SHOULD CHRISTIANS GIVE FIRST-FRUITS OFFERING?
First-fruits was one of the offerings in the Old Testament, is it still applicable in the New Testament? Let’s see some facts and truth about FIRST-FRUITS from the Bible.
First-fruits was not just an offering like tithes and offerings, but it was an offering for sacrifice.
Leviticus 2:12. “As for the offering of the first-fruits, you shall offer them to the Lord, but they shall not be burned on the altar for a sweet aroma.”
Leviticus 23:20, “The priest shall wave them with the bread of the first-fruits as a wave offering before the Lord, with the two lambs. They shall be holy to the Lord for the priest.”
In the New Testament, the word “firstfruits” was mentioned about 8 times, and none was refereed to for offering, because in the New Testament, Jesus Christ became our Firstfruits sacrifice of offering unto God, and the offering of firstfruits is no longer necessary and biblical.
1 Corinthians 15:20, “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”
1 Corinthians 15:23, “But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.”
In the New Testament, first-fruits is no longer monetary offering but Christ became our Firstfruits, and then every person who first gives his life to Jesus in a family is the firstfruits of that family; people who first give their lives to Jesus in a particular community or country are the firstfruits of that location, and every first church in a particular community or country is the first-fruits of that place.
Romans 16:5, “Likewise greet the church that is in their house.Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the first-fruits of Achaia to Christ.”
James 1:18, “Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures.”
MONETIZATION OF MODERN CHURCH
Quoting firstfruits from the scripture as a means of collecting money in the church is another means of church monetization of the modern church. Some of those churches who collect offering of first-fruits do that, and put the whole money in the pocket of a single person – the Senior Pastor; now, how will such pastors not become millionaire overnight? Such practice is not only unbiblical but in a wrong means, even the Old Testament first fruits offerings were not given to the High Priest or a single person.
The churches who practice first fruits offering are the churches that have been perverted by modern mammon spirit. Some even go to the extend of telling their church members to redeem their first children with money. If you are redeeming your first child with money in your church, it means the blood of Jesus is not enough to redeem your child. Christians are not redeemed by money or offerings, we are redeemed by the precious Blood of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:18, 19, “knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
If any pastor or church asks you to redeem your child with an offering, tell them that the offering by the Blood of Jesus Christ is more than enough for the redemption of your children and yourself.
One of the popular pastors in Nigeria whose church practices collection of first-fruits offerings usually visit the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja, every year; and in the churches, (2012) the ministers would announce, “if you want to meet our Daddy G.O at the National Cathedral, you will need to buy invitation card of N15, 000, so you can have access to him.” Every year, this church usually sell invitation cards to their members to have access to their senior Pastor, maybe thousands of people do buy the card. The question is that, if you do not pay money to see Jesus, do you have to pay money before you can see the servant of Jesus? This is another monetization in the church.
One of the terrible things about modern church is the possessed spirit of mammon, everything is monetized. Calling certain amount of money for special prayer, selling anointing oil for special blessings, collecting first-fruits offerings and paying money to see a man of God are few of the monetization of the free gifts of God in the church. You will not hear such things from the founding fathers of faith, even in Nigeria. The founding fathers of faith in Nigeria who founded some of the churches did not practice such system of money collections, and if our founding fathers were godly and contented, if they did not collect first-fruits offerings or special invitation offerings, if they did not sell anointing oil or organize special clubs to raise fund, are we wiser than them? Are we wiser than the great men of God whom God used to start our churches?
Wisdom demands that we should all repent from our love of money, and be delivered from the demon of mammon. From whom scripture is given, sincerity is expected. When you know the Truth, He will set you free if you allow Him.
1 Timothy 6:3-5
If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
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