Malachi 3:7-10 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

There are so many pastors across our land today that stood in their pulpits today and read to their congregation the above passage out of the book of Malachi. They then proceeded to deliver a sermon based upon that passage, informing their flock that God expects them to tithe their money to the Church. They tell their congregation that if they do not tithe, they are “robbing God” and that God will curse them by attacking their home, their finances, their family, their health, their jobs, etc..

But will God really attack any of these areas of a Christian’s life for not tithing their money? Of course not!

What the pastor will fail to tell the congregation is that we, as Christians cannot be cursed for not tithing our money because of several reasons.

1. The book of Malachi and the rebukes found therein was not written to the Church… it was written to Israel. Israel was bound to the Mosaic Law and therefore the command to “bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse” was in accordance with the Law given them long before.

2. The storehouse was in Jerusalem, Israel. There is no indication in God’s Holy Word that it was moved to another city, on another continent. The tithes were to be brought to the storehouse in Jerusalem.

3. The tithes were not money. Malachi’s rebuke said “that there be MEAT in mine house”. Money was never called MEAT in the Word of God. Tithes were consistently grain and cattle throughout the dispensation of the Law and never once said to be money.

4. Tithes were for the children of Israel only according to Leviticus 27:34. This was consistent throughout the Bible after the Law was given to the Isrealites. There is not one instance of a non-Jew tithing anywhere after God laid down the Law.

5. There is no indication that the Apostles ever taught a tithe of money in the New Testament epistles… not even in the Pastor Epistles.

6. At the Jerusalem Council, as recorded in Acts 15, the religious leaders wanted the Gentile Churches to be told to keep the Law of Moses. This was shot down, not just by the Apostles, but also by the Holy Ghost of God.

7. The pastor fails to tell the congregation also that Jesus Christ Himself took the tithing ordinance out of the way. Colossians 2:14 states that the handwriting of ordinances were taken out of the way and nailed to the cross. Yes, tithing is an ordinances as Malachi 3:7 clearly reveals. And the Apostle Paul, who received his doctrine from God, stated that ordinances were taken away and nailed to the cross.

In Matthew 15:9, Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees that their worship was in vain because they taught for doctrine the commandments of men. Many pastors around the world today are guilty of that very same thing when they teach the monetary tithe… teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.

Do you want God to be pleased with your worship? Or do you want Him to see it as “vain”? God will not attack your home, your health, your finances, your job, or anything else if you are not tithing your money. He never commanded a tithe of money. Walk according to doctrines found in the Word of God, not according to man-made doctrines. When you follow man-made doctrines, you are not following God.

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