Out of Context: Matthew 18:18 Whatsoever you bind on earth, is bound in heaven.

In our series of Out of Context topics, we will talk about the misappropriation of Scriptures used to either garner control or gain material wealth from congregations. Scripture teaches clearly that the Word was not to be used in this fashion, and yet with humanity involved, it seems almost inevitable, past, present, and future.

Today’s topic is Matthew 18:18, something I’ve heard used incorrectly to prescribe absolute authority to those in positions of spiritual authority.

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew 18:18, KJV

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Traditional

via Daily Prompt: Traditional

Traditional can be so many different things, to different people in different cultures and even different times. It is hard to believe there are communities that exist somewhere in the world who live a traditional life according to their ancestors and culture.

To me, traditional is nostalgic; it’s the past that you want to bring into the present, and hold on to for the future. It’s the allure of what we can only imagine being simpler days. We view the past as a time where black and white had nothing to do with race, but it was all about common sense.

Traditional reminds me of Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixing my dear mother would make. With her gone, we try our best to remember and to make them ourselves so we can keep her tradition alive.

Tradition is the standard by which people lived their lives before we came and muddied up the waters. Traditional family values, traditional marriage, traditional education, traditional religion.

So to me, Traditional is a yesterday we wish we could have every bit as much as we hope for tomorrow.

Out of Context: Matthew 18:20 “Where two or three are gathered together in my name…”

In our series of Out of Context topics, we will talk about the misappropriation of Scriptures used to either garner control or gain material wealth from congregations. Scripture teaches clearly that the Word was not to be used in this fashion, and yet with humanity involved, it seems almost inevitable, past, present, and future.

Today’s topic is Matthew 18:20, often used incorrectly by pastors to push Church attendance or prove that God will only bless you in their buildings, at their appointed service times.

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” – Matthew 18:20, KJV

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Out of Context: Malachi 3:8 Will a Man Rob God

In our series of Out of Context topics, we will talk about the misappropriation of Scriptures used to either garner control or gain material wealth from congregations. Scripture teaches clearly that the Word was not to be used in this fashion, and yet with humanity involved, it seems almost inevitable, past, present, and future.

Today’s topic is Malachi 3:8, often used incorrectly by pastors to collect more money in Tithes plate. When this Scripture is pulled out, generally some bills are due, someone stopped giving offerings (in Churches that track your giving carefully) or they just want more.

 “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings [you have withheld].” – Malachi 3:8, AMP

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