This is the closing period of the end-time. The worldwide Church needs revival to fulfill the expectations of heaven. Jesus is coming back soon but only for a ready Church. One of the ingredients of readiness is holiness.
For the Church to pass the test of no spot, wrinkle or blemish required before evacuation to heaven there must be a massive worldwide revival in this end-time period. A polluted Church operating under a divine curse cannot generate that kind of revival. If the Church continues to sleep God has no choice but to bring painful but avoidable birthpangs.
It has started happening already with severe persecutions accompanied with backsliding, massive burning of church buildings and the sacrifice of Christians at satanic altars. The enemy is steadily displacing Christians from strategic positions and lands. One of the remote causes of this ecclesiastical lethargy is failure to differentiate between Law and Grace.
There are four Ms that must be removed before the church can be revived in these last days of the dispensation of the Holy Spirit. This article is focusing on only one of them – MAMMON, the god of money.
The Body of Christ has been corrupted by mammon. The energy for Mammonism is the pursuit of pleasure and inordinate ambition for power. Both orthodox and main stream faith-based churches appear to be operating strange doctrines that have no foundation in the Scriptures especially in the areas of raising funds and marital relationships.
Levitical tithing for instance is one of the areas the church has gone astray by mixing Law with Grace. Giving is a privilege to the New Testament believer. It is the assured way of storing treasures in heaven. However, whenever church funding is done to fulfil part of the Law of Moses such as Malachi 3:10 it brings a snare which in turn activates the curse pronounced in Galatians 3:10: “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, ‘cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.’” (NKJV)
Levitical tithing, the payment of ten per cent of one’s income or increase as a compulsory religious obligation is an attempt to fulfil the Law that Jesus fulfilled on the Cross of Calvary. There are 613 clauses in the Law of Moses and what adherents of Levitical tithing are saying is that Jesus fulfilled some but not all the provisions of the Law.
The clear provision of the Scriptures is that those who want to live by the Law will be judged by the Law. Since anything that is not of faith is sin, as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse.
Through Levitical tithe demand, collection and utilization, mammon spirit has been entrenched in the church. Consequently, it has become difficult for the church to generate the expected end-time pre-rapture revival. It is impossible to obey the Law on tithing under the New Covenant that has one law: LOVE.
Is there any church anywhere in the world that strictly obeys the Law of Moses as pertaining to tithing, firstfruits and other offerings? It is clear from Scriptures that only FREEWILL giving (regardless of the name it is called) can register in heaven as treasure.
Suppose Apostles Peter, John, Paul and the rest of the original apostles of the Lord were alive today how would they have responded to the imbroglio threatening to tear the church of Jesus Christ apart?
That would be another post, but feel free to let us know what you think the original apostles would have done if they were brought back to operate as apostles in the world today.