Misusing Scripture to Scare Christians: Gaines Suggests Non-Tithers Could Be Killed by God Just as A

billiefan2000

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FBC Jax Watchdog: Misusing Scripture to Scare Christians: Gaines Suggests Non-Tithers Could Be Killed by God Just as Ananias and Sapphira

Misusing Scripture to Scare Christians: Gaines Suggests Non-Tithers Could Be Killed by God Just as Ananias and Sapphira


Steve Gaines Scares His Sheep, Tells Them God May Kill Them If They Don't Tithe on Vimeo

"As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell on the floor dead. God killed him....Every time a Christian refuses to tithe, they're just like Ananias and Sapphira. They're lying to God and they're stealing from God. If God treated us this morning in this room like He treated them in that day, how many people would be wrapped up in blankets and taken out the back door [dead].


Think about it. Think about it." Steve Gaines shamelessly misusing scripture to scare the sheep at Bellevue Baptist.


Steve Gaines Scares His Sheep, Tells Them God May Kill Them If They Don't Tithe on Vimeo


How low does a "man of God" have to stoop to misuse his own holy scriptures to threaten his congregation with death if they don't tithe 10% of their income to his church each week? How spiritually blind must a preacher be to suggest that non-tithers might be killed by God for their stealing from and lying to God?

Last month Steve Gaines completely took the story of God killing Ananias and Sapphira out of context in Acts 5 and dared to tell his congregation that those who don't fork over 10% of their income to his church "are just like Ananias and Sapphira". He then poses the question of "how many people would be wrapped up in blankets and taken out the back door" if God dealt with his own sheep the same way that God dealt with Ananias and Sapphira.

The sick part of this is I really think really Steve is engaging in wishful thinking....he HOPES that God would strike at least a few non-tithers dead, as this might help prompt non-tithing recalcitrants to start forking over the prescribed 10%. In Gaines' view, if you don't tithe you're darned lucky God doesn't just strike you dead in the pew.

A couple of things that we as Christians must learn about these supposed holy men seminarians like Steve Gaines who again has misused scripture to get at our pocketbooks through guilt and fear and intimidation:

- this is a sign of desperation. Gaines is determined to use whatever means necessary to get his own sheep to fork over 1/10 of their income to his church. He every few months has accused them of being thieves, bankrobbers, and dealing in stolen goods. He has said God will make the children sick of those who don't tithe. He has even said soloists who don't tithe should not be singing in church.

- I believe Gaines knows full well what he is saying is a total fabrication and stretch of scripture. He is a Ph.D. graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. No credible theologian teaches that there is a connection between the Old Testament tithe and the story of Acts 5. To extrapolate that occurrence to the modern church, and to connect Ananias' and Sapphira's death to believers today who don't practice the law of tithing, is spiritual abuse perpetrated by Steve Gaines on the believers at Bellevue Baptist Church.

- Not only does the story of Ananias and Sapphira have nothing to do with tithing, but in 2000 years of church history there is no evidence to suggest that God still deals with his church in such a swift and drastic manner as killing people for their sin in church. Most scholars interpret this story as a warning against hypocrites in the church who deceive people with phony piety, who present themselves to the church as being super-spiritual to gain the favor and applause of men. Hmmm, so who REALLY might be subject to God's judgment in like manner as Ananias and Sapphira - non tithers or deceptive preachers?

- one of the most disturbing parts of Gaines' statements on this passage is when he says that he believes that Ananias and Sapphira were true believers! Of course! This is Gaines' way of again connecting their sin and death to his congregants. Even though you're under the blood of Jesus Christ, if you don't give 10% to your church, God might just strike you dead. This is how these first-fruits tithing preachers view the people who don't tithe: you are robbing God, you're not as devoted to God as they are, and you're worthy of a death sentence by God for your sin of not forking over 10% to their church.

- Steve Gaines should immediately apologize to his congregation. Other Christian leaders who watch this video should contact Gaines and ask him to publicly retract his remarks and apologize to believers everywhere. He won't do it, as these "holy men" will not publicly apologize. But at least his fellow seminarians should call him out for his abuse of scripture.

Steve Gaines' abuse of scripture, his attempts at painting himself as the pious tither and deceiving his congregants about what this scripture means, makes him more like Ananias and Sapphire than anyone else in his entire congregation. As he jabs his index finger at his congregation, three stubby fingers are pointing right back at him.

Repent, Steve Gaines, of your bible twisting and deception. Stop spiritually abusing the sheep at Bellevue Baptist Church over the Old Testament tithe. Trust God to move in the hearts of people to give generously, and stop the not-so-veiled threats of death and destruction directed toward God's people.


Steve Gaines Scares His Sheep, Tells Them God May Kill Them If They Don't Tithe on Vimeo



FBC Jax Watchdog: Misusing Scripture to Scare Christians: Gaines Suggests Non-Tithers Could Be Killed by God Just as Ananias and Sapphira
 

mattfivefour

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Re: Misusing Scripture to Scare Christians: Gaines Suggests Non-Tithers Could Be Killed by God Just

Ananias and Sapphira were NOT killed because they did not tithe. Nor were they killed because they did not give to God the full purchase price of the land they had sold. God would have allowed them to keep any or all of it. They died because they lied to the people and to the Holy Spirit about how much they had sold the land for, stating that the amount they gave to God was the full amount they had received. The lesson is that you must not lie to God or His servants.

I am beyond fed up with those who misuse God's Word!
 

myinnuendo999

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Re: Misusing Scripture to Scare Christians: Gaines Suggests Non-Tithers Could Be Killed by God Just

My, my, my this scare tactic taking Scripture out of it's context sounds' like they are getting mighty desperate for money. God is making them FAT for the slaughter and they haven't even a CLUE. They are making their own loose to be hanged by. I pray the repent of this shilling of God's holy precious word and sheering the sheep...

"Ill-gotten treasures are of no value but righteousness delivers from death"-Pr.10:2

"The LORD abhors dishonest scales but accurate weights are his delight"-Pr.11:1

"Wealth is worthless on the day of wrath but righteousness delivers from death"-Pr.11:4

"Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?"-Pr.17:16
 

billiefan2000

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Re: Misusing Scripture to Scare Christians: Gaines Suggests Non-Tithers Could Be Killed by God Just

btw folks:


take note. God isn't striking people dead in churches.

But if anyone was to be struck down by GOD in a church, it would likely be deceptive pastors.
 

SonSeeker

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The sad part is those in the pews who are gullible enough to fork over more money to this lying crook.:tsk:
 

RanYakumo

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What a false prophet. If this were true, I would've died a very long time ago. That he's trying to twist the story of Ananias and Sapphira into a lesson that you should always tithe no matter what strikes me as abhorrent.
 

billiefan2000

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Re: Misusing Scripture to Scare Christians: Gaines Suggests Non-Tithers Could Be Killed by God Just

The sad part is those in the pews who are gullible enough to fork over more money to this lying crook.:tsk:
you are so right.


btw, Steve Gaines is a SBC pastor


(sighs) when is the SBC going to clean house and kick Mr. Gaines and Mac Brunson and Ed Young Jr. and Perry Noble out of the SBC
 

OliveOilMom

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Re: Misusing Scripture to Scare Christians: Gaines Suggests Non-Tithers Could Be Killed by God Just

That's horrible! Twisting God's word for his own gain!
 

mikhen7

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Re: Misusing Scripture to Scare Christians: Gaines Suggests Non-Tithers Could Be Killed by God Just

you are so right.


btw, Steve Gaines is a SBC pastor


(sighs) when is the SBC going to clean house and kick Mr. Gaines and Mac Brunson and Ed Young Jr. and Perry Noble out of the SBC
Th SBC is autonomous and has no control over those affiliated with it or those who support its huge missions programs. They can only make suggestions through resolutions. It is not a hierarchical leadership structure. The smaller church is just as important as the larger. They can openly disfellowship a church through a resolution just as we could a brother or sister who is living in open and rebellious sin. Pray for these folks. What Steve Gaines stated is clearly false teaching and he should repent and re consider what Gods word actually means to God, toward him and toward the congregation.

God Bless!
 

Chaya

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Re: Misusing Scripture to Scare Christians: Gaines Suggests Non-Tithers Could Be Killed by God Just

This is interesting, taking a negative tactic rather than the usual gospel of wealth/God will bless you a hundredfold tactic. The thing is, sooner or later someone in the church will die and someone's child will get sick and they will attribute it to the pastor's "curse." As P.T. Barnum said, "There is a sucker born every minute."
 

LindaR

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I know I'm bumping an old thread, but I am looking for the name of the entire sermon Steve Gaines preached on Ananias and Sapphira and perhaps the date of the sermon also. This topic came up on Facebook today.

BTW, is anyone aware that Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN (where Steve Gaines is pastor) was the church where Adrian Rogers was pastor for many years?
 
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