Church Traditions Opposite of God's Will
by Patricia Backora
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Why do My people insist on behaving the exact opposite as what was taught by My Son and the apostles to My church? The very things I find loathsome are part of today’s perverse DOCTRINES OF MEN. These abominable heresies are justified by resorting to misapplied, isolated scriptures yanked out of context and used as “proof texts” to whitewash religious deception.
1. TITHING ON MONEY: Found NOWHERE in either the Old or New Testaments. Tithing was to be done ONLY on agricultural produce, and ONLY by ISRAELITES under the Old Law (see Lev.27:30-34).
Malachi 3:8-10 is quickly yanked out of context by devious preachers who threaten My beloved Bride with a curse if she fails to pay alleged spiritual overlords ten per cent of her wages and pay checks. Thus, these wolves in sheep’s clothing distort and twist not only My Word for sordid gain, but misrepresent My holy, loving nature. They shall receive not the double honor they claim by twisting I Tim.5:17, but DOUBLE DAMNATION (Mark 12:40; Luke 20:47; 2 Pet.2:3). With their incessant demands for more and more “honor” (MONEY!) these religious thieves create a stumblingblock for baby Christians and those unlearned in My Word. They make it impossible for Christians to obey I Tim.5:8, which warns that whoever does not support their own household is an infidel, and has denied the faith.
2. CALL NO MAN ON EARTH YOUR FATHER (Matt.23:9). These leecher preachers claim YOUR money on the basis that they’re your alleged “spiritual daddies” and you should provide all their wants and needs, contrary to 2 Cor.12:14, where Paul states that he seeks not yours, but you, and the children should not store up wealth for their parents, but the parents for the children. And as for some “spiritual giant” preacher being your “spiritual father” that honor belongs to God alone, as Jesus stated in Matt.23:9.
Catholics go to their so-called confessional and say “Bless me, father, for I have sinned.” How can any sinful man forgive a sin committed against God? When challenged about His own authority and right to forgive sin, My dear Son proved His divinity by healing a lame man (Matt.9:5-6). Only Christ Jesus stands between you and your God as sole Mediator, Intercessor, and Atoner for sin. Only He is worthy to receive your confession and present it to Me.
But so-called Protestants also exalt man, placing him between them and Me as a father-figure to exalt, contrary to My clearly-stated Word. And these “spiritual daddies profiteer off their man-imparted position. What earthly father would want to live a luxurious lifestyle on the backs of their children who are going hungry and literally working themselves to death, while going without the bare necessities of life themselves? Yet these so-called “spiritual fathers” turn a blind eye to hardship in the congregations of cash cows they control. You just try going to the typical church office when your rent is due and you’re only two days from being put out on the street. A very few churches would help out of love, but they are the minority and not the majority.
3. CHRISTIANS FAIL TO PROVE (TEST) ALL THINGS (I Thes.5:21). They’ll automatically believe and obey that brazen liar in the pulpit who ignores the needs of his flock but never hesitates to share “a burden the Lord laid on his heart” about the need for new carpeting for the vestry, new choir robes, a new Lexus sports coupe, new curtains for the Sunday School rooms, vacation funds for “senior ministry”, money to pay ballooning mortgage payments, and the list goes on and on. Eager fish mouths will swallow any tantalizing bait and get hooked, unable to escape.
How ridiculous this is, and how pathetic! As if I stood in need of extra fancy buildings to pay for and maintain, while so many of My precious children are being evicted from homes they can’t pay for anymore! As if I needed a fancy car “for the Lord’s ministry” while so many of My dear children can barely afford to walk, cycle or ride the bus to their slave jobs every day! Do these fleecers and skinners of My flock seriously think they can pull the wool over My pure, holy eyes?
Heb.13:5: Let your conversation (way of life) be without covetousness (greed); and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Covetousness is the NEW GOSPEL of Greed. I have pronounced a curse on anyone who dares to teach a gospel different from that originally delivered to My church through the teachings of the Biblical apostles (Gal.1:8,9). Where, oh, where, is Paul’s teaching about “tithing” or “proving” (testing) God with a “positive confession”, whereby you confess your desire out loud to make it manifest in the visible realm? That’s metaphysics doctrine, not true Bible teaching, and springs not from Me but from a lying, deceiving spirit. Where does Paul teach about wrapping your best gift inside a prayer rag and then sleeping on it two nights before mailing it off to your favorite TV preacher? That’s sorcery, plain and simple.
4. DON’T SHOW RESPECT OF PERSONS IN CHURCH (James 2:1-9). Here James warns that you actually SIN by treating rich Christians better than the poor. But what do I see today but buffoon preachers setting a bad example by excoriating non-tithers from the pulpit and “honoring” people who give the most? Pastors who know where their bread and butter comes from will not only socialize more (sometimes exclusively) with big givers, they’ll zip their lip and turn a blind eye when the big giver is living openly in some sordid sin. Nothing seems to be a sin anymore in those hypocrite churches except to fail to pay an unbiblical money tithe.
If some man (or woman) appeared at the door of one of those big fancy mega-churches, dressed in a dusty robe and sandals like My Son, they would be accused of being a dirty hippie vagrant and warned to clear off the premises or else the police would be called. I don’t appreciate the fine clothes and fake façade a lot of affluent Christians put on to hide the unwashed condition of their souls from one another.
5. CHURCH IS MY PEOPLE, NOT SOME ORGANIZATION OR BUILDING.
Acts 9:31: Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
How can a building or a cold, lifeless organization find My rest, be edified and walk in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Ghost? How can you “go to” church when you, as a corporate body gathered in My Name, ARE the church? You assemble together to share My life and My love, and to encourage one another in your spiritual growth. Period. You do need places to meet, but there is NOT ONE mention in all the writings of the apostles about needing to construct a fancy building to honor God. And as for the Jewish Temple, Jesus’ own interaction with it was mostly negative, because of the greed and corruption going on there. Instead of remedying the problem by proposing that a new material Temple be built, he merely prophesied the destruction of the old one and proclaimed that I must be worshipped in Spirit and in Truth (Mark 13:1-2; John 4:23). Christ promised to build His own church from living stones (Matt.16:18; I Pet.2:5). Jesus said nothing about “going into escrow” (a SCARECROW to scare away penniless visitors) to take out a mortgage to finance a billion-dollar “family worship center”. Yet today I see billions wasted on massive “church” building construction while the poor are going hungry. The ONLY times Christ solicited funds was to feed the poor (Luke 18:22). How many wealthy celebrity preachers would gladly sell their excess mansions and cars to feed hungry Christian believers in Haiti or Africa?
6. CURSING FOR TITHES AND OFFERINGS FROM THE PULPIT. I see so many “Christian” preachers dare to dig up old curses out of the Old Covenant to lay on the heads of My poor people gathered together in My Name. Why? Because these dear people won’t cave in to pressure to “give till it hurts” or pay a money tithe which is unscriptural and never taught by the first apostles. Such devious preachers know peer pressure will succeed when all their other verbal vomit fails. Some preachers don’t press their luck and scare the fat fish away, so they stay subtle about it. “Those who fail (or flat-out refuse) to tithe are hindering the advancement of God’s (the preacher’s) kingdom. All eyes will shift from the preacher in front to their neighbors, wondering who the guilty sinner might be. Other preachers go all the way with their spiritual harlotry and name names to publicly embarrass certain ones who either can’t pay up or who already know the real truth about the false tithing doctrine. Either these souls will be brave enough to rise up out of their seat (few are) and walk away or they’ll cave in under all the social and religious pressure and give the preacher what he wants, even if their own families must suffer.
Rom.12:14: If you are to refrain from cursing even your persecutors, my children, how much more should a preacher refrain from cursing people who don’t pander to his lust for more money?
7. YOU ARE SET FREE FROM ALL THE OLD LAW. But preachers won’t set you free from tithing. It would cost those rascals way too much. Much is said about the alleged blessings of paying this Old Testament tax, but conveniently ignored are scripture’s warnings about going back under the Law or any part of it.
Gal.3:10: For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in ALL things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
Keep one law, you must keep them ALL, including animal sacrifice, circumcision, the kosher food laws, etc., all 613 statutes of the old Law of Moses. Failure to keep the WHOLE law brings all the curses of Deuteronomy Chapter 28. No wonder so many of My precious people lose their homes, their health, their daily provision, even their sanity to tithing! Not one word of regret from religious funds-filchers about the deep poverty tithers have sunk into. Not one offer to help repair the massive spiritual and economic damage caused by coming back under the law through tithing.
8. GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS (Acts 10:34-35). But in EVERY nation those who fear Me and do righteously are acceptable to Me. But what do I see in so many churches today but fear and bias toward certain ethnic groups because they’ve been demonized in the pulpit for being natural enemies of God’s Chosen People? But who are the REAL Chosen People under the New Covenant?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
I Pet.2:5: Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Verse 9: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
No mention in these verses of having to belong to a certain favored ethnic group in order to become My very own son or daughter. Yet I see so much bias in the pulpit, on “Christian” TV and in “Christian” literature about my alleged favoritism, even under the New Covenant.
9. A LITTLE LEAVEN MAKES THE WHOLE LUMP OF DOUGH RISE. Paul warned My people not to mix Old Covenant doctrine with the new, or there would be lethal spiritual consequences. All of Galatians and much of Romans 1 was written to warn My flock against allowing OT legalism to infiltrate their spiritual lives. Yet I see so many churches “returning to their Jewish roots” and adapting Jewish laws and customs to “spice up their worship”. Prayer cloths, skull caps, menorahs and other paraphernalia are adopted by carnally-minded Christians who think these things will draw Me closer to them. Even the music takes on an Old Covenant flavor, as songs are sung about OT militancy in battle and the glories of the Old Levitical worship. The focus is shifted from Christ to “the new thing God is doing” to conquer the earth before Christ comes back. In spite of repeated Biblical warnings that things will only get worse in the earth before I return, not better (Matt.24:22; 2 Tim.3:13)
10. THERE IS TO BE EQUALITY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST, NOT THIS TWO-TIER UNSCRIPTURAL CLERGY-LAITY SYSTEM, WHICH I HATE (2 Cor.8:13-14; Rev.2:6).
Matt.23: 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Yet what do I see in modern churches but a vast rich/poor divide and a ministry/spectator divide, contrary to My express command to the NT church? Most churches are patterned somewhat after the Old Testament way of dividing Israel into a priestly class and the congregation who passively received ministry and brought their offerings to the priests but did not minister at the altar. This is contrary to every verse in the NT about your being a priest under the New Covenant. Christ’s position as being the ONLY High Priest and mediator under the New Covenant (I Tim.2:5; Heb.3:1). Carnal, greedy preachers usurp Christ’s exalted position to claim the alleged rewards of that office for THEMSELVES.
My dear child, read Hebrews 4:16. You may boldly approach My Throne of Grace without first paying some predatory preacher for the privilege. I have already granted you full privileged access to My Holy Presence where you may freely present your petitions without fear to My Throne.
My dear people, these are days of dense darkness, both in the world and increasingly so in lukewarm churches. Ask Me to anoint thy eyes that you might be able to discern truth from lies (Rev.3:18). Do not pay homage to some Balaam preacher who will only preach what you want to hear in exchange for filthy lucre. Instead, dig out the meat of My Word for yourselves. Grow up past the milk only stage of spiritual development and cut your spiritual wisdom teeth so you may chew the solid spiritual food which My Holy Spirit would provide for you.
Isaiah 55:1: Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk WITHOUT MONEY AND WITHOUT PRICE.
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