Leaders in religious institutions are extortioners if they teach their congregations that they have the right to take monetary tithes from them.

Extortion is “The obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.”

Many Pastors teach the congregations that just as the workers of the Temple received tithes of the congregation, they too have a right to the tithe.

Their “proof” that they have a right to take tithes, they take from the writings of the Apostle Paul:

1 Corinthians 9:13-14 “Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.”

Of course, when one does an in-depth study of the preaching of the Gospel in God’s word, one will realize that the Apostle was not speaking of monetary tithes at all.

The context of 1 Corinthians 9 reveals that the Apostle was referring to the Apostle’s right to support while they traveled the land, preaching the Gospel to the lost. It had nothing to do with stationary pastors and teachers.

Just as the Apostles were called out of their occupations when Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fisher’s of men”, so too, Apostles were called out of the local assembly (Acts 13:2) and “sent” to preach the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the Earth.

Perhaps this is why so many men today claim to be “Apostle’s.  They know that the Apostle’s had rights that none other had.

Pastors have no “official right” to take tithes at all. Nor do any of these self-appointed “Apostle’s” we see today.  They all need to stop crutching the flock.