All Tithes Were LAND Related

Every single tithe that is mentioned in the Bible was given when the giver and the recipient were living INSIDE the promised land.

A. Described Tithes:

  • 1. Abram’s Tithe
Both Melchizadek and Abram were inside the promised land when the firstever recorded tithing event happened.
  • 2. Jacob’s Tithe.
Jacob made a conditional vow to tithe in Bethel which is inside the promised land.
Jacob vowed that he would tithe if God brings, him back to the Isaac (who was living inside the promised land) safely.

B. Prescribed Tithes:

  • Levitical Tithes: Leviticus 27:30-33.
Jews were supposed to transport the tithes to the Levitical cities (obviously inside the promised land) in exchange to religious services performed by the Levites.
  • Festival Tithes: Tithes were taken to Jerusalem during one of the 3 pilgrimage festivals.
  • Charity Tithes: Tithes were eaten by widows, orphans and strangers within the city gates.
The tithing system did not take effect when the Jews lived in Egypt and during their journey in the wilderness. The Levitical Priesthood survived WITHOUT the tithes during the wilderness. This totally contrary to many tithe advocates who think that a local church cannot function without the attendees paying the tithes!
Please note: The original boundaries of the promised land according to Genesis 15:18 In that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: ‘Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates; However the “core” of the promised land is west of river Jordan. The tithing system did not take effect until the “manna” stopped falling and the Levitical cities were established. It is also clear from Deuteronomy 6:1-3, 12:1, 10-11 proves that the Jews were not even required to tithe until crossing the river Jordan. It was obvious that the trans-Jordan tribes Gad, Reuben and the half tribe of Manasseh who got their inheritance ahead of the other tribes did not start tithing until the following conditions were fulfilled:
  • The rest of the tribes crossed river Jordan
  • The Manna stopped falling
  • Levitical cities such as Ramoth Gilead, Jazer, Mahanaim, Heshbon, Bezer, Jahaz, Kedemoth, Mephaat and Golan were established east of Jordan.

After The Destruction Of The 1st Temple:

During Captivity:
During the Assyrian and Babylonian captivity periods, Jews did not practice tithing because they lived outside the promised land.
No mention about Ezekiel (receiving), Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach & Abed Nego giving tithes.
No mention about Esther, Mordechai and the Jews who killed their enemies during Purim tithing.
Post-Exile Period:
After different groups of Jews started arriving at the promised land, post exile leaders such as Ezra and Nehemiah taught them the scriptures and instituted the tithing system again.
The most misused and abused tithe verses in Malachi 3:6-12, point to the storehouses (storage barns/chambers for tithes) inside the promised land.

During The Time of Lord Jesus:

In the New Testament period, Jesus mentioned about the Pharisees tithing while they were still living inside the promised land. (Matthew 23:23 & Luke 11:42)
In the Luke 18:12 parable also, the self-righteous Pharisee was bragging about his way of tithing when he and the tax collector (a non-tither), when both men went up to the temple to pray (Luke 18:10) INSIDE the promised land!

Post-Resurrection:

Hebrews chapter 7 also describes about tithing events inside the promised land.
Therefore in the Bible no one ever gave or received tithes while living OUTSIDE the promised land.
In Acts 4:36-37, Barnabas, the Levite was able to “own” a piece of land in Cyprus (because he happened to live outside the promised land).
In this particular incident, the usual tithe recipient had become a giver, not 10% of the value but 100% of the value.
A Levite “owning” a land and paying tithes and offerings to non-Levites (in this case 100%) also proves that the early Christians did not practice tithing and the end of the Levitical Priesthood.
Hebrews 7:12 For when the priesthood changes, a change in the law must come as well. 
Our modern day tithe teachers are only interested about what they can get and totally ignore who received the tithes, the relationship between the land and the tithes and the materials involved in the tithing system.

Now the big question?

Are Jews living in the nation of Israel obligated to tithe just because they are living inside the promised land?
No, according to Hebrews 7:12 the Levitical Priesthood has been abolished, God’s presence no longer dwells in the “Holy of Holies”, there is no temple. The Jews who live inside Israel do not tithe.
Are Messianic Jews (Christian Jews) who live inside the nation of Israel obligated to tithe?
No, not at all. There is no Levitical priesthood in Christianity and no “Pastor” is authorized to collect tithes. It was obvious from the Barnabas incident that early Christians did not consider Levites as Christian ministers nor a Christian minister as “spiritual Levite”. No Christian can change Agricultural tithes to money. Even if they happen to be farmers inside Israel they cannot tithe because no tithe recipient in the New Testament.
Are gentile Christians (such as Arab Christians and Greek Orthodox) supposed to tithe if they live inside Israel?
No. Tithing was never ordained for gentiles. Please read Acts 15. If tithing was commanded for gentiles, the people of Nineveh, the Queen of Sheba, the Ethiopian minister who was baptized by Philip, the evangelist would have tithed or asked to tithe!
Psalms 147:19 He declares his word to Jacob,  his statutes and rules to Israel.
Psalms 147:20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation;  they do not know his rules.
Praise the Lord! 
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Rules For Buying Back Tithes Under The Law – 12% & not 10%

Buy back option for the 1st Tithe (Levitical Tithe):

Leviticus 27:31

If a man decides to redeem any part of this tenth, he must add a fifth to its value.

Let us do some Mathematics here:
Assume that 1 bundle of wheat was $10.00 in monetary value.
100 bundles = $1000.00
10 bundles belonged to the Lord and they had to be transported to the Levites.
Monetary value of 10 bundles 10 x 10 = $100.00
Redemption option:
Add 20% to the value (1/5th.)
Monetary value $100.00 + $20 (one fifth of the tithe value = 120.00 dollars)
After adding one fifth, which is the monetary value:
(100+20) / 1000.00 = (120.00 / 1000.00) = .12
To convert .12 to percentage form, multiply it with 100.
.12 x 100 = 12 percent.
Therefore if the food tithe had to be redeemed under the law, a Jewish farmer needed to give 12% of the monetary value, hence the act of redeeming the agricultural tithes was not considered as “tithing”, as we all know, tithe is 10% and not 12 percent.
Even within the 1st tithe (Ma’aser Rishon), only the Agricultural portion was redeemable, the livestock tithe portion (Ma’aser Behema), carried a severe penalty (even an attempt to redeem) of losing the substitute animal along with animal that was desired to be redeemed.
The 10th animal that passed under the rod, could never be redeemed by money.
Leviticus 27:32
Every tenth animal from the herd or flock, which passes under the shepherd’s rod, will be holy to the LORD. Leviticus 27:33
He is not to inspect whether it is good or bad, and he is not to make a substitution for it. But if he does make a substitution, both the animal and its proposed substitute will be holy; they cannot be redeemed.”

Buy-back Option For All 3 Tithes

Buy back Option For the 2nd Tithe (Feast Tithe)

For the 2nd tithe, the tithe was allowed to be converted into its monetary value only if the distance was too long. This law was probably given to encourage the Northern Jewish tribes and those who lived east of River Jordan to participate in 1 of the 3 pilgrimage festivals.
Deuteronomy 14:24
“If the distance is so great for you that you are not able to bring the tithe, since the place where the LORD your God chooses to set His name is too far away from you when the LORD your God blesses you,
Deuteronomy 14:25
then you shall exchange it for money, and bind the money in your hand and go to the place which the LORD your God chooses.
Deuteronomy 14:26
“You may spend the money for whatever your heart desires: for oxen, or sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your heart desires; and there you shall eat in the presence of the LORD your God and rejoice, you and your household.

Buy back Option For The 3rd Tithe (Poor Tithe):

Should never be exchanged money nor buy back permitted.
Deuteronomy 14:28
At the end of every third year you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in that year, and shall deposit it in your town.
Deuteronomy 14:29
“The Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance among you, and the alien, the orphan and the widow who are in your town, shall come and eat and be satisfied, in order that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.

Question: Could the ancient Jews exchanged money with money? IMPOSSIBLE!

The buy back specifications in the Bible also refutes the lies of tithe teachers that the tithes were from Agricultural products in those days because money was not in use and the society was predominantly Agrarian!
Obviously no one could have exchanged money with money and the Scriptures clearly proves that tithing in the Bible was never from money!

Redemption Option For 3 Different Tithes

Using Anecdotal Evidence To Justify Modern Day Monetary Tithing!

Our modern day tithe supporters often times use an anecdotal evidence to convince their followers to give monetary tithes.
Anecdotal evidence is using an exception as an example.
For example, we often hear testimonies from modern day tithers that they started prospering or miracles started breaking out in their lives, ever since they started giving 10% of their income to their local church.
While these claims may be true, they should never be used to justify monetary tithes today. Many Christians do prosper and do experience miracles after setting aside a portion to the Lord. This is not because of God opening the windows of heaven according to Malachi 3. A number of Christians, when they decide to tie loose ends in their lives, sincerely repent, reconcile with others and also decide to give 10%. God sees their heart and blesses them. However this has nothing to do with God’s approval of monetary tithing today nor establishes a theological truth.
Not all Christians who faithfully set aside 10% to their local church prosper nor experience financial miracles. A vast majority of them live in poverty and in need. Even Pastors (including prosperity preachers, with endless positive confessions) who do collect monetary tithes experience financial hardships.
Unsaved people who donate money to ungodly and evil causes also prosper, their businesses grow exponentially and live longer. Does that mean our Lord approves ungodly activities?
People from other religions also give huge sums of money to their preachers and religious institutions and testify that they have been experiencing financial prosperity. Does that make other so-called gods can also lead to salvation?
There are people who smoke, live longer than some non-smokers. Does that make smoking right, healthy and good for longer life?
If a man jumps from the top floor of a multi-storey building and survives, can that be used to persuade others to do likewise?
Therefore, Christians, do not be overcome by the emotions when you hear anecdotal testimonies. However, all Christians must set aside a portion to help the poor and needy instead of giving money to greedy preachers.
From Wikipedia:
Anecdotal evidence is evidence from anecdotes, i.e., evidence collected in a casual or informal manner and relying heavily or entirely on personal testimony. When compared to other types of evidence, anecdotal evidence is generally regarded as limited in value due to a number of potential weaknesses, but may be considered within the scope of scientific method as some anecdotal evidence can be both empirical and verifiable, e.g. in the use of case studies in medicine. Other anecdotal evidence, however, does not qualify as scientific evidence, because its nature prevents it from being investigated by the scientific method.
Where only one or a few anecdotes are presented, there is a larger chance that they may be unreliable due to cherry-picked or otherwise non-representative samples of typical cases. Similarly, psychologists have found that due to cognitive bias people are more likely to remember notable or unusual examples rather than typical examples.
Thus, even when accurate, anecdotal evidence is not necessarily representative of a typical experience. Accurate determination of whether an anecdote is “typical” requires statistical evidence. Misuse of anecdotal evidence is an informal fallacy and is sometimes referred to as the “person who” fallacy (“I know a person who…”; “I know of a case where…” etc.) which places undue weight on experiences of close peers which may not be typical.
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Why So Many Christians Are Unable To Realize The Monetary Tithe Deception?

There are 2 different types of thinking:
1) Circular Thinking
2) Linear Thinking
Circular thinking or circular reasoning is only based on the paradigm that lies deep within them (the inner most part, the spirit man or the sub-conscious mind). A paradigm is a set of beliefs accumulated into the inner most being because of the information received from the environment, peers, religious leaders, family members and other friends. The paradigm will reject any belief or teaching that is contrary to what that has been already programmed into the inner most being.
The modern day monetary tithe teaching is one of the wrong paradigms that a Christian who sits under the false teachings of a deceitful pastor develops over a period of time. Because of repetition their minds are conditioned into accepting that the monetary tithing teaching is true and applicable to Christians. Anything that is contrary to it, will be rejected by their deceived sub-conscious minds. The modern day tithe victims are essentially circular thinkers and they do not want to even admin that an alternate giving process exists and New Testament never asks a Christian to tithe. Until this thought process is changed, they cannot reprogram their sub-conscious minds.
On the contrary, linear thinking does the exact opposite, it wants find the actual truth about tithing and willing to do research. A tithe victim starting to think linearly by itself will not help him/her to come of out the deception, they need to reprogram their sub-conscious mind with the Biblical truth of tithing. This involves systematic repetition of reading or hearing the truth about tithing. That is the reason this Facebook page exists to help the victims.
It even goes beyond that, deliverance from monetary tithe deception requires revelation from the Holy Spirit, boldness to confront false teachers etc. Believe it or not, if the victims are under certain deceitful ministers, they may need supernatural deliverance from the spirit of error.
John 8:36 King James Version (KJV)
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

My Tithing Testimony – Rory O’Moore

My Tithing Testimony – Rory O’Moore

(Rory O’Moore is the author of “The Tithe That Binds” )
I Was A Tither for 24 years
Back in 1980, as a new convert to Christianity, I began attending a Pentecostal church. One Friday night in September, I received the wonderful baptism of the Holy Ghost and there was an immediate change in my soul and spirit. I was filled with joy and a zeal for the Lord I had not known prior to this, and I wanted to please the Lord and serve Him!
A week or so later, one of the brothers pulled me aside and mentioned my need to start “tithing”. In my new joy I was not only glad to give 10% (tithe means tenth) of my income to the church, I was zealous to know what else God might “require” me to do! And the church group was excited to see me conform to their list of do’s and don’ts which I willingly accepted without question or seeking to learn for myself from God’s Word.
After all, we were zealous over the Word of God, I carried my Bible almost everywhere, and we shared intense prayer and worship in the humble atmosphere of a small fellowship. I loved my pastor and the saints we met with, and life centered around our church.
During this time, I became a regular tither and in addition to that, was told the Bible stated that another 5% “offering” should be given, plus whatever other “gifts” we were led to give. So 15% + other gifts became my standard of giving. We were regularly reminded of this not only from the pastor, but also from visiting ministers and the young aspiring ones.
All of them reinforced this teaching from the Bible using mainly Old Testament verses of which Malachi 3:8-10 was their mainstay.
8 Will a man rob God? yet ye rob me. But you say, Where have we robbed you? -In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with the curse; for ye rob me, even this whole nation.
10 Bring ye the whole tithe into the store-house, that there may be food in my house, and prove me now herewith, …if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Here’s another heavy-weight tithe verse from the OT law we heard: Leviticus 27:32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passes under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.
Wow, I sure did not want to rob God so there was the added incentive to put in that 10% into the plate. (Of course the part about the herds and flock was conveniently overlooked, as well as the fact the tithe was used to FEED people, and was never money!) They usually emphasized how the tithe was the Lord’s but not really clearly stating that 100% of the tithe went directly to the pastor. Of course, it never dawned on us that there was not a single verse in the New Testament to support tithing to a pastor.
Later, as I learned that the pastor received the tithes for his personal support, and there was never any accounting of how much came in to either the church or the tithe account. The pastor did know how much WE tithed and gave, and we got a nice charitable deduction from the IRS. We thought nothing of how the church accounting should be handled and managed, we trusted our leadership completely.
In much of the Pentecostal Charismatic church world, the pastor and his family manage the business affairs of the church with little or no accountability. Many of them treat the church checking accounts as their own personal account. We would see this lead to not only questionable and irresponsible spending and financial management, but also some flatly illegal instances ranging from embezzlement, money laundering, and other mis-use of church funds.
These faux pas’ were passed off with justifications like “God will deal with their mis-management” which is true, but it was emphasized we were to continue our tithing and support of The Ministry anyway.
Through this extended term of church leadership and involvement, we became privy to some of these practices and other times were directly involved with those who committed the actions. Understand also, during the entire time we were faithfully tithing, offering, and giving to our church while almost weekly reminders for support were voiced across the pulpit and we gave our agreement as elders.
For 24 years we closely observed these things and as a family that always worked closely with The Ministry, we were trusted with personal details regarding church money. During that time, I had been an Assistant Pastor, youth pastor, Board Member (after we became incorporated), we managed the church business account, helped make decisions regarding church owned real estate, and of course those countless fundraisers!
Little did I realize the blatant error of this tithing theology that would become a $$ pillar of faith for the next 24 years, and lead to not only spiritual abuse by the clergy, but also lead us into debt. We would also observe the financial corruption and downfall of many ministers, but never made the connection to the tithe they all expected to receive.
God never gave pastors, apostles, or any minister instruction to take money tithes of the people (as He did with the OT Levite priests) then they have NO scriptural authority to do so! Levite priests had a command to take tithes (which were farm products), but no pastor has that right.
Like good sheep, we assumed tithing was correct because our “leadership” said so.
Many times we heard the testimonies of those who practiced tithing, and were reminded of the “benefits”. Typical of statements regarding tithing heard from the pulpit were:
When you get a raise or blessing, I (the pastor) get a raise or blessing“,
10% is God’s and you get to keep the other 90%“,
you need to pay your tithe“,
Do you want God to bless your gross or net?” -in regard to a question of tithing on your business.
One lady testified how her son was backslid, living in sin, but thank God he still tithed.
We were to money tithe “because tithing was before the Law“.
We needed “to be in financial covenant“, referring to tithing. Those who “were not in covenant”, meaning they were not tithing, were viewed as not committed to God, rebellious, unfaithful stewards, and they were excluded from leadership or positions in the church.
The truth is ALL of those statements are what Jesus called “leaven”, i.e. something added to scripture based on assumption or tradition.
Those of us who were faithful tithers were rewarded with recognition, occasional perks, status, and favorable attention. After all, you cannot spread the gospel or build a successful ministry and organization without money so “quality people” are needed to “support” the “vision” of the house.
After re-reading the New Testament after leaving church it became clear this is the exact opposite of what Jesus and the apostles did and taught, nor did any of the faithful tithers seem to receive the poured out ‘a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it”.
(I hope you read “The Harlot Church System” by Newbold, to understand this is how church is done).
You would be shocked and possibly sickened to hear the stories told by people who have been coerced, manipulated, and yes, brainwashed into paying a 10% tithe to a pastor or church. (Without even a single verse in the NT to do so).
Some examples we personally knew of:
-A church that required tithing from anyone serving in any position in that organization.
-A widow who received a call from a pastors wife about the tithe on her deceased husbands life insurance.
-A “church” that took the home of a woman after she died, according to her husband’s Will, donating their property to their church upon their death. Before the out-of-town adult children could settle her estate and bills, collect personal property, and have time to process their mother’s death, the “church” board quickly exercised their ownership of the house and booted her son off the property in short order.- pastor’s that taught mandatory tithing but themselves did tithe.
In 24 years of tithing and more, not only did we not receive the “blessings’ tithing was supposed to bring as we owned the other 90%, we did not see others do so.
We did however, cultivate the desire for wealth and greed within ourselves at the expectation of all the great gain tithing was supposed to bring. We saw it corrupt many of the ministers we knew, although when we were in the church system, we just thought it was good church business….
We never knew the truth about the tithe lie until the LORD answered our prayer for truth about this subject. We forgave those who through ignorance of tradition or greed, took what was not theirs under cover of twisted scripture, and thank God for the grace he gave in setting us free from the error of money tithes and much more.

 

The Monetary Tithe is Replacement Theology

The Monetary Tithe is Replacement Theology
by Ronald W Robey
The doctrine that God’s holy tithe is monetary is a form of Replacement Theology.
1. It replaces the commanded ELEMENTS of God’s tithe
In Leviticus 27:30-33, we read that God’s tithe is to come from agricultural increase. Many Pastors today replace “agricultural increase” with “monetary income”
Leviticus 27:30-33 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD. He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
2. It replaces the commanded GIVERS of God’s tithe
In Leviticus 27:34; & Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11 we read that it is the children of Israel that are required to tithe. Psalms 147:19-20 reveal that the commands given to Israel were given to no other nation. Many Pastors today replace “children of Israel” with “New Covenant Believers in Christ Jesus”.
Leviticus 27:34 These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.
Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.
Deuteronomy 12:10-11 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety; Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:
3. It replaces the commanded RECIPIENTS of God’s tithe.
In Numbers 18:21-23, Deuteronomy 14:27-29 & Deuteronomy 26:12 we read that the tithe is to be given to the tribe of Levi, to orphans, to foreigners, and to widows. Many Pastors today replace “Levites”, “orphans”, “foreigners”, and “widows” with “New Covenant Church Ministry”
Numbers 18:21-23 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation. Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die. But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.
Deuteronomy 14:27-29 And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee. At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.
Deuteronomy 26:12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;
4. It replaces the commanded LOCATION of God’s tithe
In Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11 we read that tithing is not to be observed unless living in the land of Canaan. Many Pastors today replace “land of Canaan” with “local assemblies all over the world.”
Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.
Deuteronomy 12:10-11 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety; Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:
In Nehemiah 10:37-38 we read that only the physical bloodline descendants of Levi were required to tithe to the House of God. Many Pastors today replace “the Levites” with “every member of the Body of Christ.”
Nehemiah 10:37-38 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage. And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.
5. It replaces the commanded TIME of God’s tithe
In Deuteronomy 26:12 we read that the third year is the year of tithing. Many Pastors today replace “the third year” with “every week, every other week, or every month.”
Deuteronomy 26:12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;
6. It replaces the WHY of God’s tithe.
In Numbers 18:21 we read that the tithe was to be given to the physical bloodline descendants of Levi because they have no inheritance among the remaining eleven tribes of Israel. Many Pastors today replace the “because they have no inheritance” with “property including cars, land, houses, jets and more.”
Numbers 18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Lastly…
7. It replaces God.
God gave the instructions of how His tithe ordinance is to be observed. Many Pastors today replace the “God that gave specific instructions concerning the tithe ordinance” with “a god that requires tithes to be observed in an entirely different way than recorded in the Bible.”
When considering the Biblical facts, it is clear that the monetary tithe requirement doctrine is replacing truth with error; obedience with disobedience; and fact with theory.

 

 

 

Historical Context Explained For The Malachi Tithe Passages

Historical Context Explained For The Malachi Tithe Passages That Is Often Misused By Tithe Teachers.

We need to bear in mind that Prophet Malachi prophesied during the post-exile time when Jews from the started returning under the leadership of Ezra, Nehemiah and Zerubabbel.

Contradiction in Tithe Verses in the Book of Nehemiah

Nehemiah 10:37 – 38 contradicts Nehemiah 13:12
First of all a brief history lesson to set proper context:
§ Circa 605 BC – First siege (Daniel taken captive, 70 year captivity begins), Israel ceases to be a Sovereign nation (not until 1948).
§ Circa 598 – 597 BC – Second siege (Ezekiel taken captive).
§ Circa 588 – 586 BC – Third siege, destruction of Solomon’s temple.
§ Circa 539 BC – Babylonian empire falls, Media-Persian empire takes over (King Cyrus Circa 539 to 530 BC).
§ 70 years of Babylonian Captivity (606 BC – 536 BC) ends with the proclamation of Cyrus the Great.
§ Circa 537 Zerubbabel (ancestor or Lord Jesus) returns with the first wave of Jews and the Temple is built.
§ Circa 516 BC (Ezra 1 – 6). For about 18 years the Temple rebuilding was stalled by the enemies.
§ Circa 530 BC Cambyses son of Cyrus takes over after his father’s death.
§ Circa 522 BC Darius Hystaspes succeeds his father Cambyses, Haggai & Zachariah prophesized in Israel.
§ Between Zerubbabel & Ezra – Esther’s time Circa 486 – 465 BC / King Ahasuerus or Xerxes, the son of Dairus Hystaspes.
§ Circa 458 – Ezra led the second wave of Jews and teaches the law to the returnees (Ezra 7 – 10).
§ Circa 445 – Nehemiah comes to Judah for the first time with some and the wall is built after getting permission from Artaxerxes Longimanus.
§ Circa 432 – Nehemiah goes back to Babylon, The specific act of “robbing” God takes place in Judea, led by Priest Eliashib and his accomplish Tobias and Malachi prophesies.
§ Circa 423 – Nehemiah returns to Judah (Nehemiah 13:6) and finds out that the Priests abusing God’s storehouse, gets angry confronts the Jews.
Now the contradiction: Nehemiah 10:38 vs Nehemiah 13:12
Nehemiah 10:38
And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.
Nehemiah 13:12
Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries.
Nehemiah 10:38 – As specified in Numbers 18:26, the Jews took the tithes to the Levites and the Levites in turn tithed the tithe of tithes to the Priests which was brought to the store house. However Nehemiah 13:12 says ALL Judah brought the tithes DIRECTLY to the store house!
Explanation: Post-exile leaders like Ezra and Nehemiah re-introduced tithing in the Jewish communities which had returned from the Babylonian captivity and Nehemiah 10:37-38 was written during Nehemiah’s first leave of absence and during his efforts to rebuild the wall. Everything was (supposed to be) followed according to the law of Moses. However, in order to renew his pledge of allegiance to the King, Nehemiah needed to go back to Babylon to report to the king and during this period the dishonest Priests led by Eliashib together with the avowed enemies of the Jewish people, such as Tobias and Sanballat defiled the priesthood (Nehemiah 13:28 – 30), encouraged inter marriage, neglected the Levites and robbed the store houses. During this period Malachi ministers and rebukes the dishonest priests and condemns the Priests for robbing the storehouses of tithes and offerings/first fruits. Nehemiah returns back to Israel and finds out that a lot of Levites have gone back to their towns because the Priest. He takes severe action against the Priests and expels them and was very angry. Now Nehemiah 13:12 takes place – ALL Judah brought the tithes DIRCTLY to the store house. Interpretation: All of Judah hears about the return of Nehemiah and his anger for the abandonment of the store house. As one time act ALL Judah brought the tithes DIRCTLY to Jerusalem.
This was not a decree from Nehemiah but ALL of Judah reacted to Nehemiah’s anger in fear. A parallel passage in 2 Chronicles 31:5-6 explains this
2 Chronicles 31:5 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the first fruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.2 Chronicles 31:6 And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated unto the LORD their God, and laid them by heaps. In 2 Chronicles 31:11 King Hezekiah gave orders to prepare storehouses. Then Hezekiah commanded to prepare chambers in the house of the LORD; and they prepared them, In 2 Chronicles 31 because of the King’s order, out of fear people brought the tithes DIRECTLY to Jerusalem instead of taking it to the Levitical cities first. In 2 Chronicles 31 King Hezekiah questions the Levites and Priests about the heaps (because it was unusual to bring tithes DIRECTLY to Jerusalem. This was NOT the 2nd tithe which was brought to Jerusalem during one of the festivals and eaten by the tithers themselves. The same thing happened in Nehemiah 13:12 also and it is practically not possible to hold ALL the tithes from entire Judah within a few chambers which were called as store houses. They piled the tithes in heaps as in the days of King Hezekiah. later Nehemiah appointed honest Levites and Priests and regulated the tithing process. It is impossible to assume that Nehemiah would have issued an order to ALL the people of Judah to bring ALL their tithes DIRECTLY to Jerusalem, it would have been a direct violation of the commands in Numbers 18:26 and his own writings in Nehemiah 10:37 – 38 and also adding to God’s commandments which is prohibited in the scriptures (Deuteronomy 4:2).
Conclusion: Nehemiah 10:37 – 38, a prescription and followed according to Numbers 18:26. However Nehemiah 13:12 was a description of an event that was not prescribed anywhere in the law. Description does not equal to prescription. Therefore Nehemiah 10:37 – 38 are the key tithe verses in Nehemiah and Nehemiah 13:12 should be considered only as a voluntary, one time act of the nation of Israel. Again, this is my own theory and please feel free to post yours in the comments section.
This also proves that tithing did not exist among the Jewish exiles which proves that tithing was supposed to be given from the produce and livestock when the Jews lived INSIDE the promised land. Without the temple and the Levitical priesthood in diaspora, Jews never tithed when they happened to live outside of the promised land! Many Christians are deceived by modern day tithe teachers because they do not understand the Book of Nehemiah in the first place.
Like the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation need to be studied together, the Book of Nehemiah and the Book of Malachi should be studied together to get the proper context to Malachi chapter 3.
Alternate Interpretation: The “All Judah” does not mean every single person in Judah, it is sort of the “All” that is understood in the Reformed Theology (Calvinistic) circles. All does not have to mean every single person but points to a select group of people. Likewise, in Nehemiah 13:12, “All Judah” could mean all Levites living in the area known as Judea. According to International Standard Bible, a Levite named Judah existed among the post-exile returnees. This “All Judah” could be that Levite and his associates. Again these are mere speculations, I could be wrong, not trying to state this alternate interpretation, as facts.

Answering The “Grace-Giving Is Always Greater Than Law-Giving” Objection

Article by Russell Earl Kelly
1. NO TEXTS:
The Bible nowhere makes the comparison between Law-giving and grace-giving. Since no texts affirm this objection, no texts accompany it. The modern definition of tithes as “10% of one’s income before taxes” is wholly un-biblical; it is false and is an invention of modern man. There is no biblical justification for comparing an invented definition with something real.
2. BASED UPON A FALSE ASSUMPTION
The statement that “grace giving is more than Law giving” allows preachers to teach that Christians should at least begin their level of giving at 10% because (they say) those under the Law were commanded to begin their level of giving at a minimum of 10%. However, this is not true. It is a false assumption because the Law NEVER required everybody under it to begin their level of giving at ten percent! In fact, it only required such from Hebrew food producers living inside holy Israel – and only if were an increase over what they had preciously tithed. It did NOT apply to Hebrew non-food producers such as carpenters (Jesus) or tentmakers (Paul) even though they worked in Israel.
3. NOT LOGICAL
In actual practice, tithe-teachers paradoxically use the argument, “grace giving is greater than Law-giving,” as an excuse for teaching tithing!!! That is illogical and makes their own argument self-destructive. If tithe-teachers really believed their own objection to tithing to be true, they would only teach grace giving guidelines – freewill, sacrificial, generous, not by compulsion, joyful, and motivated by love for God and lost souls.
By teaching tithing instead of grace-giving, they are admitting that they either do not believe their own objection or have failed to teach their congregations the reality of hell and/or the need to sacrificially give more to win souls.
4. NOT A TRUE OBJECTION CONCERNING GIVING GUIDELINES
While it is true that grace magnifies literal murder into spiritual hate, literal adultery into spiritual lust and literal idolatry into spiritual covetousness, it is NOT always true that grace produces more than the law commanded concerning giving. The following eight (8) exceptions are proof that grace-giving is NOT always greater than Law-giving commanded. While grace allows for super-abundant freewill giving, grace does not set limits either up or down. Sacrificial grace-giving sermons are needed today.
A. BRING TITHES TO LEVITE FARMS: The Law required Hebrew food-producers to bring the first whole Levitical tithes to the farming communities where the Levites lived (Neh 10:37b). This was a greater burden than grace-giving and makes sense because (1) the people needed the tithe for food where they lived, (2) the temple in Jerusalem did not have storage space for all the tithe of the land (2 Chron 31:1-19) and (3) God would not expect Levites and priests to travel long distances to Jerusalem every time they needed food.
B. THE SECOND FESTIVAL TITHE: The Law required a second yearly holy tithe of 10% (20% total) be brought to the three festivals of Jerusalem to be eaten by all. Grace does not command this burden. This extra ten per cent was a greater burden than modern tithe-teachers preach (Deu 12:6-7; 14:23).
C. 23% TOTAL TITHE: The Law commanded a third third-year tithe be kept in the homes and villages solely for the Levites and other poor (Deu 14:28-29; 26:12-13). This brings the total Law-tithe to 23% which is a far greater burden than that taught by modern tithe-teachers.
D. FORFEIT LAND OWNERSHIP: The Law required tithe-recipients to forfeit land inheritance and replace it with the tithe as their inheritance. This is a far greater burden than modern tithe-teachers preach (Num 18:20-21; Num 35:1-3; Josh 21:2-3).
E. ONLY LIVE ON LOANED PROPERTY: The Law required Levitical tithe-recipients to live on loaned land owned by the other tribes (Num 35; Josh 20-21). This is another greater burden than that taught by modern tithe-teachers.
F. ONLY TO LEVITE SERVANTS: The Law required 11 tribes to give food tithes to the Levites. Levites were only the servants of the priests and Levites performed most temple duties except offering the sacrifices (Num 18:21-24; Neh 10:37b). This is a far greater Law-burden than grace giving. Tithe-teachers do not teach this higher expectation and often rebel at paying Levite-comparable ushers, deacons, treasurers, maintenance personnel and builders out of the first whole tithe.
G. THE LEVITES GAVE 1% OF THE TITHE THEY RECEIVED TO MINISTERS: The Law required Levites to give the best 1% (a tenth of the tithe) to the ministering priests (Num 18:25-28; Neh 10:38). This is a far greater burden than grace-giving tithe-teachers want to admit or teach. Tithe teachers usually want to drastically change God’s Word, change that Law-level and receive much or all of the tithe.
H. TITHE-RECIPIENTS WERE TO REMAIN POOR: The Law commanded Levites and priests who received the tithe in lieu of land ownership to remain poor -– “neither shall you have any part among them” (Num 18:20). They were expected to remain among the poor of the land and were first listed to receive from the third poor tithe. “And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee), and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest” (Deu 14:29) This is a serious greater Law-burden than grace-giving tithe-teachers preach.
5. THINGS THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHE WAS:
Note: None of the following is included in what modern tithe-teachers ask for today. They simply do not teach anything true about biblical tithing.
A. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHE WAS ALWAYS ONLY FOOD FROM INSIDE HOLY ISRAEL. While it is true that “The earth is the LORD’s and the fulness thereof” (Ps 24:1), God never approved of holy tithes from outside His holy Israel (Lev 27:30-34; Num 18:19-28; Deu 12:1-9; 14:22-29; 26:12-13; 1 Chron 31:1-19; Neh 10:37-38; 12:44; 13:5-12; Mal 3:7-10; Mt 23:23; Lk 11:42).
B. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHE WAS ALWAYS ONLY FROM HEBREWS LIVING UNDER THE OLD COVENANT INSIDE HOLY ISRAEL (Lev 27:34; Mal 4:4).
C. THE TRUE HOLY FIRST BIBLIAL TITHE WAS ALWAYS ONLY FOR THE LEVITE SERVANTS OF THE PRIESTS. The Levites performed most temple duties except ministering the sacrifice (Num 3:6-51; 18:21-24; Neh 10:37b).
D. LEVITES WERE COMMANDED TO GIVE THE BEST 1% (A TENTH OF THE TITHE) TO PRIESTS (Num 18:25-28; Neh 10:38).
E. THREE TITHES WERE COMMANDED TOTALLING UP TO 23%, NOT 10%. These included a 2nd yearly festival tithe to be eaten by all (Deu 12:6-7; 14:23) and a third tithe (every 3rd year) to be kept in the homes for the poor which included Levites (Deu 14:28-29; 26:12-13).
F. ISRAEL’S KINGS USED TITHES AS TAXES: Tithe-teachers do not teach that tithes were taxes under Israel’s kings; this is a sin of omission. Without objection from God or His prophets, the governments of David and Solomon began collecting tithes and using them to pay government workers such as judges, treasurers and rulers (1 Sam 8:14-17; 1 Chron 23-27; esp. 26:29-32).
G. LEVITES AND PRIESTS WORKED PART-TIME IN MINISTRY FOR GOD: Since there were far too many eligible priests and Levites to serve in the temple, they were divided into 24 courses (families) and took turns serving at the temple at least one week of 24 or 2 weeks per year). The remainder of their time was spent farming, raising tithed animals and working trades necessary for temple ministry and upkeep. Reputable church historians across denominations agree that both priests and Levites boasted of working trades while not at the temple and teaching trades to their children. Although there is nothing either right or wrong about full-time ministry, it is wrong to teach that ministry in the temple was a full-time occupation to be mimicked by full-time preachers today.
6. THINGS THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES WERE NOT (PER MOSES,
NUMBERS, MALACHI AND JESUS):
A. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES WERE NOT FROM OUTSIDE HOLY ISRAEL. Abram (Gen 14:18-20) and Jacob (Gen 28:20-22) were not examples of holy Law-tithing. Both gave freewill sacrificial vow offerings.
B. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES WERE NOT FROM PRIESTS (PART ONE). The O. T. priests represented God, the end-recipient, and, like God Himself, were not commanded to tithe but were expected to give freewill offerings. In Malachi 1:8-14 God cursed priests for stealing — exchanging bad sacrificial animals for good ones in their freewill offerings. In Nehemiah 13:5-10 priests stole the Levites’ portion of the tithes. And Malachi 3:8-10 is likely God commanding “you” priests (from 1:6 and 2:1) to return the stolen tithes. The point is that O. T. priests (the nearest comparison to N. T. pastors) only gave freewill offerings. This is not taught by modern tithe-teachers.
C. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES WERE NOT FROM PRIESTS (PART TWO). Numbers 18 (not Malachi 3) is the ordinance in the Law which details support of Levites and priests. It tells the people to tithe food to the Levites (18:21-24) and tells the Levites to give a tenth of their food-tithe (1%) to the priests (18:25-28). However, the Law never commanded priests to tithe! God’s original goal for every Hebrew to be a priest in Exodus 19:5-6 preceded actual tithing in Leviticus 27:30-34. For Gentiles, God’s plan has been partially fulfilled under grace by all believers in First Peter 2:9-10 which quotes Exodus 19:5-6. Therefore, if O. T. priests were not required to begin their level of giving at 10%, there is no biblical precedent for the N. T. post-Calvary believer-priest. One must twist God’s Word to make it say otherwise.
D. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES WERE NOT FROM HEBREW INCREASE from working trades or other skills from inside holy Israel. Hebrews could not boast of benefiting God.
E. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES WERE NOT FROM HEBREWS OR GENTILES from working trades or skill from outside holy Israel. Neither the pre-Calvary O. T. nor the post-Calvary N. T. teaches that anybody outside holy Israel tithed. There is no biblical precedent. Again, God did not want man boasting of benefiting Himself through his own increase.
F. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES WERE NOT FROM JESUS OR PAUL. Neither qualified as a tither. Both were non-food-producers. As a carpenter and traveling preacher, Jesus did not qualify as a tithe-payer. Also, coming from the tribe of Judah, Jesus did not qualify as a tithe-recipient under the Law.
G. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES WERE NOT GIVEN TO JESUS OR TO HIS DISCIPLES. Jesus never taught his converts to pay tithes either to Himself or to His disciples. Jesus commanded His disciples to depend upon freewill offerings while evangelizing (Mt 10:5-14; Lk 10:1-11. If Jesus had commanded others to give tithes to either Himself or to His disciples before Calvary, He would have been sinning (Mt 23:23)!
H. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES WERE NOT MONEY (PART ONE). The Law never included money, gold, silver or anything earned or made by man as holy tithes. Only uninformed men teach that biblical food was the same as barter-money. “Money” occurs in Genesis 32 times and 44 times before the tithe is described in Leviticus 23:30-344. Money paid for slaves (Gen 17:12+), land (Gen 23:9+), freedom (Ex 23:11), court fines (Ex 21 and 22), sanctuary dues (Ex 30:12+), vows (Lev 23:3-7), poll taxes (Num 3:47+), alcoholic drinks (Deut 14:26) and marriage dowries (Deut 22:29). Most important, since money was never included in any biblical description of holy tithes. Therefore, there is no precedent for describing tithes as income increase today.
I. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES WERE NOT MONEY (PART TWO). Jesus clearly taught that money with the image and language of human government was only to be returned to man’s government and not to be given to God (Mt 22:14-17; Mk 12:14-17; Lk 20:22-25). Although difficult to accept, this was Jesus’ inspired application of the Law! Tithe-teachers always ignore these texts when they refer to the Law as our beginning point of giving government money.
J. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES WERE NOT A UNIVERSAL ETERNAL MORAL PRINCIPLE. To be an eternal universal moral principle, 10% increase-giving would have to be written upon the heart and soul of every human being (Rom 1:18-20; 2:14-16). Tithing did not even apply to non-food producers living inside holy Israel. Again, there was no precedent. Like rest and worship, “giving” is an eternal moral principle. However, like worshiping and/or resting “on the 7th day,” giving “23%” in three tithes was only known through special revelation and only to Old Covenant Israel.
K. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES WERE NOT FIRSTFRUITS. Like tithes, Old Covenant first-fruits were always only food from inside holy Israel. Unlike tithes, first-fruits were the first small token harvest of the season (Ex 23:19; 34:26; Lev 23:17; Num 18:13-17; Deu 18:4; 26:1-4, 10; 2 Chron 31:5a). It is wrong to teach that Christians must bring the first 10% increase of their wages as tithes because such was true of O. T. first-fruits.
L. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES WERE NOT TAUGHT BY PAUL. At the end of his three missionary journeys, in Acts 20:20 Paul wrote “I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you” and in 20:27 he wrote “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.” Yet none of Paul’s many writings even suggest that the church should practice tithing. In 20:33-34 Paul boasted “I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. … these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.” Those are not the words of a man usually supported by others.
M. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES WERE NOT CHANGED FROM FOOD TO ANYTHING ELSE. Abram and Jacob’s one-time vow of pre-Law tithes from pagan sources did not qualify as holy tithes under the Law. The description of holy tithes to exclude money or man’s increase never changed. Holy tithes were only food in Leviticus 27:30-34; they were still only food 1000 years later in Malachi 3:10 and they were still only food 1400 years later in Matthew 23:23. The tithe-teacher must twist God’s Word to make them anything else.
N. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES WERE NEVER USED FOR MISSION SUPPORT. Hebrews never spent anything on mission work to convert non-Hebrews. Although missionary support is valid for Christians, there is no biblical precedent for supporting it by teaching tithing.
O. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITES WERE NOT EXISTENT IN EARLY CHURCH HISTORY. The early Church followed the example of Jewish rabbis who considered it sin to gain from teaching the Word. Not even the incorrect description of tithes appeared as a doctrine in early church history! Justin Martyr (A. D. 150) opposed tithing as a Jewish doctrine. The Didache (150-200) opposed tithing. Over 500 years after Calvary the regional Council of Tours (567) and the regional Council of Macon (585) unsuccessfully attempted to make tithing a doctrine of the whole Church. Finally, over 700 years after Calvary, in 777, French King Charlemagne allowed the Church to make tithing church law, but even that did not last in the Roman Catholic Church. The earliest Baptists of the 1640s considered paying pastors to be a grievous sin. Southern Baptists failed to introduce it as a doctrine in 1895. Although it seems firmly entrenched today, the references for tithes did not first appear in their Baptist Faith and Message until 1963 and the word “tithe” still does not appear.
P. THE TRUE HOLY BIBLICAL TITHES HAVE NOT BEEN AFFIRMED BY SCORES OF LEADING SCHOLARS AND BIBLE DICTIONARIES. It would take many hours to read my list of well-respected theologians, Bible dictionaries, Bible commentaries and the articles which accompany them at http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id2.html. The following is a sampling: Believers Bible Commentary, Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc, Encyclopedia Britannica, F F Bruce, Craig Blomberg, John Calvin, Lewis Sperry Chafer, Dallas Theological Seminary, John Nelson Darby, Alfred Edersheim, Walter Elwell, Theodore Epp, Evangelical Bible Dictionary, Irenaeus, Zola Levitt, Martin Luther, Masters’ Seminary, John MacArthur, Justin Martyr, J Vernon McGee, Bruce Metzger, Moody Bible Institute, Nelson’s Bible Dictionary, New Bible Dictionary, John Owen, Dwight Pentecost, Charles Ryrie, C I Scofield, Philip Schaff, Charles Spurgeon, Charles Swindoll, Tertullian, Merrill Unger, Unger’s Bible Dictionary, John Wesley, John Walvoord, Wycliffe Bible Dictionary
7. MALACHI AND HOLY TITHING
The use of Malachi 3:8-10 to support Christian tithing is a modern scandal and sinful abuse of God’s Word today. While ignoring Malachi 1:6 TO 3:7, tithe-teachers do not point out:
A. In 1:6 God began addressing only the priests as “you” and never switched back to the people as “you” afterwards.
B. God cursed the priests four times in 1:13-13 and 2:1-2 for stealing and breaking his covenant with Levi (1:6 to 2:10).
C. The only diversion from priests as “you” is 2:11-12 where others are referred to in the third person. It is clear that “you” refers to the priests again in 2:13.
D. From 3:1 onward God answered the priests’ mocking from 2:17.
E. Since “ye sons of Jacob” in 3:6 cannot refer to all 10 tribes, it can just as easily only refer to “you” priests who are “sons of Jacob.”
F. “Ordinances” in 3:7 refers back to God’s “covenant with Levi” in 2:4 and 2:8. The sacrificial worship “ordinances” included tithing in Leviticus 27:30-34 and Numbers 18:20-28.
G. Priests robbing God in Malachi 3:8-10 is identical to their action in Nehemiah 13:5-10. Since the priests had taken the Levites’ food (tithes), the Levites (not the priests) left Jerusalem and the temple was closed.
H. The Hebrew of “this whole nation” in 3:9 can just as easily be translated as “this whole nation – of you priests” which is consistent with the continued use of “you” since 1:6. Compare the NAS, RSV and NIV.
I. “All the tithes into the storehouse” in 3:10 only makes sense if it refers to the priests returning the Levites’ portion of the tithe they had stolen in Nehemiah 13:5-10. It is clear from 2 Chronicles 31:1-19 that Solomon’s temple did not have storage space for the tithes of the whole nation. Also, God would not cruelly expect Levites and priests to travel to Jerusalem from around the country to have food to eat where they lived.
J. Nehemiah 10:37b is clear that the ordinary people were commanded to bring the first whole Levitical tithe to the farming communities where the Levites lived. This is also seen in 2 Chronicles 31:15-19. The Levites brought the priests 1% to the temple as needed (Neh 10:38).
8. ONLY THE NUMBER “10” REMAINS
The argument that “grace-giving is greater than Law-giving” has no interest in the real O. T. tithe except to borrow the number “10” as a beginning point for grace-giving. The description of modern tithe-teachers that “tithing means 10% of gross income before taxes” has no correlation to the O. T. ordinance of tithing at all and the comparison should not even be used.
9. POST CALVARY GIVING
God has not left Christ’s body, the Church, without guidelines for freewill giving (2 Cor 8 and 9 all). Just as justification is only “by grace through faith — plus nothing,” even so grace-giving does not mean “10% Law plus.” Grace does not need to borrow from “law” in order to boost itself to a higher level of giving. The pastor who feels the need to borrow “10%” from the O. T. tithing worship ordinance (of 23%) indirectly admits that he does not know how to encourage his congregation to give because they love God, love lost souls and want to advance God’s kingdom.
23% holy tithing of food from inside Israel was only an ordinance of the covenant God entered with Israel to replace land ownership of those Levites and priests who occasionally ministered in the Temple. According to Hebrews 7:12, that ordinance (from 7:5) was “of necessity changed” and the “change” was NOT to incorporate it into a church-support commandment. Rather the “change” was “there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before (in 7:5) for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof” in 7:18. God’s Word is clear on this.
Please join me in eradicating this vestige of Law which is hindering the Church from fully breaking free from the bondage of Law.
In Christ’s love, Russell Earl Kelly, PHD
www.tithing-russkelly.com; russkellyphd@yahoo.com

Six Tithe Facts From Nehemiah by Ronald W Robey – Bold Proclaimer Ministries

Six Tithe Facts From Nehemiah
by Ronald W Robey – Bold Proclaimer Ministries
In Nehemiah 10:37-38, God’s Prophet Nehemiah establishes six facts concerning the manner in which God’s tithe is to be observed. These facts are…
1. The fact that God’s word says the tithe is to be given to the bloodline descendants of Levi (Neh. 10:37-38)…makes it wrong to give it to Pastors who are not Levites.
2. The fact that God’s word says an Aaronic Priest is to be present when His tithe is given (Neh. 10:37-38)…makes it wrong to give tithes when no Aaronic Priest is present.
3. The fact that God’s word says that members of the congregation are not permitted to tithe to the House of God (Neh. 10:37-38) makes it wrong for the congregation to take tithes to the House of God.
4. The fact that God’s word says only bloodline descendants of Levi are to take tithes to the House of God (Neh. 10:37-38)…makes it wrong for anyone who is not a bloodline descendant of Levi to take tithes to the House of God.
5. The fact that God’s word says the congregation is to take their tithe to rural cities (Neh. 10:37-38)…makes it wrong for anyone to take their tithe to urban cities.
6. The fact that God’s word states that the congregations’ firstfruit offering and the tithe are not to go to the same building (Neh. 10:37-38) makes it wrong for members of the congregation to take their firstfruit and tithe offerings to the same building.

Nehemiah 10:37-38 And [that] we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.

These facts established, we can safely list four more facts…
7. Any preacher whose sermon teaches congregants that God requires them to tithe to the religious institution they attend or are a member of is handling the word of God deceitfully.
8. Any preacher whose sermon teaches congregants that God requires them to tithe to the religious institution they attend or are a member of is lying to his congregation.
9. Any preacher whose sermon teaches congregants that God requires them to tithe to the religious institution they attend or are a member of is calling the word of God a lie.
10. Any preacher whose sermon teaches congregants that God requires them to tithe to the religious institution they attend or are a member of is calling the God of the word a liar.

“Proof” For Monetary Tithing – Lack of Direct Definition Argument

“Proof” For Monetary Tithing – Lack of Direct Definition Argument

Tithe Teachers Offer Various “Proofs” “From Scriptures” For Monetary Tithes!

Some of their proofs include:

1. There is no explicit statement in the Bible that tithing was only from food and not from money

2. Abram’s booty consisted of non-food items

3. Jacob’s promised to tithe from all he would get

4. Money is mentioned in a tithing context in Leviticus 27 and in Deuteronomy 14

5. Jews stored silver, gold and other non-food items in the storehouses

6. The self-righteous Pharisee in Luke 18:12 tithed from his salary

7. The Ma’aser Kesofim argument – Ma’aser Kesofim – Hebrew expression for

Let us examine one by one!

1.  There is no direct statement in the Bible defining the tithes as money.  Tithe opponents take implied meaning by cherry picking the scriptures and derive their own conclusions that tithing is not money to fit their anti-tithing agenda.  Without an explicit statement, we cannot come to a conclusion that tithing was only from food.

Well, there is no direct statement in the Bible about the following either:

Nowhere in the Bible, it is explicitly stated that the Canon has been closed

Nowhere in the Bible, it is stated that the Divine inspiration of the written scriptures have stopped after the book of  Revelation

Nowhere in the Bible it is stated that Old Testament should consist of 39 books and the New Testament should consist of   27 books and the Protestant Canon is the only acceptable scripture.

Nowhere in the Bible, it is directly stated that slavery is wrong, Christians should not own slaves.

Nowhere in the Bible it is directly stated that God is a Triune God!

There is no mention about pre-trib rapture in the Bible directly or the rapture will happen in 2 phases.

There is no explicit statement in the Scriptures about “assurance of salvation”

There is no explicit statement in the Bible which says “Masturbation is a sin”

So what?  Without an explicit teaching from the Bible, most of the tithe teachers believe all of the above or most of the above.

Example of Jesus giving implied meaning:

In Matthew 22:31-32 -Even Jesus told the Sadducees that Exodus 3:6 mentions about the resurrection of the dead.  Exodus 3:6 does not explicitly state that dead would be resurrected but mentions about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the present tense, therefore it implies about future resurrection.   That is Jesus’ point.

Therefore there is nothing wrong in concluding that tithes were only from food.

Bible were only from food and livestock and that is the empirical definition based upon the prescriptions given in the Law of Moses.

Dr. David A. Croteau On Tithing!

New Testament Scholar Dr. David A. Croteau spoke at Richland Creek Community Church in early 2006.

    4 Part audio series:


1. Introduction to tithing

02/08/2006 Twenty Arguments Advocating Tithing & The History of Tithing: Dr. David Croteau

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2. Tithing In The Old Testament

02/15/2006 Tithing in the Old Testament: Dr. David Croteau

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3. Tithing In The New Testament

02/22/2006 Tithing in the New Testament: Dr. David Croteau

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4. New Testament giving

03/01/2006 The Tithe Fulfilled & Giving in the New Covenant: Dr. David Croteau

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Dr. David Croteau interviewed by Janet Mefferd

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Please visit Dr. David Croteau’s own blog to learn more about tithing!

He did Ph.D. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, studying under Dr. Andreas Köstenberger.

Dr. David Croteau is the author of

You Mean I Dont Have to Tithe?

http://www.amazon.com/Mean-Dont-Have-Tithe-Deconstruction/dp/1606084054/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312670572&sr=8-1

Also Dr. Croteau is the editor of

Perspectives On Tithing: 4 Views

Perspectives on Tithing: Four Views [Paperback]
David A. Croteau (Editor), Scott Preissler (Epilogue), Ken Hemphill (Contributor), Bobby Eklund (Contributor), Reggie Kidd (Contributor), Gary North (Contributor)

Dissertation on tithing – Dr. David A. Croteau (2005)

http://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1016&context=fac_dis

Introduction To Tithing!

Old Testament Tithing!

New Testament Tithing!

New Testament Giving!

Is The New Testament Local Church, The Modern Day Storehouse?

Is the New Testament Local Church The Equivalent Of Old Testament Storehouse?

The sentence “the local Church is the New Testament storehouse” has been repeated over and over again by multitude of Pastors all over the world.

Okay, for heck sake let us make the following assumptions:

1. The New Testament local Church is indeed the storehouse and Christians must bring the whole tithe to the local Church.

2. Money was a tithable item in the Old Testament

3. Jews actually tithed ONLY 10% and not 23.3% in the span of 6 years

4. The early Church practiced tithing and the early Church fathers taught tithing.

Let us see how the early Church functioned:

Ephesians 4:11 – And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers.

Ephesians 4:12 – for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;

Ephesians 4:13 – until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:28 – And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.

Ephesians 4:11 – 13 clearly states that there are supposed to be 5 fold ministries in order equip the saints.

According to 1 Corinthians 12:28 in the Church 1st apostles, 2nd prophets, 3rd teachers and the Holy Spirit skips evangelists and pastors.

Therefore would it not be logical to conclude that apostles collected the money and distributed to the rest of the ministers.

Even the following verses do not mention about pastors and evangelists.

1 Corinthians 12:29 All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they?

1 Corinthians 12:30 All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they?

What we see around us are two man-made systems of church government:

(a) The pyramid system a.k.a . hierarchical pattern. This is a centrally-controlled system headed by a General Superintendent like what we see in the Assemblies of God, Church of God and other similar Pentecostal denominations. Senior pastors in these kind of pyramidal systems consider themselves matured and treat the immatured junior pastors badly.

(b) The independent system. In this system, each church is totally independent, called non-denominational and answerable to no one. One Charismatic religious leader builds an empire collecting all tithes and offerings. He has the ultimate control over all decision making processes. Or a Senior Pastor with many associate pastors under him running a huge religious enterprise. Many Churches that practice the Word-of-Faith theology belong to this category.

Neither of the 2 models conform to the New Testament standards but call themselves as New Testament storehouses.

The pastoral calling is a gift given to the church and not the title of the leader of a church. The leaders of the New Testament church were called elders – not pastors – and there was always more than one elder in every church. There New Testament leadership was always in plural. Now those who think that New Testament Christians need to tithe to their local Church need to answer the following questions:

1. Can the pro-tithers show one Church or denomination that has all 5 fold ministries in it? All we see is a single pastor controlled religious enterprise.

2. How can a single pastor attempt to equip the saints without the help of apostles, prophets, teachers and evangelists contrary to Ephesians 4:11-13?

2. If a Pastor gets the whole 10% what about the rest of the 4 ministerial offices?

3. If the early Church had practiced tithing how did they “divide” the tithes amongst all 5 fold ministers?

4. How did the early Church support miracle workers, ministers who operated in the gifts of healings, helpers, administrators and interpreters of tongues?

4. Since 1 Cor. 12:28 says “first apostles”, did Apostles collect 10% and distributed to other type of ministers. Apostles appointed PastorS (actually elderS). So is it safe to conclude that ONLY Apostles got the tithes and gave a small percentage to Pastors and other ministers?

5. 1 Cor. 12:28 also says “second prophets, third teachers” and it does not even mention Pastors and think about how Pastors could have collected tithes.

6. Also in the early Church pastorS were in plural and no where the Apostles appointed a single pastor to shepherd a Church. So how can it be right for a single pastor to collect the whole tithe?

7. All of us may not agree that the offices of Apostles and Prophets exist today but most of us agree that the other 3 offices do. So should the “teachers” get the tithe first and distribute it to the evangelists and pastors ?

8. Also according to Acts 13:1 same people were holding 2 ministerial offices. In the Church of Anitoch there were 5 individuals holding dual offices.

Acts 13:1 Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

Did they get more money for operating in 2 ministerial offices simultaneously?

Later in Acts 13:2, Paul and Barnabas were promoted to hold the office of the apostles!

Acts 13:2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

No where in the New Testament we can find any pastor collecting money neither in the form of tithes nor in the form of offerings.

Malachi 3:10 says “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

In our modern day Churches there is not food for Apostles, prophets, teachers, evangelists, helpers, administrators, faith healers, interpreters of tongues and miracle workers do not get their share. They are at the mercy of the senior pastors. Many fellow ministers are asked to “live by faith” by the senior pastors.

Therefore even if we assume that the New Testament Church is the modern day storehouse, it does not function like a storehouse.

In the New Testament, the Lord’s workers were supported financially in two ways: Some were supported by the gifts of believers, while others like Paul supported themselves.

What a glaring discrepancy from what we see today!

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Christians wake up!

The Third Tithe!

The Third Tithe!

Our modern day tithe teachers are leaving an indelible impression in the minds of their followers that the ancient Jews tithed only 10% of their gross income and demand that Christians must also tithe 10% of their gross income to their local Churches.

However, to make such an assumption is totally false and contrary to the scriptures.

There were multiple tithes prescribed in the Mosaic law contrary to popular opinion. Let us focus on the 3rd tithe in this article.

Definition of the 3rd tithe:

After the Sabbatical year, on every third and sixth year the farm owning Israelites must keep the increase of their produce within their gates and distribute it to the Levites, the widows, the poor and the strangers.

The 3rd tithe is also known as:

The Charity tithe / Tithe for the poor / Welfare tithe

Some of the distinct things about the 3rd tithe were, little to no traveling and transportation involved and this is the only tithe for which God promises to bless the works of the giver. No promises were given for the givers of the 1st and 2nd tithes in the Mosaic law. Also after paying the 3rd tithe the tithers were required to offer a specific declaration and a prayer as prescribed in Deuteronomy 26:13-15. There are no instructions in the Mosaic law to offer any specific prayer after paying the 1st or 2nd tithes.

Proof from the law of Moses (Scriptures about the 3rd tithe):

Deuteronomy 14:28

“At the end of every third year you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in that year, and shall deposit it in your town.”

Deuteronomy 14:29

“The Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance among you, and the alien, the orphan and the widow who are in your town, shall come and eat and be satisfied, in order that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.”

Deuteronomy 26:12 – 15

“When you have finished paying all the tithe of your increase in the third year, the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger, to the orphan and to the widow, that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.”

Questions and Answers about the third tithe:

1. What was tithable as the third tithe?

* One tenth of the increase in the produce. Money (Shekel) is not mentioned and the cattle are not mentioned either.

2. Who were the recipients?

* The Levites, the widows, the poor and the strangers (aliens) were the recipients and the final owners of this tithe.

3. Where should they bring the tithes?

* Within their gates and within the boundaries of their town.

4. What was the purpose?

* In order that the Lord God of Israel may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.

5. How often it should be paid?

* Every third year, that was on the 3rd and 6th year from the Sabbatical year.

6. Was it redeemable?

* No, it could not be redeemed. It must be given out and no redemption option was specified in the Mosiac law. The third tithe must not be converted into money.

7. When it was paid?

* At the END of the 3rd year.

8. Were livestock involved?

* No, animals were not part of the 3rd tithe.

9. What was the difference between the third tithe and the other two tithes?

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Church Father Justin Martyr On Tithing?

Who was Justin Martyr?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Martyr

Did Justin Martyr record incidents of early Christians tithing?

Justin Martyr – First Apology

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf01.viii.ii.lxvii.html

    Chapter LXVII.—Weekly worship of the Christians.

And we afterwards continually remind each other of these things. And the wealthy among us help the needy; and we always keep together; and for all things wherewith we are supplied, we bless the Maker of all through His Son Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Ghost. And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things. Then we all rise together and pray, and, as we before said, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the president in like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings, according to his ability, and the people assent, saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each, and a participation of that over which thanks have been given, and to those who are absent a portion is sent by the deacons. And they who are well to do, and willing, give what each thinks fit; and what is collected is deposited with the president, who succors the orphans and widows and those who, through sickness or any other cause, are in want, and those who are in bonds and the strangers sojourning among us, and in a word takes care of all who are in need.

In chapter 67 of his book first apology Justin Martyr explains how the early Church collected money.

…And the wealthy among us help the needy

– Tithe collection was not mentioned and obviously no one gave “seed offering”.

…and what is collected is deposited with the president, who succor the orphans and widows and those who, through sickness or any other cause, are in want, and those who are in bonds and the strangers sojourning among us, and in a word takes care of all who are in need.

– No mention about the collection of “His” tithes!!!

There is no proof of early Christians following the “eternal moral principle” of tithing in Justin Martyr’s writings.

Church father Justin Martyr never advocated tithing and the early Christian Church never practiced tithing as we see in today’s Churches.

Justin Martyr – Second Apology

There is no mention about Christians tithing in Justin’s 2nd apology either!

Dialogue with Trypho, the Jew – Justin Martyr

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf01.viii.iv.xi.html

Chapter XI – The law abrogated; the New Testament promised and given by God

But we do not trust through Moses or through the law; for then we would do the same as yourselves.

Now, law placed against law has abrogated that which is before it, and a covenant which comes after in like manner has put an end to the previous one; and an eternal and final law—namely, Christ —has been given to us, and the covenant is trustworthy, after which there shall be no law, no commandment, no ordinance.

These were the statements made by Justin Martyr to Trypho, the Jew which obviously indicate that Justin did not follow the law of Moses!

Tithing Study Tabular Columns!

Tithing Tabular Columns!

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Levitical Tithes Versus Festival Tithes

~~~~~~~~~~ Levitical Tithe Festival Tithe
Scripture Verses Leviticus 27, Numbers 18:25-32 and Hebrews 7:5-11 Deuteronomy 12:16-21, 14:22-26, Exodus 23:14-17 and
Deuteronomy 16:16
Where to Eat Eaten anywhere in the promised land (only Levites could

eat)

Only Eaten In Jerusalem
Who Received Tribe of Levi excluding Aaronic Priests All tribes of Israel
Final Ownership 90% owned by the Tribe Of Levi and 10% went to Aaronic

Priests

Original Owners
Why Substitute for Land inheritance Teach the fear of The Lord
Option to convert to money Add 20% to the monetary value and bring it to Levites No redemption option specified
Further Action Levites Tithed 10th of the Tithe to Aaronic Priests No further action – all consumed during festivals

Levirate Marriage Law Versus Tithing Law
~~~~~~~~~~ Levirate Marriage Law – Marrying deceased husband’s male

relative

Tithing Law
Definition Marrying deceased husband’s nearest male relative if there

are no surviving male heirs

ALWAYS food, agricultural products, seed of the land,

produce, oil, wine and livestock INSIDE the promised land but
NEVER referred to earned income or money

How it started? Unknown and no specific reason or commandment given Unknown and specific reason or commandment
Purpose To continue and preserve the male line of the deceased husband Levite tithe is to offset the loss of land inheritance for the tribe of Levi & Festival tithe is to teach the fear of the Lord
Before the law of Moses Practiced Practiced
Compulsory or Optional? Mandatory in many parts of the ancient Middle East Not compulsory but done as a free will offering or part of a previous vow
Incorporation into the Law of Moses Modified and adapted into the Mosaic law, also affected inter-tribe marriages Modified and codified into the Mosaic law, different tithes introduced
How did it start? Unknown and no specific reason or commandment given Unknown and specific reason or commandment
Frequency Does not matter, could happen in any year 6 years of continuous tithing and on the 7th year no tithing
Mentioned in the Talmud Discussed at least in one tractate Discussed at least in one tractate
Question posed to Jesus? Sadducees posed a specific question to Jesus No one asked Jesus about tithing
What did Jesus say? Never explicitly abrogated and did not command the Jews to discontinue the practice Never explicitly abrogated but asked the Jews under the law

to tithe from garden herbs

Elsewhere in the New Testament Mentioned only by Jesus and the Sadducees, not mentioned elsewhere Mentioned by Jesus and mentioned in the book of Hebrews
Primary Subject of in the mentioned New Testament verse No, resurrection was the primary subject when the Sadducees questioned Jesus No, pride vs. humility (in the parable – Luke 18:9-14),

emphasis on justice and mercy (Matt. 23:23/Luke 11:42) and
comparison of Levitical and Melchizadek’s priesthood (Hebrews
7:1-10).

Apostle Paul’s position Paul never made a statement about the custom of Leverite
law
Paul never mentioned about tithing
Commanded to New Testament Christians? No, A Christian woman need not marry her deceased
husband’s nearest male relative if there is no surviving

son

No, A Christian is not commanded to tithe to the local
Church
How today’s Christian church (various denominations)
follow both?
No Pastor asks a Christian widow to remarry or ask her to
marry her husband’s nearest male relatives if she does not
have a son even though it is practiced before the law of
Moses
Pastors exhort Christians to give 10% of their gross income
(money earned) stating that tithing was practiced even before
the law of Moses!

Comparison Between Abraham’s tithe, Jacob’s tithe and tithing under the law of Moses
Abraham’s Tithe Jacob’s Tithe Under the law of Moses
Only Abraham tithed and not his servants Only Jacob (promised to) tithe and not his sons and
servants
Only Land owners growing crops and cattle owners tithed to
Levites and Levites tithed to the priests. Poor and workers in
the farms did not tithe
Only once paid Promised to pay only once Levitical and Festival tithes were yearly paid for 6
continuous years and Charity tithes were paid once in 3
years
Not from possessions but consisted of war spoils only Promised to pay from whatever God would give him Yearly paid Levitical and Festival tithes and Charity
tithes were paid once in 3 years
Abraham wanted to pay tributes to God and return the rest
to the King of Sodom after rescuing his nephew Lot
Hebrew language says Jacob had fear and doubts about God
and to manipulate God he made a conditional vow to tithe!
It was mandatory
Voluntary and tithed to Melchizadek and returned 90% back
to the King of Sodom!
Voluntary but no record of Jacob paying tithes Compulsory and followed levitical, festival and charity
tithing systems
Not commanded to tithe Not commanded to tithe Commanded to tithe
Gave the rest of the 90% to the King of Sodom Did not give the rest to of the 90% to anyone Levites tithed 10% to the Aaronic Priests and kept the
rest of the agricultural products and livestock to
themselves
Previous vow Conditional vow Not subject to vow
Only one variety – war spoils Only one type Multiple – at least 3 different tithes specified in the
law
Melchizedek was the recipient No record about the recipient Levite got the 1st tithe and in turn tithed to the Priests, poor received the tithes and consumed by the owners during festivals
Total – 10% Total – Uncertain Total – 23.3% (10% Levitical, 10% Festival and 3.33 %
Charity – 6 year average 23.3% & if Sabbatical year included
it comes to about 20%)

Old Testament Levites, Early Church Pastors And Modern Day Pastors
Old Testament Levites Early Church Pastors Modern day Pastors
Physical Descendents of Jacob’s 3rd Son Levi One of the five fold minsters Anyone who runs a Church
Got their authority to minister by the commandments given
in the law of Moses
Appointed by Apostles Seminary/Bible college qualification or self-appointments
or being the son of a Pastor qualifies them. Some of them do have a
genuine call from God
Were NOT full-time workers Most of them were NOT full-time workers Most of them are full-time workers
Received tithes from the rest of Israel Never received tithes from early Christians but sometimes
accepted free will gifts/offerings
Most of them receive tithes from modern-day Christians in
the form of money
Received tithes from the rest of the tribes to offset their loss of land inheritance Received freewill offerings/gifts for their labor in the Lord Have an entitlement mentality and force believers to give, sometimes with threats
In turn tithed to Priests and the Priests did not tithe to
anyone!
Never tithed to any central authority or any
denominational head quarters
Usually tithe to denominational headquarters or tithe to
their Pastoral friends
Always functioned as a team Always mentioned in plural and the Apostles came
first
Mostly single pastor controlled systems and pre-eminence
to his family
Accountable to Aaronic Priests and were not supposed to go
inside the Holy of Holies
Accountable to Apostles and inter-dependant of other
ministerial offices
CEOs of a religious enterprise, sometimes accountable to
their denomination
Only Aaronic priests had special privilege in the
tabernacle and the Levites did not control all the resources
in the religious enterprise
Apostles had greater authority and followed by Prophets.
No single Pastor and his family controlled all resources of a

religious enterprise

Usually a single Pastor controls all the resources of the
religious enterprise and other associate Pastors and Church
workers are employed by the Pastor
Only received money when the Israelites decided to redeem
the tithe by adding 20% of the monetary value
Most of them were in secular jobs and sometimes received
voluntary monetary gifts
Compulsorily collect tithes from the gross money earned
from believers

The Tithe That Binds – Rory O Moore

The Tithe That Binds by Rory O Moore!

The Tithe That Binds - Rory O Moore

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Many thanks to Rory Moore, who is the author of this book for granting me permission to make this e-book available in this blog.

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Did Jesus Ask Christians To Tithe?

If Jesus Addressed Matthew 23:23 To Christians…
Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42 are the favorite verses for the tithe teachers because in this verse Jesus “commands” people to tithe!!!
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
A Word of Faith preacher says the following in this website:

Notice Jesus said, “You should have practiced the latter (justice, mercy and faithfulness), without neglecting the former (tithing)….Some argue that Jesus’ words are not applicable to us today, because Jesus was under the Law and spoke to those under the Law. Their theory goes something like this: Jesus was giving an instruction to the Jews so His words are not binding to us. The problem with this interpretation is that these teachers are bringing Christ down to the level of a Jewish prophet or Teacher of the Law. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh, so this means every word that comes out of His mouth is eternal. He cannot say anything without it being “spiritual law” and everlasting. Jesus emphasizes this point by saying, “Heaven and earth may pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matt 24:35). These supposed Bible teachers are making the words of Jesus pass away—obsolete and out of date.
If Christians need to use the logic of these tithe teachers, then we should also consider the other saying of Jesus and obey them! Shouldn’t we?

1. Thou shalt not tell anyone about thy healing…

Matthew 8:4 / Mark 8:40-44
Then Jesus said to him, “Don’t tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.
Matthew 9:30
And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them: “See that no one knows about this!”
a) Christians are not supposed to tell anyone if they get healed.
b)Take the offering prescribed by Moses to the Pastor of the local Church?

2. Thou shalt evangelize ONLY the Jews and not other people groups.

Matthew 15:24

Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep–the people of Israel.

3. And say to non-Jews that God’s blessings are not for gentiles.

Matthew 15:26
Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.

4. Thou shalt not proclaim that Jesus is the Messiah to anyone…

Matthew 16:20
Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.

5. Christians must sell all their possessions and give them to the poor.
Matthew 19:21
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

6. Justification is NOT by faith but by obeying the commandments of Moses!
Matthew 19:17
And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
So in order to lead an unbeliever to salvation, Christians must ask them to keep the commandments of Moses instead of asking them to trust in Jesus.

7. Thou shalt randomly enter into any house and thou shalt not stay in Hotel rooms!

Luke 9:4 / Luke 10:7
“Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that city.
When we go to minister to the lost, Christians should randomly enter into a house and stay if they accept Christians. We should not make reservations to stay in hotel rooms! No continental breakfast and wireless internet for tithe teachers!!!

8. Thou shalt not attend thy Father’s wake/funeral and when thy Father dies, thy shall proclaim the Gospel everywhere!
Luke 9:60
But He (Jesus) said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.

9. Christians should not carry wallet,money, check book, credit card when they go for ministry!!!

Luke 10: 4
Carry no money belt, no bag, no shoes; and greet no one on the way.
Christians are not supposed to wear shoes, boots and sandals and we should go bare foot while going for ministry. No bags are allowed and we can save on flight ticket. Greet no one on the way…. Christians should not say Hi to anyone on the way, no smiling, no good mornings and no good afternoons.

10. Follow Jesus’ method while evangelizing:

Luke 10:25-26
v25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
v26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
Christians must ask seekers “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”

11. Never invite friends and relatives for lunch or dinner!

Luke 14:12
And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment.

12. Only invite poor, crippled, lame and blind
Luke 14:13
But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,

13. Thou shalt celebrate the passover!
Luke 22:8
And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, so that we may eat it.”

All the above mentioned points were uttered by Jesus Himself and we know His words will not pass away even when heaven and earth pass away!

Therefore tithe teachers, why do you need to obey Matthew 23:23 alone? What about the other sayings of Jesus?

Church Father Irenaeus On Tithing!

Our modern day Christian preachers keep telling us that even the early Church practiced tithing and the Church Fathers were in favor of tithing. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Let us first examine the writing of Saint Irenaeus who was one of the early Church Fathers:

Who was Irenaeus?

Saint Irenaeus, was bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, which is now Lyons, France. His writings were formative in the early development of Christian theology. He was a notable early Christian apologist. He was also a disciple of Polycarp, who was said to be a disciple of John the Evangelist. His best-known book, Against Heresies (c 180) enumerated heresies and attacked them. Irenaeus wrote that the only way for Christians to retain unity was to humbly accept one doctrinal authority—episcopal councils.Irenaeus was the first to propose that all four gospels be accepted as canonical.

From Irenaenus’ Popular Book – Against Heresies

Chapter XIII.-Christ Did Not Abrogate the Natural Precepts of the Law, But Rather Fulfilled and Extended Them. He Removed the Yoke and Bondage of the Old Law, So that Mankind, Being Now Set Free, Might Serve God with that Trustful Piety Which Becometh Sons.

Section 3

“And for this reason did the Lord, instead of that [commandment], `You shall not commit adultery,’ forbid even concupiscence; and instead of that which runs thus, `You shall not kill,’ He prohibited anger; and instead of the law enjoining the giving of tithes, to share all our possessions with the poor; and not to love our neighbors only, but even our enemies; and not merely to be liberal givers and bestowers, but even that we should present a gratuitous gift to those who take away our goods”

Please pay attention that Irenaeus saying “…instead of the law enjoining the giving of tithes, to share all our possessions with the poor…”.

Here is another passage by  Irenaeus on the same book “Against Heresies”:

Chapter XVIII.-Concerning Sacrifices and Oblations, and Those Who Truly Offer Them.

Section 2:

“And the class of oblations in general has not been set aside; for there were both oblations there [among the Jews], and there are oblations here [among the Christians]. Sacrifices there were among the people; sacrifices there are, too, in the Church: but the species alone has been changed, inasmuch as the offering is now made, not by slaves, but by freemen. For the Lord is [ever] one and the same; but the character of a servile oblation is peculiar [to itself], as is also that of freemen, in order that, by the very oblations, the indication of liberty may be set forth. For with Him there is nothing purposeless, nor without signification, nor without design. And for this reason they (the Jews) had indeed the tithes of their goods consecrated to Him, but those who have received liberty set aside all their possessions for the Lord’s purposes, bestowing joyfully and freely not the less valuable portions of their property, since they have the hope of better things [hereafter]; as that poor widow acted who cast all her living into the treasury of God.

Please notice that Irenaeus saying ” …And for this reason they (the Jews) had indeed the tithes of their goods consecrated to Him, but those who have received liberty set aside all their possessions for the Lord’s purposes…”

Here he contrasts between the Jews living under the law and the New Testament Christians who were living in the liberty of Jesus Christ.

Conclusion:

* Irenaeus believed that tithing was part of the law of Moses.

* This statements by Irenaeus proves that the early Christians did not tithe.

* The early Christians believed that they were commanded to share all their possessions with the poor INSTEAD of tithing.

* Irenaeus recorded that the Jews had tithed but Christians set aside all their possessions. He actually contrasted between Old Testament Jews and New Testament Christians!

* Money is not mentioned by Irenaeus at all.

It is interesting to see that these writings appear in his book “Against Heresies“. Irenaenus probably would have labeled all modern day tithe teaches as heretics!

Therefore my friends, please realize that the early Church never practiced tithes and they did not even believe that they were commanded to tithe unlike what our modern day tithe teacher tell us.

May the Lord open the eyes of whoever reads this blog post about the dangers posed by the mammon loving Pastors.

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Questions Tithing Advocates Fail To Answer!

Many Unanswered Questions From The Pro-Tithe Camp:
Most of the pro-tithers cling onto Matthew 23:23 & Luke 11:42 and say that even Jesus said
so, therefore the NT Christians need to tithe.

If they take Matthew 23:23/Luke 11:42 as a command for New Testament Christians to tithe here are the questions they need to answer:
1. According to the Talmud and Flavious Josephus the Jews practiced
multiple tithes (almost 3). How did the early Christians practice all 3 tithes?
2. Did the early Christians who did not own farms and cattle give 23% of their earned income to their Churches?
3. Levitical tithes were yearly and it went to Levites according to their
locations. Who are the Levites today and who were the Levites in 1st century
Christianity?
4. How did the “NT Levites” take the 10% of the 10% to the “NT Priests”?
5. If the NT Pastor is the priest don’t we have to tithe to the ushers, choir,
greeters and other Church staff members and let them tithe from their tithes to
the (senior) Pastor?
6. Why does the Senior Pastor collect all tithes today and give salaries to the
staff members and leave many Church workers unpaid? The OT High Priests did not
do that. The OT Aaronic Priests received only 1% of the total tithe.
7. In the OT the High Priests themselves did not tithe but why do our modern day prosperity
preachers tithe to their cohorts?

8. Regarding the festival tithe, do Christians need to go to Jerusalem to observe it as the Jews did? What is our Jerusalem now? Did the NT Christians practice pilgrimage to Jerusalem?. The festival tithe must be taken to Jerusalem. If that was prescribed to NT Christians we should make pilgrimage to Jerusalem like the Muslims visit Mecca?!?!?!

9. The 3rd tithe for poor (Charity Tithe): Why don’t tithe asking Pastors give their congregation the liberty to take care of the poor? Why would it go to the benevolent funds controlled by the Church board? Poor people need to go through hoops to get some help. That really complicates the process?
10. Even if we assume that tithing was commanded to NT Christians the pro-tithes fail to consider one important thing:

* The plurality of the NT Church leadership.

a. In the first century Christianity no Church was run by a single Pastor. The Churches were founded by Apostles and they in turn appointed elder a.k.a Pastors (in plural – more than one). Why can’t the tithe seeking Pastors follow that model today?

b. Also the early Church had all 5 five fold ministries in the Church.
Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Evangelists and Pastors. Well, we all cannot agree if the offices of Apostles and Prophets exist today but we all can agree at least the offices of Pastors, Evangelists and Teaches exist in our contemporary Christianity. So the point is, even if the early Church received tithes it was divided amongst all 5 fold ministers and the money DID NOT GO TO A SINGLE PASTOR unlike what we see today. The tithing advocates today need to answer this question as well. They are unwilling to accommodate other types of ministries but want to dominate and control the finances which is totally unfair.

c. Many Senior Pastors have their associate Pastors. Most of them are not paid well and some of them are asked to “live by faith”. These tithe hungry Pastors not only forget the poor but also neglect their own staff members. This example was certainly not followed by the first century Christian church.

Therefore the pro-tithers still would not meet the NT model of tithing even if it was practiced by the early Christian church.

New Testament Christians Don’t Be Deceived By These Mammon Lovers!!!

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