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All About Tithing

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Today in the Church, guilt, fear, and greed are the main reasons why Christians are tithing.  Guilt comes from thinking you’re disobeying a command from God which He never gave you.  Fear comes from thinking God might throw you into Hell if you don’t give enough money to the Church.  Greed is about trying to guilt God into blessing you by throwing lots of money into the offering plate.  Guilt, fear, and greed: these are the popular reasons to tithe, but they’re all wrong reasons, and in this post, we’ll learn why.

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Spiritual Bondage: Exposing the Scam

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In an age when deliverance ministries are on the rise and the Church is steeped in an idolatrous obsession with demons, you need to scrub the concept of spiritual bondage out of your theological database. It used to be that when a person spoke of being in bondage, they simply meant they were feeling burdened by some ongoing trial. Maybe there was some addiction or insecurity that they couldn’t shake and it was wearing them down. To be in bondage simply meant struggling with a trial. But in today’s demon worshiping climate, the term spiritual bondage is being used to promote some very dangerous deceptions. Today when people talk about someone being in spiritual bondage, what they’re really talking about is that person’s soul being held hostage by demons. Once you believe that demons can get their grubby little claws on your actual soul, you’re going to become very easy prey for all kinds of vipers in the Church today who want to “deliver you” right into a cesspool of terror and trauma. Read more of this post

Deliverance Ministries: Scamming You in the Name of Jesus

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If I want to make a name for myself in this world, I need to impress people. If I impress them, they’ll pay me, worship me, follow me, and hang on my every word. As soon as I impress them enough, I can write a book. No matter what I say in that book, all of my fans will buy it. Cha-ching, hear the sound of money pouring into my bank account. I can hold conferences and charge people to attend. I can set up institutes and charge people to take courses. If I pick the right field, I can make a boatload of money at a very young age even if I have the IQ of a tomato. I don’t really have to be an expert in any particular field or have any formal education. I just have to pick a field where no real expertise is required—a field which relies entirely on the manipulation of vulnerable people. Deliverance ministries, for example. Now there’s a great way to get rich quick. Read more of this post

Trained Shills & Blind Trust: A Winning Combination for False Shepherds

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I want your money. If I mug you in an alley, I’ll probably end up in jail. That’s not very satisfying. Besides, I don’t want to just mug you, I want to mug thousands of people at the same time and take all of their money without ever being accused of a crime. But how can I possibly pull this off? Clearly physical strategies won’t work, so it’s time to turn to something far more effective: mind games. Suppose I manage to convince you that I’m amazing—so amazing that you actually consider it a privilege to hand over all of your money to me. That sounds tantalizing. But how do I get there? You don’t even know me, and I don’t want to know you. I don’t want a relationship, I just want your money. Hm. I need to find a backer. I need someone who already has your respect to publicly endorse me—then I’ll have your respect as well. But who can I get? Other people don’t know me, and I don’t want to have to work at making social connections. I’m far too egotistical to kiss up to anyone—I want the world to kiss up to me. So who can I get to back me? Here’s a brilliant idea: I’ll get God. After all, you don’t know God very well, and neither do I. But that’s what makes it so perfect, because now I can make God be whoever I want Him to be. I can put words in His mouth—words that make me sound fabulous—and you’ll never know the difference. This is a plan with all kinds of potential. Read more of this post

Sacrificial Giving: A Favorite Teaching of False Shepherds

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How far do you think you’re going to get with God by trying to bribe Him into doing what you want? God demands submission from us. Bribing God is about trying to control Him, and controlling God is about trying to dominate Him. As long as you’re trying to dominate and control God, you’re a thousand miles away from submission, and that’s where Satan wants you to stay. Read more of this post