Never Required by God
Ronald W Robey
All too often, I am told to “Honor God with your tithe.”
I honor God when I minister to the poor in whatever capacity I am able to minister in.
Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
God never required anyone honor Him by giving ten percent of their money to the House of God. If God required people to take ten percent of their money to the House of God, then Jesus told the following people to dishonor God in the Gospels.
1. The rich man seeking eternal life. (Lu 18:23)
2. The Apostles who found the fish with the coin in its mouth. (Matt 17:23-27)
3. The Apostles who followed Jesus to Gethsemane. (Lu 22:36)
Not one of the aforementioned people were told to take a tenth of the money they gained from sales or money gained through labor to the House of God.
In the Old Testament, the only money God ever said to give to the House of God was atonement money (Ex 30:16) and/or voluntary offerings. The atonement offering wasn’t ten percent of a persons money…it was a half-shekel of silver required of both rich and poor. (Ex 30:15) The voluntary offerings were whatever a person chose to give.
Jesus’ blood paid for our atonement. We don’t have to pay anything to the House of God for our atonement. Nor are we required to tithe our money to the House of God. We are instructed to give to those in need. (1 Co. 16:1-3; 2 Co. 9:6-7)
Giving ten percent of one’s money to Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue, or Church week after week was never commanded by God. It is an invention of man.