SPIRITUAL FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Tithes the Con Game of the Black
the name of God, the Master of the universe, the Ruler of the earth
What are tithes? A tithe is defined
as "one tenth of one's annual income or of the produce of one's land,
etc., paid as a tax to support the church or clergy."
The Bible also defines tithes. The
biblical interpretations of tithes are revealed in the scriptures. In Genesis
14: 20 we see that Abram gave to Melchizedek, the Lord's priest, the tenth of
his spoils taken in battle. In the book of Genesis is also revealed that Jacob
is dedicated to God the tenth of his grain. Genesis 28: 22.
Further revelations in the Bible
concerning tithes can be found in Deuteronomy 14: 22, 28, 29, Numbers 18:20,
Matthew 23:23 and the book of Malachi the third chapter which is most likely
the major scripture for the advocacy of tithes. Let it be written that the
confusion over tithes to the Church has been planned by those that disobey the
scriptures and have been passed down overtime.
In the days of the Bible the Church
and state existed on a tax on the land and people. But in modern times there is
a separation of church and state. Thus, the complicated and diverse tax laws in
today's society do not directly help support the Church. The exception of
course is the tax-free exemption given to the Church. But this alone does not
fully support the Church.
So the Church collects weekly
donations' TV ministries and the highly commercialized Churches collect money
24-7, around the clock seven days a week. This blasphemous con game filters
down even to the Black Church.
The great emphasis on money in the
Church has sanctioned selfish greed in the ranks of Black preachers. Thus, the
Black Church has become a haven for hustlers, con men and stuff players. Should the Church have fund raising events
for Men's Day, Women's Day, Usher's Day, Pastor's Anniversary etc.? Where did
the celebration of all these various events come from? When the men of the
Church are honored do the members lose sight of God? What is more important
raising money are Praising God? These questions and many more will be answered
as we further develop this question in the future. What is money-changing in
Therefore, the Black Church is confronted with many contradictions. Money seems to be the reason for the False Prophets of today. Is your Black preacher a hustler, con man first and a servant of God second?