Implicitly, giving 10% or tithing as according to Mal 3:10 is being taught to be the Preacher living support kinda like a salary for pastoral services.
Explicitly, they taught tithing in Mal 3:10 as giving to God, obviously, God does not need money so, for what purpose God will use it? Answer: Implicitly, for living support of the 5 fold ministry except, in relation to Mal 3:10, it was to be collected by Levites to bring to the storehouse (Nehemiah 10:38) as they were the one who received the commandment to collect and used it.
For some reason, non-Levites who did not receive the commandment to collect 10% in relation to Mal 3:10 is now collecting it.
What do you call that someone who collect someone’s property without them being told or instructed to collect it?
Imagine the feeling of you being told, i.e you are a doctor and you’re being told that you are not supposed to take a service or a professional fee, in your mind, you must think that the one who told you that must be absurd. Yet, pastoring should no be considered as a job or a profession similar to a lawyer, doctor, engineers. The title in itself is not even recognized by government regulatory board such as PRC, it should be treated similar to a title “father” whereby;
- You are a father or a pastor not by self-appointment but by being acknowledged as one by other parties other than you.
- As a father or a pastor, you take care of your kids and or follower not because you are obliged to do so but because you want it. Moreover, you are not expecting something in return rather, the fact that you can function as a father and or pastor, that in itself is the return- by being acknowledged as one and allowing you to do that function.
When Paul said that “the Lord commanded” preacher to live by the Gospel in 1 Cor 9:14, it was based from the below verses since these were only the verses that imply that Jesus commanded them to live or be supported by the Gospel.
…for a worker is worthy of his food.”Matthew 10:10 NKJV
…“for the laborer is worthy of his wages” Luke 10:7 NKJV
But then again, what was that wage Jesus talked about? Was it money?
Prior to verse 7, verse 4 of Luke says;
“Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road.”
They were not allowed to carry money bag so that when they enter the house, they did not accept the money because they were instructed to give freely as it was freely received (Matt 10:8). So then, what was allowed for them to take? Verse 7 of Luke also says; “..remain in the same house, eating and drinking.
Yes! their wage refers to food, it cannot be money because they were not allowed to carry money to begin with. This was the support 1 Cor 9:14 was talking about in parallelism or in association with the old testament since the support that the Levites gets (tithes) was also food (Lev 27:30,32). But, even these support, Apostles wish not to accept it not that they don’t have the right but for followers to follow. 2 Thess 3:7-10.
If you are against giving a tithe or 10% because of Mal 3:10, at the end of the day, you will come out as if you are against pastors or the 5 fold ministry. Why? Because the common doctrine about tithing is related or associated with 1 Corinthians 9:14, as explained above, their support was supposed to be food in association with the old testament since tithing was given in the currency of food.
In actuality, those who are against giving 10% based on Mal 3:10 are by no means anti pastors, they are only against changing the commandment of God. It just so happen that by implying to give or receiving 10% because of Mal 3:10, they who claim implicitly that it is for their living support had caused to change the commandment about it, which we are against of.
So you see, those who claimed to be Pastors yet collect 10% because Mal 3:10 say so and implied that they should not be touched as they are anointed, do not worry, they are not. The verse that says, touch not the anointed (Psalms 105:15), for it to work, one must be anointed first and I’m pretty sure that God will not anoint someone who breaks His commandment.