Don’t Sweat the Threats
by Ronald W Robey
(written December 25, 2016)

If you are in a religious institution dba a “church” and it teaches that “God requires you to tithe your monetary income to the Church”,… you are in the wrong “church”.

 
The pastor that attempts to insult my intelligence by saying that God requires tithes of my monetary income, only succeeds in revealing his own ignorance of and/or rebellion against of what God’s word says concerning His holy tithe.
 
How I long to see the day when those who assume the office of Apostle/Prophet/Evangelist/Pastor or Teacher cease their oppression of the people they claim to be leading in the paths of righteousness.
 
Sadly, so many will never admit to their congregations that they have oppressed them through the false doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement and are leading them down a dark path of deception.
 
Many congregants who are poor suffer the most. They are accused of “robbing God,” and made to feel guilty if they do not give ten percent of their monthly Social Security checks, or of their widow’s pension, or of their hard-earned money to the local assembly they are a member of.
 
They are often reminded that the apostle Paul said that no thief will enter Heaven, and that if they fail to tithe their monetary income they will be denied entrance into that eternal Kingdom of rest and peace in Christ Jesus.
 
Still others are threatened with curses upon their families, their jobs, their finances, their vehicles, and their health if they do not submit to the command to tithe their monetary income.
 
The preachers will quote Malachi 3:8-10 to strengthen their oppressive tactics.
 
However, Malachi 3:7 states that God is calling for a return to His ordinances in that passage If you study the first five Books of the Bible where God’s ordinances can be found, you will discover that God’s commanded tithe is
 
a) agricultural. Leviticus 27:30-33
 
b) required of the children of Israel. Leviticus 27:34
 
c) not to be observed in any geographical location other than the Promised Land. Deuteronomy 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11
 
d) to be given to Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners in the Promised Land. Numbers 18:24-26; Deuteronomy 14:28-29; Nehemiah 10:37-38
 
e) still agricultural in the last place it is seen as a command in the Bible. Hebrews 7:5-9
 
f) still the property of the sons of Levi in the last place it is seen as a command in the Bible. Hebrews 7:5-9
 
Given the facts concerning tithing from the Scriptures, we can say without reserve that New Covenant Believers in Christ Jesus need not fear the threats levied at them from the pulpit. They can ignore the accusations that are hurled at them from the platform.
 
Don’t sweat the threats!
 
God is not going to curse anyone for not tithing their monetary income. Nor will He cast them in Hell for not tithing. The only prerequisite to entering God’s eternal Kingdom is that one must be born again through faith in God’s only begotten Son Jesus Christ.
 
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)
 
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)
 
The word “tithes” in relation to a voluntary tithe appears only 1 time in 1 verse in the KJV. (Gen. 14:20)
 
The word “tithing” in relation to God’s commanded tithe appears only 2 times in 1 verse of the KJV. (Deut. 26:12)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
The phrase “a tenth” in relation to a voluntary tithe is found only 1 time in 1 verse in the KJV. (Heb 7:2)
 
That is a total of 36 verses in the entire KJV that refer to God’s commanded tithe, with eight other verses that are either voluntary, or forced by man. Of all the verses where tithing is commanded, not a single one refers to a tithe of one’s monetary income. The majority of the verses refer to agricultural tithes, and they can be found between Leviticus 27:30 and Hebrews 7:9. (see the above references)