​What is offering? 

What is offering?

What would you say, if you were in the audience when Jesus said, unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have no life in you?

Understand that Jesus was referring to himself as the Passover Lamb that must be eaten, by those to whom, the lamb would benefit.

If you do not eat the lamb you are cut off from Israel. The eating of the lamb was so important that if you were “unclean” on the day of the proper Passover, you were given an opportunity a few days later to eat it.

In that sense, we eat Jesus, we partake of him, he becomes our inheritance. In that sense, the Lord is our inheritance. We inherit eternal life.

But there is something called the inheritance of God in the Saints. Not our inheritance, but God’s, what he stands to gain for gaining us.

Before I unpack that, let me show you what God’s food as typified with in the Old Testament means; just as for eternal life, Christ becomes our food. 
It is typified by the offerings. God would later speak about the offering, saying: do you think if I am hungry I will tell you, as the cattle on a thousand hills are mine? They bring it to him offerings as “food,” but what he wants is much more than that.

In the ultimate sense, we are God’s food. We are the offering. We are the offering. We are the tithes, the firstfruits.

There must be regular morning and evening offering in the Old Testament, but now we are living sacrifices, being offered all the time. We please him by faith. Our pleasing him becomes his food. As Jesus said that his food is to please the Father. In other words: I am satisfied when I satisfy God. When God is pleased therefore (and Jesus is God), then God has eaten.

We are made for his pleasure, to please him.

The inheritance of God in the saints has to do with his eternal calling over our life. What we add to his kingdom that nobody else can, that is his food.

So the “so that there be meat in my house” in Malachi, in the ultimate sense is our lives pleasing him, living for him, as we serve in his kingdom, his purpose.

Understand that the word ” offering ” in the New Testament is never about money. NEVER. Never about anything material.

When talking about money, Paul used the word “contribution.” or “collection” or “gathering”. NOT OFFERING. You cannot offer money to God. He has nothing to do with it. You offer your life. That is his inheritance.

That is the true meaning of the tithe and offering that Malachi talks about. 
So let us stop using the phrase “offering time.” It erodes from the true meaning of offering.

He demanded the tithe, the offering in Malachi (which is a prophetic book) pointing to the ultimate fulfillment of those two things as our lives in offering to God.

Tithe is about percentage, not that we divide our 24 hours into parts or our money into parts as new covenant people, but a prophetic pointer to the percentage of the human beings that Jesus would offer to God at the end of time as the new creature.

The tithe is God’s. And the scriptures cannot be broken. The firstfruit is the picture of our being in Christ the ultimate firstfruit, the tithe is the picture of our being taken out of the world to be God’s exclusive possession.

Paul said: we should offer our bodies to God as a living sacrifice, which is our reasonable service in view of the mercies of God.

In other words: In view of our inheritance in him, let him inherit us. 
If we embrace a false notion and we continue to hold on to it in the face of evidence to the contrary, we harden our hearts and render ourselves unable to receive truth.

Again I say: Let’s stop using the phrase “offering time” in church. It is anti-truth. There is nothing like offering time. Our life should be in offering to God eternally.

Thank you.

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​Dividing the tithe

Dividing the tithe

Many people who want to pay tithe struggle with the fact that when they read the law of Moses, they see that some if it should be given to be poor and some you have to eat.

But those who push this idea of tithe would want us to just forget that and just pay the tithe.

The point is that no one really pays the tithe. You that pay the tithe don’t really pay the tithe. In trying to obey the law you become a transgressor.

The fact that you cannot obey the law of tithing in any way has not stopped the pushers from creating guilt inside people.

They have modified the law to make it fit into both the 21st century life and protect themselves. You cannot claim to follow Abraham in tithing and not the law because Abraham did not practice tithing. So let’s stop deceiving ourselves.

They say you pay the tithe to the church where you are feed. As I have said before, if you collect tithe, you are building your own kingdom and not the kingdom of God. That compromises the vision of the true church in us and so everyone is building his kingdom.

So why was it in the law that the tithe should be given to the poor (some of it)  and also that it (some of it) should be eaten right their in the temple?

What I want to say is reflective of the law being fulfilled in Christ (not to be fulfilled by us) and the substance is Christ.

The sharing with the poor from the tithe shows the priority of God. The gospel is preached to the poor and the poor in the spiritual is everyone who do not have Christ. Since what is physical in the Old Testament is spiritual in the New.

And the eating of the tithe shows fellowship with God. You have to eat it (the tithe) in the very presence of God at the temple.

When you eat the tithe in the presence of God, it is as if God is eating it with you.

Remember the words of Jesus in the book of Revelation, that he wants to eat with us and us with him.

Eating together is a picture of fellowship for the Jews. That is why it was a big deal for the Pharisees that Jesus ate with sinners. 

For us eating is just eating, but for the Jews, it goes beyond eating, it is fellowship. It is “becoming one” with the person you are eating with.

So the eating in the presence of God is fellowship.

But why the tithe, why not some other offering.

It is because the tithe is the biggest offering you bring to God at that time.

The first fruits is not the way people say it is, it is a very small part. Like you have a big maize farm, the first ripe maize is the first fruit, so it is a very small thing, and you take it to the temple and hold it in one hand and wave it.

But the church has made first fruit something that is even much more scarier than the tithe. It was the opposite in the Old Testament.

It is actually not firstfruits (plural) it is the first of the first fruits.  You bring just a sheath and wave it often the Lord. And the first fruit has nothing to do with the animals. It is fruit. Right?
So that is why the eating and the sharing with the poor has to do with the tithe, because it is something bulky. And the eating of the tithe is a picture of fellowship with God.

Thank you

​The mixing of the church with the economic system

The mixing of the church with the economic system

In the Middle Ages what happened was the mixing of the church with the political system of the world.

Now we talk about separation of church and state, then the church was the state.

That is hard to imagine now, just as later in the future it would be hard to imagine how the church could have embraced tithing, because the very structure of the church would be changed. But it won’t happened in a day.

But that it happened that the church at that time was mixed with the politics, it has happened now that the church is mixed with economics with the tithing issue. We have conformed to the world.

As the political position was vigorously defended by the church leaders at that time, from scriptures, the church is now vigorously defending the mixing of the church with worldly economy via tithing, from scriptures.

A basic foundation of the economy of nations is taxation. The economy of nations picked up during the industrial revolution and taxation became the foundation of the wealth of nations. We need to understand that, otherwise, you would not understand anything about the economy of nations.

This piece is not an analysis of economics, so I will not dwell on that too much.

At the basic level, tithing is the church adopted taxation system for its funding. Nobody can say it is not the truth. And it shows we have conformed to this world.

The above argument is not a novel one. Of course you know I am a vehement opposer to the idea, notion and practice of tithing in the church. 
The above argument was made by late Myles Munroe. And he is very pro tithing. He said that tithing is the taxation system of the church (he calls it the kingdom) just as any other nation has its taxation system.

The problem with the above line of argument that I making is that people start to think, how dare you, don’t you know how great Myles Munroe is. We get all emotional and cannot think straight against. Be getting ready to stone me. Hahaha.

He sees the kingdom of God adopting the earthly tenet of taxation. Of course he is wrong.

The church has become a place of buying and selling. You bring your tithe and God will favour you; you bring your tithe and you show commitment to this house and certain benefits becomes yours. We can make you deacons, would wed you, as examples.

But Myles Munroe, who they loved is the one broke open the layers of falsehood that tithing has been covered with and called it TAXATION.

As I have stated in an earlier post, the idea of tithes being practiced by the church is not different from the temple tax collected in the times of Jesus. It was called temple TAX. Does that ring a bell?

A tax is a percentage of your income collected by the state, for the state to be able to continue to take care of you. So you contribute to help the state to take care of you.

In Christ, God has already taken care of us, we have need of nothing. He needs nothing from us.

But the mixing of the church with the economic system says no, you have to pay tithe for God to take care of you. Otherwise God would not be able to. We have created a God in the shape of our human governments.

What is wrong with paying tithes as tax? Just as I can demand for my right from the government based on that, I have something to boast about when God “shows up” in my life. That means the blood of Jesus is not enough.

What an insult to Jesus, to God who went through a lot to give up his son. So if something happened in the negative, people say, but God I am a tither. They have created a God in the image of their government. You know if the government is not doing something right, you say: but we are paying our taxes.

God would not be insulted any longer. Let’s not take the grace of God for granted

When I pay my taxes, I use that as the basis to access government benefits.

Right. 

So when we pay tithe, we begin to claim some benefit from God. It means Jesus is not enough. It means he lied when on the cross he said: it is finished. 

We need to tread carefully.

Thank you.

​Different positions on tithing 

Different positions on tithing

Pastor A: If you don’t tithe, you are cursed with a curse

Bishop B: No, there is no curse in Jesus, but if you don’t tithe, your heaven will be closed and devourer will hit you, as you are in disobedience to God

Rev C: Everybody is free to tithe or not to tithe, it’s your choice, it’s all about giving

Me: If you tithe, you have fallen from grace and you are obligated to keep all the laws.

​Who are the levites?

Who are the levites?

The whole idea that there are some people between us and God is stupid. 
Very stupid.

The Apostles prophets teachers pastors evangelist are not your priests, they are your servants (whether they are “full-time” or not).

I am your servant not your lord. I am not your mentor, I am not your “spiritual father,” I am your servant.

You are not my protege. You have not finished being the protege of the Holy Spirit. Or have you?

We are all priests. There are no levites.

You need to understand that God did not have the plan for a particular tribe to function as priests. What God wanted was a nation of priests. Exodus 19:6

That did not work out with the way the children of Israel behaved in the wilderness. So a tribe was carved out called Levites who were rewarded with that position, to assist the house of Aaron.

But it has worked out in Christ 

Hallelujah

Don’t allow anyone to lord it over you, including me. The way the church is presently structured is so warped.

One man of God said the problem is “lordism” in the church.

If you have been reading my posts you will see how I speak again the lordship of some over others. They think it is their right to lord it over others. They are so full of pride. They ascribe positions for themselves over others, adopting worldly thinking, calling themselves mentors and others their proteges and disciples.

What a shame.

There are no levites now. Because they were never supposed to be any before.

What God wanted was a nation of priests and he now has it.

The devil can go to hell. 

Thank you.

So what does that have to do with tithing. Nothing.  Hahahaha.

What is physical in the Old Covenant (some people think we are talking about books) is spiritual in the New.

There is no way you carry over the physical concept of tithing in the Old Testament to the new by making it cash based now.

Ko le werk.

So stop trying to say the tithe is for all because all are priests, or the tithes is for both priests and Levites and you say the pastors are priests and the levites are choir members etc. 

Ko le werk 

We are spiritual priests and the tithes is now spiritual (please refer to my previous posts for a break down of the latter.)

Thank you.

​My commentaries on the book of Galatians to bring to light the evil of tithing (part 1)

My commentaries on the book of Galatians to bring to light the evil of tithing (part 1)

*my commentary on selected verses is written under the verse in brackets*

Galatians 1
 1  Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

 2  And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:

3  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

4  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

5  To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel

(tithing is another gospel):
 7  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ

(tithing is a perversion of the gospel of Christ).

8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

(those who preach tithing are accursed).

9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

(those who preach tithing are accursed)

10  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

(those who preach tithing are not servant of Christ).

11  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

(the “gospel” of tithing is after man). 

12  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

(tithing is not reflective of the revelation of Jesus Christ, rather is is derived from the teachings of men)

13  For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:

14  And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. 

15  But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,

16  To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

17  Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

18  Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. 

19  But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.

20  Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

21  Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;

22  And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:

23  But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.

 24  And they glorified God in me.