One of the issues I have to deal with is anger. Mine: and a times Kea’s who told me bluntly that I am being too soft, and discreet. That we need to damn those who are evil.
But I still think they need a warning. I need to think more on this, as there is a point where you have to take evil down, to destruction, and sow the remaining ideological and physical fields with depleted plutonium. That day is coming, for the rulers of this time are as they were in the day of Amos.
One of the corrections that has happened in the lockdown is that the people have had the sabbaths that they have missed, for in both New Zealand and Australia the shops have been open 363 days a year and there are those who want to open on Easter Sunday, Anzac Day and Christmas. Because they no longer consider them sacred, and they no longer see that there is any need for rest. The paradigm for these people is corporate: the corporation trumps the state, as shown by the contracts around vaccines.
But what is good for the corporation is not good for the people. When plain houses in my town are going for over 1 million dollars, up a quarter this year, food costs have inflated a good 10%, but salaries and wages are frozen.
We are supposed to instead be just in the world and gentle in the church. We are supposed to care for our families and for our brothers and sisters in the church. For years, I have advocated that we should use the church to enable our giving, for OPSEC and so the gospel is supported.
The question I have is what do I do when the church is converged with the state and the corporations behind the state. When it is functionally apostate. I see no duty to support such. But then how shall we live?
4 Hear this, you who trample on the needy
and bring the poor of the land to an end,
5 saying, “When will the new moon be over,
that we may sell grain?
And the Sabbath,
that we may offer wheat for sale,
that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great
and deal deceitfully with false balances,
6 that we may buy the poor for silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals
and sell the chaff of the wheat?”
7 The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
“Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.
8 Shall not the land tremble on this account,
and everyone mourn who dwells in it,
and all of it rise like the Nile,
and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?”
9 “And on that day,” declares the Lord God,
“I will make the sun go down at noon
and darken the earth in broad daylight.
10 I will turn your feasts into mourning
and all your songs into lamentation;
I will bring sackcloth on every waist
and baldness on every head;
I will make it like the mourning for an only son
and the end of it like a bitter day.
11 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God,
“when I will send a famine on the land—
not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the Lord.
12 They shall wander from sea to sea,
and from north to east;
they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord,
but they shall not find it.
9 Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints, 2 for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal has stirred up most of them. 3 But I am sending the brothers so that our boasting about you may not prove empty in this matter, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be. 4 Otherwise, if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready, we would be humiliated—to say nothing of you—for being so confident. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift you have promised, so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction.
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9 As it is written,
“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures for ever.”
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 13 By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, 14 while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. 15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
Paul gives all preachers guidelines here.
- Do not regulate. There is no temple tax. We do not give a tithe: we are free to give as there is need and resources. For some this is more. For many, this is much less. Feed your family first.
- Be meticulous in your accounting and stewardship. No one man should be involved here. Paul bought in trustworthy brothers to manage the money
- Prayer trumps money. Those who pray and serve are more important.
- The money should go where it is needed, God will provide our needs — for many in this time of persecution they need every cent they can earn and support with emergencies from the church
I would add that giving should be planned and private. If you can get tax rebates, do so: but at this time you may find yourself helping people when they are in trouble and difficulty and then find yourself being helped.
Many churches, particularly the large ones with large staff try to increase giving. Overmuch. But recall that if you don’t support the people in your family who cannot earn you are worse than a pagan. For they do. If your church is preaching precisely what the state’s corporate masters tell them to — you will know because their teaching is aligned with the messages from the secular world — cut them off financially and pray for the leaders to repent.
And the corporate systems? Have as little to do with them as possible. They are converged. The spirit of this age is satanic, and so are they.