x106........The "Collection'--For the Saints!!

58* ¶ Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1* ¶ Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 2* Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. 3* And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.

The word "collection" is used only one time in the bible--here in 1Corintthians 16. The Greek word is as follows--

logia {log-ee'-ah} n f

---collection 1, gatherings 1; 2

1) a collection 1a) of money gathered for the relief of the poor

This same Greek word is repeated again in verse 2. This was the "collection" that was made by the New Covenant church--a collection "for the saints".

The simple fact is that throughout the new testament, the church gave as the Spirit lead them--to one another, and not to any specified leadership. There is no NT tithe--there is no NT payment to leadership.

Now the Bible does say that ministers can be paid for their work--but the fact is that this payment--this collection--could be for any of the saints, since any of the saints could at any time function in ministry--serve God in their anointing.

There was not a "building fund" since the "church" were the houses of Christians who held meetings with other Christians. The NT church fully understood the priesthood of every Christian--they fully understood the fact that Jesus had done away with the offering--therefore no need to build a temple--since every Spirit-filled Christians was now a living temple for the Holy Ghost. The collection was for the saints--specifically for the needs of Christians---all Christains--not for the pastor--not for the leadership. The tithe we operate by in many churches today is not NT obedience--but rather OT legalism.

We are told to believe God for our finances--why does leadership want so much to depend on law to supply their need?

We give the tithe to the leadership--and so bankrupt our own ministry.

We are taught we have no "real" ministry---therefore we should give our money--our tithe-- to the "real ministry"

We lose the blessing of Spirit-lead giving which the New Covenant describes.

We leave the needs of the saints--the needy amongst us--to be without--

Needy people in our churches can be made to feel like loosers---since the system of tithing looks for a church that is wealthy and favors the rich--or those who contribute "properly". God in the Nt tells us to remember the poor, it was a central operation principle of the NT church--

9* And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. 10* Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do. (Galatians 2:9-10)

This collection began after the day of Pentecost--

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. (Acts 2:44-45)

Again we see the goods were parted to anyone who had the need within the church. This way of prospering one another assured that God could move through every member of the body of Christ. That the priesthood and ministry of every member was respected and could grow and develop. Also, the givers were blessed in a far greater way than any tithe could ever bless--since the giving in the NT is Spiritual--it is more direct--more powerful--more in the will of God--and would bring a quicker return.