May 2016

Dispelling the “Tithe is an Eternal Moral Principle” Myth
by Ronald W Robey

Many tithe proponents, in a feeble attempt to prove we are supposed to tithe today, will run to Genesis 14 as their proof-text.

Their argument is that tithing existed before the Mosaic Law, and is therefore “an eternal moral principle.”

But, is it really an “eternal moral principle” as they claim?

I believe Scripture proves it is not based on the following verse…

Exodus 10:26 (KJV) 26 Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the LORD our God; and we know not with what we must serve the LORD, until we come thither.

In the text, Moses and Aaron argue with Pharaoh. Pharaoh wanted the Israelites to leave their cattle behind. Moses and Aaron said the animals would go with them, because they did not know what God would want them to serve Him with.

Had tithing been an eternal moral principle, there would have been no uncertainty.

Moses and Aaron would have known that ten percent of something would have been required. Yet they had no idea what would be required in serving God.

And, what was the sacrifice that was made when the Israelites left Egypt and arrived at the place God took them to? Was it a tenth of their monetary income?

Of course, it is easy to see that it was not a tenth of Moses’ monetary income. Nor did God require Moses to give a tenth of his livestock. as service to Him. As a matter of fact, many sacrifices were made prior to the Law. None of which was a tenth.

For this reason, we can know assuredly that the tithe that Abram gave to Melchizedek was not continued and could not be an “eternal moral principle”.

For Ever Settled
by Ronald W Robey
Many, in their zeal to defend their monetary tithe teaching pastors, will be quick to state, “They didn’t have money in ancient Israel, so they tithed crops and livestock.”
But is that true? Was ancient Israel as destitute as so many want to portray them as being?
A careful study of the word of God will reveal to the reader that silver was the means of buying and selling from the time of Abraham and forward.
In Genesis 23, Abraham purchases the cave at Mach-Pelah from Ephron for 400 shekels of silver. Verse 16 of this chapter tells us that silver is the “current money of the merchant”.
In Genesis 37, Joseph is sold into slavery for twenty pieces of silver.
In Genesis 43, Joseph’s brethren took “double money” to Egypt to buy food. The word “money” in this chapter is translated from the Hebrew “keceph”. Keceph is defined as “silver.”
In Exodus 21, if a man’s ox injured another man’s slave, the owner of the ox was to pay the owner of the slave in silver.
In Exodus 30, every male between the age of 20 and 60 is required to pay a tax of a half-shekel of silver annually,… whether they are rich or poor.
In Leviticus 27, many things dedicated to God can be redeemed (bought back) with silver. Even a portion of one’s crops tithe could be redeemed.
In Deuteronomy 14. the Feast tithe could be sold if it was too heavy, or if there was a chance of it spoiling before the Israelite reached the place of festivities. Upon reaching the place of festivities, the Israelites was to buy food as the Feast tithe and eat it with his family.
In Judges 9. Abimelech paid people silver to follow him.
In Judges 17, graven image purchased with 200 shekels of silver
In Jeremiah 32, The weeping prophet purchased land from his uncle Hanameel with 17 pieces of silver.
In Matthew 14, ointment might have been sold for three hundred pence. (denarius)
In Matthew 20, we read a parable of workers agreeing to work for a penny.
Israel’s monetary system, as proven by the verses referenced above, was silver and not agricultural increase.
There is nothing in the word of God that indicates anyone being required to tithe their monetary income to either Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue or Church.
Man may change. The economy may change. However, God’s Word does not change. It is forever settled in Heaven.
God knows everything that ever happened in History. He knows what is happening now. He knows what will happen in the future.
He made no provision in His Word for man in any period of time to preach contrary to what is written in His Holy word. His commanded tithe was agricultural in the Bible. It has not changed to money, whether man wishes to make it money or not.
Man can say God’s tithe is money for the next 20 years from now. But, two thousand years beyond that, the Bible will still say God’s tithe is agricultural.
It is forever settled in Heaven. It will never be money.