A comment on WND’s website about Joel Osteen’s teaching says it all. Their story quoting an Equirerer Article alleging a financial scandal drew a number of comments. Aside from the story, the comment I found most interesting is from TXPatriot – Frank M •
“From the multitude of responses which people have posted relative to this article, the issue with Osteen has little to nothing to do with fundraising in his church. At issue is the half-baked gospel message he touts, which has led many to believe that the God of the Universe can be deployed as their own supernatural bell-hop…ring the prayer bell, and He shows up with all the health and wealth you could ever desire. That’s just malarkey!”
“The Law of Moses Binds Only the Jews and Not the Gentiles. Here the Law of Moses has its place. It is no longer binding on us because it was given only to the people of Israel. And Israel accepted this law for itself and its descendants, while the Gentiles were excluded.”
“Moses has nothing to do with us. If I were to accept Moses in one commandment, I would have to accept the entire Moses.” “We will not regard him as our lawgiver – unless he agrees with both the New Testament and the natural law.”
“For not one little period in Moses pertains to us.” “But the other commandments of Moses, which are not by nature, the Gentiles do not hold. Nor do these pertain to the Gentiles, such as the TITHE and others equally fine which I wish we had too.”
August 27, 1525
How Christians Should Regard Moses
“But you are not under a system similar to that by which the Jews were obliged to pay tithes to the priests. If there were any such rule laid down in the Gospel, it would destroy the beauty of spontaneous giving and take away all the bloom from the fruit of your liberality! There is no law to tell me what I should give my father on his birthday. There is no rule laid down in any law book to decide what present a husband should give to his wife, nor what token of affection we should bestow upon others whom we love. No, the gift must be a free one, or it has lost all its sweetness.”
Communio Sanctorum is an outstanding resource, a podcast produced by Lance Ralston.
From his website Santorum.us he says “Communio Sanctorum is Latin for “The Communion of Saints.” This site is the blog companion for the podcast Communio Sanctorum, a weekly podcast on the History of the Christian Church.
Church History can be a complex and confusing subject with endless lists of names, dates, and issues. The podcast is an attempt to give believers a popular and non-academic review of church history in a manageable format with episodes that are under a half hour.
While the Latin phrase Communio Sanctorum has been in use for centuries, the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s dissertation was titled Sanctorum Communio. Written at the age of only 21, the book is a monumental tome describing Bonhoeffer’s ideas on the work of the Spirit in the Church building a community of the redeemed.”
If you love learning and would like to know more about the history of the Christian Church this is a wonderful resource you’ll no doubt greatly enjoy.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Christian: the ancient text reads “catholic,” meaning the
whole Church as it confesses the
wholeness of Christian doctrine.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only‐begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.
Us men means all people. Christian: the ancient text reads “catholic,” meaning the
whole Church as it confesses the wholeness of Christian doctrine.
Are you tithing to get out of your financial problems?
Are you trying to please Him by works?
Do you not remember that He paid for it all on the cross?
Let’s see Bzel33 answer Robert Morris’ exploitation of the church.