Recently, I was accused of presenting myself as being wiser than Jesus Christ.

The reason? Because I had posted that Matthew 23:23 was not a command for the New Testament Christian.

My rebuttal was as follows:

I am wise enough to know that when Jesus was speaking in Matthew 23:23, He was speaking to scribes and Pharisees. He even said that He was speaking to scribes and Pharisees in the same verse..

I am wise enough to know that Jesus said that agricultural products were what the scribes and Pharisees tithed.

I am wise enough to know that Jesus said that tithing was a matter of the Law.

I am wise enough to know that the Law was given to the children of Israel, not to the New Covenant Church.

I am wise enough to know that Jesus would not have told the scribes and Pharisees to tithe money, since the Law said God’s commanded tithe was agricultural.

I am wise enough to know that Jesus would have been telling the scribes and Pharisees to transgress the Law, (thereby sinning) had He told them to tithe money.

I may not be wiser than Jesus, but I am wise enough to know what Jesus said in Matthew 23:23, and that Matthew 23:23 is not a command to the New Testament Church.

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye (scribes and Pharisees) pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, (agricultural produce) and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these (tithing of agricultural produce) ought ye (scribes and Pharisees) to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Proverbs 23:19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

In John 10:27 Jesus Christ said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”

A question could be asked today, why so many who claim to know and love Christ are not hearing His Word? Are they truly following Him?

God said in Leviticus 27:30-33 that His holy tithe is agricultural. Are you hearing God’s voice and following Him? or are you following a god who says the commanded tithe is money?

God said in Numbers 18:21,24,26,28 that He gave His tithe to the Levitic tribe of the children of Israel. Are you hearing God’s voice and following Him? or are you following a god who says you are to tithe to people who are not of the Levitic tribe?

God said in Deuteronomy 6:1-3 & Deuteronomy 12:10-11 that one was not to start tithing until one crossed Jordan and entered Canaan. Are you hearing God’s voice and following Him? or are you following a god that requires tithing on Gentile soil?

God said in Deuteronomy 14:22-27 that a second tithe was to be taken to a Jewish Feast and eaten by the tither before the LORD God. Are you hearing God’s voice and following Him? or are you following a god that says we must tithe to our Church and nowhere else?

God said in Deuteronomy 14:28-29 that a third tithe was to be given every three years to feed the widows, the orphans, the Levites and foreigners in Israel. Are you hearing God’s voice and following Him? or are you following a god that says the tithe must go to your Church?

God said in Nehemiah 10:37-38 that the firstfruits were to be taken to the Temple storehouse in Jerusalem, and the tithes were to be taken to the Levites. Are you hearing God’s voice and following Him? or are you following a god that says tithes are to go to pastors on Gentile soil?

God said in Psalm 147:19-20 that His statutes and judgments were given to Israel and Israel alone. Are you hearing God’s voice and following Him? or are you following a god that says the Mosaic Law is to be obeyed by all people of every nation?

God’s Word tells us in Acts 15:5,10,19-20,24,28-29 that Gentile Believers are not to be required to keep the Mosaic Law. Are you hearing God’s voice and following Him? or are you following a god that demands Gentile Believers obey the Mosaic Law?

In the last chapter that tithing is mentioned in God’s Holy Word, (Hebrews 7:5-8 ) we are told that the commanded tithe is the same agricultural tithe commanded in the Pentateuch more than 1500 years earlier. Are you hearing God’s voice and following Him? or are you following a god that says the commanded tithe is money?

Are you Are you hearing God’s voice and following Him? or have you rejected His decree and chosen your own path?

There is not one Scripture in the entire Bible where God amended His tithe command to extend to the New Testament Church. Nor is there an amendment in His Word to make the tithe a monetary tithe instead of an agricultural one.

If God didn’t amend the tithe in His Word, how can we, who are supposed to hear the voice of God and follow Him, say He requires tithes of money? There is absolutely no justification for such an action.

Proverbs 30:6 tells us we are not to add to God’s Word. For that reason, we cannot change the tithe that He said was to be agricultural into a monetary tithe. we cannot, in good conscience, bring a tithe that was meant for Israel alone to observe to another geographical location.

You see, you cannot just focus on the fact that God commanded a tenth, and then totally ignore what that tenth was to consist of, where it was to be taken to, to whom it was to be given, and when it was to be given. You are picking and choosing that a tithe is required, yet dismissing all other aspects concerning God’s holy tithe.

Those who teach contrary to the written Word of God are not hearing the voice of God and therefore, can not be following Him.

Isaiah 24:5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

Today’s tithe teachers certainly have “changed the ordinance” of the tithe. God declared that His Holy tithe was to be crops and livestock. In the Word of God, from the giving of the Law and forward, we see that His Holy tithe was consistently to come from agricultural crops and livestock in the Promised Land.

But man has changed the ordinance

1 ) From crops and livestock, to money.
2 ) From in the Promised Land, to all over the world
3 ) From for the children of Israel, to for Christian
4 ) From yearly, to weekly
5 ) From to sons of Levi, widows, orphans, foreigners and family, to to Pastors
6 ) From God’s increase, to man’s income.

Yes, man has “changed the ordinance” of the tithe into something God never authorized it to be.

God’s word is for ever settled in Heaven. Man may have changed the ordinance of tithing, but God never did. His word still says that His holy tithe is to come from His increase; is agricultural; that it is for the children of Israel; that it is to be given to the sons of Levi; that it is to be observed in the Promised Land.

Let God be true, but every monetary tithe teaching preacher be exposed as a thief and a liar.

The only possible way that a Christian can give the biblical tithe today is if that Christian would have to:

a) be a physical descendant of Jacob. (Leviticus 27:34; Psalms 147:19-20)
b) be given a portion of the Promised Land by God as an inheritance. (Genesis 28:13-15)
c) cannot be in any other geographical location than the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11)
d) raise crops or breed livestock on that portion of the Promised Land he inherited (Leviticus 27:30-33)
e) take a tenth part of the crops raised, and/or every tenth animal of the livestock to pass under a rod to a physical descendant of Levi in the farming communities (Numbers 18:24-26; Nehemiah 10:37-38)
f) be unfaithful to Jesus Christ (Romans 7:3-4)

Any attempt to tithe by any other means in any other geographic location is in direct contradiction to God’s word, and would not be a biblical tithe.

Can anyone provide Scripture where God tells members of the ekklesia to tithe their monetary income?

Hebrews 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

The word “chastisement” in the above verse is translated form the Greek, “paideia, ” pronounced “pahee-di-ah” It means, “correction; Instruction.”

Those who will not accept correction and instruction are not considered children of God. Instead, they are seen as illegitimate.

So it is with many who teach the monetary tithe requirement doctrine. When confronted with the truth, that God never commanded Christians to tithe their monetary income, the majority will not receive correction or instruction.

They will dismiss the written word of God, and embrace the lie. They show no conviction for teaching the lie; and will, in fact, continue teaching the lie.

It is these teachers that will be among those who hear Jesus say, “Depart from Me, I never knew you.” (see Matthew 7:21-23)

But we must not lose heart in proclaiming the truth. Though the majority will reject it, some will be encouraged to be as the Bereans of the first century AD and search the Scriptures to see if it is so.

We must keep proclaiming this truth for their sake.

Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Monetary tither, are you aware that your Pastor/Bishop/Elder/Apostle/Prophet hates you?

Yes, he hates you.

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 26:28 that the lying tongue hates those that are afflicted by it. So I can attest beyond a shadow of doubt that your monetary tithe requirement teaching pastor hates you.

Not only that, but the same verse assures me that your pastor will one day bring you to ruin.

Don’t believe me? Read the verse for yourself:

Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

What’s that? You say your pastor does not lie to you? Oh, but he most certainly does, if he is teaching you that God requires you to tithe your monetary income to the church building you attend.

The Bible tells us in Leviticus 27:30-33 that God’s holy tithe is to be agricultural, not monetary. There is no verse in the entire Bible that says one is to tithe money to the House of God.

Therefore, your monetary tithe requirement teaching pastor is guilty of

1. Lying to you
2. Hating you
3. Turning your ears and eyes away from God’s word

Causing you to…

1. Reject God’s word
2. Place your Pastor’s word to be more authoritative than God’s

… which is idolatry,…

… which will bring you to ruin.