Tithes Existed Before the Law
by Ronald W Robey

There are many that teach and/or believe that tithing is to be observed today. They will argue that Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek was BEFORE the Law and tithing continued during the Law. They conclude with the premise that, “Because Abraham tithed, you should tithe.”

If we go with the “Tithing existed before the Law” argument…

a) Tithing existed before the Law? It was a man that tithed. Therefore, if the fact that, “tithing existed before the Law” applies, then no woman should be expected to tithe.

b) Tithing existed before the Law? The tithe was not from man’s wages. Nor was it from government benefits of the one who tithed. Therefore, if the fact that, “tithing existed before the Law” applies, tithes should not come from man’s wages or government benefits.

c) Tithing existed before the Law? Abram tithed spoils of war… spoils that did not belong to him. He had promised God that he would not take any of the spoils as his own property. Therefore, if the fact that, “tithing existed before the Law” applies, those who tithe should tithe only war spoils, and should promise God that they will give the rest of what they tithe from away.

d) Tithing existed before the Law? Abram was 79 years old when he tithed to Melchizedek. Therefore, if the fact that, “tithing existed before the Law” applies,, we should not tithe until we have reached the age of 79 as Abram was when he tithed.

e) Tithing existed before the Law? Abram tithed in the Valley of Shaveh. Therefore, “if tithing existed before the Law” applies, tithes need to taken to the Valley of Shaveh and given there.

f) Tithing existed before the Law? The tithe Abram gave to Melchizedek was from stolen items Abram recovered from kings he killed in battle. Therefore, “if tithing existed before the Law” applies, the tithe should only come from stolen items recovered after killing people… specifically, kings.

g) Tithing existed before the Law? Abram tithed in an open valley, not in a wooden or brick building commonly referred to as a church. Therefore, “if tithing existed before the Law” applies, tithes should be given in an open valley… not in a building.

h) Tithing existed before the Law? Abram was childless when he tithed to Melchizedek, and there is no mention of him tithing after Ishmael was born. Therefore, “if tithing existed before the Law” applies, those who tithe should not have any children prior to tithing nor tithe after they sire children.

i) Tithing existed before the Law? The first person who is recorded giving a tithe was married to his sister. Therefore, “if tithing existed before the Law” applies, only those who are married to their sisters should tithe.

j) Tithing existed before the Law? The first tithe was given only after receiving bread and wine from the one being tithed to. Therefore, “if tithing existed before the Law” applies, one should receive bread and wine before giving the tithe.

The “Tithing existed before the Law” argument shouldn’t be used to justify the monetary tithe requirement doctrine…It fails miserably.