Sunday, May 17, 2015

497. Abe Gives a Tenth to Mel

During the past two podcasts (here and here) we talked about tithing under the Old Covenant – what it actually was (food), and what it was actually for (to feed the Levites). We discussed how Malachi 3 isn’t a teaching about how to tithe, but rather is a rebuke to those Old Covenant people (not New Covenant people) who had forsaken the practice of tithing that God had ordained for them. With tithing being a “law” thing, what then do we do with Abraham’s pre-law tithe to Melchizedek? That’s what we talk about this week.

What exactly did Abraham tithe to Melchizedek? Is Abraham’s tithe a “type,” “shadow” or “principle” for New Covenant giving? In Hebrews 7, we learn about the significance of Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek. The significance of it is that is shows how Melchizedek is greater than the Levites (who were still “in” Abraham when he tithed – and therefore Jesus is greater than the Levites, and He Himself does away with the entire Old Covenant and makes it obsolete. Abraham’s tithe has nothing to do with us (the people of the church) tithing. It’s all about the superiority of Jesus over the Old Covenant.


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Sunday, May 10, 2015

496. Christianizing the Tithe

In order to use Bible passages to teach the modern practice of Christians giving ten percent of their income to a church, by default the Scriptures must be redefined and handled inaccurately, as the practice is simply nowhere to be found in the Bible. This week, in the second part of our three week look into biblical tithing, we go to the book of Malachi to see what is actually said there regarding the tithes, robbing God, the storehouse and the windows of heaven. (Hint: it all had to do with feeding people, and had nothing at all to do with money).

In order to make this Old Covenant passage fit into life in the New Covenant, the church has attempted to “Christianize” and “spiritualize” these things, and in doing so has done a great deal of abuse to the Scriptures. A similar thing has been done with Jesus’ drilling of the Pharisees regarding tithing, and we share our thoughts on that as well. We hope that in listening to these podcasts on tithing, you will be become free from the erroneous teaching of tithing, and freed to give generously from your God-inspired heart!


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Sunday, May 03, 2015

495. Covenant Confusion: Tithing

"Giving" is a wonderful part and privilege of our life in Christ. God, by His very nature, is generous, and as partakers of His divine nature we have a natural desire to give generously. But does this biblical concept called "tithing" fit into all of this? What did tithing mean in biblical times? Is it for us today? This week, and for the next two weeks after this, we'll look into the various mentions of tithing in the scriptures to see if this is really something the church is called to do.

Specifically this week, we take a look into the most common passage used by the church when they teach tithing in our modern times: Malachi 3. A quick hint at what we'll be talking about: Malachi 3 was not a teaching on tithing instructions, and it also had nothing to do with giving money. Rather, it had everything to do with how a specific group of people was being neglected when it came to having food provided for them!


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Sunday, April 26, 2015

494. REPENT!

Those of us proclaiming righteousness based on grace through faith alone are often accused by those in religious circles as diminishing the need to repent. As people of grace, we most certainly believe in repentance, but just exactly what is it? Most will make the assumption it means to change your behavior, turn from sin and improve your moral lifestyle. But the origin of the word goes much deeper than that, and we take a closer look at the foundational meaning of repentance and why it is important.


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Sunday, April 19, 2015

493. What the Law Could Not Do, God Did

While religion has touted a list of rules and regulations as a way to attain life and acceptance from God, we can see how His righteousness would be revealed through a different source. The requirement of the Mosaic Law would be fulfilled in us through the finished work of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:1-5). Even Gentiles who were not pursuing righteousness attained it by faith, apart from works and we can now walk according to the Spirit instead of carrying out the desire of the flesh. When we're led by the Spirit, we're not under the law.


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

492. The Curse of the Law Package

Religion will tout we need to have a balance between law and grace. The problem with thinking this way is that we can't have it both ways. The Old Covenant required people to perfectly follow all the rules and commands that came as one package. Under the Mosaic Law, mankind was not given the luxury to pick and choose which rules to follow and which can be tossed aside. We've all been freed from the curse of that law and translated into the ministry of the Spirit, with a new and better covenant where God remembers our sins no more.


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Sunday, April 05, 2015

491. Jesus Ministering Condemnation

The Mosaic law was a good thing. Why? It was given to show the people of Israel the impossible standard of perfection that would be required. It was meant to bring guilt and despair in order to point the people to the solution – faith in Jesus Christ. When Jesus came to earth, born under the law, He came to redeem those who were under the law. Jesus would sometimes minister the burden of the law to bring people to a place where they would begin to seek God's righteousness, instead of trying to establish their own through the works of that law.


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Sunday, March 29, 2015

490. The Sermon: Why Jesus Taught the Law

The Jews pursued their own attempt at the law of righteousness, but were unable to attain it because they did not pursue it by faith. The Mosaic Law that was given to Israel had a purpose – it was to demonstrate their inability to keep it. During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is having an Old Covenant conversation with the people of Israel and showing them what the law was intended to do ever since it was agreed upon. It was meant to bring guilt, hopelessness and despair, and it was all by design.


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

489. Guest Andrew Farley: Your Identity

Best-selling author and speaker Dr. Andrew Farley joins us for the third and final week, discussing who you are in Christ. We often hear about how Jesus died for us, but it seems we seldom hear about how we also died with Him. We are spiritual beings who also have a soul and a body. We had a heart transplant, having been made brand new through birth. Although there is a growth process with the renewing of the mind and behavioral changes, this is not to be confused with how you are identified as a new creation. Andrew also address the question about whether or not we possess two natures.

Check out more on Andrew Farley at andrewfarley.org and churchwithoutreligion.com.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

488. Guest Andrew Farley: Works (Law) or Grace (Jesus)

In Part #2 of 3 with best-selling author and speaker, Dr. Andrew Farley, we take a look at why the law was never meant to be something applied in the life of a Christian under the New Covenant. We'll discuss The Ten Commandments, accusations of disrespecting the law, establishing the law, and how do we live if it's not by those rules. Finally, we'll discuss the subject found in the book of James, where faith without works is dead. If you've been searching for freedom, look no further.

Check out more on Andrew Farley at andrewfarley.org and churchwithoutreligion.com.

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