Published by Andy Neckar
P.O. Box J Hico, TX 76457
Vol. 4, Number 7 July 1998
Inside This Newsletter
1. The Truth About Tithing
2. Attitude and Accusations of a Baptist pastor
3. NEWS WATCH
4. CNV NOTES
The Truth About Tithing
By Andy Neckar
The reason for this article is to show that the present preaching by most pastors on the issue of "tithing" is nothing more than purely polluted presumptions to hold believers in bondage and gain preeminence over ever aspect of their financial resources.
Some of the erroneous teaching adversely affecting the responsibility of Christian giving addressed in this article include:
- Christians perform their giving in the 'name' of tithes, offerings and firstfruits
- Fear of a curse as motivation for giving
- Standard based giving of a 10 percent minimum
- The idea that a person's 'righteousness' surpasses that of the Pharisees by out-giving those who are under the law
- Financial legalism and its effect on what should be liberal, voluntary, and Spirit-led giving
It is hoped that this article will discern to the reader the biblical truths surrounding the responsibility of Christian giving.
There are those who accuse Christians of error that hold to the belief that the Old Testament ordinance of 10% tithing is not valid for New Testament Believers. The accusations hurled at these Christians are that the "only" reason for this belief they claim to hold is to justify themselves from returning to God less than a tithe (tenth) of their income. The saddest excuse of all, it is said of these selfish, disobedient Christians who walk out of fellowship with God, is their claim that: "We're not under Law now, but under grace."
An article in David Cloud's O Timothy Computer Library, titled "Grace and Tithing" written by Franklin G. Huling- resorts to "speculations" and "presumptions" to inaccurately connect Bible verses to his claim of New Testament percentages. He writes in his article subtitled, "Disgraceful Excuses": "In another connection, the Apostle Paul writes, 'I would not have you to be ignorant brethren.' (I Thess. 4:13). And the Apostle Peter sorrowfully says of some, 'they willingly are ignorant' (II Peter 3:5). We wonder if these statements do not have an application to those who say that tithing is of the Law, and not according to grace"
Peter writes the second epistle to stir up the believer's minds by way of remembrance that they may be mindful of the words of prophecy. By the word of God, Peter goes back to the dependability and stability of God's word as demonstrated in creation. He tells of scoffers who will come, who are willingly ignorant of these teachings. (2 Peter 3:5) These scoffers doubt God's Word because things go on just as they did for centuries. Peter reassures believers that God is not slack concerning His promise of His return. God's time is not our time. The day of the Lord "will" come. We have the Apostle's (eyewitness) reports and the "more sure word of prophecy". (2 Peter 2 19)
1Thes 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. (KJV)
DO YOU SEE A TITHING CONNECTION IN THE TWO VERSES OFFERED BY CLOUD? (What he publishes in his computer library he affirms) Don't preachers think we will search the scriptures to see if what they say (imply) is true?
It is claimed that God instituted the "tithe" long (400 years) before God brought the children of Israel under the covenant of the Law of Moses. Therefore, since the "tithe" preceded the Law of Moses it is still relevant (instituted) in the New Covenant.
Concerning this claim of strict obedience to a law, or ordinance that precedes the Law of Moses, consider the Seventh Day Sabbath. The Sabbath was instituted during creation week. (Gen 2:2-3) If it can be claimed that the "tithe" is binding in the New Testament because it is a pre-law ordinance, should it not also hold true to the Seventh Day Sabbath? Why don't the percentage preachers attempt to put believers back into bondage, "all the way"?
We all know that Abraham gave to Melchizedek, the priest of the most high God, "tithes of all" (Gen.14:20). Many proponents of New Testament tithing are using this verse to "prove" tithing is valid (as some "eternal principle") for the church today, because Abraham, the father of our faith, established the principle. Abraham gave 10% to the priest. Abraham gave from the spoils he repossessed from the enemy kings. Abraham gave the remaining 90% to those to whom the goods belonged in the first place. Abraham gave only once in his lifetime (as far as the Bible recorded). Abraham had not touched his own property or income (he was exceedingly wealthy).
Gen 28:22 is another favorite verse New Testament "tithing" proponents use to support pre-law tithing. Jacob pledged the Lord his life and a tenth of all possessions that would become his along the way. But he made this promise conditional: If God would remain with him, keep him in the way, and bring him safely home again, he would carry out his part of the pledge
David Clouds says, "The second tither of record in God's Word is Jacob, grandson of Abraham, and also under grace. A Bible teacher friend of mine, after explaining the gracious promises that God made to Jacob, would quote Jacob's vow to God, "I will surely give the tenth unto Thee." (Gen. 28:22) Then he would say, 'You think Jacob was niggardly. But how many of you, who have all the blessings of salvation by grace, are so mean that you do not pay back to God even the tenth!'"
You see, this is NOT my argument. I do not claim that New Testament believers should not give back to God as he prospered, and as we purpose in our hearts. New Testament believers should "give liberally" as the grace of God purposeth them. My argument is that the verses used by these tithing proponents are invalid. They are clearly taken out of context. As I said in the Baptist Brideism article in last month's newsletter, the scripture referenced to support this inaccuracy is nowhere close to the interpretation as determined by the proponents.
2 Cor 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. (KJV)
Now-do we give according to the Old Covenant tithe as one under the Law, or do we give as we purposeth in our heart as a New Covenant believer under grace? Yes, Christians should support the preacher, (1 Cor 9:9-14) but we are not told to give a "tithe" (tenth). As we purposeth in our heart can be various amounts, more or less.
Yeah-these preachers forget that we are Christians-believers of the gospel of Christ. We are made a new creature. We are born again. God in His mercy, through His Son Jesus Christ took us out from under the Law of sin and death.
Rom 4:14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: (KJV)
Rom 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. (KJV
I am consistent in my beliefs as God reveals His Truth to me through His Word. I don't believe according to "sister churches" or a "fellowship of pastors". I believe by God's Word.
David Cloud says: "Because tithing was commanded by the Law is nothing against tithing. Those who distort the truth about grace by saying that tithing is not for the Christian, because tithing was included in the Law, if they were consistent would think that a Christian is under no obligation to love God, or not to steal, or not to commit adultery, because they are all commandments of the Law! Of course such an idea is ridiculous, and so is the objection to God's tithing plan. God's purpose of grace is explained in Romans 8:4, "That the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Tithing was right before the Law; tithing was right under the Law; and tithing is still right after the Law".
Preachers love to suggest that those of us who believe the truth of Christian giving as a result of grace, also believe the arrogance of their presumptuous claim that we can "live like hell" and still go to heaven. David Cloud says: "Graceless believers in grace need to have the 'Law' put on them!"
If we do not obey from the "heart", but by "law", we are still lost in our sins. Does Cloud want to put "grace givers" back under the Law so as to condemn us to hell?
Cloud says: "And those who want to do what is right, and follow God's plan, will have grace to tithe, because they 'walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit'."
Christians will have grace to "give", but they are not commanded to "tithe". Pastors who want to do what is right will study to rightly divide the word of truth and end this fraudulent teaching.
Bring the whole tithe
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test 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 a blessing until it overflows" (Malachi 3:10).
Here we have the tithing teachers' favorite verse in the whole Bible. On this verse they hang most of their doctrine. But if we take a close look at the verse, we will find something very interesting.
"And the priest, the son of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive tithes, and the Levites shall bring up the tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to the chambers of the storehouse" (Nehemiah 10:38).
[Note: The word 'storehouse' is translated as 'treasure house' in the KJV. The Hebrew is the same in both Nehemiah and Malachi, outsair, meaning a treasure or a store house. ]
Mal 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. (KJV)
Mal 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. (KJV)
The tithe payable by the Levites, not the tithes payable by the people. Malachi is not rebuking the people, he is rebuking the Levites.
When our modern day tithing teachers point this verse at the people, they are really pointing at themselves --except that most of them refuse to accept this teaching, let alone teach their congregation this Biblical Truth.
Num 18:20 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel. (KJV)
Num 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. (KJV)
The Levites, in turn, were to give a tithe of their tithe, to provide for the priests. All priests were Levites, but not all Levites were priests. The priests were to receive the best tenth of the Levites tithe.
Num 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. (KJV)
Num 18:25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, (KJV)
Num 18:26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering (the best tenth to be given to the Levite Priests) of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe. (KJV)
Num 18:27 And this your heave offering (best tenth) shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshingfloor, and as the fulness of the winepress. (KJV)
Num 18:28 Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the LORD of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and ye shall give thereof the LORD's heave offering to Aaron the priest. (KJV)
Num 18:29 Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the LORD, of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it. (KJV)
Num 18:30 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, When ye have heaved the best thereof from it, then it shall be counted unto the Levites as the increase of the threshingfloor, and as the increase of the winepress. (KJV)
Num 18:31 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. (KJV)
Num 18:32 And ye shall bear no sin by reason of it, when ye have heaved from it the best of it: neither shall ye pollute the holy things of the children of Israel, lest ye die. (KJV) Mal 1:6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? (KJV)
Mal 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. (KJV)
Mal 1:8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. (KJV)
The Levites (those who minister for the people in the Temple: i.e. the modern day pastors as claimed by the pastors) was not offering a heave (best) offering to the High Priests. The Levites were giving the blemished (worse part) of the increase to the Temple Priests. They were not good stewards of the goods God entrusted to them.
Today there is no equivalent of a High Priest. Jesus Christ is the High Priest of all True Believers today. (Heb. 2:17-18; 3:1-2)
Those who claim an equivalent of the Levites today, (pastors) are the ones whom Malachi is rebuking. Malachi is not rebuking the "people", he is rebuking the "Levites"(pastors)
The only ones ever authorized to receive tithes were the Levites. Ever since the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D., it has been impossible to keep the tithing law. Today, Orthodox Jews do not tithe. No one is qualified to receive tithes now that the priesthood and temple are gone.
WHY? Because the sacrifice that must have been offered daily has been accomplished "once and for all" ( Heb. 10:11-13; Heb. 7:27.) There is no more work for the Levite in the administering of offerings. Why do Christians need to give offerings? Why do Christians need to offer heave offerings, burnt, freewill, meat, drink and even peace offerings? Has not Christ made peace through the blood of His cross? (Col 1:20)
Christ, "Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;" (Eph 2:15)
"And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:" (Eph 2:16)
The Temple rituals are gone the way of the cross, and so have tithes and offerings.
Under a curse
If you want to understand the book of Malachi, read Malachi 4:4, "Remember the Law of Moses " That is the whole thrust of Malachi.
But we do not live under the Law, we live under the grace provided in Jesus Christ. If you choose to submit yourself to even part of the Law of Moses, you have a problem.
For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the Law, to perform them" (Galatians 3:10).
If you choose to place yourself under the works of the Law, you are under a curse for the simple reason that you cannot keep the Law of Moses. Your fallen, sinful nature will see to that.
The purpose of the Law is to act as our tutor, or "school master", to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith (Galatians 3:24).
Tithes are 'Corban'
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. (Mark 7:9-13) (KJV)
If you have money your family needs, but you withhold it from them in order to pay it to the church as 'tithes', you are doing exactly what the Pharisees did. You are saying your money is "Corban" and Jesus taught that by doing so you were invalidating the Word of God.
LIBERTY not BONDAGE
Folks-we are under the perfect law of liberty.(2 Cor 3:17; James 2:12 and many more verses) We are "not" told how much to give. We are "not" told where to worship, or when. (John 4:20-25) We "are" told to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, (Heb 10:25) but we are "not" told how often to assemble. We are "not" told how often to celebrate the Lord's Supper. We are "not" told that Christ instituted a "new" Sabbath (replaced the seventh day Sabbath with the Lord's Day) (Sunday) as many Baptist preachers teach. We are "not" told we must be in church (assemble ourselves together) every time the church doors open. We are "not" told all of our Christian giving must go "only to the church where we are members".
Part two coming next month. "Giving: A Result of Grace",]
Attitude and Accusations of a Baptist pastor
The pastor of my former home church-the church that I drove over 100 miles round trip for over a year, had these comments to say when I spoke to him about "New Testament Tithing".
These are excerpts from a series of e-mail letters I received from him in a three-day period. Grammar left as received. Pastors comments in " quotes and Italic.
"So suffice it to say, that it the Lord set 10% as the amount to fund the Temple ministry and if He told the individual that you are robbing me if you don't give it, then we to with this precedent are doing the same thing if we don't at least give 10%."
Those who claim an equivalent of the Levites today, (pastors) are the ones whom Malachi is rebuking. Malachi is not rebuking the "people", he is rebuking the "Levites"(pastors)
"So don't tell me and every other New Testament church that you can think of, that God's way of financing His work is not in giving at least a tenth of your gross increase each week or month or even more than a tenth. People that do not want to give at least that much are #1 Greedy #2 Robbing God and #3 If they are not at least attempting to get to that point of giving, are walking out of fellowship with the Lord and the one's that make up a New Testament church"
Again, those that are greedy and robbing God are the Levites. (Pastors themselves). I don't claim that believers should not give. All this is about the unscriptural teaching of "New Testament Tithing". The teaching that Christians are to "tithe" AND give offerings or suffer God's chastising because they are robbing God is unscriptural. It is a lie.
"As you grow and mature as a believer, perhaps you will once again have the scales lifted from your self-serving eyes and accept the Scriptural teaching of giving at least 10% or a tithe. I KNOW that you KNOW better, but cannot let go of God's money to His Church, because then you could not fund your newsletter."
The Neckar family supports both Messengers of Christ Ministries, and our home churches. When we have a home church that is.
The bitterness of this man's heart begins to show in his letters.
"I also, noticed in our conversation on the phone that brother, you let the flesh get the best of you and would not heed Scriptural instruction from your pastor. Now you can say that I am not your pastor, but that does not make it so. I must inform you that you are still on the roll of this church as a member and as such, you are under the authority of this church and pastor. If I or this church is slandered or lied about by you, then disciplinary action will be taken. This is a N.T. church that believes in discipline if needed. Now certainly, I hope that there is no need for this"
There was no need of this self-righteous outburst. No slandering lies were ever implied. It just hurts some pastors to think they cannot have complete authority over every aspect of a Christian's life. This includes Spirit given gifts and individual ministries.
"You can believe that you can give 10% or more to something other than the Lord's N.T. church which He established. That does not make it Scriptural, but you can do it and be disobedient and reap what you sow (Gal.6:7)."
Again, implying threats to "Spirit led liberal givers".
"Next, you should put that paper you wanted to show me against tithing (giving at least 10%) to a N.T. church is wrong on the front page of your site and then add that any church that believes this is God's way of financing His work is practicing heresy!!!!!! Don't say that a believer should give more, because you don't even give a little. Also, add how that you believe it is Scriptural to give the money that you should be giving to the Lord's church, to a newsletter or some other enterprise other than God's ordained institution, His church. The Bible says that Christ receives glory in the church and not in some newsletter or other enterprise unless it is under authority of a N.T. church and stewardship of that church's pastor and you know this is right."
More bitterness manifest in the heart of this man. See how he entices me to speak unscripturally and condemn myself in the eyes of other believers.
I asked this man to show me in the New Testament where it is commanded that Believers are to "tithe. (10% minimum) Rather than attempt to show me (because he can't-it isn't there) he immediately began to run my ministry and me down. Judge for yourself.
"Bro. Andy, you are the one that opened up this discussion by trying to get me to believe contrary to Bible teaching and because of this you have been exposed as a greedy individual which is sin. Repent of it and start trusting God with your finances His way and not your own self-serving way."
"Again, I hope that you will come back and be under my teaching and preaching ministry in this N.T. church. It will do you some good. Also, please put what I said that you ought to, on your site about your stance against giving at LEAST 10%(TITHING). I figure that you won't, because then you would lose all of the sound N.T. churches that subscribe either by mail or e-mail and you know it."
This man looks up the "tithing" records at his church and writes me saying:
"The records show that you don't believe in giving more than $100.00 in a five months period. I know exactly what the giving record shows in this church. It is my experience and that of others also, that if someone tithes or gives as close to it as possible, then they give by check or in an offering envelope so that it can be recorded for tax deductions and also noted that that person is a regular contributor."
It has been the policy of the Neckar family, from the beginning, (1991-92 salvation dates) to give the majority of our finances by cash not placed in offering envelopes. We have NEVER claimed a rebate from Caesar for "giving" to God. We have NEVER "gave " to God to impress the pastor, church secretary, deacons, etc. It most cases we do not let our left hand know what our right hand is doing, only to assure ourselves that we give liberally.
Don't question the teachings of your pastor. Chances are good he will attack you if you do.
As my former pastor told me, "It belittles me as an ordained Baptist pastor to keep responding to you on matters that you do not understand nor want to understand from a Biblical perspective, because you proved to me a few weeks ago that you think that you are a know-it-all and are not willing to rightly divide the Word if it hurts your pocket book or positions that you have already taken."
Again, I say. My pocket book is not the question. I "give liberally" to the Lord. The original question was: Where in the New Testament are Christians commanded to "tithe", or face the chastising hand of God?
When you search the scriptures daily to see if these things are true, (Acts 17:11) better keep what God says to yourself. Don't bring it up to those that "lord" it over you. (Matt 20:25-27) It belittles them to be held accountable. These kind love to have the preeminence, (3 John 1:9) when actually it belongs to Someone else. (Col 1:18)
NEA Money Helps Support Play about Homosexual Jesus. The much-maligned National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), controversial for funding perverse and blasphemous art, has done it again. This time the organization has helped to fund a play on Broadway that depicts Jesus as a homosexual who has sex with his apostles.
Playwright Terrence McNally's latest work, entitled Corpus Christi, focuses on a Christ-character named Joshua who has sexual relations with his apostles. (AFA NET 6/12/98)
[Editor] I really don't like how Caesar is spending my tribute.(Rom 13:7; Matt 22:21
Separation Encounters or Murder Encounters?
In Kansas, a spokeswoman for abortionist George Tiller described "separation encounters" that his clinic offers for women who undergo late-term abortions. In these "encounters," the mothers who have just had their baby killed are allowed to hold the aborted fetus or have it baptized after the abortion (The Baptist Challenge, 2/98).
[Editor] That what America needs-a loving and caring murderer.
Tony Campolo's Visions
Tony Campolo says he could envision a scenario where God--tired of the mess human beings created in this world---would send beings from another planet to help people learn to love one another (Calvary Contender, 1/1/98).
[Editor] I envision another scenario. When God is tired of the mess He will rain wrath on this world. "All" the world will never learn to love each other. If Christ can't teach "all the world" to love each other, do you think some aliens can?
UMC Bishops Determine Truth from UMC "High Court" rather then Bible. United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert of the San Francisco Area has told clergy and lay members of the California-Nevada Annual Conference that unless the denomination's Judicial Council rules otherwise, he does not consider a pastor's performing a "holy union" to violate church law.
Bishop Talbert leads an annual conference in which at least two congregations have publicly said they have long performed such ceremonies for same-sex couples. The bishop has maintained that he and his district superintendents have adhered to the law of the church contained in the denomination's The United Methodist Book of Discipline.
In a May 14 letter to the conference, Bishop Talbert acknowledged that performing such a same-sex union "does go against the spirit" of the United Methodist Social Principles (where it is specifically forbidden). But the Social Principles, contained in The Book of Discipline, he said, "are not law. "As one bishop," Bishop Talbert wrote, "I will hold to the principle that the Social Principles are not law, until instructed otherwise by our Judicial Council, the denominations' high court, which meets in August to deal with the issue of holy unions.
"Our denomination is inclusive and tolerant enough to accept, embrace and welcome all persons, irrespective of their age, gender, political or theological differences. For you see, such differences matter very little when faced with what is required to be around God's table," the bishop stated.Two San Francisco United Methodist congregations, Bethany and Glide Memorial, have stated publicly that they will allow "holy unions" to be performed in their churches. (Excerpted from United Methodist News Service 5/27/98)
[Editor] How many UMC Bishops (bishopettes) and Pastors (pastorettes) are in agreement of performing these "un-holy unions"? I don't know. But the members of these congregations go along with them that do.
When a denomination makes a "church law" to replace God's Law the denomination is in the last stages of complete apostasy. Now, folks, that's just what the United Methodist Church did. The "high court" of their Judicial Council is the official "law maker" of the UMC.
This Talbert says the UMC is "inclusive," and he's right. But those who are around God's table are "exclusive". The UMC God is inclusive but the God of the Bible is not. The REAL God does not make a "study" on a particular sin and have a "Creature Court" determine Law.
Folks, the UMC is almost pure Roman Catholic. They hold to truth from tradition just as the Roman Church does. They have their church catechism (Book of Discipline) just as the Roman Church does. They celebrate "Lent" and "Holy Week" (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Saturday) just as the Roman Church does. I could go on-and on-and on. But for some of you it won't make any difference. Some of you do not see anything wrong with the Roman Catholic Church. I know-I hear from you. The time for slumber is past. AWAKEN--JESUS IS COMING SOON.
I hope you stick around to read the "rest of the story". "Giving: A Result of Grace", is coming next month as part two of "The Truth About Tithing".
This truth, by no means, will take away from the commands of 1 Cor 9:9-14; 1 Tim 5:18; Luke 10:7, and 1 Cor Chapter 16 and 2 Cor Chapters 8 and 9. Christian giving is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
Rom 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; (KJV)
Rom 12:7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; (KJV)
Rom 12:8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. (KJV
Pastors say God calls them into the ministry. They say we must submit to their authority. (Heb 13:17) Romans 12:6-8 names seven gifts of the Spirit. Please notice that ruling is only "one" of the seven mentioned gifts. If "all" believers don't rule, are they in disobedience to God? Yet pastors say if "all" believers don't tithe, (give) "a specfic amount", they are in disobedience to God. What about the "diversity" of gifts according to the grace that is given to us?
Every Christian is commanded to be generous to others in need,. But some are better equipped by God to be more generous than humanly possible "at times", and those are the ones that demonstrate the Spiritual gift of giving.
More on this next month if Jesus tarries.
We Must Earnestly Contend For The Faith.-Jude 1:3