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I noticed many of my friends and family get emails about some supposed great stock to buy because it will soon rise to a great value due to some exclusive ability they have that give them a monopoly in an area, whether technology or mining mineral resources.

I can’t name stock names here since some crooks do have millions already and don’t like it when you expose their money making scams that are bringing them all their money. But I should warn people that there are many cheap stocks out there that are mere scams, some of them have no reason to exist except to be used in a scam.

So to the extent that you would consider “gambling” a sin, you should also consider such stock ‘gambling’ a sin also.  There are some stock investments that might not be considered pure gambling, and more of a good potential investment with some possible risks.  It is up to the individual Christian to decide in his own heart in front of God in all honesty if he thinks a stock is more of a gamble than a possible investment.

Now in regards to penny stock, pink sheet stock recommendation scams:

The only people getting rich are the people perpetuating the scam and sending out emails/newsletter with false information or based on knowingly false information.

Many people have made a lot of money running such stock scams. It is very simple, let me explain it to you.

You find a small stock that can be easily ‘manipulated’, this means that it should usually be a “Penny” Stock or “Pink sheets” stock etc where the price per share is CHEAP, just a couple dollars or even literally pennies.

You simply just BUY as many shares of that stock as you can….then immediately after you ALREADY bought, you go around spamming MILLIONS of people about a SECRET great NEW stock you discovered. You fill their greedy minds with dreams of Big Easy money, and they start buying the same stock you already bought, the more people you have control over the more money you will make.

HOW? As soon as all those people you spammed start buying the stock for that company you spammed them about, the STOCK PRICE will RISE QUICK. It can easily go double or triple or even ten or maybe a HUNDRED times as high as you bought it. You then simply have to SELL your shares and make your nice HUGE PROFIT.  You have to sell not too late so that people don’t realize the company is not worth anything and start trying to get rid of their shares also.

You then write emails BRAGGING about the statistics of how so many stocks went up right after you told them the secret club our ‘members’ etc. (an example:”Readers who jumped on REPLACETHISWITHANYSTOCKrecommendationNewsletter’sName most recent hot performer, ReplaceWithSomPennyStock (OTCBB:…), saw their investments soar 998% in just over a month. “) Basically that stock fluctuated in 52 weeks from just a couple “cents” to $11/share (a real un-named example), this kind of fluctuation is very indicative of stocks used for scams, they didn’t tell you the price, they mention 998% increase so you can’t easily track/compare, the value of the stocks go up quick and then drop like a rock again after the manipulation is done and the massive sell-offs begin. In fact price of the example stock did get manipulated from UNDER $1 to $11 in just one month and some people made OVER 10X their money off the people who bought at higher prices after stock was manipulated.

Yes if you’re very smart, you can get some people to even pay you to scam them by charging them MEMBERSHIP fees for them to get your worthless spam emails about the next new greatest secret stock discovery that’s set to be a ‘monopoly’ on something…

Apparently there is nothing illegal at all about this practice, some might see it as ‘unethical’ or something but there’s really no way a law could be made against it since it based on a pivotal principle of the stock market, the idea of ‘perceived’ value or ‘prospecting’. Stocks go up and down in value all the time based on what someone might say about the future of that stock. Sometimes the owners of these companies are “in” on the scam, in other words they will release Bogus News reports (and fake stock Newsletters under other names praising their stock’s future potential) and do other things to artificially make their stocks rise, they then sell their stocks at these high inflated prices and make a nice profit.
But when the “Owners/Officials” of the targeted Stock “are in the know” and collaborate or are the sole drivers behind these fake StockNewsletter appraisals/recommendations, then there is a law against that when these stock owners are involved and some of the little guys who try to play such games do get prosecuted, just one example of some stocks that are solely “created” to be scams to “Pump and Dump”:

ONE VERY legal way to make money is to constantly monitor for any penny stock that comes on the market if it is cheap enough, and just wait for the scammers to try and manipulate it, then when the price jumps quickly to a decent level, sell immediately because its likely the effect of the “Pump” brainwashing tons of others into buying…then you sell and make money. This way you can ‘ride’ the pump and dump waves created by others.

Almost all pennystock emails are part of such “Pump and Dump” scam tactics. Some are even solely ‘created’ by the owners only for this purpose.

The observant will realize these types of stock market scams are very similar to various MLM marketing pyramid ponzi scheme scams. It is just harder to keep a stock market scam going for long with the same stock, but people behind pyramid scams also start new ones quite often when too many people realize its a scam and no longer bite/buy their hook. At least in a pyramid scheme scam its still easier to trick someone else into the scheme and possibly make your own money back. Whereas with a pump and dump penny stock scam its much harder for you to drive up the value of the stock again, so you can sell it and recover your money. Unless you can start your own “propaganda” machine to rile up others into a frenzy like they do at MLM pep rallies. I’ll write separate articles about real MLMs versus scams. Real ones should not ‘require’ any mandatory monetary investment from you. Scams hide the fact that all the money is made from people ‘buying into’ the supposed opportunity with membership fees/etc and not from the actual commissions from services offered or goods sold.

The Billionaire’s and Trillionaires play their own SCAMS similar to this, but with their money they can “manipulate” bigger stocks.  There’s plenty millionaires involved in both ponzi pyramid MLM scams and stock market scams. Another favorite (but perfectly LEGAL) trick of theirs is called “Short-Selling” which I may write about later. With short-selling you make money by betting that a stock will fall, and some ‘people’ have the power to ‘help’ some stocks to ‘fall’…I could go into some of these methods also…but maybe is smarter not to expose too much.

There are many LEVELS to such STOCK scams, the reality is that the only real winners on the stock market are the inside traders or those with the insight to follow the path of these inside traders, this is ‘supposed’ to be illegal but in reality only the little guys who are not part of the big-guys club get slapped if they try to play out of their league at the big-guys table so to speak.

Any safe legitimate stocks? The BIGGER the stock, the harder it is to manipulate it (though current events have proved that none are really too big to be manipulated, especially with cooperation from those ‘inside’), that’s why investing in specific MUTUAL FUNDS which are an aggregation of various BIG STOCKS/companies are a safer long term investment. The problem is that with BIG stocks, the PRICE per share is high so you have to be RICH before you can get any RICHER through them.

Then there’s also quick mass computerized buys/sells that make money creating small daily fluctuations in stock values, and ‘day-trading’ has made some people lots of money, more to those doing the manipulation but also some to those smart enough to quickly ‘ride’ the manipulations.

So….be happy you got your basic life necessities and put your money in your kids socks this Christmas not in stocks. -ECCLESIASTES 12

2 Corinthians 9:7 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

So if you PURPOSE in your OWN heart to give 10%, or 30%, or 90%, GREAT! Do it with a cheerful heart voluntarily and don’t brag about it, don’t tell anyone let only God know of your sacrifice, you should expect your reward in the after life not here on Earth, you’re not ‘buying’ God’s material blessings if you think you’re being more righteous by your good works in obeying obsolete Old Testament law.  Don’t be jealous of others who won’t subjugate themselves under the Law and have liberty in Christ to give freely with joy. Remember what the Apostle Paul wished on some that wanted to burden others to follow Jewish Laws such as circumcision, he wished that their knives would slip and they’d castrate themselves. (Galatians 5:12)

“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” – Colossians 2:13-14

I found that there are many well researched papers out there on the internet that agree with what I have been convinced in reading the Bible, which is encouraging and not just from a personal affirmation point of view, but that hopefully more Christians can experience the true joy of giving freely and cheerfully not out of any obligation or compulsory law commanding it.

A short example:

John MacArthur is his book entitled ” The Macarthur New Testament Commentary, Romans 9-16”  said:

“…. Christians are not under obligation to give a specified amount to the work of their heavenly Father. In none of their forms do the tithe or other Old Testament levies apply to Christians.”   — John MacArthur

Please note that even though I offer these links below as examples of pages I have “skimmed” quickly, I can not vouch for the authors especially on anything else they may have written about.  I present links to these pages since after quickly skimming through them or for some after completely reading the page, I have found it to make some very good point that I agree with and not necessarily that I agree with every single point made, yet overall I deemed their good for proving that mandated TITHING under the Law has no place in the New Testament Church. Here are some of those web links:      (Jewish perspective, Judaism still holds to the Tithe)     (I clearly do NOT endorse anything on this page, but its interesting to read to see the other side’s view and reasoning.)     (Again I clearly do NOT endorse anything at this link, same as above link)     (I do NOT agree with Dave Ramsey of course in his requiring Christians to abide by Old Testament tithe, its interesting reading some users comments to his post. I do not know much about Dave Ramsey, but I’ve heard he’s similar to some Christian money coaches? I tend to have a dislike for most motivational speakers/coaches including or especially supposed Christians ones, but that’s just me, perhaps worthy of another separate article on such programs ie )       (just noticed might be some crazy things on this site, but I skimmed the tithing page, has some points..)   (this author seemingly of Jewish descent by the name believes the tithe is still valid today, but I include it for an interesting read..)

And here’s some links that I mainly haven’t read, many talk about how tithing increased their monetary blessings, and shows why most people want to believe in TITHING for today. They want a CLEAR equation of give and get back even more money whereas the truth of New Testament charity is GIVING freely and cheerfully as you purpose in your own heart as the Holy Spirit leads you without any guarantee of getting back all that money and much more.  Isn’t it wrong to see GIVING as merely a way to LEND GOD your money and get it back with TAX? Everything belongs to God, we are his stewards of what he has given us. Feel free to read user comments from some of the links below, I have not read most…  (even those proposing Old Testament Laws like the Tithe are still binding, recognize it was always on the INCREASE not on GROSS income/produce, therefore one can subtract any business expenses, land lease, building lease, some would say your home MORTGAGE and any contractual bills can be deducted first.)   (I do NOT agree with any of the above links that endorse the TITHE as BINDING LAW on New Testament Christians but I include to show how some endorse the Tithe as mandatory even now for the Church…)

Please feel free to comment and suggest any good research papers on this subject. I hope pastors everywhere will stop commanding their parishioners that they must prove their faith by the Old Testament Tithe applied to their income, but teach Biblical cheerful giving so that they themselves may live by faith that God will provide for their needs.

“And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:3)

Something to think about, did Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection fulfill the Old Testament temple sacrifices? Did Jesus completely fulfill The LAW? If so, why are so many pastors today trying to bring Christians back UNDER the Old Testament LAW?

We do not have Temple Sacrifices anymore, Jesus fulfilled the Law, yet why do pastors everywhere demand that Christians are still subject to to at least ONE Mosaic LAW, a law that is not one of the Ten Commandments even?

It is very simple, although some pastors are honestly misinterpreting Scriptures, meaning they just don’t know any better, some know very well that the Tithe is not a Biblical teaching and New Testament Christians are nowhere told to tithe. Christians are to GIVE, and to give with a CHEERFUL heart!

Why is it WRONG to teach TITHING, if God says we should GIVE and GIVE cheerfully? Why is it wrong to guilt trip people into Tithing if giving is a good thing, that the Bible teaches? Aren’t we extorting people into doing something GOOD? If you are a pastor, think deeply on this and pray for guidance, for should not you as pastor have a higher calling to live by FAITH than your parishioners?

Why shouldn’t you as pastors live by FAITH instead of constantly badgering your congregation to Tithe!? Where is YOUR faith?? Simply preach the Scriptural truth of a call to cheerful giving:

2 Corinthians 9:7 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

Then why do you pastors put a heavy burden and wrongfully teach that Christians are “commanded” to Tithe!? Do you not through this teaching STEAL the joy of their GIVING? Christians are to GIVE VOLUNTARILY with JOY knowing they give out of their FREE WILL and heart’s desire AND not to Fulfill some Old Testament Tithe commandment Under the LAW! Jesus Fulfilled the LAW, Jesus was the first-born, the first-fruits offering has been fulfilled in Jesus.

And for those who didn’t know, in the Old Testament, the first-fruits offering was not the same thing as the Tithe. In fact besides the first-fruits offering, a portion of the first fruits to ripen etc, there were at least TWO or THREE Tithes in the Old Testament, some skipping the Sabbath year since the ground had to rest, so adding the various Tithes, the Tithe to the Levites, the Tithe to the priests (Aaron line), and the Tithe for the POOR (how many churches give a tenth of their assets to the poor?), the total Tithes would be from 23.33% to 30% depending on how you calculate.  So if you REALLY want to live under the LAW today, then feel free to give your church 30% of your income.  (There are some who argue technically there’s only one tithe, and all the rest were tithes from that tithe, such as the Levites tithing from their tithe to the actual priests the “tithe of the tithe” and that from that same Levitial tithe the poor were helped also…so the regular Israelites gave at least 10% or more of their “increase” agriculturally some say animals also, but not of their assets or other income.)

Clearly the Tithe has no place in the Church today, just as there is no place for animal sacrifices or circumcision.  Those who teach contrary for their own personal monetary gain, and there are many such apostate teachers preaching some sort of “Prosperity Gospel” to varying degrees, they should very much FEAR the LORD and repent lest they find themselves addressed by our Savior as those He did NOT know. (Matthew 7:21-23)

So what is the Biblical teaching on giving? We are to GIVE to other Christians in need. We are also to give to teachers, preachers, pastors for the worker is worthy of their pay. Although the Apostle Paul chose not to demand a salary, he taught that he was indeed worthy of one, yet he chose to support himself making tents in as much as he could so that none could ever question his motives.

Today’s Pastors who favor the Tithe Law forget that the Levites had no right to any land ownership and therefore could not produce food to sustain themselves which is why the Israelites were mandated to tithe to the Levites.   How many of these pastors are willing to forego any right to buy a house or own any property? Or forego any other sources of income such as selling audio CDs or books? The New Testament has done away with these prohibitory LAWS against Levites and Pastors are very happy to do away with them, and yet many still want to hold the Tithe over their church congregation!

The problem is that Churches have grown into big organizations that are BUSINESSES and not just churches anymore. Their expenses are too great, they have also put themselves under the power of the government by applying for Non-Profit 501c3 Business Licenses which force Churches to subjugate themselves to the government and prevents them from teaching certain things from their pulpits or lose their tax exempt status. If a church does not apply for 501c3 then it can keep preaching the truth without fear of losing tax exempt status, since the Constitution protects Churches through the “separation of Church and State”, as long as they are truly just Churches and not Non-Profit Businesses licensed by the government.

So it is no surprise that churches today feel they MUST preach erroneous doctrines subjugating Christians to the Old Testament Law of Tithing so that they can earn enough income to pay their vast expenses and in some cases extravagant salaries and luxurious lifestyles for the church leaders and their families. There should be no surprise why nepotism is rampant in Church leadership, it has become a nice and easy source of income, a gravy train, cash cow business for many apostates. Surely Jesus would overturn the money tables of these so called churches just as he did in John 2:15 (“And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;”)

It is a shame that even many otherwise good Bible teachers are still adamant about binding Christians to Old Testament Tithing.  I hope they will re-evaluate their teaching of compulsory giving and have the faith needed to preach the unadulterated truth of cheerful giving taught by the Holy Scriptures.  The Lord can meet their material needs also without the need to wrongly guilt trip Church members into living under the law instead of under faith not by works.

In Corinthians 11, we hear that some people in that Church were either sick or had even died because they took the bread and the wine in an unworthy manner, “for in your eating each one takes his own supper first; and one is hungry and another is drunk.” (1 Cor. 11:21)

And yes, for those who noticed, it is evident they did in fact use real WINE and not grape juice, though it is fine for churches to use grape juice if they prefer or regular bread instead of unleavened for it is the “remembering of the Lord’s sacrifice” that is important. (And Jesus’ miracle at the wedding did involve real wine also.)

The answer is quite simple to deduce from the verse quoted above, 1 Corinthians 11:21. The problem was that there were some in that church who participated in the Lord’s Supper as if it was just a meal for them to satisfy their hunger, gluttony, or alcoholism. Imagine how tragic that some were getting drunk at what had become more of a party, while others were going hungry. The Apostle Paul continues, “What! Do you not have houses in which to eat and drink? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? In this I will not praise you.”

The Lord’s Supper is a time to remember our Lord’s death on the Cross, sacrificed for our transgressions.  The Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;  and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”  In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” (See 1 Cor. 23-25)

Though it is clear that one should do some internal introspection of heart and mind before partaking of the Lord’s Supper, we should not be afraid to remember the Lord’s death on the cross for us in this manner as He has said we should.  No one is perfect except Christ and though the devil, the accuser, may try to dissuade you from this blessed communion by reminding you of your past sins these are no reason to abstain from worshiping the Lord in remembrance of His great work for us on the cross.  Inspect your heart and mind, repent and ask forgiveness for anything on your conscience and remember the Lord’s death as you break the bread and drink the wine.

Those who were sick, dead, or dying because they partook of the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner were not in their predicament because they weren’t sinless enough but because they did not eat of the bread and drink of the cup to remember Christ’s crucifixion but to fulfill their appetites.

Also, it is good practice for Churches to mention that only those with assurance of their salvation should partake (if you are living an unbiblical lifestyle and are just going to church to keep up appearances to others, then first repent and ask the Lord’s forgiveness), those who have not made a profession of faith should abstain. That is why some Churches have the Lord’s Supper at a different time from the main Sunday morning preaching, as a separate service where generally visitors/guests who are unsaved are few if any.

I have found that the Lord’s Supper can be one of the most uplifting experiences where the presence of the Lord is supernaturally felt. Many times some obscure Old Testament verse would come to me with a correlation to the Lord’s death or resurrection and when I did not get up to share it, someone else a few rows away would get up and read the same exact verse and share the same thing the Holy Spirit had given me. I personally think, if possible, it is best to have the Lord’s Supper each Sunday that a Church meets together.

I have been very discouraged by so many churches that do not seem to cherish the Lord’s Supper and treat it as some quick Greek Orthodox ritual.

In the small Church I grew up in, there was no passing around of the money/donation basket in the main service, it was done during Communion, after the bread and wine (which was usually grape juice).

I do not think it’s a sin not to do it each Sunday (for some huge churches it may be difficult, so it could be done in smaller home fellowship groups), but I think it is best to do each week and not just once a month or less, why miss out on such a wonderful thing!

God Bless!

It was quite a surprise for me when I heard from my cousin that the church he went to in Florida insisted that regardless of reason behind a divorce, it was a sin for either party to remarry after being divorced.  It can be seen how they came to such a conclusion, but it is very erroneous nonetheless!

It is true that if a man or woman has relations with someone other than their spouse, they are guilty of the sin of Adultery. But if the couples have divorced due to marital unfaithfulness, the Bible clearly teaches that the innocent spouse is free to remarry and would not be committing Adultery. The cheating spouse through their Adultery has broken the vow or marriage covenant and the innocent party is freed to divorce and remarry.

It also seems clear that it is possible to remarry under some circumstances even if the marriage was not dissolved due to marital unfaithfulness, if a non-believer just insists on leaving their Christian spouse.  Because it is outside the control of the believing spouse, he or she is not punished for the non-believer’s actions in demanding the divorce.  This is similar to one party committing adultery, for as soon as the non-believer remarries or has relations with another person, he or she would in fact be guilty of adultery, but not being saved, they have much bigger problems than adultery!

It is clearly a sin for two believing spouses to divorce for any reason other than marital unfaithfulness, and in these cases, both would be committing adultery once they remarry another person or have relations with someone else.  It is advised that problematic marriages may go into a period of separation during which there is complete faithfulness such that after counseling and much prayer they may be together again.  If the couple had already divorced but had not been with anyone else but their spouse, they should be encouraged to remarry.  Otherwise, if the two believing spouses remain apart after separating or getting divorced, as soon as one of them has relatiosn with someone other, the innocent party, the faithful partner it would seem is free to remarry, first of course getting a divorce if this happened during separation.

Of course, even in the face of marital unfaithfulness, forgiveness has its place and many couples are urged to try and work things out instead of opting for divorce, especially if there are children involved.

I apologize for the lack of verses, I’m simply too tired to look them up right now, I hope to come back and add them later. Or please do beat me to it and post them in reply!