I run a small ministry and was under a little pressure one day and chose to ask for some help off a powerfully anointed ministry. They have a team of intercessors that will pray for your prayer request so I sent them a detailed prayer request. In order to get the prayer request registered with them I had to sign up to their newsletter with my email address. This week I received a teaching from them that I have to seriously object to and it is a clear false teaching on who is your storehouse that the Lord requires you to tithe to. I don’t mention the name of this ministry so as to honour the Lord but I will quote what they said and make my comments in this vital article.
The teaching was on the seven blessings the Lord will give you if you bring your tithes to the storehouse mentioned in Malachi. After this teacher went through the seven blessings he went onto explain what is the storehouse that the Lord is talking about in the passage. I quote him in italics below.
Before giving these seven blessings in Malachi 3, the Lord very clearly mentions the tithes and offerings in verse 8: “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings” (Malachi 3:8). Then He says, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse” (verse 10).
The “storehouse” is not your local church! Many years ago, I taught that the storehouse was the local church. As I have continued to study the Word, travel the world, and mature in the Lord, I have come to realize that the storehouse is not the local building but the ministry that feeds your life.
Any ministry that feeds you the Word of God is that storehouse! The Word of God is clear on this, for He says, “Bring ye all the tithe into the storehouse.” The tithe belongs to the ministry that gives you fresh bread and the meat of God’s Word.
As you support the storehouse that the Lord has placed into your life, the Lord has promised to send these seven supernatural blessings upon your life!
If this ministry has been that storehouse for you, then it is the law of God that you should give your tithes and offerings to this ministry. In fact, according to the Word of God, you should support whatever ministry God uses to feed your life.
I want to share an important truth with you. The Word of God is clear also in Deuteronomy 26 that the tithe does not belong to the dead. In the midst of teaching on the tithe, the Lord tells us, “Nor given ought thereof for the dead” (Deuteronomy 26:14). If you want to receive the seven supernatural blessings of the tithe, make sure you are not giving your tithe or offering to a dead work.
If you give to a dead ministry, there will be no result! But when you give to a ministry that is alive and preaching the Gospel to the world, then these promises will be yours.
In 292 articles that I have written thus far I have never spoken about what I consider is a false teaching and yet feel compelled to make my simple mans comment on what this teaching has to say.
First of all, for many years the Lord has provided for me and supplied all my needs without me tithing. It took an apostle I know to urge me to tithe.
Let me ask you a question first of all.
If you had a farm growing grain or anything like that, where would your storehouse be located?
Would it be on your property where you can readily fill it up and take from it as the need requires or would it be in another city or country?
It makes no sense to have a storehouse in another country does it or another city. You could have a community storehouse where all the farmers paid a little fee to store the grain there next to a rail line that could ship it interstate or where the buyers were, but another city or country would make no sense.
I have been in some churches that were pretty dry. I have had had trouble staying awake in some sermons where every five minutes I have been looking at my watch. Some preachers are simply not anointed to teach yet the same man can be a wonderful shepherd, but to say a church of God or ministry that God has raised up it actually dead is really saying it is not of God.
Where ever people exist with the Holy Spirit in them Request personal prophecy we have a place that is alive. Sure some places can seem pretty boring, but I can tell you if you pray constantly and read the Word each day, you will find what used to be a boring pastor is suddenly preaching sermons that seem to have scriptures in them that you just read the day before.
This teacher who speaks about a dead place of worship, your local church is speaking great folly. Each church in the world has a place in the Fathers heart and they might only have twenty old people in them meeting, but over a coffee if you ask one of these ladies about how to endure trials you will get a depth of wisdom come out of her. If you went in and heard old hymns and a dry sounding pastor you might never want to return, but you can be sure those twenty old ladies are being fed and are happy and even though you in your lofty ideals of what is alive and what is dead might be judging them, you might never grasp how wrong you are.
The storehouse is most definitely your local church and if your church isn’t feeding you with the meat of the Word, you might consider finding the church that will feed you what you want to hear.
In my prideful opinion last year I could hear myself saying that I haven’t found a church that even preaches meat. Most of what I heard I considered was pretty basic stuff and half an hour reading my own Bible in quite times did more for me then most sermons I heard.
Jesus in mercy put me through a very long and hard trial this past year and crushed my pride. Now I attend the same churches and suddenly I am getting a lot more out of what the same preachers are saying.
This teacher that wrote this teaching has a powerful anointing by God to heal. As a person that heals many I once bought a book he wrote on the anointing. In the future I will be a powerful healer and I wanted to learn about the anointing of the Holy Spirit. I was very sad when the book taught me nothing I didn’t know.