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The Book of Malachi
#10 JOHN DILLINGERS IN THE CHURCH (10 of 14)
1. I doubt that any of us are not familiar with the name
John Dillinger. Born in 1902, he deserted the Navy to take
up armed robbery. In 1933 he robbed his first bank in
Daleville, Indiana taking $3000.00. Within 3 weeks, he and
his gang robbed $10,000 from a Montpelier, Indiana bank and
$28,000 in Indianapolis. They took $28,000 from a bank in
Racine, Wisconsin. They robbed an East Chicago bank killing
a guard in the process. His crimes spread until on May 15,
1934, Congress asked for the public's help - offering a
$25,000 reward for his capture. Dillinger was officially
Public Enemy Number One, according the FBI. Over 600 FBI
agents were assigned to capture Dillinger. The FBI finally
got Dillinger, July 22, 1934 when he was shot down as he
came out of the Biograph Theater in Chicago.
2. Not all John Dillingers have been shot down. There is a
type of Dillingers that commit robbery week after week, and
the FBI could care less about them. Congress has not
offered any kind of reward for their capture and never
will. Even though their robbery is more serious than
robbing a bank, no policeman will ever bother them, or no
FBI agent will ever search for them. In fact, there is no
law on the books to make their robbery a crime. I'm talking
about the Dillingers in the Church that rob God of their
tithe and offering.
3. Before us is most familiar passage in all the book of
Malachi. It deals with a believer robbing God of their
tithes and offerings. It is one of the great passages of
the Bible about the giving of a believer. Its instructions
are very illuminating and its rebuke is very penetrating.
4. Many Christians have never learned the blessing of
giving to God. You could say that many Christians are
TAKERS and not GIVERS.
5. I heard about the Jewish Rabbi that went to get his hair
cut at the local barber ...
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