Tax time is coming. Churches need your money. Expect messages on tithing to pop up on the radio and in your town.
This week’s email tip will be for your financial and spiritual protection from all the charlatans who try to twist your arm into giving money by twisting scripture.
Twisting Matthew 23:23 (a verse speaking to the law, and tithes of spices not money) people will be guilted to “not leave the other undone.”
Twisting Malachi 3:8-10 (a passage talking to priests in Israel about their temple) congregations will be promised Israel’s blessings without mentioning the curse in verse 9.
What you need to protect yourself are a few verses in Paul’s epistles:
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7 (emphasize not of necessity)
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us” – Galatians 3:13 (preaching Malachi 3 for you today diminishes Christ’s work)
Don’t let ignorance of the Bible rob you of your wealth. Before having a purpose in your heart to give, make sure it is the right purpose, and that from the Bible rightly divided.