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Note to Kevin re Tithing

Paul affirms tithing in 1 Corinthians chapter 9, and in verse 14 states, "Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel." Tithing affords God a way to test our hearts allowing us to "see" where our loyalties truly lie.

Paul did not avail himself of this right but had much to say to justify his right to do so. In fact, he presented it to his listeners as an obligation. Yet, obligations to the Lord are not mandated of those whose hearts are not inclined to love the Lord. God never forces us to do something against our will. He desires our willing homage. One should never demand an atheist obey God's law because it is an impossibility for the carnal mind. The carnal mind is enmity against God and is not subject to His law, neither, indeed, can be. (Romans 8:7). So, one cannot obey God's law absent of love born of an intelligent comprehension of God's character.

Those who fight against the OT law desire to be free from just one law--the 7th Day Sabbath. They claim to uphold the other nine but in reality, as James testifies, if you break one you break them all. This lies in the fact that God's law is based on the character of Christ who was the Word made flesh, who did no sin, and fulfilled the requirements of the law. While it is true that many Christians believe that Sunday is now the true Sabbath, or the Lord's Day, there remains a hatred of the OT Sabbath command among many. Which is manifested in the way they respond to knowledge of the true Sabbath; they become almost violently angry with the messenger. I believe that if they could they would kill the messenger.

And, honestly, Revelation 13 tells us that one day soon it will be legal to kill primitive Christians--those who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus (Rev 14). Laws will be passed making Sunday a national day of worship commanding all to rest upon that day. It has already happened in America in the 1800's in some states that 7th Day Sabbath observers were prosecuted for laboring on Sunday. And, movements are actively pushing for a national law of the same caliber and stripe. In nearly became law in the 51st Congress/Senate (you can verify this in the congressional record). Plus, the Popes have been pushing this agenda more and more to have Sunday laws restricting commerce and social events on Sunday as a pretense of allowing the faithful to attend church and have a period of rest to spend with family. And, lately, it has been touted as a way of reducing global warming.

So, these little sects who continually clamor about the 7th Day Sabbath will be seen as a disruptive, divisive group causing dissension among the faithful and causing the judgments of God to fall on the earth. The truth is that hearing that God's law can never fail disturbs the peace in the soul which has been placated with lies. And now the conscience is pricked and it makes the hearers uncomfortable. IMO, talk of this type will be deemed hate speech and that will justify their violence against all who speak so. We are already seeing this climate fomenting violence in various countries over disagreements about social ideologies.

In summary, the only safe things that I see is to spend more time with God and His Word in an attitude of humility, seeking to learn what He wants to teach us rather than coming the Scripture to defend our position.

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. -Proverbs 18:2 NIV