Tithe…Net, Gross, or Neither?
by Ronald W Robey

Question: How do I tithe my pay from my labor at my place of employment. Some preachers say to tithe off of the net, others say to tithe off the gross. Who is right?

Answer: That would depend on whose word you believe. Many Pastors will tell you that you are to tithe from the top of your pay…not what you end up up with after taxes…but from even the taxes that were taken out.

Their reasoning? You are not giving God the first tenth if you don’t tithe from even what was taken out in taxes before you got the check.

However, that reasoning doesn’t make sense. Why? Because the taxes were taken out first anyway…whether you tithe on the before tax amount or the after tax amount…the government got their share of your check first. Can’t give to God first when the government has already took their taxes out first, can you?

Now, if you want to believe God concerning what portion of your check is to be tithed, then the answer is found in your Bible, and it is simple. The answer is…

O% of your check is required by God as tithe.

That’s right…ZERO,…ZIP…NADA.

If you study the Bible, you will discover that God never commanded anyone to tithe their money to the House of God. The monetary tithe requirement is totally foreign to the pages of the Bible. The monetary tithe requirement is a man-made doctrine devised to extort money from your household income.

Listed below is every verse found in the Bible that have to do with tithes or the practice of tithing. Of all the verses, not one says that God requires man to tithe his money to the House of God.

I encourage you to study these verses out. Be as the Bereans of the first century AD, who were seen to be more noble than the men of Thessalonika, because they received the word with all readiness of mind and then searched the Scriptures daily to see if it was so.

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)

Am I saying not to give at all to the work of God? Absolutely not! I encourage giving. God’s word teaches us to give. However, our giving should not be out of guilt or fear. It should be out of our love for God. Our giving should not be dictated by those who would lie to us, telling us that God commands us to give 10% of our money, when no such command can be found in the Bible.

God’s church is built on truth. Not lies. If you choose to believe the Pastor that says God requires you to tithe your money, you are placing your Pastors word as being more authoritative than the word of God. You are essentially saying, “God, I live by my Pastors word…not yours!”