“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try 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 such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10 NKJV
Among all other verse, this verse perhaps is one of the most controversial. This verse was used for centuries to provide cash flow into the church.
To suit the tithing doctrine of men. This verse is interpreted in this way: the storehouse refers to the local church and the food refers to the word of God. If rewritten the verse will be as below:
Bring all the tithes into the local church, That there may be word of God in My house, And try 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 such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10 NKJV
The conflict with this interpretation is this:
- The verse was written within the context of the Law. And, under the law, it was the Levites only who can receive the tithes and was the one instructed to bring the tithes to the storehouse (Nehemiah 10:38). We are now not under the law but under the grace, Levites were abolished under the grace. Now, even Levites become not entitled to receive tithes, how much more those who claim to be spiritually affiliated? This is a major conflict actually, Christians who claim to be spiritually affiliated with the Levites becomes not entitled to receive tithes since they just affiliate themselves with the Levites to whom in the time of grace also became not entitled to receive tithes. Of course, one might say Christians are priest and priest receive tithes so, Christians are entitled to it. If we use this logic to defend that we Christians are entitled to receive tithes then, who shall be the giver- Muslim, Hindu or non-Christians?
You don’t even need to argue whether its money or not. To dispute tithing today, simply ask:
- Are you entitled to receive tithes? Why are you asking for it? Jesus- the rightful owner of tithes lives and, I can’t seem to find any verses that seem to suggests that we Christians or anybody today can collect His holy tithes on behalf of Him. Remember, a man who collects the property of the owner who is not dead yet and did not give anyone permission to collect what belongs to him, that man might be accused of stealing. Unless of course, you can provide me a single verse that at least imply that we people who are subject to death can collect His holy tithe in the time of grace?
The last defend for tithing to be valid in the dispensation of grace would say, ” it does not matter who receive it as long as my heart says I’m giving it to Jesus”. For this you should reply:
- If you say it doesn’t matter who receives it, should I give my 10% to those in needs, will you consider it tithing? If not, then I thought you say, it doesn’t matter who receives it? I believe in my heart that through those in needs (poor, orphans, etc.) my tithe is being received by Jesus Christ but, you say I’m not tithing if I don’t give it to the man of God or to a local church. Therefore, it does matter who receives it and, regardless if one is a Bishop, Pastor, Apostles, Prophet, Priest, Doctor or whoever, everybody dies thus, no one really is qualified to receive it. Because of this simple fact, no one can reach the order of Melchizedek priesthood but Jesus Christ and He lives to date and forever. As far as the bible is a concern, Jesus Christ did not give permission that, again His holy tithe can be collected by people who are subject to death. Again remember, a man who collects the property of the owner who is not dead yet and did not give anyone permission to collect what belongs to him, that man might be accused of stealing.
Someone might ask, this is only a small matter. Why do you keep bringing this up? My reason is not that I’m stingy or what, I can’t simply keep quiet knowing that through this tithing doctrine, churches are milking the congregation with their 10% income without any spiritual value. This is the root of why there is such as prosperity gospel, seed faith, etc. It’s all rooted in this fraud teaching. Besides, not all are capable of giving their 10% income. Most, even the whole income, especially in poor countries, is not enough to support their family yet, once planted with a conscience that they are robbing God if they don’t give their tithe, they would prefer to give their 10% income to the man of God rather than use it to feed their own family or help someone.
Try asking this question to the church where tithing is being practiced, you’ll be surprised with the answer
- Suppose you encounter this situation where; You are about to go to church with your tithes. Over the year, it has been your belief that the 1/10 of your salary has to be given to the church in God’s name and those who preach the word of God is the rightful recipient as patterned in the Levitical time. As Christian, this is an obligation and mandatory by God the same as during the Levitical laws. You are the type of person who usually does budgeting and plan the expenses before the next salary. This is what God wants, after all, He himself is a God of plan and order. So, just when you are about to enter the church, you happen to encounter this person who without a doubt need help urgently but, for you to help, your tithes will need to be sacrificed and this is the only way if you wish to help. What then will you do? Will you sacrifice your tithe to help the person in need?
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