Meddling Busybodies: A Threat to Christian Liberty
by Ronald W. Robey

In Malachi 3:10, we read,…

“Bring ye all the tithes.”

What tithes is God’s Prophet and Servant Malachi speaking of?

The Book of Malachi was written during the time that the Law was in force. The Law said that God’s holy tithe was agricultural, not monetary. (Lev. 27:30-33; Deut. 14:22-29; The Law further states that the tithe command was not to be observed UNTIL the crossing of the river Jordan and the entering into the land promised to Jacob (Deut. 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11) by God in Luz/Beth-El. (Gen. 28:13-15)

In short, God’s commanded tithe was crops, flocks and herds grown and bred in Canaan.

Deuteronomy 12:8 states that once the children of Israel entered Canaan, they would not be able to do what seemed right in their own eyes. They would be held to the Law; enjoying its blessings for obedience, or suffering judgment for disobedience.

Therefore, in Malachi, we see God’s Prophet and Servant was speaking of an agricultural tithe, not a monetary tithe.
Bring the tithes where?

“Into the storehouse”

What was the storehouse?

According to 1 Kings 6, the storehouse was a three-tiered structure attached to the left, right, and back sides of the Temple in Jerusalem.

The Law demanded tithes be taken annually to the Levites in the farming cities, (Num. 18:24-26; Neh. 10:37-38) and the Levite was to take a tithe of the tithe to the Tabernacl. (Later, in the above mentioned Temple Storehouse)

In the Bible, there is no indication that Christians were ever required to tithe to a local Church. As a matter of fact, in Acts 15:5, we find an account of meddling religious busybodies who, (upon learning that Gentiles were being saved through faith in Jesus Christ’s dying according to the Scriptures, His being buried, and His rising again the third day according to the Scriptures) demanded that the saved Gentiles be made to be circumcised AND to be made to obey the Mosaic Laws.

The Apostle Peter stated that these meddling busybodies were tempting God with their demands. (V. 10) The Apostle James said that they were subverting the souls of the saved Gentiles with their demands. (V. 24)

The final decision, determined by the Apostles present at that meeting AND by the Holy Ghost was that the Gentiles not be troubled with the demands of the Law. (Acts 15:19-20,28-29)

Preachers and Teachers who tell their audiences that God requires them to tithe are meddling busybody’s, undermining the decree of the Apostles and the Holy Ghost with their ludicrous claim that those who refuse to tithe are robbing God and will suffer curses.

The word of God is clear. The command to tithe was given by God to the children of Israel alone. The obedience to that command was NEVER expected of any saved Gentile. Therefore, we are not robbing God in refusing to yield to the demands of these meddling busybodies. Nor will we be cursed for refusing to tithe.

Just as the meddling Judaizer’s of the first century AD were attempting to impede the progress of Gentile Christians, so today, many meddling pastors and teachers impede the liberty we are supposed to experience in Christ Jesus.