An Article I submitted to a Christian Magazine Apr 6, 2007 14:45:33 GMT -5
Post by jazzlover on Apr 6, 2007 14:45:33 GMT -5
If Jesus Christ were to enter a convening of pastors who teach that people on DISABILITY are to TITHE (10%) of their disability checks to these pastors, you wouldn't want to be in the same room with them! If you think Jesus berated the hypocritical Pharisees in Matthew 23, I don't think you would have seen anything yet!
Listen to Jesus' own words:
"WOE UNTO YOU, SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES! For you tithe of mint and anise and cummin [little herbs of the garden], and have OMITTED the weightier matters of the law, JUDGMENT, MERCY, AND FAITH..." (Mat. 23:23).
WOW! There it is, saints! Tithing was NOTHING to Jesus compared to properly judging [taking care of], MERCY [where is the mercy in taking WIDOW'S MITES?], and FAITH [these hypocrites don't HAVE ANY FAITH, or they would trust God for their ministries and NOT WIDOWS WHO ARE DISABLED]..."
Read Verse 14:
"WOE UNTO YOU, SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES! For you DEVOUR WIDOWS' HOUSES..."!!!
It is UNSCRIPTURAL EVIL to place these burdens on the shoulders of fragile widows!! Verse 4:
"For they bind HEAVY BURDENS and GRIEVOUS to be born, and lay them on men's [AND WIDOW'S] shoulders; but THEY themselves will NOT move them with one of their fingers."
Exodus 22:22 "Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless
child." Exodus 22:23 "If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry
at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;" Exodus 22:24 "And my
wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your
wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless."
God's protection of widows is throughout the Bible. It was a
widow named Anna, a prophetess eighty-four years old, who was one of
the two witnesses recognizing Jesus as the Saviour of the world at His
dedication, when He was forty days old. It was a widow Elijah
stayed with during a terrible famine, and God miraculously fed them.
What this was really saying, was that God, Himself, protects those who
cannot help themselves. If you do wrong to those who cannot protect
themselves, you have God to deal with. He fights their battles for
them. He will punish according to the sin. He would make
your wives widows, and your children orphans, because He would kill you.
Isaiah 10:1 "Woe unto them that
decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness [which] they
This is speaking of those who are listened to by others. It is
bad to sin yourself, but to lead someone else into sin through
statements you make is much worse. This woe is spoken to those who
lead others astray, with the things they say. Writing plans for others
to live by is very dangerous, as well, when they are things the writer
has decided, and not God. The leader, who writes or speaks, better
speak as an oracle of God. Their writing and speaking must be from God
and not from themselves.
Isaiah 10:2 "To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take
away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their
prey, and [that] they may rob the fatherless!"
This is speaking of those who favor the wealthy over the poor in
judging them. This is, also, speaking of people who take advantage of
a widow or orphan. God teaches that we are to take care of the widow
and orphan, not cheat them out of the little they have.
Isaiah 10:3 "And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in
the desolation [which] shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for
help? and where will ye leave your glory?"
There is a day of reckoning when Jesus will stand and Judge the
whole world. His judgement will be righteous. Who can help you when
that day comes? The answer is no one, because you cannot deceive the
Lord. Just because you have had some place of authority on this earth
will not speak in your favor before the Lord. In fact, if you have
been a cruel leader, or one who taught them falsely, you will be
judged the more severely. To whom much is given, much is required.
Chaplain Mark H. Stevens, M.Min
New Jersey Institute of Theological Studies
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