They Ignore the Stipulations
by Ronald W Robey
 
Deuteronomy 14:22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
Deuteronomy 14:23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.
Deuteronomy 14:24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
Deuteronomy 14:25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose:
Deuteronomy 14:26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,
 
I’ve seen many try to use Deuteronomy 14:24-25 in an attempt to defend the doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement that is being preached in church assemblies around the world today.
 
However, there are some things that those who use Deuteronomy 14:24-25 are overlooking entirely. God put stipulations in the verses.
 
God said “if the if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there…Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose”
 
God did not say “Thou shalt tithe thy money at the place I choose to place My name there.” God said the tithe of the seed that the fields produced was to be taken to the place He chose and eaten there..
 
Money instead of the tithe seed of the land could only be carried to the place God chose if the distance was too far to travel. The majority of church attendees today travel short distances to attend the services…they don’t travel distances that would be considered “too long for thee; or too far from thee”.
 
But carefully notice another stipulation in the verse…
 
…one had to have the tithe before one could exchange the tithe for money.
 
Deuteronomy 14:24-25 does not favor the monetary tithe requirement doctrine even if one wanted to say the money in those verses became the tithe. The only time money could be carried in place of the tithe is if one had the tithe first and THEN exchanged it for money. They first had to have the tithe…not the money.
 
But then, verse 26 utterly destroys their monetary tithe requirement doctrine. For it states that the money that the tithe was exchanged for was to be used to purchase food and drink that was to be eaten by the one who originally had the tithe but exchanged it for money. He was to eat and drink before the LORD, WITH HIS HOUSEHOLD, the food and drink he purchased with the money acquired in the exchange.
 
The money was not to be taken to the House of God and given to the House of God…it was used on the household of the one who traveled to the place God chose.