03 March 2012

Perry Noble Says "Seek First" Means "Tithe"

It seems that Perry Noble of Newspring Church once again has demonstrated his ability to skillfully distort a biblical text. In the video below, you will see Noble declare that, in the Sermon on the Mount, when Jesus Christ said, "Seek first His kingdom..." what He actually meant was "tithe."


Jesus Told Us to Tithe in the Sermon on the Mount! from FBCJax Watchdog.

"When He says 'seek first'...Jesus is specifically talking about our finances. He is saying 'seek first, put God first'. People who say that tithing does not exist in the New Testament simply misunderstand this verse. Jesus is specifically referring to the tithe." (Online Source)
So, if we take Noble's teaching to its logical conclusion, every time that Jesus - or anyone else for that matter - uses the word "first," especially when speaking to a Jewish audience, then that person must be referring to the tithe. Are we sounding ridiculous yet? Well, so is Perry Noble. Especially when the word "first" in the Greek here is πρῶτον, from the word πρῶτος, which does not mean "tithe," but means, well, "first."

Of course, to properly refute Noble's abysmal teaching here, we must look in context at the verse that he is twisting.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:25-34)
What a magnificent passage of Scripture! Verses 32 and 33 are in bold above, and they offer insight into what Christ is saying. He has admonished His listeners not to fret over the necessities in life. After all, does not God care for the birds and the flowers? How much more, then will He provide for His own! The believer is not to worry over such matters. John MacArthur explains further,
Look at Verse 32..."For all these things, the Pagans eagerly seek." You see, worry belongs to people who don't have God as their Father. It's for the faithless to worry...that's right. Naturally, the Pagans, the Gentiles, the Christless, the Godless, who do not acknowledge God, who do not belong to God, who are not the children of a loving father, who have no claim on God's provision, who are utterly ignorant of His supply...we expect them to worry. These are the kinds of things that preoccupy the anxieties of the Pagans. But for us, it's senseless, needless, useless, and excuseless. And believe me, it's not a trivial sin. It's one that strikes at the very character and promise of God. 
The phrase in the Greek there, talking about the heathen in Verse 32, says, "eagerly seek." Literally in the Greek, it says, "they seek it with all their might." Unregenerate people are literally totally consumed in material gratification. They don't have any other resource; it's all up to them. They go after it with a vengeance. How different Christians are to be? (Online Source)
Indeed, how different Christians are to be! And thus Jesus gives a command in verse 33 when He says, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." "Seek first the kingdom of God..." What is this? This is the kingdom of heaven. As MacArthur notes, "Jesus was urging them to seek salvation - and with it would come the full care and provision of God" (MacArthur Study Bible).


Seeking one's own righteousness, say through tithing, is not what Jesus is teaching here. Rather, "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." All what things? The necessary provisions described in the previous verses. To "seek first the kingdom of God," is not a command to tithe. To teach such a thing is nearly an abomination to the great promises presented here by Christ.

Perry Noble and others continue to contort all the Scriptures they can in order to propagate the false teaching that your money is cursed until it is redeemed with the tithe. A mega church, after all, does not come at a small price. But then, their distortion of Scripture for their own gain should not surprise...
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

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3 comments:

  1. "$eek first"... Times are catching up with mega entertainment centers for seekers of moralistic therapeutic self help theism... I must politely disagree this nonsense is nowhere near of: "ability to skillfully distort a biblical text". This is as crude, brute and numb manipulation as you can possibly get akin to adjusting Mont Blanc watch with a 16 inch crow bar... This guy Noble has always gave me creeps. There is something purely demonic about him. About this combination of down syndrome dumb face with a demonic "wisdom" mentioned in James 3:15 If one would go along with this demonic assertion designed to squeeze more money for power and money desperate demonic pawns like Noble then this "discovery" would have far reaching repercussions for particle physics as well. If "προτον" - "proton" in Matthew 6:33 means "tithe" then particle physics needs to change a name of proton, a very same Greek word used for a name for subatomic particle with the symbol p or p+ needs to changed to "tithe". Perry you are truly a genius... Somebody needs to call CERN... By the way this bologna he is pushing about tithe as applying now thanks to his abuse of Abraham's and Jacob's offering is a classic abuse and butchery of the Word ignoring the context. What Abraham and Jacob did was DESCRIPTIVE and not PRESCRIPTIVE. In that sense this guy just as the rest of ponzi scheme kitsch artists and leavenjellycal story tellers are nothing else but J U D A I Z E R S. Teaching the Law to manipulate and milk their deceives crowds. The very same thing Jerusalem's Pharisaic elites were doing. Nihil Novi Sub Sole.

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  2. Well, just send him skittles

    I hear you Despeville and I agree with you.

    It's pretty obvious that Noble is not noble...

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  3. This probably a dumb question... but how do men like Perry Noble get ordained as ministers? Aren't there some regulations or something? Some standards they have to meet?

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