November 2015

Voice #1: This is the Operator. How may I direct your call?

Voice #2: Yes Operator, I am Gaius, of the New Covenant Assembly at Ephesus. Can you connect me to The Abrahamic Tithe, please?

Voice #1: I’m sorry Sir, that line has been disconnected.

Voice #2: Disconnected?? It can’t be! Someone told me just this morning that I needed to get in touch with Abrahamic Tithe.

Voice #1: I truly am sorry Sir, but Abrahamic Tithe permanently went out of business when Mosaic Law Office opened its doors.

Voice #2: Well, can you patch me through to Mosaic Law Office then? I have to get some answers.

Voice #1: Again Sir, I am truly sorry. The Mosaic Law office number is also defunct. The management were not able to abide by the law of the land, and they were forced to shut down operations years ago by a third party.

Voice #2: Don’t tell me, the third party is no longer in business! Is there anybody I can speak to?

Voice #1: Oh, no Sir! He is still very much in business. His name is Jesus Christ. I cannot connect you though. You will have to find Him in the Directory, the Holy Bible. It will give you instructions on how to reach Him anytime, day or night. If you do not have the Directory, we can send you one free of charge. But, I am afraid you will find He runs things much differently than Abrahamic Tithe and Mosaic Law Office did.

Many teachers of the monetary tithe, when confronted with the fact that God’s tithe under the Mosaic Law was agricultural, will cite the account of Abram’s tithe to Melchizedek. This passage, in their minds, is an “Aha!, the Bible proves you wrong!” moment.

While it is true that Abram tithed prior to the Law, and that Abram’s tithe consisted of more than agricultural produce, it is also true that Abram promised God that he would not take any of the spoils to himself. This means they did not, at any time, become his property.

So, yes, Abram did tithe the property of others.

History records the tithing of war spoils both long before, during, and long after Abram’s life was over; and that the tithing of war spoils was a custom of the people of the country Abram came from,… Babylonia. So, not a surprise that he would tithe the war spoils to a king. It was a custom to do so. It is possible that Melchizedek went out to meet Abram for that very reason,… to receive the customary tithe of spoils of war.

Melchizedek must have been aware of Abram’s victory over the rebellious kings, for he brought refreshments with him to meet Abram. Surely, after traveling more than 150 miles from his home, battling, and defeating the wicked kings, Abram and his men were both weary, and famished.

In his conversation with Bera, king of Sodom, Abram did not say he had eaten any of the spoils, only that the men in his command had eaten some. Had Abram partook of any of the spoils, he would have broken his promise to God that he would not take any as his own.

So, again,… Abram tithed the property of others.

Under the Mosaic Law, tithes were to come from one’s own agricultural produce and livestock. However, Abram was not under the Mosaic Law. He was living in a land where kings were to receive war spoil tithes.

“And he gave him tithes of all…”. What did the author mean by all? Did Abram tithe any of his own property that day? Verse 16 holds the answer. Abram brought back the goods that had been stolen. Context shows that the “all” in verse 20 were the stolen “goods” mentioned in verse 16.

Given both the Biblical and Historical facts concerning Abram’s tithe to Melchizedek, it is impossible to use Genesis 14 as concrete proof that God’s people today should be tithing their monetary income to the Church.

Often, when preaching on tithing, many preachers will state that Jesus confirmed the tithe in Matthew 23:23.  I wholeheartedly agree.

However, the tithe Jesus confirmed in Matthew 23:23 is not the same tithe that pastors are preaching in our pulpits today. Not even close.

In Matthew 23:23, The Mosaic Law was still in effect. The New Covenant would not begin until the death of the Testator Jesus Christ.

Why is this important? Because, the tithe commanded in the Mosaic Law was strictly agricultural in its content. Leviticus 27:30-33 tells the reader that God’s commanded tithes were of crops, flocks and herds. Before anyone tries to claim that agriculture was their means of money, think again. Verses 15 & 18 of this same chapter proves they had money. Even verse 32 states that the tithe could be bought back if the farmer so chose to do.

Being under the Law, the scribes and Pharisees were tithing what the Law demanded. Not money, but crops from the garden. And Jesus confirmed that they were to do so.

In order to say Jesus requires us to tithe our money, one needs to provide a Scripture verse that states this. If there is no such command in the Word of God, (there isn’t) then one has to add to the Word of God in order to preach that command.

So, are we supposed to tithe summer squash and sheep? Cucumbers and cows? Let’s examine the Scriptures for the answer, shall we? Leviticus 27 does say God’s tithe was to be agricultural. However, verse 34 states that the commands were given for the children of Israel.

Now, some may argue that once we became God’s children we became Israel too. The Scriptures reveal that we are a separate nation from the nation of Israel.

Look at Psalm 147:19-20. There, we read that the commands given to the children of Israel were not given to any other nation.

In Acts 15, the religious leaders of Jerusalem were demanding that the Gentile Converts to Jesus Christ be made to keep the Mosaic Law. Both Peter and James berated them, telling them that by putting an impossible yoke upon the Converts. They were tempting God and subverting the souls of the Converts.

Long story short, the Gentile Converts were not required to keep the Mosaic Law. This decision was made by the Apostles and the Holy Ghost.

Only four necessary things were required of the Converts,… Tithing was not one of those necessary things.

Flash forward fifteen years to the Epistle to the Hebrews. Chapter 7:5-9, the last place tithes are seen as a command, the tithes are still “according to the Law,” and still the property of the sons of Levi. In other words, they are still agricultural, and have no part of the Christian Church.

The monetary tithe requirement Doctrine being promoted, preached, and proffered in our Christian churches is totally foreign to the Word of God. It is a man-made doctrine.

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

Teachers of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine often attempt to stir up the lust for wealth by telling their audience that, “If you faithfully tithe, the Law of seedtime and harvest promises you a financial return. All you have to do is exercise a little faith, sow a seed, and reap an abundant harvest.”

I’ve not seen any concrete evidence that the law of “sowing and reaping” is even applicable to the religious institution’s lie of the monetary tithe.

I have, however, witnessed firsthand, faithful tithers who live and die in poverty, never experiencing this “financial harvest” that the monetary tithe requirement preachers speak of. My mother is one such example. Faithfully obeyed the preacher’s call to tithe for more than half a century, yet lived and died in poverty, not having anything to pass on to her children at her passing other than photos and knick-knacks. Money even had to be borrowed to pay the last thousand dollars on her funeral expenses. Mother had been making monthly payments to the funeral home, but passed before she could make the final eight payments toward her burial package.

On the flipside, there there are many who receive the same amount monthly as my mother did. They never tithe, and their savings not only pay for their funeral expenses, but they are also able to leave money and property behind to be divided amongst those they leave behind.

So, no, the law of “sowing and reaping” does not apply to tithes, other than the congregation sows and the ministers reap.

Poverty: The end result of sowing in another man’s garden. The garden belongs to the ministry, and they, like hungry birds, catch away the seed that is strewn therein.