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Curses and Consequences
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The tithing.com website written by Jared Brian stated, "We hope our tithing resources help inform and encourage Christian believers about following biblical giving that is not bound by tithing, but is sacrificial and cheerful. Our desire is to break all from the bondage legalism and encourage everyone to embrace sacrificial giving led by the Spirit of God."
There are many problems with this line of thinking. First of all Biblical giving included tithing but tithing remained an individual choice in not only the amount and way in which giving was done but to whom you gave.
There were interpretations of the Old Testament taught by some people that might fall under the description of legalism which is an "excessive adherence to law or formula." This was a problem with the Pharisitical interpretation of what was "law". Law is the English word consistently used to describe the term Torah. The word from which the word statute is translated is choq or chuqqah meaning an ordinance, enactment, or decree and may be translated in varying forms including custom, appointed, manners, rites...
The Pharisees may have been steeped in legalism but according to Jesus, they did not believe the testimony of Moses. They claimed Moses and God as their Father with their lips but they did not know his way.Moses like Jesus believed we should love our neighbor as ourselves. From the beginning it was not by legalism but by love that you were to fulfill the law. Peter, Paul, James, and John made it clear and warned us that if we were not keeping the Commandments that it is clear that your claim of faith is false.
All the laws, statutes, customs or rites of Moses were his written testimony of the nature of God the Father and The Way His creation works. In Deuteronomy 4:45 we can read "These [are] the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt," and Deuteronomy 5:1 "And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them." The text is trying to teach you something about The Way the universe works, Moses was trying to teach the people how the law works. Even the Ten Commandments are actually trying to tell you how the Law of Nature works.
People like Cain, Nimrod and the Pharisees who in their pride will not let the Spirit of God come into their hearts often think they have to codify the law and force compliance from the top down which is legalism at its worse. This is why there are prohibitions in the policies of God and Jesus about making covenants, swearing oaths and even applying to the Father of the earth and men who call themselves benefactors but exercise authority one over the other.
Larry Burkett from Crown Financial Ministries promoted tithing in his book “Giving & Tithing” asked, “Is Tithing Legalism”? stating, “Although the tithe is mentioned in the law, no punishment was indicated for not tithing. There is a consequence (the loss of blessings), but there is no punishment from God for not tithing.”
Jared Brian did not "think there is any question about the curse for not tithing" mentioning Deuteronomy 26, Deuteronomy 27, and Deuteronomy 28. Unfortunately, people are often still falling prey to the spirit of legalism and applying to Moses the Pharisees' false interpretations, missing the metaphor and spirit of love. Those curses and blessings are consequences of following or not following the Spirit of God and His righteousness.
A false view of tithing certainly would be "out-of-place when we attempt to fit it into a Church" but the fulfillment of the law has always been love. Tithing has always been "user-friendly" because it has always been a matter of individual choice and policed by that Law of Nature and Natures God.
People and many in the Modern Church often use the term grace to neglect righteousness. We should still be seeking the righteousness of God and like the early Church we should be providing a daily ministration through Pure Religion unspotted by the world. We should not be dependent upon the Fathers of the earth nor the men who call themselves benefactors but who exercise authority one over the other.
Tithing was always about charitably participating in a governmental system of the care and welfare of others both locally and far off. The Levites were the firstborn of the nation who were to bear fruit for a nation through the freewill offerings of the people who tithed to them according to their service not some legalistic demand or statute.
The early Church would feed the flock of God by rightly dividing the bread from house to house. Christians did not apply for the free bread of Caesar. The early Christian ate of the righteous table of the Lord, not of the unrighteous mammon of the fathers of the earth.
Jared Brian says there are Five Reasons Why You are Cursed for Tithing. He likes logic but lacks knowledge. If you are missing pieces of the true history of Abraham and the early Church you may misinterpret the text.
1. "Obeying the law has a curse upon it (Galatians 3:10)."
- This is not true because obeying the law is fulfilling the law which is done by following The Way of love and charity, not the way of compacts and force which is going under the law of men who exercise authority. There was a point made by Paul about imposing Jewish customs on Gentiles. But Paul knew that "Religion" was about 'remembering the poor'. Caring for the welfare of the people had to be done by charity alone. This was at the core of the Christian conflict and the essence of Pure Religion.
- See what (Galatians 3:10) is really saying.
2. "You are fallen from grace (Galatians 5:4-6)"
3. "God doesn’t say anything about loving a dedicated giver (2 Corinthians 9:7)"
4. "Tithing makes you a slave (Galatians 5:1)"
5. "Tithing makes you weak (Romans 8:3)"
- The laws spoken of by Paul were the hand written ordinances nailed to the cross imposed by civil law. It is the laws that attempted to legislate morality. see Romans 8:3
- According to Polybius and the prophets being accustomed to living at the expense of others makes you weak.
The truth is that Israel punished and cursed itself for disobeying the spirit of the law. That is still true for those who may only claim to be Christians but are not doers of the word.
It is true that "Christ has redeemed us" but are you a part of that "us"?
Brian also includes "Five Reasons Why You Are Blessed for NOT Tithing"
1. You are under grace (Romans 6:14)
- But the question remains are you the "you" Paul is speaking about and to?
- Don't let people try to use Romans 6 to make you think Christ did away with the Ten Commandments. Hit was the handwritten ordinances of men done away with by Nailing it to His cross.
- Saying Jesus is Lord by denying him with your actions is evident in Keeping the Commandments and a lie if you are not.
2. God said he would supply all our needs without mentioning the tithe (Philippians 4:19)
- Charity is not mentioned in the Old Testament and Tithing was just freewill offerings of the people gathered in tens as Moses and Jesus commanded.
- Don't let the false religion of modern Christians and the Pharisees distort your view of Moses and Jesus.
3. Our gifts are sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God (Philippians 4:18)
- If you are taking care of the needy through the forced taxation by the world then there is no sweet smell coming from your sacrifices. Your priests are the administrators of Nimrod and Rome and the Fathers of the earth and the men who call themselves benefactors but exercise authority which Christ forbade for his followers. Such covetous practices are the worst form of legalism and makes your religion contrary to Pure Religion.
4. God Loves a Cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
- Not those engaged in the covetous practices of socialism. Even though they may think they believe in Christ they remain workers of iniquity and are in need of repentance.
5. The Spirit gives life (Romans 8:5-10)
- So do you live by the sword of the world who force the contributions of the people and borrow against the future of your children making yourself "merchandise" and them a surety for your debt or are you seeking the Kingdom of God and the righteousness of Christ.
Peter, Paul, James, and John warned us of strong delusions and Christ even warned us that many would think they are his followers but actually be workers of iniquity. Do you have ears to hear and eyes to see?
- "That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Romans 8:4
- Have you returned to the bondage of Egypt?
- Have you become merchandise and entangled again in the yoke of bondage?
- Have you become surety for debt?
- Have you and are you cursing your children with debt?
- Have you eaten at the table of rulers with great appetite?
- Have you been snared by what should have been for your welfare?
- Have you become subject to the Fathers of the earth and the Nimrods of Babylon?
- 1) law, direction, instruction
- 1a) instruction, direction (human or divine)
- 1a1) body of prophetic teaching
- 1a2) instruction in Messianic age
- 1a3) body of priestly direction or instruction
- 1a4) body of legal directives
- 1b) law
- 1b1) law of the burnt offering
- 1b2) of special law, codes of law
- 1c) custom, manner
- 1d) the Deuteronomic or Mosaic Law
- 1a) instruction, direction (human or divine)
- 1) statute, ordinance, limit, something prescribed, due
- 1a) prescribed task
- 1b) prescribed portion
- 1c) action prescribed (for oneself), resolve
- 1d) prescribed due
- 1e) prescribed limit, boundary
- 1f) enactment, decree, ordinance
- 1f1) specific decree
- 1f2) law in general
- 1g) enactments, statutes
- 1g1) conditions
- 1g2) enactments
- 1g3) decrees
- 1g4) civil enactments prescribed by God
- 1) statute, ordinance, limit, enactment, something prescribed
- 1a) statute
- John 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
- John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
- John 16:3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
- John 17:7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
- Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
- Matthew 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
- Matthew 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
- Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
- Luke 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
- Psalms 119:97 MEM. O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
- Psalms 119:113 SAMECH. I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.
- Psalms 119:163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
- Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
- Romans 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
- Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
- James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
- 1) to curse
- 1a) (Qal)
- 1a1) to curse
- 1a2) cursed be he (participle used as in curses)
- 1b) (Niphal) to be cursed, cursed
- 1c) (Piel) to curse, lay under a curse, put a curse on
- 1d) (Hophal) to be made a curse, be cursed
- 1a) (Qal)
- AlefReishReish ^ררא^
- 1) curse
- MemAlefReishHey Mem meaning the consequence flow from an action.