May 2013


15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Paul’s instruction to the young evangelist Timothy was wisely given. God’s children should study the Word often. In it, one can find nuggets of wisdom and understanding.

Many of God’s people today open their Bibles only when their Sunday School teacher begins teaching, or when the preacher starts preaching. The rest of the week, the Bible remains unopened on the coffee table, on a desk, or sometimes in the back seat of the family car. They then read the passage being delivered by the speaker and listen to approximately forty minutes of the speaker’s interpretation of that passage of Scripture.

As the speaker delivers his interpretation, the complacent hearer puts the Word of God in the background so they can concentrate on what the speaker is saying, believing what is being spoken is truly “A message sent from God.”

But is this what we are to do? Believe every word that is being spoken from the sacred desk? Or are we to test the spirits behind the message to see if it is from God?

As the opening paragraph states, we are to “rightly divide the Word of Truth.”

Rightly dividing the Word involves diligent study. Many pastors and laymen are remiss when it comes to diligent study. Oh, they may read the Bible. But then they form an outline based on tradition or what they have been taught in seminaries or Churches over the years, when, what they have heard or have been taught by previous leaders may not line up with the Word of God.

One such example of improper study can be found in practically every denomination in the teaching or preaching of Malachi 3:8-10. There, we read:

8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

10 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.

The above passage is one of the most used passages of Scripture in our Churches today. Sadly, it is also one of the most misused as well.

In the opening of his address to the people, Malachi states:

The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.

So we learn that the book of Malachi was written to a specific people… , the children of Israel.

So, any time a pastor or spiritual leader in any other geographical location other than Israel takes the admonishment of Malachi 3:8-10 and tells his congregation that they are robbing God if they do not tithe, that preacher or spiritual leader is guilty of not rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

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 unto the LORD.

31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.

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.

33 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.

34 These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.

In the above four verses, we learn that
God’s Holy tithe was from crops and livestock only. God said, ‘all the tithe of the land,’ and then proceeded to define what He meant by ‘all’.

‘Whether of the seed of the land, (vegetables, spices, herbs, berries, etc.) or of the fruit of the trees (figs, apples, olives, etc.) … and concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock…

God’s Holy tithe, according to the above passage, is food and livestock only. Any time a pastor or spiritual leader in any other geographical location other than Israel tells his congregation that God expects a tithe of their monetary income, he is guilty of not rightly dividing the Word of Truth. God’s Holy Word does not have an amendment of the Mosaic Tithe Law from crops and livestock to a tithe of money.

Leviticus 27:34 reveals that the tithe was for the children of Israel. God required them to give a tenth of their increase in three different manners:

1) The Levitical tithe – (Lev. 27:30-33) This tithe was an annual tithe that the children of Israel were to take to the Levites living in Israel. The Levitical Tithe was to be observed the first six years in a seven year cycle.

Numbers 18:20 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel.

21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.

23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.

24 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.

25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

26 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.

27 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.

28 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.

29 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.

30 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, When ye have heaved the best thereof from it, then it shall be counted unto the Levites as the increase of the threshingfloor, and as the increase of the winepress.

31 And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your households: for it is your reward for your service in the tabernacle of the congregation.

32 And ye shall bear no sin by reason of it, when ye have heaved from it the best of it: neither shall ye pollute the holy things of the children of Israel, lest ye die.

Numbers 18 declares that the tithe that the Levites received of the children of Israel was food. It was to be eaten. We also glean from the text that of the tithe the children of Israel took to the Levite, the Levite was to give a tithe to Aaron the Priest as a heave offering. The heave offering, (1% of Israel’s total agricultural produce) represented all of that which was grown in Israel.

Later, because of an abundance of tithes that lay rotting in the streets of the Levitical cities, king Hezekiah ordered storehouses erected in certain locations in Israel to store, preserve, and manage the food supply.

2 Chronicles 31:1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities.
2 And Hezekiah appointed the courses of the priests and the Levites after their courses, every man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the tents of the LORD.
3 He appointed also the king’s portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, to wit, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the law of the LORD.
4 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the law of the LORD.
5 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.
6 And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated unto the LORD their God, and laid them by heaps.
7 In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month.
8 And when Hezekiah and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed the LORD, and his people Israel.
9 Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps.
10 And Azariah the chief priest of the house of Zadok answered him, and said, Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the LORD, we have had enough to eat, and have left plenty: for the LORD hath blessed his people; and that which is left is this great store.
Nehemiah 10:34 And we cast the lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people, for the wood offering, to bring it into the house of our God, after the houses of our fathers, at times appointed year by year, to burn upon the altar of the LORD our God, as it is written in the law:

35 And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the LORD:
36 Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of our God:
37 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.
38 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.
39 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.

Storehouses were set up in Israel for food storage. The children of Israel were to bring the first fruits into the storehouses, but the tithes of the land they were to take to the Levites, who, in turn, would take a tithe of the tithe (1% of Israel’s total garden produce) into the Storehouse. The children of Israel were not to take their tithe into the storehouse, the Levites were responsible for taking a tithe of what they received in tithes into the storehouse! This is important, as we will see later in this article.

2) The Second Tithe, also called the Festival tithe, was a tithe that was eaten by the farmer, his family, and the Levites. The Festival Tithe was observed the first six years in a seven year cycle. There were three feasts each year during the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons.

22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.
24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose:
26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,
27 And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.

For the Second Tithe, also known as the Festival Tithe, the Israelite farmer and herder would take his family to the place God chose and there eat the tithe during the festivities. If the journey to the festivities was too long, or the tithes too heavy to carry the distance, the farmer could sell the tithe, then buy it back for its consumption at the festivities.

The fact that the tithe could be sold for silver and the tithes were to be eaten prove that the festival tithes did not consist of money. Many pastors fail to expound on this truth when delivering their sermon on tithing. If they did, no doubt it would raise the eyebrows of those who have ears to hear. It did mine the first time I read this passage with the mind of the Spirit rather than the eyes of man.
Deuteronomy 14:28-29 KJV

[28] At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: [29] And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.

3) The Third Tithe, also known as the Poor tithe or Charity Tithe was to be kept on the tither’s property to be given to the widows, the orphans, the Levites living on the tither’s property, and the foreigners who were taking refuge in the cities of Israel. The Poor Tithe was observed the 3rd & 6th years in a seven year cycle.

The seventh year, it was forbidden to plant seed or harvest crops. The land was to rest. There could be no tithe the seventh year.

These three tithes are the only tithes God authorized in His Holy Word. The tithes added up to 20% of the farmer’s or herders total increase for six years, with the exception of 30% the 3rd & 6th years.

Earlier in the article, I mentioned the fact that the children of Israel were not responsible for bringing the tithes into the storehouse,and said this was important to remember.

The command in Malachi 3, to bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse could not have been speaking to the farmers and herders, for they were to take their tithes to the Levites (Numbers 18; Nehemiah 10). The Levites were responsible for taking the tithe from their Levitical cities to the storehouse. But they were not to bring in the whole tithe they received from the children of Israel, they were to bring in a tithe of the tithe. Ten percent of ten percent.

In Nehemiah 13:1-5, we learn that Eliashib the Priest had cleared out the storehouse and moved Tobiah the Ammonite into the chambers.

Nehemiah 13:4-8 And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of the chamber of the house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah: And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests. But in all this time was not I at Jerusalem: for in the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon came I unto the king, and after certain days obtained I leave of the king: And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that Eliashib did for Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in the courts of the house of God. And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all the household stuff of Tobiah out of the chamber.

This sheds light on the oft misused passage in the book of Malachi. Malachi was speaking to the Priests. They had been withholding the food tithe, not the children of Israel. The Priest brought on the curse upon the land, and God was chastising them.

If the Priest would bring the tithe of the tithe back into the storehouse, God would cause the rain to fall once again and the crops would grow. He would also rebuke the locust so that it would not eat the farmers crops. There would be abundance of food for all.

The Church can learn from Israel’s history, but the blessings and curses pronounced upon Israel were Israel’s alone. They cannot be claimed, nor invoked, by the Church today. The tithe, with all of its blessings and curses, needs to stay where God intended it to stay… in ancient Israel.

The Church has its own blessings.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 KJV
[6] But this I say , He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. [7] Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give ; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Today, the child of God is not to be yoked to the Law. Cast out the bond woman and walk in the liberty that Christ has called you to walk in. The tithe was never for the Church. God tells the Church member instead to give as he purposes in his heart to give. Choose for youself the amount you feel is best to give, and God will be pleased with your offering.

 

John 15:26-16:3 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

In the above passage, we see Jesus speaking to His Disciples, giving them the assurance that He is going to send the Comforter (the Holy Ghost) to dwell with them in the near future.  What a joy it must have been for the Disciples to hear those words from the Master!

Jesus went on to tell the Disciples that because they had been with Him from the beginning of His earthly ministry, they would bear witness of the truths that the Holy Spirit would reveal to them, those truths being in Christ and His work.

But how their countenance must have changed when Christ told them of the persecution they would face for preaching and teaching His Word and His Life.  Jesus said they would be kicked out of the synagogues.  Imagine that!  The very building where those who were supposed to be serving the Lord in prayer and learning would one day reject those who were preaching and teaching the truth!  And they would not only be kicked out of the synagogues, but they would also be killed by those religious leaders of the day… those who would kill the Disciples would arrogantly believe that they were doing God a favor by killing them.

And Jesus said that all these events would happen because those religious leaders did not know Him or His Heavenly Father.  They had a form of godliness, but denied the power thereof.

God forbid!, must have been the initial reaction of the Disciples.  But history reveals that the Disciples, also called Apostles were indeed kicked out of synagogues and the majority of them were, in fact, killed because of the faith they held and preached.

Now, while the above passage was for the Disciples of the first Century A.D., it is now nearly 1,900 years later and many of God’s people today are beginning to experience persecutions for preaching and teaching the truth.

I have heard testimony of others being “excommunicated” from their congregations once they began teaching a truth that God had revealed to them through the reading of His Holy Word.  My wife and I also have been kicked out of Church that we were  members of for seven years after we began to embrace and teach truths that are written in the Holy Bible.

These truths went against what the Church had been preaching and teaching for over 30 years, and they just could not have any of their members teaching something that was contrary to their beliefs.  And so, they called for a meeting about eight months ago. 

We were not present at that meeting, for they did not call us to inform us they were having a meeting to discuss our membership within their sanctuary.  The meeting was clandestine… it was secret.  And of course, the outcome of the meeting was unanimous… we were ousted from the Church and an email was sent to us telling us we were not welcome back unless we repent of our teachings and apologize to the Church.

Galatians 6:1 tells us that if a Brother is overtaken in a fault, those that are spiritual are to go to that Brother and restore him in the Spirit of meekness.  If the Church body felt I was in error, their responsibility was to come to me and talk with me, using the Word of God to rebuke me, correct me, and instruct me.  But this was not done.  Instead, they imitated the religious leaders of the first Century A.D. and put us out from the Church.

Jesus said of those who would put the Apostles out for teaching the truth, “they have not known the Father, nor me.”  I believe there are many operating Churches today who, like those religious leaders in the synagogues, know not God  nor His Son.  They cannot say they love God while persecuting His people.

There is New Testament proof that we are not to tithe today and that the Church is not qualified to receive the tithe. But there is also Old Testament evidence that we are not to tithe.

Let’s look at the Old Testament first, shall we?…

The first time tithing is found in the Bible is in Genesis 14. There, we read the account of Abram, on his return from a successful rescue mission, gave tithes of all the spoils of war to the king of Salem. Abram subsequently gave the rest of the spoils to the king of Sodom, telling him that he had made a promise to God that he would not keep any of the spoils of war for his own. Abram did not even claim those spoils as being his, though by war rights he could have.

Genesis 28 is the next passage to consider. Jacob vowed to give God a tenth of all that he acquired if God would meet certain conditions first. One of those conditions was that Jacob return to his father’s house in peace. That particular condition was not granted until nearly twenty-one years after Jacob made the vow.

Neither of the above two instances can be said to be patterns we are to follow today, as there is no instruction in the Word of God that those tithes are to be imitated.

Then, we come to the Mosaic Law…

Leviticus 27:30-33 state that God’s Holy tithe consisted of crops and livestock only.

Leviticus 27:34 reveals that God instituted the tithe for the children of Israel.

Numbers 18 reveals that God said the Levitical tithe (given the first 6 years in a 7 year period) was to be given to the Levites because they have no inheritance in the land of Israel.

Deuteronomy 14 reveals that the festival tithe (given the first 6 years in a 7 year period) was to be taken to the place God chose. There, the tither and his family were to EAT THE TITHE and also give some of the tithe to the Levite to eat.

Deuteronomy 14 also reveals a third tithe that was given every 3rd and 6th year in a 7 year period. This tithe was given to the widows, orphans, Levites living in one’s city, and to foreigners visiting the city. This was called the Poor tithe or Charity tithe.

Concerning the Levitical tithe, the Levites were given this tithe in the cities they resided in. (There were 48 cities in all that the Levitical tithe was taken to) Numbers 35

The Levites, upon receiving the tithe of the children of Israel, would take a tithe of the tithe to one of several storehouses in Israel. Nehemiah 10:37-38

The seventh year in a seven year cycle, farmers were not to till the land, nor harvest the wild seed that the land produced. The land was given a rest, meaning… no tithe that year.

This seven year cycle would repeat for forty-nine years. The fiftieth year was the year of Jubilee. That year, the land rested as well, meaning … no tithes.

After the year of Jubilee, the cycle would start anew.

Malachi 3:7-11 reveals that the tithe was an ordinance. It also reaffirms the fact that the tithe was FOOD. Malachi 3:10 tells us, “that there may be MEAT in mine house”. Tithe teachers today fail to tell their congregations that ‘money is never called meat in the Word of God.’ God said if the tithe was brought to one of the storehouses in Israel (not in America, nor any other country other than Israel) He would open the windows of heaven (speaking of rain) and pour out a blessing in abundance. He would rebuke the devourer (locusts) that was eating the crops and Israel would flourish with garden produce.

Again, it was the Levite who was responsible for taking tithes to the storehouse. Israelites who were not of the descent of Levi could not take the tithe the storehouse, they had to take it to one of forty-eight Levitical cities. (is your Church building in one of those Levitical cities? If not, you don’t have to tithe no matter how much your pastor or spiritual leader claims you do.

And now, we get to the New Testament….

Jesus mentions tithing just three times in the Gospels. Once in a parable (Luke 18:9ff) and twice commending the Scribes and Pharisees for tithing (Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42) Jesus said the Pharisees should be tithing for a reason… the Law required them to tithe.

The only other place in the New Testament that tithes are mentioned is in Hebrews 7. There, the author explains the tithe that Melchizedek received from the hand of Abraham. He is careful to point out that that tithe was of the spoils of war (Hebrews 7:4) In Hebrews 7:12, we read that there was a change in the law. That change was that man could not give a tithe to Melchizedek any longer, but had to give the tithe to the Levite. The Law specified that the tithe only went to the Levitical tribe, which Melchizedek did not belong to.

On to Hebrews 7:18… Hebrews 7:18 reveals that the tithe law has been disannulled. No one is authorized by God to receive God’s Holy tithe… it has been cancelled out!

But just in case that one verse doesn’t convince you, remember how Malachi said the tithe was an ordinance? Well, the Apostle Paul told the Colossians that ordinances were taken out of the way and nailed to the cross. (Yes, that is speaking of the ordinances that God set forth in the Law, even the ordinance of the tithe)

The NT certainly does give us verses that show we cannot tithe today.

Among many denominations, there is a doctrine that one can be lost and heading to hell, hear the Gospel, make a profession of faith in Christ, be saved, remove oneself from the hand of God and be lost and heading to hell again.

They take passages that, when read alone or out of context, would seem to prove one can lose one’s Salvation.   We ourselves, who believe in the eternal security of the believer, tend to do the opposite, citing key verses to prove we cannot lose our Salvation.

So, who is right? Why, the answer is God, of course. His Word says we are sealed until the day of Redemption of the purchased possession. He cannot lie. So that seal must stay secure until the day of Redemption.

So what is the purchased possession?  It is the Church…

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Ephesians 1:13-14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Given the passage in Ephesians 1, and what we read in Acts 20, we can come to no other conclusion than that we are sealed until the day that Christ redeems the Church… of which we are a member.

Once we are a member of the Church, can we forfeit our membership?  Of course not! We are sealed until the day that Christ redeems the Church. In order for us to forfeit or lose our membership in the Church, we would have to cut ourselves from the Body of Christ which is the Church.  Christ would be an amputee survivor and not complete.

Do they serve an incomplete God? I don’t.

For those who advocate the monetary tithe, please answer this question…

Why is your claim to be blessed for tithing contrary to what the Bible actually teaches?

In Malachi 3, because the few (the Levites) were not tithing, everyone (the nation of Israel) was cursed   We know that it was the Levites who were the ones who were not tithing because they were the ones responsible for bringing the tithe of the tithe to the storehouse, not the congregation of Israel.

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.

The congregation did not bring the tithe to God’s house, they took it to the Levite, who, in turn, took a tithe of that tithe to the house of God.  This is also inconsistent with today’s practice in which the Christian who sits in the pew is told that he must bring 10% of his income into the house of God, the Church.

The text in Malachi reveals that it was not money that was tithed, but rather it was food and livestock.  Money was in abundance, yet never was it received as a tithe under the Mosaic Law.  So there is another inconsistency being taught from the pulpits concerning what God requires of the saved today.

Since the whole nation was cursed because the Levites were not tithing, why do you claim that you are blessed for tithing when God reveals that even the tithers were cursed if not all were tithing?  Where is the consistency?  God is the same today as He was in Malachi’s day.  He changes not.

Pastors, if you are going to put your congregation under a law that is not consistent with the Word of God, at least have the decency to admit to them that you are requiring the tithe of money, not God.  Have the decency to tell them that God never required a tithe of money at any time in the history of the Bible.

When you teach your congregation that God requires a tithe of money, you are teaching a doctrine that is nowhere found in the Word of God, but is instead a doctrine that was invented after the canon of Scripture was already closed.

Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Your claiming that “God expects a tithe of your finances,” or that one is “robbing God” if one does not tithe, is not supported by Scripture at all and is therefore revealed to be a doctrine that is the commandments of men.  No need to deceive your congregation, tell them the truth; that they are not robbing God when they fail to give ten percent of their money to the Church, but rather are disappointing you for not following your man-made doctrines.