Questions on my plate. 

Hello friends.
There was this article about cold tea causing heart attacks that went round the Internet some time. I responded to it and thought I had silenced in my circle of friends. Alas, it came back bigger and badder. It now includes a gist about fruits causing all manner of stuff.

If you haven’t seen the post, here it is:

Eating Fruit on Empty Stomach

This will open your eyes ! Read to the end; and then, send it to others on your list as I just did to u!

Dr Stephen Mak treats terminal ill cancer patients by an “un-orthodox” way and many patients recovered.

Before he used solar energy to clear the illnesses of his patients, he believes on natural healing in the body against illnesses. See his article below.

It is one of the strategies to heal cancer. As of late, my success rate in curing cancer is about 80%.

Cancer patients shouldn’t die. The cure for cancer is already found – it’s in the way we eat fruits.

It is whether you believe it or not.

I am sorry for the hundreds of cancer patients who die under the conventional treatments.

EATING FRUIT

We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths.

It’s not as easy as you think. It’s important to know how and when to eat the fruits.

What is the correct way of eating fruits?

IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS!

FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH

If you eat fruits on empty stomach, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD.

Let’s say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit.

The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so due to the bread taken before the fruit.

In the meantime the whole meal of bread & fruit rots and ferments and turns to acid.

The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals !

You have heard people complaining :

Every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc.. etc..

Actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on _an empty stomach._

The fruit mixes with the putrefying of other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat !

Greying hair, balding, nervous outburst and dark circles under the eyes all these will NO happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.

There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter.

If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the SECRET of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice – drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans, packs or bottles.

Don’t even drink juice that has been heated up.

Don’t eat cooked fruits because you don’t get the nutrients at all.

You only get its taste.
Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice.

If you should drink the fresh fruit juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it.

You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse or detoxify your body.

Just eat fruits and drink fresh fruit juice throughout the 3 days.

And you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look !
KIWI fruit:
Tiny but mighty.
This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

APPLE:
An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby _helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke._

STRAWBERRY:
Protective Fruit.
Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging and free radicals.

ORANGE :
Sweetest medicine.
Taking 2-4 oranges a day may _help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer._

WATERMELON:
Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which _helps boost our immune system._

They are also a key source of lycopene the cancer fighting oxidant.
Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA:
Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content.

Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation.

Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.
DRINKING  COLD WATER  or DRINKS  AFTER A MEAL = CANCER

Can you believe this ?

For those who like to drink cold water or cold drinks, this article is applicable to you.

It is nice to have a cup of cold water or cold drinks after a meal.

However, the cold water or drinks will solidify the oily stuff that you have just eaten.

It will slow down the digestion.

Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food.

It will line the intestine.

Very soon, this will turn into FATS and lead to CANCER !

It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

A cardiologist says:
if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life.

So lets do it.
-End-

PHEEEW! SORRY FOR THE LONG READ GUYS had to make sure that whole article came in. 

Okay now.
As I mentioned before, the post has two parts. The first part about fruits is addressed on a fun but enriching platform of friends I belong to.

I have harvested a discussion on the post from another platform.

The second part, which is about cold drinks and heart attacks and the Chinese people, is addressed by an article on my blog, as I mentioned earlier. I have added the link at the end of the discussion on fruits.

Enjoy.

Dr Linda: Well I know the part Abt… Fruit getting mixed with the food=acid is not quite true sha;)
Dr Daniel: The only part of this post I can readily say is true I the portion that details to benefits of the various fruits like Kiwi, Watermelon and so on. 

But… Food rotting in the stomach? 😒Na carpenter design the human body?

Sunny: Jesus was a carpenter naa.

IJ: Suuuuuunnnyyyy!

Dr Daniel: Gerrarahere meeeeehn!

Dr Linda: With your knowledge of biology and digestion, does food rot in our system?

Dr Daniel: No matter what you eat and how you eat it, it will spend 3-4 hours in the stomach before moving into the intestines, even the fruits. The only thing that gets absorbed before this time line are some sugars, from whatever source. That’s why we use glucose-D, Lucosade boost, soft drinks or plain table sugar to rescue people who fall into hypoglycaemia, especially diabetics.

Acid is secreted by the walls of the stomach not by food in our stomach.

Dr Linda: See, God created our body to detoxify itself. In fact, that is the major work of the liver.

Dr Linda: It is good to eat fruits cos there are some vitamins you can only get in them

Michael: OK…

Dr Linda: The liver has problems detoxifying the body when it is diseased.

Michael: Hmmmmm

Dr Daniel: Yes. That’s true

Dr Linda: Like I said few days ago, always check the source. Some people bring out some funny researches just to convince people to either buy their drugs or adopt their way of life.

The reason you feel like using the toilet after fruits is cos most have fibres called roughages which helps the movement of the intestine which is why fruits are used to treat constipation.

Dr Daniel: All this detoxification we peddle is not true naa. The liver and kidneys handle the toxins our bodies encounter, not the intestines. In fact, the intestines create toxins of their own when fecal matter overstay due to the activities of naturally occurring bacteria. If you don’t do “number two regularly”, you might notice you have frequent headaches; yhose toxins are partly responsible.

I agree that if you lay off food for a while and take only water, you will feel lighter and that light feeling comes with a sense of well being.

But if you continue like that, you will build up dangerous toxins that even the liver struggles with as the body starts breaking down muscle after it has exhausted the fat in your body.

Dr Linda: Go eat lime or lemon on empty stomach, you go hear am.

Fejiro: The level of quackery on the internet is staggering. And it is sad that so many people fall victim to this nonsense.

Dr Daniel: The good old magic of taking balanced diet doesn’t fail. Take all you need in the right proportions and you would be fine.

There are some, sake of their health, are placed on a fruit-major diet for some time.

I know we are to love our neighbours as we love ourselves but let’s stop taking panadol for another person’s headache. If you have not been placed on a fruit diet as part of a treatment protocol for a present disease, don’t adopt it as a lifestyle because you heard it treats a disease you don’t have!

IJ: ha ha ha ha

Dr Daniel: Abeg o, there is a much established connection between acids and ulcers so if you make a habit of taking acidic fruits like the citrus family of oranges, lemon, lime, on an empty stomach, you’re dieting your way to peptic ulcer disease o. There is a reason those fruits have a slight bitter taste…. That’s the acid warning.

Once someone claims they have 80% cure rate in cancers…. me eyes start twitching ;). Only God can boast of that and be correct.

Uche: Chaiiiiiii! I don go spend my last N500 go buy fruits o. Wetin make I do naa?

Michael: Give it to me.

Dr Linda: Sell it to others who read this post for N2000. You go just hammer.

IJ: Ha ha ha ha

Dr Daniel: Buying the fruits is good. Make it a regular part of your diet. Nothing wrong with that.

Dr Linda: Who is this doc sef? “Drinking cold water after a meal causes cancer?” Hian!

Dr Daniel: Once in a while, try fruit salads as part of your meal.

Dr Linda: There is also this new weight loss rave that is going on now called ketone diet . Pls read this article before you try anything.

http://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/facts-ketones

Dr Daniel: How many times will this cold water causes cancer gist circulate.

The sad part is some of us will believe all these “dem say” kind of talk and start working with them but when a trained doctor mentions anything we start binding the doctor as if na devil in white coat.

Who is this cardiologist they keep quoting at the end of these toxic posts?

Michael: Na aloe vera doctor joor.

Dr Linda: Google his name to even know who he is. http://peterblakeboroughsblog.blogspot.com.ng/2012/09/dr-stephen-mak-fraud.html?m=1

He is being called a fraud.

I decided to copy the article for us just in case we can’t access the link.

“Who, and where, is Dr Stephen Mak?

In my search for the elusive Dr Stephen Mak, the nearest I was able to get to him was a Dr Stephen Mark, a psychiatrist in Waco, Texas who has a clean record with his patients and the authorities. He probably wastes a good part of his day explaining to people that he is a Mark rather than a Mak.

Mak only Googles in connection with the above so-called cures and advice. It would be safe to conclude that if he exists at all (and he possibly does under another name) he is probably making a lot of money from gullible people before they die.

If anyone has any positive proof that Dr Stephen Mak is a real person, please post your evidence in the comment space below.”

Dr Daniel: And as many as are led by the Internet, they are the sons of… 🤔

Faith:… Sons of the Internet.

IJ: 😂😂😂

-end-

For the blog post that attends the second part, please use this link:

Heart Attacks, Hot Water and the Oriental Tea Tradition. – http://wp.me/p6rlMY-b6

Cheers.

TITHES AND THE NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIAN… Conclusion

So, after all the foregoing, what do I have to say?


1. The tithe is God’s.
2. Tithing is God’s idea.
3. Tithing predates the Law of Moses, even Abraham, and so cannot be said to have passed away with The Law since it didn’t come with The Law. By the way, Hebrews 7 shows that Melchizedeck, who I think represents Jesus Christ, is still receiving tithes. So tithing is still in effect.
4. The Law is good in that it shows us what is right and wrong. We who live in the era of grace have the power to fulfill the law by living above it and doing what is right irrespective of the Law.
5. Paying or giving the tithe is necessary to enjoy the blessing you have. It is not optional or up to how you feel about it.
6. There are three different types of tithes: the tithes to the church and/or pastor, the love feasts and seeds, and the ministry to the less privileged. None is superior to another and none cancels out another.
7. The tithe under scrutiny is “the tithe to the church or pastor”. It is to be paid in the spiritual house where you are being ministered to and cared for.
8. A child of God cannot become cursed because he didn’t do any particular thing but he will struggle if he doesn’t do his part of the covenant he has with God and that is not a blessing but a curse.
9. Joy is a necessary part of all giving. It is better not to give than to give without rejoicing but it is best to find joy in all your giving. However, you already have joy in you as a fruit of your spirit, so give if the cause is right whether you are being compelled or not.

I encourage you, in spite of all I have written here, to search the scriptures for yourself with an open mind and learn the will of God concerning this matter and every other matter in the kingdom. I trust the teaching Spirit to show you the way.
Again, if you have questions requesting clarification, send me a private message. I will consider any thing in the comments as just that and I may not respond to them.
Thank you and stay blessed.

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TITHES AND THE NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIAN… 6

Of Father Abraham and the origin of Tithes. 


In the English Bible, Abraham was the first person to be associated with the concept of tithes because it says in Genesis 14:20, “and Abram gave him tithes of all”.
I suspect that the idea of tithe was not Abraham’s but God’s else why would God sign into His law what was a fallen man’s idea? Just as God asked Abram to sacrifice Isaac, He could have asked Abram to offer the tithes to Melchizedek.

I find it interesting that the next thing that happened after Abram tithed was financial wealth in a life altering magnitude, though the man turned it down in favour of a better reward (Genesis 15). So it wasn’t Prophet Malachi’s declaration that made it a channel of “blessing”, it was already so since before Abram or else it wouldn’t have worked for Abram either.

In fact, I think Abraham was not the first person to bring tithes. If we look at Genesis 4, we’ll find Abel bringing a firstling of his flock and, in addition, portions of the fat. Now from the aforegoing scriptures, we see that the firstlings were the tithes on livestock. Exodus 22: 29-30; 29:13, 22-25, Leviticus 1:8; Levitcus Chapters 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 17, Numbers 18:17 all show “the fat” to be an offering to God. So essentially, Abel brought in tithes and offerings to God. If we look at Cain’s gift, we see he brought in “the fruit of the ground”. He didn’t bring in the “first fruits” which would have amounted to tithes of crops but what he brought is shown in other scriptures already considered to be offerings.
And so we see that God respected Abel and respected his gift probably because he brought in all he was expected to bring. And to Cain he had no respect for which Cain was embittered and what did God say to him, “If you had done well”. He said in James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. “
That means Cain knew what was well but didn’t do it and he knew why God didn’t respect him at that point. And what was Cain’s life like after this, rather than repent and be the master over sin, he strayed further and further away from the covering of blessing till his life became a curse. Check well, God did not curse Cain. God informed Cain that the earth was cursing him. And in verse 15, God showed His mercy again by setting a mark on Cain to prevent him from being killed by anyone.
Now why did God show pleasure and displeasure over the “tithe” if He wasn’t expecting it, if it wasn’t His own to claim? God is not unjust to expect from you what you do not know to do. It is He who said “to whom much is given, much shall be required”.
I suspect Adam taught his boys what to do and I suspect God told Adam what to do on this matter after he was relocated outside the garden. I maintain that it was not man’s idea. The best idea that Adam came up with on his own after the fall was to cover himself with leaves. Leaves would cover him for some time and then wither and fall off making another set of leaves necessary; typical man’s idea – temporary. Leaves could not have kept him warm. But when God got involved again, God introduced fur coats or at least leather coats which would last a long time and provide warmth.
I believe God introduced the tithes and offerings as channels so that the man He made in His own image could still experience His blessing on a cursed earth. And all this took place before the Law of Moses.

Concerning the tithes, summarily, I see from the scriptures available to us, that there were three types of tithes described in the Old Testament, viz,
The regular tithes on the income (i.e. crops and livestock) which must be taken to the place of worship.
The annual tithe which the giver was to partake of alongside his family and his Levites and priests which should be taken to the place of worship so that the Levites and priests can have their share.
And the three yearly tithe which was meant for the Levites and the less privileged in their society and should be done from their various homes.

Each one commemorated various things but as we can see, the Priests and Levites were never left out of any of them. Where the confusion might arise is that the term tithe is used to describe all of them. This is because the word tithe simply means ten percent. God gave the prescribed amount or percentage of their resources to be committed to these acts of worship. You can look at it this way, God was simply saying to them, “every time you make a profit, bring ten percent of it to the church so that the ministers can be taken care of. Once in a year, bring ten percent of you annual profit so that you, your family and your ministers can celebrate the goodness of God together by feasting together. And once every three years, take another ten percent of your annual profit and give the less privileged and the ministers in your society”. They were three different types of tithes to be given and none cancelled out the other.

I think we don’t have to look far to see how the various types of tithes have been at work in our lives today. We bring our tithes and offerings to God in church, we have love feasts, or whatever you might call it in your setting, where everyone brings a portion of goods to be shared with family and friends and our Pastors which we sometimes call seeds, and we give to the less privileged in our society from time to time, whether corporately or individually. And we are thoroughly getting blessed for it. As I said before, if we put them in their right contexts, we will find that the administration of tithes makes for fairness, mercy and faith.

Still to come…Part 7, The conclusion.

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TITHES AND THE NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIAN… 5

Looking at “tithe” scriptures


In this section, I referred only to scriptures that used the words tithes or first fruits directly and not by inference, not that it’s wrong to infer since the scriptures do interpret themselves. I chose this way so it would not appear that I am “twisting” the scriptures to make them say what I want.

Exodus 23:19. Bring the first fruits to the house of your God.

Leviticus 27:30. It is the Lord’s. I give him his due, which is another way of saying payment. My employers may “give” me my salary, but since I earned it by my service over the agreed period of time it is a “payment” of that which is due. But whatever language I choose to use as a reflection of my understanding, God expects me to bring Him His tithe.

Numbers 18
Numbers 18:24. It is for the Levites who serve in the tabernacle.
Numbers 18:31. Tithe is the priest’s reward for service.
Numbers 18:13. “First ripe in the land”. This suggests either first ripe of annual harvest, or first ripe of crops harvested from a particular parcel of land in which case it would be a once for all tithe in a cycle of 6 work years and a 7th Sabbath year. I cannot tell which exactly this particular portion of scripture is referring to at the moment.
Numbers 18:15. “Openeth the matrix”. The first born of every animal was considered the tithe on that animal, which indicates that as often as a shepherd’s animal has a first born, the shepherd would present it to the Levites as tithe. It was still a means of getting the Levites paid for their services, else even the first born of men should have been handed over but God said they should be redeemed, bought back, with animals.

Deuteronomy 12
Deuteronomy 12:5, 13. “unto the place where God shall put his name shall you come … bringing your tithes”. I think it means where I go to fellowship. Of course God has put His name upon me but does that mean I should pay my tithe to myself? Just as God was with each Israelite under the old covenant, though they didn’t know it, He is with me now and since he asked them to take the tithe to His symbolic place of worship, I should take it to God’s place symbolic place of worship too.
Deuteronomy 12:6 -7. You get to eat it? Yes. Everything you brought? Obviously, no. You couldn’t possibly eat that much. And besides, some of the items on the list had already been designated as the portion for the priests.
Deuteronomy 12:15. The menu for personal consumption.
Deuteronomy 12:21-27.  Again, identifies two groups of edibles. There is the regular stuff which you should take to the appointed place and eat together with friends and family, even strangers. This you can eat at home, or “within your gates”, if the appointed place is too far. Then there is the holy portion of the edibles which you must take to the appointed place of worship.

Deuteronomy14
Deuteronomy 14:22.  “Year by year”. Although it says to eat it personally here, I think this refers to a specific kind of tithe. If it is to be done once a year, then it couldn’t refer to all the tithes of the year because harvests of various crops come in at various times of the year. I think this tithe refers to a special celebration but it is still holy to God as other scriptures indicate.
Deuteronomy 14:27 begins with “And” tying it to the list of the beneficiaries of the spread mentioned in the preceding verses.
Deuteronomy 14:28 begins a separate concept though it uses the same parameters for measurement, i.e. the tithe. This particular “tithe” is entirely for other people.

Deuteronomy 26:1-4. “First fruit of a new parcel of land”. Application varies from people to people but I think it means product of first contact on a newly acquired source of income. It therefore cannot be an annual thing, unless you change jobs every year.
Deuteronomy 26 shows that our tithes, and I believe by extension our offerings, convey a message being a reminder or a re-enactment of the covenant that brought us into the prosperity we are enjoying.

2 Chronicles 31:4 “to encourage the priests and Levites in the law of the Lord”. Distributions were made to all the Levites from the stash.
2 Chronicles 31 mentions all the items brought by the people but makes no mention that the people sat down to eat any of them but records that the priests ate enough and had so much left over that stores were required and all the abundance stirred up a blessing from the soul of the King.

Nehemiah 10:37 – 39. Tithe of the tithe. You pay upwards.
Nehemiah 12:14.  Even in the Old Testament, under the law, joy was a requisite part of every giving as we see in this scripture and several others afore mentioned. Though it was required of them to give, they were required to give joy too. Paul said, “For God loves a cheerful giver.” The “For” here suggests he was making reference to a well-known established fact that God loves a cheerful giver.
Nehemiah 13:12. Unto the treasuries. Not anywhere else.

Amos 4:4 a sarcastic reference to the three year tithes.

Mal 3. The cause and effect of tithes and offerings.
Will God curse you? Of course not, you are blessed by God already. But do you reap a blessing from robbing God? I think not. And if you do, God doesn’t need to curse you, you’ll just find things are tougher than they should be and that is a curse not a blessing.
A question one would ask here is this: “can a child of God be cursed”? I believe the short answer is, no. But the long answer is a little … longer. God gave me this analogy some years ago: Picture the sun shining really hot on the whole world. And then picture yourself walking around under an umbrella. As long as you stay under the umbrella, you could as well live as though there was no burning sun but the moment you step out from under the umbrella, you will get burnt by the sun. In like manner, the whole earth is cursed but the child of God is living under the blessing of God but if he steps out from under the blessing, he would labour and suffer as though he were cursed. 1 Peter 4:14-15 gives an example of this principle.
Referring to the statement I made before, “we are blessed, we are being blessed and we shall be blessed”, there is an aspect of your blessing that is not affected by what you do but there are others that are. You have to choose to live in the blessing or you could very well find yourself starving in the midst of plenty.

Matthew 23:23. Jesus did not say we should not tithe but said all we do should be focused on judgement (fairness), mercy and faith. If the tithe and offerings are put in their proper place, we would see that it actually focuses on fairness, mercy and faith. The picture of the proper place is what we have portrayed in the canonized Old Testament.

Luke 11:42 focusing on the tiniest details of the tiniest matters and missing huge stuff is hypocrisy. But he didn’t say tithing is hypocrisy. He just said they were missing the big picture.
Luke 18:12. Obviously the man was boasting but for Jesus to have used it as an example of a man trusting in his good works would mean that Jesus counts fasting as well as tithing to be good works.

Genesis 14:18-24. Melchizedek blessed Abram, then Abram gave him tithes.
Application: I should give my tithes to the ministry that is blessing me and is responsible for me as a spiritual covering (Hebrews 7). If I am not being blessed in my current ministry and responsibility is not being taken for me where I am, I should move!
By the way, I may have teachers in the remotest parts of the earth who are teaching me things that are building me up tremendously, but they are not my father and therefore not my priest. (1 Corinthians 4:15). They cannot be there to pray with me, to counsel me, to clarify issues that their teachings might create in my mind and life, they cannot be there to hold my hand when I lose a loved one or when my wife is in the labour room, they cannot be there to mentor me through life in the pursuit of my calling. They are ministering to me in terms of sharing the word with me but in other critical areas, they will never be there. No matter how great my teacher is, he can never be my father. There are other provisions in the scriptures for me to be of financial benefit to my teachers. Galatians 6:6.

Still to come…Part 6

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TITHES AND THE NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIAN… 4

Men of God? Aren’t we all men of God? Are some men more men of God than others?

Why must some other human being think he should have a say in my life when I can,  and do,  hear God for myself?

Eph 4:11. God set some in the church to be prophets, pastors, and so on, to help us on our way on the journey of faith. How do they help us? They do so by speaking over us what God intends or has already spoken concerning us. Ezra 5:2, Hosea 12:13, 2 Chronicles 20:20, Galatians 4:19. God did the same thing to Abram. I believe it was God who sent Melchizedek to meet Abram, feel free to argue with that.

If a man of God preaches tithing or any other thing based on the Law of Moses and by it, or any other argument, seeks to compel me to do what I through a superior understanding of the scriptures know to be good and right, does doing it now make me come under the law? Must I choose not to do it just so the man of God will realize that he is in error?
I don’t think so. What is good is good, whether it is legal or illegal. And if, in my bid to enforce my liberty, I choose not to do what is right, then I am in as much bondage as the one who, for fear of offending God by breaking the law, did the right thing.
Even if someone is trying to compel me to give, I can still choose to give with joy because I know that that man stands or falls before the Lord God who sent him but for me, even a cup of water I give to someone on account of him being a servant of God shall be multiplied back to me. That alone is enough to wipe my frown away.
If someone were to show up now and say you must breathe air otherwise you would be offending God and you would be cursed, would you stop breathing air? I don’t think so.

Still to come…Part 5

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TITHES AND THE NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIAN… 2

2…
LET’S LAY SOME FOUNDATION.
What we believe and eventually act upon is dependent of some foundational concepts that shape our belief systems. So, before I state what I think of the tithe, let me share what shapes my belief.


Does the Old Testament have any place in my life as a Christian?
“The Old Testament explains what the New Testament contains”, I can’t remember who said that originally. The lives and the records in the Old Testament are for our benefit. They are examples to us. 1 Corinthians 10:11.

The canonized Old Testament contains not just the law of Moses (as it is called), but also the Abrahamic covenant, the covenant God made with Noah on behalf of mankind (Noahic sounds weird to me but just bear with me), the word of God through various prophets, inspired poetry and history.

“Noahic” covenant: I will not judge the earth again using water, (which, by the way means all those tsunamis are not “acts of God”) I will maintain the seasons, seed time and harvest time will not cease.

Abrahamic covenant: Through you, all nations of the earth will be blessed.

The prophets: communicating the mind and plan of God for mankind and the world, which cannot change since God cannot change.

The poetry: expressing relationship, prophecies, celebration of God and His goodness.

The History: recording the journey of faith of various persons and people, many of whom are recorded in the faith hall of fame of Hebrews 11, extolling attributes for which God commends them.

The Torah: The Law of Moses is just one part of the written works of Moses. There are also the ordinances or protocols which are based on the Law. The law tells you what you must do and what you must not do while the ordinances tell you how to go about doing or not doing them. A careful study of the law will show you that they refer to things that God wants man to do but doesn’t explain why God wants man to do them.
The law only focused on external actions because that’s what it was meant to do. It was never meant to change man. The fact that the law could not change man is not a discovery that God made along the way. It was the plan right from the start. It was designed to hold mankind, via the firstborn nation Israel, in place on the operating table while God got to work on the heart. He always said in the Old Testament, I will give them a new heart, a new spirit will I put within them, I will write my laws upon their hearts and many such clauses. And this includes the whole world, not just the nation of Israel, for He said via the prophets many times that the Gentile nations of the earth would say “let us go to the house of the God of Jacob and He will teach us His ways.”  Interestingly, there are no such clauses in the New Testament, instead we have things like the Spirit of God dwells in you, live like the new man not like the old. No more promises but a commandment to utilize what has been provided as a fulfillment of the promises.
The ordinances were a collection of protocols surrounding corporate worship, management of societal issues such as marriage, rape, criminal law, farming, employment and slavery, prevention and control of communicable diseases, social security, immigration and nationalization and many other issues which, if we check well, we will find are similar to and the basis for many of the things we do in our current societies, though unfortunately, we are departing from them in the name of freedom and rights much to our own pain.

I cannot ignore the Old Testament because, though we call it old, it was not replaced because it became or grew old but because a better covenant came, or more accurately, finally arrived to take the place of and complete the work of the covenant based on the law of Moses. The “Noahic” covenant still stands, the Abrahamic covenant still stands, the prophets still stand, the poetry still stand, the history still stands. The only thing that changed was the law as the basis of a certain covenant, viz, the Abrahamic covenant. That covenant is now based on Jesus Christ. And if we check all the arguments Paul made in comparing with and outclassing the “old” covenant by the “new” covenant, we’ll find that he stuck to the Law of Moses and left out every other thing which we included in the canonized Old Testament.
The covenant established on the Law of Moses was to keep Israel in line in order to keep the Abrahamic covenant active till Jesus arrived (Galatians 4:1-4) to take the Abrahamic covenant global and thus fulfill the promise of redemption God made in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3: 15 and of the global blessing He made to Abraham in Genesis 12: 3b (Galatians 3:7-8). That’s why Jesus is called the last Adam.
The intervening arrangement was not an invention to salvage mankind which then failed and forced God to find a new approach otherwise it would mean God is probably seated in heaven right now working on another salvation plan since it seems the world is not accepting Jesus either. But no, God does not make discoveries, nor does He learn anything. He does not improve, get wiser or have a rethink. What He set out to do from eternity past is what He did, is what He is still doing, and is what He will do. This is still Plan A.

Still to come …Part 3

TITHES AND THE NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIAN… 1 – http://wp.me/p6rlMY-1E

TITHES AND THE NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIAN… 3

Must I do anything to be blessed? Am I not already blessed?

Consider the concept of salvation. We are having some arguments today because some believe salvation is a done deal, while others believe it is an on-going process, while yet others believe it is something to come in the future. But if we look at the scriptures, we’ll find that all three concepts are just three different views of the same thing or, better put, three different components of the same salvation plan. Thus, I can say we are already saved (Ephesians 5:2), we are being saved (Romans 12:2, Hebrews 7:25) and we shall be saved (Romans 5:9-10; 8:24). This means that it is a concluded spiritual contract that we apply to ourselves by accepting and adjusting and conforming to it so that when Jesus returns, we can receive the rest of the package which is basically a physical, or bodily, manifestation of what he effected when He died for our salvation. (1 Corinthians 15:51-54). So, each of the three views is only partially correct but all three together are correct.

Now, the concept of “Blessing” is a part of the salvation package and by extension we can say we are already blessed (Galatians 3:9, Ephesians 1:3), we are being blessed (Philippians 4:14-19, James 1:25, Revelation 1:3; 16:15; 22:14), and we shall be blessed (Revelation 14:13; 19:9; 20:6) just as we have been saved, are being saved and shall be saved. And the word blessing does not just refer to financial supply. In Acts 3:25 and Romans 4:7, turning from sin and being pardoned are considered a blessing. In Romans 1:25, God is considered blessed and I don’t think anyone can financially increase God by giving Him money. James 1:12 says when you resist temptation, you are blessed.
If we were to stick with “I’m blessed already and I don’t need to do anything to be blessed” concept of blessing, then once anyone got born again, all his health problems, financial problems, spiritual problems and every other unpleasant thing would just disappear instantly. But it doesn’t happen like that. We have to learn to believe, discover the will of God through study of the scriptures and walk in what we do find. We have to listen to the Holy Spirit as He gives us personal directives in our journey of life and we have to follow laid down principles found in the scriptures.
Check for example, Paul says we shouldn’t stop leading productive lives on the account that Jesus’ return is imminent; that is just an excuse to be lazy. In fact, he who does not work should not eat. 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12

So, we are saved by accepting the finished work and we are blessed by accepting the finished work; we are being saved by our actions and we are being blessed by our actions; we shall be saved by the appearance of Jesus in the flesh and we shall be blessed by that same appearance of Jesus in the flesh.
The same can be applied to faith, strength, grace, love and every other virtue or benefit in the kingdom.

Acts 20:33-35. Paul gave to others because he wanted to be the one who is more blessed.
Acts 21:26, Acts 16:1-3. Paul did something in keeping with the law, not because he was trying to earn righteousness by doing the works of the law but because he saw the wisdom of doing what was beneficial.
Acts 18:18. Paul did something that could be considered religious again showing that the benefit is the agenda and not the dogma.

In fact, Jesus said the Law was made for man’s benefit and not the other way round. Mark 2:24-28.
So, the law is not a bad thing. 1Timothy 1:8, Romans 7:14, 16. And the fact that a thing is required by law does not mean we must not do it just because we are not under the law. The very fact that we are not under the law is what makes it possible for us to fulfill the law.

Part 4 is up ahead. 

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