Today’s Tithing Brings Condemnation, Not Favor
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 03, 2015)
Pastors all around the world today tell their congregations that, “God requires tithes of His children!” and “You are robbing God if you do not bring the tithes into the storehouse, the Church, the House of God.”
They will instill fear into their congregations with decrees of a divine curse from God upon the non-tither’s finances, his job, his home, his family & his health, and upon every aspect of his life.
The pastor bases his claim that the tithe belongs to the Church and that one is cursed if they do not tithe on one biblical passage, Malachi 3:8-10, which says:
Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
Malachi 3:10 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 Pastor fails to tell the congregation that this passage was a rebuke to the Priests of Israel who had removed the tithes from the storehouse in Jerusalem and were offering animals on the altar of sacrifice that were unfit for sacrifice. The Priests of Israel were the ones robbing God. For their abhorred acts, God had withheld rain from the land of Canaan and the locusts had free range of the gardens in that great land.
The passage had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the New Testament Church! The New Testament Church would not exist for another 463 years. Nor is it a command for the New Testament Church today.
Leviticus 27:30-33 tells us that God’s holy tithe was agricultural. Deuteronomy 12:10-11 tells us that God’s holy tithes were to be observed…not worldwide…but in the land which God gave to the children of Israel to inherit… the land of Canaan.
There is absolutely no Scripture that states that God amended His holy tithe to be observed by those living outside of the land of Canaan… none whatsoever. So, when pastors say “God requires you to tithe your money,” you should challenge your pastors.
Ask them important questions, such as:
a) Can you give me Scripture where God amended His tithe command so that it is no longer to come from agricultural crops, flocks, and herds, to where it is now to come from one’s money?
b) Can you give me Scripture where God said the saved in Christ Jesus are required to tithe to the religious institution they attend?
Believe me, every passage they try to use to justify the doctrine that God requires tithes of money can easily be refuted with the Word of God. Be as the men of Berea in the first century AD. Study the Scripture to see if these things are true.
I have referenced Scriptures that reveal that God’s holy tithe was never commanded of us, now let me reveal why, when you tithe that money to your religious institution, you are bringing condemnation upon yourself rather than favor.
How many times have you seen a poor person in your neighborhood? Or at the local store where you do your grocery shopping? They are all over, all one has to do is open one’s eyes and one will see them. Ask God to direct your path. Ask Him to put you in the path of someone in need. He will do it.
How do I know this? Because,
Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
God loves it when we assist those in need. In, contrast, He detests those who neglect the destitute. Read what our Lord said concerning this:
Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Matthew 25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
Matthew 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Matthew 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Matthew 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Each time you close your eyes to the needs of those in your community, and instead take your money to the pastor who told you that it belongs in the Church, you are bringing condemnation upon yourself. Notice in the above passage, Jesus told the ones on His left why He was rejecting them?
“I was hungry, you did not feed me.”
“I was thirsty, you gave me no water.”
“I was a foreigner, you didn’t provide shelter for me.”
“I was naked, and you provided no clothes.”
“I was sick, and you didn’t take care of me in my illness.”
Friends, God takes special note of how we treat the poor, the sick, those in need.
God is so concerned about how we view those around us, that He will utterly reject us if we neglect to help them in their need.
The wise king Solomon gives this advice:
Proverbs 22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
Proverbs 22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
Proverbs 22:23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
Each time you see that beggar on the street corner, that mother struggling to feed her children, that child wearing rags, and have the means to help them in their trouble but do not stop to do so, you are keeping them in oppression. You are robbing them each time you have the means to help them, but instead take that money to help pay for a fancy church building, or to accomodate the pastor’s luxurious lifestyle.
Jesus said, “These shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal.” Will you be numbered among the righteous? Or have you brought upon yourself condemnation?
Proverbs 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.