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Spirit of God by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 11th, 2011

Q. So I just asked you about the Old Testament examples of firstfruits. What about the New Testament examples?

A. Well, it’s totally irrelevant to the New Testament because they were not yet taught on all the principles of the Old Testament. It took time to fill in their understanding. They had the Spirit of God in them, which is the spirit of giving. In fact, II Corinthians 8 says that the proof positive that we have the genuine Spirit of God in us is the way we give. God loves the hilarious giver. God gave His Son and His Son gave His life. If the Spirit of God is in us, we have the mind of Christ and it makes givers out of us. The New Testament Christians gave EVERYTHING! So to preach the tithe to them was meaningless, because they had already given one hundred percent. The firstfruits were meaningless, because they had already given the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth fruits. They gave it all. Now, some say that tithing is not a New Testament doctrine. That’s false. Jesus said concerning the tithe, “This ye ought to have done.” (Matthew 23:23) It is evidenced by the detail in which the Pharisees kept the tithe of every little unit that they figured the ten percent on. But it really has no meaning in the teaching of the New Testament because they gave one hundred percent. It’s only as you begin to understand the full principle of giving from the Old Testament that you understand the tithe becomes a ceiling on the giving, and there’s a first, second and third tithe. They gave the first tithe, which is ten percent of all that they have. The second tithe is ten percent on all your earnings, and the third tithe they laid aside to pay the bill to go to the three great feasts in Jerusalem every year. In modern times, it is laid aside to pay your gas and your expenses of going to and from the House of God to keep your worship going. New Testament Christians gave it ALL! That wasn’t God’s plan because He doesn’t want it all. He wants the tithe and He wants to bless what we are allowed to keep with His blessing. He will curse what we have until you will be cursed with one hundred percent. You would make a lot more with the blessing of God on the ninety percent after tithing and firstfruits.

Pastor Melissa Scott

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