Tithe (For The Church?)

Tithe (For The Church?)

TITHE

Thank God for today. May the Lord perfect that which He began in you in Jesus Name, Amen. Hope your week was good? Well, even if it wasn’t, all things will always work together for your good as a child of the Almighty God, Amen.

So brace up, you have overcome already. I know this topic is one of those very controversial ones Christians usually would either shy away from or debate on. Ignorantly I must add. But let’s go about it as the Spirit of God gives us the permission. I humbly and honestly employ you to be patient, carefully and prayerfully illumination. Consider what you are about to read on this topic. Thank you and God richly bless you as you do.

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word translated TITHE is ma`aser, pronounced ( mah-as-ayr’ or maasar pronounced mah-as-ar’) meaning a tenth.

 

First, let me start by asking why the number “TEN”? Why a tenth? Where and when did it start?

WHY A TENTH? There is no other place to start but from THE BEGINNING. If you go through the first chapter of the book of Genesis, you will find that man was the number TEN creature to be created. He was created on the sixth day. God, in His infinite wisdom chose the number TEN to do things with man and for man.

There are four numbers in the Bible that denote completion or perfection. The numbers three, seven, TEN, and twelve, they all mean completion and perfection. While each number represents completion or perfection, they are all different types of completion or perfection.

  • Three means “divine perfection.”
  • Seven means “spiritual perfection.”
  • Ten is the number of perfection, completion of God’s “divine order” Or judgment.
  • Twelve means “governmental perfection that which is chosen” That was part of the reason why there were twelve apostles and there are often twelve people on a jury in court.

Ten is the only one of the perfect numbers in which humans have a part. We cannot be part of the three, seven, or twelve. We are definitely part of the ten since it is the number of completion based on God’s order AND human responsibility. The number ten is built into our very essence. For instance, we have ten fingers to do God’s work and ten toes to walk upright before God. The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20: 3-17), The Tithes (Genesis 14:20), The 10 Plagues of Egypt (Exodus 9:14), The 10 clauses of the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9, Luke 11:2), The 10 kingdoms controlled by the Antichrist (Daniel 2:41, Daniel 7:7,20,24, Revelation 12:3, 13:1, 17:3,7,12). Etc.

Without mincing words, let me start off by making it abundantly clear from the beginning that teaching tithing as a DOCTRINE is not only unscriptural but simply not found in the Bible as a New Testament doctrine, again I say DOCTRINE. Note the highlighted words. I will also state that those who teach that tithing is God’s way of financially blessing His own are being less than scripturally honest and are doctrinally inconsistent. I often wonder why some ministers teach something they know isn’t biblical e.g. tithing, women wearing trousers or men and women on covering of head. The list goes on.

 

Have you ever heard statements like:  “Tithing is a command? You can’t out give God!  If you don’t tithe, you’re robbing God. If you fail to tithe, the devil will steal all your blessings. Tithing is your God-given responsibility. If you want God to really bless you, give more than the tithe. Tithing is part of your spirituality. You can’t grow unless you tithe.”

Quite a list, yea? It’s endless. I’m sure I left out some too. None of those statements is true, Biblical, or have any Scriptural bases. It sounds scriptural and good preaching it, yea? But the truth is, they are nothing but statements born out of ignorance and a myopic view of scriptures. My greatest concern really, is that some ministers actually use tithing to control and manipulate believers. I want to honestly believe it is done out of ignorance.

But before I continue, let me say at this point with no contradictions that the practice of New Testament tithing will not be unscriptural if one desires to practice it as a principle.  But it is NOT a command to the Church of Jesus Christ nor can it be taught as a Bible doctrine.

When it comes to finances, it is entirely up to you how you work it out with God. I will expatiate on this later. But let me say this, tithing is no more a doctrine than, for example, fasting. Is it wrong to fast today? No! Is fasting spiritually beneficial? Yes! I have fasted on a number of occasions. Now, that does not give me the Scriptural impetus to teach fasting as though it were a doctrine. I can, on the other hand, teach it as a Biblical principle which yields spiritual benefit. Likewise prayer is not a doctrine. It, too, is a principle by which one can, and should live by and its benefits are likewise numerous.

 

If you do not tithe you will not be forsaken by God or barred from Heaven, lose your salvation or suffer eternal condemnation. Just like if you don’t pray, memorize Scripture, read or study the Bible, attend church faithfully, fast, or tithe, God is not going to throw you in hell! But no doubt, all these things offer spiritual provision for a Christian but they cannot be substituted for Bible doctrine no matter how hard one may try. You will be criticized and be called all sorts of names, you might even be kicked out of church if you refuse to believe what some say about tithing, but that won’t come from God; but mere mortals.

 

The biggest verse that is used to strike the greatest fear in the hearts of most Christians is Malachi 3:8-10. “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, 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, we are told by those who teach tithing is for today, that we are literally robbing God if we fail to tithe.

 

When did tithing begin in the scriptures?

If you understand types and shadows (I talked about it when I treated “Not in the blood”) you know that right from the book of Genesis before the law, there has been offering taking place. And we know the Old Testament is the shadow of the New Testament. Cain and Abel did offering (giving) out of the best of their produce “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering Gen 4:3-4 and after, the law came with its own. But today the real giving now is voluntary. God showed the example by giving us Jesus. He gave his best.

There had always been sacrificing and offering before Abraham came into the picture. God sacrificed lambs for Adam and his wife’s sin. The word “TITHE” did not appear in scripture until the book of Genesis 14:20 when Abraham gave a tenth from the spoil of war to Melchizedek

NOTICE it’s from the spoil of war not His cattle or other things he possessed.

The reason Abraham gave a tenth was because of God’s deliverance from his enemies. This tenth was more of a “thanks giving offering”. Tithing was never a part of the Abrahamic covenant and if you notice, like I said earlier, Abraham did not give tithe to Melchizedek from his personal possessions but from the spoils of war after rescuing Lot his nephew. The book of Hebrews makes that very clear. “Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils”. Hebrews 7:4 The Levitical tithe law did not include “spoils of war.” Again, tithing was not a part of the Abrahamic covenant. You may read the whole of Genesis 17.

Before the King of Salem’s incident and after, there is no record of Abraham, a very wealthy man ever paying tithe of his own personal possessions to God. And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. Genesis 13:2 The Author of the book of Hebrews does not teach tithing in the New Covenant. “Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him…” Hebrews 7:4-10

Note: The context of Hebrews shows the superiority of Christ over the Levitical system with Levite Priests. Melchizedek did not command or demand tithe as would be the case in the Levitical law. The tithe law was given only to Israel. The Abrahamic covenant had no tithe law. Abraham was made rich by God for his faithfulness not because he gave a tenth from spoils of war. There is no record that Jacob ever paid tithe to God.

The tithe law was enacted by God at Mount Sinai and given only to Israel as an Old Covenant command which ended at Calvary. God never included the tithe law in the New Covenant. The Church does not have the same covenant arrangement as Israel and God. Hebrews 7:11 A change of the priesthood involved of necessity a change in the law of administration, Hebrews 7:12; that the necessity of change of the law also followed from the fact that the great high priest was now of another tribe than that of Levi,(Jesus is from the tribe of Judah) Hebrews 7:13,14;

The Christian High Priest was constituted not after a commandment pertaining to the flesh, and liable to change, but “after the power of an endless life” adapted to a life that was never to change or to end, Hebrews 7:15-17; Consequently, there was an annulling of the commandment going before, because it was weak and unprofitable, Hebrews 7:18; The old law made nothing perfect, but the new arrangement is a system that introduced eternal perfection, Hebrews 7:19.

You say “but what about that Malachi verse?” So, what about it? You say “but it says you rob God if you didn’t tithe?” Who is Robbing Who? Christians are not and cannot be TITHE robbers. You are not a Levite. Jesus is from the tribe of Judah. Hebrews 7:14 The Malachi scripture was addressed to the Levites of Israel, Not the Christian Church. Let us read it.

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation Malachi 3:8-9

NOTE: This text is God’s rebuke against the Levites Priests that were given one tenth of all the tithe that came in to them and they in turn were to give one tenth of that to the ministering priests. Scripture says “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 10:38

The Levites were the ones that were robbing God and not obeying the Covenant God made with Israel. It was not all of Israel that was robbing God for that matter. Chapters 2 and 3 of Malachi make it clear that this was directed against the Levites which caused the whole nation to come under God’s curse. As a matter of fact verse one of Chapter two says “And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. Malachi 2:1. That is very particular and direct with no ambiguity. To cap it all, you are not a Levite. This law was meant specifically to the Levitical Priests. To be a Levite you must first come from the nation of Israel then the lineage of Levi before you can be regarded as a Levitical Priest. It is not transferable. You don’t get it by studying the Bible or some sort of anointing transference. Just like you just can’t become the King or Queen of England just because you desire it, same thing with this one. You must be born into that family first, to have a chance at the throne at all. But when the offending Levites would start paying tithe to the ministering priests, then God would open the storehouse for them to receive blessings.

It is impossible for Christians to rob God in tithe as God has not transferred or given a tithe law to Christians. Christians receive blessings from God for having Christ as their Savior and not by any works of the Old Covenant Laws. Remember it is written, “…where no law is, there is no transgression” Romans 4:15 I reiterate, no such tithe law was given to the Christian Church of the New Testament. Jesus canceled the Old Covenant Laws Colossians 2:14 tells us “…Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” “by Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;” Ephesians 2:15

Note: Paul is talking about the Old Covenant that God made with Israel. This would include civil laws, dietary laws of clean and unclean foods, laws dealing with the sanctuary service, Sabbath and tithing commands to support Levites Priests. The written code was canceled at the moment Jesus died on the cross. Mark 15:38 “…And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.”

Jesus did not tithe. He was first a carpenter, and then a preacher and teacher from age 30. Both professions were excluded from paying tithe according to the glen laws. You say but he talked about tithe” yes He did, let us read the context.

Matthew 23:23 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone

NOTICE: Here, Jesus was not advocating for Christians to tithe. He was reprimanding the Pharisees for not having justice and mercy, meanwhile their tithing was in place. The Pharisees were obeying the Levitical Law of tithing and disobeying the most important part of the Law, justice, mercy and faithfulness. Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees under the Old Covenant and not to the Christian Church. Do not forget, Jesus lived under the law of the Old Testament. The Christian church was born in the second chapter of Acts after Jesus had ascended to heaven. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth” Hebrews 9:16-17

Did you know that tithing in the Old Testament had nothing to do with money and that the annual tithe was even meant for “partying” before the Lord which included the Levites to revere God?

Deuteronomy 14:22-27 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy SEED, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee”  also read Deuteronomy 12:11-12, v 18, Deuteronomy 14:23, Lev 27:30, Nehemiah 10:37

 

In summary, if the party venue was too distant and you have been blessed by God and cannot carry your tithe because of the proximity to you then convert your tithe to money. Use the money to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or booze, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the LORD your God and rejoice. And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns.

Has your church ever allowed you to throw a party with your tithe money and booze all you want? If you insist on the legal laws of tithing then you must insist on the right to party with your tithe money as commanded by God. And don’t forget the Levites living in your town not pastors, LEVITES. Your Pastors are not invited, as they are not Levites or Jews. Of course even you are not invited either because this command is just for Israel not for the New Testament Christian.

 

As I mentioned  earlier, there is certainly nothing wrong with the idea of tithing  nor the practice of it today only if an individual decides by himself he wants to practice it. That is his personal decision –if he is led by the Spirit of God to do so. You see, when it comes to finances, like I said before, it is entirely up to you how you work it out with God. Remember, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:14 It becomes a problem when one teaches it as a doctrine and that God will not bless those who fail to tithe. That is not scripturally true and very inconsistent with divine revelation.

There is NO compelling law on giving for the New Testament believer. If one wishes to tithe, he is not unscriptural, or in anyway, barred from doing so as long as it is a choice he made by himself and for himself.  It is simply not a New Testament requirement. Jesus fulfilled the law for us. We either walk in that freedom as New Testament Christians or we do not. If Jesus fulfilled the law, why do we try to restore the law by practicing it? Do you forbid eating pork even as in gala sausage? When was the last time your church stoned an adulterer to death? How many women have you stoned to death because they were not virgins when they got married? How many homosexuals have you executed? The clothes you wear, are they all made out of one material? If not, why not? It is part of the law, so why not? (Deuteronomy 22)

But as New Testament Christians we know why; Jesus fulfilled the law. Then, why do most ministers insist on tithing?  The answer, I believe is fear. Churches need money to function. So they figure the only “scriptural” way to make the people give money is by teaching them tithing for today.  We do not have to go with the “Joneses” Just because brothers A and B are doing it and are prosperous does not make it right. It should be “what sayest the scriptures.”

The truth is, the people of God can be taught to give the New Testament way without going through the legalistic chambers of Moses.  There is even more responsibility on you as a New Testament Christian to support the work of the ministry than the Old Testament saints. We will see that later.

 

New Testament Christians are not under the law because it has been fulfilled in Christ, and we have been redeemed from its curse “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” Romans 10:4 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” Galatians 3:13-14.

Malachi 3:9 9 “Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation” It cannot be talking to the Christian, Jesus took care of that curse on the cross for us.

 

Compulsory tithing under the law in the Old Testament does not translate to giving under grace in the New Testament. The New Testament does not compel Christians, but rather invites them to give generously in response to the needs of others, and as an expression of their love for God “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” 2Corinthians. 9:6-8;

“Now concerning the collection for the saints, …Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him… 1Corinthians 16:1-2

The Christian is free to choose the amount of offering to give to God. If it is more than a tithe (ten percent) or less than a tithe it is acceptable to God, as long as it is from the heart without compulsion. Also, it is for you to decide if you are giving sparingly or generously, and not to be decided for you by your pastor. It is a principle of what you sow is what you reap! Galatians 6:7

Ever thought of why God had to change the tribe of our high priest from that of a Levi to that of Judah? Jesus hails from the tribe of Judah “For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood” Hebrews 7:14. In a nutshell, Judah means Praise. In other words, when you give, let it be in an attitude of praise for that is where your priesthood is rooted. Be a cheerful and generous giver and never give out of compulsion. It rubs you of your blessings.

In 2Corinthians 8:1-15 Christ willingly became poor for us to be rich. Now, if you tap into that, it works for you. We are encouraged to emulate Him in giving out of Love, willingly and bountifullyJames 2:14-17; 1John 3:16-19.

These scriptures talk about the practicality of love. You cannot say you love your brethren and when they are in need of your help, you are not there. The church needs support. Where is that supposed to come from if not within the body? The people of God need to be taught that it is in giving that you receive. The pastor cannot prosper you. “…for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day” Deuteronomy 8:18 Your prosperity comes from God. He is the one to strike a “deal” with on how much you are willing to give back to Him.

The thing is, when God asks you to give, it is even for your own good, not for the church you think will spend “your money”. Whatever you posses have been given to you from above “…A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.” John 3:27

“what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” 1Corinthians 4:7

The thing about the New Testament grace giving is that you reap what you sow. The bible says “…He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully” 2Corinthians 9:6. Giving is not a sacrifice, but rather a sowing. The quantity and quality of seed that the farmer gives to the earth, is what he reaps in multiples. So giving is a sowing. If there is a spare sowing, there will be spare reaping; if liberal sowing, liberal reaping. There is no farmer that puts seed in the ground and goes there some days later to dig it out to see the progress of growth. He will kill that seed. It is God that gives the increase. All things being equal, the law of growth will take place and that seed will grow to bring much more of its kind to the farmer. You the New Testament Christian must realize that first, you need to think about what you must give willingly and make sure it is a generous gift from your heart. The moment you hand it over to the church it becomes God’s property. Like the farmer’s seed in the ground, your relationship with that money ceases. Like the farmer, you have no business wanting to know what it is used for. Your pastor is not accountable to you but to God. Though I know in some countries the government makes them answer to the state. You were not there when he was called into the office of a pastor. God called him not you. He is accountable only to His master, His boss –God.

You should realize that whatever you have was given to you by God. He now encourages you to emulate him by giving generously, the way He gave Jesus. Whatever attitude you put up towards His work and family will be multiplied as your reward from Him. In the book of Luke 6:38 you are encouraged to “…Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. You see, when you give you decide and choose the container that God uses to pay you back. It says “…For with the same measure(same container) that ye mete withal (that you measure with) it shall be measured to you again” whichever way, it comes as a “…good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over” it is multiplied. So when you give sparingly or grudgingly that is the multiple results you get.

God is asking you to help yourself, give willingly and generously and get out of that lean situation. It is not per say the amount that matters but first the willingness and generosity then coupled with the level of deprivation you cause yourself that makes the difference. In Luke 21:1-4 the story of the widow’s mite goes this way “And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had

In physical cash the Pharisees gave more but in reality the widow did. The bible says she gave “…ALL the living that she had.” That was ALL her life savings that she gave as against the rich Pharisees who gave a fraction from their riches. That was why the Lord said she gave “more than they all” Your giving should be based on how much grace you have received from God. In the Old Testament, tithing was based on crops and livestock like I showed you earlier. Their one tenth was based on how much yield they got that year. God gave them the yield so in return they acknowledged the giver’s generosity by giving a tenth of it to the Levites.

Same principle of God’s increase may be applied by us today, in that you give graciously according to what you have and it must be from a willing heart for it to be accepted. “For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.” 2Corinthians 8:12 “Now concerning the collection for the saints, …Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him… 1Corinthians 16:1-2

In 2Corinthians 9:6-8 we read “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give;…” like I said in part one of this topic, the decision is yours. You decide how much you are willing to give, how far you are willing to go with God. Nobody does that for you. It should be an arrangement between you and the Lord “…not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” 2Corinthians. 9:6-8. This verse says that “…God is able to make all grace abound toward you” your giving creates the atmosphere, the ambiance of ALL GRACE around you. This whole exercise is for your own good. God is not starving. “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof the world, and they that dwell therein” Psalm 24:1 He owns “the cattle upon a thousand hills. Psalm 50:10 Results from generous giving is a universal principle and so a statute for general application, be you a Jew, Gentile or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. The more you give, the more you get. You don’t get just money 2Corinthians. 9 and the 8th verse says God is able to make ALL GRACE ABOUND TOWARDS YOU” it is for an all round protection when you give willingly and generously. God want you to partner with Him, willingly. (Mark 10:17-30)

If you understand that the bible is divided into three. Written to three different Nations. (The Jew, The Gentile and The Church) There are principles and promises meant categorically for each nation. The Church can appropriate that of the Jews, but with faith and understanding. Tithe falls into one of those Jewish promises that could be appropriated by faith and understanding of the individual, but IT IS NOT A MANDATORY INSTRUCTION FOR THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH AS A WHOLE.

I wonder why most preachers only talk about one when actually there are Four Different Tithes described in the Bible. There are three religious tithes and one for the state. The false teaching ignores all other tithes and focuses on an incorrect interpretation of the first religious tithe.
(1) The first religious tithe, called the Levitical tithe, had two parts. Again, the whole first tithe was given to the Levites who were only servants to the priests (Numbers 18:21-24; Nehemiah 10:37b). The Levites, in turn, gave one tenth of the whole tithe (1%) to the priests (Num 18:25-28; Nehemiah 10:38).

(2) According to Deuteronomy 12 and 14, the second religious tithe, called the feast tithe, was eaten by worshipers in the streets of Jerusalem during the three yearly festivals (Deuteronomy 12:5-19; 14:22-26).

(3) And, according to Deuteronomy 14 and 26, a third tithe, called the poor tithe, was kept in the towns every third year to feed the poor (Deuteronomy 14:28, 29; 26:12, 13).

(4) Also, according to 1 Samuel 8:14-17, the ruler collected the first and best ten per cent for political use. During Jesus’ time Rome collected the first ten per cent (10%) of most food and twenty per cent (20%) of fruit crops as its spoils of war. I believe it is dishonesty or simply calculated abysmal ignorance to single out one religious tithe and ignore the other two important religious tithes. So I ask, why just 10%?

One could go on and on about this. But to sum up the whole thing, you can safely conclude that New Testament giving is to be seen as a privilege, not an obligation. There are four things Christians must do in giving:

(1) They must give willingly from the heart

(2) They must not give grudgingly

(3) They must not give out of compulsion

(4) They must give cheerfully 2Corinthians 8:12; 9:5, 7 again we learn from these scriptures that New Testament giving is voluntary, spontaneous and freely given, not from a sense of obligation nor with an intent to merit blessings.

You may have heard the story of a brother, an American Christian businessman, a sixth grade dropout, Robert Gilmore “RG” LeTourneau who went on to become the leading earth moving machinery manufacturer of his day with plants on 4 continents, more than 300 patents to his name and major contributor to road construction and heavy equipment that forever changed the world. At the age of 28, he returned from a period with the Navy serving the US army in World War I to a car dealership, of which he was half owner, which was steeped in debt due to a partner who took to drinking. LeTourneau removed himself from the business with $5,000 in debt. The year was 1915. Jobless and beyond broke, he jumped at the opportunity to level some land for a wealthy rancher. RG claimed that this experience was the most satisfying job he had ever held.

In 1919 and as a Christian, he felt the tug to be doing more for God. He went to his pastor, Rev. Devol, for advice. RG thought that anyone who was wholly committed to Christ had to become a pastor or a missionary to truly fulfill the great commission. After deep prayer with his pastor, RG LeTourneau was shocked to hear Rev. Duvol say the words that guided him for the rest of his life, “God needs businessmen too.” This was a revelation to RG. He immediately began to consider his business to be in partnership with God. As in Mark 10:17-30

This guy decided to partner with God in his business and gave God 90% of his profit not 10% tithe. He lived comfortably well on the remaining 10% with his family. He had four boys and a girl. God gave him the ideas of earth moving machines. (Those big tractor/caterpillars that grade the roads during construction) During the Second World War his earth moving machines constituted 70% of all earth movers then. When America was in depression in the early 19th century, LeToureau’s business was making unbelievable profits. He gave generously, 90% of all and God kept him. He died June 1, 1969 at the ripe age of 80. (Excepts on RG from wiki)

My point is, TITHE restricts you (it has its own blessings though) but the New Testament grace giving opens channels of blessings without restrictions. Final conclusions:

  1. If an individual decides and chooses to appropriate and employ the Old Testament tithing as a way to show appreciation to God, he is in order as long as it is done in faith and understanding. But it MUST never I repeat, never be taught as a New Testament doctrine.
  2. Abraham did not tithe because of a tithe law nor did he pay money, silver or gold as tithe. It was the spoil of war. (Hebrews 7:4) There is no Bible record of the Levitical tithe law being part of the New Covenant.
  3. In the New Testament, there is no Bible record of any Apostolic Church member paying tithes to Gospel Ministers or Church leaders.
  4. When Christian ministers insist on tithing, they indirectly deny that Christ ended the Old Covenant Laws at the Cross.
  5. Christians that do not tithe are not robbing God. There is no command by God for Christians to tithe. “…for where no law is, there is no transgression” Romans. 4:15b
  6. There is no truth in that Christians that do not tithe are doomed for Hell. Christians are redeemed by the blood of Christ, and not by silver and gold. “…ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” 1Peter 1:18-19.
  7. Old Testament mandatory tithe used to be animals, fruit, grain, etc. Not money, it was forbidden. I showed you that in previous episodes of this topic.
  8. Christians are to support the Church Pastor by free will offerings. They are to give generously according to their ability and not reluctantly or under compulsion. God loves a cheerful giver. Giving mandatory tithe by law is compulsion. 2Corinthians. 9:6-8
  9. There is no Bible support that God will bless a Christian that pays tithe over those that do not. You reap what you sow, that is the principle. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” Revelation 2:7

Shalom Alihem (Peace be unto you)

Yours in him your personal person.

Vince Ok

 

 

Remember “Faith is not Faith unless it’s all you are hanging unto”

 

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