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« on: May 25, 2007, 09:05:28 AM »

> Hey Ray, I have a quick question on tithing (it's
> possibly so simple it's stupid). Paul writes to the
> Corinthians "If we have sown spiritual things for you,
> is it a great thing if we reap your material things?
> If others are partakers of this right over you, are we
> not more? Nevertheless we have not used this right,
> but endure all things." I understand Paul is saying
> that we ought to preach the gospel for the gospel's
> sake, even if that means that we don't make a dime.
> What I'm wondering is this: as a future pastor, I would
> like to know that since it's unlawful to force
> christians to tithe, how are pastors biblically
> suppose to go about being supported by their church?

        Dear Mark: Paul goes on to say: "Even so has the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel SHOULD LIVE OF THE GOSPEL" (I Cor. 9:14). But to "live of the Gospel" does not mean drive a Mercedes or wear Rolex watches. Churches are to support their pastor, but this is done by faith. Under no circumstances may a pastor teach that tithing is a law, the breaking of which would be a sin, the penalty of which would be DEATH. The New Testament Church of Jesus Christ and money, have absolutely nothing to do with tithing. Tithing was for Israel ONLY, to the Levites and priests ONLY, of farm products ONLY, during the tabernacle/temple service period ONLY, etc. The Church is supported by voluntary offerings ONLY.

        Certainly it would not be wrong to teach a powerful sermon on being a "Cheerful GIVER."

        God be with you,

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