Welcome to the Tithe Deception.


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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Friday, May 12, 2017

Tithe Testimony


Tithe Testimony

The video for this post is available at the URL:     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 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 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 bankrupted.

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 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 (read it in 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 in 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, they could touch, 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 the tithe was small.  If it was large, their the tithe was large.  Faith was not a requirement.  The requirement was land ownership.

            It is a shame that 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 foreshadow 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, you 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

Typescript of Youtube study located at:
https://youtu.be/SqIZTcC3ljU

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 Levi 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 Indulgence.

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) 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 proclaim 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 a $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 on 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 use 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 to 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 Gods specification 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.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Meaning of life

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  To demonstrate the need for His just laws, God created Mankind. Then God selected a Chosen People and started His Earthly Theocracy as proof positive of the benefits of His Laws upon all beings. The Earthly Theocracy did not last long, but the benefits derived from the application of His Heavenly Laws (upon Humans that possess free will) are evident to us all here and now on Earth as in Heaven. One can even say that, every time a human governmental authority creates a new law, which will limit the freedom of its citizen, said government upholds the Divine Plan of Laws and Limitations and does so because God’s image is a part of Mankind. This is why it says in Romans 13:1; “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

  Humans are also the evidence (the living proof) of what occurs when there is no law or the existing laws are unjust. The horrendous atrocities that have resulted in closed and remote societies due to their lack of just laws in government are evidence of what happens without God’s Righteousness. Even in cases of child abuse there is the living proof of the results of acting outside the limits of law and this evidence will be presented to the fallen angels in the Day of Judgment. This is why it says in Matthew 12:36-37; “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Therefore, if our “empty” words will be used to acquit or condemn us, than there should be no doubt that our actions will weigh heavily in God’s Court. Our lives are not just meant for us to simply live and then disappear from existence as if this physical body was all there is.

  I leave you with this; ever wonder how it is that we are to exalt and praise God “forever and ever”? [Psalm 145:1-2]. Is this a little excessive? Does the Almighty really need to be reassured (by our continual worship of Him) of His greatness every day for all eternity? This is not so much for His good, but moreover for our own good. Just as the American Pledge of Allegiance was meant to prevent another civil war; this eternal worship is meant to prevent another heavenly uprising. Eternal praise is meant to produce a constant awareness of God’s authority over us and serves as a reminder that the ‘saved’ members of humanity willingly pledged allegiance to the Almighty because they found Him to be righteous and worthy of His position.

  This is why some so called ‘good’ people will not be allowed in heaven. Many people think that a good God will never allow “good” people to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. Some folks think that if they’ve never broken any laws or harmed anyone in anyway (no matter how unbelievable that sounds, see Mark 10:18 & Luke 18:19) they have earned the right to Heaven and there should be no reason to deny them access into Heaven. They are sorely wrong, because unless they accept God’s plan now (in this life) they will not be allowed into Heaven, because if these “good” folks are allowed into Heaven on their own merits, it will only be a matter of time before they start trouble. It will only be a matter of time before they start complaining about God’s rule over them and before long there will be another uprising in Heaven; this time started by “good” people. This is why entrance will be denied. This is why it is written that, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.

  In conclusion, would you like to make Heaven tremble? Then proclaim God’s Sovereignty in your darkest hour. Declare your faith no matter how bad things get. Your faith is a testimony being preached to the World and it attracts other potential Christians to the ranks of those that will one day judge angels. And that makes the insubordinate angels tremble. This is why is says in 1st Peter 1:12b, “Even angels long to look into these things.”

Sermon by Rev. Amós Ortiz, founder of The Evangelical Reform Church of Honesty, Respect & Love in Christ Jesus, Inc.,
910 East 28th Street (near Gov. Printz Blvd.)
Wilmington, DE 19802
www.YouTube.com/user/berthaerika

Monday, February 26, 2007

Conclusion

This study is not about paying a minister his/her salary. As Pastor of the Church of Honesty, Respect & Love, I personally know how hard Altar work is. I do it as a labor of love; however, those that earn a living from the Altar are in their right. This study is about keeping God’s Word pure.

Through this study we have learned the truth; that the Tithe is not cash. It is best for us to blindingly accept God’s Word in faith, then to lean on our own understanding. Only, “then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32.

Many of today’s Church Members are being told to tithe cash and have faith in a future economical victory. For many of these Christians, the years go by without the promised financial windfall and if they question the promise of opened monetary floodgates they are told they just don’t have enough faith.

Dear Friend, God did not establish a cash-tithe. The idea of putting a cash-tithe burden on His Children never crossed our Lord’s mind. Instead He said, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

Don’t be afraid, you have a Counselor and concerning the requirements of the Law, He left you this written message, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell.” Acts 15:28-29

This study can go on and on because the Bible has much evidence and many examples of an edible tithe and the use of available currency. I have written these few chapters because I know that the truths here contained can set free the lives that so desire freedom. Yet, if you require more information or a deeper explanation contact me.

May God bless and prosper you.


Pastor Amós

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Misuse of Parables

A Biblical Parable is a short story used to illustrate a Spiritual truth.

Ministers use Biblical references concerning Stewardship to allege that their interpretation means Christians should give money to the Church or they will become bad stewards. Ministers quote these Scriptures while affirming a cash-tithe, thus using them as further evidence for a cash-tithe.

The Bible speaks of Stewardship in a few places, however, most ministers get this idea of stewardship from two of Jesus’ Parables; the Parable of the Shrewd Manager (Luke 16:1-14) and the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30).

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager is for Managers. In other words, Jesus was talking to the Spiritual Leaders of the time. This Parable has nothing to do with the lay-members (although to some extend even lay-members are called to manage) of the Church except to say that if this Parable was to truly be applied to their lives then no one should ask them for money because dispensing or handing over of money is not the same as managing money. This Parable does not say give, it says manage and it ends by telling the Spiritual Managers of the time that, “you cannot serve both God and Money.” Luke 16:13b. We learn in Luke 16:14 that the Spiritual Managers of the time did not like it, “The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.”

The Parable of the Talents is meant mainly for those in charge of the Church (multi-talent) but also for lay-members (one talent). Matthew 25:14KJV, “For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.” Jesus is the man that traveled to the far country, aka Heaven and He called His servants (the Christians) and gave them all a Spiritual Gift they must put to work.

In Bible times a denarius was equal to a day’s wage and a talent was equal to a lifetime’s wages. Jesus did not give us a cash-talent, but He did give us all at least one talent; although most of us are spiritually multitalented. When Jesus returns He will ask us to give an account of what we did with the Talent(s) that He gave us and this has absolutely nothing to do with money.

Another of Jesus’ Parables that is being used to obtain money is the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:1-9. The appalling thing about this practice is that not even in metaphoric form is the Bible referring to money. In fact, the word money (in any shape or form; talent, gold, etc,) does not appear in this Parable!

Again, the idea about sowing a seed of money is unbiblical! Not even in figurative speech does this Parable mention anything about money. Later, Jesus makes it clear that the seeds are the heard message of His Kingdom, Matthew 13:19.

These Parables are not about how much money we give to the Church. These Parables are saying that as God’s Stewards we manage a Spiritual Property known as the Kingdom of Heaven and we use our Spiritual Talents to sow the seeds (message) of the Gospel in anticipation of the Harvest.