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What does the Bible say about tithing and money?
Does Tithing Apply to New Testament Christians?
It was a good week to skip church a couple weeks ago: the tithing sermon! Just kidding, of course, but it can certainly feel that way can’t it?
Tithing (giving 10% of your income to the local church) has become a debated issue in some church circles and theological circles. New Testament (new covenant) Christians are not under the Old Testament (old covenant) law, so can churches teach tithing based on the Old Testament commands for it? Continue Reading…
Ephesians 2:13-16 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
We are doing it wrong.
Jews and Gentiles were not supposed to be in segregated churches. The barrier and dividing wall that separated the two groups was supposed to be set aside when Christ Jesus became our shared peace. Jesus was supposed to have made one new humanity out of these two ethnicities, making them into one body, one Church, reconciled, with no more hostility.
But that’s not what has happened. The ethnic dividing wall still remains, we just built a new one after the first one fell. Continue Reading…
I think most of us identify ourselves as non-racist. Most non-racists are so because racism doesn’t affect them personally. But just because something isn’t in your yard, doesn’t mean it isn’t all over our land. All over the yards of the brothers and sisters in Christ we are called to be in community with.
I’d like to challenge you to move from being a non-racist to becoming an anti-racist, for there is a huge difference.
Non-racists sit in the bleachers. Anti-racists charge against the opponent.
Non-racists wash their hands of racism. Anti-racists forcibly dismantle racism, blow after bloody blow.
Non-racists think racism will go away. Anti-racists know racism won’t go anywhere without a fight.
Non-racists don’t think about racism. Anti-racists study it, analyze it, and figure out how to conquer it.
Jesus was anti-racist, and told us to be also.
The Apostle Paul was anti-racist, and told us to be also.
The New Testament Church was anti-racist in both function and design.
The American Church and modern Christians are meant to be anti-racist.
You may not be racist, but are you anti-racist?
Your church or institution may not be racist, but is it anti-racist?
Racism has reared its ugly head long enough. Rather than continuing to let it stain our land (even if it’s not staining your yard), join the fight against this evil enemy. A fight fought in Jesus’ name as reclaim a primary function of the New Testament Church and as we pray Matthew 6:10 together!
(Post renamed from “Aren’t Muslim Radicals & Christian Radicals who commit violence the same?”)
What is the difference between Islamic radicals such as ISIS/ISIL, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, etc. and Christians who bomb abortion clinics, the Westboro Baptist Church people who hold up “God Hates Fags” signs, and the litany of Christians throughout history who have done horrific acts in the name of Jesus and the Bible such as the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, torturing Anabaptists, genocide, or burning women at the stake as witches?
Don’t both holy books (the Bible and the Qur’an) contain commands to do such things?
Don’t both radical groups feel they are simply being faithful to their God and their holy book?
One thing I can do is talk about the Bible, a book I have studied at length and know well. Please read my interview with an ex-Muslim for his view on the Qur’an’s passages about killing, an interview he received death threats because of.