MANIPULATED TITHES AND OFFERINGS

MANIPULATED TITHES AND OFFERINGS

If you choose not to give, God is not going to deny you of his kingdom. Malachi 3:8-10 is one of the favourite scriptures used by pastors to...

ALL FLESH IS GRASS (2)

ALL FLESH IS GRASS (2)

Adam could not keep his inheritance. Samson could not retain his strength. Solomon became foolish in his wisdom. Beloved Christian: stop...

ALL FLESH IS GRASS (1)

ALL FLESH IS GRASS (1)

Death was Jesus' secret weapon.  Jesus triumphed over life by laying down his life. In Isaiah 40 in the bible, there is a voice crying in the...

THE DISTINGUISHED FAMILY OF GOD

THE DISTINGUISHED FAMILY OF GOD

God's sons are exclusively men and women of faith who do God's will. God is not a Father through creation.  He created so many things to...

FOR CHRIST'S SAKE

FOR CHRIST'S SAKE

It is Jesus' name that is written on the cheques we cash in God's bank. We use the expressions “for God’s sake” and “for Christ’s sake” very...

THE FLAWED RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

THE FLAWED RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

Moses is not qualified to teach Christians the righteousness of God. Jesus says: “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not...

WARNING: ROBBERS AT WORK IN THE CHURCHES

WARNING: ROBBERS AT WORK IN THE CHURCHES

"It used to be robbers who mugged pedestrians.  Now it's a gang of priests assaulting worshippers." (Hosea 6:9). A colleague of mine insists...

THE BOKO HARAM RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE BIBLE

THE BOKO HARAM RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE BIBLE

Christ is the end of using the bible as our yardstick for righteousness. The righteousness presented in many parts of the bible is not the...

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MANIPULATED TITHES AND OFFERINGS

titheIf you choose not to give, God is not going to deny you of his kingdom.

Malachi 3:8-10 is one of the favourite scriptures used by pastors to cajole people to give in churches.  It says those who withhold tithes and offerings are robbing God.  It further maintains that they are cursed and that their resources are subject to the ravages of the devourer. Finally it is says the windows of heaven will be shut against them ensuring that they are denied of divine blessings.  Thereby, Christians are frightened into giving large sums to churches.

Jesus says divorce was not God’s will: “From the beginning it was not so.” (Matthew 19:8).  Moses only gave the law permitting divorce because of the hardness of the hearts of the Jews.  The same thing applies to Malachi and the compulsion to give tithes and offerings.  From the beginning, people of God were not compelled or threatened to give.  Indeed, the insistence of pastors on tithes and offerings today is anachronistic.  It is tantamount to putting Jesus’ new wine in old bottles.  Add a comment

ALL FLESH IS GRASS (1)

all fleshDeath was Jesus' secret weapon.  Jesus triumphed over life by laying down his life.

In Isaiah 40 in the bible, there is a voice crying in the wilderness, proclaiming the coming of the kingdom of God.  The voice declares that every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill brought low.  But when the voice stops, the Spirit of the Lord commands it to cry out the more. 

“What shall I cry?” the voice asks.  God says: “I want you to tell my people that all flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers; the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it.  Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades. But the word of our God stands forever.”

Many in the church have yet to hear this cry in the wilderness.  Most have refused to heed it.  And yet, the message is central and fundamental to the Christian faith.  Add a comment

HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

hunger  thirstWe are on our way to a city where the Lord is all in all.  He is the water, the food, the clothing, the heat, the light and shield.

A lady made a covenant with God not to have sex until she was married.  But then she discovered after marriage at 30 that she was sexually incompatible with her husband.  Sex with him was excruciatingly painful.  How could God reward her righteousness like this?  If she had slept with her husband before marriage, she would not have married him.

She found my defense of God unsatisfactory.  I told her God was jealous for her.  While she rightly defined her virtue by her sexual abstinence, God wanted it defined by her love for him.  God does not guarantee the believer’s sexual fulfillment in marriage; God guarantees our fulfillment in his love.  God’s love never disappoints.  It is constant no matter our circumstances.  It remains; whether our marriage is good or bad.  Add a comment

ONE THING YOU LACK (1)

one thingHave you ever run after the Lord, until you lost your dignity, pride and self-respect?

Jesus is walking down the road, and there is this strange man in flowing white agbada running after him.  The man is running like a mad man.  He is running and shouting.  What could possibly be the matter? 

But wait a minute.  The man running after Jesus is no ordinary man.  Would you believe it; he is actually the Governor of the Central Bank?  He is the one reported by Forbes Magazine to be the one of the richest men in Nigeria.  What then is the meaning of this?  How can a man of that stature be running madly down the road? 

Rich men don’t run

Have you ever seen a rich man running before?  God forbid!  Rich men don’t run.  They stroll.  Rich men don’t run after anybody.  Men run after rich men.  If a rich man wants to talk to some man in the street, he simply sends his servant to get him.  But this particular situation is different and peculiar.  One of the richest Nigerians is running madly after Jesus in the street.  Add a comment

ALL FLESH IS GRASS (2)

grassAdam could not keep his inheritance. Samson could not retain his strength. Solomon became foolish in his wisdom.

Beloved Christian: stop evaluating yourself after the flesh.  For the man or woman of God, it no longer matters whether he or she is good looking or tall or smart or rich or poor.  Those distinctions of the flesh are vain and of no importance whatsoever to God.

In the new life of the spirit, such superficial distinctions are done away with: “In this new life one's nationality or race or education or social position is unimportant; such things mean nothing. Whether a person has Christ is what matters, and he is equally available to all.” (Colossians 3:11).

 

Spiritual supremacy

In the final analysis, all the knowledge of man is useless.  The knowledge of man is irrelevant vis-à-vis the knowledge of God.

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THE DISTINGUISHED FAMILY OF GOD

family of godGod's sons are exclusively men and women of faith who do God's will.

God is not a Father through creation.  He created so many things to which he is not a Father.  He created the heavens and the earth, but he is not the Father of the heavens and the earth.  Nevertheless, Paul and other New Testament writers refer to God as the Father of mercies (2 Corinthians 1:3); the Father of glory (Ephesians 1:17); and the Father of lights. (James 1:17).  This dilutes Jesus’ unique message about the fatherhood of God. 

Hebrews says God is not the Father of angels: “For to which of the angels did He ever say: ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you?’” (Hebrews 1:5).  However, the same Hebrews contradicts itself by saying God is the father of angels: “We have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?” (Hebrews 12:9). 

But, according to Jesus, God’s sons are exclusively men and women of faith who do God’s will: Add a comment

ONE THING YOU LACK (2)

lackingToday there are oh so many wonderful Christians who lack just one thing.

The rich young ruler, our fabled Central Bank governor, comes to Jesus earnestly wanting to know what to do in order to inherit eternal life.  Jesus says to him: “You know the commandments, go ahead and obey them?”  The man replies: “Oh, I have already obeyed them.  As a matter of fact, I mastered them from the age of seven.  I have been obeying them from my youth.  I gave my life to Christ twenty years ago.  I know the bible from Genesis to Revelation.”

As a result, the man shipwrecks at the report God gave to Isaiah: “For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’” (Isaiah 57:15).

Our Central Bank governor is determined to climb the Mount Everest of eternal life.  Therefore, Jesus gives him one simple task to perform:  “Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow me.’”

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FOR CHRIST'S SAKE

christs sakeIt is Jesus' name that is written on the cheques we cash in God's bank.

We use the expressions “for God’s sake” and “for Christ’s sake” very often.  When we use them, it is to insist on getting something from somebody.  We might say: “Give it to me for God’s sake.”  Or we might say in frustration: “Why don’t you just leave me alone for Christ’s sake?”  But these things are mostly said in ignorance; without our fully realising what they mean.  “Father, forgive us, for we do not know what we are saying.” 

The most marvelous works of God are not done for our sake but for God’s sake.  The psalmist prays: “Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but to your name give glory, because of your mercy, because of your truth.” (Psalm 115:1).  Indeed, God forgives us our sins and saves us because of his name.  Again the psalmist says: “Help us, O God our Saviour, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name's sake.” Add a comment