Sun. Sep 27th, 2020
THE SEEMING METAMORPHOSIS OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY. (PART 5)

THE SEEMING METAMORPHOSIS OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY. (PART 5)

Characteristics/tenets of the Newer Testament continue:

4.*Baptism of the Holy Spirit: an experience that comes later after salvation

It is not biblical that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an experience that comes later after salvation. This is another characteristic of the Newer Testament. The Bible makes it clear that a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit when he accepts Christ as Lord and Saviour; he is sealed with the Holy Spirit; and it is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit/indwelling of the Holy Spirit that makes him a Christian, (Ephesians 1:13; II Timothy 1:14).

What modern preachers call Baptism of the Holy Spirit later after salvation is the infilling of the Holy Spirit. These two are not the same – the former takes place at conversion, while the latter takes place later.

The infilling comes from time to time, that is when the Lord needs to use it in the life of His child. For instance, He might want you to talk to someone very much above you socially, and otherwise and you feel inadequate, the infilling of the Holy Spirit at that moment gives you the boldness and the utterance to do the work. This is infilling, it is not Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The experience of speaking in tongues is NOT baptism of the Holy Spirit, it is rather one of the spiritual gifts (we will discuss this later).

5. Not paying tithes is a ticket to hell

The emphasis laid on tithing by the proponents of the Newer Testament is very alarming. One of them says: “God does not care about what you do, but He cares about your tithes.” Is this biblical?

Another preacher says, “If you fail to pay your tithes, God mandates angels to follow you anywhere you go shouting thief, thief, thief, thief, thief.” Is this scriptural?

Yet, another Newer Testament propagandist says, “If you do not pay your tithes, you go to hell, period.” This preacher thinks and believes that he has the keys to the Kingdom of God in his possession. For him, it is tithing that sends people to heaven.

Another preacher once said: “God does not care about what you do, He does not care about your relationship with Him, but He cares about your tithes.” Judge by yourself the motive of this preacher.

Yet another preacher postulated that Tithing preceded the Law of Moses and MUST be paid, (talking about Melchizedek and Abraham). But this is a very watery argument because even animal sacrifices preceded the Law of Moses, why then did the coming of Christ annul the practice and not tithing?

Yet another preacher convinced his audience that you do not tithe only from what you have, you can also tithe from what you expect. This is from the bottomless pit. Yet, many believed it and tithed from what they expected. Many Christians are, to say the least, terribly gullible.

These preachers frighten their followers to extort money from them.

Jesus Christ, the Apostles and the Church Fathers NEVER preached TITHES. Paul has an elaborate thesis on giving and he never mentioned TITHES, (II Corinthians, chapters 8 and 9). What do you have to say about that?

Overemphasis on tithing, as if our salvation depends on it, and instilling fears in the minds of people to pay tithes are typical characteristics of the Newer Testament perpetrated by new generation preachers.

Now, listen to this if you will allow your preconception on tithing to give way a little and search the Scripture with me.

Let us know some facts about tithing: Tithing is legalistic.

(1) Tithing was not done monetarily in the Old Testament. It was done with grains and other farms produce (Deut. 14:22-27; Neh. 10:37.

(2). Tithes in the Old Testament were given so that there would be food in the house of the Lord for the priests, orphans, widows, strangers, and the poor (Deut. 26:12; Mal.3:10). Please, underscore those tithes were meant for priests, orphans, widows, the poor, etc.

The new generation preachers do not emphasize this aspect of tithing.

Tithing is legalism. Legalistically speaking, no one will be able to tithe in the real sense of it.

It is emphasized seriously in the Old Testament but totally deemphasized in the New. This is because, in the New Testament, God owns everything you have, you do not limit Him to 10%, you give as the Holy Spirit prompts you. The Holy Spirit can tell you to give all, He can equally tell you to give less, He prompts you to give according to your ability. A sincere Christian knows that the Lord’s work needs money, he knows that the needy have to be helped, he also knows that orphans and widows are in the Church; he must not be cajoled and threatened before he does the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

Do not re-entangle yourself with legalistic requirements. This is what contemporary preachers do to extort money from you. Worship God with your substances the way He stipulates in the New Testament (II Corinthians chapters 8 and 9). You cannot be more Christian than Paul and the other Apostles. II Corinthians 8 and 9 remain an authentic thesis on giving for Christians. Follow it and you will not be misrouted.

6. Poverty is a curse/A child of God cannot be poor.

This sounds great in the ears but it is not scriptural. When the weak and gullible hear this, they tremble to the preacher’s church so that the curse would be eliminated. But God makes provision for the poor in the Bible, (Ex. 23: 6,11; Lev. 23:22; Deut. 15:7, etc.) If being poor is a curse, and if God did not know that there would be poor people in our midst, He would not have asked winnowers and harvesters to leave some crops behind for the poor to glean. The theology of “A child of God cannot be poor” is not only unbiblical; it is one of the teachings of the Newer Testament proponents. This teaching succeeds in making the hearers criminals so that they could be rich. New Testament proponents are dangerous to the Christian faith. So, runway from them.

7. Material wealth determines one’s level of spirituality

This is another theology from the pit of hell. I am not going to say much about this point than quoting Jesus Christ Himself, the owner of the Church; Luke 12:15: Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Judge by yourself; which will you subscribe to, the New Testament or the Newer Testament theology?

8. Wealth transfer

This theology proffers that every wealth in the possession of unbelievers belongs to believers, therefore, believers should do everything possible to get those possessions to their barns. This is a clear “spiritualization” of robbery in the Church. Quoting from Exodus 11, these theologians of the Newer Testament encourage their members to borrow money, jewelry and valuables from their neighbors without paying back because those items belong to believers. This is ridiculous! Listen to Bill Wiston, a contemporary preacher and writer in his book The Supernatural Wealth Transfer:

“One of the major things coming in this hour is an EXPLOSION OF WEALTH in the body of Christ. Through divine favor, witty inventions, and the grace of giving, we are at the season of the greatest WEALTH TRANSFER in the history of this planet. There will be inventions that will make the iPhone seem like child’s play. This is a prophetic time in history, the same as the “set-time” that triggered the release of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage. This is a season when what happened then is happening now. It is a set-time or a season which is the consummation of something pledged or promised by God. The reservoirs of the wicked will now be drained, and as the Babylonian system of the world fails, the system of the Kingdom of God will prevail,” (pp.5, 6).

This assertion by Bill Wiston is absolutely non-scriptural. It is a license for stealing and robbery to anyone who believes in the theology of Wealth Transfer. This is one of the issues the Newer Testament is importing into contemporary Christianity. The earlier we discard such a mentality, the better for our children. The Lord says we should not be debtors to anyone; therefore, do not borrow with the intention to cheat.

9. Seed-sowing/sowing seed of faith

Many modern church leaders and members will surely criticize what I am going to say here because almost all of them practice this. It is a pity that when wrong teaching soothes Church leaders and members, it is widely accepted as scriptural. And when anyone criticizes it, he becomes heretic in their eyes. But, the fact is that Seed-sowing/Sowing seed of faith is NOT BIBLICAL. It is rather an acceptable heresy in the modern Church, contributing to the Newer Testament. Seed-sowing is another concoction by the contemporary Church to raise funds. Again, I refer my readers to the thesis on giving by Paul in II Corinthians 8 and 9). There, you will never see seed-sowing. Where did this teaching come from? It came from those who think they could help God raise money for the Church. It also emanated from money conscious pastors whose stomach is their god. I believe what Charles Spurgeon said: “God’s work done God’s way will not lack resources.” The proponents of this teaching are contributing to extra-biblicalism. Seed-sowing is like bribing God to do things for the sowers. The simple method of getting things from God is “ask and you will receive. You are a child of God, you have every right to ask Him for anything without bribing Him and He will give it to you if it is His will.

10. Offering time, blessing time

Modern preachers have erroneously convinced their followers that laying treasures in heaven as stated by Matthew 6:19-21 is the money you give to the Church in the form of offerings, tithes, and seed-sowing. They say the amount you give to the Church is commensurable with the amount of treasure you have in heaven. There is nothing further from the truth than this.

It is this wrong notion that generated the expression “Offering time, blessing time.” By extension, this expression means that every other thing done in the Church does not attract blessings. It means that giving offerings, paying tithes, and sowing monetary seeds are the only things we do in fellowships that attract blessings.

It is therefore pertinent to highlight here that such expressions were coined into Christianity by money-mongers, those whose sole concern in the Church is to make money, those whose stomach is their god as described by Paul in Philippians 3:19. It is neither Christian nor biblical.

Now, it is preponderant to state it here clearly that our real treasure is not measured in what we accumulate, but in what or whom we invest our time and our passions.

– We store treasures in heaven when we serve and follow Jesus Christ.

– We store treasures in heaven when we serve people by taking care of their needs and by visiting the less privileged and the sick in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So, do not be deceived by the sugar-coated tongued pastors who would tell you that offering time is blessing.

There is nothing wrong with supporting the work of God financially but let us not exaggerate it. If God has blessed you financially and you are a Christian, look around you in the Church and among Christians, you will see the poor and less privileged people, use your wealth to help them, to lift them out of their terrible situations, thus you are storing treasures in heaven.

Our real wealth is what we invest for eternity – that is, what we invest in people, (Matthew 25: 34-46).