by Ronald W Robey.
In many of my discussions with people of the pro-tithe persuasion, an argument has arisen,
“If you cannot provide a Scripture verse where Jesus cancelled the monetary tithe, then it was never cancelled by Jesus!”
One can counter with the statement,
“If you cannot produce a Scripture verse where Jesus said money is to be tithed, then money is not to be tithed.”
The latter claim is just as weak as the former. It is best to approach the former claim from a different angle.
We know in Genesis 14 that Abram tithed war spoils. Those war spoils may, or may not have contained things used as money in the time of Abram, i.e.; silver, gold, brass, etc., etc..
For the sake of an argument, let’s speculate that gold and silver were recovered from the kings that were slaughtered by Abram and his armies at Hobar.
Then, we go back to the question, “Can you provide Scripture where Jesus cancelled a monetary tithe?”
No, I cannot.
However, using the word of God, I can prove that Jehovah God did cancel a monetary tithe.
Leviticus 27:30-33 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD. He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
Leviticus 27 is the first time we see God giving instruction of what His holy tithe is to consist of. There is no mention of money being a titheable commodity. Only agricultural products, i.e.; crops and livestock.
If that isn’t proof enough that money is no longer accepted by God as titheable, we can produce further proof,…
Deuteronomy 12:8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.
Deuteronomy 12:8 states that man could not do what seemed right in his own eyes. God said His holy tithe was to come from agricultural crops and livestock (see Lev. 27:30-33). Therefore, even if it seemed right to tithe money, God said it was not.
His holy tithe was to come from agricultural crops and livestock. He cancelled any authority for His holy tithe to come from any other sourse than “the seed of the land, the fruit of the trees, and ever tenth animal to pass under the rod.”
God Himself cancelled the monetary tithe more than thirty-four hundred years ago.
And He never reinstated it.