Do you have any topics on baptism and tithing? Thank you
I do believe I have written on my understanding of Tithing under the New Covenant, but here is the short answer.
We are not under any of the ordinances of the Old Covenant law. Tithing is one of those ordinances. However when the New Testament reenacts a law, it is still binding under the New Testament.
When Jesus spoke about tithe He said,
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Matthew 23:23
So Jesus said, we should NOT leave tithing undone.
Again I want to reiterate that we are not bound by the Old Testament contract, we are under a new contract with God under the New Testament. So we must look to the New Testament for our answers about exactly what God requires of us.
The Apostle Paul defines how we are to give in the first epistle to the Corinthians,
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. 1 Corinthians 16:2
So our offerings under the New Testament contract are free will offerings, and not specified by a certain amount or percentage as they were under the old contract during Old Testament times.
We cannot pass by the story of the widow and her two mites when we talk about this topic:
Mark 12:42-43 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. 43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
There is a tangible reward or blessing in giving to God our offerings. God desires us to give to His cause, to help spread the Good News through out the world from a willing heart, not out of the letter of the law. When we give our offerings to the Lord, we are blessed for doing so.
If you have a grateful heart for what God has done for you, be sure to share your gratitude through monetary gifts to churches and ministries that share the Good News with others.
There are a lot of different teachings and practices regarding the subject of Baptism. Some churches teach that it is required, others teach that it is not. Some sprinkle, some immerse.
Personally I care not for what any churches teach or practice. my loyalty is not with a church, rather it is with God Himself and with His word, the Holy Bible.
Everyman has to answer to His own conscience before God, not to any churches!
I am a simple man, if the Bible says it, I believe it, and that is the end of the story. The Bible says,
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Therefore I believe Christians ought to be baptized. Baptism literally means to be immersed. Every example of Baptism in the Bible, the person or people being baptized went down into the water, and were immersed. There is no example of sprinkling. Furthermore there is no example of infants being baptized.
The Bible teaches that repentance and believing is a prerequisite to being baptized.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38
Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. Acts 19:4
Infants are not capable of repentance or believing. I do not believe infant baptism is Biblical, neither do I believe that it is required.
There is no age requirement in the Bible, if a person believes in Jesus Christ, is repentant of their sins, they ought to be baptized.
The Catholic Church has 7 sacraments, Protestants have only 2. Baptism and The Lord’s Supper.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and giving free will monetary gifts to help support evangelize and spread the good news are all Biblical, they are all apart of the new contract we now live in under the New Covenant.
Nicodemus is one of the richest men in the times of Christ in ancient antiquity. He had enough money to feed the 1 million people living in Jerusalem for 10 years! He spent all of his wealth funding the early churches evangelical efforts financing the Apostles journeys to the end of the wold to share the gospel. When Nicodemus died he had no money left, he gave everything he owned for the sake of Christ and the Gospel. Both the widow and Nicodemus gave to God all that they had!
Thanks for writing,
David M. Curtis
Directory Speaker of
The Loud Cry Ministry