Did you become rich from the gospel of the Lord?

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Do you preach the gospel with a price?

Do you indirectly ask for donations or money by pushing sympathy and love to people so out of their kindness they give financial or material help to you because you deliberately misled them into giving so you can benefit until you are clothed and fed out of the hardship of others?

As all things of the Gospel of the Lord and for the Gospel and by the Gospel are all free.

 

Mat 10:7

Mat 10:7
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7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.  

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  And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mat_10:8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

 

Rom_8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
1Co_2:12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
2Co_11:7  Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?
Rev_21:6  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Rev_22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

 

I recalled when my aunt was still alive, she asked me to come over to the country where she was a physician. She told me to put up a religion and a church so I can easily get a job, make money and because everything that are about religion are TAX FREE or the tax is lower.

I refused as I do not want to feed my belly with the money that was made from a commercialized gospel.

And people capitalized from the idea of, it is better to give than to receive and the tithing policy from the scripture.

 

Act_20:35  I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

 

Other people make money and living from the fabrication of gods made from silver, gold, stone, wood, ornaments fashioned to the elegance, magnificence and glory of men. They were crafted from the talent of artistic sculptured images to make it appear like angels, saints and a passionate face of the Lord as if they had seen Him.

Act 19:24

Act 19:24
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24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;  

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  For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;
Act 19:25
Act 19:25
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25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.  

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  Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.
Act 19:26
Act 19:26
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26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:  

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  Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:
Act 19:27
Act 19:27
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27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. set at nought: or, brought into disrepute, or, contempt  

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  So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
Act 19:28
Act 19:28
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28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.  

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  And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

Even if you tithe but your heart and thoughts towards hypocrisies, lies and blasphemy, your tithing goes to nothing.

Mat_23:23  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.
Luk_11:42  But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

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A tithe (/ˈtð/; from Old English: teogoþa “tenth”) is a one-tenth part of something, paid as a contribution to a religious organization or compulsory tax to government.[1] Today, tithes are normally voluntary and paid in cash, cheques, or stocks, whereas historically tithes were required and paid in kind, such as agricultural products. Several European countries operate a formal process linked to the tax system allowing some churches to assess tithes.

Traditional Jewish law and practice has included various forms of tithing since ancient times. Orthodox Jews commonly practice ma’aser kesafim (tithing 10% of their income to charity). In modern Israel, Jews continue to follow the laws of agricultural tithing, e.g., ma’aser rishon, terumat ma’aser, and ma’aser sheni. In Christianity, some interpretations of Biblical teachings conclude that although tithing was practiced extensively in the Old Testament, it was never practiced or taught within the first-century Church. Instead, the New Testament scriptures are seen as teaching the concept of “freewill offerings” as a means of supporting the church: 1 Corinthians 16:2, 2 Corinthians 9:7. Also, some of the earliest groups sold everything they had and held the proceeds in common to be used for the furtherance of the Gospel: Acts 2:44-47

Acts 2:44-47
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44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, from...: or, at home 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.  

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, Acts 4:34-35
Acts 4:34-35
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34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.  

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. Further, Acts 5:1-20
Acts 5:1-20
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5 1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? to lie to: or, to deceive 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. 11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. 12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. 13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. 14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) 15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. into...: or, in every street 16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one. 17 Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, and were filled with indignation, indignation: or, envy 18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. 19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, 20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.  

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contains the account of a man and wife (Ananias and Sapphira) who were living in one of these groups. They sold a piece of property and donated only part of the selling price to the church but claimed to have given the whole amount and immediately fell down and died when confronted by the apostle Peter over their dishonesty.

 

So now you enjoy the lavish spending of money to have all the comfort and convenience, a lifestyle enjoyed by movie celebrities,  you as a pastor, a preacher or a priest living like a king or a prince, became rich because of the gospel or because of religion?

 

 

 

 

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