Thursday, August 6, 2015

Pay Your Tithe

Abraham paid TITHE to Melchizedek, who was a TYPE of Christ. Abraham typologically paid tithe to Jesus Christ. If he paid it typologically, then we should do it in substance. If Abraham paid tithe to Christ in the OLD Testament, then I should pay tithe to Christ in the NEW Testament. If you are in the Church of Jesus Christ, you should pay tithe. 

I am sick to my stomach of all the greedy hypocrites who denounce the paying of tithes. They will recant their foolish excuses on Judgment Day when they are charged with and convicted of robbing God. I simply will not entertain any of this nonsense that claims that TITHING was abandoned with the death of the law. Sorry, folks, the law did not die. Unless the New Testament SPECIFICALLY overturns an Old Testament practice, it is STILL IN FORCE. Adultery, fornication, idolatry, homosexuality, bestiality, incest, stealing, murder and all the other sins of the Old Testament are STILL SINS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. They do NOT have to be repeated or restated in the New Testament to remain in force. 

Robbing GOD is STILL a gross sin. The Early Church was originally comprised of thousands of JEWS, every one of whom had been taught all their lives, in the synagogue, to PAY TITHES. The Early Church believed in and practiced tithing. NOBODY at any time in the New Testament ever told them to stop paying tithes. Jesus said, "This ought ye to have done." Paul told them to lay it up on the first of every week. He taught tithing extensively in Hebrews 7. Stop all the silly, greedy, excuse-making arguments.

You will always owe God your firstfruits.

Pay your tithe.

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The Order Of Melchisedec

Jesus is our High Priest, but NOT after the order of Aaron or the Levites. Aaron served centuries after Abraham paid tithes to Melchisedec, Priest of Salem (Jerusalem). Melchisedec had no known earthly lineage, foreshadowing Christ, who was born of no earthly father.

Hebrews 5:5-6,10 - "Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. ...Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec."

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The Tithe

Abraham was the first on record to offer a tithe (tenth) of his income - to the priest of Salem, Melchizedek. Jacob vowed his tithe to the LORD. God prescribed that all of Israel should tithe into the Tabernacle for the support of the priesthood. Without the tithe, the ministry would have been starved out of business. God curses those who refuse to tithe.

Malachi 3:8 - "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me."

Tithing Activates A Prophesied Blessing

Paying tithes sets into motion the promises of God. God wants His people to support the ministry. When you underwrite the work of God, God will underwrite you. Besides, He says the first ten percent is His (v 8). NEVER spend God's money on yourself.

Malachi 3:10 - "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

Tithers Are Very Important People

Who can you turn to for this kind of security? Nobody but your Creator can make this offer. The tithers - God's people who faithfully return to Him the first-fruits of their labors - become the VIP's in this world. God's Very Important People. "I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field."

Malachi 3:12 - "And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts."

Tithes for Ministers

Abraham paid a tenth of his earnings to Mechizedek the Priest. Jacob vowed to pay tithe continually. Moses called the tithe "holy unto the Lord," (Leviticus 27:30). Israel paid tithes to the Levites, and Levites tithed to the High Priest. God appointed tithes to support the ministry.

Numbers 18:26 - "Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe." 


Ken Raggio: Tithing VS Robbing God


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