I saw this post over on Henry’s blog Spirit of Discernment and thought that I would repost it in full because it is so rampant in our churches today. Again this ties in with giving people false hopes and deceiving them with false promises.

Are you frustrated that the Lord has not answered your prayers for the breakthroughs and divine favour which you seek?

Have you faithfully tithe but find that the “windows of heaven blessings” continue to elude you?

Have you diligently sown your seeds into “good soil” and confessed daily but you are still not receiving a harvest?

Do you “give to God” faithfully but feel like the Lord has abandoned you as you are not receiving anything in return?

If any of these questions apply to you then I have good news for you. The reason why you are feeling frustrated and disappointed is because you have been fed a false gospel. God is not man that He should lie so do not be disappointed in God. God did not make the above promises to you – the man in the pulpit did. The man in the pulpit who presents himself as God’s mouthpiece is the lier and I will demonstrate as I examine those questions one by one.

Firstly, the Lord did not promise you “breakthroughs” or divine favour, man did. The Lord gave you divine favour when He sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for you and I so that we may obtain mercy – this is Grace, which is divine favour. Man however changed the meaning of divine favour to mean that you can receive “supernatural abundance” in earthly things and sup with kings, which the Lord did not promise you. To obtain true divine favour therefore all you need to do is seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all else shall be added unto you. This does not mean that you will receive all the material desires of your heart but the Lord promises to meet your needs. You should also remember that before you ask, the Lord already knows what you need. In much the same way a parent takes care of a young child without the child needing to ask the parent for anything so too the Father will take care of His children. What “breakthroughs” do you seek therefore?

Paying your tithes and expecting the “windows of heaven blessings” is foolhardy to say the least and no amount of “confessing” will bring those benefits to you. Under the New Covenant a Christian is NOT required to tithe and the Lord will not honour your tithe according to Mal 3:10 because that scripture was not spoken to the church but to Israel under the Old Covenant. Under the Covenant Israel were required to give a tithe not because this would ensure God’s blessings but they were required to give it because the Lord had blessed them. In this sense the tithe was like a tax that the Lord required to sustain the Levites, who had no inheritance in the Promise Land. As such you do not pay taxes to ensure future income but rather you pay it because you already have an income and because it is required by Law. If you are therefore paying the tithe because you think that this will compel the Lord to do something extra for you then you are already giving it with the wrong motives. The Lord is not a debtor to any man – so if you pay the tithe thinking that the Lord owes you something then you have been deceived. In the first place the tithing practice today is a violation of God’s Law – it is therefore the man that collected the tithe from you that owes you, not God.

Some preachers within the Word of Faith movement will tell you that the Kingdom of God operates on the “principle” of sowing and reaping. I contend however that this is not the case. Indeed the analogy of sowing and reaping is often used to describe the Kingdom of God or certain aspects of it but the Kingdom of God is not reactive. It doesn’t depend on us doing something but it is rather all about the sovereign Will of the Father. The Kingdom of God is about salvation which comes by Grace. Grace is God’s sovereign will to lay down the life of His Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins (John 3:16). It was because God first loved us and not that we did something to appease God in order to earn His love, why He gave us this FREE gift. The Lord does not need you to “sow” therefore in order for you to receive a “harvest” from Him. Did Christ not say, “Does the rain not fall upon the just and the unjust?” What did the unjust do to deserve rain from God? Absolutely nothing! Yet even his harvest is being multiplied because of the rain. The following verses which Jesus spake should also be considered:

26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 

32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 Since the Lord did not ask you to sow therefore He does not need to honour your sowing with a harvest. You have therefore sown in vain  because you were deceived – you have given your money to a man who lied to you instead of exercising due diligence and being a good steward of what the Lord had already given you.

Lastly, this idea of “giving to God” is perhaps one of the biggest misnomers in the church. How does giving some money to the offering plate or bucket constitute giving to God? Indeed when you give money to church you are contributing to financing the activities of the church but the Lord is not getting a single penny of that money. Man it is that collects the money and man it is that disburses these monies according to how they see fit. The Lord does not need your money, moreover, this idea that money is needed to finance the gospel is simply not true. The Lord Himself was the first pastor and minister of the Gospel yet He did not collect tithes and offerings and other monies to finance the Gospel He came to establish. He did not build a church and set up an administrative structure to which money would flow into. Yet today we are being told that the Gospel cannot go forth without money. This is somewhat ironic when we consider that Jesus called the Twelve and sent them out and specifically told them not to take money or food with them. On their return the Lord asked them if they lacked anything when they went out to deliver the gospel to the Lost Sheep and their response was no. Indeed money is needed to sustain people but we have subscribed to the Roman church model in creating the cash machines we call church today, and financing these cash machines are seen as tantamount to financing the Gospel. The reason why you might not be receiving the blessing therefore is that you mistakenly think that by giving to church you are giving to God and as such the Lord owes you something. You would be more blessed however if you gave to the poor and needy as shown in the following scriptures (noting that it is more blessed to give than to receive, Acts 20:35):

17He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.( Prov 19)

 27He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse. (Prov 28)

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  1. marcab says:

    The issue some people have about Tithing is not whether it applies to Christians today, but that it is being misused by the Church. Tithing has been associated with the so called “Prosperity Gospel” and “word faith movement”, to the extent that the idea of tithing has become an abomination to some Christians. However does Jesus Abhor Tithing ? in Matthew 23:23 where Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for “ paying tithes on ——— but rejecting the weightier matters of the Law”, Jesus condemns the hypocrisy but does not condemn tithing in fact he indicates that tithing should continue. In Hebrews 7 , the author describes the priesthood of Melchizedek as a Metaphor of Jesus Christ’s Priesthood. Here Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of his spoils of war. We can conclude from this that now the tenth (tithe) now belongs to Jesus.

    Tithing is not expressly opposed or condemned in the New Testament. In Melchizedek’s case tithing predates the law. Even Jesus said he has “not come to abolish the law of the prophets but to fulfill it”

    I conclude that since Tithing is not opposed in the New Testament is therefore still valid. So if the Tithes belong to Jesus, who do we pay the Tithes to now?
    The answer to this can be gleaned from Matthew 25 vs 37-40 37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
    So if your Preachers use the Tithes inappropriately, Take your tithes and give it directly to the Poor, Sick and Hungry. God Bless.

  2. Uche says:

    Matters at Stake:

    1. The place of tithe in today’s Christian dispensation
    2. The place of Seed sowing in today’s Christian dispensation
    3. You give your tithe and seed to Man and not God

    Response:

    Granted there are many abuses already recorded in the rank and files of ministers within the Christendom, that is not enough to justify the various unbecoming statements in the referred post (http://realchristianity.wordpress.com/2010/10/23/of-blessings-breakthroughs-and-divine-favour/). Though the Church is managed by Ministers (Men of God), it is owned by God.

    Today’s Christianity is an extension of the commonwealth of Israel formerly restricted to the Israeli nation. This commonwealth were all the benefits, favors and the likes that they enjoyed by the virtue of Abrahams Covenant, the responsibilities inherent in this covenant inclusive. The doors of Christianity gained us access not only to this covenant, but also the opportunity of becoming a co-heir with Jesus Christ(John 1:12 ” but as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”)

    Before we continue, Let us critically looked at the various likely funding that helped Jesus in his ministry, which the Apostles consolidated by the volition giving of the church after Pentecost. More so, when it is evident that he left his carpentry profession (a personal source of income) and went into full time ministry at the time he took off at the mature age of 30 years.
    1. The Gift of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh at his birth, Matt 2:11 “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasure, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh” (money raised by giving)
    2. The Great Fish Catch at the point of converting/calling of Peter and Andrew ( money raised by the power of miracle (Luke 5:4-7 “Now when he had left speaking, he said to Simon, launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake …..”)
    3. The Contribution of Mary and other women to the upkeep of Jesus even till his death (free will giving: Mark 15:40-41 ” There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Jose’s, and Salome who also when he was in Galilee, followed him and ministered unto him ….”, Mark 16:1-2 “And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun”)
    4. Possible personal savings from his carpentry profession (personal sacrifice)
    5. The various dinner invitation Jesus honored (Zacchaeus, Luke 19:5-10 “And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down for today I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully ……” Simon and others)

    Beside these, the bible was very silent in any other form of income to the well coveted treasury of Jesus’ ministry through which Judas unauthorized helped himself at will. Of course, the church of 13 men (Jesus and his Apostle) is far more inexpensive to run in terms of cost and logistics than the present large numbers of churches scattered within various denominations of our time. The bottom line here is that money in needed in the ministry and there were various forms through which this money is being realized today. This money may not be raised exactly the same way like the money spent during the 3 years ministry of Jesus.

    Though the church (people of God) was the direct beneficiary of these giving, God was at the center of the giving- The giving was spurred by the intention of expanding the kingdom of God. The business of the kingdom was solely that of God, we are only representatives and partners with him, the reason we were ask to occupy until he comes back ( ). In essence, one cannot undermine the offering, tithes and seed sowing utilized in:
    1. Purchase of musical instruments for praise and worship to God in church services
    2. Organizing of Crusade, evangelism and soul winning programs that converts sinners to God
    3. Purchase of Vehicle that enhances the movement of logistics necessary for this exercises
    4. Even the money spent for the upkeep of the ministers of God, where the ministry is full time is well spent.

    These are all giving to God indirectly, though they were received by the church (men who are members of the body of Christ – the pastor is an eligible part of Christ). Though of all the forms of offering, the tithe has a unique peculiarity and extension (Deuteronomy 14:27-29 ” And the Levites that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee. At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithes of thine increase the same year, and shall lay it up within thy gates: And the Levites because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within they gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest”)

    What many don’t understand is that in our dispensation, nobody is exempted from giving offering, paying tithe and sowing seed including the ministers of God (Pastors, etc). Any body (Pastors and members alike) that excuses him from such does so at his peril and detriment because he needs the same blessing that is accrued to givers. For a Pastor, such involvement makes his personal ministry a fertile soil for seed sowing exercise.

    In fact, it is even wrong to wait for the ministers (Pastors) of God to remind us of tithe or seed sowing. It is a show of irresponsibility and insensitivity that have currently taken over the church of God today. The early church stirred by the spirit of God did more than tithing and seed sowing. Their giving was spurred to meet the entire need of the church, irrespective of who is concerned. How do you explain the situation of selling ones property and bringing it totally for the common use of the church, which then became a trend (Act 2:44-45 ” And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possession and goods, and parted them to all men as every man had need”).

    It cannot be over emphasized that beyond salvation, God also promised us abundance from here and in the next. Our dominion and possession is complete from here and beyond. It is not just the spiritual only, the physical inclusive (Matt 6:33″ But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”, Matt 19:29 “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold and shall inherit everlasting life.”).

  3. Amen and it’s about time. No discussion necessary. Either you are awakened to Gods’ truth or you live in triple darkness.

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