Are Christians Still Under the Curse of the Law?

These Southern Baptist preachers seem to think so. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the new prosperity non-gospel.

http://player.vimeo.com/video/16530783

“Give and Live” – New Prosperity Gospel in the SBC from FBCJax Watchdog on Vimeo.

*** Sorry, the video wouldn’t embed.

This kind of thing isn’t new. My old pastor taught a tithe sermon once a year where he informed us that we were under a curse if we didn’t bring in a full 10% (off gross, of course).

In answer to the question proposed in the title: I give you Paul the apostle:

For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:10-14 ESV)

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8 thoughts on “Are Christians Still Under the Curse of the Law?

  1. I used to attend a Pentecostal/WOF “church” where tithing was preached WEEKLY. Malachi was pulled out week after week after week. Not only were we to tithe a minimum of 10% of our gross income(30% was preferable), but we also had to give a first-fruit offering, which was your entire pay for the first week of the new financial year. Yes, there were curses attached for failure to give. Also, even though we were required to give our tithe out of our gross income, we were then asked to give 10% out of our annual tax refund! Yes, and I was stupid enough to do it (but only for a while).

  2. Christians are not under a curse, but there is nothing wrong with using any part of the Old Testament for teaching tithes or giving in the Church. Perhaps as Christians we need to be increasingly aware that the apostles used the Old Testament (and even the Law of Moses) to teach Christian doctrines. There is a diffference between using the Old Testament for new covenant practical living and bring the believer under the stipulations of the Judaism.

  3. My post highlights a trend to bring Christians back under the bondage of the law by presenting an ‘obey and be blessed or else disobey and be cursed’ dynamic. I completely agree that the OT can be used to teach doctrines but we no longer work to gain God’s approval but rest in Christ to receive the blessings of divine grace. NT believers don’t tithe in order to get something from God, we become cheerful givers out of deep gratitude for God’s goodness and mercy.

  4. I understood your post. Perhaps you misunderstood the gist of my comment. I don’t disagree with you about the dynamics or working to gain God’s approval. However, for many who oppose tithing for Christians, the usual argumant is that we cannot use any passage or text from the OT to preach NT doctrines – a very unhealthy assumption. To these folks, any mention of Malachi or Numbers or Deuteronomy, etc. just simply boils their goose!

    To draw principles from the OT for NT practical living does not in itself translate into bringing Christians under the bondage of the Law or working to gain God’s approval. The fact that we are not under the Law does not in itself mean that we throw away the Old Testament – this idea of dispensing with the OT is what we hear ad infinitum from those averse to tithing, and it is directly opposite to the spirit of the NT (please consider Romans 3:31).

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