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.