Thursday, May 16, 2013

"The Now Judgment"

The Now judgment
B. Keith Chadwell; 5.15.2013

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

1Corinthians 5;11-12 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.  For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away  from among yourselves that wicked person.

 What then are we to expect, and when, if judgment begins at the house of the Lord?  Let's look at the beginning of this judgment.   


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tithing and Grace...?

"Tithing” versus “Giving"                 B. Keith Chadwell  2013

 "In Malachi 3, we find that well known scripture about tithing; it says we can rob God by not tithing.  The tithe is explained, in Christian teaching and often is understood as 10% of our gross or net income, give or take, more or less, depending on who is doing the explaining.

So, for Christians, just what is an acceptable offering?   Most Christians sure don't want to rob God!   On the other hand, Christian teaching which binds church congregations or media followers to “Tithe or else”…are grossly in error. 

There is much more than the following that could be put forth on this subject but I
will attempt to give a bit of my understanding, in abbreviated form, here.

 The tithe is law, not "the divine influence on the heart" which is the true definition of grace ; (Strong's Concordance).   The law was fulfilled in Jesus. 

Luk 11:42  But woe unto ! 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.

 Here, Jesus was talking to Pharisees at a time when the law was still in effect.
He chastens them, not for tithing but rather for being so caught up in the legal
letter of the tithe law...and dismissing the more important things, like love, etc.. 
At that time they were still under the law.

There are only two mentions of the word "tithe" in the New Testament;  one in Luke11:42 above and the other is just a parallel account by Matthew (Mat 23:23).

The main new covenant message about “giving” is never "tithe"; it is an issue of the
heart which can only be generated by the work of the Holy Spirit in us.  Jesus
speaks of the importance of this issue in many ways but the scriptures below will
show the direction He is pointing to that would only be available through his work in
our hearts.

 In the scriptures, below, He is doing prep work, speaking here to a people who are
still under the legalistic requirements of the law.  At this point they have no Holy
Spirit and no idea that the law is about to be fulfilled in His work at the cross.

After the Cross, would follow, a work to be done in the hearts of those who would
believe on Him and receive His Holy Spirit.   To those who would receive His gifts
and humble themselves to a daily death of flesh (self-will) and allow the Holy Spirit,
in them, to work, these would become partakers of His divine nature. 

Then from a changed heart, the law of love would be fulfilled, thru His manifest
righteousness being displayed in their good works that come from the heart (His
divine nature in us) and not a written set of rules.

 Thus, the need for a rule of law regarding giving is no longer required.  For in the
new covenant, for true Christians, it will be "God working in us to both will and
then to do His good pleasure" from a heart that is being changed (the substance
of things hoped for but not yet seen) or has been changed and is now motivated to
good works by His divine nature (His manifest righteousness) through us.

What happens, now, will be a giving, forgiving, loving, caring, etc. nature that
motivates good works from the heart (His divine nature in us).  The fallen Adamic
nature could never do this, it could only have a list of rules from which to follow,
and for which the old Adamic nature could never really successfully keep.

 Luke 6:30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy
goods ask them not again.

Luk 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

 Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again;
and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for
he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 

 Luke 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be
condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 

Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and
shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the
same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. 

 Above, we see Jesus just outlining the divine nature of God, knowing that
without the work of the Holy Spirit in un-regenerated man there is no
possibility that they can ever successfully do these things.

As you probably, already, have noted; tithing is never discussed by Paul, or other
writers beyond Luke.  There is only the subject of giving, with every indication that
there are no "hard and fast" legal requirements.   The issue of giving for Christians
seems to be suggested as an issue of the heart. 

For example:
Gal 6:6 (Phillips) The man under Christian instruction should be willing to
contribute towards the livelihood of his teacher.

Php 4: 14-17 (Phillips) Nevertheless I am not disparaging the way in which you were
willing to share my troubles. You Philippians will remember that in the early days of
the Gospel when I left Macedonia, you were the only church who shared with me
the fellowship of giving and receiving.   Even in Thessalonica you twice sent me
help when I was in need. It isn't the value of the gift that I am keen on, it is the
reward that will come to you because of these gifts that you have made.

Pro 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which
he hath given will he pay him again.

This is just a little on the subject of “tithing” versus “giving”.  I can tell you... this
did not come easy, and it has been a process of the Holy Spirit rooting out, tearing
down and then building and planting.

Part of God's grace is giving from the heart, as directed by the Holy Spirit rather
than from a rule book.      Thank God for His divine influence on our hearts (His
grace), this is truly entering into; "the rest of God".    

Giving is important.  However, giving from the heart, not from a legal requirement,
is essential to free Christians from the bondage we have, often, been placed under
by the leavened doctrines of men.

Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.