One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that when we study the bible it is important to  make sure we allow it to speak for itself and inform our understanding instead of trying to make what the bible teaches fit into our favorite doctrine, theological movement, or denominational understanding.

If we come to the bible with a specific understanding or interpretation already in place, it is easy for us to miss what is meant to be communicated because we are trying to make it fit what we already think it should say.

 

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The Bible is full of teaching on various topics and instructions on how Christ intends for his church to operate.

One such teaching is the fact that He instructed that no one should be called rabbi, father, etc.

In Matthew 23:8-10, He is speaking to His disciples and the crowd that has gathered, informing them not to follow the ways of the Pharisees and how they do things to be “seen by men”.

Outside of the specific terms being used (there are entire religions built upon using these terms Christ speaks against), there is also an underlying message He is presenting.

Do not put yourself, or allow anyone to be put in a position of authority in your life that only belongs to God!

We have one Teacher, we have one Father, we have one Instructor…God

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Many Christian churches, ministers, and pastors teach that Christians are required to pay tithes to the church according to the laws established under the old testament/old covenant.

In reality, the Bible does not actually say this at all…the truth in Christ is much more freeing than the legalism and tradition taught by many.

In this video I discuss a few basic questions in relation to tithing.

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