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1 Corinthians 16:1-2

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by AresMan, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. AresMan

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    Is this a test? :tonofbricks:
     
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    It's about a special offering to relieve the suffering of Christians in Jerusalem.
     
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    DING! DING! DING!

    What do we have for him, Johnny!
     
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    Please say, "A BRAND NEW CAR!"
     
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    Well, AresMan,

    What we have for our winner is a book entitled "Tithing Never Continued Beyond The Levitical Priesthood But Greed Did" by TruthBKnown Publishers.

    In addition to the above mentioned book, we also have it's sequel "Is Fleecing The Flock Of God A Wise Thing To Do?"
     
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    Darn! I was hopin' for that car!
     
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    So, AresMan, is your point to bring attention to the fact that folks are misappropriating those verses as guidelines for regular giving to the local church?
     
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    You're on a roll! :D
     
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    Not Giving, but Sowing
    by Henry Morris, Ph.D. | Aug. 4, 2008

    "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully, shall reap also bountifully." (2 Corinthians 9:6)

    As John Calvin pointed out long ago in expounding this key passage, "We are not giving, but sowing" when we contribute of our financial means to the work of the Lord, for it miraculously is considered by the Lord of the harvest as seed sown in the soil of the hearts of men.

    And it is a rule of the harvest that, other things being equal, the more seed planted, the more harvested. He who is deficient with his seed must necessarily anticipate a meager crop.

    Of course, a bountiful harvest presupposes not only an abundance of seed, but also good soil, properly prepared, watered, and cultivated. It is no good simply to give money to anyone or any cause, any more than it is good simply to throw a seed on a rocky slope or city street or weed-infested yard. One is responsible to give where God's Word is honored--not just to give, but to give responsibly.

    Furthermore, even though an abundant harvest is promised, the motive in giving is also vital. The harvest is souls--not gold! "God loveth a cheerful giver"--not a conditional giver (v. 7). "He that giveth, let him do it with simplicity" (Romans 12:8). Often God does bring financial blessing to a Christian who has proved faithful in the grace of giving, but this is so he can give still more and thus lay up still more treasure in heaven. "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required" (Luke 12:48). "Therefore," as Paul said, ". . . see that ye abound in this grace also" (2 Corinthians 8:7).

    And as we give, we must never forget that Christ has given more: "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor" (2 Corinthians 8:9). HMM

    http://www.icr.org/articles/type/6/
     
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    Just for the record, I do believe there are many passages that teach giving to one's local church (not tithe passages). However, 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 is not one such passage and is very often taken out of context as a command for (1)Sunday worship, and/or (2)giving to one's own local church, and/or (3)tithing.

    The passage itself is a command by Paul to the members of certain churches to save up sustenance each week in their own supervision for Paul to bring with him as he passed through to Jerusalem to minister to the saints there enduring a famine. The passage itself is not a command for Sunday worship, weekly giving to one's own church, or "tithing."
     
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    Johnny Who?? ;)

    Ed
     
  13. standingfirminChrist

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    Amen!

    Too many want to use this to say we have to put money in the plate each week, and yet Paul was telling the individual to 'lay by him in store that there be no gatherings when I come.'

    The clear command was for the individual to put up a certain amount of money to his or her own keeping; i.e., a savings account of sorts.

    This was not a local Church collection as many would think.
     
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