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From Iranian Muslim to Seventh-day Adventist Christian by Shahbaz B on April 20, 2016 .

The Use Of The Tithe

April 14th, 2016 |
The following article is written by Ellen White and is found in 7 Manuscript Releases pages 135-138..
“Thou shalt command the children of Israel that they bring thee pure olive oil, beaten, for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.” This was to be a continual offering, that the house of God might be properly supplied with that which was necessary for His service. His people today are to remember that the house of worship is the Lord’s property, and that it is to be scrupulously cared for. But the funds for this work are not to come from the tithe. The tithe is to be used for one purpose,—to sustain the ministers whom the Lord has appointed to do His work. It is to be used to support those who speak the words of life to the people, and carry the burden of the flock of God.
 
But there are ministers who have been robbed of their wages. God’s provision for them has not been respected. Those who have charge of our church buildings are to be supplied with the means that is necessary to keep these buildings in good repair. But this money is not to come from the tithe.
A very plain, definite message has been given to me to give to our people. I am bidden to tell them that they are making a mistake in applying the tithe to various objects which, though good in themselves, are not the object to which the Lord has said that the tithe is to be applied. Those who make this use of the tithe are departing from the Lord’s arrangement.

God will judge for these things. One reasons that the tithe may be appropriated to school purposes. Still others would reason that canvassers and colporteurs should be supported from the tithe. But a great mistake is made when the tithe is drawn from the object for which it is to be used,—the support of the ministers. There should today be in the field one hundred well qualified laborers where now there is but one.

God cannot look upon the present condition of things with approval, but with condemnation. His treasury is deprived of the means that should be used for the support of the gospel ministry in fields nigh and afar off. Those who proclaim the message of truth before great congregations, and who do house-to-house work as well are doing double missionary work, and in no case are their salaries to be cut down.

The use of the tithe must be looked upon as a sacred matter by our people. We must guard strictly against all that is contrary to the message now given.

There is a lack of ministers because ministers have not been encouraged. Some ministers who have been sent to foreign lands, to enter fields never worked before, have been given the instruction, “You must sustain yourselves. We have not the means with which to support you.” This ought not to be, and it would not be if the tithe, with gifts and offerings, were brought into the treasury. When a man enters the ministry, he is to be paid from the tithe enough to sustain his family. He is not to feel that he is a beggar.

The impression is becoming quite common that the sacred disposition of the tithe no longer exists…

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Homosexuality, the transgender movement & Christianity: What is the loving thing to do?

February 1st, 2016 |

The world we live is filled with controversy. But among our current controversies, one of the most prominent is the debate regarding homosexuality and the transgender movement. The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender) movement is debated in politics, the news and even the church. How should church members, pastors and church leaders react to this movement? Should we promote homosexual or transgender individuals to leadership positions in the church? Should we allow such individuals to even attend church? Regarding LGBT individuals, what is the loving thing to do? These are important questions for our time, and thankful Jesus has given us the answers in His Word. But before we find the answers today, let us pray… Read More »

Modern Miracles – Manna falling from heaven

August 6th, 2014 |

A Seventh-day Adventist mission in Angola has experienced a literal miracle of manna from heaven for many years…

GYC 2014 Live Stream

January 2nd, 2014 |

The 2014 Generation Of Youth For Christ Conference has concluded, but you can find all the sermons and presentations on the GYC website soon here.

We are also posting video sermons of the event as they are available, our first sermon is from General Conference President Ted Wilson.

Understanding Revelation 14:9-10: What is the mark of the beast?

December 8th, 2013 |

Imagine that God gave you a warning, a warning so important that if you did not listen to it and heed it you would be eternally lost.  What would you do with such a warning?  Would you ignore it?  Would you spend no time studying it?  Would you trust a pastor or priest’s interpretation of the warning even if they could not explain it from Scripture?  Certainly not, for it would be too great of a risk to ignore or guess at the meaning of such a warning. Yet this warning is not a figment of one’s imagination, it is reality.  The Bible warns us in Revelation 14

“If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,  he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God” (Revelation 14:9-10)

Theories regarding the mark of the beast abound, a microchip, a tattoo, a number 666, yet ask those who present such theories to prove their theories from the Bible.  Ask them to prove who the beast is, using every point of Revelation 13. Ask them to prove what the mark of the beast is from Scripture.  Can they do it?  No friends unfortunately many cannot.  With tears in His eyes God declares “His watchmen are blind, They are all ignorant; They are all dumb dogs, They cannot bark; Sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” (Isaiah 56:10) The parable of the wise and foolish virgins tells us the state of our Christian world at this hour “While the bridegroom (Jesus) was delayed, they (Christians) all slumbered and slept.” (Matthew 25:5)  The Christian world is asleep, unprepared for the final test.  The mark of the beast is soon to be enforced yet the vast majority of the Christian world has no idea what this test is about.  And if you do not understand what the final test is about, you will be deceived.  This final message has an urgency not sufficiently understood by the world today.  Beloved, now is the time to be prepared.  Now is the time to study the word of God like you have never studied before.  While many are spiritually asleep you need not be, you can be ready for Jesus return.  Jesus loves you with an everlasting love, you are of great value in His sight, and He gives the warning of the mark of the beast not to condemn anyone, but to save them from eternal loss.

“Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.  And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:6, Romans 13:11)

Today beloved, let us study the Bible and discover what this mark of the beast truly is.  Let us allow Scripture to interpret Scripture, so that there is no doubt.  Let us watch and be ready “for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:44) Read More »