Friday, March 23, 2012

Does God Care What Church Leaders Give-YES


Is there any where in the Bible that talks about auxiliary dues??? How do you deal with leaders in the church that are not tithing???


Auxiliary dues? This is a strange phrase in my church tradition.
I had to research the phrase. What I understand is that auxiliary dues are expected contributions to the organization one belongs to. No, auxiliary dues are not in the Bible.

The church is supported by the tithes and offerings of members. These tithes and offerings are from the blood bought redeemed, not the local service club. Yes, they have a responsibility to support a church. Leaders in the church who do not support the church are unacceptable. But tithing?
A controversy I never knew existed between Bible believing churches is that there is broad disagreement whether tithing is for the New Testament church. Why?
Some view tithing as an Old Testament requirement for Jews.

My first understanding of tithing comes from the following Old Testament passage in Malachi.

Malachi 3:8-11
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
"8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. 11 Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the LORD of hosts."

I do not see where God's blessing or curse has been lifted on this.
This area is one I am still studying whether tithing is a law or principal. What we can not do is find a way not to give.

People will say that tithing is a good recommendation but not a law for the New Testament Church. Jesus fulfilled the law as he died for as as a perfect sacrifice.
But the law, ten commandments, still exists. We Christians are under a different relationship to it. We are under grace now not the law. The holy principals still remain.
Below Abraham tithed and their was no law. What impressed him to tithe?
This tithing appeared before the Leviticus laws and ten commandments were established to God's people.

Genesis 14:18-21
New King James Version (NKJV)
Abram and Melchizedek

18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said:
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
And he gave him a tithe of all.
21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.”

Do we have to tithe? It is a principal if you have income to give. I still do not see where the tithe is refuted. And yes Christians the Old Testament is in the Bible. You can give more than 10%. If we are in a deficit in our income you cannot tithe off a loss of income.

Sam Jones a 19th century Methodist evangelist said "If God don't have hold of your pocketbook He don't have a hold of you."

A pastor friend of mine once said he studied members giving before he would nominate or support a person for leadership. That is shocking to some.

Does God care what you give?

The Bible says Jesus did. As a matter of fact Jesus checked people out at the temple to see how people gave. Just read the following passage and see.

Luke 21:1-4
New King James Version (NKJV)
The Widow’s Two Mites

"21 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. 3 So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; 4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”

The widow gave way above a tithe. It impressed Jesus so that he immortalized the giving in Scripture.

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