Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Proponents of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine will often take you to the above verse in their Bibles, telling you that if you teach people not to tithe, you are teaching contrary to the commandments and will, therefore, be the least in the Kingdom.
But are you truly teaching contrary to the commandments when you teach people not to tithe to the Church? I believe you are agreeing with the commandments, not teaching contrary to them.
Let us look at a few verses concerning God’s holy tithe as commanded in the Law, shall we?
Leviticus 27:30-34 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. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. 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. He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed. These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.
In Leviticus 27:30-34, we are given, in detail, what God said His holy tithe was to consist of, and who God required to tithe. The tithe was to consist of agricultural produce and livestock. The command to tithe was to be given by Moses to the children of Israel.
Deuteronomy 6:1-3 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.
Deuteronomy 12:10-11 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety; Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:
In Deuteronomy, chapters 6 & 12, we read that the commands that God gave were not to be observed until the children of Israel crossed over the Jordan and entered the land God had promised to Jacob and his descendants. According to the Law, tithing was not to be observed in any georgraphical location other than the Promised Land. When you go over Jordan, and enter the land,… then ye shall tithe.
Numbers 18:24-26 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe.
Numbers 18:27-29 And this your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshingfloor, and as the fulness of the winepress. Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the LORD of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and ye shall give thereof the LORD’S heave offering to Aaron the priest. Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the LORD, of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it.
Nehemiah 10:37-38 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage. 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.
In Numbers 18, we find that the tithe that God commanded were to be given to the Levites. Nehemiah 10:37-38 clarifies where the tithes were to be taken. The tithes were to be taken to the Levites in the farming communities in the Promised Land. The Levites, in turn, were to take a tithe of the tithe to the House of the LORD.
This clearly reveals to us that the only ones who were required to take tithes to the House of the LORD were the Levites, i.e.; the Temple Staff. This also reveals that, of all of Israel’s total annual crops, only 1% went to the House of God,… not 10%. And it was not the congregation of Israel that tithed to the House of God,… it was the Temple Staff that were responsible for tithing to the House of God.
Given the infallible and inerrant Scriptures, it is clear that we do not teach contrary to the commandments when we tell people they do not have to tithe their monetary income to the House of God. God said His holy tithe is to be agricultural, not monetary.
It is the proponents of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine that are teaching a doctrine that is contrary to the commandments of God. God said His holy tithe is to be agricultural increase; they say it is to be monetary income. God said His holy tithe is to be given to Levites, and that it is only Levites, (Ministerial Staff) that are required to tithe to the House of God, they say that God requires all those who are saved to tithe to the House of God. God said that His holy tithe is only to be observed after crossing Jordan River and entering into the Promised Land. They say that tithing must be observed in every country of the world. The word of God identifies the House of God as being the Temple in Jerusalem. (which was actually destroyed in AD 70 when General Titus and his Roman army besieged the city) They say the House of God is one’s local church wherever they live in the world.
After examining what God’s Holy word says concerning His holy tithe, it is evident that the modern-day tithe proponents are the ones that are guilty of breaking one of the least of the commandments, (see Matthew 23:23) and teaching others to do so.
When we speak with people living on Gentile soil, telling them that God does not require them to tithe their monetary income to the House of God., we are 100% in agreement with what the Bible says concerning God’s holy tithe. We are not guilty of breaking one of the least of the commandments, nor are we guilty of telling other men to break them.