I just feel like I need to clarify about somethings that I put in my post titled, "I can't take it anymore."
I stated that I have been lied to for over 40 years by those who love me.
I would just like to add that I also had lied to people over those same issues. I believed that way also. So it is not a oneway street. I still feel that we need to stop imposing Old Testament laws on New Testament believers.
I am hung up on the tithe issue especially. I was a big advocate of the tithe. I was good at quoting the same old Malachi scripture. Then I would be upset if people weren't tithing, thinking they were doing God a disservice.
If you read the Old Testament laws about tithing you will see that it consisted of grains and animals. Not money!
Plus that was for old Israel. We are converted Gentiles.
I was telling a brother the other day that I know of a lot of people who struggle everyday with not having enough money to feed their families and yet they would give the tithe. Their family would suffer for the sake of paying to the "Levites" and to the building fund or whatever else.
You see we have imposed an Old Testament law in order to justify paying the "clergy" or other non essential things.
People should be able to decide where to give their money as God wills. We don't need a deacon board to give our money to something. If I have the money and someone has a need I am able to do as needed without permission.
A brother pointed out the other day how the scripture "worthy of double honor" is used to justify paying a pastor. He stated if that is the case and that pastor was being paid $40,000 then all those he "shepherds" should be paid $20,000 for their honor. You see we have taken the incorruptable and corrupted it.
We have an abundance of offices in place to do the work of a few. So we need more money to pay for this extra expense.
How many cheerful givers are there in a church every Sunday when they are struggling to make ends meet? How many pastors are there getting paid a good salary when there are people in the congregation who struggle wondering where their next meal will come?
So I say this don't believe the tells being told, when someone gives Old Testament scripture to back up something that is not New Testament.
Granted the New Testament says to give it all away, but not to the church or pastor. No to the work of where Christ would have you put it.