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How To Give & When Not To

Discussion in 'Other Christian Denominations' started by Hark, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. Hark

    Hark Member

    Oct 1, 2014
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    Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

    2 Corinthians 9:5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.

    This is why a church should not be requiring tithing.

    The next verse below is testifying of God providing what is needed for the church to operate on.

    6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. 10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

    That means God will raise up cheerful givers that are thankful to God for the church and His ministry through the church.

    11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

    So what a church members gives is between him and God.

    How can he give anonymously? That is the hard part, but God will provide a way.

    However, it is a practice for believers to make a record of their givings by the church for tax deductions. It is not a sin, but as Jesus has said, they already have their reward.

    It all comes down to having a cheerful heart to give, and how you want to give as well as how much.

    The one thing a pastor and church cannot look down upon is the poor for not giving at all when they are to provide for their own house when they are desolate.

    1 Timothy 5:5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. 6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. 7 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless. 8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

    Asking believers to give by faith of what little they have and expecting God to answer by multiplying what they have given is a covetous & faithless church. How can they ask that of people when they are not looking to God to provide by raising up cheerful givers? These be they that live in rich houses, having a huge salary, and a plush retirement fund, proclaiming that God will do the same for them.

    Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

    Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

    1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

    9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

    10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

    When they say that members are robbing from God's House, they are the ones actually robbing God's unspeakable gift of providing for the church by way of raising up cheerful givers.

    2 Corinthians 9:11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; 13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; 14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

    Kind of hard for the pastor at the pulpit and the church to say to individual church members have faith in God to provide for their private lives when they are not looking to God to provide for the church, but for the church members to keep up with their tithing and their pledges for giving. That was what James was talking about in having faith without works in James 2nd chapter is when a church does not lead by example of having faith in God's Providence. It was never about faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, but faith in God's Providence to provide without hypocrisy.