CLEMENT NTUKUGU EXPLAINS WHY JANUARY SALARY IS NOT FIRST-FRUITS OFFERING!!!

By: CLEMENT NTUKOGU – 


WHY JANUARY SALARY IS NOT FIRST-FRUITS OFFERING!!! THIS IS THE BIBLICAL MEANING OF FIRST-FRUITS –

The term ‘first-fruits’ simply means the EARLY HARVEST that comes before the MAIN HARVEST. In a clear manner, God uses the concept of ‘first-fruits’ to teach His people about HIS ULTIMATE PLAN FOR HUMANITY.

At the end of time, God plans to have a MASSIVE HARVEST OF THE WHOLE WORLD. “…  Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” (Revelation 14:15).

The goal of this harvest is that God may reign SUPREME over the whole earth in a physical manifestation. We see the final result of this harvest in Zechariah 14:9: “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.”

It is for this reason that Jesus Christ came to the world to redeem mankind, to initiate that GREAT HARVEST. At His resurrection, Jesus Himself BECAME THE FIRST-FRUITS of those that had died, thereby paving the way for all that believe in Him today to ALSO BECOME first-fruits unto God. “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.” (1 Corinthians 15:20).

James 1:18 describes believers as “a kind of firstfruits of his creatures”. In addition, Apostle Paul described some believers as “the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ” (Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:15). There are other similar New Testament passages that show that Jesus and those that believe in Him are the first-fruits of the GREAT HARVEST that God is planning at the end of time.

After this FIRST-FRUITS of Christ and His followers, the fullness of the harvest will unfold with the second coming of Christ. This will result in the full restoration of Israel (Romans 11:26), and in the nations of the world learning to obey God as we see in the prophecy in Zechariah 14:9.

This is the REAL MEANING OF FIRST-FRUITS as designed by God and taught in the Scriptures. However, in the Old Testament, God used the FIRST-FRUITS OFFERING AS A SHADOW to teach the Israelites about His plan for humanity.

The first-fruits ordinance was given AS A SHADOW to Israel – a mark of remembrance of their days of captivity in Egypt, their supernatural deliverance, and the inheritance of a land that flowed with milk and honey (Leviticus 23:9-14, Deuteronomy 26:1-10, etc). Do you see how all these FORESHADOW how Jesus will come to save mankind from our sins, causing us to be blessed “… with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places”? (Ephesians 1:3). Do you see the clear connection? So, the first-fruits ordinance was a mere shadow of what was to come! Today, in Christ Jesus, we live in the SUBSTANCE of that shadow.

Therefore, since Christ is the SUBSTANCE of that SHADOW, our focus is now on that SUBSTANCE – Jesus Christ. The shadow is GONE! To continue to partake in the shadow of the ordinances that Christ has ALREADY FULFILLED is a sin of UNBELIEF! This is why the New Testament never mentions first-fruits in connection with ANY offering – monetary or otherwise. The shadow has gone; Christ, the Substance has come. Halleluyah!

ANYBODY that tells you that God requires your JANUARY SALARY as first-fruits offering is only using AN EXPIRED SHADOW of the Old Testament to deceive and exploit your IGNORANCE of the word of God! More importantly, it is an insult on the FINISHED WORK of Jesus at Calvary to cling to A SHADOW that pointed to Him. The feast of first-fruits is one of the seven feasts that God gave to Israel as types and shadows of the coming Messiah.

IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER, YOU ARE ALREADY THE FIRST-FRUITS THAT GOD DESIRES. Praise God for this awesome privilege! This has always been His plan for you. He does NOT require first-fruits offering from you! If there’s anything that God requires from you, it is that you should be focussed on working out your salvation with fear and trembling TO CONFORM TO YOUR STATUS AS A FIRST-FRUITS OFFERING UNTO HIM. That is what He truly requires from you, NOT YOUR FIRST SALARY, JANUARY SALARY, ETC.

Please be wise. Read your Bible. Seek to know Christ for YOURSELF. And cling to Him with all your heart. He is coming soon to confirm your place as a part of the FIRST-FRUITS of God’s harvest of the world. Please focus on this, and do not be deceived into choosing A SHADOW over and above the substance of Christ. With Christ, you CANNOT hold both the shadow AND the substance. You have to choose. You CANNOT pour new wine into old wine-skin. You have to choose.

PLEASE CHOOSE WISELY. And please share this with your family/friends that need to understand the biblical truth of the meaning of first-fruits.

Thanks for reading, God bless you.

(NOTE: This piece is an adapted excerpt from a longer article titled, “GOD DOES NOT REQUIRE YOUR FIRST-FRUITS OFFERING!!! HE WANTS YOU TO BE A GOOD FIRST-FRUITS OFFERING….”

DOES “ROBBING GOD” IN MALACHI 3:8 APPLY TO CHRISTIANS?


By: Clement Ntukogu –

The above quoted scripture is probably one of the most quoted scriptural passage in most of the churches today, but unfortunately, it is being quoted out of context and used as a weapon of mass intimidation, manipulation, extortion, oppression, cajolery and outright lies and deceit by so many church leaders to collect ten percent of the gross income of their church members who have been hoodwinked into believing that they are doing God’s will.

Many Christian publications say that those who do not tithe are robbing God and will suffer curses for not doing so. I am going to use one of them as an example of what Scriptures and reasoning are usually used to support the idea that the church is full of God robbers, that is, people who do not tithe 10 per cent of their income.

A booklet entitled “Tithes, Offering, and Alms” states: “Today many churches do not teach tithing because they do not want to drive people away. In reality they are robbing God’s people of their blessing. When tithing is not taught, they are allowing their people to ignorantly rob God. By this they allow the devourer to have free access to their people.

Then the church and the people wonder why they are not being blessed. When God’s people return again unto God, He will return unto them as He has promised. “By this minister’s own reasoning then, the Churches of the world are full of “God-robbers.”

The vast majority of Christians do not even come close to giving ten per cent of their income. Most churches are overflowing with “God-robbers.” While this booklet “Tithes, Offerings, and Alms” deals with more than just the tithe, we will only focus on the tithe since that is the subject of this article. I am not mentioning the author of this work hoping in days ahead he will see the foolishness of what he wrote.

In one small paragraph, this minister condemned to the devourer entire congregations who do not tithe. As long as people do not tithe, he says, they have turned their backs to God and He cannot bless them. They are God robbers! The booklet I just quoted is very typical of publications like this. They all refer to the same handful of Scriptures to justify their position. I will use this one as an example of which Scriptures are used to support their view and then show how these Scriptures have not only been grossly taken out of context, but even these Scriptures out of context do not support the teaching of tithing being 10% of income.

When studying a book of the Bible, one of the primary things to look for is who the book is addressed to. That is, who is written to? Who is the audience? Who did the author have in mind when he wrote? With Malachi, this question is easily answered, for Malachi refers to them directly several times. In several places, Malachi reveals that he is addressing the children of Israel (Malachi 1:1; 4:4).

In this case, the rebuke of Malachi is not at all directed toward the Christian churches today, but towards the children of Israel who were failing to tithe at the time. The purpose of this study, therefore, is to examine who was this message of Malachi 3: 7-10 directed at?

Is the interpretation that Christian churches make correct? Let us examine some of the verses, one by one, so that we can establish the relationship to the modern concept of tithing preach in our churches today.

In Malachi 3:7; the Scripture says, “Yet from the days of your fathers You have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” Says the LORD of hosts. “But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?” This verse, as well as the following verses, establishes that it is God, who was speaking. There can be no doubt of that.

The nature of the warning indicates that He was speaking to the children of Israel. Does this passage apply to Christians today? There is no suggestion that the same can be applicable to the Christian churches today. To whom did God give the laws? It was the children of Israel (Malachi 4:4). And who was not keeping those laws?

Again, it was the children of Israel. God made a promise to His chosen people. Since he wanted them to receive the benefits from that promise, He offered to return to them if they would return to Him.

In Malachi 3:8; the Scripture says, “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings”. God told the Israelites how they had gone astray. Whether any one of the words defraud, insult, hide up from, or rob is used, it still means that the people have been withholding something from God.

They had gone so far that they did not recognize that they had been neglecting tithes and offerings. References to tithes and offerings can be found in Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

In Malachi 3:9; the Scripture says, “You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation”. Deuteronomy 28: 16-68 describes the curses that would fall on those who turn away from God.

Since this turning away had gone on for numerous generations, some of those mentioned probably were included. Again, when you look at the phase; “even this whole nation”, mentioned in verse 9, is an indication that the passage was referring to the nation of Israel alone and not to Gentiles Christians (Acts 15:1,5-29.

Then, Malachi 3:10; says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it”. God invited the children of Israel to begin their tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in His house.

The priests, a sect of Levites, who had no inheritance of land (Numbers 18:26-29), were to oversee the storehouse in the house of God, and to make sure that temple workers, as well as widows, orphans and aliens were fed from the whole tithe brought in by the people. And those tithes were usually an agricultural products – grain, fruit, Corn, wine, oil, cattle, and sheep (Leviticus 27:30-33; Deuteronomy 14:22,23).

But today, the modern-day Christian concept of tithes is only “MONEY”, but unfortunately, God never allowed money as a substitute for those agricultural products (Leviticus 27:30-33). The only reference to money in the Mosaic law states that a person was to exchange his products for money under certain circumstances, then go to a place which the Lord appointed, spend the money on food, and eat it at that place (Deuteronomy 14:24-26).

This hardly fits the interpretation of the tithes of the present-day Christian church. Again, where is the storehouse of this modern -day Christians? Is it not in the pastor’s pockets and bank accounts? Is it according to God’s instruction?

Once again I would like to state that this article is just meant to establish the biblical truth about Malachi passage that so many churches are using to intimidate, manipulate, extort and oppress their members and remove the yoke from people who labour to pay tithes ( not required of them by God) while their pastors are living luxuriously.

Today many pastors see the church as their personal business and even fraudulent people are opening up churches so that they can have access to people’s tithes and use it for their personal aggrandizement. I encourage all of us as Christians to remain vigilant and continue to serve God in truth and in faith to the glory of his holy name. Amen.

Another point of note is: how come out of the 613 biblical laws of Moses which were handed out to the people of Israel, it is only an adulterated version of the law of tithe that is still being practiced today, apart from the Ten Commandments? How come we are no longer required to offer burnt sacrifices? How come we no longer stone people to death for sinning?

The truth is that only tithing was dug out of the laws of Moses because it presents material benefits to the collectors of tithes. Given that most Christians do not study their Bibles and depend on their pastors to guide them through, it was easy for pastors to pick a passage in the Bible (Malachi 3 : 8-10), quote it out of context and use it to manipulate the flock into parting with 10 per cent of their income.

Furthermore, it is worthy of note that neither Jesus Christ nor any of the apostles ever preached about or collected tithe. In fact, in the Bible, Jesus Christ only spoke about tithes in Luke 11:42 which states that: “But woe unto you Pharisees! For ye tithe mint and rue all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone”.

Here we can see that Jesus Christ is rebuking the Pharisees for laying emphasis on tithes instead of the more important things of the spirit, like our pastors are doing today. In Acts 15, we find outlined what the apostles all agreed was necessary for the newly converted Gentiles to practice, and by inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God, tithing is conspicuously missing. Yet, what is one of the very first legislated duties taught to Gentile converts by the Church today? It is that they must tithe their salaries to the Church. Where did this unscriptural law of Christian tithing come from?

I find it horrible that when a brother or sister is in financial need all that many pastors will do is ask them if they are paying their tithes, and then, if the person is not paying their tithes, tell them that they are under a curse from God! This type of teaching is a travesty – it is a stain on Christianity. When a brother or sister is in need then the local church should be the first to step in and help them. Of course, wisdom and discretion are necessary, since we need to be sure that we are giving to a legitimate need, and that the money will not be misused. However, we should definitely give!

While some churches use Malachi 3:10 to justify the New Testament practice of tithing, others will admit that tithing is clearly an Old Testament ritual. Nevertheless, even such churches will attempt to rationalize the practice of tithing by making statements like, “Well if it was good enough for the Old Testament saints to pay 10%, how much more should we, the New Testament church be willing to give that same amount? After all, don’t we have more knowledge and revelation about Jesus Christ than the Old Testament believers?” The question poses an important response, but this response must be based upon the Scriptures, not the opinions or traditions of man.

Hence, Malachi Chapter 3:8-10, is not rebuking the New Testament Christians at all, but Malachi was rebuking the Israelites who were under the Law at the time, and were under obligation to pay tithes (Malachi 1:1). As Apostle Paul explained; “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law” (Romans 3:19).

“….The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith, but after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster” (Galatians 3:24-25). Christians are NOT under the Mosaic laws which included the law of tithing (Malachi 4:4). Tithing was part of the law to ISRAEL, NOT to the Christians. Therefore, there is no curse for “not paying tithes” in the New Testament, as is often implied on the sermons from Malachi 3:8-9.

MAN HAS GONE BACK TO NAKEDNESS?

 


By: Clement Ntukogu

GOD CLOTHED THE FIRST MAN AND WOMAN:

The Bible says in the book of Genesis that after the fall of man, their eyes were opened, and they knew that they were naked and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves apron (Genesis 3:7); but God made “coats of animal skins” and clothed them.

Therefore, clothing started about 6000 years ago, when God clothed the first man and woman with “coats” made from “animal skins” in order to cover their nakedness. “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them” (Genesis 3:21).

APRONS WAS NOT A PROPER DRESSING FOR THEM

Since they had already have aprons as their clothing (Genesis 3:7), why did God made “coats of animal skins” to cloth them again? (Genesis 3:21). Was there anything wrong with the aprons that they had? Yes! After clothing themselves with aprons, they were still naked. That was the reason Adam hid himself from God. “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself” (Genesis 3:10).

Therefore, aprons were not a proper dressing to cover one’s nakedness. For this reason, God took away their aprons and clothed them with coats of animal skins in order to cover their nakedness properly. This shows us that God wants all His children cover themselves properly.

CLOTHING IS TO COVER ONE’S NAKEDNESS:

“I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself” (Genesis 3:10). Clothing primarily, is to cover our nakedness! Therefore, it is a SIN to expose one’s nakedness for others to see. In Genesis 9:21-26, when Noah got drunk and was naked, one of his sons, Ham saw his nakedness and he was cursed.

In Matthew 5:28, Jesus said it is a sin for a man to look on a woman and lust. Therefore, it would likewise be a sin for a woman to deliberately dress and expose her nakedness for a man to look.  In Luke 17:1, Jesus Christ said, “… offences will come; but woe unto him, through whom they come”. So, those that deliberately expose their nakedness or any part of their private parts for others to see, are under a curse.

TODAY MAN HAS GONE BACK TO NAKEDNESS:

Unfortunately, after about 6000 years that God clothed first man and woman with coats of animal skins, in order to cover their nakedness, man and woman has deliberately gone back to nakedness again.

Today, men and women are walking on the streets completely or partially naked. And many are attending church services with dressings that reveal some of their private parts (nakedness); that is outright disobedient to God’s Will for clothing the first man. And most of our pastors and preachers are not saying anything about it! Look at our sisters in the church today, are they still dressing like Christian women? No!

TELL THEM THE TRUTH:

These ladies are comfortable in our churches because “HOLINESS” is no longer our watchword. We are only interested in adding members to the church. And most pastors and preachers are more interested in money than the soul of their converts, that is the major reason why they can’t tell them the truth.

Tell them the truth, if they want to leave the church, let them leave. This is what Christianity is all about (John 6:66). How can you call a harlot a Christian  and even accommodate them in the church? Tell them the truth, that could save their souls!

DRESSINGS FOR A HARLOT AND FOR A CHRISTIAN:

Today, after about 6000 years that God clothed the first man and woman, we are still debating on how a woman should dress? What a shame! Well, the  Scripture clearly says that there are dressings meant for harlots and there are dressings meant for Christians.

“And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart” (Proverbs 7:10).

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works” (1 Timothy 2:9-10).

“Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:3-4).