Faithful Steward? or Easy Target?
by Ronald W Robey
The American Dictionary of Law defines Extortion as, “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.”
Monetary tithing is not giving back to God. It is giving to an extortioner. A decietful pastor who has manipulated the word of Truth in such a way that he is able to rob you with your consent.
The pastor has convinced you that God requires ten percent of your monetary income and that he has the authority to receive that alleged tithe. Many pastors use Malachi 3:8-10 to guilt you into tithing. Still others will use the passage to instill the fear of a curse for not tithing. Many even take it to the extreme and say you will end up in hell for not tithing.
Considering the definition of Extortion given above, it is easy to see that these pastors who teach a monetary tithe requirement are all guilty of employing extortion tactics in order to acquire ten percent of your monetary income.
My Bible tells me that giving to God is feeding the hungry; drink to the thirsty; clothes to the naked; medical attention to the sick; and hospitality to the foreigner.
My Bible further tells me that stewards are to be found faithful. It is not faithful stewardship to give a lying preacher your money.