I recently came across this unbiblical, shallow, and self serving AOG position paper on tithing AOG Website along with this worship arts production from Grand View AOG –

Micah 1:7 All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces, all her wages shall be burned with fire, and all her idols I will lay waste, for from the fee of a prostitute she gathered them, and to the fee of a prostitute they shall return.

This started me thinking on the blatant foolishness and lies being used at AOG to fleece and manipulate their membership and what a contrast to Azusa Street this is. How the faithful woman has become a harlot.  Although Jesus saved me from this harlot church many years ago (I used to be the AOG guy that put the words up on the projection screen), my heart is burdened over true brethren remaining in that system and long to see them be set free from their religious traditions and strongholds by the power of Jesus.  Consider this warning given by Frank Bartleman, a key figure in the Azusa Street revival, in light of the disgraceful practices in so many AOG churches today as it sinks deeper into foolishness and apostasy.

Micah 2:6 “Do not preach”–thus they preach– “one should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us.”

The truth must be told. “Azusa” began to fail the Lord also, early in her history. God showed me one day that they were going to organize, though not a word had been said in my hearing about it. The Spirit revealed it to me. He had me get up and warn them against making a “party” spirit of the Pentecostal work. The “baptized” saints were to remain “one body,” even as they had been called, and to be free as His Spirit was free, not “entangled again in a yoke of (ecclesiastical) bondage.” The New Testament Church saints had already arrested the further progress in this way. God wanted a revival company, a channel through whom He could evangelize the world, blessing all people and believers. He could naturally not accomplish this with a sectarian party. The spirit has been the curse and death of every revival body sooner or later. History repeats itself in this matter. Sure enough the very next day after I dropped this warning in the meeting I found a sign outside “Azusa” reading “Apostolic Faith Mission.” The Lord said: “That is what I told you.” They had done it. – Frank Bartleman on the Azusa Revival

Micah 2:10 Arise and go, for this is no place to rest, because of uncleanness that destroys with a grievous destruction. If a man should go about and utter wind and lies, saying, “I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,” he would be the preacher for this people!

I am in no way attempting to lay out a thorough case against the denomination any more than the angel who cried out “flee from Babylon, run for your lives” set out to argue its case in fine points.  I just feel the need to state my burden over this as we are in a life and death struggle for souls and truth in these last days.   AOG is a harlot church who labors for a harlots pay through sickening manipulative and unbiblical practices.  I have witnessed much of this first hand in my days of captivity there.   One day God Himself will put an end to this.  All of the man made religious monuments built to self will be brought to ruin. The numbers, statistics, and boasting will be worthless.

Micah 3:11 Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money; yet they lean on the LORD and say, “Is not the LORD in the midst of us? No disaster shall come upon us.” Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height.

Azusa Street is for every true believer in Jesus, but how it is in direct contrast to modern day AOG. Frank Bartleman knew this and warned against it but true believers caught up in it have a form of Stockholm syndrome – where the kidnapped begin to identify with their captors.  The religious bondage, clergy-laity system, fleecing the flock, worldliness, and deception (false spirits, prosperity doctrines, lying signs and wonders) in AOG should not be treated lightly.  A big impressive lie with a lot of money flowing to make it appear legitimate is still a lie.

What an incredible feeling it is to be delivered from it and be able to see it for what it is! Do not be careless with your soul my AOG friends, bad company corrupts good character.  I know there are 7000 left in there that have not bowed their knees to Baal but why carry on in the harlot, why not seek your own Azusa street?  These days are evil and we are in the midst of a great falling away. Do not be like the foolish man of Proverbs 7 who was seduced by the harlot at the twighlight, at the end of the age and on the verge of eternity. Why should you be fleeced 10% by this harlot one more day? Spend yourself for Jesus 100% instead to build His kingdom, the way Bartleman would have had it.  Do not believe the lies designed to keep you in subjection and paying into the system to keep your captors prosperous.  Flee from Babylon, run for your lives, and do not be destroyed for her sins. [edit]

Proverbs 14:15 The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps. One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.

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Comments
  1. Al Nelson says:

    Thanks for sharing that Jim, very grevious indeed. I don’t have an AOG background, but this message is certianly for all denominations. The act makes it sound you like you have to give your tithe to recieve God’s Blessings. In fact that’s basically the way most churches present the tithe. Recently a sister tried using comments from a Dake’s Bible to support her view on tithing. The references to scripture had nothing to do with tithing. Tithing was institued by God for the Nation of Israel for the support of the priest, the orphan, widow and the sojourner. I am not aware of any church that even begins to fulfill the care of the widows and orphans, let alone the sojourner in the land.
    BTW I used to run sound and video in a seeker friendly church. So I know how you feel. That clip reminded me so much of the insulting entertainment that I left. It turns my stomach and makes my skin crawl. God Bless bro!

    • Scarlett says:

      “Tithing was institued by God for the Nation of Israel for the support of the priest, the orphan, widow and the sojourner.” In the New Testament, scripture says “True religion and undefiled is to care for the widow and orphan and to keep oneself unspotted by the world.” Nowadays, the organized church requires the widow and orphan to supply the church. I know, been there, done it…(as a widow).

  2. Al Nelson says:

    So I know amongst Jesus and His disciples, Judas was appointed treasurer. Or at least keeper of the funds. I know some of the women supported Jesus’s needs. I don’t see any commandments continuing what was commanded of the priesthood which is now done away with… Just thinking out loud here.

    • Scarlett says:

      Hi Al, Please forgive me for failing to make a clear distinction between the Old Testament and the New Testament in regard to tithing. I made the distinction -but just didn’t clarify it. You are correct in your comment, adding that the provision in tithing was not carried over into the New Testament because the Levitical priesthood was abolished and made obsolete by the accomplishment of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the True and final High Priest. Thank you for pointing that out.

      • Al Nelson says:

        God Bless you sister, love you in Christ! I don’t think I remember having ill thoughts about it at all. Just added to the discussion. Glad we are in agreement.

  3. fleebabylon says:

    “He could naturally not accomplish this with a sectarian party. The spirit has been the curse and death of every revival body sooner or later. History repeats itself in this matter.”

    So, by Bartlemans word (who many AOG members boast as one of their pioneers), the denomination is actually a curse and full of death..

  4. Al Nelson says:

    Adding to Bartleman’s testimony:
    “The truth must be told. Azusa began to fail the Lord early in her history. God showed me one day that they were going to organize, though not a word had been said in my hearing about it. The Spirit revealed it to me. He had me warn them against makeing a ‘party’ spirit of the Pentecostal work. The Spirit-baptized saints were to remain one body, even as they had been called, and to be free as His Spirit was free, not ‘entangled again with the yoke of [ecclesiastical] bondage’ (Gal. 5:1). The New Testament Church saints had already arrested their further progress in this way. God wanted a revival company, a channel through whom He could evangelize the world, blessing all people and believers. He could naturally not accomplish this with a sectarian party. The spirit has been the curse and death of every revival body sooner or later. History repeats itself in this matter.
    Sure enough, the very next day after I had spoken this warning in the meeting, I found a sign outside the building reading ‘Apostolic Faith Mission.’ The Lord said ‘That is what I told you.’ They had done it. Surely a party spirit cannot be Pentecostal. There can be no divisions in a true Pentecost. To formulate a separate body is but to advertise our failure as a people of God. It proves to the world that we cannot get along together, rather than causing them to believe in our salvation. ‘That they may all be one;…that the world may believe’ (John 17:21)”

  5. fleebabylon says:

    I was just reminded of some terrible soulish appeals for tithes from the aog church i attended. I wonder how many of the stories and stunts were scripted right out of the generosity action plan. That place is a haunt of devils. Flee from babylon, run for your lives.

    • Scarlett says:

      I have seen the same disgraceful thing -and one of the reasons, (just one), that I will never attend an AOG church again. I vividly remember, as a poor widow, visiting the last time, hearing the young preacher threaten the congregants that “they”, (meaning the local AOG hierarchy, I suppose), “didn’t put up with that around here”, (meaning not tithing)…. “That Pastor Chris, (the youth minister), might need a new suit”. That really touched my heart, (sarcasm), as I sat there in my thrift store clothing. I walked out in my thrift store shoes to my 20 yr old beater car. In the early church they took care of the widows and orphans. Nowadays, the churches expect the widows and orphans to take care of them and even their wardrobes.

      • fleebabylon says:

        Sister,

        This is from the AOG website:

        Many are having difficulties in their marriages and with their children because they are suffering the consequences of their decision to steal from God. When we give our tithes and offerings to Him, we give Him what He is due. A person who tithes says to God, “I am dependent on You. I am putting my faith in You to help me govern my affairs.”

        http://pe.ag.org/articles/4519/money.cfm

        Go on the 3 or 4 main AOG websites and search for “TITHE” or “MALICHI”. The cult is pretty much a one trick pony.

        In Christ -Jim

  6. fleebabylon says:

    In once sense, people who go to worldly and carnal religious organizations such as this deserve to have their money stolen from them. They get entertained and their ears tickled in the name of Jesus and the leaders get crowds and money. Win-Win so to speak up until the day of judgment.

  7. fleebabylon says:

    Weep or vomit, either response is appropriate after watching this video. Religious prostitution, deceiving and being deceived. They will make merchandise of you and the professing people of God love to have it so.

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