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What are some of
the dangers of the worldly minded?
"But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into
many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and
perdition." 1 Tim. 6:9.
What charge is
given to those who have much of this world?
"Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not
high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who
giveth us richly all things to enjoy." 1 Tim. 6:17.
Who claims the
gold and silver of earth?
"The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of
hosts." Haggai 2:8.
Who owns all the
cattle and fowls of the earth?
"For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand
hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field
are mine." Ps. 50:10, 11.
really owns nothing of this world. In what capacity does he hold property?
"For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country,
who called h is own servants, and delivered unto them his goods."
How does man
have power to get wealth?
"But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God; for it is He that giveth
thee power to get wealth." Deut. 8:18.
should be one's attitude towards God?
"And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength." Luke
How may one show
honor to God?
"Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all
thine increase." Prov. 3:9.
What part of
one's income does the Lord claim?
"And all the tithe [tenth] of the land, whether of the
seed of the land, or of the fruit
of the tree, is the Lord's: it is holy unto the Lord." Lev. 27:30.
If one withholds
from God that which belongs to Him, of what sin is he guilty?
"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein
have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings." Mal. 3:8.
How early in the
history of the world do we read of tithe paying?
"For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who
met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; to whom
also Abraham gave a tenth part of all." Heb. 7:1, 2.
collected under the Melchisedec priesthood. Is that order of priesthood now in
"Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made a high
priest forever after the order of Melchisedec." Heb. 6:20.
If we are
Abraham's children indeed, what should we do?
"Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do
the works of Abraham." John 8:39.
Did Christ, when
on earth, approve of the tithing system?
"Ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the
weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have
done, and not to leave the other undone." Matt. 23:23.
What did Paul
say of those who ministered in the temple of the old dispensation?
"Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of
the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers
with the altar?" 1 Cor. 9:13.
What does he
argue from this for the support of gospel ministers?
"Even so [in like manner] hath the Lord ordained that they which
preach the gospel should live of the gospel." 1 Cor.
Who only were
allowed to minister at the altar?
"That no stranger which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near
to offer incense before the Lord." Num. 16:40.
the living of the Levites?
"And behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in
Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the
service of the tabernacle of the congregation." Num. 18:21.
The tenth of the
herds and of the increase of the field, God claims as His own. Lev.
27:30-32. What did the Saviour command on this point?
"Then saith He unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which
are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's." Matt. 22:21.
Who ought to
feel responsible for the support of the minister?
"If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing
if we shall reap your carnal things?" Cor. 9:11.
enforce this doctrine as a duty?
"For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual
things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things."
How much of the
tithes does the Lord demand to be brought into the store-house?
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be
meat in mine house." Mal. 3:10.
What will the
Lord do for those who give Him His own?
"And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not
destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit
before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts." Mal. 3:11.