This article is being constructed on saturday.
Tomorrow it will happen all over again. Just like last sunday and thousands previous. Just like the following sunday and many after that.
Madness marches. Justice trampled. Lord Jesus slighted once again.
Savior Messiah, “the head of the church”, His church.
One might think His church would be managed His way. But no, His way doesn’t pay salaries. Isn’t encumbered with a mortgage. Doesn’t print a bulletin.
His way doesn’t divide those licensed from those not. His way is loyalty to His words, obedience to His Great Commission. His way is governance of His Holy Spirit. And….
And His way is financed by saints sensitive to the Spirit’s leading.
Tithers long ago lost that sensitivity, having given themselves over to another way.
This other way is financed another way. Enforcers reached over the other side of Calvary, grabbed a convenient Old Testament statute, dragged it over to our side, seriously reconstructed it and used pulpit power to impose it onto the New Covenant person.
So now we have an usher with his funny basket-with-a-long-stick. Now we have shiny trays floating hand to hand, row by row, under everyone’s chin. Now we have happy happies joyfully carrying their ‘tithes and offerings’ to a bucket at the front of the assemblage. This while singing praises to “the head of the church”!
The tither tithes because tithers are accepted and approved by the controllers, no loftier motive than that. Payment for services rendered is a donation to God. His check absolves him from the Great Commission.
If there were but one verse of New Testament precedent justifying the tithe every evangelical church would have it posted on flashing neon lights. But there is not.
Incredibly, this rotating sunday morning madness angers no one. Tomorrow the Great Commission will be robbed once again, with no Martin Luther to decry the enormous injustice. Writers will denounce much lesser evils. Political correction forbids cries of “Shame!” and “Foul!” from the christian media.