x394........The Opposite System
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,(Acts 2: 44-46)
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. (Acts 4: 34-35)
In the New Testament church, people sold property they owned, and gave the money to the poor within he church.
In our church today, we believe it is right to take 10% of the money that the people have (including the poor which are among us) and build one man's house to be greater than the rest.
In the New Testament church they gave as the Spirit of God lead, to make sure that no one in the church had "lack". So that all the houses of God that made up the church had provision to function the way that God wanted.
We think it right to steal from the poor-an equal amount from all the
people --in order to build and maintain a church building, which
in effect makes one man's house greater than all the other houses in the church.
In the Bible they gave to the ministry of all (the central functioning place of ministry in the Bible were the homes of people).
We give to support one person's house and ministry, and in the process we loose ours.
The church which we build today claims to be the "house of God".
Tradition outside the example of the Bible has given the concept
of one "centralized" building as the "official" house of God. Many church leaders would say that their church belongs to all the people who support it. This seems fine--but how is it all our church when we have a leader who makes all the rules? How can we have leaders who are rulers---"those who exercise authority over others"---and believe that the house they operate from also belongs to us?
25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship
over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
(Luke 22:25-26, KJV).
We have yet another wrong concept when we believe that God has given the right for one Christian to operate a greater house than others--that we should support the one house of God and try to make it as big and "pretty" as we can. In the process of this, we destroy the concept of every Christian having ministry--of every Christian operating this ministry from their homes--from "house to house" as the Bible says. This all produces Christians who are broke from paying tithe--have no ministry--and don't have God in their homes.
(All over the world Christians spend most of their time effort and money building buildings --and praying in those building for people to be sent to those buildings that they might be saved. How many people have ever been saved when they accidentally wandered into a church building? Building nice church buildings only serves to lure people from one church to another--and then we preach against "church-hopping"!?)--The Bible tells us exactly the opposite way to bring people into the kingdom of God--to get people saved--
13* For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14* How then shall they call on him in whom they have not
believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15* And how
shall they preach, except they be sent? (romans 10:13-15)
The Bible tells us that someone must be sent (Greek: apostello) to the unsaved in order to get them saved. Think of how you got saved--didn't someone come to you--or did you wander into a pretty church building, get overwhelmed with the comfortable seats and the plush carpeting, and call on Jesus?