To me, it has become abundantly clear, that the use of Malachi 3 to teach and propel a message of Tithing into the New Testament church is a misappropriation of Scripture. While Paul taught clearly in II Corinthians 9:6-7 that God loves a cheerful giver, and that our reaping will be commensurate with our sowing, he equally taught that our giving was no longer obligatory (tax, tithe) and that we were to give as we felt led to in our heart.
Originally posted on Faith after Deception:
It is unusual for pastors to speak out with compassion on the subject of spiritual abuse. More often than not, church leaders and members prefer to defend their own denomination fiercely, unable to hear the cries of those who have been wounded by it. …
Context is everything. Systematic studies in theologies and doctrines, proper hermeneutics and correct understanding of Biblical or any other ancient/historical writings require it. Context is a way for us to determine a few important purposes that surround writings. Who was it written by, who was it written to, and what […]
To some, Holiness is a person, or a position, the Pope. To others, Holiness is a dress standard and a laundry list of abstinence to certain things and behavior. To others, it is penance, ritual and practice. But what if Holiness is none of that?
There are churches that have split over carpet color, there are churches where people are excluded who don’t dress right, and churches were people who should never be included (sexually criminal behavior) because they dress right. Irony is a never-ending problem when it comes to humans and religion.
The longer I have been removed from organized religion the starker the contrast between the message of Christianity and the visible church (application) of Christianity has become to me. As I study the history of fundamentalism, evangelicalism and the later rise of the charismatic movement (more on that to come in […]