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Are the blessings of the Lord greater based on the amount you give?

Pastor Creflo A. Dollar
Pastor Creflo A. Dollar

By: Big Brother

By: Big Brother

 

I’m a blogger for the Word Press Group; I’m not criticizing anyone, or their beliefs. This is something to get the discussion flowing. 

 

Are the blessings of the Lord greater based on the amount of your giving?  

 

Give and it will come back to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, Give and it will come back to you, when you give, give to the Lord.

 

Giving is great, giving is beautiful.  In fact I give to my church home very often and don’t mind.  I’m a firm believer in the tithe and the offering. A lot of people are in the same situation I am concerning giving, however, there is another group of people who just don’t give at all.  Are these people still blessed or are they cursed with a curse?  According to the word of GOD these people are cursed with a curse. 

 

Now what about those people who can’t give as much as others?  Those people who are experiencing rough economic times?  If they aren’t giving, are they cursed with a curse because they can’t give or are they exempt because of a struggling and challenging economy? 

 

What about the pastors that like to do hundred and thousand dollar offering lines?  The people that can’t give those large amounts of money are looked at differently and sometimes put on the spot. How are they put on the spot you ask?  Simple, how many times have you heard a pastor or minister say “I need X amount of people to give X amount of dollars?”  Or “If you give this amount, I believe that the Lord is going to do something supernatural in your life; I believe that healing will take place, and I believe the LORD is going to answer your prayers.”  What about the people that can’t stand in those X amount of dollar lines, and can’t give the high offerings, has GOD looked over them?  If he hasn’t, then why is the church?

 

Think about this for a second, how many times have you been asked to give a high offering and you don’t have it to give?  Did you not get the special prayer that the BIG givers received?  Did God not bless you with something that you were expecting?  Did you lose your life or something important to you because you didn’t have it to give? 

The TBN network host their monthly praise-a-thons were people who come can be preached to for hours, hear great psalmist minister in song and be elevated to the next level of God.  All of that is great but should it cost them $700.00, $1000, $5,000 or even $10,000?  WOW….  

 

Now before we start getting angry, I’m not talking about giving to the man and woman of GOD, until now.  Is it necessary to give the pastors an X Amount of dollars for birthdays, anniversaries and founder’s day celebrations?  What about your birthdays and anniversaries?  Now while I must admit that I have participated in many of these, is it needed?  Does GOD look over you for choosing not to partake in these types of offerings?  Does the church frown on you if you don’t give?  Is the message thrown out the window after you receive the word and not give to the pastor if asked?  Are your feelings hurt now?  

 

Let’s think about this for a second:  The pastor(s) receives a stipend, check or some type of expense account from most churches. They drive nice cars, own homes and don’t work a regular job like most church people.  Is it needed to “bless” them several times a year with several types of offerings especially when you’re already giving your tithe and offering and serving the ministry through the Ministry of help? 

 

For example, I was watching a church revival and the spirit of GOD was all in the place. People were being healed, delivered and set free.  In the midst of worship, the pastor asked the people to sew a seed of $500.00 for a guaranteed blessing.  When the pastor asked that question it was like shock went over the congregation.  The people looked distraught, and the looks on their faces were in disgust and of great concern.  After all of that worship and praise everything had been thrown out the window when he or she asked for that high offering.  Did this pastor have to set an amount?  Or was there a hidden motive?  

 

To close this blog, I just want to say that it is important to tithe, give and occasionally be a blessing to the leaders of your house. I can testify that not being able to give the high amounts of offerings that are sometimes asked by church leaders, televangelist and other ministry officials hasn’t affected the way that GOD has been blessing me. I tithe 10 percent of my payroll, I give decent offerings, and I attempt to give to any church balloon payments, building funds and special offerings that I can. 

 

When it comes down to giving, don’t be ashamed to give GOD what you have. God accepts our gifts as long as we give them cheerfully and as long as you tithe your ok. When preachers, pastors and others ask you to give to the church, pastor, special offerings or other causes, pray and ask GOD how HE wants you to give. I know a person who gives a lot of money to their ministry and is more depressed, broke and disgusted than a person who gives very minimum amounts of money. To answer the question does GOD bless those who give more money better than those who give less, my answer would be no.

 

Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse!  Will a man rob GOD? Giving… is it just money or can it be time?  

 

Sound off, what are your thoughts??? Do you agree or do you disagree with the content?  What do you think about giving in terms of the church? 

 

 

AXDouglas@yahoo.com

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October 13, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. Friend, May I offer an alternative interpretation of Malachi for your study.

    From: Tithing is not a Christian Doctrine
    http://www.shouldthechurchteachtithing.com
    Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

    Malachi 3 is the Most Abused Tithing Text in the Bible. The “whole” tithe never was supposed to go to the Temple!

    A. Malachi is Old Covenant and is never quoted in the New Covenant to validate tithing (Lev. 27:34; Neh. 10:28-29; Mal. 3:7; 4:4).

    B. In Malachi 3:10-11 tithes are still only food 1000 years after Leviticus 27:30-34 and Numbers 18:21-28.

    C. Malachi’s audience had willingly reaffirmed the Old Covenant (Neh.10:28-29). The blessings and curses of tithing are identical to and inseparable from those of the entire Mosaic Law. The rain in Deuteronomy 28:12, 23-24 and Leviticus 26:1-4 is only obtained by obedience to all 613 commandments. Galatians 3:10 (quoting Deu 27:26) “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” Trying to earn God’s blessings through tithing only brings curses for failure to keep all of the law. See also Galatians 3:19.

    D. Beginning in 1:6 “you” in Malachi always refers to the dishonest priests and not the people (also 2:1-10; 2:13 to 3:1-5): “Even this whole nation of you –priests” (3:9). In 1:13-14 the priests had stolen tithed animals vowed to God. In Nehemiah 13:5-10 priests had stolen the Levites’ portion of the tithe. God’s curses on the priests are ignored by most tithe-teachers (1:14; 2:2 and 3:2-4).

    E. Point #12 of the essay. The Levitical cities must be included in a correct interpretation of Malachi 3:10. Most tithe-recipients lived outside of Jerusalem.

    F. The 24 courses of Levites and priests must be included in a correct interpretation of Malachi 3. Normally only 2% of the total Levite and priest work force served at the temple one week at a time. Subtract wives, males under the age of 30 and daughters. Therefore 2% did not require all of the tithe. See 1 Chron 23-26; 28:13, 21; 2 Chron. 8:14; 23:8; 31:2, 15-19; 35:4, 5, 10; Ezra 6:18; Neh. 11:19, 30; 12:24; 13:9, 10; Luke 1:5.

    G. Nehemiah 10:37-39 is the key to understanding Malachi 3:10, The people were commanded to bring their tithes, not to the temple, but to the nearby Levitical cities. Verse 38 says that the priests were with the Levites in the Levitical cities when they received the tithes.

    H. According to Nehemiah 13:5, 9 the “storehouse” in the Temple was only several rooms. The real “storehouses” were in the Levitical cites per Nehemiah 10:37b-38. Only the Levites and priests normally brought tithes to the Temple (10:38). Two rooms in the Temple were far too small to contain the tithe from the entire nation and 98% of the Levites and priests lived too far away to eat from them.

    Therefore, Malachi 3:10’s “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse” only makes contextual sense if it is only commanding dishonest priests to replace the tithes they had removed from it or had failed to bring to it.

    While the 3:10 of the Law in Malachi is so important to tithe-teachers they ignore the 3:10 of the Gospel in Galatians and 2nd Corinthians. Perhaps those wanting to enforce the 3:10 Law of Malachi should also enforce the 3:10 Law of Numbers. They share the same context.

    Christian giving is freewill, sacrificial, generous, joyful, regular and motivated by love. That is enough to provide the needs of the Church.

    Comment by Russell Earl Kelly, PHD | October 14, 2008 | Reply


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