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Lost Passion for Christ? Get it back!

Ministry has drastically changed, the church has drastically changed, Gospel Music has drastically changed, serving Christ has changed, people have drastically changed in so many ways, so many today have lost their passion for Christ. They have lost that fire and desire to serve God wholeheartedly, they have lost the humbleness, their compassion for others, their true purpose. God's people are more divided more now then ever before because they have lost their passion for Christ. They have developed a fearful, self only and prideful mentality and attitude. The world and society has changed you, many have even been hurt by the church itself. Some Gospel Music no longer worships and glorifies our Lord and Savior, nor does it minister to the lost in spirit any more. The church body cannot come together in unity to reach our dying communities especially if it doesn't go according to their agenda. Everyone has their own personal agenda for personal gain. Where is the passion to serve our Lord Christ Jesus in all this? Are you using your God given gifts to minister and reach the lost and win souls? So many in the body of Christ today are lacking that passion for Christ. Passion flows from a heart that is consumed with love for Jesus. That love must find a way to be released in His presence. God's word and instructions are very clear.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Romans 12:10 KJV

So many of us today pray, read the word, go to church and serve Jesus out of obligation instead of having that passion for Him. Passion does not operate out of obligation. Passion operates as a result of agape love, a sincere true love. A love for our Savior Jesus Christ.

Passion loves and serves because it wants to, not because it has to or obligated to. Passion is serving God wholeheartedly because there is nothing else that we would rather be doing, I rather be serving our community with the love of Christ sharing JESUS then be at a sports game or shopping at the mall. Passion is energized by a person or thing with a desire in the heart. You can’t love a person that you don’t know that is why knowing Jesus is essential to a passionate relationship with Him.

God wants us to serve him with a whole heart, reaching all those in need of a Savior, who are lost, hurting, in need of love and joy. Ministering, Teaching, Preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in any way possible, in any form or fashion for the Glory of God and not of man. Today ministry has changed so much within the body of Christ, the passion seems to not be there anymore, that fire and desire to unify in love to serve has disappeared. Passion is what energizes life. It turns the impossible into possible. In fact if you don’t have any passion in your life, ministry will become boring, dull, routine, just another day of the week or a day on the job. Then there are some that all your serving turns out to be by obligation or a show.

Now referring to Gospel music, all styles of Gospel Music alone has changed drastically over the years, it has become more Entertainment then Ministering, it has become more of an industry then Ministry. Especially in the Gospel Rap genre and I love my gospel rap, being I grew up on hip hop, but it saddens me dearly because our youth need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ desperately yet So many youth are going down the wrong road and Gospel rap has lost its passion for Christ. So much of the newer music I hear today compared to 5 to 10 years ago has lost that passion and seems to no longer minister to the individual, nor Glorifies God. Where did the Heart and passion for Christ go? Unlike traditional gospel music or Rythem and Praise even that has become more geared towards entertainment then ministering. Don't get me wrong because I am in the music ministry and I do love an awesome concert with God gifted talented artists that definitely worships and glorifies our father but I've seen some that is no different than just being a show. I have seen a lot of "lost passion" for Christ even in music ministry and it's time to start putting more worship back into God's music and start Glorifying him as well as ministering to the lost who needs to receive Christ.
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Colossians 3:23-25 KJV

God wants us to be passionate for him. To desire to seek and serve him to the fullest.
One of the key things in a Christian’s life is passion. Not passion for worldly things, but a true heartfelt passion for Jesus Christ. A passion that burns on the inside and consumes our thought processes, consumes our decision making, consumes our worship, consumes our emotions and will. Consumes our heart and desires. That constant urge to seek more of him and serve him.

God made you to live a passionate life and to serve Him and His people with vitality. With vibrancy. With energy. With enthusiasm. With love, peace and joy. He wants you to have purpose in your life, God created you for a purpose, to serve him and win souls. He gave you gifts and talents to do so, he has fully equipped you. Did you know your inner passion can be renewed as you personally share your faith, love and desires in Jesus with others, and almost nothing re-ignites passion more quickly than a conversation that leads to talking about Jesus. Sharing and spreading the Gospel and ministering to those souls that long to hear about Jesus, when you share your passion for Christ, your planting a seed and Igniting the same passion in another. God's word tells us to love God with all our heart but to also share the love and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the nations glorifying our King.

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 KJV

Whether it be in music, dance, preaching from the pulpit, teaching in a Bible study, fellowship, an Outreach or block party, conference, workshop or Gospel music concert, we are to minister and honor our King Jesus giving him all the glory. Surely we can speak Glory to God with our mouth but are we truly giving him all the glory from our hearts?

God promises us that if we pursue Him wholeheartedly, He will not only provide for our needs "(Matthew 6:33)But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." but will give us the desires of our heart as well "(Psalm 37:4-5)Delight thyself also in the Lord ; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord ; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."

Remember Winning souls is essential and it is also a part of our purpose, the process of evangelizing or witnessing no matter what form, which is simply communicating the message of salvation to unbelievers. Jesus Christ told His followers they would be His witnesses "(Acts 1:8)But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." and to “go and teach all the nations, "(Matthew 28:19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" which is the essence of winning souls, those were his instructions. As our Father in heaven does not want anyone to perish and souls to be saved"(2 Peter 3:9)The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. “all Christians should be eager to heed this call and have a passion for winning souls with the passion for Christ.

This is why having a "passion for Christ" is so imparitive in daily living, in your ministry, in our churches, in your home, in the Gospel music and so forth. We are living in a dying world, people are hurting, but they are also hungry for love, peace and salvation and the only person they can receive that is through Jesus Christ. When there is no unity in the body as well there in no passion for Christ and the world can see that.

Therefore how do we gain a passion for spreading the gospel and winning souls to Christ in these difficult days when there are so many who oppose our work every step of the way? When there is so much hatred and deception? It starts by having Jesus Christ front and center in our own lives. Our passion for winning souls will increase as our passion for Christ Himself and our walk with Him become stronger. Continue to fellowship, study his word, pray and serve wholeheartedly. When we consume our hearts and minds with Christ, we can’t help but to have a passion for sharing Him with others.

The most passionate laborers are those who have a heart that is on fire for Christ, and it should be easy when we think about the magnitude of what our Savior Jesus Christ did for us at Calvary on the cross. Yet we know what happens to those who die apart from Christ. And this hopeless eternity that many face apart from God, we should be more than motivated to win as many souls to Christ now more then ever before. Keep in mind, not only is the harvest great and the workers are very few, on top of this, our time is very limited and running out fast. We must work harder together in unity with our full passion for Christ serving wholeheartedly giving God all the Glory.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 KJV

There can be no better calling than working on the behalf of our father Jesus Christ the One who died so that we may live. Jesus said, “(John 15:14)
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." His command was that we obey Him and that we love each other as He loved us. Our love for Him is best displayed when we passionately and tirelessly work together to share His gospel with others. We have been chosen and ordained to minister and preach the Gospel.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
John 15:16 KJV

Serve, minister, love with the PASSION FOR CHRIST.
Be Blessed in JESUS mighty name.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Philippians 2:4 KJV

First off let us understand what selfishness is and how it reflects in people.
All selfish people display a very uncaring attitude and a strong “Me first” trait. They are only concerned about "self".

A very common trait which all selfish and prideful people possess is that they always put themselves, wants and their needs on the forefront and in some instances can care less about anyone else or even pretend or appear that they care about another person which in fact is just a lie. They only give heed to their own priorities, their own goals and in the process would not think of anyone else, not even about those who might be really in much more need than them.

When it comes to getting their needs and wants met and their work done, they would turn a deaf ear to the necessities of others or take advantage of situations for personal gain that would only benefit themselves.

But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
1 John 3:17 KJV

A selfish person would view others only as a means to get what they want. They have a "gotta have" tunnel vision which starts from and leads to themselves and their personal needs alone.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2 Timothy 3:2-4 KJV

• Another trait which selfish people show is being manipulative, hustling, scheming and plotting most of the times.
Selfish people have a great desire to control situations and people and are unwilling to reach compromises with others. To get their own way they would down cast others and put down anybody’s reputation to benefit their own reputation. Go behind another person's back for selfish gain.

For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.
Philippians 2:21 KJV

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
Romans 15:1-3 KJV

They would never think of sacrificing anything for anybody and in some cases they do do it sometimes they would expect a lot in return. They feel it is their right to receive from others but never feel obliged to return anything. Selfish people behave in this manner because they don’t know how to balance giving with taking. Jesus always said it is better to give then to receive. When you give with a giving heart did you know Jesus will bless you with far more?

I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Acts 20:35 KJV

He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
Proverbs 28:27 KJV

But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Hebrews 13:16 KJV

Negative traits towards everything makes them bad team players as they always try to pull down others with their remarks, actions or suggestions. Their word or comments boast on themselves only.

They find it hard to motivate and inspire other people because they themselves lack motivation and the drive to look ahead in their own life. This characteristic makes them unpopular in a team and a misfit. They try to fit in but they're more of an outcast. They try to draw attention by using certain situations and in some situations will even work a hustle to get what they want at the expense of others.
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
James 3:16 KJV

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 KJV

• A selfish person is highly self centered and self obsessed.
This makes them see or hear no one else. They become bad listeners and give little or no consideration to what others have to say. They may act like they are listening but in all actuality they are not. They are inconsiderate and have little or no room for compassion. They would cut off conversations and bring the focus on themselves.
But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Romans 2:8 KJV

It becomes their earnest desire to be seen and heard more than anyone else making them oblivious to the opinions, suggestions and advices of others. All the conversations they indulge in pertain and turn back to themselves. They want all the focus and attention.
Looking at these traits and characteristics of selfish people possess, one thing becomes obvious that selfish people do not need your contempt. You surely have to keep yourself shielded from their negativist traits because it can harm you but you don’t need to run from them. One thing is you must Pray for them. You can love them even from a distance and pray they seek help.

All of us are selfish to some extent, but when the traits and characteristics go beyond control they make us selfish down to the core and some continue in that nature because unfortunately that is who their character is, the type of person the are.
We have to understand the characteristic of selfishness in people, recognize those individuals, know what Gods word says regarding selfishness. And if you are one who has an issue with selfishness know how to overcome the Characteristic trait according to God's word and apply it to your life.

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luke 9:23 KJV
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 KJV

Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Matthew 19:21 KJV

Remember Jesus died so we can live for HIM and not for ourselves so we will have eternal life with him.

And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
2 Corinthians 5:15 KJV
May you be blessed and continue in God's great word for knowledge and understanding.
Spiritual Abuse....recognizing it and knowing what to do biblically….
Yes, a pastor can be controlling and also can be spiritual abusive towards his members it's similar to being in a abusive marriage, it is a trend that is rapidly growing around us. Ungodly, controlling pastors are committing "spiritual abuse" and have hurt many people in the church, this is one reason many suffer from "church hurt". The phrase "ungodly pastors" is very common and it's very real and they are out there. It's the sad truth that there are pastors and leaders who are only in the position for their own desires or personal gain. What is worse that it is also causing church members to fall away and mistrust the church. Some like the position of being in power and being in control of others. This is very UnGodly and can be considered as a cult. Ask yourself, is the Pastor truly serving God or himself? Because serving God does not mean "controlling" his people. A pastor’s position is to "teach" his people the word of God as it is written by GOD. To "build up" God's Kingdom not control it nor tear it down.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV

So church attendance is vital to our spiritual growth, but if we find ourselves attending church so we can win favor with the pastor, or to make him look good or to earn his trust, then we have missed the point and we are not definitely benefiting our spiritual growth and attending for the wrong purpose.

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Galatians 2:16 KJV

These dictating leaders of the church can be described by many words - controllers, manipulators, cult leaders, false pastors, and dictators, these are just a few names. I have seen and experienced the negative effects that these types of leaders can have on people. God has shown me so much on this very subject through my many years in ministry.

Here are some signs of a controlling, unGodly leader.....

* He is proud, carnal, demanding, overbearing, impatient, uncompassionate, "loving" only toward those who submit to him, mean-spirited toward those who do not agree with him or follow him.

*He develops doctrines from verses that only appear to support his view or accommodate his needs.
*He makes people feel that they cannot make important decisions without him. He lets people know God has to go through him first.
*He exalts himself before the people. He praises himself. All eyes and focus on him.
*He ridicules his members, making them look small in the eyes of the church, making his members feel unworthy thus increasing his own prestige and authority and decreasing theirs.
*He treats men who leave as fools and evil men and mocks them within his church body. All kindness and friendship is withdrawn. People are only treated kindly when they submit to his doctrines and "authority."
*He contradicts himself a lot. He is accountable to no one.
*He provokes and intimidates people to get what he wants.
*He demands respect instead of trying to earn respect. He threatens people.
*He wears a phony grin and acts like everything is all right even when things are falling apart in his church.
*He acts as if he knows everything, but he really doesn't know how to handle problems that he has caused.
*He has the capacity to destroy his members verbally and disarm them emotionally.
*He does not recognize the individuality or rights of others. He takes away their rights.
*He has tremendous feelings of entitlement. He believes everything is owed to him as a right. He is the boss.
*He presents himself as a know it all. He is smarter then everyone and makes everyone feel below him.
*He gives the perception that he lives a grand life, but paranoia rules him. He creates an us vs. them mentality because of his perceived hostile environment.
*He lies coolly and easily, even when it is obvious he is being untruthful. It is almost impossible for him to be consistently be truthful about issues.
* He never gives credit to the true originators of ideas.
*He doesn't not have feelings of remorse, shame, or guilt. He feels justified in all his actions. Nothing gets in his way.
*He is unmoved by things that would unset the normal person, while outraged by insignificant matters.
*He can witness or order acts of utter brutality without experiencing a shred of emotion. He is abusive verbally and emotionally.
*He despises community and emotional intimacy towards others, won't reach out.
*He constantly tests the beliefs of his followers, often with bizarre behaviors. He fails to listen to others.
*He readily takes advantage of others, and can care less for anyone else's feelings. Someone in distress is not important to him. Although intelligent, perceptive, and quite good at sizing people up, he makes no real connections with others. He uses his "people skills" to exploit and abuse.
* He rages against a person who is a threat to his church and/or who refuses to cooperate with his underhanded schemes. He loves being in control.

In a controlling pastor, fear is a form of manipulation. Instead of motivating people through love and servant hood, a controlling pastor tries to motivate through manipulation. Motivating people through fear is a direct contradiction to 1 John 4:18, which says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.” It is a controlling Spirit.

Let us keep in mind what Gods word says,
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:1-5 KJV

Now, if you’re dealing with this type of situation, how should you respond if your Pastor displays one or more of these UnGodly traits? What should you do? First off ask yourself these questions, are you happy or comfortable at this church? Are you happy or comfortable with your Pastor? Are you growing spiritually? What keeps you there?
A controlling church leader will discourage you from speaking with anyone else about your concerns if you try to confront them. However, the Bible says that “in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Prov. 11:14). Seek counsel from a mature, objective leader in another church or another mature Christian. It is possible that what you have perceived as a controlling attitude may be genuine concern and God may be telling you something – so pray for discernment. Pray that God will guide and direct you on the right path.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV

After you receive Godly counsel and you are convinced in your spirit that your Pastor is in the grip of a unGodly controlling spirit, you are free to leave at any time, you have always been free but you have to make that choice. You have to do what is best for you spiritually. Your Spiritual growth and happiness is very important to God. You have the right to seek spiritual Godly growth where it is properly given. Don't let no one hold you back from that, that’s the enemy keeping you in bondage. It is no different then a wife being in an abusive marriage unable to escape but God always gives a way to be free.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Matthew 5:6 KJV

Once you break free from that bondage from that controlling Spirit You
first you may feel that you can’t trust another pastor again, but resist those thoughts and pray and find a healthy church where the life of God is flowing, where the Bible is preached without compromise and where love is evident and where you can freely feel God's love and his presence. A good Shepherd is hard to find but they are out there. God said seek and you shall find. God wants you to be free to solely worship him in spirit and in truth being able to have joy, peace and love.

May this be a blessing to someone and May God Bless you.... I pray that you grow deeply spiritual and intimately with the Lord
LET THE RIVERS FLOW ...Your gifts, talents, resources. Reading and studing Scripture, there is a very interesting fact about the Jordan River that flows through the nation of Israel. The Jordan River is actually connected to two bodies of water; on the northern end there is the Sea of Galilee and on the southern end there is the Dead Sea.
Since thirty-five percent of the water in the Dead Sea is comprised of dissolved salt minerals, there are no fish or any other normal marine life in or near this body of water because it is deadly to most living things; therefore, this body of water is only suitable to certain forms of bacteria and algae that have adapted to this harsh environment.

The shores of the Dead Sea are characterized and coated with layers of salt crystals. And even though salt has qualities that are beneficial to us, the primary point to remember here is that life is not sustainable in this environment because there is no outlet that allows water (or life) to also flow out.
An amazing thought is our lives as believers, and how each one of us would characterize ourselves based on the above mentioned bodies of water. Do we receive God’s Word and then allow the life-giving power of God given through the Holy Spirit to flow through us, or are we like the Dead Sea, holding everything in but never releasing anything out.
As believers in Christ, we are to be dispensers of the Blessing that we have freely received” (MAT.10.8)!

In other words, the gifts, talents, and resources that God blesses us with are not designed to be heaped and just stored up for ourselves; but are to be used, shared, and released to bless others so that they too will become beneficiaries of this new flowing life. Releasing and giving is key.

Jesus said, “He who believes in Me <who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me> as the Scripture has instructed, From his innermost being shall flow <continuously> springs and rivers of living water” (JHN.7.38, Amplified Bible).

When we release what we have, God continues to supply more (LUK. 6.38).
Remember, our faith must be moving, alive, and active; otherwise it is dead and of no use to anyone (JAS.2.26). So, don’t become stagnate; as you receive, let God’s life-giving power flow from you each day.He has called us for a purpose. We are called to be of service to him to help others and he truly rewards us.

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his b
elly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
John 7:38-39 KJV

God's word on Tithes and Offerings... Knowing the difference according to God's word biblically. Know for yourself.
If the tithe came into the store house and was always a wisely stewarded, the church would never lack abundance for the work of God's kingdom.A wisely steward is a extremely important factor.

Everything we own and everything we have comes from God. So, when we give,we simply offer him a very small portion of all the abundance he has already given to us. Giving is an expression of our thankfulness and praise to God. It comes from a heart of worship that recognizes that everything we give already belongs to him regardless of our form of giving. Doesn't always necessarily have to be in the form of money. Don't let man deceive you in telling you different.

God instructed Old Testament believers to give a tithe, or a tenth,because this 10% represented the first, or most important portion of all that they had. The New Testament does not suggest a certain percentage for giving, but simply says for each to give. We are blessed when we give.
Acts 20:35
... remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' (NIV)
God wants us to give because he knows how blessed we will be as we give generously to him and to others. Giving is a kingdom principle—it brings more blessing to the giver than to the recipient. We give in many ways, we give our gifts and talents, our services, our love, serving in the Community, even in money but again does not necessarily always mean in the form of money.

Luke 6:38
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.

The 10% tithes is commanded in the Old Testament. But according to New Testament, We each give independently as the Lord directs, to other ministries, special works for the Lord, needy families or to even help out our own families within the assembly. This does not only or always mean money. It also includes giving of your gifts and talents and give of your time. This giving is to be sacrificial. There are many churches today that have their members believing that if they don't pay their tithes and offerings they are robbing God and that is not true at all. They are causing their members to feel guilty or worse yet, leave the church. My heart goes out to those lost individuals.

The guideline for our giving to God and His work is found in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7: “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Friends please do the home work first, and not to be guilted into this false practice of always tithing in money. Understanding and knowledge is the key. Knowing and understanding God's word is knowledge.
We today are not under a tithe system as the Old Testament spoke of we no where of the Jesus system where we do out of love for him, wholeheartedly. And we are to love thy neighbor as thy self, feeding him ,or what ever he is in need of. Tithes and offerings are not necessarily in the form of money.

God has commanded us to pay tithes unto him of money, talents and what ever else we have to offer the Kingdom of God.
Remember, that a tithe doesn’t have to be strictly monetary. Give your time: join the choir, help in the nursery, teach Sunday school, get involved in church activities, outreach, Evangelize, serve the community, etc.
Churches are teaching that tithing and giving are one in the same, and they’re not. Some may not agree with this but there is so much biblical debate that goes on today it really makes me wonder, I solely trust God's word more than man's. If you are tithing money, then you are being fleeced. You should give any amount of money to your church that God places on your heart to give or you can actually afford. Church leaders know that their congregation is ignorant when it comes to Bible interpretation, so they know they can get away with the false teaching of tithing money. Church leaders don’t have the faith that their congregation will give enough money to the church to support the church, so they continue to teach that one should tithe 10% of their income and can make the church feel guilty if they don't give a proper amount.
Don’t be guilted into tithing. God does not need money, he wants you. We as believers are the church. Even though yes the church building needs finances to function as a whole and our giving in money supports the church building though we give an amount from the heart because of our love for God and being a faithful steward. Though whatever amount is given should be sufficient enough because God will always provide for his church. However if the church is failing financially then that is a much deeper issue.

2 Corinthians 9:7
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
According to the dictionary the definition of tithe is : a tenth part of "something" paid as a "voluntary" contribution or as a tax especially for the support of a religious establishment.

This is always said in churches today,
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.'
This passage from Malachi Chapter 3 seems to be many pastor's favorite Bible text. Especially when church giving is at its low. If you have spent any time in the modern church, you have heard this passage thundered from the pulpit on numerous occasions. I have had it pushed down me so many times I have lost count.
Consider some of the rhetoric that goes with it:
"God has commanded you to faithfully give your tithes. If you do not tithe, you are robbing God Almighty, and you put yourself under a curse."
"Let's repeat the 'Tither 's Creed' together shall we? `The tithe is the Lord's. In truth we learned it. In faith we believe it. In joy we give it.The tithe!'"
"Your tithes and offerings are necessary if God's work will goon!"("God's work," meaning of course, means salarying the Pastor, his staff and footing the monthly rent, electric bill to keep the building afloat.) Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit.

Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, `How do we rob you? ' In tithes and offerings. You are under curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.'
What is the result of this sort of pressure? God's people are guilted into giving one-tenth of their incomes every week. When they do, they feel they have made God happy. And they can expect Him to bless them financially. When they fail, they feel they are being disobedient, and a financial curse is over them.
But lets take a few steps backwards and ask the real question:"Does the Bible teach us to tithe? And ... are we spiritually obligated to fund thepastor and his staff?"
The answer to these two questions is shocking. (If you are a pastor, you may end up debating this subject. Though God's word is specific and very clear.)

Now, let's get some true understanding shall we,
Is Tithing Biblical?
Tithing does appear in the Bible. So yes, tithing is Biblical. But it is not Christian. The tithe belongs to ancient Israel. It was essentially their income tax, in the Old Testament. Never do you find first-century Christians tithing in the New Testament. Why do you think we pay taxes to our government?
Most Christians do not have the least idea about what the Bible teaches regarding the tithe. So lets research it. The word "tithe" simply means the tenth part.' The Lord instituted three kinds of tithes for Israel as part of their taxation system. They are:
· A tithe of the produce of the land to support the Levites who had no inheritance in Canaan.'
. A tithe of the produce of the land to sponsor religious festival sin Jerusalem. If the produce was too burdensome for a family to carry to Jerusalem, they could convert it into money.'
. A tithe of the produce of the land collected every third year for the local Levites, orphans, strangers, and widows.'
This was the Biblical tithe. Notice that God commanded Israel to give 23.3%of their income every year, as opposed to 10%.6 These tithes consisted of the produce of the land—which is, the seed of the land, the fruit of the land,and the herd or the flock. It was the product of the land, not money.
A clear parallel can be seen between Israel's tithing system and the modern taxation system present in America. Israel was obligated to support their national workers (priests), their holidays (festivals), and their poor(strangers, widows, and orphans) by their annual tithes. Most modern tax systems serve the same purpose.
With the death of Jesus, all ceremonial, governmental, and religious codes that belonged to the Jews were nailed to His cross and buried . . . never to come out again to condemn us. For this reason, we never see Christians tithing in the New Testament. No more than we see them sacrificing goats and bulls to cover their sins!

Paul writes, "And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross . . . Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day—things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ."'
Tithing belonged exclusively to Israel under the Law. When it comes to financial stewardship, we see the first-century saints giving cheerfully according to their ability—not dutifully out of a command.' Giving in the early church was voluntary.' And those who benefited from it were the poor,orphans, widows, sick, prisoners, and strangers.

Many will be objecting right now: "But what about Abraham? He lived before the Law. And we see him tithing to the high priest Melchizedek." Does this not overturn your argument that the tithe is part of the Mosaic Law? "
No it does not. First, Abraham's tithe was completely voluntary. It was not compulsory. God did not command it as He did with the tithe for Israel.
Second, Abraham tithed out of the spoils that he acquired after a particular battle he fought. He did not tithe out of his own regular income or property.Abraham's act of tithing would be akin to you winning the lottery, a mega jackpot, or receiving a work-bonus, then tithing it.
Third, and most important, this is the only time that Abraham tithed out of his 175 years of life on this earth. We have no evidence that he ever did such a thing again. Consequently, if you wish to use Abraham as a "proof text" to argue that Christians must tithe, then you are only obligated to tithe one time!

This brings us back to that often quoted text in Malachi 3. What was God saying there? First, this passage was directed to ancient Israel when they were under the Mosaic Law. God's people were holding back their tithes and offerings. Consider what would happen if a large portion of Americans refused to pay their income taxes. That would be Jail time! American law views this as robbery.Those found guilty would be punished for stealing from the government.

The tithe under the old testament law...
In the same way, when Israel held back her taxes (tithes), she was stealing from God—the One who instituted the tithing system. The Lord then commanded His people to bring their tithes into the storehouse. The storehouse was located in the chambers of the temple. The chambers were set apart to hold the tithes(which was produce, not money) for the support of the Levites, the poor, the strangers, and the widows.

Notice the context of Malachi-3:8-10: In verse 5, the Lord says that He will judge those who oppress the widow, the fatherless, and the stranger. He says, "So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be a quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me."
The widows, fatherless, and strangers were the rightful recipients of the tithe. Because Israel was withholding her tithes, she was guilty of oppressing these three groups. Herein is the heart of God in Malachi 3:8-10: Oppression to the poor.

How many times have you heard preachers point this out when they harangued you with Malachi 3? Out of the scores of sermons, have you heard on tithing, never you once heard a whisper about what the passage was actually talking about. That is, tithes were for the purpose of supporting the widows, the fatherless,the strangers, and the Levites (who owned nothing). This is what the Lord'sword in Malachi 3 has in view.

The Origin of the Tithe and the Clergy Salary. Today, the Levitical system has been abolished in the New Testament. So if a preacher demands a tithe, then all Christians should tithe to one another! Christian leaders began to advocate tithing as a Christian practice to support the clergy. My friends,please study God's word and know what he says. God's knowledge is so essential in the world today because unfortunately in the world we live in today we are even being deceived by the churches. Not saying all but many, we must know God's word for ourselves. Let God speak and teach is through his word.

Don't be deceived..... Be wise and knowledgeable. But just don't take my word for it, Study Gods word for yourself and let God speak directly to you. Ask for him to give you wisdom and understand according to his word and not man's interpretation.
You are blessed by your servant-hood in God's Kingdom, the sowing of yourself is far worth more.
God Bless
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