In the past, I have been asked the following question,…
“The tithe is taught in the word of God. What’s the harm in tithing?”
The tithe is indeed taught in the Word of God. Problem is, the tithe taught in the pulpits today is not the same tithe that is taught in the word of God.
The Word of God clearly tells us what God’s Holy tithe was in Leviticus 27:30-34. It was agricultural crops, flocks and herds. Those who did not raise flocks and herds, those who planted no gardens or fruit trees,… were not required to tithe.
The Word of God tells us who was authorized to receive His holy tithe in Numbers 18:24-26, Deuteronomy 14:22-29, Deuteronomy 26:12, and Nehemiah 10:37-38. Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners to the land of Canaan were to be the recipients of God’s holy tithe. According to the biblical text, even the tither and his household were to eat the tithe as well.
For the Institutional Church to teach a monetary tithe requirement doctrine, they have to toss the Word of God aside and teach a man-made commandment. That is where the monetary tithe originated… outside of Scripture.
Now, those who teach the monetary tithe must know that when they worship, God doesn’t even recognize, nor does He accept, their worship. How can I make such a bold claim?
Because Jesus Himself said that they worship Him in vain..
Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
So tithing church member, the next time you think about telling people how God honors your monetary tithe, remember the verse above. God doesn’t honor that monetary tithe at all! Your worship is in vain.
But you say “God is blessing me because I tithe and do so faithfully.” I say “poppycock!” God may not be blessing you at all.
Remember the story of the Temptation in the Wilderness as recorded in the Gospel’s? Satan took Jesus into a high place and offered Him worldly wealth and possessions if only Jesus would bow to him. No doubt, satan is the god of this world, and can reward those who bow to his lies with wealth and material possessions.
In the book of the Acts of the Apostles, we are told that no greater burden is to be placed upon the Gentile Converts than “these necessary things”.
Tithing was not one of those “necessary things.” And the Apostle James was careful to point out that “it seemeth good to the Holy Ghost and to us…” The Holy Ghost determined that no greater burden than four “necessary things” should be required of the Gentile Believers.
Do you believe yourself wiser than the Holy Ghost? Do you believe your pastor to be wiser than the Holy Ghost? Does your pastor’s word hold more authority than the Word of God? I doubt it.
So, since the monetary tithe requirement doctrine is totally foreign to the pages of the Bible, would it not be wiser to walk according to what the Scripture says than to heed to the deceitful sermon that God never ordained?