Three Errors
by Ronald W Robey
(written July 14, 2018)
When Hebrews 7:8 is used to teach a monetary tithe in the New Covenant churches today, the doctrine contains…at the very least…three errors.
1. It assumes that God has authorized Pastors to be authorized Tithe Collection Representatives, when the verse doesn’t even mention Pastors.
2. It assumes that God has assigned the local New Covenant Church to be an authorized Tithe Collection Agency, when the verse doesn’t even mention New Covenant churches
3. It assumes that God has announced that monetary income is to be tithed, when the verse doesn’t even mention monetary income.
When Hebrews 7:8 is read in its proper context, it is clear that the verse is not speaking about Pastors. Nor is it speaking of the New Covenant Church. Nor is it speaking of a monetary tithe. One has to read those elements into the text of Hebrews 7:8 in order to arrive at the conclusion that it is speaking of Pastors of New Covenant churches receiving monetary tithes.
That is what we Pastors call “eisegeting”.
When you read something into the text that is not even suggested in the context, you are guilty of making the word of God of none effect to your audience. Instead, you are imposing your vain imaginations on your audience.
The context of Hebrews 7:8 reveals that the tithes spoken of are “tithes according to the Law”. The Law said that tithes were to be
a) agricultural, not monetary increase. (Le 27:30-33)
b) observed in the land of Canaan, not worldwide. (De 12:1,10-11)
c) for the children of Israel to observe, not for other nations. (Le 27:34)
d) to be given to the bloodline descendants of Levi, to widows, to orphans, and to foreigners in the land of Canaan. (De 14:27-29; 26:12)
Not one verse in the entire Bible says that money is to be tithed to a local New Covenant church. Pastors who teach that God requires monetary tithes are guilty of handling the word of God deceitfully.
2 Corinthians 4:1-2 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.