What most churches will not tell you

the churchDon’t get it twisted. I am a Christian and I am not writing this article with bias but with a great sense of sadness and love, at the same time, at the injustices and deception at which darkness take the place of light.

The church is now a business entity that is making money out of its members. Instead of giving, it is taking and with force. In the Bible an important verse tells the Israelite to bring their tithes to the presence of God and he would bless them for doing so.

This is one-tenth of their income. It can be found in the book of Malachi 3:10. Here is the New International Version of this same verse: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

This verse has been used by many ‘men of God’ to strip the members of their congregation to the point of no return. Assets have been sold, crimes have been committed, homes have been destroyed and couples have separated because of this verse. I am aware we live by faith and every man is an image of his faith. So I may also add that blessings have come to many who adhere strictly to this same verse by faith.

But here is something most churches don’t tell their congregations about their tithes. It should be done in secret. Some churches go to the extent of publishing the names of those who give and those who do not give. Some call out the members who tithe in front of the congregation and the entire congregation bless them openly. By and large, those who are called Christians are those who behave like Christ.

So it would be right to say that Jesus’ views on tithe giving is very important. Let’s look at what Jesus himself said about giving of tithe. “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”- Mat 6:1-4 What Jesus is saying here is “when you draw attention to your giving, the respect and awe you’ve inspired becomes your reward—invalidating further blessings”. This is so true and a food for thought.

When you draw attention to your giving by displaying it, you are not doing it for the Glory of God but for self. But to find the true self one must deny the false self. By showing off your deeds you become a hypocrite – nothing more and nothing less. Another thing the Christian role model said that should be of concern is that there are more important issues in the law that must be of greater concern to the man who gives tithes.

Let’s see what Jesus said in Mat 23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” When a Christian gives his/her tithe and ignores being merciful, doing what is right and being faithful, this is a sign of being short-sighted and vulgar.

We reap what we sow. By not being merciful you reap cruelty from others. Little wonder the world seems like a cruel world even though there are many churches scattered around every nooks and crannies of the world. Many so called religious people who pay their tithes are unjust. They are those in the seat of government in many countries. They rob the country and donate generously in church “to be seen by men”. That is corruption.

I am of the view that only one a few sentences by Christ determines how God would judge us all. You may disagree with me but truth is like a monument covered with a veil. You discover it’s fullness only by opening it. And by trying it you discover it to be true. “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, INHERIT THE KINGDOM PREPARED FOR YOU FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying;

  • Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
  • When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
  • Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.“- Matt 25: 34-40.

Little wonder Christ said blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy. It is only those who receive mercy that can inherit God’s Kingdom. This is because our “righteousness are like filthy rags” in the presence of God. We wouldn’t be asked how much we donated in tithes and offerings. Because our cash belongs to the country whose emblem or seal is on it. Remember “give unto Ceasar what belongs to Ceasar and unto God what belongs to God”. Ceasar is the title given to the emperor Rome in those days and synonymous to the president of today.

What belongs to God can be found in Psalm 51: 16-17 “For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” If most churches would literally follow Christ teaching and believe Peter is the rock by which the church is built on then the last 3 commandments of Christ to him must be important to the church.

These 3 commandments are:

  • 1. Feed my sheep
  • 2. Feed my sheep
  • 3. Feed my sheep

And not strip the “sheep” of it's resources. It was a warning and a plea at the same time. God bless us all.