I. MISSION STATEMENT:
Reap Ministries encourages spreading the Gospel through charitable works in accordance with 1Peter 4:8.
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”
II.NON-DENOMINATIONAL / NON-INDOCTRINATING / NON-TRADITIONAL
Reap Ministries encourages believers to seek the Lord for themselves and does not indoctrinate believers with “traditional popular church” values or interpretations of the scriptures in accordance with Romans Chapter 14.
“Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.”
AND; James 1:5
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
III. SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES
Reap Ministries does not prohibit but encourages the reading, studying and referencing of extra-biblical resources including, but not limited to:
The Deuterocanonical, Apocryphal, Masoretic, and Cabalistic, texts.
Reap Ministries believes that all knowledge is from God and hence it is important to attain mastery of all Mathematics, Sciences and Languages. Reap Ministries utilizes all available resources to instruct the believers in these various degrees of knowledge.
Regarding the Hebrew boys in the book of Daniel:
“To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.”
Reap Ministries does not endorse or require tithes [1/10 as defined by Leviticus] from its believers and believers are exempt from paying such tithes unless it is within their belief in accordance with the laws of tithing which is as follows:
“All the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s” (Leviticus 27:30). This meant that a tenth of all agricultural produce of the land of Israel, whether fruits or vegetables, had to be tithed. The second type of tithable income was the increase of animals. “All the tithe of the herd or flock, whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord” (verse 32). Only these two specific income producers were subject to the tithe.
There is only one exception to this rule. Leviticus 27:31 reads: “If a man will redeem ought of his tithe, he shall add unto it the fifth part thereof.” In other words, if a man for various reasons did not wish to pay his tithe in kind (and he wished to give money as a substitute), he was penalized a fifth part. Such a law was obviously not intended to encourage payment of the tithe in money. Monetary redemption, on the other hand, was not allowed for the tithe of animals. Moses declared: “It shall not be redeemed” (verse 33). This means that the tithing law of the Bible prohibited cattle ranchers from paying money at all. They were required to give the tenth animal no matter if they wanted to keep it for some reason to themselves.
REAP Ministries encourages the giving of alms as a tenet of the faith and the service of a dutiful believer without regards to persons in accordance with Psalm 112:5-8
“It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment. For he will never be shaken; The righteous will be remembered forever. He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.”
Alms can be paid through the church and its various charitable projects or directly to the person/cause.
REAP Ministries desires that the believers practice forgiveness until it becomes as instinctual as breathing. We believe that forgiveness is not only an act of charity, it is an act of love, sympathy and empathy.
Reap Ministries discourages the adaptation of a hierarchy that places more value on some believers over others. We believe that titles should be based on the current work of the believer and are subject to change as the work changes.
“For there is no respect of persons with God.”
REAP Ministries encourages its believers to fellowship regularly with other churches, mosques, synagogues, etc…
“We who had sweet fellowship together Walked in the house of God in the throng.” Psalm 55:14