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Best Answer Kathleen Cochran says
A verse above that say it isn't god's image on the tithe but Cezar's while Genesis 1:26 say all man are in the image and likeness of god, thus, we are to give ourselves in serve of god (John 3:8) and not other man is the meaning of your verses.
Tim Mitchell says
Tim, being a "believer" is quite different from "one in the likeness of the christ" which Christian means. The man called christ was a wandering messenger as all reborn to his likeness, John 3:8 tells us, Christians are.
Elijah Alfred says
I am sure you are speaking of churches with which you feel you are familiar. Saying "the church doesn't use it as it was designed" is a broad brush painting of all churches as not being obedient to the intent of the law. Some are, some will be.
Yes, Demas, that was the broad stroke of the brush. There are some "social fellowships" calling themselves church -- the called out from [the world] -- using "some of the tithe" and offerings to help the community's needy.
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Demas W Jasper says
Demas, with the Kingdom [director] of [from] Heaven [god] being within us (Luke 17:21), are we obeying the god within or some "glory seeking" man working to control the people in general?