Thursday, February 29, 2024

Institutionalized Giving (Tithe)


Institutionalized Giving (Tithe)

Well, praise Jesus today, everyone. I wanted to speak a bit today about institutionalized giving. It's the idea that you need to pay an organization or a club of other men 10% of your income as the Bible speaks of. Now the Christians use one particular verse over and over again to justify the biblical concept of tithing, and they make people feel very guilty for not paying their 10% of their income to an organization. They do this even to the extent that they will say you cannot pick the group of people that you want to give to. It can't be your mom, it can't be your dad, it can't be your brother. It has to be an institutionalized, legitimate organization in their eyes. It has to be a 501c3 church, a legitimate club. So I want to bring out three main points that will help expose what is going on around the deceptions of this whole institutionalized giving and this whole guilt tithe that is happening in church. Because there's a lot of Christians that really mean good. They really do want to see the blessings of God. They really do want God's blessings to be poured out in their life. They want to give, but Satan is fleecing the flock, and he is using a lot of Christians' good attitudes to get their money and use their money for evil. And that is what I want to expose today. I don't want to discourage anyone from giving, but I do want people to see the truth that if they are part of this institutionalized guilt giving of tithe, your arm is being twisted and you're being manipulated by Satan. So here are three really good points that I want you to take into consideration. These points aren't in any specific order. They're just three points regarding this institutionalized giving.

Point number one, the verse that we find that the churches are always quoting is Malachi chapter 3, somewhere around verse 8-12. And keep in mind that this verse is Old Testament. And almost 100%, if not 100% of the Christian organizations that are promoting this idea that tithe is biblical and that you need to give your 10%, these exact same Christians say they support the New Covenant and that they are not Old Testament Christians. They are not under the law of Moses. They like to say that they are once saved, always saved, we're not saved by works of the law such as the Old Testament. But then when it comes down to tithing in particular, they pull out this one commandment from the Old Testament, not the New, and then they make their congregation feel guilty as if they're going to hell if they're not keeping this one particular Old Testament law out of Malachi. So obviously guys, that is hypocrisy. So that's point number one. I want to read this verse to you because it is true that God will bless us if we tithe, but the way the Christian church, the institutionalized guilt givers and guilt receivers are asking for this is out of manipulation from Satan. So let's read it.

This is the verse that they use to make you feel guilty. This is found in the Old Testament prophet Malachi chapter 3. I'm starting in verse eight. It says,

“Will a man rob God?

Yet you have robbed Me!”

The churches love this because they want you to think that you're robbing them if you're not giving to them on a weekly basis your 10%.

“But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’

In tithes and offerings.

You are cursed with a curse.”

That's also what they want you to think. You're cursed, brother, if you're not paying your tithe to our church.

“For you have robbed Me,

Even this whole nation.

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,

That there may be food in My house,

And try Me now in this,”

Says the Lord of hosts,

“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven

And pour out for you such blessing

That there will not be room enough to receive it.”

 So you can just see how these manipulators fleece the flock with this verse. So if you're not paying tithe, they say you're robbing God. If you don't know how you're robbing God, it's obviously because you're not paying your tithe. If you're not going above and beyond 10% and doing your offerings, you're also robbing God. So not only do we want you giving 10% of your income, we want you giving maybe $1000 every other week just to support the pastor because he deserves it. So they make you feel super guilty if you're not, but look, if you are paying your tithe and giving offerings, then God will bless you. He will give you everything that you need.

So you can see it's extremely manipulative. Obviously God wants us to give us, you know, he wants our whole heart and he will bless us if we are giving our whole heart to him. But clearly the Christian church is making people feel guilty and they've institutionalized this Bible verse out of complete hypocrisy because this is Old Testament, which they say they don't believe in. They say they're a new covenant and anything of the Old Testament law is a work of the law for you to try to do. So clearly point number one exposes the Christian hypocrisy.

So if this wasn't enough, if this first point is not enough, that it's hypocritical, that brings me to my second point, which is that Jesus Himself specifically talked about the hypocrisy of tithing institutionally. And I want to read for you specifically what Jesus said, because it is exactly what the Christian churches do today to fleece their flock. And it's so ridiculous that it's hard to understand why anyone in church doesn't see the plain truth right in front of their nose when Jesus says it loud and clear. He obviously speaks against this institutionalized guilt kind of tithe and giving. But I want to read to you what Jesus says. This is found in Mark chapter 7, and I'm going to read you starting in verse 6.

6He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

‘This people honors Me with their lips,

But their heart is far from Me.

7And in vain they worship Me,

Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

So these people teach it's a doctrine to tithe, but it's actually a commandment of men, not a commandment of God. So then Jesus says,

8For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.”

9He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. 10For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ 11But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban”—’ (that is, a gift to God), 12then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, 13making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

So do you see what Jesus is pointing out here? The Christian church, they say, any extra money you have, you need to give it as tithes and offerings to the church. So you might say to your own parents, “You know, I know that you need money to pay your electrical bill. I know you need money to take out your trash, but I can't give that to you because my church wants my 10% and I don't have any money to help you take out the trash or to help you with your medical bills. I can't help you with that, mother and father, because any extra money I have needs to go to my church to pay tithe and my offerings”. So you make the natural laws of God of helping your parents and your family of no effect by the traditions of men, of giving tithes and offerings to the church. So Jesus spoke specifically about this hypocrisy and the Pharisees were doing this all the time. In fact, they would make people feel guilty if they were helping their own parents because you're not helping out the church. That money that you're getting a little bit extra should be Corban. You should be giving it as tithe and offering. You shouldn't be helping your natural neighbor or your natural children. You shouldn't be helping your blood. You shouldn't be giving to people that you just think need money out of love. Oh, no, no. You need to be giving institutionally out of guilt. That is, I mean, if that doesn't get your attention, I'm not totally sure what will because this rebuke was specifically to the religious order and the Christians today are doing ironically the exact same thing. So ridiculously identical that it should just make you scratch your head. How Christians don't see this? How do they feel so compelled to tithe these organizations and not be helping out their family when Jesus Himself clearly speaks about this whole Corban and when He clearly rebukes the Pharisees for this? I'm not sure how deceived they are, although I am because I was in their position at once. People get very deceived by listening to people and not to Jesus.

 So guys, this brings me to the third point. One more thing before we get to the third point, though, about Jesus rebuking the Pharisees. You can also see His rebuke specifically against the institutionalized tithes and offerings in Matthew chapter 23. Jesus speaks quite specifically and directly to this topic of tithing to institutions. Jesus says, Matthew 23, I'm going to start in 23. He says,

23“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

So Jesus goes on and on about this sort of hypocrisy. Now there are some people that say, well, I'm already paying my parents way. You know, I'm giving enough to them so I think that I can pay my tithe. Man, you need to be warned where you're giving your money because these church organizations are robbing you. They will rob you and make you feel guilty. I would pray and just ask the Lord where you need to give your money because the Lord has put people in each of our lives that are naturally in our life and the people that want to take your money, these institutions are not part of the natural laws that God set up. Unatural laws are these institutions and these governing authorities that say you need to put your family underneath our teachers and our leaders and we will control your household and we will control your money. But the very natural laws are the natural laws of love that God put in families, Loving your wife, loving your children, taking care of things around the house. So this is the third point in regards to this whole deception around institutionalized giving. The third point is it's against natural laws of love to support an unnatural law of institutionalized giving.

So clearly the people that are naturally in your life are the ones that were born of your own blood. So Jesus calls us to love our own family, to love our own wives, to love our neighbor as ourselves. But he's never said go out and find an institutionalized religion and make sure you join the club and pay enough money to keep your membership up. That's not natural, guys. So I hope that these three points can open someone's eyes to the truth. Maybe you're wondering how you should spend your money, how you should give and maybe you've been made to feel very guilty by the devil for not giving to an institutionalized religion. So don't let Satan try to manipulate your finances or your readiness to serve God outside of the institution. I want to just encourage you to give where you felt led out of love, not out of manipulation or guilt.

In the world everyone tries to make you feel guilty or pressured. That is what business people do all the time, salesmen all the time, they try to make you feel guilty or pressured and that's the same thing the false institutionalized church has been doing for years. Don't fall into their prey, don't be manipulated by them any longer. Give as the Lord gives you and of course He will pour out His blessings on you as the prophet Malachi says. But don't let that verse be a form of manipulation any longer by these false institutionalized religions.

So that's all I have today guys. I want to pray for those of you that want to hear from the Lord and want to be led by Him, that want to be set free from false guilt, false religion and the bonds of the world.

 “Lord Jesus I pray for your true church, for those sons and daughters of your kingdom that want to be guided in their finances and in their hearts and just in their lives in general to go the right way. I pray that they will not be distracted by false religion or the lies of Satan or those that want to steal their money in order to control their life. I pray they can give their hearts and their minds and their souls fully to you Lord Jesus that they be led in righteousness and that they would take back what is rightfully yours or rightfully theirs that you have given them so that they can use these things that you have given them for your kingdom purpose and no longer for the purpose of the devil. I pray you unshackle people and set them free in your name that they can be free to serve you as your bond servants living for you Lord Jesus all the days of their life. So I pray for my brothers and sisters that are part of the true church. I pray in your name Lord Jesus. Amen.”