Warning!!! Many church leaders and televangelists
do not want you to know the following Scriptures.

GIVING -v- Tithing? The New Testament instructs Holy Spirit-filled believers on giving. Are you free to give according to the New Testament, and leading of the Holy Spirit? Or are you bound by the antiquated law of Moses called the tithe or tithing?

Isn't it time to learn what the New Testament says about giving?

The NEW COVENANT established in Jesus’ New Testament say's...

Hebrews 9:16 ...where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be a death of the testator.

Before Jesus died to free us from the demands and requirements of Old Testament law, and before He established His New Testament, the new covenant, He said to those still under Moses' law at that time...

Matthew 23:23-26 “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. Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Matthew 23:13 "...woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in."

Hebrews 8:8-10 ... finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts...

Hebrews 8:13 ” In that He says, “A new covenant, ” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

However...

Acts 15:5-6 ...some of the sect of the Pharisees...rose up, saying, “It is necessary...to keep the law of Moses.” Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter.

Peter asked...

Acts 15:10 ...why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

Matthew 9:13go and learn what this means: ‘(Jesus) desire mercy and not sacrifice.’

Matthew 12:7if you had known what this means...you would not have condemned the guiltless.

Galatians 2:16man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ

Galatians 5:4 ...you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

Galatians 3:10-13 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” Yet the law is not of faith, but “the man who does them shall live by them.” Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)...

Shamefully...

Acts 15:24 ...some...have troubled you...saying, “You must...keep the law”to whom (the apostles) gave no such commandment...

Romans 7:6we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that WE SHOULD SERVE IN THE NEWNESS OF THE SPIRIT and not in the oldness of the letter.

Therefore...

Galatians 5:18 ... if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Galatians 3:24-25 ... the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

Hebrews 7:18-19 ...on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and un-profitableness, for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. (Read Hebrews chapters 7 & 8 for more clarity)

Hebrews 8:7 ...if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.

Since we have been freed from the law of the tithe, how should a new covenant Christian give?

2 Corinthians 9:7let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

Matthew 6:1 Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Philemon 1:14 (Let)...your good deednot be by compulsion

Give by The Holy Spirits Leading With Faith and Love…

Luke 6:38 …and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.

2Corinthians 9:6 ...He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

However...

1Corinthians 13:3 (paraphrased) Though you bestow all your goods to feed the poor, and even give your body to be burned, but have not love, it will profit you nothing.

Remember...

2 Corinthians 3:17 ...the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

James 1:25he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

Galatians 5:14 ...brethren, (you) have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall loveyour neighbor as yourself.

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage...

John 8:36 ...if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

New Covenant followers of Jesus are free to give as the Holy Spirit leads them. Are you free to exercise this liberty Jesus died for you to have?

Warning to all pastors: STOP DEMANDING THE TITHE! says the THE LORD JESUS!

Follow the Holy Spirit, trust Jesus, and then allow His people to do the same. Trust Jesus to move in their hearts as He promised He would.

Now to those of you who insist on being bound by the law, go ahead...

Amos 4:4-6 Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three years...brag about your freewill offerings— boast about them...for this is what you love to do," declares the Sovereign LORD. "I gave you empty stomachs in every city and lack of bread in every town, yet you have not returned to me," declares the LORD...

When anyone commands/demands spirit-filled followers of Jesus to tithe to them, their church group, or their ministry, they are guilty of extortion.

If Jesus' followers were still under the tithing law, pastors would be under the tithing laws too. According to the same law, pastors would be responsible to divide up the tithe amongst widows, orphans and strangers/foreigners, (see Deut. 26:12). Also Pastors would not be able to request additional money for building maintenance & building projects, since the tithing law requires that the tithe is to be used for building maintenance, (see 2 Kings 12:7-9). Finally, but not least, Pastors would be limited to room and board. Under the tithing law, priests were not granted an inheritance as all the other tribes were, see (Joshua 18:7). So, if followers of Jesus are truly suppose to submit to the law of the tithe established by Moses, then why aren't those who require the law practicing the law?

God used Moses to establish the law, Abraham on one occasion in recorded history, freely/voluntarily offered a tithe from the spoils of a battle. Is it right for pastors to use this one single account of Abraham, who was not under the law, to now require/demand a weekly tithe? The Old Testament law required the tithe "every third year". Regular giving by the law of Moses was a "first fruits" offering only done twice per year, requiring only those harvesting a crop to present their "basket". Regardless of crop size (40 acres, 100 acres, etc...) they each were only required to present a basket of their crops. An additional type of giving in those days was called the "freewill offering".

Is it fair to twist scripture and use Abraham, a man who was not under the law, to bind up followers of Jesus under the law. Remember, spirit-filled followers of Jesus are not under the law. They are free to follow the Holy Spirit's leading when giving.

The New Testament requires followers of Jesus to give to the poor, orphans and widows, as well as to the work of spreading the Gospel. Do you give obedience to this new covenant instruction and also give to the poor, orphaned and widowed? Are you free to give as the New Testament instructs? Are you free to follow the Holy Spirit's lead regarding what, where and when to give?

Greed for more of this world is what motivates many to give! Don't let that be your motivation, or false teachers and false prophets may manipulate you through your own worldly lust and passions.

Jesus already promised to meet all your needs if you would just seek His Kingdom and His righteousness first. This world and all that is in it will soon pass away.

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