Don’t Sweat the Threats
by Ronald W Robey
How I long to see the day when those who assume the office of Bishop/Apostle/Pastor 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.
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 Paul, the Apostle who was appointed to his Office by God Himself, 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, the finances, and their vehicles if they do not submit to the command to tithe their monetary income.
The preacher will quote Malachi 3:8-10 to strengthen their oppressive tactics.
However, if you take the time to read every verse in the Bible concerning God’s commanded tithes, 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 on tithing from the Scriptures, we can say without reserve that you, as a New Covenant Believer in Christ Jesus, need not fear the threats levied at you from the pulpit. You can ignore the accusations that are hurled at you from the platform.
Don’t sweat the threats!
God is not going to curse you for not tithing your monetary income. Nor will He cast you in Hell for not tithing. The only prerequisite to your entering God’s eternal Kingdom is that you must be born again through faith in His only begotten Son.