Paul tells us we are no longer under the law and t we are free from its bondage (Gal 4:9). Even more, Jesus Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law:
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: Gal 4:13
Placing someone under a required system of tithing and offering is equal to ignoring the redemption of Christ and placing the church back under a curse of the law.
Those living under liberty and grace can't be placed under a curse (Gal 5:1). Mandatory tithing is not a practice for the church, the boC. Those who teach tithing are either ignorant of Pauls instructions or are mishandling the word of truth (Titus 1:11).
---michael_e on 2/12/18|
Don't depend upon your denominational "churches" annual report or financial statements.
They are only created to appease the IRS for tax purposes. If you truly want to know the true wealth of your denominational "church" read IRS Form 990. It details income (including the names of large donors), expenses, the value and maintenance of assets.
I, with other investigative reporters, had a goal of finding the true wealth of the RCC. We didn't complete the investigation, but what we did find was that the RCC was worth more than seventeen trillion dollars (in real and paper assets) and spent over eighty percent of the income to maintain these assets. Their annual income was eighty five billion dollars.
---Steveng on 3/5/17|
You wrote: Search on you tube for Benny Hinn curses his enemies. His voice on that video is absolutely evil.
By the Golden Rule, if he thinks it's perfectly fine to curse his own enemies, he must think it's perfectly fine for others to curse him.
Personally, I don't want anyone to curse me, so I try very carefully not to curse other people as a result.
If more people who call themselves Christians would actually seriously contemplate and revere the Golden Rule, I think many of the church's problems would go away, especially hypocrisy - the one sin that Jesus consistently screamed against.
---StrongAxe on 2/14/17|
Benny Hinn and many other false prophets got on the Y2K bandwagon. They made millions selling books and tapes. When nothing happened people still listened to them. Search on you tube for Benny Hinn curses his enemies. His voice on that video is absolutely evil.
---KarenD on 2/13/17|
Years ago, I used to be a big fan of Benny Hinn's, even flying to Chicago for a couple of days just to hear him speak. However, he does teach a few strange things, which in and of itself is a bit of a warning sign, but not too serious. However, once anyone claims to have prophecies from God - and those prophecies fail to come to pass, he has established himself as a false prophet by biblical standards. I frequently predict things that don't happen (like whether it will rain tomorrow) as everyone does, but I make no pretense to saying my predictions come from God.
---StrongAxe on 2/13/17|
Strong Axe, I believe you concerning BENNY HINN. I also believe most so-called prophets have stuck their feet in their mouth. A brother of mine who doesn't like to read bought a couple books by BENNY HINN and asked me to read em and report back to him what they said, so I read them.
---mike4879 on 2/12/17|
Just saying... if churches aren't doing what should be getting done with the money I would give God his money elsewhere.
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed. Proverbs 19:17
Additionally I will say I don't fully believe the "tithe" is a New Testament mandatory practice. The economy of the early church was that all things were common. That's WAY DIFFERENT than giving ten percent.
---Pharisee on 2/11/17|
Despite Benny Hinn's influence and popularity, the fact remains that on several occasions, he made prophecies that did not come to pass. According to the Bible, this makes him a false prophet, and we are told not to listen to false prophets. (You can google benny hinn false prophet and find lists and audio and/or video recordings of these.)
---StrongAxe on 2/11/17|
Yes, we are to help the poor, but not with God's 10 percent. They are separate. The one is over and beyond the other. I think a good portion of churches show how their money is spent in annual reports. Still a church that is merely open a couple days a week, and then for only a couple hours is not good stewardship. Churches ought to do much more.
---mike4879 on 2/11/17|
God, I am giving your ten percent to help my son. He is in need now and always.
---mike4879 on 2/11/17|
I strongly feel that people should demand their church's budget and see what they're spending God's coins on.
Listen, if a church is not doing something other than a weekly service with everyone's tithe maybe you should rethink what portion of your "tithe" you give to them. Churches would do well to be accountable and transparent.
Maybe the church should get 2% and the rest should be spent to clothe and feed the poor in your neighborhood? Figure it out.
We don't need the government or the church to "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN," we simply need God's people to start caring for their communities the way the apostles charged Paul to "remember the poor." Galatians 2:10
---Pharisee on 2/11/17|
//Another note, ohms are separate from tithes.--mike4879on 2/9/17
Please explain. I thought they were interchangeable words.
---Nicole_Lacey on 2/11/17|
I think there are con artists bigger than BENNY HINN!
---mike4879 on 2/10/17|
Yep. I really want to read something written by Benny Hinn. Biggest con artist there is.
---KarenD on 2/10/17|
Tithers mention Melchizedek as if this King of Salem could justify their required tithe teaching.
Abrahams tithe to Melchizedek doesn't require the church to pay tithes to a local pastor.
Abraham tithed responding to a blessing by Melchizedek. Gen 14:18-19 states that Melchizedek brought bread and wine and blessed Abram. You didn't receive the blessing from Melchizedek, nor were your enemies delivered into thy hand.
Abram tithed of the spoils (Heb 7:4) not from his monthly or yearly paycheck. He tithed of all that he had captured from enemies.
It was a one time tithe. Abram never paid another tithe to Melchizedek. I doubt tithers agree you should only tithe once.
Cheerful giving and "required tithing" are not the same
---michael_e on 2/9/17|
You can read the Old Testament teachings. BENNY HINN in his book "Biblical Road to Blessing" in considering various Old Testament teachings calculated the actual tithe to be more like 30 percent. But the patriarch ABRAHAM when giving MELCHEZIDEK a tithe gave him 10 percent. GOD loves a cheerful giver. The priests were to give 10 percent in the form of a burnt fat offering. Things are different today. Priests are different too. Another note, ohms are separate from tithes.
---mike4879 on 2/9/17|
Man-made "churches," the denominational "churches," spend over eighty percent of their income (donations or others) to maintain worldly assets (buildings, income property, paper assets, etc.)
God's true church is not made from the hands of man. In fact, the meaning of the word "church" has a completely different meaning today than in Jesus' time. "Church" ARE the christians, not a building or a denomination.
As for tithing, it no longer exist. God judges the heart of an individual, not if you're a member of a denominational organization. Where is the love (as in the verb form) if you don't get involved personally?
---Steveng on 2/8/17|
How many tithes? There is only 1 tithe and you can give offerings above your tithe.
---Leslie on 2/7/17|
If you designate on an envelope where you want they money to go. The money should, for example if you say bldg fund should go to help the church pay bills like mortgage or lights. The tithes I believe go to further the mission or ministries of the church and provide for the community.
---Angie on 2/6/17|