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This blog is meant to help Christians that believe they don't have to pay for Salvation but are confused by the cash-tithe deception. It's ludicrous to assume that a man will ask his fiancée for 10% of her income. In the same way Jesus (The Bridegroom) has NEVER asked His Church (The Bride) for a cash-tithe. There is nothing we can do to merit God's love and yet He still loves us. Such a love is incomprehensible. The thought of it is humbling and all we can do is surrender without any plea.

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Money and the Bible


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Money and the Bible

Hello, I’m Pastor Amós and this is the study: Money and the Bible.

In an attempt to promote the use of cash as a form of tithing, many pastors claim that the biblical tithe was food only because the Israelites did not use cash money. These pastors allege that because of this, God was forced to establish a food-tithe in place of a cash-tithe.

Nevertheless, the Bible contains plenty of evidence of money being used.

That said, this study is not about tithing or percentages, this study is not about the Law or faith, and this most certainly is not a study about what you should do with your money. Like the widow that gave two mites, you are free to do whatever you want with your money. Even if you want to give 100% of it to your pastor, that’s your prerogative.

This study is about how Satan has infiltrated the Church with his lies and has made liars out of many pastors. This study is about liars on our pulpits, and one of their lies is this: “the Israelites did not use cash money during biblical times.” That is a lie. The Bible evidence about cash-money being used is overwhelming. Hence, for the sake of this short study I will only go over these few Bible references. Here’s the biblical truth about money…

  1. Genesis 17:12 Abraham was able to buy servants because he had enough money.
  2. Genesis 42:35 Joseph’s brothers had pouches full of money.
  3. Exodus 38:26 over 600,000 Israelites paid the atonement money.
  4. Leviticus 25:37 the Israelites were warned not to charge interest when lending money.
  5. Numbers 3:48 the parents of first-born were ordered to pay the redemption money.
  6. 2nd Kings 5:26 Elisha’s servant thought it was a good idea to ask Naaman for money.
  7. 2nd Chronicles 24:5 the Israelites paid their annual temple dues with money.
  8. Nehemiah 5:4 the Israelites paid the king’s tax with borrowed money.
  9. Esther 4:7 the destruction of the Jews was funded with money.
  10. Micah 3:11 some prophets told fortunes for money.
  11. Matthew 17:27 even in the mouth of a fish, Peter found money.
  12. Matthew 21:12 there were tables full of money.
  13. Matthew 22:21 Caesar’s image was on the tax money.
  14. Matthew 25:27 the Israelites went to the bankers to deposit their money.
  15. Matthew 26:9 perfumes could be sold at a high price so the poor could be given money.
  16. Matthew 28:12 the soldiers were given a large sum of bribe money.
  17. Luke 16:14 (like today’s money-loving ministers) the Pharisees loved money.
  18. John 2:14 one of the businesses within the temple courts was the exchange of money.
  19. Acts 3:3 some people begged for money.
  20. Acts 4:34 houses were being sold and church members were supported with the money.
  21. Acts 5:3 (like today’s money-loving ministers) Ananias and Sapphira lied about the money.
  22. Acts 8:18 the Spirit was given at the laying of hands, but someone offered to buy it with money.
  23. Acts 16:16 by fortune telling, a young girl earned a great deal of money.
  24. Acts 22:28 Roman citizenship could be purchased with a lot of money.
  25. Above all these, Matthew 27:3, even our Lord Jesus was betrayed for money.

But don’t take my word for it. You can do a Bible search by using the key words on this board to see for yourself the many Bible references on money.

So there we have it, straight from God’s Word. Therefore, “let God be true, but every man a liar.” (Romans 3:4a)

We cannot promote the Gospel of Jesus with lies and expect to have God’s approval. God does not work salvation through lies. Lies are the work of Satan, for “there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44b) And “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8b)

The Bible makes it clear that lying is not an option for us. Unfortunately, many liars have infiltrated the Church. Even if your pastor has blessed your life with a healing miracle but then lies about money in the Bible, he is a child of Satan. For it is written, “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’” (Matthew 7:22-23) And the Lord’s answer will be, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”

We are in the midst of a savage spiritual war. In the past, Satan’s attacks were a direct assault against the Church by means of persecution. But in these last days, Satan’s attacks are coming from within the Church. By poisoning the Church with the cash-tithe lies, Satan has neutralized many Church leaders and is slowly putting the Church to sleep; many are already dormant. The only way for us to survive is to stay alert by means of God’s written word. We must never lose sight of the fact that one day our Lord will return for “a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” (Ephesians 5:27)

While we cannot put an end to the surmountable amount of money-loving liars that have infiltrated the Church, I urge you to take a stand for the truth by sharing this video with every Christian you know. I honestly wish you success during this life, and I look forward to spending time with you in the heavenly realms.

Thank you for listening. Until next time, God bless you.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

How to Finance a Church


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How to Finance a Church


Hello, I’m the Rev. Ortiz, and this is the study: How to Finance a Church.

Over the years, thousands of you have watched my videos and learned that God’s tithe has absolutely nothing to do with our income. In light of this fact, a few of you have expressed concerns about how to finance a church. Thus, with the help of my accounting degree, I’ve prepared this study to answer your questions.

But before I begin, I want to make it clear that Jesus never used the word “church” to refer to a building. He only used the word “church” to refer to us, His followers. We’re the ones that have changed the meaning of the word” church” so that it also refers to buildings; however, if having a building were a necessary part of the church, then Jesus would’ve built a church building, because He was a carpenter by trade. In spite of having this ability, Jesus did not build a building for the church, nor did He tell us to start building.

On the contrary, when Jesus was told about the temple buildings, He said “Not one stone will be left on another.” (Matthew 24:2b) And when Peter said “Let us put up three shelters…” (Mark 9:5) Jesus ignored him.

Jesus knew that if a building became a requirement for the church, then God’s children would be burdened with the costs necessary to maintain a brick and mortar structure. He also knew that we would start accumulating treasures here on Earth. Unfortunately, we have overlooked this lesson and, like Martha, we have become “worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed”—God’s Word. (Luke 10:41-42a)

This might come as a surprise to you, but God never established worship buildings. The only structure that God requested was the portable Tabernacle, also known as the tent of meeting. Aside from the sacred portable tent, the Israelites were told to worship in their houses at the start of every Sabbath. The idea of a temple came from King David, not God. It was the Jews that wanted a temple, and it was the Jews that later built synagogues on their own accord.

Although Jesus did not establish a church building, I do believe that He agrees with our idea of having church buildings, in the same way that God accepted the ideas of a temple and synagogues. That said, I now present to you five easy ways to finance a church without turning God’s holy tithe into a scam.

First, we have the Synagogue Method. The Jews have a long-standing relationship with the Almighty, longer than any other ethnic group on Earth, and they do not tithe their income. So, if what they’re doing has kept synagogues open for thousands of years, then it will work for us too. Ecclesiastes 5:4-7 speaks of the promises made to support synagogues. At the start of each year, those willing and able make a freewill promise to support their synagogue. In addition to promises, the Jews also collect offerings. In Luke 21:1-4, Jesus observed that the widow gave more. This means that Jewish offerings are also based on freewill. These two sources of income support synagogues all around the world.

Next we have the House Church Method. This is the same method used by the Primitive/Apostolic Church. As the name implies, these believers worshiped in private houses. The Bible does not mention any intention to acquire a church building; therefore, the first Christians were content to worship in their homes. According to 1st Corinthians 16:2, on the first day of every week, a freewill love offering is collected based on how the Lord has blessed each member. And with that, these believers have done away with the overhead costs of maintaining a building. They can now direct their love offerings to the needs of the poor. An online search will allow you to see that there are many house churches today.

The third form of church financing is the Amish Method. The Amish do not tithe, nor do they collect a weekly offering. Instead, they give alms twice a year, and give freely whenever a need arises. Search as you may, but you will never find an Amish church building. That’s because our Amish brothers and sisters have been worshiping in their houses for hundreds of years. But instead of designating one house to hold all of their worship services in, they use all of the houses within their community. Every week, a different house is designated to serve as the house church of the week. This way, the burden of preparation and cleanup is shared by everyone.

This brings us to the fourth method of church financing which I call the Christian Transparency Method. In this method, all expenses are presented to the church for approval, and even voted on if necessary. Then we simply take the total monthly expenses, minus the weekly offerings, and let the church know the amount required to keep the church afloat. The transparency method works, because when Christians are allowed to see the needs of their church, they give. The only obstacle this method has is that money-loving pastors do not want church members to see where their hard-earned money is going.

My last form of church finance is a combination of any of these four methods. We shouldn’t limit ourselves to only one of the financial methods. As Christians we should use all available tools to promote the Gospel. What we shouldn’t do is lie about God’s tithe. Doing the wrong thing for the right reasons doesn’t work with God. Remember that Abraham tried to help God’s plan by having a child with the slave woman, and we all know how that ended.

Lying about God’s Word is a very serious matter, especially when pastors are doing it to exploit the poor in spirit. Those that continue the modern practice of making a fraudulent scheme out of God’s Holy Tithe will soon discover that “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31.

If you find this study useful, please share it with others so we can get these churches financed.  And remember, God loves you, not your money.

Thank you for listening. Until next time, God bless you.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Jesus is our Tithe


The video for this post is available at the URL: https://youtu.be/x6kOJsLuhBE

Hello, I’m the Rev. Amós Ortiz, and this study is called Jesus is our Tithe.

Today we’ll learn that although there is no Scripture Verse that specifically reads “Jesus is our tithe,” the Bible does teach that Jesus is our tithe. This concept isn’t new to us; for example, the word Trinity is not in the Bible, yet we know that the Bible does teach us about the Holy Trinity.

Our study reading is found in Deuteronomy 12:11. Here God is giving the Israelites instructions concerning the yearly sacrifices and He instructs them with these words: “you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts.” In accordance with our study reading, this verse teaches us that God asked men to present themselves before Him and, as we read, to “bring everything I command you,” which included the tithe as a necessary part of the yearly sacrifice needed for forgiveness.

We know that Jesus also presented Himself before the Lord. In John 20:17a we read “Jesus said, Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father.” So we must ask ourselves, “Would the Almighty have required less of His own Son Jesus than He did of us men? Would Jesus, after making the ultimate sacrifice and knowing that the fate of all humanity was riding on this, present Himself before the Father without bringing His tithe? Would He disobey His Father’s Law?”

If Jesus had presented himself to the Father without bringing the tithe, His Sacrifice, which was for everybody (including you and me), would have been incomplete and therefore, by law, unacceptable to God. By this we know that Jesus paid our tithe, because Jesus paid the full price of our redemption. As Christians, when we say “I must tithe to the Lord,” we are actually stating that the sacrifice of Jesus is incomplete. What’s more, a cash-tithe stomps upon the Body and Blood of Christ, because a cash-tithe implies that our money is an acceptable substitute for the Body and Blood of Christ. I’ll explain this…

Malachi 3:10a reads “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.” The word “food” in Malachi 3:10 should never be used to refer to money, because food and money are two very different things! The Holy Spirit made no mistake in His inspiration of the Word; food is food, not money!

In Deuteronomy 14:23 God instructs His People to “Eat the tithe … [while] in the presence of the LORD.” So, the tithe was edible. Can you imagine the believers in Malachi 3:10 going to eat money in the presence of the Lord? No…the tithe is food!

Jesus is food too. He called Himself the Bread of Life. In John 6:53, Jesus said “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”

Just as when the Israelites ate their tithe while in the presence the Lord, when we have our communion, we are eating our tithe, which is the Body and Blood of Christ, in the presence of the Lord. By this we know that the Bible does teach that Jesus is indeed our tithe. The tithe was another typology of our Lord Jesus. This same lesson is found in the Passover. The Passover Sacrifice was eaten by the recipients of God’s forgiveness. Unfortunately, our cash-tithe is now casting a shadow over the true life giving tithe: Jesus.

However, Malachi 3:10 is clear: “That there may be food in my house…” God is a Spirit, and today, right now, we are His house! 2nd Timothy 1:14b reads “the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” So, just like the house mentioned in Malachi 3:10 needed food, so does God’s new house need food, and we feed it Jesus; He is our Manna that descended from Heaven. You see, Israel’s journey to the Promised Land was a foreshadowing of our own journey to Heaven. While they wandered in the desert, they ate Manna and did not tithe! Now it’s our turn to eat Manna.

Once they arrived in the Land of Milk & Honey, the Israelites worshipped and tithed in the place that God had chosen for them, but the place that God has chosen for us is in Heaven. This is why Jesus told the Samaritan woman that the time had now come for us to worship, not so much in this place or that place, but to worship God in Spirit and in Truth.

When we worship God in Spirit, it doesn’t matter how much money there is or isn’t, because the Spirit does not need of a building with pews or instruments or big screen TVs. You can be in somebody’s living room and be worshiping in Spirit, because God’s Spirit is within us, not outside of us. For matters of convenience we do have a church building, but in reality, we don’t have to go to a specific building or place to worship our God in Spirit.

And if we are to worship God in Truth, then we should never refer to the word “food” in Malachi 3:10 as being “money,” because that’s just a lie. God never said “bring the whole tithe that there may be money in my house.” The house mentioned in Malachi 3:10 did not have need for money. There was already plenty of money in the Lord’s house. Even the walls were overlaid with pure gold.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Jesus fulfilled the tithe law when He presented His own flesh and blood as our tithe to the Father. Therefore, the demands of the tithe law have now been fulfilled. It has been completed; it is finished.

Like the disciples of John the Baptist, many Christians have difficulty understanding these things. This is why Jesus explained to the disciples of John the Baptist that an old wineskin, which represents the Old Covenant of the Law, cannot be filled with new wine, which represents the New Covenant of Grace, because if we mix the old covenant of the Law with the new covenant of Grace, both blessings will be lost.

Dear friends, Jesus paid it all and today we are saved, not by paying a percentage of our income to a church, but by faith, by God’s Grace. I invite you to learn the significance of Jesus as our tithe and if you haven’t yet, I invite you to make a decision for Christ as your personal Savior. And remember, it’s free, because God loves you, not your money.

If you would like to learn more about the tithe, or give your heart to the Lord, please visit our church blog at the web address on the board and feel free to leave your comments and questions.

Thank you for listening and God bless you.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tithe Testimony


Tithe Testimony

The video for this post is available at: https://youtu.be/xc2Oqszb4V8

Hello, I’m the Rev. Ortiz and this is the study: Tithe Testimony.

Some viewers have commented about how God has met their financial needs when they tithed their income. Their testimonies also include the financial struggles they endured whenever they failed to tithe. They end by asking me “How can you explain the blessings I’ve received through tithing?”

I want to start by thanking everyone that has expressed concerns over my lessons on non-tithing. Your input is very valuable to me. If it wasn’t for your comments, I would never have prepared studies like this one. In appreciation, I want to give you a tithe testimony of my own; but before I do, I’ll answer your question. So, let’s go over why cash-tithing appears to work at times.

Simply stated, the Bible says “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” This Scripture is not limited to a percentage of income, so when you give, regardless of the measure, God’s promise goes into effect. So, what might appear to be tithe related is really the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise in Luke 6:38.

In addition to this, I must mention that most cash-tithing does not end well. The fact that some folks are testifying about how they miraculously managed to pay their bills after tithing indicates that income tithing is a burden, because if it wasn’t a burden no one would testify about it. No one testifies about common every day occurrences. People testify after they have struggled with an illness, or a marital problem, or, as in the case of the cash-tithe, after they’ve suffered through financial burdens.

Money-loving ministers know that cash-tithing is a burden (1st Thessalonians 2:9), so they tell us that we must pay 10% of our income, and then have faith that God will supply our needs, but that’s the equivalent of jumping off a cliff and expecting God to come to our rescue. Jesus said “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” (Matthew 4:7) If we have the money to pay our bills in our hands, then it’s not a matter of faith, because God has already provided for our needs. We cannot give it to a money-loving minister and then expect God to give us more money. That’s not how faith works.

To all the tithe burdened folks out there, God says in 2nd Corinthians 9:7, “let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not […] of necessity.” (NKJV) You’re helping no one when instead of paying your bills, you increase the needs of the church by giving 10% of your income to the wrong person. God’s Word is clear on this: “Let no debt remain outstanding.” (Romans 13:8a)

That aside, here’s my tithe testimony…

I was raised in the South Bronx. I’m the son of immigrant parents. My father was a factory worker, my mother was a stay at home mom with ten children, and I was a middle child. Even though we relied on welfare to supplement our father’s meager income, there were days in which our meals consisted of oatmeal because that’s all we could afford. Back when I was a little boy, some considered the South Bronx to be the poorest place in America. I got my first job at the tender age of 8, and by age 16, I was living on my own. This is the burden part of my testimony. I was raised in poverty.

Let’s fast forward to today. Now I’m not about to tell you how old I am, but I will say that I am well over 50 years old. And not just do I not tithe, but for years I have taught thousands of Christians around the world that they don’t need to tithe. Let’s put this into perspective. Money-loving ministers are saying that if we don’t pay our tithes, we will be “cursed with a curse.” And here I am, boldly teaching millions of Christians that they don’t need to tithe, and that I don’t tithe. Therefore, if what money-loving ministers are saying is true, then out of all the people in the world, I should be the one with the greatest curse. If the “cursed with a curse” is applicable to Christians and their income, I should be bankrupt.

And yet God has supplied all my needs. I owe nothing to anyone. My wife and children want for nothing. We’re going on two decades now of being a one salary family. We have never received any kind of support from friends or relatives. We have no mommy or daddy to run to in times of need. We don’t use credit. Our bills are paid on time. We have never received a past due notice. All of our needs are well covered, and we have funds to spare. We’re counting our blessings. “My cup runneth over!” (Psalm 23:5)

So now I ask, how can we explain my financial blessings in light of my actions against cash-tithing? My financial success proves that the cash-tithe is a scam created by money-loving ministers to exploit God’s children.

Unlike money-loving ministers, I have nothing to gain or lose by telling you the truth. They, on the other hand, want to hide the truth from you because they want your money. But I’ve been preaching the Gospel of my Lord Jesus Christ free of charge since I was 15 years old.

Up to date, millions of minds have been poisoned with the cash-tithe lie. “The kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.” (Matthew 11:12b) Money-loving ministers love your money, not you. That’s why they get all upset when I upload videos that expose their scams. “Therefore, come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.” (2nd Corinthians 6:17a)

Take a step of faith. Dare yourself to trust in God’s written Word, and the Word of truth will set you free. If God’s Spirit has touched your heart through this testimony, please share it with others, so that they too can be set free.

Thank you for listening. Until next time, God bless you.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Abraham’s Pre-Law Tithe


Abraham’s Pre-Law Tithe


Transcript of YouTube video found at https://youtu.be/0PW2Hmv4_S8

Hello, I’m the Rev. Ortiz, and this is the study: Abraham’s Pre-Law Tithe.

In an attempt to make tithing a part of the Christian faith, money lovers argue that Abraham’s tithe predates the Law of Moses. And because of this, they assume that tithing is not a part of the Law. And somehow or other, they interpret this to mean that Christians must tithe their income. Of course, just because Abraham’s tithe predates the Law doesn’t automatically make tithing a part of the Christian faith, nor does it mean that God’s tithe isn’t a part of His Law

But okay, it is a fact that Abraham’s tithe predates the Law of Moses; this much is true. However, I invite you to look at other facts that have been conveniently overlooked by money loving ministers.

Fact: No law means there was no obligation to tithe. Therefore, Abraham’s tithe was an act of freewill. In accordance with this fact, Christians are not obligated to tithe, and if per chance they do, it’s a matter of freewill, not obligation.

Fact: Abraham’s tithe was a gift, not a payment. See Genesis 14:20b; “Abram gave him a tenth.” Melchizedek did not ask for a tithe, nor did God tell Abraham to give Melchizedek a tithe. No one asked Abraham to tithe. Therefore, we should be asking ourselves, why are Christians being asked to tithe?

Fact: Abraham did a lot of things before the Law existed; that doesn’t mean we have to do them too. For example, Abraham’s circumcision predates the Law. So, if Christians must tithe simply because Abraham’s tithe predates the Law, doesn’t this also imply that Christians must be circumcised, being that Abraham’s circumcision also predates the Law?  And being that Abraham’s circumcision was commanded by God, wouldn’t it be logical that we should promote Abraham’s mandatory circumcision before we promote his freewill tithe?

Fact:  Abraham tithed the spoils of war, not his income; read it in Hebrews 7:4.  Therefore, if Christians are going to imitate Abraham’s tithe, they’re going to have to first, go to war; second, make sure they win the war, otherwise they’re dead; and third, tithe the spoils of war. I personally recommend that we do not imitate Abraham’s tithe because “God has called us to live in peace.” (1st Corinthians 7:15b) Therefore, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” (Colossians 3:15a) Not war.

Fact:  Abraham was a wealthy man (Genesis 13:2), yet he never tithed from his riches. His only tithe was the spoils of war. Therefore, it is an act of deception to tell Christians they must tithe their income, knowing all too well that Abraham’s tithe had absolutely nothing to do with his income.

And here is the most important fact that I want to share with you today…

Fact:  Abraham’s tithe was the result of a once in a lifetime, never to be repeated, circumstance.  Therefore, in accordance with the Biblical evidence, Abraham tithed only once in his entire life. And yet pastors keep asking God’s Children to pay them an income-tithe, not once or twice, but over and over again, week after week, month after month, year after year—throughout their entire lives! Well, the truth is, Abraham tithed only once in his life, and I challenge anyone out there that doesn’t believe this to prove me wrong by posting a comment with the Bible verse where they find that Abraham tithed on another occasion.

Now some of you might be thinking, “But Abraham is the father of faith and we are his children by faith. Therefore, shouldn’t we tithe by faith?” The answer to this question is no, because “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) And, since Abraham already had the victory, his tithing was a matter of fact, not faith. Therefore, Abraham did not use faith to tithe.

Likewise, the Israelites never tithed by faith; the Promised Land was already theirs. They could see it, they could touch it, and they lived in it; that was a fact.  Every year they waited for the harvest to come first, and then they tithed. If the harvest was small, their tithe was small.  If it was large, their tithe was large.  Faith was not a requirement; the requirement was land ownership.

It’s a shame that the love for the mighty dollar has caused so many ministers to focus this story on money. In so doing, they have overlooked a vivid typology of Christ contained within this war story. I now present to you a hidden gem—Abraham as a typology of Jesus.

Abraham

Left the comfort of his home & servants
Miraculously traveled hundreds of miles during ancient times
Abraham did these things to rescue Lot after he got into trouble
Went to war to save souls, not for riches
Fought against the odds (five kings)
Won the war that Lot could not win
Saved the people
Set the people free
Met the Priest of Salem (which is Jerusalem)
Gave a spoils of war tithe to the Priest
Abraham tithed only once in his life

Jesus

Left the comfort of his home & servants
Miraculously traveled from Heaven to Earth
Jesus did these things to rescue us after we got into trouble
Went to war to save souls, not for riches
Fought against the odds Satan, Principalities, etc.
Won the war that we could not win
Saved the people
Set the people free
Met the God of Jerusalem (which is Salem)
Gave Himself as our “spoils of war tithe” to God
Jesus paid the price of salvation only once

There should be no doubt, Abraham is clearly a foreshadowing of Jesus.

Now some of you might be asking “Wait a minute, did you say that Jesus is our tithe?” Yes, I did. For the detailed study, please view my ten-minute video titled “Jesus is Our Tithe.” But as with all my studies, don’t take my word for it. I urge you to study the Scriptures diligently, and allow God’s Spirit to “tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

And if any of my studies have been a blessing to you, please help me reach others by simply sharing these short videos with those you know so that the Body of Christ may know of this resource. Together we can remove the stumbling stones and “let justice roll on like a river.” (Amos 5:24a)

Thank you for listening.  Until next time, God bless you.

Friday, June 5, 2015

History of the Income Tithe


History of the Tithe on Earned Income

Transcript of YouTube study located at:

Hello, I’m the Rev. Ortiz and this is the study: History of the Tithe on Earned Income.

As per the Bible, God’s tithe has nothing to do with earned income. God’s tithe is one hundred percent edible food, and is exclusively for the Jewish people only. God’s tithe requires Holy Land ownership and is for the support of the Levite Priests, for the support of the poor, and is also eaten and enjoyed by the person that is tithing and by his family.

So then where did the idea of a tithe on earned income come from? Here’s a tiny bit of the chronological history.

First, God instituted His tithe as a part of His exclusive Covenant with the Jewish people. Later, Jesus instituted a New Covenant in His Blood and Christianity was born. The Primitive Church functioned as a network of house churches that collected love offerings for support.

But when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, it started buying huge amounts of land and building elaborate church buildings and acquiring all kinds of earthly possessions. As a result, the church needed money to pay for all these things; so, they started looking for ways of making money. One popular money maker was the selling of indulgences.

Years later, the Church of England was supported by alms, but also collected a food tithe. Although they were wrong to tithe because they are not Jewish and Britain is not the Holy Land, they at least had the common sense to know that God’s tithe is food and not money. You can make an online search for the words “tithe barn” to see the many tithe barns that were used to collect and store the food tithe.

Then, at the start of the Colonies here in America, the government supported the church, but that did not last long due to our separation of church and state clause. So, churches were left with only charitable donations as a means of support. To increase their funds, they turned to renting out the pews. The pews in the front of the church were the most expensive, and the ones in the back were the least expensive. As a result, the rich sat in the front, but the poorest of folks had to stand outside and press their ears against the walls in hopes of hearing God’s Word. Many were against this form of collecting money due to the Scriptures found in James 2:1-4.

Finally, a Baptist pastor from Rochester, NY named Pharcellus Church seems to have been the first Christian pastor on record to have said the words “robbed in tithes!” circa 1836. And thus, the idea that Christians must tithe their income was started. Others followed suit, like Pastor Parsons Cooke of Lynn, Massachusetts, that said Christians had “robbed God in tithe!” circa 1840. This went on and on until 1878, when C.P. Jennings of St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Syracuse, NY wrote a book that boldly proclaims income tithing to be a mandatory obligation for all Christians.

At first, many Christians said “How can it be that Malachi 3:8 was written thousands of years ago, yet we’re just being informed of this ‘income’ tithe now?” But common lay members of the church could not contend against the ministers. And so, by the late 1800s, the stumbling stone we call the income tithe was born. Therefore, the modern tithe on earned income is less than 150 years old. On the other hand, God’s tithe is over 3,500 years old.

Now, I challenge anyone; again, I challenge anyone that doesn’t believe this to go visit their local synagogue and ask the rabbi if they require a tithe on earned income, and they will tell you that they do not collect a tithe on earned income! And why not? Because the tithe on earned income is a Christian sacrilege. It has absolutely nothing to do with God’s tithe, and although the income tithe was immediately embraced by all branches of Christianity, the Jews do not accept it because, unlike the greedy Christian ministers, the Jewish Rabbis are not about to twist God’s Holy Scriptures for the love of money.

As a result of the Christian tithe on earned income:
  • Many poor have been kicked out of churches.
  •  Others avoid going to church because they don’t want to deal with the insults “you have robbed God!”
  • Many women try to seek the Lord, but their unbelieving husbands grab hold of the income tithe as proof that pastors are full of lust for money.
  • Some lay members have literally starved their children to give 10% of their income to the church.

The evils produced go on to include divorces, foreclosures, and a bad reputation for the Gospel. And so, many have walked away from salvation in Christ Jesus because of the income tithe stumbling stone.

Still, money loving ministers want us to believe that God’s tithe is based on earned income. They say that 10% is fair for all, rich or poor, because everyone pays the same percentage regardless of how much they earn. But that idea is economically incorrect. Ten percent is not fair for all. I have a degree in the science of business accounting, so I can tell you with all certainty that taking 10% from a person that makes $1,000.00 a day will not have the same effect on that person as taking 10% from a person on minimum wage.

If God’s tithe had been based on a worker’s salary, it would have been called a labor agreement, and not a sacred covenant! God’s tithe is based on the increase of the Holy Land. Increase and wages are two very different things. If every worker received a weekly increase instead of wages, all workers would become rich within a few years.

If God’s tithe would have been based on a worker’s wages then Jesus would have been wrong to say that “the worker deserves his wages.”  And if God said you deserve your wages; then why must you give a percentage of your wages away?

Oh, but some money lovers are quick to quote Psalm 24:1 and say, “No, hold it, stop right there. ‘The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,’ so you are only giving back to God what is rightfully His.”

My dear friends, if everything on earth belonged to God, then child pornography would also belong to God.  Cocaine dealers would be able to confront the judge, saying “You got it all wrong judge, that cocaine you found in my possession is not mine. It belongs to the Almighty!” For the record, a better translation of this verse would read “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness of it.”

Here’s what God wants you to do with your money. “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1st Timothy 5:8 Therefore, don’t be afraid of those that say you have robbed God, because today God is telling you “For I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

While other ministers out there are serving their god Mammon by cursing you with a curse, I’m going to glorify God Almighty and bless you with a blessing, therefore “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

Until next time, may our Lord Jesus Christ bless you.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Jesus and the Tithe


Transcript of YouTube video: http://youtu.be/zsYdZJi74zc
Hello, my name is Rev. Amos Ortiz, and this is the study, Jesus and the Tithe.
 We hear so much about the tithe today. Wouldn’t it be great to have Jesus’ thoughts on the tithe? Well, His thoughts on the tithe can be obtained by studying His words on the subject of the tithe. Let’s start with Matthew 23:23. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”
 The Scribes and Pharisees were well-off. So why did Jesus say it was okay for them to tithe spices? Did the Temple really need spices from rich men? Shouldn’t Jesus have told them to tithe cash money from their riches? The truth is, Jesus was not confused about His Father’s tithe, and He clearly identifies it here as being edible and not a form of hard currency, even when the tither is a rich person.
 Why were these rich men tithing spices? Why not bigger foods like pumpkins, corn, and tomatoes? Well, the Scribes and the Pharisees were not about to give up their prestigious careers and take on farming, just to tithe. To tithe, all they had to do was plant an herb garden in their backyards and bring 10% of the spices to the Temple.
 Here’s some food for thought. God established a food tithe in a time when there were no refrigerators or cans to preserve the foods. Yet today, while we have many ways of preserving food which the world of antiquity would never have dreamed of, many ministers insist on and even demand a cash tithe. Like the Scribes and Pharisees, today’s money-loving ministers, in their own defiant ways, are emphasizing the less important matters of the Law and neglecting the more important matters of our faith, like honesty in God’s Word, respect for God’s holy tithe, and love for those God has placed in our care.
 We all know that Christians are not under the law. Because of this, money-loving ministers claim that the tithe was not a matter of the Law. However, we’ve just read where Jesus said, “you tithe spices, but you have neglected the more important matters of the law.” Therefore, as per Jesus, the tithe is a matter of the Law.
 We should also be asking ourselves, “Being that our Lord Jesus referred to tithing as one of the less important matters; why is it constantly being mentioned in our churches?” Today’s money-loving ministers also claim that the tithe used to be food because there was no cash currency, and this too is a lie! See John 2:15b, “Jesus scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.” There was so much money that men had established currency exchange businesses within the Temple area!
 According to the Law of Moses, if you lived too far to carry your tithes and sacrifices to the Temple, you could travel with cash money. Upon arriving, you would not offer a money tithe because that would be a sacrilege and could get you expelled from the Temple! Instead, you would use the money to repurchase your tithes and sacrifices, and then worship God. However, many Jews had been scattered throughout the known world. So, the currency they had was from other countries. These worshipers would have to first exchange their foreign currency into shekels, and then use the shekels to buy their locally grown tithes and sacrifices. Unfortunately, they were being robbed in both transactions. And worst of all, God’s priests were just standing by getting their cut of the proceeds. This is why Jesus was so upset.
 Anyway, for those that insist on a cash tithe, Jesus tells us exactly what happens when people tithe their money: they exalt themselves. In Luke 18, Jesus tells a Parable of a super tither. On verse 12, the tither says, “I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.” And on verse 14, Jesus makes it clear; “all those who exalt themselves will be humbled.” The all tither exalted himself in many ways, but according to the Law of Moses, he exalted himself through his tithing, because tithing was only from the produce of the Promised Land. See Leviticus 27:30: “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” But this man claimed to tithe of all he received. This would include things that were not holy to the Lord!
 When Aaron’s sons offered a “strange fire,” God killed them. Then the Lord gave us this warning: “you must distinguish between holy and common things.”  Therefore, any tithe offering outside of God’s specifications is a strange tithe and, at minimal, will cause our faith to weaken, because if we can ignore what Jesus said about the tithe, we will also ignore other things He has said.
 And this my friends, I’ve witnessed firsthand, so called “Christians” that send a cash tithe to the church and are nowhere to be found near the church. I’ve seen churches full of adulterers that have claimed irreconcilable differences as grounds to divorce and remarry and are allowed to function as directors and overseers within the church, simply because they pay a money tithe. They have exalted themselves by means of a strange tithe, just like the man in Jesus’ parable. Dear friends, there is a better way, for God loves you, not your money. When Jesus was asked “What must we do to do the works God requires?” the answer was very simple: “believe in the one God has sent.”
 To learn more about God’s tithe, please view the other short studies on my YouTube Channel or visit tithedeception.blogspot.com.
 Thank you for listening.
 God bless.