Tithe or Hell, Your Choice
by Mike Peralta
Judges 17:5-6 (KJV): And the man Micah had an house of gods [idols], and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest. in those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
It is amazing how history repeats itself. As Ecclesiastes 1:9 says “There is nothing new under the sun.” As anyone can see, most or at least many people – even those who call themselves “Christians” – are rejecting God’s commandments and substituting their own. Just like the days of Judges 17:5-6 many people are doing what is right in their own eyes. Not God’s eyes but their own eyes.
This is happening by accepting certain laws – such as “Do not murder” and “Do not steal” but rejecting others – such as not obeying the tithe law and not obeying the sabbath law. And so we see here the truth of the statement that “every man is doing that which is right in his own eyes.’
This is an extremely dangerous thing to do. And I’m not saying physically dangerous – but spiritually dangerous. Remember what Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
Because of it’s extreme importance, as well as learning about the tithe, we will be studying this last verse (Mat 7:21-23) throughout this book. For now we will notice four things from this last verse:
- Only those who do the will of the Father (those that are obedient to the Father) will go to heaven.
- If you don’t have a close intimate relationship with Jesus then Jesus will end up telling you that He doesn’t know you and to depart from Him.
- Jesus will tell those who practice lawlessness (those who are disobedient and break God’s laws) to depart from Him. This is why obeying God’s laws in all of the Bible is necessary to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. As it says in Hebrews 12:14, “Without holiness no one will see the Lord.”
- Even if you are involved in a good deal of ministry, even performing miracles – but don’t get close to Jesus and therefore do not do the Father’s will you will be cast into Hell.