|1 Corinthians 16:1 |
1 Now concerning the collection1 for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you do also:
1 The false prophets of today point to this scripture to justify their taking up collections in the deficit sects, which they call the offering. Notice, this was a collection for the poor brothers in Jerusalem suffering from the famine, not for Paul, not for the pastors, not for the Apostles, not for a sect building — for poor brothers in Jerusalem. The gospel was particularly well received in Jerusalem by the poor, which resulted in them immediately being cut off from any aid from the Jewish temple, which collected tithes for the relief of widows, orphans, and the poor. Plus, there was a famine in the land. So, the churches there were overwhelmed with those in need. For this reason, collections were made for their relief throughout all of Christ's churches.