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                                        A Truth or a Con?

     It is a shame when the truth of God's Word becomes so debatable because of the lost religious world's mishandling of a truth that God did not give them. The topic of discussion is the right and privilege to tithe and carry out the Lord's work.

     Now, to answer the question, is tithing a truth or con, well, the answer is two-fold. First, for God's assembly it is a precious truth, but in wrong hands it has become one of the biggest cons ever known to man. The greatest danger of all is many do not realize they have been conned until they lift up their eyes in hell wondering what happened. My goal is to show what happens before it is too late.

     Believing the Bible and following the Bible into our pocketbooks may look as if you or I are good disciples, but to know the teaching is to prove our love for the Lord. It goes deeper than giving money when it is convenient or giving to ease your conscious or to give and look for something in return.

         "Now concerning the collection for the saints, 
          as I have given order to the churches of Galatia,
          even so do ye.
16:2 Upon the first day of the
          week let every one you lay by him in store, as
          God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings 
          when I come." 
        1 Cor. 16:1-2

     This is one of many verses that can be used. One important note, all verses are in context of a local -visible- scripturally baptized body of believers. 
         But this I say,He which soweth sparingly shall reap
         also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall
         reap also bountifully.
9:7Every man according as he 
         purposeth in his heart,
so let him give; not grudgingly,
         or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver 
2 Cor. 9:6

     Our assembly at Danville Baptist Church know and believe it is their responsibility and theirs alone to give to the Lord. We cannot find scriptures that say it is all right to solicit money from businesses, organizations, or even visitors of our assembly. This is practicing the truth and can adequately support the ministry of each local church.

     Now, for the con. We will start with groups, not the Lord's churches, calling the tithe something it is not, a sacrament. Purgatory is the greatest money making invention known to man. Priests rule in undisputed sway over the lives of many people, causing them to live in fear of this life and the life to come. The damage done by this doctrine is appalling and unthinkable to be used by the Lord's ministers. It has proved to be the most contrived design of human slavery the world has ever seen. The gospel message of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ has been tossed out and the coffers of their "church" are filled as a result of this unholy "buying and selling" souls.

     As unholy as the Great Whore has been for the past 1700 years, we can see a great likeness in her children. Denominations that have embraced sinful ways to pay their bills are in conflict with holiness. Gambling devices have been promoted to raise more "revenue." It is truly a travesty of the true Christian faith.

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