June 24, 2015

The Shocking Truth About New Testament Giving

A lie is an untruth. It empowers the one's telling the lie, and deceives those who believe the lie.

Decades of pulpit gimmicks by those with evil intentions, as well as incorrect teaching about new covenant giving, has forced a growing number of believers to turn a deaf ear to any teaching on this subject. 

The subject of tithing and giving have become the "Cain and Abel" of the American church today. 

Corruption, greed and ignorance has all but killed any thought or consideration to the purpose and process of 1st century Christian giving.

In this blog post, I will talk just a little on what giving is, as it was demonstrated by the early Church. See my book, Clever Lies and Assumptions on the differences between tithing, offering, and giving.

The early Church gave according to how they were instructed to give. These giving principle were adopted from God's new covenant with believers. 

Paul's letter to the Corinthian church is an example of new covenant giving. This information was shared by the apostle Paul and the other apostles, with the entire Christian Church.

This new covenant called grace, changed what was once a mandate to what is now a choice. 

God gave Jeremiah a glimpse of this new covenant when He said, "But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts. Jeremiah 31:33 KJV

So, now tithing becomes giving and giving becomes a leading principle of the New Testament Church. It is a matter of the heart. In other words, it is a who-so-ever can and will opportunity. 

The early Christians recognized and understood this. That being said, Christians should give according to the example of the early Apostles and the New Testament Church. (See 2 Corinthians 8:11-13, 2 Corinthians 9:5-13, Acts 11:29)

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17) KJV)

There are three meanings to the word fulfill:

  1. To bring into effect. 
  2. To make complete.
  3. To bring to an end.
Jesus' birth, teachings, miracles and even His death brought into effect all those things that were written and stated by the prophets. At the same time, His death, burial, and resurrection made the law complete, which means to bring to an end.

Giving in all its forms, (Time, Talent, and  Money) is an important part of Christian living and is essential to the work of the Kingdom of God. However, there is no scripture that says all money given unto God has to go into a building, or the bank accounts of church leaders. 

Yes, we ought to bless those who teach us, but how we bless them is an individual choice. (Jeremiah 31:33 KJV)

Unfortunately, we live in a country where many preachers and church leaders make it sound like the only giving that is "unto the Lord" is what is given to them. But Jesus taught, "When you assist one of the least of these, my Brethren, you have done it unto me.”

For more on this subject, see my book Clever Lies and Assumptions.

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