Tithing: Should We Tithe?

We as Christians SHOULD tithe. It is an investment in God’s Kingdom. If you do not tithe you are directly stealing from God! Read Ephesians 4: 28

28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.

The magi tithed to Jesus with the gifts brought to Him expressed in the Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. Incidentally, these gifts brought to Jesus in the house He was living are suggested by a lot of biblical scholars as symbolic to Jesus’ life. The Gold was the metal of royalty. Priestly ceremonial worship used the Frankincense. The myrrh was utilized by the ancients to anoint the dead at burial. All symbolic of the life and death of Jesus. A gift for a King, a Priest and the last for the death.

Tithing is not about expecting a high reward, as we have more rewards already from the Grace of God. Tithing is an investment in the Kingdom as all we have is given to us by God, to begin with! Tithe for the mere enjoyment of it.

Are we required biblically to tithe? Not in the New Testament, however, we should give to the church to assist in the spreading of the gospel. The church is not immune to expenses or any of the peripheral expenses that we incur on a day to day basis. Read 1 Corinthians 9: 1-14 (NASB)

Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? 2 If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
3 My defense to those who examine me is this: 4 Do we not have a right to eat and drink? 5 Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? 6 Or do only Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working? 7 Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock?
8 I am not speaking these things according to human judgment, am I? Or does not the Law also say these things? 9 For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing.” God is not concerned about oxen, is He? 10 Or is He speaking altogether for our sake? Yes, for our sake it was written, because the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the crops. 11 If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 12 If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ. 13 Do you not know that those who perform sacred services eat the food of the temple, and those who attend regularly to the altar have their share from the altar? 14 So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.

Yes it seems outward to tithe 10% (and this should be pre-tax as we pay God before government) read Leviticus 27: 30-33 (NASB)

‘Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord. 31 If, therefore, a man wishes to redeem part of his tithe, he shall add to it one-fifth of it. 32 For every tenth part of herd or flock, whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the Lord. 33 He is not to be concerned whether it is good or bad, nor shall he exchange it; or if he does exchange it, then both it and its substitute shall become holy. It shall not be redeemed.’”

God Bless

Brian Mason

Is “Once Saved Always Saved” Biblical?

Yes, it is. That means that a Christian once save cannot lose their salvation. And yes that is direct from the pages of the Bible. Here is some scripture that buttresses the position of “once saved”:

Hebrews 13: 5 (NASB)
5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

No one will take us out of God’s hand.

1 John 2: 19 (NASB)
They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.

Those who are with Him will not be discarded.

If people choose to leave God’s salvation, they “chose” to leave. So if they were in fact regenerated Christians they would not have decided to leave, nor could they leave, thus losing their salvation! There Salvation is the crux of the matter! A regenerate Christian cannot lose their salvation, just put.

Beware this is not permission for the regenerate Christian to sin. Read Romans 6: 1-2 (NASB)

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

The regenerate Christian is a changed person aka “born again”. Read 2 Corinthians 5: 16-17 (NASB)

16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

We cannot call Paul a liar, we do if we say that you can lose your salvation.

1 John 2: 3-4 (NASB)
3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;

As a believer in election/predestination (written about in great detail in the biblical pages) I pray that the Holy Spirit saves those who are not the elect (as we do not ultimately know).

God Bless

Brian Mason

Be The Salt Of The Earth

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of one candle. Christians are to pursue the truth because they already have the power and authority to do His will.”

Neil T. Anderson “The Bondage Breaker.”

Remember Christian;

Matthew 5:13-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Oneness Pentecostal Theology and Its Problems

Oneness Theology does not believe in the Holy Trinity.

The Trinity being one God in three persons. Not three Gods but one God made up of The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is monotheist. The Oneness movement in denying the Trinity teaches that God is a single person who was “manifested as Father in the creation and as the Father of the Son, in the Son for our redemption, and as the Holy Spirit in our regeneration.”

http://www.upci.org/resources/instructional-devotional-leadership/80-doctrine-60-questions-on-the-godhead

That is problem number one as they twist scripture as such; God revealed himself as Father in the Old Testament, revealed Himself as the Son Jesus during Christ’s ministry on earth, and as the Holy Spirit after Christ’s ascension to the present day.

Problem number two is that they believe in a works based salvation. If you’re not baptized, you cannot be saved! They believe that you must be totally immersed and baptized by the phrase/formula “In Jesus’ Name.” Matthew 28: 19 (NASB) is entirely clear on the words to be used;

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”

Problem number three is they do not believe in predestination although even though the doctrine of predestination is evident throughout the Bible. They believe you can also lose your salvation, and it is entirely up to the follower if they want to be saved. So, in short, they are taking away God’s Sovereignty.

Problem number four is that you cannot be saved unless you speak in tongues. They claim that speaking in tongues is a “necessary manifestation” of the Holy Spirit. In summary, you need tongues to be saved!

http://www.upci.org/component/content/article/83-beliefs/91-our-doctrinal-foundation

Please pray for the follower of the Oneness Movement, and for the Light to be seen to blind the twisting of scripture.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Thought For The Week: Mythologization Of The New Testament

We are once again coming to the “Christmas Season” and even though it is only mid-October Disney has already been advertising a “Holly Jolly Christmas” while trying to sell a trip to Disneyland. Not only is the merchandising of Christmas starting, but again right on cue, I am hearing from the atheists and general God haters about the “mythology” and copycatting of Jesus and the New Testament from Greek mythology. I have posted before on the so-called “copycatting” of Greek mythology in a past article; https://beaconapologetics.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/christmas-and-the-attack-on-christianity-3/

But as I was reading Dr. RC Sproul’s publication: BE All The More Diligent To Make Your Calling And Election Sure 1-2 PETER, and I must note that he made an excellent point about the so-called mythologization of the New Testament. He tells a story of a friend who was a friend of his in the English Department of the college where he was teaching. This friend as Dr. Sproul writes “took great pains to try to debunk the New Testament.” This friend apparently explained that the N.T. had “significant similarities” to Ovid’s Metamorphosis. So Dr. Sproul asked his friend if he could explain the difference between the Greek and Hebrew view of history? Not only could he not explain it he fell backward!

Dr. Sproul then explains; “I reminded him of grade school education” (how humiliating that must he been) “students had to learn elementary biology and the principles of taxonomy, in which living things are divided into kingdoms, creatures are grouped according to their similarities. However, when that is complete, the task of science is only halfway done; these same creatures also must be grouped according to their differences. This is in fact how language emerges.”

Dr. Sproul elaborates; “It is how enterprise was begun in the Garden of Eden. When God called Adam and Eve to name the animals, they were involved in taxonomy.” “When someone has a stomachache, a doctor does not automatically prescribe aspirin or milk of magnesia. A responsible physician will want to get more specific and consider the differences between stomach cancer and indigestion.”

If his professor friend didn’t know the difference between the Greek and Hebrew view of history, he couldn’t teach his students the similarities of Greek mythology and the New Testament! The Hebrew view of history (being linear) and the Greek view of history (being cyclical) have nothing in common! “The Greeks and Romans did not care whether their god’s existed. They were myths, and they knew they were myths” writes Dr. Sproul.

Christian, we again are going to be bombarded with these fallacies of Mithras and other “mythological” gods. Stand up for the Truth. When questioned about such fallacies, don’t just let it rest, address it. The person is only repeating misinformation they were given. Learn the fallacy errors. Share the gospel. Share the Truth. Do it lovingly. They will likely say you are crazy, but that is only through years of clouding and programming the brain with junk, that is also how a cultist reacts. They will bring up “magical sky daddy” and other vitriolic attacks on the Lord, but be the light in the darkness! I think even the atheist can see that time is growing short; they need the Lord!

Matthew 5: 13-16
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
God Bless

Brian Mason

Is A Christian Able To Reach Perfection?

Matthew 5:48 (NASB)
Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

The answer is a cautious “yes.” When Matthew 5:48 is carefully translated the word “perfect” means “to be complete.” We are to mirror or imitate God the Father in His moral supremacy and “completeness.” Is it possible to reflect the “integrity” of God’s moral superiority? A significant number of Christians believe that to achieve this supremacy is attainable. Those Christians that subscribe to such beliefs are following what is called “perfectionism.”

However, the harsh reality is that we Christians live in this world, and there are many pitfalls. The majority of Christians fall way short of perfection. Even the Apostle Paul had a wrestling match with sin as he wrote:

Romans 7: 14-25 (NASB)
14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin.15 For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

For every sin and temptation, God will give us an escape plan. That flight is given to us by God’s grace! In theory, we can all achieve perfection, however living in a fallen world it is extremely unlikely! The only person I know that was perfect was Jesus Christ.

Psalm 19:7 (NASB)
The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

God Bless
Brian Mason