Why I don’t tithe…


Point to Ponder:
If the tithe were still in effect, followers of Christ would be designated to receive it, not give it since followers of Christ are now the temple of God and members of a royal priesthood! (Eph 2:19-21, 1 Peter 2:9)

Although the tithe is no longer in effect, Christians are to be generous givers! To read my post on New Covenant giving, click here: here: http://www.simmondsfam.com/blog/faith/2014/08/31/how-much-money-should-christians-give/

We are not born spiritually blind

People are not born spiritually blind; it’s a choice.

While the Bible and our own experience confirm that people are born with a bias toward sin, we are not born spiritually blind. In fact, the faith of children and youth is often superior to that of adults (Luke 18:17). In Romans 1 we are told that God has made himself known to all people and that his power and divine nature have been visible since the beginning of time so that people are without excuse. Spiritual blindness is not congenital! Instead, sin causes the eyes of the heart to grow dark, and over time, a lifestyle of continual, unrepentant sin leads to spiritual blindness (Rom 1:21, Eph 4:18). So repent now and walk in the light as God is in the light.

“Permit” does not mean “cause”

In his book Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God, John Calvin wrote, “[I]t is easy to conclude how foolish and frail is the support of divine justice by the suggestion that evils come to be not by His will, but merely by His permission. Of course, so far as they are evils…I admit they are not pleasing to God. But it is quite a frivolous refuge to say that God otiosely permits them, when Scripture shows Him not only willing but the author of them.”

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Pursue Righteousness

In the Bible, the adjectives tsaddiyq (צַּדִּיק ) in the OT and dikaios (δικαιοι) in the NT, which are usually translated “righteous,” were used to describe those who “remained on the correct path.” From Genesis to Revelation the word “righteous” is used to describe both God and humans. In 1 John 3:7, we read that “the one who does what is right is righteous.

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Does God need our help during the Christmas season?

Here’s an excerpt from a great article by Stephen Ingram that addresses the heresy of “Keeping Christ In Christmas”:

At the core of the problem is that any time people of faith chant slogans or mandate parade themes like “keeping Christ in Christmas” or “Put Christ back in Christmas” we prove ourselves people of little faith. When these are our battle cries we reduce the presence and power of God to only be where a government or law allows God. When we do this we deny that God was there before us, is there with us now and will be there long after we are gone. When we try to force God on others we reincarnate some of the worst epochs of our religious history, and default on its core founding principles of Love, Grace and Hospitality.

To read the article in its entirety, click here: http://www.organicstudentministry.com/?p=61156

For fans of Left Behind…

Here’s an excerpt from a great article by Sam Storms that highlights some of the problems with Premillennialism:

My departure from premillennialism and embrace of amillennialism was gradual and came as a result of two discoveries as I studied Scripture. First, I devoted myself to a thorough examination of what the New Testament said would occur at the time of Christ’s second coming (or parousia). What I found was a consistent witness concerning what would either end or begin as a result of our Lord’s return to the earth. Sin in the lives of God’s people, corruption of the natural creation, and the experience of physical death would terminate upon the appearance of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, and the inauguration of the New Heavens and New Earth would ensue. But why is this a problem for premillennialism? Good question.

Scriptural Challenges for Premillenialists…

To read the article in its entirety, click here: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-i-changed-my-mind-about-the-millennium

What is God like?

  • Do you believe God cannot be in the presence of sinful people?
  • Do you believe God can never really be pleased with you because you still sin?
  • Do you believe the only reason God loves you is that when he looks at you, he sees his Son rather than the sinful wretch that you are?
  • Do you believe the only reason he has a relationship with you is that when he looks at you, he sees his Son rather than the sinful wretch that you are?
  • Do you believe the only reason he hasn’t consigned you to hell is that when he looks at you he sees his Son rather than the sinful wretch that you are?

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What is Hyper-grace?

Hyper-grace says all of your sins—past, present, and future—were forgiven at the cross so there is no reason for believers to ever ask for forgiveness since God now sees you as perfect. It also says if you feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit when you do wrong, ignore it because it must be from Satan.

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Salvation vs. Rewards

The Bible clearly says that we are saved by faith with works since faith without works is dead; however, faith is the means by which we are saved. Works done in obedience to Christ demonstrate that faith is genuine and show God’s love to the world. This demonstration is not to inform God; God knows all things, including our hearts, so if a person is unable to do good works as a result of a disability or some other reason, he need not fret about losing his salvation since he is united with Christ (“in Christ”).

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Are you righteous?

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left.

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