I acknowledge that there is no suppose private interpretation of the bible scripture (II Peter 1:20) hence, I subject this writing to other spirits. Let’s reason together (Isaiah 1:18) so as to bring the matter into the light.
SUMMARY OF QUESTIONS:
- What is the meaning of tithe?
- How many types of tithes in the bible?
- What were the tithable items?
- Was money a tithable item?
- If money was not a tithable thing. Then why is money commonly used as a tithe?
- Who is Melchizedek to whom Abraham had given the tithe of the plunder?
- Can mortals reach the order of Melchizedek priesthood to qualify and receive the tithes?
- Since Jesus is alive, should I insist and wish to give my tenth to Jesus. How can He receive it then?
- To whom does the tithe belong to?
- So, tithe belongs to God. Since it belongs to God, Did God give permission to receive the tithe by anyone?
- But someone told me that, pastors today are spiritually Levites? Since they are spiritually Levites, are they not entitled to receive the tithes the same as the Levites in the old testament?
- But in Malachi 3:10, God said we are robbing Him and we are cursed with a curse if we don’t give the tithes and offering? Are we not robbing God and curse if we don’t give our tithes?
- Also, in Malachi 3:10 said that bring the tithes and offering to the storehouse? Our storehouse is the local church? Right?
- Jesus said in Matthew 22:21 that we should give to Ceasar’s what belongs to Ceasar’s and give to God what belongs to God. Tax is a thing that is Ceasar and tithes is a thing that is of God. If we pay taxes to the government, are we not supposed to pay the tithes also that is of God?
- Ephesians 4:11 says “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers” Today, they are the priests, the priest in the old testament received tithes, are we not supposed to give also tithes to the priests in today’s time?
- If tithing is already not applicable then why did Jesus Himself said in Matthew 23:23 that we ought to tithe also?
- But Jesus Himself said that He did not come to destroy the Law if he did not come to destroy the Law, then tithing is still applicable right?
- But my pastor said that giving tithe is a way of honoring God. It is a test of obedience to God?
- Proverbs 3:9 say that let us honor God with our first fruit. Tithes are our first fruit, so when we give our tithes we are honoring God, right?
- Did Jacob tithe also? If Jacob tithed are we not suppose to do the same?
- Well for me it does not matter who receive tithe as long as my heart says that I’m giving it to Jesus. I don’t see anything wrong with it?
- But, 1 Corinthians 9:13-14 says that those who preach the gospel have the right to live by the Gospel? Tithe in the old testament was used to support the Levites (the priest that time), are we not suppose to give support to those who preach the Gospel?
- If tithes were given in the dispensation of law, does it make tithing as part of the law?
- Some observed that tithing was not mentioned in the Ten commandments reinforced that tithing is not part of the law – does that make sense after all?
- If tithing then is not part of the law, then, when the law was abolished, will it make true sense that tithing was not abolished in the dispensation of grace?
- If tithing is practiced in the higher order (Melchizedek) priesthood, when there was no clear commandment about tithing then – shouldn’t it be practiced in the “better” covenant where Christ is our High Priest because it was practiced in the dispensation of Law (inferior)?
- If we make another round and say, but tithing was not in the Ten Commandment and should not be considered a part of the Law, then how do you consider the passages in Leviticus 27:30-32?
- What does the words “holy”, “ownership” “Lordship” does to the act of tithing? Do this 3 words are the “weightier” matters than the Law? This is foundational to the act of tithing and is more important to understand this from the heart than to understand it through the mind.
- If one believes in One God, and believes that this One God is the owner of all that one has, then tithing is the ultimate act of recognizing who is one’s Lord and becomes the fundamental basis for one’s obedience to any rules that his Lordship commands him.
- The Law demands that you obey the rules but Grace looks at your heart’s response as you act/follow. Not grudgingly, but cheerfully, and best of all acknowledging the grace of God that is daily sufficient for us. Can you say His grace is sufficient daily for you? Yes, you can by the way you offer your substance to Him.
- But how can you trust the Lord in practical ways?
- From Matthew 5:20 what kind of righteousness do we have if we do not pay our tithes?
Q1.0: What is the meaning of tithe. ^back to top^
A1.0: Tithe simple means 10%. From biblical perspective, this 10% was not money rather agricultural products. There was also every tenth animal from the herds and flocks that needs to be set apart because it belongs to the Lord.
“One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD and must be set apart to him as holy. If you want to buy back the LORD’s tenth of the grain or fruit, you must pay its value, plus 20 percent. Count off every tenth animal from your herds and flocks and set them apart for the LORD as holy.” Leviticus 27:30-32 NLT
Q2.0: How many types of tithes in the bible? ^back to top^
A2.0: There are three different types of tithes in the bible as follows:
- The Levitical, or sacred tithe (Num. 18: 21, 24)-This tithes has been abolished when Jesus Christ step in as the high priest replacing the levitical priest.
- The tithe of the feasts (Deut. 14:22-27)-This tithe was to bring and eat in the temple where God chooses to abide. Since today we- who believe in Jesus Christ, our body becomes the temple of the holy spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). To bring and eat this tithe in temple means, bring it to ourselves and eat it. It is kinda like a thanksgiving, a celebration to enjoy the blessings that God has given us.
- The tithe for the poor (Deut. 14:28, 29)-The principle of this tithe is still implied in the new testament church, only that it doesn’t matter anymore if we give less than 10% or more than 10% as long as able, willing, cheerful. One can give less 10% yet give all that he/she has and one can give 90% percent yet did not give anything. It all comes down to the purpose of the heart.
Q3.0 What were the tithable items? ^back to top^
A3.0: During the law, agricultural products were only allowed to give as a tithe. Though, in leviticus 27:31, it seems to suggest that it’s possible to buy back the tithe with additional 20% of the tithe value. But, it becomes not a tithe, if the tithe was bought back with money, the value goes to 12%. And, for the redemption process to occur, they must give first the tithe of fruits and grains. So, tithe still was not money though it can be redeemed. Once tithe has been redeemed, they in essence did not tithe but since it was redeemed as according to the law, they also did not rob God hence, curse will not be upon them. Some would say, the adding of 1/5 to the tithe once redeemed was not money rather agricultural product. Lev 27 chapter is all about redeeming what is the Lord, it’s not only agricultural tithe that can be redeemed but also animal offering. If it’s not money, how were they supposed to add 1/5 of the value of an animal offering that has been redeemed? The redemption was through money, another evidence that money was already invented at that time. Yet, it was not consider as a tithable thing. God gave an option in Lev 27:30 what were the things that come from land that were holy to Him and tithable, the option was whether from seed of land or fruit of the trees. Although everything are rooted from the land and land was created by God, it would follow that all material things on earth are from God, literally all – money, clothes, shoes, papers, steel and all. But, not all things on earth were tithable. God ordained His tithe to be a natural produce of His own creation (the land), not a produce that goes through the process in the hand of a man such as money. These were noticeable under the law, all types of offering, the first fruits, the tithes were all either agricultual produce or animals. It was never money when money was already in use as early as Abraham time. God does not change and so does His word, what was ordained to be tithable things and who was to receive and eat it still applies to this very day and in the future to come. Man is variable and God is constant therefore, even if we satisfy the first requirement whereby tithe needs to be agricultural product, the 2nd requirement whereby it has to be receive by the levites is impossible to comply. Levites were just men and men are variable, we tend to change and we are prevented with death. Because of this, Jesus Christ change the priesthood from the sons of Levi to Himself – a never ending, constant, fixed, a priesthood in the order of Melchizedek. Because of this change, all the priesthood law exclusive to sons of Levi were obsoleted, it became not applicable to Jesus Christ since He did not descends from Levi rather from Judah. Thus, all types of burnt offering for sin redemption, the peace, heave offering, the firtsfruits, the tithes to which were all performed and received only by the sons of Levi were all cancelled. Indeed, even a christian levites by blood is not qualified anymore to perform any burnt offering rituals nor even receive firtsfruits and tithes, how much more those who claim to be affiliated spiritually as levites? He is alive to date and forever and, as far as the bible is concern, Jesus did not ordain or give any permission for any mortal to recieve the holy tithe in behalf of Him. But, should we wish to give, He Himself said, whatever we do to the least of our brethren, we are doing it to Him. So, if we give 10% of our income to the least of our brethren (the poor, orphans, widows, etc), we are in a sense giving to God in Jesus Christ and He is receiving it gladly. But, if we are giving it to pastors/preachers because its their right to receive it and in response to any tithe verses, then we are giving it wrongly and has no spiritual value at all, in this case, we are a victim of deception. Also, in the law of grace, giving is not just cap to 10%, we can give less than 10% but give everything and we can give 90% yet give nothing, it all boils down to the purpose of the heart. Obviously, this is not the biblical tithe but simply giving.
Q4.0: Was money a tithable item? ^back to top^
A4.0: Some would say, In the old testament, most were farmers, for this reason, they were paying their tithe in terms of agricultural product. While there are some truth to it, money was already invented at that time yet, there was no record that money was a tithable thing. Some would even say, money is one of our increase hence, it should be tithed. While I agree to it, money has always been part of our increase even as early as Abraham time. Abraham did not even tithed regularly on his increase, rather it was a one time tithe from the plunder of war and did not even take anything from it, rather he returned it all to the King of Sodom. On top of that, it was receive personally by an immortal priest- ephipany of Jesus Christ. That time, there was no regulation on what were the tithable item that’s holy and acceptable to God. Money was before until today needed or use to buy, sell, pay wage, pay tax, bribe, etc. but, though it was one of our increase, it never was a tithable thing. As a matter fact in Deuteronomy 14:23-27, should the place where God chooses to make His name abide was too long for journey, the tithe can be exchange with money and when they reach the place where God chooses, that money has to be spend for food again. There was a gap of 400 years between old and new testment book yet, Pharisee who were still under the law at that time understood clearly that the ordinace of God does not change hence, though they were not farmers, they payed their tithes in terms of Mint, Anis and cummins. They could had payed in money easily as easy as when the chief priest gave Judas 30 pieces of silver yet, they did not do that because they knew very well that God does not change and God said His tithe shall be from the land whether seed of the land or fruits of the tree. Hence, tithe was not suppose to be paid in money. Though, in leviticus 27:31, it seems to suggest that, it’s possible to buy back the tithe with additional 20% of the tithe value. But, it becomes not a tithe, if the tithe was bought back with money, the value goes to 12%. And, for the redemption process to occur, they must give first the tithe of fruits and grains. So, tithe still was not money though it can be redeemed. Nonetheless, whether it can be redeemed or not, it doesn’t really matter since no one really is qualified to receive it. When Jesus step as the high priest, sons of Levi was removed from their priestly obligation. Hence, even levites themselves became not entitled with the privilage that comes along with the levitical priesthood to which, one of the privilage was tithe. Therefore, Pastors who claim to be spiritually affillited with levites are still not qualified to receive tithes regardless if its money or not. Jesus is alive to date and forever, it’s very clear that tithe is His, He lives. One must ask did Jesus give any permission for us mortal to recieve what belongs to Him? As far as the bible is concern, the only group of mortal who were allowed to collect it was the sons of Levi, now that they were change to Jesus Christ, Did Jesus our God give permission again that what belongs to Him can be collected by people who die? Chapter and verse please?
Q5.0: If money was not a tithable thing. Then why is money commonly used as a tithe? ^back to top^
A5.0: To defend the monetary tithing, one usually cite how Abraham gave the tenth (Genesis 14:20-24). He won from the war and was able to retrieve all the goods that has been taken by the enemy. When He was blessed by Melchizedek, he gave a tenth of all from the spoil of war. Since he gave a tenth of all and “all” is broad, there must have been gold, silver or money there. So based from this money therefore can be tithed but, obviously this was not the holy tithe as required by God during the law. Also, Prior to retrieving his brother and the goods from the enemy, Abraham was already wealthy but there seem to be no record that he also give tithe from his wealth. There was only one instance where he give tithe and it was from the war thus, not really his property. As a matter of fact, though the king of sodom offered Abrham to take all the goods after he give a tenth to Melchisedek, he did not accept it for the reason that, the king of sodom might say, “I made Abraham rich”. So all in all, he did not take a single plunder from the war other than what his men had eaten. If monetary tithe is based from how abraham gave, it would also follow that, should a christians fought in war, whatever has been confiscated like guns, goods, illegal items, etc. can be tithed since abraham give a tenth of all the plunder. Aside from silver, gold, there must have been weapons there yet, he did not selectively give tithe rather he give tithe of all that he won from the war. Likewise, Melchizedek did not received selectively rather, He received a tenth of all. The question is, say we overlook the fact that Melchizedek is an immortal priest, if you are at the receiving end (pastor/preacher), will you accept everything other than money, in the case of the plunder, will you accept a tenth of total guns plundered, or a tenth of the illegal goods plundered? Or, are you going to accept only the tenth of the money plundered? Why? Melchizedek received the tenth of all from the spoil of war and, all could be not just only golds or silver, all includes weapons, perhaps even slaves, horses, or anything may it either be valuable, illegal, or of no use at all.
Q6.0: Who is Melchizedek to whom Abraham had gave the tithe of the plunder? ^back to top^
A6.0: Melchizedek “to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.” Hebrews 7:2-3. He was witnessed to be living perpetually. The order of Jesus Christ Priesthood is in the order of Melchizedek.
Q7.0: Can mortal reach the order of Melchizedek priesthood to qualify and receive the tithes. ^back to top^
A7.0: No mortal can reach the order of this priesthood other than Jesus Christ. Since Jesus Christ is still alive to date, the privilege of receiving the tithes is still His right. No mortal should assume to collect the holy tithe in behalf of Jesus unless given a permission. As far as the bible is concern, only the sons of Levi (people who are subject to death) had obtain the permission to receive the holy tithe and it was not money. A man who collect 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.
Q8.0: Since Jesus is alive, should I insist and wish to give my tenth to Jesus. How can He receive it then? ^back to top^
A8.0: “for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’” Matthew 25:42-45” The verse above imply how Jesus can receive should we wish to give. This does not mean tenth of our money only. It could also be our other resources like time, effort and etc.
Q9.0: To whom does the tithe belong to? ^back to top^
A9.0: In Leviticus 27:30 “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 to the LORD.” And I quote ” …is the Lord’s“, tithe of either from the seed of the land or from the fruits of the tree in the land (agricultural product) belongs to God. In a sense, its already His.
Q10.0: So, tithe belongs to God. Since it belongs to God, Did God give permission to receive the tithe by anyone? ^back to top^
A10.0: During the Law, If we read the whole chapter Numbers 18, it was mentioned there that Aaron and his sons was appointed as the priest, the brethren of Aaron and their sons was given by God as a gift to attend the needs of the Priest (Aaron and His son) and to do the work of the tabernacle of meeting (Numbers 18:6). In return for their work in the tabernacle of meeting, the brethren of Aaron and their sons were given the tithes in Israel. This tithes becomes their Inheritance. So, Yes, the brethren of Aaron and their sons where given the permission to receive and eat the tithes that belongs to God. As far as the bible is concern, no other mortal was given the permission to receive and eat what belongs to God other than the sons of Levi. Melchizedek- the high priest who first received the tithes of Abraham was immortal priest – no beginning nor end of life, priest forever.
Q11.0: But someone told me that, pastors today are spiritually Levites? Since they are spiritually Levites, are they not entitled to receive the tithes the same as the Levites in the old testament? ^back to top^
A11.0: They would be entitled if the levitical priests were not resigned from their Priestly minister. But, In Hebrews 7:11-13, the priesthood has been change to Jesus Christ. So even a levites by blood performed the offering rituals (burnt offering, heave offering, etc.), it would be of no spiritual effect anymore because they were already remove from their priestly obligation when Jesus Christ step in as the high priest. And, since the levitical priest was change to Jesus Christ, it would also follow that the levites which was given to Aaron the priest as gift to help in the works of the tabernacle of meeting would be of no use already since the priest to whom they serve was already change to an eternal priest in the name of Jesus Christ. Therefore, since the sons of Levi (priest and non-priest) has been removed from their priestly related obligation, the inheritance (tithes) that comes along with it should also be removed. Actually not just tithes but, basically all obligation and privilages (all types of offering, firstfruits, etc) that was commanded exclusive only to sons of Levi has been obsoloted. So, Pastors who claimed to be spiritually affiliated with levites are still not entitled to receive the tithes because the sons of Levi by blood themselves becomes not entitled already.
Q12.0: But in Malachi 3:10, God said we are robbing Him and we are cursed with a curse if we don’t give the tithes and offering? Are we not robbing God and curse if we don’t give our tithes? ^back to top^
A12.0: I guess we can interpret it this way if we only consider this verse without understanding the whole context. First, this verse was not written before the law rather Malachi 3:10 is written under the law. So, for us not to rob God, the tithe should be as required by God under the Law (agricultural products) because God does not change as so does His word. No matter how time changes and no matter the development of this world says it’s already impractical, not possible or not logical, it is still the word of God, it’s absolute and it should not be bend whatever the reason is. Second, since this verse was written under the law, during this time, it was commanded to be received by specific people (the levites), again God does not change and so does His word. Now, we are in the dispensation of grace, the high priest becomes Jesus Christ and the levitical priesthood had been remove from there priestly obligation and privileges. So, even if the pastors claimed that they are spiritually levites, they are still not entitled to receive the tithes because, the original levites to which pastors claimed to be spiritually affiliated has already been removed from their priestly obligation along with the privilege (tithes) that comes along with it. In the dispensation of grace to satisfy Malachi 3:10 as commanded, the first requirement regardless if its agricultural or not doesn’t really matter. But, the second requirement, the levites who was specifically commanded to receive the tithe and bring to the storehouse (Nehemiah 10:38) is not possible to comply. And, since Jesus though He is alive but cannot receive the tithes, should we wish to give to Jesus, Matthew 25:42-45 is how He can receive it. To answer the question. No! We are not robbing God nor we are curse if we don’t give the 10% of our income to the local priest/pastor or to the building church. But, should we be capable of giving something, we are in a sense not giving to God or displeasing God if we are not helping (not inclusive to money) those in needs. And, so as not to attract curses, helping the poor is the key as Proverbs 28:27 says “Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.” Click here to read more.
Q13.0: Also, in Malachi 3:10 said that bring the tithes and offering to the storehouse? Our storehouse is the local church? Right? ^back to top^
A13.0: The storehouse is part of the temple. When we accept Christ as our saviour, our body becomes the temple of the holy spirit and the church is the assembly of this temple which is us. So, church as defined in the bible becomes not a literal building rather becomes an assembly of believers. Should we insist that we should bring the tithe to the local church because local church is the storehouse or the temple. It would follow, that the tithe should be given to every believer in Christ because we- the body of Christ is the church. This is what they have been doing all along in book of acts, those who believe sold their positions, laid it down to apostle feet and re distribute to those who have needs among them (Acts 4:34-35). Not to have a collection to pay for the bills, to buy property, build mega churches and so on.
Q14.0: Jesus said in Matthew 22:21 that we should give to Ceasar’s what belongs to Ceasar’s and give to God what belongs to God. Tax is a thing that is Ceasar and tithes is a thing that is of God. If we pay taxes to the government, are we not suppose to pay the tithes also that is of God? ^back to top^
A14.0: If you read the preceding verse from 17-20 of Matthew 22. You’ll notice that Jesus asked first for the tax money and proceeded to asked, who was the image inscribed in the money? And, when they answer Ceasar’s! He then responded to give it to Ceasar’s as it was a thing of Ceasar’s. Here, Jesus clearly give a distinction that money is a thing that is ceasar’s, for this reason, money is being used as mode of payment for taxes to date. Yes, tithes is a things that is of God but the tithes was never paid with money as Jesus Himself separate money to be a thing of Ceasars, it was paid with agricultural products. Evidently even the Pharisee understood this, that is why even though they were not farmers, they paid in terms of Anis, Mint and cummins. Another is that, Jesus was still on earth, Hebrews 8:4 says that, while Jesus was still on earth, He would not be a priest because there were priest who were offering gifts according to the Law. So, since Jesus was still on earth, the levitical priesthood was still needed to function hence, tithes was still a thing that is of God, in fact not only tithing but also burnt offering, heave offering and all obligation that were only allowed to be performed by the sons of Levi were still needed while Jesus was still on earth. And of course, since the levites was still needed to function, the privilege that comes along with the obligation which was the tithes was still needed to be given to them and still was their right to receive it. And, when Jesus finally complete His mission, the only thing that belongs to God that needs to be given back to Him becomes none other but our soul. Click here to read more.
Q15.0: Ephesians 4:11 says “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers” Today, they are the priests, the priest in the old testament received tithes, are we not suppose to give also tithes to the priests in today’s time? ^back to top^
A15.0: Actually, in 1 Peter 2:9, we are royal priesthood, within this royalty of priesthood there can be apostles, prophets, deacons, bishop, and an ordinary christian, nonetheless, all of us whether we are a leg or a neck in the body of Christ are all part of royal priesthood. Its like being in a royal family, regardless of who they are, father or mother, son or daughter, they are all part of a royal family. Since every Christian who believe in Christ becomes Priest regardless of the gifting, it would follow that every christians are entitled to receive tithes. And, who shall be the giver? Non-Christians? Moreover, when we accept Christ as our personal saviour, we become our Father’s children through Christ. And, like the king on earth who does not charge taxes within his own family, our father in heaven also does not charge taxes in a form of monetary tithing on His own children in Christ.
The Bible Said:
“He said, “Yes.” And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?” Peter said to Him, “From strangers.” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free.” Matthew 17:25-26
Unless, one consider himself as not a child of our father through Jesus Christ. Then, you should give the tithe and give it to any Christians because, true believer in Christ are priest.
A16.0: Because hebrews 8:4 says that, while Jesus was still on earth, He would not be a priest because there were priest who were offering gifts according to the Law. So, since Jesus was still on earth when this verse was mentioned it would follow that, the levitical priesthood (Aaronic Prieshood) was still needed to function hence, the levites – the brethren of Aaron were still needed to attend the needs of the priest and still required to perform the works relating to the tabernacle. And so, since levites were still required to function, their inheritance (the tithes) was still needed to be given.
In analogy, Its like this, suppose in a company a new CEO is about to replace an existing CEO, the effectivity of his term as new CEO will be next month. Does the CEO to be replace has still all the rights to be paid until the last day of his term? He does right, the incoming CEO cannot intervene or cut off his salary while the existing CEO is still in position right? Since we are talking about tithes not offering nor giving to which it was an inheritance of the levites (brethren of Aaron) in lay mans term a salary to them in return for their works in the tabernacle of meeting, the logic is the same. This is why God said, we ought to do important matters but don’t also forget to do lesser matter like paying your obligation to the levites- the tithes which was not paid in money. Click here to read more.
Q17.0: But Jesus Himself said that He did not come to destroy the Law if he did not come to destroy the Law, then tithing is still applicable right? ^back to top^
A17.0: He indeed not came to destroy the law or the prophets but to fulfil. In Micah 5:2, it was prophesied that ruler of Israel will come from the lineage of Judah. See other propecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ, click here. And, it happened that He came but not descended from the line of priest (sons of Levi) but descended from the line Judah as prophesied in which, there was no law concerning priesthood from this tribe. What law then was He going to destroy when in the first place, there was no priesthood law written for priest that will come from the line of Judah (Hebrews 7:14)? In Galatians 5:14, it’s revealed that the fulfillment of the entire law can be sum up by keeping the 2nd greatest commandment – Love your neighbor as yourself. This was what Jesus did, He defy but fulfil the sabbath law by healing the sick. He did not tithed instead He feed the poor. All that Jesus did was to defy but fulfil the law by loving His neighbour-heal the sick, feed the poor, even loving them while being persecuted. Neighbor here means anybody outside ourself or simply a fellow human, it could be our parents, children, friends or strangers. Click “The fulfilment of the Entire Law” to read more. He did fulfil the law and prophecies but in effect, Jesus becomes not bound to any related levitical priesthood ordinaces hence, He had all the right to change the priesthood law to a better Law- the law of grace. All laws (the law of offering and tithes) relating to levitical priesthood ended in the cross hence, obsoleted. (Romans 10:4, Hebrews 8:13).
Unlike the levitical priesthood whose priesthood were prevented by death for continuing, Jesus Christ priesthood ministry is never ending. He can never be replaced by anyone. (Hebrews 7:23-24). When Jesus came and abolished the law in particular to the laws that made the sons of Levi priests of the people, we christian acknowledged that, no priest should ever perform the burnt offering, heave offering or any other offering that was only allowed to be perform by the levitical priest. This also apply to tithes, because this tithes was only commanded to be receive by the sons of Levi.
Q18.0: But my pastor said that giving tithe is a way of honoring God. It is a test of obedience to God? ^back to top^
A18.0: Honouring and fulfilling God’s very first commandment- “Love our God with all our heart, soul and mind”, will not go hand in hand if we add or subtract to God’s words. If we are giving the 10% of our income in response to any tithe verses, then obey it as exactly as it was required by God in the bible because God’s word is absolute and the final authority. To honour and to love God is directly proportional to obeying His written word as commanded in the bible and, God’s holy tithe was never paid in money moreover, God’s holy tithe was to be paid to levites only to whom was obsoleted when Jesus Christ step in as the High priest. Jesus Christ had conquered death, He is alive to date and will live forever and, as far as the bible is concern, Jesus Christ had no instruction that what belongs to Him can again be collected by us-people who are subject to death. Nor, the apostles practiced it, the bible said;
“For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”Galatians 3:10 NIV
Tithing was under the Law, if we intend to keep it, keep all that has been written and as it was written under the law and not be selective otherwise we are cursed. Under the grace, tithing becomes giving as according to the what the heart desires. One can give less than 10% yet give everything and, one can give 90% yet give nothing. This is way higher than tithing under the law or before the law, it all comes down to the purpose of the heart. And, the recipient becomes not pastors/priest but all those who have needs.
Q19.0: Proverbs 3:9 say that let us honor God with our first fruit. Tithes is our first fruit, so when we give our tithes we are honoring God, right? ^back to top^
A19.0: First of all tithes and first fruit are different. See Nehemiah 10:37, Numbers 18:13-15. The first fruit/firstborn are literally what it says. Its not a percentage, it is the first ripe fruit, the first that comes out from the womb of all flesh, the eldest in short is for the Lord but Aaronic Prieshood and his sons was given the permission to receive it. This is one of the priests support in return for them being assigned as the priest of the people. While the the tithes is in percentage, the number can go up or down depending on the total harvest. If say I have harvested 100 fruits, 10 fruits is the tithes, if I have harvested 1000 fruits, 100 is the tithe. Another difference is that, the first fruit goes to the priest (Aaron and his sons) and the tithes goes to levites (brethren of Aaron and their sons). But, when the priesthood was change to Jesus Christ, the ordinances relating to priesthood given only to the sons of Levi becomes not applicable to Jesus Christ because, He is a priest that did not come from the line of Levi rather from the line of Judah to which their was no law written relating to priesthood. In effect, the commandment of receiving the offering, the firstfruits, and the tithes has been annulled. So, should we wish to Honour God with our first received salary, honour God by giving it to those in needs because thats how God can receive and appreciate it. Again, read (Matthew 25:42-45).
Q20.0: Did Jacob tithed also? If Jacob tithed are we not suppose to do the same? ^back to top^
A20.0: “And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”Genesis 28:22. There is no verse in the bible that will prove that Jabob tithed. The closest is the above verse, nontheless, it is only a vow. Jacob is Israel also, It was until Israel descendants when God gave the land of Canaan. To fulfil Jacob or Israel vow, God asked the tenth of the produced of the Land from his descendants to be given back to Him (Lev 27:30). Like Abraham who was blessed first before He give the tenth, we also could say that, Jacob or Israel was blessed first before He give the tenth. The difference is that, Jacob’s blessing was acquired through his descendants and give the tenth through his descendants but Abraham give his tenth while yet living. Though, we could say also that since Jacob’s origin came from Abraham, he tithed through Jacobs decendants and since Jacob’s was still in the loins of Abraham when he give the tenth to Melchizedek, we could also say that, Jacob’s tithed through Abraham. Another difference is that, Abraham tenth was personally receive by Melchizedek – an immortal priest and epiphany of Jesus Christ, while Jacob tenth was permitted by God to be receive by people who are subject to death (Sons of Levi). This was the only time where God allowed that, what belongs to Him can be collected by people who die to support them. Because at that time, mortal priest who where to offer blood sacrifices and gifts where still needed until Jesus complete or fulfil the Law and the prophecies.
Q21.0: Well for me it does not matter who receive tithe as long as my heart says that I’m giving it to Jesus. I don’t see anything wrong with it? ^back to top^
Q21.0: I guess this is the most common response when the discussion seemingly not siding to tithing to be applicable in today’s time. But, let me just give a scenario, suppose you are to evangelise or share the truth to a person who firmly believe that through the statue of Mary, a prayer can be heard by God. You explain to him that this is not so as according to the bible, you laid to him all the scripture and all the sensible explanation and bible facts that what he believe is contrary to what the bible say. Yet, in spite of all the sensible and biblical fact you’ve shown, it does not matter to him because in his heart he believe that his prayer can only be heard through the statue of Mary.
Are you going to acknowledge that what he believe is biblically acceptable since he believe in his heart that through the statue of Mary, his prayer can be heard? If not, then that scenario also apply to tithing, even if someone say they believe it in their heart. The most that I can do is to respect it and not push it anymore but, I say, the heart of that someone has been deceived. That kind of belief, in fact whatever we believe in our heart is obviously not in born, we choose to place it there to the point that it became part of us and is really hard to remove however faced with an evidence undeniable proving that what the heart believe is in fact a lie. But, I pray that in God’s perfect time, the truth will be revealed in that man’s heart. Remember the heart is the most deceitful above all thing (Jeremiah 17:19).
Beside, if you say it doesn’t matter who receive it, should I give my 10% to those in needs, will you consider it tithing? If not, then I taught you say, it doesn’t matter who receive it? I believe in my heart that through those in needs (poor, orphans, etc.) my tithe is being receive 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 receive 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 concern, Jesus Christ did not give permission that, again His holy tithe can be collected by people who are subject to death. Remember, a man who collect 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. So as not to be deceived, since we (man) will surely die, always counter check man’s words/teachings against the word of God. You’ll never know, the man himself who claim to be a prophet, apostles, bishop and pastor might had been deceived for so long that the confidence in teaching a false doctrine really looks so genuine as if its not a lie. In fact, the man might not even be aware that he was for so long been deceived hence, the strong conviction that even a lie can sound so true. The bible did say;
“Cease to trust in [weak, frail, and dying] man, whose breath is in his nostrils [for so short a time]; in what sense can he be counted as having intrinsic worth?” Isaiah 2:22 AMP
“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no help. When his breath leaves him, he returns to his earth; in that very day his [previous] thoughts, plans, and purposes perish. [I Cor. 2:6.]” Psalm 146:3-4 AMP
Q22.0: But, 1 Corinthians 9:13-14 says that those who preach the gospel have the right to live by the Gospel? Tithe in the old testament was used to support the Levites (the priest that time), are we not suppose to give support to those who preach the Gospel? ^back to top^
A22.0: First, tithes were used to support the levites (brethren of Aaron). The support for the priest were offerings, first fruits and the tenth of tithes the levites received. And Yes, we ought to support those who preach the Gospel correctly. But, let everyone give support as according to what their heart desires. It’s different when a preacher asked for it as if its their right to receive it than, when someone volunter to give without being prompted how much or what percentage. Tithe principle connotate obligation to the giver and a right by the receiver. It is kinda like a tax, whether we like it or not. If we read through the succeeding verses of 1 Corinthians 9:13-14, especially the next verse 15, Apostle Paul himself don’t claim this right. And, state further in verse 18, that he present the gospel of Christ without charge or free of expense and that he may not abuse his authority in the gospel. One might say that this was apostle Paul personal belief but, in “2 Thessalonians 3:6-15“, it was clearly implied that its not only apostle Paul who don’t want to burden his follower with such obligation to support him because he preach the gospel rather, it was them, they commanded it and I quote.
“For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:7-10 NIV
Who are we to not follow them? Money today as it was during that time were needed and even before that time. Yet, they don’t use the gospel to earn from it. Apostles are our guide as Christians today, every scripture are inspired by God hence, it was written for a reason that we should follow and imitate them.
Moreover, Jesus himself commanded in Matthew 10:7-10, to freely give as it was freely receive. They were not even allowed to carry gold or silver money in their purses. But, should someone offered them a food, they can take and eat it. The labourer is worthy of their wages after all (Luke 10:7). It was food that were allowed for them to take as their wage not money, the same principle in the old testament, the offerings/first fruits/tithes were all food. God never commanded the priest to collect or receive money in return for their priestly service rather they were commanded to take and eat part of the offerings (animal offerings/heave offerings), the first fruits (the first ripe fruits/the eldest of animals), and the tithes (agricultural products). Take note, money was already in used as early as Abraham’s time. Yet, it was not commanded to be offered nor to be tithed simply because money was never a thing of God, it is a thing that is of Man. Matthew 22:17-21. Click here to read more.
Below are a set of questions that were asked back to me when I first enquired about the validity of monetary tithing.
“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.” Genesis 14:18-20 NKJV
from the verse above can we also ask and answer the following questions:::
Q23.0 If tithes were given before the dispensation of the law, does it make tithing as part of the law? ^back to top^
A23.0 Tithing was not given before the dispensation of the law. Nobody told Abraham to tithe nor it was commanded by God that Abraham should tithe. Abraham tithed voluntarily kinda like a good gesture because Melchizedek blessed Him. Melchizedek was witnessed to be living perpetually, meaning He did not die to date, He is in fact living in the name of Jesus Christ. And, since Jesus Christ is God, it must had been an Honour for Abraham to be blessed by God Himself and personally give the tenth of the plunder. As far, as the is bible concern, there was no other record that Abraham tithed on mortal priest or, records that Abraham tithed on his own wealth. Take note, he was wealthy even before and after he tithed. Abraham tithe was from the spoil of war, He even return all the remaining spoils to the king of Sodom. All in all he did not take anything from the plunder other than what his men had eaten. It was only when the dispensation of the law was given that the tithe becomes part of the law. Here, it became a commandment but not included in the 10 commandments rather it was a commandment exclusive only to the sons of Levi along with other priesthood commandments only for them.
Q24.0 Some observed that tithing was not mentioned in the Ten commandments reinforced that tithing is not part of the law – does that make sense after all? ^back to top^
A24.0 Yes, it was not mentioned in the 10 commandments. It would not had been given if the Israelites need not a priest. But, since they needed priests to offer sacrifices in behalf of the people transgressions. There were God’s commandments not for general public rather exclusive only for the sons of Levi- the tribe who became the priest of the people. These commandments were not only the receiving of tithes but including the offering rituals, even the clothes to wear, the sanctification of the priest, the commandment of how and what to offer and many others thats only applicable to sons of Levi.
Q25.0 If tithing then is not part of the law, then, when the law was abolished, will it make true sense that tithing was not abolished in the dispensation of grace? ^back to top^
A25.0 Tithes was first a gesture coming from Abraham. Nobody told him to tithe. During that time it was more of a voluntarily gesture and not a commandment. During the law, it became part of the law, it became a commandment whose beneficiary were only the sons of Levi. When the law was abolished, tithe too was abolished along with all other priesthood law. This was evident in Hebrews 7:18 “For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness. Now, the only verse usable to support the tithing in the dispensation of grace was the instance where Abraham tithed. All other verses under the context of the law should not be used because it has been abolished. But, should we use the verse where Abraham tithed to support the tithing doctrine today, it will result to many complications that will damage the authority of the word of God. Complication as follows:
- Abraham tithed not from His wealth rather it was one time and it was from the war. There was no record that Abraham tithed regularly. Mind you, Abraham was rich before he even tithed.
- Abraham give tithe of all from the spoil of war and it was not receive selectively. Since all is broad, aside from silver or Gold, there must have been weapons there or perhaps illegal goods or goods with value or no value at all. Since it was not receive selectively, you mean to say, if you are at the receiving end you can accept almost anything aside from money? In the case of spoil of war, will you accept a tithe of all the weapons plundered?
- Abraham gave his tithe without Him being prompted to tithe, he give it voluntarily, nobody commanded him to do so. Moreover, He was blessed first then he tithed, not he tithed to be blessed. It was in response of the blessing that he received which is contrary to the tithe that is being taught today whereby, if you tithe you are going to be blessed.
- For tithe process to happen there must be a giver and a receiver. In Abraham time, the receiver of his tithe was witnessed to be living perpetually (Hebrews 7:8). I’m pretty sure that all human are subject to death, we all die therefore, human cannot reach the order of Melchizedek priesthood. The order of this priesthood can be and already has been filled up by Jesus Christ Himself and, He is irreplaceable and is alive to date and forever. Claiming to be a priest in the order of Melchizedek is like claiming that you were the one prophezised in Psalms 110:4 “The LORD has sworn And will not relent, “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.” Or, in direct sense, you are actually claiming to be Jesus Christ himself because this prophecy was confirmed in Hebrews 7:16-18 to be referring to Jesus Christ.
Q26.0 If tithing is practiced in the higher order (Melchizedek) of Priesthood when there was no clear commandment about tithing then – shouldn’t it be practiced in the “better” covenant where Christ is our High Priest because it was practiced in the dispensation of Law (inferior)? ^back to top^
A26.0 This question already has been answered in Q25.0. Practicing tithe because it was practice in the higher (Melchizedek) priesthood is not possible in the dispensation of grace. Because, no mortal today is qualified to be a receiver of the tithe, obviously everybody dies. But, Jesus did imply how he can receive it. Read (Matthew 25:42-45)
Q27.0 If we make another round and say, but tithing was not in the Ten Commandment and should not be considered a part of the Law, then how do you consider the passages below? ^back to top^
Lev 27:30 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.
Lev 27:31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.
Lev_27:32 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.
A27.0. This question has been answered in Q24.0. Noticeably in the verses cited, there were no hint that money was a tithable thing when money was already in used and as important as today as it was that time. In fact, money was use by priest themselves to redeem or compensate some specific offering. Numbers 18:15-16 says; “The first offspring of every womb, both human and animal, that is offered to the Lord is yours. But you must redeem every firstborn son and every firstborn male of unclean animals. When they are a month old, you must redeem them at the redemption price set at five shekels of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs.” God does not change, surely you also knew this. What He required last time on to what was to be tithed and who was to receive it also did not change to date. Since, the verses cited was within the context of the law. To comply it, means give the tithe as it was required under the law hence, not money and give it to levites as it was commanded only to be received by them. Though Lev 27:31 seems to suggest that, it’s possible to buy back the tithe with additional 20% of the tithe value. But, it becomes not a tithe, if the tithe was bought back with money, the value goes to 12%. And, for the redemption process to occur, they must give first the tithe of fruits and grains. So, tithe still was not money though it can be redeemed.
Q28.0 What does the words “holy”, “ownership” “Lordship” does to the act of tithing? Do these 3 words are the “weightier” matters than the Law? This is foundational to the act of tithing and is more important to understand this from the heart than to understand it through the mind. ^back to top^
A28.0: In the act of tithing, what was holy to God under the context of the law was never money. It was a tithe of the land whether of the seed of the land or fruits of the trees. One of the use of money was for the redemption of offering and tithe but it doesn’t mean it can be tithed. As a matter of fact, should they redeem the agricultural tithe, they had to add 20% from the current tithe value hence, it becomes 12% not tithe or 10% (Lev 27:31). We acknowledge that God owns everything but it doesn’t mean that to acknowledge His ownership and lordship, we need to give to Him by tithing. It’s not what He want of us, God blesses us so us to bless other not He bless us to pay Him back. What He ask of us is pay forward not pay Him back. Matthew 23:23 says, justice, mercy and faithfulness is the weightier matter of the law not tithing. Nonetheless, tithing was still an obligation during that time since they were still under the law. When Jesus Christ step in as the high priest, tithes as with burnt offering, heave offering and other animal offering becomes unnecessary in the dispensation of grace. Mind you, the heart is very deceitful, whatever we understand in our heart may not always be the right one. It always has to match with the word of God. However we understand it in our heart, if the word of God says otherwise then, we are deceived by our own heart. See Q21.0.
Q29.0 If one believes in One God, and believes that this One God is the owner of all that one has, then tithing is the ultimate act of recognizing who is one’s Lord and becomes the fundamental basis for one’s obedience to any rules that his Lordship commands him. ^back to top^
A29.0 Believing in one God and tithing is disconnected. Tithing is not the ultimate act of recognizing who is one’s Lord, believers of trinitarian tithes even mormons tithes. The truth is, not only those who had the revelation of one God tithe, on the contrary, almost all institionalized church tithe. If tithing becomes the fundamental basis for one’s obedience to God. Do you not think you are also disobeying the very act of tithing since God commanded it to be receive only by the sons of Levi? Indeed, in the time of grace, even levites becomes not entitled to receive tithes how much more those who claim to be spiritually affiliated. Jesus lives, He is the rightful owner of the tithes and as far as the bible is concern, Jesus did not commanded that whats His can be collected by gentile Christians. Melchizedek being a gentile priest cannot be cited as a support to claim that gentile Christians can receive tithes since he receive tithe of Abraham because, Melchizedek is not only without genealogy, He is also “without father, without mother, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.” Hebrews 7:3 NKJV. He is in short, an immortal priest. Obviously, none of us will ever reach the priesthood in the order of Melchizedek other than Jesus Christ. Hence, no mortal being is ever qualified to receive tithes nor did Jesus our God transferred the right to collect His tithe to any pastor, priest, bishop, apostles or whoever.
Q30.0 The Law demands that you obey the rules but Grace looks at your heart’s response as you act/follow. Not grudgingly, but cheerfully, and best of all acknowledging the grace of God that is daily sufficient for us. Can you say His grace is sufficient daily for you? Yes, you can by the way you offer your substance to Him. ^back to top^
A30.0 The law demands to obey the rules as exactly as it was written. In regards to tithe, the law demands to be given to the levites. Aside from tithe, the law demands burnt offering, the law demands many things. But this law, ended in the cross (Romans 10:4). Galatians 3:10 says “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law. If we intend to keep tithing, we ought to keep it as it was required including all other laws and not be selective otherwise we are accursed. This was no different on the circumcision issue that was brought out in Galatia. Circumcision and tithing was part of the law . The bible says
“Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” Galatians 5:3-9 NIV
A little of bit of the law mixed with grace will ruin the whole concept of grace. Hence, the law has no space in the dispensation of grace. It was written for us to learn from it. To serve as an evidence, a witness of what had happened in the past and why there was a need for a new covenant. It also serves as a witness that God did not suddenly send His son without hints or without prophecy. All of it was for us to believe that before something happens, God already sees it hence, as a proof it was written.
Q31.0 But how can you trust the Lord in practical ways? ^back to top^
Pro 3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
And don’t forget the benefit:
Pro 3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
A31.0 To trust God in practical ways is not equivalent to tithe. Indeed, even if we wish to give our firstfruits of all our increase the simple truth is, no mortal is qualified to receive it. In the dispensation of grace, levites themselves became not entitled to recieve offering, tithes, or firsfruits, how much more we- the gentile Christians. The bible say, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 NIV. To trust God is to have faith in Him alone. Tithing as a measure whether a man trust God or not bring condemnation to a man. Yet, the bible say, in Christ there is no more condemnation (Romans 8:1). How will you view those who are in Christ but don’t tithe, you mean to say they don’t trust God? That’s condemnation.
Mat_5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Q32.0 From the above passages what kind of righteousness do we have if we do not pay our tithes? ^back to top^
A32.0 “Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:7-11 NIV
This is what it means to be light and salt to the world. And, this is how we can exceed the righteousness of the Pharisee not tithing. Tithing brings condemnation to a man who don’t tithe. It becomes a measure whether a man is faithful or not. It becomes a measure whether he is obedience or not. All of the physical regulation (circumcision, tithing, offerings and others) has been annulled. As the bible say; “So a previous physical regulation and command is cancelled because of its weakness and ineffectiveness and uselessness–”Hebrews 7:18 AMP. See link on Cancellation of the Former Commandment. The fulfillment of the law can be sum up with with 2nd greatest commandment – Love your Neighbor as Yourself.
Footnote: The word of God can be interpreted in many angles but each interpretation should be parallel to each other not in the opposite direction and, should not be interpreted in the wrong context. If one interpretation is completely opposite to the other, that interpretation could either be wrong or correct. Both can be wrong but both cannot be acknowledged to be correct. The holy spirit will never reveal two versions of the truth that is completely in contradiction to each other. The baseline to know which one is the correct understanding is if it’s written in the bible but not taken in the wrong context. The written word of God will serve as a judge which is which.
Giving 10% of our money to the church as tithe is I believe a counterfeit of what is really the tithe in the bible. If I’m wrong, prove me wrong with biblical support not taken out of context. There cannot be two versions of truth here that contradict each other. If you acknowledge that my writing is correct, then the opposing interpretation whereby monetary tithing is valid in the dispensation of grace has to be wrong. And, if it’s biblically wrong to practice tithing, then it should be stopped because those who teach and impose this false teaching are like scamming the believer into getting to give their 10% of income without any spiritual value. Saying that ” God only wants the 10% and we get to keep the 90%” is like putting words into God’s mouth moreover, it is not applicable to all. To most especially in poor countries, living on their 100% income is not even enough how much more requiring or encouraging them to live on their 90% of income. This teaching has to be debunked, if only state and church are not separated, lawyers could easily debunk this fraudulent teaching. This can be debunked with plain logic and few questions with undoubtedly common answers.
For me, it’s not fair to a poor person to plant in his/her conviction or his conscience (though not really obliged directly) to give out 10% of his everything as a form of obedience to God, when that 10% could be used to feed His own family. And, it might cause for a rich person to be greedy, if he only gives out 10% as a tithe and thinks It pleases and obeyed God when In reality he can and able give out 90% of it and can live 10% of his everything. Tithe (1/10) is specific and measured. A person can find it very difficult to comply because, for him or her, its equivalent to one whole day meal of his child and for the rich man, that 10% is nothing and can easily comply without much struggling yet, both are obedience. The only difference is that the other one is obeying at the expense of a meal for his or her child and the other seems nothing. Whilst if we don’t use tithe but giving without specific measurement, a poor person may give lesser or any amount as he is able and cheerfully without affecting the needs of His family and in his or her conscience, it pleases God and doesn’t have that guilt feeling. And, a rich person may give as much as he has and left only just or even more than enough for the needs of his family as long as he is willing and able to give it out not grudgingly but cheerfully. In this case, 1% of that poor person is equivalent to 90% of the rich man since both of their remaining balance is enough for the needs of their family. They both feel the joy and sacrifice of giving without affecting the needs of their own family and the future of their children. As the bible say:
“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” I Timothy 5:8 NKJV
This for me is the true meaning when we say “money is not an issue” because in this setting the percentage of the money we give really becomes not an issue rather the condition of the heart when we give it.
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