The Monetary Tithe Requirement Doctrine: An Invention of Man
by Ronald W Robey

A few years back, someone told me that he had talked to five (5) different “Biblical Scholars” about my stance on Scriptural tithing and they all informed him that I was wrong.

My response was simple. I didn’t consult with “Biblical Scholars” to arrive at my conclusion… I went straight to the source… the infallible and inerrant word of God. I would hope this would be the actions of all who want to be approved (2 Tim. 2:15) in God’s eyes.

We are instructed by the Apostle Paul to “put on the full armor of God” (Eph. 6:11) and above all to “take up the Shield of Faith and the Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:16-17)

How can one be taking up the word of God when one is embracing and teaching doctrine that is contrary to that which holy men of old penned down as they were moved by the Holy Spirit to do?

There are only a handful of instances where we find people tithing in the word of God. A true “Biblical Scholar” shouldn’t have a problem looking up those few instances.

The word “tithe” in relation to God’s commanded tithe appears only 14 times in 13 verses of the KJV. (Lev. 27:30,32; Num. 18:26; Deut. 12:17; Deut. 14:22,28; 2 Chr. 31:5; Neh. 10:38; Neh. 13:12; Matt. 23:23; Lk. 11:42) This tithe is from agricultural increase only.

The word “tithes” in relation to God’s commanded tithe appears only 23 times in 20 verses of the KJV. (Le 27:31; Nu 18:24,26,28; De 12:6,11; De 26:12; 2Ch 31:12; Ne 10:37,38; Ne 12:44; Ne 13:5; Am 4:4; Mal 3:8,10; Lu 18:12; Heb 7:5,6,8,9) This tithe is from agricultural increase only.

The word “tithes” in relation to a voluntary tithe appears only 1 time in 1 verse in the KJV. (Gen. 14:20) Context reveals that this tithe is from war spoils and not from Abram’s own property or riches.

The word “tithing” in relation to God’s commanded tithe appears only 2 times in 1 verse of the KJV. (Deut. 26:12) This tithe is from agricultural increase only.

The phrase “the tenth” in relation to God’s commanded tithe is found only 2 times in 2 verses of the KJV. (Lev. 27:32; Num. 18:21) This tithe is from agricultural increase only.

The phrase “the tenth” in relation to a voluntary tithe is found only 2 times in 2 verses in the KJV. (Gen. 28:22; Heb. 7:4) This tithe is from spoils of war and not from Abraham’s own property or riches.

The phrase “the tenth” in relation to a forced tithe by man is found only 2 times in 2 verses in the KJV. (1 Sam. 8:15,17) Those who choose man to rule over them tithe according to the invention of their ruler. They have rejected God.

The phrase “a tenth” in relation to a voluntary tithe is found only 1 time in 1 verse in the KJV. (Heb 7:2) This tithe is of war spoils and was not of Abraham’s property or riches.

That is a total of 36 verses in the entire KJV that refer to God’s commanded tithe. Of all those verses, not a single one instructs, or commands one tithing one’s monetary income. The 36 verses that refer to God’s commanded tithe refer to food, and they can be found in the dispensation of the Mosaic Law between Leviticus 27: 30 and Hebrews 7:9. (see the above references)

There is only one tithe in the entire Bible that may have contained money, and that is the tithe given to Melchizedek by Abram in the Valley of Shaveh.

Abram gave Melchizedek tithes of the spoils of war. Abram had promised God he would not keep any of the spoils as his own lest he give Bera, the king of Sodom, occasion to brag that he had made Abram rich.

This reveals that what Abram tithed was not his own property, but the property of others! Nor did Abram tithe his monetary income to Melchizedek. Rather, he tithed the spoils of war.

Further, Abram is never said to have ever tithed again. A one time tithe to Melchizedek,… of the spoils of war,… is this whose tithe we are to emulate? Then only a once-in-a-lifetime tithe is required; and that of war spoils, not of one’s monetary income.

Jacob is revealed to have promised God that he would give him a tenth of all that God would give him. A careful study of the word of God will reveal that what Jacob vowed to tithe was not monetary income,… he vowed to tithe a tenth of the land that God promised to give Jacob and his descendants.

And, once Jacob’s descendants moved into the Promised Land, God held them to their father Jacob’s vow. God required that tithe that Jacob had set apart for God. (Gen. 28:20-22; Lev. 27:30-34)

God required tithes of agricultural crops and livestock from the children of Israel. (Lev. 27:30-34) They were “holy” to God. Set apart by the Patriarch Jacob.

Are we to tithe in the manner that the children of Israel tithed? If so, then it is to be agricultural, restricting it to only landowners who have crops and livestock. It is to be taken to farming communities in the Promised Land, not anywhere else in the world. Of those tithes, the tither is to eat with his family. How many pastors tell their congregations to eat a tithe with their families? It is highly doubtful that any pastors do.

The long and short of it is, that which pastors tell their congregations is God’s tithe today, cannot be found anywhere in the pages of God’s Holy word. Today’s monetary tithe requirement doctrine is the invention of man, not a decree of God.

Brethren, open your Bibles and study. Don’t read, but STUDY. You will find what I have written does not conflict with what the word of God says concerning the tithe or tithes God has commanded in His word.

What does conflict with His word, is the monetary tithe being taught in the pulpits by men who are supposed to be teaching truth rather than error. They are supposed to preach the word, not inventions of man.

Our giving is not to be of necessity, (2 Cor. 9:7) yet pastors make it such. Our giving should not be because of guilt, yet pastors have no problem making their congregation feel guilty by accusing them of “robbing God” if they don’t tithe.

The Bible tells us to choose in our own hearts what we want to give. (2 Cor. 9:7) If we follow God’s instruction rather than distorted doctrine, God will be pleased with us.

Now, I ask, why does one need some kind of Theological Degree to study the word and come to the same conclusions I have on the topic of tithes? It appears that Theological Degrees have not helped the aforementioned “Biblical Scholars” to rightly divide the word of Truth, for they teach contrary to what the Scriptures teach on the subject of tithing.

Will I bow to the demands of the preacher who teaches that I am to tithe my money to the Church? Not until that preacher can provide Scripture from the word of God that says the Christian is to tithe his or her monetary income to the Church. In all my years of studying the word of God, I have yet to find said Scripture.

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