Running Into Problems
by Ronald W Robey
(written March 10, 2016)

When giving money to a religious organization, one can share any monetary amount one chooses; be it 1%,10%,or100%.

The problem is not in the individual choosing himself how much money he will give to his religious organization, as 2 Corinthians 9:7 clearly instructs each man to give “as he purposeth in his heart”.

The problem is when the giver is giving 10% of his money to the religious institution he attends because:

a) Leviticus 27:30 says, “The tithe is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord.”
b) Malachi 3:8-9 state that non tither’s are robbing God.
c) Malachi 3:8-9 says non tither’s are cursed.
d) Malachi 3:10 says to bring the tithe to the storeHouse
e) Jesus said in the Gospels that tithing is to be done.
f) The Preacher says that God requires us to tithe.

Why are the above examples problematic? In examples a – e, one is attempting to tithe because of what is written in the Law, yet:

1) they are not wanting to tithe what the LORD said His holy tithe was to consist of, i.e.; agricultural produce and livestock (Lev. 27:30-33)
2) they are not wanting to tithe where the LORD said His holy tithe was to be taken, i.e.; farming communities in the land of Canaan (Deut. 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11)
3) they are not wanting to tithe to whom the LORD said His holy tithe was to be given, i.e.; Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners (Num. 18:24-26; Deut. 14:28-29; Neh. 10:37-38)

In other words, they are attempting to justify tithing by looking to the Mosaic Law, yet offending in several points of that Law. The Apostle James said that to offend in one point of the Law, is to be guilty of all. (James 2:10) The Apostle Paul said that, “by the deeds of the flesh there shall no flesh be justified.” (Romans 3:20)

Why is example f above problematic? Aside from the obvious fact that the Preacher is lying when he says God requires us to tithe our money, it contradicts 2 Corinthians 9:7. It is another person dictating what you must give, instead of allowing you to choose what you will give.

If the members of the Church would take the time to open their Bibles at home, and study every Scripture, every verse, that has anything to do with tithing, they would discover that God’s commanded tithe

a) was agricultural (Lev. 27:30-33)
b) was required of the Children of Israel (Lev.27:34)
c) was not to be observed in any geographical location other than the land of Canaan (Deut. 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11)
d) was to be given to Levites, widows, orphans and strangers in Canaan (Num. 18:24-26; Deut. 14:22-29)
e) was never commanded of Gentile nations (Psa. 147:19-20)
f) was not to be imposed upon Gentile Believers (Acts 15:5,10,19-20)
g) was still agricultural in the last place it was seen as a command in the Bible (Heb. 7:5-9)
h) was still the property of the sons of Levi in the last place it is seen as a command in the Bible (Heb. 7:5-9)
i) was never commanded of Believers in Christ Jesus.

If one wishes to give to the local fellowship they attend or are a member of, that is wonderful! But they should give because they want to give…not because someone else is dictating that they must give, or because the Bible says they must tithe their money. (it does not)