Sunday, October 25, 2020

778. Grace or Works: The Apostles Vs. The James Gang

This week’s program dives into Acts chapter 15 where Peter, Paul and others met with the Jerusalem church council which included James and former Pharisees. The apostles were making the case during a heated debate that God was saving the Gentiles and receiving the Spirit freely. The council had accepted that Gentiles could be saved, but believed they needed to be “brought into the fold” by including and applying the law of Moses with the newfound life given by God’s Spirit.

The debate was about choosing whether salvation is by grace through faith alone … or whether works of the law needed to be included. In the end, James spoke on behalf of the church board with a surprising change of opinion—or judgment—by saying the Gentiles should not be troubled with keeping the Mosaic law. Although not everyone agreed, the revelation being brought forth was that Gentiles would not be brought into the old way of law, but that Jews were also freed from it. It couldn’t be a grace/law mixture for one group (Jews) and not the other (Gentiles).



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Sunday, October 18, 2020

777. Giving Freely Without Obligation

If we’re giving because we feel it’s a requirement, then it’s not really giving. If we’re trying to love because we believe we are commanded to do so, then it’s not really love. However, when we begin to realize and believe in the perfect love God has or us as He demonstrated through Jesus and the cross, then we can truly begin to love in the same way God loves us. And giving is born from this kind of love. It makes no demands and yet seeks to help others in need without keeping a record of wrongdoing.

Godly giving through grace doesn’t seek self-reward or payback, but expects nothing in return. But our desire to give isn’t based upon religious requirements which preach you are to “give everything” or “surrender all to God.” It comes from within a new nature and a clean heart, gifted to us and received as a new creation in Christ.



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Sunday, October 11, 2020

776. "Giving Verses" Out of Context

We’ve communicated many times over the years about giving generously, born out of the same love God has shown to us. But when believers haven’t been told about their identity in Christ or have failed to grasp they are the righteousness of God by faith, then sometimes ministers will use various Bible verses out of context to try and motivate them into giving. It can come from a place of guilt or greed while convincing people it’s a part of the gospel. We look at a couple of examples of more verses without the context from 1 Corinthians 16 and Luke chapter 6.



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Sunday, October 04, 2020

775. Giving by Grace - Sowing Bountifully or Sparingly

Some have taught that if you give more money, you’ll get more money in return. Sow your money sparingly, and you’ll reap less cash return from God. Just as those who mix the old and new covenants together like to smother the flock with a legalistic 10% “tithing principle” … there are others who will twist a natural law of sowing and reaping, and suggest it works the same with money. They’ll say to plant more greenbacks in order to gain a financial harvest.

It’s just another manipulative method from people with their hand out as they sell you on the idea that God will reward you based upon certain conditions similar to a quid pro quo. That’s not freedom, it’s not grace, and it’s not the gospel. God has given you a new heart which has the desire to give because of love.



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Sunday, September 27, 2020

774. Released From the Tithing Tether; Free to Give Gracefully

When the truth confronts our hearts in dynamic fashion, it can be difficult to receive it in our minds because we’ve been trapped within religious teaching which may have caused us to depend on certain assumptions that are not based on truth. One of those bondages is breaking free from a religious requirement referred to as a tithe or giving 10% of all your monetary income.

In the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, we’re in a very different paradigm where God’s Spirit lives in us, leading and guiding us as individuals. As a new creation in Christ, it’s within our new righteous nature to desire to give willingly. The Apostle Paul provided a summary of giving under grace:

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).



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Sunday, September 20, 2020

773. The Twisted "Principle" of Tithing Your Money

In order to come to the conclusion that it is God’s commandment or principle for people to give a tenth of all their income to a church organization, the first thing that must happen is for you to believe this is absolutely true. The second thing is to convince yourself the Scriptures teach this so-called principle by copying and pasting some Bible verses completely out of context … because such a principle simply does not exist. One of those misapplied passages involves Jacob, who made a single, conditional vow to God that has nothing to do with us or others.

Religion will use all kinds of manipulative methods to motivate people into “paying” their 10% “to God” as they teach a false notion with their hand out. They may even tell you the cash tithe of 10% is a minimum. Does God want us to give? Of course, but He won’t nudge you to do so through fear or legalistic requirements.



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Sunday, September 13, 2020

772. Neither the Storehouse nor Abraham’s Tithe Have to Do With Supporting a Church

The Jews brought a tithe of food to the storehouse for the priestly tribe of the Levites under the Old Covenant—who didn’t own land and were not allowed to work for their chow. Twisted religion will try to lay claim that the “new” storehouse is connected to a bank account for a non-profit corporation or church institution. When did this idea start and where does the Scriptures suggest tithing became about money? It’s just not in there.

And what about the misleading use of some verses in Hebrews Chapter 7 … where the writer intersects Abraham, Melchizedek and Jesus. Manipulators will abuse and misuse the passage as an argument for tithing and miss the bigger picture of context—which was the fact that Jesus Christ was superior to Abraham, as well as the Old Covenant and the old priesthood … and He replaced them both with something more excellent.



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