Saturday, April 16, 2011
What Matters? 4/13/2011
OK, so I’m a little late with this one. Had a few other things take priority this week. For those of you that missed it we had an awesome time last night at the From and To Event. Now on to the Random Blog. Last Wednesday night we had some really good discussion that focused mostly on what really matters to us. There were a few other introductory questions that we’ll deal with first.
Satan and Sin:
We had three questions in this category: 1. Can you sin in hell? 2. Could Satan be forgiven? 3. Could Satan ever defeat God?
Can you sin in hell?
In the process of our conversation someone asked about tithing. They asked if you could give your tithe to missions. So I said I would put some scriptures in this blog about tithing. So here it is. Malachi 3 has a great discourse on tithing. The tithe is 1/10 of our income and it belongs to God. It is not an option. It’s not an offering. It is our responsibility to give it. Some say it’s an Old Testament principle that we don’t have to do anymore. Jesus said to the Pharisees that they should be doing more important things that they are leaving out, but He didn’t tell them not to tithe. He said they should tithe, but also pay attention to the more important things (Mt 23:23; Lk 11:42). I think Jesus saw tithing as a basic principle that should be a given for the Christian life. It’s one of the elementary principles.
It all boils down to what really matters. If pleasing God really matters to you, you won’t give out of an obligation or a law you will cheerfully give (2 Cor 9:7). Tithing won’t be an issue because that will be the base and you’ll go above and beyond to support the cause of Christ all over the world.
Posted by PJ at 8:53 PM