A refusal to obey Jesus Christ and Follow Apostles Example

“And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.” Matthew 10:7-10 NKJV

“Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road. But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house.” Luke 10:3-7 NKJV

Can you imagine if the wages in Luke could be money, that would be a direct contradiction on the latter instruction not to carry money bag? If anything, “wages” the same in the old testament was food (Lev 27:30). That is why they were allowed to stay in the house, eating and drinking. Otherwise, if it was money, every-time the apostles went from house to house, they would be 10% richer as they would be collecting 10% of the household income in every house they were accepted. Of course, they would not leave without emphasizing or teaching it because they are so concerned with the household spiritual welfare that they don’t want them to rob God.

Moreover;

“For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; nor did WE eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow US.” II Thessalonians 3:7-9 NKJV

“If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless WE have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ. Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel. But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void.” I Corinthians 9:11-15 NKJV

With an emphasis on “WE”, “US”. They say it was Apostle Paul choice only and not for everyone else. But, the verses same to say otherwise. He seems to bluntly refuse the example that apostles had set to follow.

But I get it if you are in ministry for so long that your whole life and your families financial needs depends on the tithes that congregants gave. It would be foolish to teach against it. It is indeed a business to them. Therefore, I understand why he would say “go away”.

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2 Responses to A refusal to obey Jesus Christ and Follow Apostles Example

  1. This preacher is a fraud. There is no justifiable scriptural precedent for believers to tithe 10% of their income. Its a man-made theology.

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  2. William Cook says:

    This preacher who believes God established tithes to support or keep pastors in business, has no scriptural evidence to justify his statement. So where and when did God change his required agricultural tithe to a monetary tithe to support pastors and their families. Paul very clearly encourages the apostles and pastors of his day to work so they won’t be a burden to the congregations. Paul worked at his trade of tentmaker to support himself and so did the other apostles and pastors. So where does this pastor come up with his theories that NT believers who don’t tithe but give offerings (2 Cor 9:7) to support God’s work are actually robbing God.

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