Do you know that money have different names
- In school, it’s tuition fee.
- In marriage, it’s called dowry.
- In a divorce, alimony.
- When you owe someone, it’s debt.
- When you pay the government, it’s a tax.
- In court, its fines.
- Civil servant retirees, it’s a pension.
- Employer to workers, it’s salary.
- Master to subordinates, it’s wages.
- To children, it’s an allowance.
- When you borrow from a bank, it’s a loan.
- When you offer a good service, it’s tips.
- To kidnappers, it’s a ransom.
- Illegally received in the name of service, it’s a bribe.
- In an institutional church, it’s called donation, tithes or offering.
Money has always been a thing of Ceasar’s- a thing of Man, not a thing of God. Jesus Himself said,
“and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Matthew 22:20-21 NIV”
Today, did it change? Take a look at your money, go ahead, who is inscribed in your money, is it God or a Man? It’s a man right? Because money has always been used for a man hence, we called it in different names.
Monetary tithes is not a thing that is God, agricultural tithes is. Remember we are not giving for God, we are giving what’s already His. There is a difference when we say, this money is for God than we say, this money belongs to God. The verse did not say “what is for God”, it says “what is God’s” implying that we ought to give what’s already His and money is not His, it belongs to Ceasar’s.
You think you are giving your money as a tithe to God? Sorry to tell you that God does not accept money as His tithe because it is not meant or used to pay His holy tithe. Preachers/Pastors who asked for monetary tithe is worst than the Pharisee. They are in the first place not entitled to receive tithe, it was only meant for the Levites. In the time of grace, since Levites were replaced by Jesus Christ, they became not entitled to tithe privilege, how much more those who claim to be spiritually affiliated with the Levites?
Now, to those who pay monetary tithes, you are breaking the very law that you say you keep, you are breaking it in a sense that, you are not supposed to pay it in money.
Second, you are paying to someone who is not in service already and worst, you are paying to someone who associates himself to Levites to whom in the time of grace became not entitled to receive tithes. From old testament to the new testament, 400 years had passed yet, Pharisee who were still under the law that time still understood that God does not change, and so does His word.
His holy tithe remains to be agricultural thus, pharisee tithed in terms of mint, anis and cummins when in the first place, they were not farmers, they could have easily paid their tithe in money as easy as when they give 30 pieces of silver to Judas yet, they knew better. What keeps the Jewish temple running during the law was temple tax, not tithe. But, in the time of grace, the temple becomes our body not a structure or building and so, temple tax becomes unnecessary. But, this is not an excuse not to give. Christians are encouraged to give to those in needs but not tithe as according to Mal 3:10. Tithe biblically is not money and the sacred tithe is not really for those in needs, it is for the sons of Levi and only them.
In the covenant of grace, sons of Levi becomes not entitled to receive tithes because they were removed from their priestly obligation. Indeed, even of a gentile Christian who claims to be spiritually Levites, still is not entitled to receive tithe. The monetary tithe that is widely practiced today is a counterfeit of the real tithe in the bible, meaning it’s a fake yet, uses the word of God to support it. That’s in my perspective is a heresy hence, damaging the authority of the word of God.
Every scripture in the bible was inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16), do you not know that apostles themselves though they were given the right to live by the Gospel, they worked and did not eat their food free of charge. They did not use this right because they want to set themselves as an example for us to follow and imitate (2 Thessalonians 3:6-15). It is written for a reason that we should follow and imitate.
Now, think about this one, which one do you think is nobler and boasting?
- A preacher who worked and does not earn a living from the Gospel but should someone wish to give, the preacher only accept food and nothing else?
- Or, a preacher who earns his living from the Gospel and accept money directly or indirectly through tithes and offering or donations in return for ANY priestly service, teaching, preaching, prophesying?
This is what apostles meant when he said: “But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void.” I Corinthians 9:15. This was what apostle boast, he preached the Gospel free of charge yet, his needs were being met. Because, if we accept money in return for preaching or teaching the Gospel, it becomes not so noble and the boasting becomes void.
If we wish to be blessed, the principle of giving to those in needs is the real key. Most rich people especially those who don’t know the word of God sometimes correlate tithing to giving. They thought they are tithing when they give to charity or have foundations that help people, they are not from biblical perspective tithing, these rich people are simply giving to those in needs and that’s the reason they are being blessed.
To know more about the real tithe in the bible. Please read the FAQ page about tithing.
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