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Misuse Of Tithe

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Christians need to hold their churches and pastors accountable for the proper use of tithes. Not all churches have this problem in the United States; however, many churches carelessly spend the Almighty’s tithe money.

It is a good thing to pay pastors reasonably well, so they can support their families properly; however, many churches pay lavish salaries to men who are not doing an excellent job in building the Kingdom of God. Taking this one step further, many churches have massive building projects that far exceed the need and benefit to the Kingdom of God. Both of these things are a serious liability to the Kingdom of God.

One church I attended was constantly asking for money, when the pastor was already receiving $100,000 dollars a year and maybe more including perks. This same Church had nice large buildings, but wanted to build bigger and nicer; even though, they were not yet to capacity. Most Sundays this same church had a sermonette before they took up the offering. They were constantly hammering and guilting the congregation to give even more. This same Church was loathe to show people the books on how monies were being spent. I boldly call this carelessness and unaccountability with the Almighty’s tithes and offerings and would say it to the face if given the opportunity. The Almighty does not give Church leaders a blank check with which to indulge themselves.

It is okay to preach once or twice a year about the importance and responsibility of giving. The Holy Bible does teach about tithing and supporting the work of the Kingdom of God; however, I am talking about the misuse of these monies.

Worldly people who are invited to be a part of our church services are oftentimes turned off to the church, because of begging for money and then trying to guilt everyone for not giving enough. Even many many Godly people tire of this way of operating and rightly so. Christ Himself talks about the disproportionate emphasis on tithing as compared to doing judgment, mercy and faith.

Matthew 23:23, “Woe unto you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for you pay tithes of mint, anise and cummin and have ommited the weightier matters of the law: judgment, mercy and faith. These ought you to have done and not to leave the other undone.”

Nothing has changed from then until now it seems. Many church leaders are more worried about their congregation paying tithes, than they are in teaching the weighter matters of the Word of God. They may teach some on the weightier matters, but they go to great lengths to insure that the money keeps flowing into the church coffers. They are determined that the huge salaries continue to be paid and increased, and bigger and greater buildings are being built.

Let me tell you something: I am not going to support these types of ministries no matter how much they rant and rave against me. Supporting hard working ministries, that are working hard to properly spread the gospel and to properly build the Kingdom of God, is more important than their guilting sermons. I have been to third world countries, where the need is great and the work of the Church sure enough could use a helping hand from the wealthy Church in America.

I can almost hear some Church leaders saying: hey, we support missions. For those churches who are truly giving much to missions; I say, good for you! But know this, the Church as a whole in the United States is giving a very small percentage of what it takes in, to help our brothers and sisters in countries where there is severe lack.

Do not let your pastor guilt you about giving to very needy churches in poverty stricken areas. The Holy Bible teaches us to be good stewards. Don’t let your pastor tell you, that his Church is where all your tithes must go. I would insist on him CLEARLY showing Holy Bible truth for that assertion. I do not believe the Holy Bible teaches that and I invite them to be bold enough to reason this out with me personally face to face. I am well prepared to show them why they are wrong in this argument. Yes, we should give to the local work of the Church; however, the local Church is also obligated to rightly disperse of the tithe monies and not spend it wastefully. As far as I am concerned, if they are doing a horrible job in spending this money, then the people of that Church should give less there, and instead support the work of the Kingdom of God where it is being used wisely. If your pastor then tells you, that you should go down the road and find a different church, you let it go in one ear and out the other. Pastors too will give an account of how they disperse the tithes, that are meant for the work of the Kingdom of God.

Jeremiah 23:2, “Therefore, thus saith YaHVeH God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people: you have scattered My flock and driven them away and have not visited them. Behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings says the LORD.”

If your pastor and Church do a good job in dispersing the tithes, then be sure and help them out with your tithes and offerings. I am not teaching to be troublemakers; however, I am fearlessly teaching you to be wise to honor the Almighty with your tithes and offerings, even when your Church and pastor are being careless with the people’s tithes and offerings. Do not be afraid. Almighty God knows your heart.

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Careless Church

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Many pastors are in it for the money and are collecting massive lucrative salaries from the Church. Numerous pastors seem to be clueless as to the proper role of a shepherd. The spreading of the gospel often takes a back seat to buildings and salaries. A large percentage of churches prioritize the collection of tithes over more important matters of the Kingdom of God. The Church has gone soft on sin to the extent, that sometimes you can scarcely tell the difference between the Church and the world. To a large extent, the Church has become a worldly organization, with a righteous facade to hide its shame. Too often there is an absence of the anointing and power from on high.

The Church is not a building, a collections agency, a club, or an organization. It is the Body and Bride of Christ. The Body of Christ is made up of believers, that have separated themselves from worldliness, and are in the process of building a closer and closer relationship with the Father and the Son.

While we are commanded to assemble ourselves together with other believers, most of the biblical work of a Christian is done outside the walls of the Church building. We are to love our wives and husbands and children in our homes. We are to visit the fatherless and widows. We are to feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty. We are to take a genuine interest in strangers. We are to clothe the naked. We are to visit the sick and in prison. We are to do justice and love mercy and walk humbly. We are to train our children in the ways of Almighty God. We are to love our fellow man.

Concerning our Church meetings, the Church building is a place to worship the Creator corporately with other believers. It is to encourage and be encouraged to continue to maintain our faith in Christ and to continue the work of the Kingdom of God. It is a place to give testimony to the goodness of the Creator. It is a place to hear preaching and teaching and a word from the Almighty.

Mark 11:17, “And He taught saying unto them: Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but you have made it a den of thieves.”

The word prayer here comes from a Greek word that implies “oratory chapel”. The Church building is a place for speaking words of prayer, worship, encouragement, admonition, Godly rebuke, teaching, preaching, testimony, etc. It is to ┬ábe filled with words that bring honor to Almighty God. When you leave Church; you should have a sense of having met with Almighty God and His people. You should have a sense of the eternal, and a determination to move forward in the cause of Christ and the Kingdom of Almighty God. You should sense an increase in zeal to live the life of Christ out in the world during the week.

While the Church is doing a little bit of these things; it needs to get back to being the Church. Churches are not supposed to spend their time trying to entertain people so that they will come back. The Church must be, and do, what the Almighty intended; or else, it is little more than a worldly organization that on the outside appears to be pious, but on the inside leaves much to be desired.

Wake up Church and be what you are supposed to be.

Ephesians 5:27, “That He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

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