES TO COLLECT THE FIRST TITHE! THE WHOLE FAMILY HAD NO INHERITANCE, NO FARM… So, if your Pastor’s family has one member that is working elsewhere or training in school to work and having other normal privileges, then they do not qualify for Levite’s tithe. Simple!

To the glory of God, I am a Pastor, I have a lot of Pastors and so I cannot be against Pastors. As a matter of fact, I am a strong advocate for being a HUGE blessing to the family of Pastors, and believe they have right to enjoy good education and all good things that everyone dreams to enjoy. So, I am not talking down on the great works they are doing in the Body of Christ. GREAT GRACE TO ALL MEN OF GOD WHO ARE FEEDIND THE FLOCK OF CHRIST WITH THE GOOD MEALS WE DESERVE.
To the glory of God, I am a Pastor, I have a lot of Pastors and so I cannot be against Pastors. As a matter of fact, I am a strong advocate for being a HUGE blessing to the family of Pastors, and believe they have right to enjoy good education and all good things that everyone dreams to enjoy. So, I am not talking down on the great works they are doing in the Body of Christ. GREAT GRACE TO ALL MEN OF GOD WHO ARE FEEDIND THE FLOCK OF CHRIST WITH THE GOOD MEALS WE DESERVE.
However, I am simply showing you why tithe, as a REQUIRED offering just does not fit into the New Testament. Because the reason God commanded it no longer applies. PREACHING AND PRACTISING TITHE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT IS EQUIVALENT TO PUTTING THE NEW WINE IN THE OLD WINESKIN. IT IS CALLED MIXTURE!

We are to preach and practice giving in the New Testament. I AM A TERRIFIC GIVER (as some of connected with me know). However, Tithe as a required offering is simply a Law thing. WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER THE LAW. NO OFFERING CAN BE REQUIRED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. THE RULE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT IS in 2 Corinthians 9:7
“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.”

#Point 4: Old Testament Tithe Only Involved Crops And Animals.
I won’t spend much time on this. But just note this. And don’t quickly say there was no money at that time. MONEY WAS MENTIONED MORE THAN 30 TIMES IN GENESIS AND OTHER PARTS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT. (Genesis 44:2, 47:14-15, etc) In fact, the other type of tithe could be exchanged for money. People performed services and collected wages/salary, there were carpenters, builders, etc those days. And they were paid in wages/money and not required to tithe using money.

#Point 5: Did Jesus Command Tithe?
The tithe proponents often quoted Jesus as commanding people to pay tithe while on earth. When I did not understand the New Testament, I used to say the same too. But when you look at those verses referred to, it was obvious He was talking to those under law, to keep law. Let us see Mathew 23:23
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices–mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”

First of all, do you see who Jesus was addressing? THE TEACHERS OF THE LAW AND THE PHARISEES! HE WAS NOT ADRESSING HIS DISCIPLES TO WHO HE WOULD COMMIT THE NEW TESTAMENT AFTER CROSS. He was simply rebuking them for not keeping the whole Law.
Second, He was actually exposing their hypocrisy, by selecting the part of the Law they wanted to keep. They were keeping the tithe part but neglecting the WEIGHTIER MATTERS OF THE LAW. That is exactly what the law believers are doing today, they are selecting the part of the Law they want to keep, and the type of tithe they want to keep, and yet, the condition for the Levites and Priest were not satisfied.

Third, apart from the fact that Jesus particularly addressed the Law teachers and Pharisees, this statement was made under the Law. Jesus lived under the Law. His blood was not yet shed, for the New Testament to begin, and Hebrews 9:16-17.
He did many things under the Old Testament, paid the temple tax which was required under the law. He celebrated feasts of Passover and other feasts with His disciples. He did everything required under the Law. He never spoke against the law.
While He was on earth, all the animal sacrifices continued in the temple, and Jesus did not speak against them or stopped them. WHY? BECAUSE HE LIVED UNDER THE OLD TESTAMENT! SIMPLE!

#Point 6: Non-Tithers -Cursed By Malachi?
This is the favorite verse of those who MANIPULATE the Church of CHRIST about Tithe. First of all, I know of many beautiful Pastors, who though believe in Tithe, rarely preach it, and they will never curse the Lord’s people. Even though they have not understood it from the New Testament perspectives, they would not use Malachi to COERCE or MANIPULATE God’s people in this regard. To such Pastors, I will say God bless you.
But, I have a word of rebuke to those who seek to manipulate or coerce God’s people by invoking curses on them. You have not done well, by trying to manipulate the Lord’s people – these are the people for whom Christ died, and you are bold enough to try to curse them, all because you feel they are not contributing some money to your edifice that you call Church? If it is the Church of Christ, Christ does not curse His own children to build His own Church. Because His children are His Church! WE ARE THE MEMBER OF HIS BODY, NOT THE BUILDING, BUT HIS PEOPLE.

As a matter of fact, if you understand the New Testament, there is no need to consider Malachi at all. First, ALL BELIEVERS HAVE BEEN REDEEMED FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW.
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.” – Galatians 3:13

Jesus has redeemed us from every curse resulting from the Law. He simply became the curse for us. SO, THERE IS NO SUCH A THING LIKE A BELIEVER BEING CURSED FOR NOT GIVING TITHE OR ANY OTHER OFFERING.

For your information: Malachi was addressed to the Farmers who refused to bring food to the temple. The open heaven promised was showers of rains upon their crops. And the devourers were simply pests.

#Point 7: Hebrews 7: Christ After The Order Of Melchizedek:
Some people have used this chapter to argue that Hebrews mentioned tithe. BUT THAT WILL BE A GROSS MISINTERPRETATION AND MISAPPLICATION OF THAT CHAPTER.

Hebrews 7 has nothing to do with tithe BUT THE CHAPTER SHOWING THE SUPERIORITY OF CHRIST’S PRIESTHOOD. The chapter is prophetically interpreting the reason why Abraham did what He did unknowingly.
Hebrews established that all the Priests and Levites who collected tithes from the Israelites also paid tithe INSIDE ABRAHAM when Abraham gave the tenth to the king of MELCHIZEDEK.

The principle is that the LESS IS BLESSED BY THE GREATER (Hebrews 7:7), meaning MELCHIZEDEK WAS GREATER THAN ABRAHAM, that was why He blessed Abraham, and in turn Abraham gave Him some portion of the loot.
Jesus’s priesthood was compared to the order of Melchizedek priesthood, which means JESUS PRIESTHOOD WAS GREATER THAN LEVITE’S PRIESTHOOD. Because the Levite’s priesthood (Old Testament) paid tithe to Melchizedek (Christ’s priesthood), and Christ priesthood blessed him, showing Christ’s superiority. That is the message of that chapter… And in fact, it is one of the rich chapters, explaining the Power in the Priesthood of Christ.

#Point 8: The Early Disciples Did Not Practice Tithe Or Any REQUIRED Offering From The Old Testament. THEY PRACTISED WILLING OFFERING ONLY.

As we can see in the New Testament, after Christ died and ascended, the church started doing away with Judaism practices of the Old Testament and was embracing the PURE NEW TESTAMENT practice. God used Apostle Paul a lot on this regard.

The most amazing truth is that IT WAS VERY CLEAR TO THE APOSTLES THAT TITHE AND OTHER OLD TESTAMENT OFFERINGS WENT AWAY WITH THE OLD TESTAMENT. Not one place did they ever mention tithe again to be collected in the Church.

Not even Peter, or Jude or any other Apostle brought this up. IT WAS SO OBVIOUS TO THEM THAT ALL REQUIRED SPECIFIED OFFERING WAS GONE WITH THE OLD.
The Holy Spirit gave them the new order of giving: IT IS CALLED WILLING GIVING – NOT REQUIRED GIVING.
“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.”

That is why Tithe does NOT qualify in the New Testament. Because tithe is compulsory and required and that is reviving the spirit of the Law which has died. SO, WE CANNOT MESS AROUND WITH THIS.

Remember our aim is NOT giving less or giving more but GIVING RIGHT. WHEN YOU GIVE “TITHE” as ‘TITHE – REQUIRED 10%”, you are NOT giving right. Because you are messing with Law.

Some people claim that because the believers gave everything, that was why there was no tithe. BIBLE NEVER SAID “THEY GAVE EVERYTHING”, but the Bible says “THEY SHARED EVERYTHING”. They made their resources available for ALL BELIEVERS to demonstrate ONENESS, and to help those who were poor. And please note

#Point 9: Now, How Did Tithe Find Its Way Back To The Church?

I won’t spend much time here. But the Church history makes it clear that Roman Catholic Church leaders revived the practice of tithing sometimes around 7th Century, then it was mild and the intention was just to encourage the members to bring Agric products to sustain the clergies. It actually evolved into monetary values and became a strong message hundreds of year later. And now our generation is not only practicing it, but LEGALIZING it. That is why God is raising many sons who can understand and teach the New Testament models in everything, including giving. WE MUST RETURN THE NEW WINE BACK INTO THE NEW WINESKIN. Glory!

#Point 10: Frequently Asked Questions:

I know some of you reading this note, who, though have seen clearly that Tithe is no longer a New Testament offering might still have some questions. I will answer one or two such question ahead now, as we bring this to a close.

Question 1: Some people claim that because the believers gave everything, that was why there was no tithe?

Answer: BIBLE NEVER SAID, “THEY GAVE EVERYTHING”, but the Bible says, “THEY SHARED EVERYTHING”. They made their resources available for ALL BELIEVERS to demonstrate ONENESS, and to help those who were poor.

And please note that this account of “SHARING EVERYTHING” only happened at the beginning of the Church. As times went on, they restored orders and structures. They were collecting offerings THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK (SUNDAYS) when they gathered. And it was for specific purposes – to bless other believers and other churches who were in need. IN ALL THESE, THERE WAS ONLY ONE RULE – WILLINGNESS, WHICH DISQUALIFIED REQUIRED 10%.

Question 2: DO I GET BLESSED BY PAYING MY TITHE?

Answer: I know some believers want to play safe and say, “Okay, I understand that I cannot be cursed because Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the Law. BUT AT LEAST DO I GET SPECIALLY BLESSED FOR PAYING MY TITHE?”
That question is like saying, “Even though Christ has redeemed us from circumcision, can I still circumcise, just maybe, to play safe. Just in case!”

Paul had to deal with such a case at a point, when some people were teaching circumcision to the Galatian Church, hear Paul:
“I testify again to EVERY MAN who accepts circumcision that he is OBLIGATED to keep the WHOLE LAW. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been cut off from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.” – Galatians 5:3-4

So, the rule is clear. IF YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT ONE PART OF THE LAW, YOU ARE UNDER OBLIGATION TO KEEP THE WHOLE. And the result is that YOU ARE CUTTING YOURSELF OFF FROM CHRIST’S SUPPLY AND ARE MAKING YOURSELF TO FALL FROM GRACE.
So, you don’t need to pay tithe to be blessed. YOU ARE FREELY BLESSED IN CHRIST.
Galatians 3:14
“14. He redeemed us (from the curse of the law according to verse 13) so that the blessing promised to Abraham would come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”

THE REASON WHY YOU HAVE THE BLESSINGS OF ABRAHAM WAS NOT BECAUSE YOU KEP THE LAW, BUT BECAUSE OF CHRIST WHO FULFILLED THE CONDITIONS FOR US. Hallelujah!!!
So, you have all the blessings in Malachi and every place in the Old Testament, not because you fulfill the condition but because Christ fulfilled the Law and credited us with the blessings. Hallelujah!!!

Question 3: Can I still Give 10% of My Income Monthly to God thru the Church?

Answer: YES AND NO.

NO, if you regard that 10% or any percent as REQUIRED OFFERING – which is what TITHE is. If in your mind, you still see it a debt that must be paid or “not trying to steal from God”, then you are back into the Law, and cutting yourself from Christ’s Free Grace.
YES, if you CHOOSE to adopt 10% or ANY PERCENT as your FREE WILL offering to the Church. NOT AS REQUIRED OR FOR BLESSINGS OR CURSE PURPOSE. But if you attend a Church where tithe is always mentioned and prayed for, the purpose will be defeated, because you are actually misclassifying the so-called 10% WILLING OFFERING. You can NOT call it Tithe but simply WILLING OFFERING, no matter the percent IF you want to LIVE THE PURE FORM OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.

MY TESTIMONY: Before we changed our church, after I received the New Testament revelations, it took me MONTHs to migrate from “Tither” to a “Free will Giver” and it was gradual. The first thing was that I stopped labeling our check to the church as tithe, I changed it to offering. If the Pastor said “If you are giving tithe, raise your hand” I would not. When he prayed for tithers differently from the general offering, I would disconnect my mind and just focus on GIVING TO GOD IN LOVE AND WORSHIP GOD WITH MY OFFERING, even though I was still doing the 10%.

Later, I started giving a bit above or below 10%, because I just needed to take off tithe from my system.
Lastly, I praise God that since we are now attending a GRACE CHURCH, I don’t have to worry about Tithe thought. I give our offerings as PURE WILLING OFFERING. Because my GRACE CHURCH does NOT collect tithe. THEY COLLECT MANY PURPOSEFUL OFFERINGS,especially for missions, and helping brethren. THIS IS COMPLETELY WILLING OFFERINGS TO THE LORD.

Question 4: Can a Church survive without tithe?

Answer: O yes. Many churches are not only surviving, but THRIVING. My Church is an example. I know of many other Grace Pastors who stopped collecting tithes. BUT THEY STILL PREACH GIVING in the correct New Testament way, and still raise offerings for specific purposes. BUT DO NO LONGER TAKE A REQUIRED OFFERING CALLED TITHE OR FIRST FRUIT, etc.

By Pastor Favour Adeyemi Aderinto

Let The Revolution Begin!
#TheVoiceCryingInTheWildernes

 

THEY HATED JESUS WITHOUT A CAUSE – YOU ARE NOT DIFFERENT 

By: Evang. Theophilus Izobofolo


THEY HATED JESUS WITHOUT A CAUSE – YOU ARE NOT DIFFERENT

“This cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause” (John 15:25, my italics).

Jesus said he came to seek out and save the lost. This was the same man who had power to subdue the very winds and waves. At any time Christ could have sent fire down from heaven to destroy the wicked. Yet instead Jesus came as a humble servant.

The Gospels tell us he listened patiently to people’s heartbreaking cries. Multitudes pleaded with Christ to deliver them from their afflictions. And he met their needs: He healed the sick, opened blind eyes, unstopped deaf ears, loosed tied tongues, and made cripples to walk. Jesus set captives free from every form of bondage. He even raised their dead.

Even some nonbelievers agree: No one ever loved humankind more than Jesus did. He grieved over the multitudes before him, seeing them as lost sheep in need of a shepherd.

The truth is, nobody in history should be more revered, respected and loved than Jesus Christ. He should be honored and highly esteemed by all the world. He performed works of compassion for the people he met, he wept over the world’s spiritual blindness and he poured out his life for all.

In spite of the goodness Jesus performed, the world hated him without cause.

There were ten thousand or more reasons for people to love Jesus and not one reason to hate him. The four Gospels portray him as kind, patient, long-suffering, full of tenderness, forgiving, willing that no person should perish.

He is called a shepherd, a teacher, a brother, a light in darkness, a physician, an advocate, a reconciler. Jesus gave no cause whatsoever that he should be hated by anyone.

So, what did Christ do that he should be so despised, both in his own day and today? Simply put, the world hated him because he came as a light to deliver them from darkness.

Jesus declared himself to be the light of the world: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). Yet Christ also tells us, “Every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (3:20).

Christ’s gospel includes the call to “cast off the works of darkness, and…put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).

Here is the reason the world has for hating Christ, both then and now. Jesus promised to deliver people from their chains of darkness. He pledged to set men everywhere free from all satanic power.

However, what we Christians see as a holy gift of deliverance and liberty, the world sees as a form of bondage. They love their sins and have no desire to be free from them.

“You call that freedom?” the nonbeliever asks. “No, here is freedom. We can do as we please with our bodies and minds. We declare ourselves free from all restrictions. We are already free — free from the bondage of the Bible, free from all sexual taboos, free to worship a god of our own choosing, including no god at all.”

Simply put, the world loves the things of this world. The ungodly relish the pleasures of sin. Jesus said these prefer the darkness to the light.

“This is the condemnation [their reason for hating him], that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).

Jesus warned his disciples clearly: “Because I have chosen you out of this world, the world will hate you, just as they hated me.”

Christ tells his followers, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (John 15:19).

Jesus adds in the same passage, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you” (15:18).

In short, if you are of Christ — if God chose you out of a worldly life to follow his Son, Jesus — you will never be loved or accepted by this world. Why?

Just as Christ said he is the light of the world, he declares us also to be the light of the world: “Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14).

Think back for a moment to the time when you were born again in Christ. When you first saw the Light — that is, Jesus — you fell in love with him. The things of the world you once loved now seemed despicable to you. And the holy things you had hated you now loved. You believed the Light.

If Jesus brings such light, why is there so much rejection of him? Why so much mockery of his Word and ridicule of his church?

Why does society go to such lengths to stamp out everything pertaining to Christ? For years courts have tried to outlaw the very mention of his name. Why such abhorrence of Jesus and of those who hold to his Word as their moral compass?

Think of how strange such hatred is. People don’t usually hate those who love them. And true Christians exhibit love to the world. Those who walk wholeheartedly with Jesus are meek, friendly, forgiving, kind and even self-sacrificing. They respond to the human need all around them.

Indeed, Christian groups are often the first responders in times of disaster. We bless the world both with our helping hands and with our prayers of comfort.

Yet still we are hated. We who call ourselves by the name of Christ are sons of peace, yet we are hated by the very world to which we offer help.

This hatred toward followers of Jesus has to do with our mission as light bearers.

As Christ’s witnesses, we are called to a seemingly impossible task. Think about it: We are asking worldly people to give up those things that are absolutely dear to them. And we call them to a life that looks to their eyes like some form of slavery. What is heaven to us seems to them a kind of hell.

Consider what we are called to do in witnessing to the world:

We are asking people to forsake and turn away from the very sins they love.

We are calling people to repent for having rejected the love and mercy of God, who demonstrated his love by giving up his Son on a cross. These people have struggled for years to silence the very conscience we appeal to. They don’t want to hear some message about guilt. They’ve spent their lives trying to put to death any thought of a day of reckoning.

We are called to tell sinful men and women that their own personal goodness — their moral uprightness and good works — cannot merit any right standing with God.

We are called to persuade self-made people that they must die to their own desires in order to give their lives for others.

We are called to tell the worldly person that his integrity is as dirty rags in God’s sight. In telling him this, we are taking from him his pearl of great price, the thing he worked so hard to obtain. And when we tell him no amount of self-earned righteousness can amount to salvation, he will despise us.

Yours in Jesus Christ,

GOD IS ALWAYS THERE, HE CAN FIX IT 

By: Theophilus Izobofolo


GOD IS ALWAYS THERE, HE CAN FIX IT 

The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time – 34:19 NLT.

No matter the troubles you may be facing, God has Promised to deliver you! Faith and trust go hand in hand. When you have faith in what God says, you can trust that He will do it! Let faith rise in your heart by meditating on the Word of God. Whatever you are facing, give it over to God! He will fight your battles and bring you deliverance and great victory for His Name sake. Living in victory means that you may have to develop new habits. If your thoughts, words and and actions have been negative all along,  you have to change from “I can’t” to “I can” or from “It won’t happen” to “It will happen!”

When God decides to bless you no man can stop it! He will cause situations and circumstances to come together to favor you. There’s nothing about your life and family that God cannot fix. He has the final say over the ugly sayings or conclusions of your doctors, bosses and the economy of your nation. He can fix all. Just come with faith though small as mustard seed, your miraculous testimonies shall be delivered to you in Jesus Mighty Name.

Trust God and know that He has HIS BEST for you! If you think your battle is big, wait until you see the blessing coming your way. There’s no better way to strengthen your faith than hearing, trusting and acting the Word of God. Faith doesn’t mean trusting God to stop the storm only, but also strengthen us in the the storm.

There is no situation in your life that He cannot reverse. He can bring hope to your life irrespective of the long-standing problems in it. If our God could create the universe through His Word, then there is no circumstance or situation beyond His Control – Hebrews 11:3. I speak the word of God to everyone going through any kind of pains: the Almighty God will divinely visit and settle you in Jesus Mighty  Name, amen.

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:6-10 KJV.

Life is loaded with several questions you may find difficult to answer, and our journeys on earth are not exempted from different forms of challenges but, we thank the God whom we serve, who is able to make all grace abound towards us. Though the world may pass away and the elements thereof melt with fervent heat, the Counsel of the Lord for His Own remains the same and His Words can never be changed. For this reason, glorify the Creator of your soul because in the midst of all your worries, fears, needs and challenges, He cares more than you can ever imagine.

The Bible verse above, is a key advice to those who have identified with the Lord Jesus. It says, casting all your cares upon Him for He cares for you. Those are not mere words, they are weightier than the promises any may can give. Therefore, let your cares and worries be to the Lord. Don’t forget His Promise that He will never leave nor forsake you. Pour out your mind in prayers and follow Him faithfully until your portions in the miraculous are delivered. I declare that your seasons of mind blowing testimonies will race towards you from now on in Jesus Mighty Name, amen.

Prayers:

Father, I present all my worries and fears before your throne and I praying that you fix all of them by your Mighty Power in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ.

Father, I don’t want to continue in any form of fruitless struggles. Please be merciful unto me and let me obtain your mercy and  favour for all round success and unending prosperity in Jesus Mighty Name, amen.