Steve Cioccolanti Explains 4 Kinds of Giving (Short Excerpt): Firstfruits, Tithes, Offerings & Alms

Steve Cioccolanti Explains 4 Kinds of Giving (Short Excerpt): Firstfruits, Tithes, Offerings & Alms

Why isn’t my giving working? Why isn’t my giving producing this blessing, that preachers talk about or you know I hear
from other people, and so what we need to tell you is that
when you look in the bible, they’re actually different kinds of giving. They’re motivated by different reasons and they produce different results. Are
you aware of that? You know at least what? What are the different givings?
Giving tithe is the 10% versus giving offering and then
there’s a giving to widows. It’s called alms giving. So we got three now. What else? Thank you! This is a very
well taught church. So we’ve got four different types of giving
clearly identified and I want to go through them show you the scriptures and show you how they’re motivated by different things
and they produce different results. Is that fair and we can do this fast we’ll do it fast
and if it’s is going to take time they will take time
so that everyone’s on the same page about this. Alright so the first thing is the tithe. Some people keep objecting to the tithe
because they say isn’t the tithe in the Old Testament? Isn’t the tithe in the Old Testament? You
should be able to answer that. Alright the two main answers to this
will go backwards and we’ll go forward. Go
backwards in time what people say it’s in the Old Testament, what do they mean? They mean that it’s under the law it’s
been prescribed by Moses and we are not under the law because
obviously not everything in the Old Testament is passe. I mean most at the scriptures about the
second coming of Jesus Christ are in the Old Testament. So surely you’re not saying if it’s in the Old Testament it’s irrelevant. I mean that’s I don’t think any Christian believes
that. But alot of Christian say if it’s under the mosaic law, you know like don’t eat pork then are we free from that of course we
agree with that. So go with me to Genesis chapter 14 and I
want to show you that long before the law 400 years before the law there was a man of faith
named Abraham. And he was practicing the principal of
tithing because tithing is a an eternal principle. Something out there
was always happening. You’ll learn something new here today . Come with me to Genesis chapter 14 verse 18, ‘Then Melchizidek, a king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven on earth. And praise be to God Most High, who
delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.” Say tenth of everything. Good. So he had just gone to war
with the Kings of Sodom and Gommorah, he won
and then without any mosaic law without any compulsion
from any religious body he decided when he met a
priest of God, here’s tenth percent of everything. Can
anyone know who Melchizidek is? Yes he’s a high priest but why did Abraham give Melchizidek 10 percent? Because that obviously tells you who’s
higher than who in rank. Isn’t it? We consider Abraham the
highest patriarch. He meets this un-named person, named Melchizidek which means the King of righteousness who is also the king of Salem which means the King of peace and he meets this person and he says
here’s 10 percent of everything that God has just gave me. Who was this person? Some people say yes it could be a pre-incarnate manifestation of Jesus Christ. An epiphany if you will. An epiphany, a manifestation of God himself. However
it seems when we look at the Bible that there are
indications that this man was human that he’s not be a divine person, he
actually was a ruler of the city, he was there, he had a priesthood. It looked like he is just a normal person. So let me show you in
Hebrews chapter 7. Because people say is tithing in the
New Testament? Is it in the Old Testament, well, is Hebrew chapter 7, is that in
the New Testament? Sure it is. Hebrews chapter 7, go with me. We’ll start
at verse 4. “Now consider how great this man was..” so hebrew 7 says this is a man, would you
would you agree? “unto whom even the patriarch
Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. And verily they
that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the
priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that
is, of their brethren, though they came out of the loins of
Abraham: But he whose descent is not counted from them..”
he’s talking about Melchizidek. He obviously isn’t a descendant of Levi
because Levi wouldn’t even be born until 400 hundred years later. So he says here’s a man who had a
priesthood before Levi was called to be a
priest. Who’s this man? According to the Jewish sources this man
was none other than Shem, the son of Noah. So when Abraham sees Shem, one of the people who got off to the
boat, he immediately says I recognize your higher authority and I pay tithes to you. 400 hundred
years later, God says all the tune in Israel would
pay tithes to your great grandson Levi but before that happen he
says I pay tithes to Melchizedek, to Shem. So in any generation with or without the
law the principal stance that giving a tithe to God giving a tenth of everything is an
eternal principle. but it continues and it says, ‘this man
received tithes of Abraham and blessed him that had the promises. And without all contradiction the less is blessed of
the better. And here men that die receive tithes; .. ” Who receives tithes here? Man that die receive tithes. Is this New
Testament? Yes, this is written decades after Jesus
had died and risen again. And under the New Covenant, Paul I believe the author of Hebrews said, “here men receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is
witnessed that he liveth.” And now he transfers the conversation
over to the heaven, he says, we men who died receive tithes on earth under the New Covenant at the same time
he who is in heaven also receive tithes. It’s eternal, it’s universal, it’s never going away. You don’t believe
it’s because you have a money problem not because you have a theological
problem. There’s no issue in the Bible that tithes is for us today. So it says, “And so as I may so say Levi also who receive
tithes pay tithes in Abram; for he was yet in
the loins his father when Melchizidek met him.” So we go
back in time concerning the tithes we see that tithes predated Moses. Now let’s go forward in
time. Let’s go to Malachi chapter 3. I’m going to explain to you how the four different ways of giving work. So I know that many have you say, I
already understand the tithes. Be patient you’re going to see something
say Malachi chapter 3. Malachi chapter 3. A lot of people say,
well Ps Steve, you’re going to Malachi three, is not in the Old Testament? Well, if it’s in the Old Testament, God put
it as close to the New Testament as possible. It’s like the last page before the New
Testament and let me tell you if you have done End Times with me, you
should know Malachi 3-4 is all futuristic. These are apocalyptic scriptures. What do I mean? I
mean they’re eschatological scriptures, they’re
concerning End Times. How do we know that? Just read it.

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    HEBREWS 1:1 GOD <<<<

    This was not written to the Body of Christ:

    Hebrews 6:4 For IT IS IMPOSSIBLE for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

    5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

    6 IF THEY SHALL FALL AWAY, TO RENEW THEM AGAIN UNTO REPENTANCE seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

    Hebrews was written to the Jews


    Am I seeing a pattern here?

    This has nothing to do with you >>>>

    Hebrews 10:26 For IF WE SIN WILLFULLY after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, THERE REMAINETH NO MORE SACRIFICE FOR SINS,

     It would be wise to go back and read about those at Pentecost. That is who this is speaking about bro

  2. Brother?

    You have to trace back what the "PROMISE" is:

    Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to THE PROMISE.

    NOTICE Brother Steven that the word PROMISE is SINGULAR. 

    Let's back track:

    Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

    Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE ***THE PROMISE***** OF THE SPIRIT THROUGH FAITH. 

    Here is the PROMISE of the Spirit and we get it through faith. 

    Galatians 3:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.

    Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his SEED were **THE PROMISES*** MADE, He saith NOT, And to SEEDS, as of MANY; but as of ONE, And to THY SEED, WHICH IS CHRIST. 

    THE PROMISES ( plural ) LAND, THRONE, CITY, etc etc were promised to ABRAHAM and JESUS CHRIST. 

    Galatians 3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make THE PROMISE of none effect.

    The LAW doesn't cancel out (so to speak) the PROMISE (singular). Go up to verse 14 to see what THE PROMISE is again. 

    Galatians 3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

    Galatians 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till THE SEED (singular) should come to whom THE PROMISE was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.


    Galatians 3:20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

    Galatians 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

    Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, THAT THE PROMISE BY FAITH OF JESUS CHRIST MIGHT BE GIVEN TO THEM THAT BELIEVE. 

    David Lee Williams what does a BELIEVER receive the moment he BELIEVES the GOSPEL?

    THE SPIRIT – see Galatians 3:2

    Galatians 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

    How does one RECEIVE THE SPIRIT? 

    By keeping the LAW? or by the hearing of FAITH? 

    It's FAITH 

    The PROMISE (singular) is the Spirit. 

    Receiving the PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT by FAITH, ties into us being JUSTIFIED:

    Galatians 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto THE FAITH **WHICH SHOULD AFTERWARDS BE REVEALED*** 

    I ( personally believe ) that THE FAITH *which should afterwards be revealed** is Paul speaking about the MYSTERY, the gospel which was revealed to him, by Jesus Christ. 

    Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be JUSTIFIED BY FAITH. 

    Galatians 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

    we are no longer under a SCHOOLMASTER AKA – THE LAW. 

    Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God BY FAITH (not works) <emphasis mine> in Christ Jesus.

    Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

    Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

    Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to THE PROMISE.

    Galatians 3:29 DOES NOT SAY that we are "Abraham's SEEDS"(plural) 

    Galatians 3:29 DOES NOT SAY "and heirs according to THE PROMISES (plural)

  3. I love you man! But for once could you stop with the 8-10min TEASE and just upload the entire sermon! So frustrating!

  4. We have missed you. Thank you for your hard work Dear. ♥ I've always learned so much from you and it's led us closer to God.

  5. Read J.W.Steelreed's book The Law of Sowing and Reaping. Available on Amazon. It will straighten all this confusion about money and the kind of seeds you plant. God is not interested in your money. He is interested in prospering you in every area of your life. That prosperity comes through the Law of Sowing and Reaping. Understanding this law will change your life.

  6. Pastor Steve , question? If. Melchizedek is Shem , What is that verse mean Hebrews 7:3. Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually. ——- No father, means. Noah can't be. Shem's. Father ? Please explain? Thanks !

  7. Hog wash. Abraham paid a spoil of war. It was common practice to pay a spoil to the owner of the land. Note that Abraham gave the rest to the King of Sodom. Tithes were for the upkeep of the temple IN the holy land.

  8. Don't forget parable of the bird sowing seeds.

    I've seen very foolish propagandized Christians who support death programs like fluoride in water, abortion, funding military industrial complex, planned parenthood etc……

    Smh, there are moronic Christians that say they do the work of God but fail to realize their money is in monopoly and government propaganda.

    Life is more complex than u think

  9. Tithes belongs to the old covenant!! And I don't have any problem with money. Actually those prosperity gospels, thieves and false teachers are the ones with a money problem…they all love this distortion of tithes as belonging to the new covenant…

  10. You are an excellent teacher. I would like to humbly add, however, that at your 4:00 minute mark, you describe Abraham and his meeting with Melchizedek who 'may have been a manifestation' of someone very 'great/important/high authority' that was human. The greatest of the great are, after all, 'begotten not created' = m-a-n. Thank you for your excellent video. I shall listen to more by you. I appreciate your apparent genuineness, simply speaking a simple truth; as opposed to those who are flamboyant actor types, whom I avoid as they leave me feeling as though they are trying to 'sell' me something, not least of which is how 'important' they seem to be. Maybe to some. But not to me.

  11. I think Acts 15:28-29, would of been a good place to put the paying of tithes at the council in Jerusalem. There's so many other places he could of put it. I do agree with freewill offers. People are getting the church mixed up with national Israel.

  12. Don't believe in giving the church money.. The church does nothing to spread the word .. ALSO DOESNT JESUS HATE MONEY..? I went to a church at Narangba in Queensland , Australia and the pastor bragged about his new motorbike and said he used the church money to purchase it… Tithes are wrong..

  13. About 6:10 u say in NT times men receive tiths (Heb7:8) but you fail to realise its the (now obsolete) levitical priesthood recieving them not the early church. Please consider adding a note to this video explaining this as it is currently misleading. love

  14. we should give only to causes that will support the Gospel…Steve is definitely a great preacher and deserves support, he knows the Bible in the most complete detail….Praise God He makes no mistakes!

  15. I love your teachings and have a great respect for you Pastor Steve, but on this matter I highly,  unequivocably disagree. God bless you…cheers!

  16. On this channel we value the primacy and authority of God's Word. Empty comments such as "I agree" or "I disagree" are of no value. When commenting, be prepared to cite 2-3 Scriptures in their proper context to support your argument. "By the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established." (Deut 19:15) "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." (James 1:22)

  17. 2Corinthians 9:7 is extremely CLEAR on what we (believers) should give. What we purpose in our hearts to give.. NOT OUT OF NECESSITY.. if we were to give by LAW verse 9 would be a total contradiction as we cannot give under the and give from what we purpose in our own heart.

  18. also Leviticus 27…( Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord) this was very clearly food.

  19. also Deuteronomy 14:22-28 you can CLEARLY see that the tithe is for non-perishable and they were to be gather YEARLY AND then distributed in the cities only every 3 years. still not talking about money..

  20. laughable to see "be prepared to cite 2-3 scriptures to back your argument" there are tons of scriptures of supplying (tithing) for the poor and the widowed.

  21. now that I've given my 2-3 scriptures lol..let me vent a little… God doesn't need anybody's money and to be frank, he doesn't want it to end up in these latter day churches. these pastors today think that are to fund whatever the board members think the church needs off people's "tithes"… including suits and a new car for pastor because he's such a good man.

  22. To say tithing is eternal is to say that the levitical law is still in affect, there by watering down the cross of Christ.

    -2 cor 9:7
    Give according to your heart.
    -Romans 6 14
    For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace

    Children dont pay tax to their Farther in heaven they give from the abundance of love in their heart to their Farther.

  23. Abram's tithe was descriptive, not prescriptive.

    Abram's tithe did not come from his monetary income. The text of Genesis 14
    tells us that the tithes that Abram gave were from the spoils of war,
    not from Abram's property.

    God did not give those spoils to Abram. Nowhere does the text says God gave the spoils to Abram. Nor does the text say they ever became the property of Abram.
    Hebrews 7:8 must be read in context for understanding. The men that die
    are the men that have a command to take tithes, i.e.; the sons of Levi.
    They receive tithes. (verse 9)

    You cannot rightly teach Hebrews 7:8 is speaking of the Church today.
    The word "Here" in Hebrews 7:8 is in reference to the present date that
    the Book of Hebrews was written,… A.D. 66. The Temple was still
    standing. The Levites were still receiving tithes. The Church was not.

  24. We just finished our four week sessions of Bible Principles of giving in our church. And thank you for the confirmation. Sadly most church in USA afraid to teach this basic principles.

  25. Tithing was an observance in the Old Testament under the Old
    Covenant. Some try to say that the tithe was instituted before the Law of Moses
    because Abraham tithed to Melchisedec Heb
    7:1-2. But they are ignorant of the fact that the Law was in effect
    even at the time of Abraham Gen 26:5. Even Cain, hundreds of
    years before Abraham, knew of the Law Gen 4:3-5. The Law
    has been around a long time, especially animal sacrifice. God has been
    revealing it by His holy prophets “since the world began” Luk 1:70 Act 3:21.
    Moses just brought it to the forefront, helped record it, and explained its precepts
    in more detail but it was authored by Jesus from the beginning. The New
    Testament or New Covenant has the same author and was brought forth in the same
    manner, recorded, and the precepts explained by His holy apostles and
    disciples. The recordings of New Testament Scriptures clearly abolish the
    keeping of the Law and place believers under the precepts of grace through
    faith in Christ. This is made plain by numerous verses in the Bible.

  26. Tithing in old testament was done to support the Levites (who had no inheritance from God). The early church in the new testament never practiced tithing. The standard for giving in new testament is to give cheerfully.

  27. Christians should give above the law ABOVE THE LAW NOT below the law, therefore if the law was 10% then Christians should give above 10% whether split in 100 places or one place.

    Tithing would mean to put the 10% in one place, so to GIVE in the new testament you split it into many places obeying giving ABOVE the law.

    REMEMBER "The tithe is the Lords" not any Churches or Cult. The tithe is the Lords for you to give above the Law unto the Lord by Faith.

    Even carnal men can tithe unto the Lord to Charities because all the wealth of the earth belongs to the Most High.

    The difference between the Old and New Covenant is that in the NEW covenant the Lord removes all differences between Tithes, Offerings, and Firstfruits and Alms etc. All are OFFERINGS nevertheless the Lords weighs the heart to know if he/she gives a worthy offering or not.

    We say we live in the dispensation of Grace and seedtime and harvest yet we give less than the Old Covenant? ABSOLUTE NONSENSE! Do we give less because we are poorer than those in the Old Covenant or some say they were for Jews … however, Malachi says "Will A man rob God?" A man any human being with flesh and blood: will a man rob God?

    Some say Tithe have only planted fruit crops and farm produce: Do we still live under seed time and harvest and why do we still give Offerings and Charity today?

    Some say the Tithe was a tax by the Children of Israel to God as ruler: Really is our tax today more spiritual? Why do we use offerings in Church then?

    Notice I have mentioned only converting the 10%TITHE into giving in the NEW Testament dispensation as a minimum giving and not controlling where and how it is given as I am not an advocate of giving the 10% constantly to the same church week or month after month.

    But Christians total giving should be above 10% per income thereby living above the Law in grace.

  28. It is good to identify eternal principles which existed before the Law of Mozes but Abraham payed tithe only 1 time. There is no record of him doing it regularly. And it was not from his own old business but from the war which he just won. I beleive that in the Old Testament are hidden many universal principles but regarding giving there was also the only form of government tax which suppose to be given to the priest for helping the needy or use it for other practical things of the country.
    In the New Testament do not exists limits or targets. We should start giving and continue in giving as much as we decide in our hearts. BUT is the best to develop the character of God to grow in giving even more then 10%. Depending on the situations we met, Ministries we want to support, etc. But to set a target to people without them deeply accepting it in their hearts is a form of manipulation which God hates because it makes people to become false and behave under pressure or condamnation. I pray that the Lord will bless me so much so I can give 90% to Him and 10% to me. But I should always do it with my all heart without demanding something in exchange because NOTHING I HAVE without receiving from Him anyway! So I do not have a problem with giving but I have a problem with this kind of teaching which focuses on the law not on the heart.

  29. I believe in tithing because many testimonies of people who have gone to HELL says many end up in hell because they are not giving and not faithful in giving their tithe.

  30. Ps.cioccolanti where can I send money though its not much.i don't know how but pl send address that will help me.

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