It is said many times that God requires us to tithe our money. But in reality, He does not. The only commands concerning tithing that one can find in one’s Bible are not commands for tithes of money. Rather, they are for agricultural products. Read Leviticus 27:30-33. crops and livestock is what God said His tithe consisted of. This, He said in 1450 B.C..

In 1430 B.C., God told His servant Moses that He had given the tithes to the Levites because the Levites were to have no land inheritance in the land of Israel. Read Numbers 18:21,24,26,28. This tithe was still the agricultural tithe. It was not money.

In 1410 B.C., God set forth a new command concerning tithes. A second tithe, (also agricultural ) was to be taken to Jerusalem and eaten at the Feast of Tabernacles. Eaten, not given to the Temple, but eaten by the tither, the his family, his servants and the Levites in Israel. Read Deuteronomy 14:22-27.

Also in 1410 B.C., God established a new law concerning the tithes. Every third year, the tither was not to take his tithe anywhere. He was to keep his tithe at home and feed the less fortunate in Israel; i.e., the widows, the fatherless, the Levite, and the stranger (foreigner) in Israel. Read Deuteronomy 14:28-29.

In 430 B.C., Malachi rebuked the Priests of Israel, telling them they had robbed God, and in robbing God they had robbed the nation. How had they robbed Him? In tithes and offerings. God commanded that the tithes be brought into the storehouse that meat be available for sustenance. Meat, not money. The Hebrew word used is the word “tereph” which is always translated as “Meat” “Food” or “Leaf”. “Tereph is never translated as money in the Word of God. The command was to bring tithes of food into the house of God… keeping in agreement with the original Law of Leviticus set forth by our Lord God.

In 29 A.D., Jesus commended the Pharisees for tithing and told them they should be doing such. Of course they should have been tithing. As Israelites, they were required to tithe according to the Mosaic Law set forth by God Almighty. Read Matthew 23:23 & Luke 11:42. And notice what the scribes and Pharisees were tithing… mint, anise, cummin, rue, dill, all manner of herbs. Hmmm, no mention of them tithing money. Why not? Because the Law did not require a tithe of money. They could not tithe money. It had to be agricultural products.

The last command concerning tithing in the Bible was in 66 A.D., and is found in the book of Hebrews. There, we read that the sons of Levi have the command to take tithes of their brethren according to the Law. According to the Law. By the decree of the Law. The Law said the tithe was agricultural, not monetary.

There are no commands for the Church to take tithes of its members. That is a man-made doctrine. And what does God say of those who teach for doctrine the commandments of men? Read Matthew 15:9 for the answer.

Am I saying don’t give to the Church at all? No! Rather, I teach and preach faithful stewardship. I teach what the Apostle Paul taught the Church at Corinth.

2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

The word “purposeth” in that verse is translated from the Greek “proaireomai”. It simply means, “to choose for oneself.” Paul said our giving is not to be dictated by others, but rather, we are to choose for ourself what we want to give.

If you choose to give 10%, wonderful! Give that 10%. But don’t let anyone lie to you and tell you that God requires 10% of your money. There is no Scriptural support for that doctrine.
The Israelites were instructed in Deuteronomy 4:2 not to add to, nor diminish the commands that God gave. Is not changing the agricultural tithe to a monetary tithe adding to or diminishing His command? Just something to think about.

Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Deuteronomy 12:8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.

Proverbs 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

I do encourage you to open your Bibles and study the verses I have referenced in this article. Be as the Bereans of Acts 17:11. Search the Scriptures to see if it is as I have written. If I am teaching falsely, rebuke me, correct me using the Word of God, and instruct me. I will gladly receive rebuke, correction and instruction where it is warranted.

 

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