A Scholarly Look at the Biblical Tithe
by Ronald W Robey

The saved in Christ Jesus are not commanded to tithe. Nor are we instructed by God to bring a tithe to church. Pastors have handled the word of God deceitfully and are guilty of practicing extortion through the monetary tithe lie.

For the last 147 years, there has been a disturbing trend among many who call themselves the saved of God. That trend is, believing God’s tithe to be anything other than what God’s word says it is.

So many claim that “You can tithe your time.” Yet, such a tithe is totally foreign to the pages of the Bible.

Others claim that, “You can tithe your talent.” Yet, this tithe is also nowhere to be found in the Bible.

Still others claim that, “You can tithe your treasure.” Again, this tithe is strangely missing from the Bible.

Many combine all three, “time, talent and treasure” and say that all three can be tithed.

Many confuse tithing with giving. This is evident when they accuse those of us who don’t tithe of being non-givers altogether.

Such people reveal a high level of Scriptural ignorance. They do not know the word of God, they only know of it. They instead esteem the opinions and theories fabricated by their pastors and spiritual leaders to be their authority on what God’s word says.

This, of course, is nothing short of idolatry.

The Apostle Paul told the young Evangelist Timothy to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth.” “Christians” today prove to be slothful in this wise instruction.

And, because they fail to study their Bibles, they are susceptible to deception taught them by their dishonest preachers.

There are only a handful of references to tithing in the word of God. A true “Biblical Scholar” shouldn’t have any problem looking up those few references.

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)

Of the forty-four (44) references to tithe found in the Bible, only thirty-six (36) speak of God’s commanded tithe. Only fifteen (15) verses mention the elements of God’s commanded tithe. Those fifteen (15) verses reveal God’s commanded tithe to be agricultural…not monetary.

Further, the tithe references in the Books of Numbers and Nehemiah reveal that only one of the twelve tribes of Israel was required to tithe to the House of God…the tribe of Levi.

In the Bible, monetary tithing was not commanded for Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue or Church. Tithing exists today due to lies from the pulpits and ignorance in the pews.