Many, in an attempt to justify the monetary tithe requirement doctrine, will tell their congregation to turn to the 31st Chapter of 2nd Chronicles in the Old Testament.

They will then read the first five verses, and when they get to verse five, they will tell the congregation that it is clearly a verse that demonstrates a monetary tithe. The verse states

2 Chronicles 31:5 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.

The pastor (or teacher) is quick to point out that agricultural products were brought to the Levites AND the tithe of all things. Their argument is that “all things” is speaking of not just an agricultural tithe, but a clothing tithe, a monetary tithe, etc.

They usually will not take their congregations past verse five. If they did, no doubt some eyebrows might be raised and brows would be wrinkled.

Verse 10 is especially important in this passage. But when one is proof-texting, pulling verses out that seem to teach what they want their congregations to think, they play a dangerous game that has the propensity to deceive many who fail to study or are ignorant of what the Word of God actually says. Here are verses 9 & 10:

2 Chronicles 31:9-10 Then Hezekiah questioned with the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps. 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.

As the reader can clearly see, what was brought to the Levites, and subsequently lay in heaps, was food. All in keeping with the only titheable produce that God ever required of man in His Holy Word; i.e., the tithe of crops, flocks and herds.

Leviticus 27:30-33 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.

Consistently throughout the Mosaic/Levitic Law, the tithes that we see people bring are agricultural in nature. They are eaten. Not spent, not worn, but eaten.

And in 66 A.D., when the author of the epistle to the Hebrews wrote down what God would have him write for our learning, the command concerning the tithes was still as it was commanded in the early stages of the Law… tithes of the Israelites to go to their brethren the Levites.

Numbers 18:24 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.

Numbers 18:26 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.

Numbers 18:28 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.

Hebrews 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

No mention of Gentiles being required to tithe at all.

…And that is something to think about!