by Ronald W Robey

Many people with well intentions teach us that Malachi 3:10 is instruction for man to tithe his monetary income to the House of God. It is not. Malachi was speaking of an agricultural tithe, not a monetary tithe.

Malachi was living during the dispensation of the Mosaic Law. The Mosaic Law tells us that God’s holy tithe was to be agricultural, not monetary. (see Leviticus 27:30-33)

Had Malachi (or any other person living under the Mosaic Law) called for tithes of money to go to the House of God, they would have been telling people to transgress the Law. Sin is the transgressing of the Law. (see 1 John 3:4) Therefore, Malachi could not have told people to tithe money even if he wanted to.

While people may judge us as “sinners condemned” here on Earth because we do not tithe our monetary income, God does not judge us as “sinners condemned” at all.

Why not?

Because our Salvation and Righteousness is dependent upon one thing only,… faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible says “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Those who trust their works to escape condemnation will end up being condemned. You cannot serve two Masters. You cannot serve both Law and Grace. (see Galatians 2:21)

Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.