1 Corinthians 16:1-2
Chilco wrote: 6. “Christians are commanded every Sunday to give into a common treasury of the church: 1 Cor 16:1-2”. No, they were told to set something aside at home. “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” They were asked to do their financial business at home at the beginning of each week, and set aside a bit of money weekly, so when Paul arrived he won’t have to make a big offering appeal, and they would have something to give when he came.
I now see this argument as a classic case of indoctrination by the Adventist church. You will see just how affective they have been by the time you finish this post. It will be seen THIS ADVENTIST ARGUMENT – WITHOUT QUESTION CONTRADICTS THIS VERSE. 1 Cor 16:2 (Keep an eye out for words in blue; I would like to hear a come back from that!).
I am not so sure AT HOME can be proven conclusively. It is a valid way to read the verse as long as you do not go to the Greek, but it cannot be said with 100% certainty even while reading only the KJV.
Strong’s Greek & Hebrew Dictionary:
English Words used in KJV:
lay 28, put 18, lay down 12, make 10, appoint 6, kneel down + + 5]
a prolonged form of a primary theo, theh’-o (which is used only as alternate in certain tenses); to place (in the widest application, literal and figurative; properly in a passive or horizontal posture, and thus different from (histemi), which properly denotes an upright and active position, while (keimai) is properly reflexive and utterly prostrate) :- + advise, appoint, bow, commit, conceive, give, × kneel down, lay (aside, down, up), make, ordain, purpose, put, set (forth), settle, sink down.
Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.
English Words used in KJV:
lay up 3, in store 1, lay up treasure 1, treasure up 1, heap treasure together 1, keep in store 1
from (thesauros); to amass or reserve (literal or figurative) :- lay up (treasure), (keep) in store, (heap) treasure (together, up).
Nothing there about a house or a home. Adventist read that into the text, but there is nothing conclusive about that position.
Studying the Greek and leaving preconceived ideas out of it paints a different picture entirely. The Greek is more in harmony with what Malachi wrote, than being in a home.
If everyone’s offerings were at home then Paul would have to wait for them all to be gathered to him when he got there. However if they were all in a store house such as a church Paul could collect them all at once.
Now let’s Notice Malachi testimony.
Malachi 3:10 (KJV)
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house , and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
I am not afraid to concede a point, how about you? However if you do concede this point THIS VERSE PROVES EARLY CHRISTIANS DID ASSEMBLE SPECIFICALLY ON SUNDAY AND COLLECTED these OFFERINGS. It also proves that command came from an APOSTLE not a pope.
So where’s my thousand dollars? I proved it now cough up! Forget the thousand dollars I want the million offered by Jan MARCUSSEN! I doubt a single Adventist will honor that challenge though.
Just so we are clear, THIS VERSE PROVES EARLY CHRISTIANS DID ASSEMBLE SPECIFICALLY ON SUNDAY AND COLLECTED these OFFERINGS by a direct COMMAND from an Apostle.
SO I think you will likely want to plead the 5th amendment on 1 Cor 16:1-2 so that you do not incriminate yourself.
Let’s see this passage one last time.
1 Corinthians 16:1-2 (KJV)
1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store (TREASURE UP OR TO RESERVE IN STORE in the Greek), as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
Paul did not want to wait for all the monies in separate homes to be gathered when he got there. It is illogical to say that every individual family put aside his money separately and at home, because that would cause the delay that Paul was trying to avoid. They were brought to the storehouse of the church just as Malachi had commanded.
Did you catch the part where Paul said he gave this ORDER i.e. command to churches all over Galatia. This was not the first time. It is simply the only recorded one we still have.
For further study, Look up the Hebrew for STOREHOUSE in Malachi and compare to the word “IN STORE” in the Greek from 1 Cor 16:2 and see the similarities.