A Kingdom Principle?…Whose Kingdom?
by Ronald W Robey
I have to wonder…
If monetary tithing is a principle of the kingdom, whose “kingdom” is it a principle of? Why did the apostles and the Holy Ghost not teach that “monetary tithing is a principle of the kingdom”?
In Acts 15, the apostles and the Holy Ghost determined that no greater burden be placed upon Gentile Believers than four necessary things. Tithing was not one of those necessary things.
Acts 15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
Acts 15:25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
Acts 15:26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 15:27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.
Acts 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
Acts 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
And eight years later, the apostle James reminded the apostle Paul that only four necessary things were required of the Gentiles who believe. Again, tithing was not mentioned as necessary.
Acts 21:23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;
Acts 21:24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.
Acts 21:25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.
Who gave today’s so-called apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers the authority to teach monetary tithing as a “principle of the kingdom” when none in the first century AD taught this alleged “principle”?