I have problems with making tithing a law. But, have no problems with people who tithe. Pastor Gary makes some great points here.
After reading his blog post, all I can say is “Gulp! Yikes!’
Originally posted on Open Our Eyes, Lord!:
If someone desires to give a certain percentage of their net or gross income, I honor that as their right and privilege. I also believe that all Christians should give generously and cheerfully.
But full disclosure – I believe that tithing was an Old Covenant rite by which about 23% of goods, usually agricultural products, were given to God for the maintenance of the priests, for the poor. I see no comparable requirement for the church, which is supposed to “honor” its leaders (1 Tim 5:17) and make voluntary pledges to special projects (Paul’s Jerusalem Fund). 
I have no argument with tithers so long as they have no argument with me. And I’m not speaking here about legalistic tithing or carnal non-tithing.
But in the past few weeks I have found people preaching what must be held up and labeled perversions of the gospel and of the practice of…
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I didn’t realize till after I posted, my previous post, was my 1000th article I had written and published here. I’m both surprised and chuffed. I now have 999 more to go to reach 2000. Wait, there could be a book or two with all those words. Maybe I can write a book after all.
ειμι, ει, εσμεν αuστραλιαν.
Because the 2nd person of the Trinity existed before the creation of the earth. (Yeah I know, I just offended a heap of peeps) His eternal purpose was always to become incarnate. Christ, was always God’s plan to redeem his people. Christ was, is and will always be the elect. Israel as a nation, was elected to bear forth Christ. Their election by God, was always within the framework of bearing forth Christ. God’s eternal plan for the salvation of all humanity.
The incarnation was never plan B. Instead, before the creation of the world. God planned to redeem and reconcile humanity to himself. The elect of God, Christ, died our death, so that we might live. We live; not through his death; instead we live through his life. Through his death we gain forgiveness of sin. Through resurrected life, we are justified. He ascended to God the Father. The scars of the cross remain etched into his body for eternity: an intercession for us, scars that pave the way to God; only for those who would follow.
For its those who would receive him, he receives in Himself. Though he died for all; its only those who follow him, he lives for. For life can only be granted to those who follow him. For he is the way, the truth and the life. For whoever believes in him, shall not perish; but receive eternal life. But for those who don’t receive him. For those who don’t believe, receive and follow, there is no resurrected life.
The Psalmist begins Psalm 4 with the cry. Answer me when I call to you; O my righteous God. He continues, Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.
My first reaction in reading this passage pictures a child who is standing up to his / her parent, demanding that they answer them. There is a sense of an urgent demand. It’s not one of quiet humility and trust. Instead, its appears to be a scene where God is being told what to do. It’s more like an order, then it is a humble request.
I am taken back to a scene towards the end of the book of Job. It’s one where after all his complaining Job is called to account, and God asks him – “Who are you Job, to call me to account?” Job eventually replies, “Now I have seen you, I repent in dust and ashes”
But, am I right to equate God’s dealing with Job, to the apparent arrogance of this Psalmist. And I have to say NO!” For the Psalmist knows his ‘right’ relationship with God. In verse 2 he talks about the foolishness of those who seek false gods. He knows those false gods neither see, hear, speak, or act. He knows those who follow those false gods are deluded in their thinking. He states a fact in verse 3 that his God will hear when he calls to him. Because the Lord has set apart for himself those who follow him.
Therefore, his heart before God is a right one. It’s a heart of humility. It’s a heart of trust. It’s a heart of knowing that God himself promised to hear his prayers. It’s a heart of worship. For he knows that only God can deliver him from his distress. And he knows that he can indeed sleep in peace, because God will protect him. And so because he knows God is a God who promises to hear his prayers; in the midst of heartache and pain – his cry, “God answer me, is one of urgent need.”
In the midst of our own heart ache and pain, do we dare cry out in humble trust – God, answer me. Give me relief from my distress. Be merciful and hear my prayer. Not because we are ordering God to do so – but, instead, its because we know that God is honored in our dependence upon him.