Misusing Malachi 3:8-10

Q.  On more than one occasion, by more than one spirit filled minister, I have heard the teaching that if we as Christians don’t give 10% of what we get to the Church then we are ‘stealing from God’.  The only scripture they offer to support that statement is in Mal.3 where the priests were actually stealing the tithes to use for themselves.  I have totally rejected this teaching with my comment; “You’re saying then that Jesus’ sacrifice is not enough, and we must buy our way into Heaven?”

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Have I Lost It All?

Q.  I spent years in an on again off again relationship with a man who promised to become a believer and marry me but never did.  I finally had to move to another state to be free of him.  I’m now settled into a great church family, but I feel like I’m no longer as close to God as I used to be. I wonder if I’ve blown my chance to find a God fearing man, and am afraid I may have even lost my place in heaven.  Please help me understand and pray for me as well.

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A Backslidden Believer?

Q.  I have a friend who was walking in the Lord for several years. Now she is backslidden and glories in posting semi-nude pics of herself on Facebook, calling herself a witch, taking drugs again, and denying the Lord.  I know your stance and being forgiven for past, present, future when we are saved – and she was, but now she denies the Lord in everything and she is almost 70 years old!  Isn’t she crucifying the Lord a’fresh?

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The Book Of The Covenant

Q.  I was reading in Exodus chapter 24 and I have some questions. It talks about the Book of the Covenant. From reading the chapter, I get the feeling it is associated with the 10 Commandments in some way. What is its purpose?  I have heard of the Mosaic Covenant.  Is this the same thing?

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Why Don’t I Have What They Have?

Q.   I see with my own eyes that there are many sinners who are so blessed (stable career, strong financial status, a happy family with a beautiful partner, vibrant health, etc.) and I start to wonder since I am His child, why am I not enjoying all the blessings these sinners have?  I also know of believers who are very successful in life and have the same blessings.  Then the question is, why do God’s children seem to have different levels of blessing?  Does God show favoritism among His children?  Then it came into my mind that if I cannot even trust Him to bless me with all these things I see others enjoying, am I being naive to trust Him with my salvation?

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Questions About Security

Q.  1. Does it say anywhere in the Word that God will release me from my own foolishness as I have paid a very high price for it over and over again. 2. Is it true that He would not have healed me if He had not also forgiven me?  3. Lastly, if someone apostatized – not just backslid, are they still covered under grace?

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Was Jesus Wealthy?

Q. I asked a friend  at church what Joseph and Mary did with all the gold and precious spices the wise men gave to them when they came to worship the Lord.  She told me that Jesus was not a poor man, that He wouldn’t have called up His disciples to leave their families poor and unfed, and that He wore the clothes of a rich man otherwise why else would the soldiers gamble for His clothing.  This goes against everything I’ve known. I don’t think it’s a correct view.  How could Jesus teach about forsaking money and possessions, yet be a rich man? That would have made Him a hypocrite, and that’s impossible.

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Suffering For Christ’s Sake

Q.   I have a friend who says God wants us suffer for His name sake. The scriptures he uses to back up what God means by suffering are  Philippians 1:29; 1 Peter 3:17 and 1 Peter 4:19.  Can you explain the context of suffering that this gentleman is speaking of?

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Pauline Dispensationalism

Q.  A friend  is taking some on line Bible classes and said he just learned  that Romans, 1, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and 1 & 2 Thessalonians were written to Gentiles. While Hebrews, James, 1,2,3, John, Jude and Revelation were all written to the circumcised Christians.  He has been to several different Schools and is a relativity new Christian and still looking for what he believes.

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Did God Take My Job Away?

Q.  I am going on my third layoff inside of two years.  I was just laid off after seven months last Tuesday.  I was told “last one hired, first one fired” although there was someone that came in months after me.  I don’t understand why God would give me a job and then take it away.  I need a job for so many reasons.  I feel so lost and humiliated.

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