The End of the Messianic State (IX)

The Messianic State has gotten its monies through confiscation, on a grand scale. This method of governments getting money is God’s way of judging and reminding us, that we’ve gotten off His track. He said to Israel in its apostasy, just before it crowned its evil king Saul,

Then you will cry out to Me in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day (I Sam.8:18).

This scenario crops up a number of times in scripture. Solomon spoke of something similar:

Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me, because they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord (Prov.1:28-29).

God brings pain to His people, so they want change. If ever you are in pain, don’t you want change? “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word (Ps.119:67). The confiscatory State is His judgement on His people, for failing to honour Him with their hearts and their money, and the most important aspect of this is the tithe.

The failure of Christians to exercise dominion in any era of history is closely associated with their unwillingness to preach God’s law and obey it. To put it concretely, it is associated with their unwillingness to bring all of their tithes to God’s single storehouse: the local church.[1]

When God’s people are obedient in relation to the payment of their tithes, they can logically expect His blessing through prosperity, fertility and low taxes. This is precisely what God promised in Malachi 3:8-12. Naturally, this process goes into reverse when they are disobedient. For example, France today is a godless nation, and so a Frenchman earning a million dollars today, can expect to pay some $850,000 in taxation: 85%.

The changes that are necessary have to begin with God’s people. They are the ones God has made responsible to initiate godly change, and let’s face it: you can’t replace something with nothing. It would be horrific if all welfare was stopped overnight, because there would be starving people within days. Serving God begins with our money.

A ministry can feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and care for the sick. Such ministries are difficult to challenge. In this way, Christians make the world a little better. They gain skills in service. They learn to sacrifice for others. But in doing such things, they build up an alternative to the welfare State. This testifies against the welfare State. It offers a better way. We cannot beat something with nothing. We cannot expect to de-fund the welfare State if we refuse to fund alternatives to replace it.[2]

The tithe is a means of social funding, because every social institution requires funding of some kind. While the tithe is voluntary, and not to be coerced by any individual or institution, from God’s perspective it is compulsory. He requires it of His people, and it is His means of funding the Church.

Funding leads to influence and power. What can people or institutions do without money?  A wealthy church has the ability to spend its money on all manner of Biblically legitimate causes, including the payment of ministers and the care of the poor. And the Bible speaks of this:

So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith (Gal.6:10).

This means us taking opportunities that we would have never accepted up till now. It begins with us faithfully tithing, with a vision to see the Lord’s rule extended throughout the community. And the Bible speaks of these kinds of godly, tithing individuals:

He has freely given to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be exalted in honour (Ps.112:9).

Conclusion:

Our worship and our wallet can’t be separated. God requires us to be accountable to Him with our monies, and this includes tithing. As the church grows in its faithfulness to God, so will its influence and power. This will open the door to unprecedented opportunities for the expansion of the gospel.

Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful (Titus 3:14).

 

 

 

 

 

[1] Gary North, “Leadership and Discipleship (VI),” 22/3/2016.

[2] Gary North, “Leadership and Discipleship (XIII),” 30/3/2016.