Tithing and Offering Deception.

Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. )1 Tim. 5:17-18)

The following quote in regards to the above passage, is example of the evil, manipulative practices that are abounding in many local institutional churches.

           “…..In other words Timothy, you are to BIND THE CONSCIENCES                           
        of God’s people to care for their pastors…..”    

This statement was made by Pastor A. N. Martin during a sermon.

The payment for preacher logic then goes something like this. 

"Most Believers agree that nobody should be greedy for money, preachers included. The scriptures, however, are clear that preachers are worthy of double honor. So they should be paid well. Believerrs should be more than happy and willing to give good salries to preachers of the gosppel"

Honor yes…but does that mean double money…or take the tithes as salary. If preachers preach for money, they are merchandizing the gospel. This makes them merchants, not  preachers. The words of scripture are clear: "freely you have received, freely give".

Another meaning for honor is reverence and respect…..were the early apostles paid? Most of them worked for a living….Paul waas a tent builder…Other disciples were fishermen, they worked to support themselves so has not to bring reproach to the gospel.

Jesus and the apostles did accept free will offerings. However, there is nothing to indicate the mandatory tithe and offering collection or that they received salaries from the people.

Yet, there is hardly a Sunday goes but in the programmed-event-driven meeting you hear the words: “Let us continue to worship God in the giving of our tithes and offerings,” (or words similar to that).

Religion has turned the gospel into a money racket.

People who are coerced to give their money to support the religious system and to help support the income of ministry owners or leaders because you were told by the seminarian that this is what the Scripture teaches, have been hoodwinked by deception's lie.  In actual fact you are a victim of extortion.  

According to one dictionary definition extortion means, Illegal use of one's official position or powers to obtain property, funds, or patronage. 

Manipulative religious leaders who preach and sell trinkets for money are extortioners. They have distorted the Scripture and deceived people into believing the distortion is truth, and then emptied your money pouches.

You have probably been extorted like this on a weekly basis. Is it possible that those questionings you have had as the offering bucket passed by regarding “tithes and offerings” were waranted!  Are you a victim of deception?  

To obtain money, loyalty or favors from another by coercion or intimidation is manipulative deception and not God sanctioned.

This weekly robing of God's people known as receiving the "tithing and offering,” that is used mostly to support the incomes of the professional pa-stars and keep the religious wheel turning, isn’t authorized or supported by New Testament scripture. No where in scripture will you find even a inkling that “tithing or the offering” is to be part of some “worship service” or that a large part of this money should now go to support paid professionals to run the racket.  

For centuries early Believers didn’t even have "church buildings" let alone “church worship services!”  The paid professional celebrity pa-star extortioners who engage in this deception are twisting the Scriptures for the purpose extorting money from unsuspecting, uninformed, religiously deceived people and are an affront to the gospel of God's grace.

As the Apostle Paul said:  “…For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites and by fair and flattering words, they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded…”  (Romans 16:18)

A Professor of New Testament, Carl B. Hoch, Jr., says:

In New Testament days, leaders were normally not paid. That is, money was given more as a gift than as an income or a salary. Leaders like Paul could receive money, but Paul chose not to receive any from the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 9:8-12). He wanted to serve without depending on any church for financial support. Churches had a responsibility to "reward the ox" (1 Timothy 5:17-18) and to share with those who taught (Galatians 6:6). But money was never to be the driving force of ministry (1 Peter 5:2). Unfortunately, churches today will not call a man until they feel they can support him, and some men will not seriously consider a call if the financial package is "inadequate"  (All Things New -Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1995- p.240).

The tithing mandate of religious churches is a bogus operation run by the professional denominational pupliteers.


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