Clearly Written
by Ronald W Robey
When attempting to defend the monetary tithe requirement lie being preached in religious institutions around the world, many will quote Romans 14:22, saying we are not to judge. However, they are using Romans 14:22 out of context.
Romans 14:22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
Romans 14 tells us how we are to deal with matters that are not clearly written in Scripture. When Scripture is silent concerning a matter, we should ask ourselves, “Is it edifying?”
While there are some things not covered in the word of God, the matter of how God’s ordinance of tithing is to be observed is clearly and fully written for our learning. Therefore, we are not to teach contrary to what the Bible says concerning God’s tithe.
Scripture is clear. God’s tithe ordinance is”
a) agricultural (Le. 27:30-33)
b) for the children of Israel to obey (Le.27:34)
c) not to be observed until living safely in Canaan. (De. 12:10-11)
That ordinance decreed that God’s tithes were
1. to be taken to Jerusalem annually and eaten in that city with household members. (De. 12:10-11; 2 Ch. 6:5-6; De 14:22-26)
2. to be given to Levites, widows, orphans, and foreigners every third year (De 14:27-29; 26:12)
The ONLY building in the Bible ever constructed by the hands of man that God said tithes are to be taken to was destroyed in AD 70.