Your Comment(s):I am so glad someone other than myself believes the true word of the living God. If it had not been for God and my obedience to study the word and give myself to the gospel I would not have known the truth. [Led] by the Holy [Spirit] to study up on the Levi tribe and the law, and then to break down the new with great help from Hebrews I have learned so much not by man, But by [His Spirit]. It is so easy for people that are babes to be [deceived] by the local church. How can so many not care about having so much blood on their hands, how can they be so willing to hear God say I never knew you. How can man sell his soul for money! Now I do not think having money is evil, but the way a pastor [deceives] his way into his brother's [pocket, well] I have a [problem] with that. I feel we should give so that the needy would no longer be in need. If we have more than enough then our [brethren] should not be without and you [donít] have to worry about being [deceived] if you are walking in the right spirit, see the spirit knows the spirit by the spirit. My salvation and yours is all about our obedience, most importantly our love for one another, after all you are a part of me and if I love myself I love you, and if we be in Christ together how can I reject a part of my own body or be [deceitful] in anything. Love Ya!!!
My Response(s): Thank you for visiting my web site on tithes and offerings, and submitting your comments. I pray that God the Holy Father in heaven will continue to give you insight in His holy word. I exhort you to continue to study your Holy Bible and pray so you will not fall into temptation.
Now, concerning "someone other than" you being the only one with this knowledge is not quite true. For the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have more that are His. Let us not forget the Lordís answer to Elijah, when he thought he was the only one left who followed God, and the Holy Father in heaven response to him. Yes, God said to Elijah "I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him" (1 Kings 19:18 NKJV). God has always given His Spirit to others. Yes, today He reveals spiritual things to those whom He has called to Christ through His Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10). Yet, there are some quenching the Spirit, not willing to follow the Holy Spirit, if indeed they have the Spirit of Christ in them (1 Thessalonians 5:19). Therefore, it is not wise to believe that only you have certain knowledge from God.
For there is a deception on this planet, as you yourself paraphrase the Scripture that says, "Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" (Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV). Here Jesus clearly reveals to us that there are some that claim to be Christians, yet they are not. For if you notice these professing Christians response to Christ "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name". Again, these verses reveal to us that these professing Christians are prophesying and performing miracles all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This makes it very difficult for us to separate them from true followers of Christ. I mean, have you never wondered why it's hard to tell the difference between professing Christians and the non-Christian? Or those who attend the churches of this world and those who do not? But, these professing Christians in the verses here give the true followers of Christ a clue, for in trying to defend their behavior to Christ they do not mention helping the poor. Yes, these gospel peddlers will collect tithes from their fellow brothers and sisters to build bigger buildings, promote their own human organizations and to support their excessive lifestyles. Yet, have soup kitchens or monthly handouts for the poor in their community, if indeed they remember the poor at all.
There is a spirit in this world called the "the serpent of old", "great dragon", "prince of the air", the "god of this age", and evil one who masquerading as an angel light. Yes, the evil one have followers whom themselves also masquerade as ministers of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:3-4 and 11:13-14). Not only babes in Christ Jesus are so easily deceived but also those who claim to have maturity and can see because of their pride in themselves and their own wisdom. For the Scripture clearly says, "the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (Revelation 12:9 NKJV).
I do not know how much blood the teaching of tithing called the doctrine of men has caused throughout the history of the churches of this evil and adulterous world. But these gospel peddlers have robbed God and they have devoured the homes of many widows and elderly persons, and they continue this evil behavior even today (Luke 20:46-47). These gospel peddlers rob God by denying the elderly to have the only support most of them receive and that is social security saying pay them tithes from these funds. These gospel peddlers also refuse to help the poor with their excessive funds from tithes they collect instead offering them handouts. For the Holy Spirit tells us, "He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done" (Proverbs 19:17 NKJV).
Therefore, I exhort you to continue in your prayers and remain alert. Resist those who wish to bring you under their web of deception called religion, and their doctrines called the commandments of men (Matthew 15:7-9). For in due time our God and Savior the Lord Jesus Christ will come. And those who have persevered and remained faithful until the very end shall be saved. Amen. Praise God.
In Christ love,
Ron Davis, servant of Christ