Who Is Authorized To Take Tithes?

by Ronald W. Robey

Many pro-tithe proponents argue that tithes are still required today. But, if this statement is correct, who is it that is authorized to take tithes?

In the Bible, the very last commandment concerning the tithes is found in Hebrews 7:5-8. It clearly states the command to take tithes is for the sons of Levi.

Had God wanted the called-out assembly, the ekklesia to tithe, the Apostle Paul sure missed the chance to inform us of such an requirement in that passage. He didn’t say the Pastor has a command to take tithes of the congregation. He didn’t say the Elder has a command to take tithes of the Body of Believers. Nor did he say Bishops have a command to take tithes of the called-out assembly.

And for good reason… because the command to tithe, the command to take tithes, was given to Israel, (Lev. 27:30-34; Ps. 147:19-20; Nu. 18:24-26; He. 7:5-8) not to the New Testament Church. (Acts 15:5,10,19-20)

The Apostles and the Holy Ghost determined at the Jerusalem Council that Gentile Converts were not to be required to keep the Mosaic Law. The tithe command was part of the Mosaic Law. Had Paul told the Pastor/Elder/Bishop to take tithes of the Body of Believers in their local assemblies, Paul would have been speaking and instructing in direct opposition to the decision made by the rest of the Apostles and by the Holy Ghost concerning the Gentile Converts and the Mosaic Law.

If it is true that tithes are required today, the tithes must be taken by those that the Bible says have the legal right to take tithes,… the sons of Levi. To insist that anyone else has that authority, one has to deny what is blatantly written in the Bible For all to see.