Who Do You Believe?
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 26, 2016)

You believe the Bible when it says “The tithe is the LORD’s; it is holy unto the LORD.”

From that point forward, instead of believing the Bible as to the what’s, who’s, why’s, where’s and the how’s,… you believe your pastor; who, unbeknownst to you, bewitches you into believing a lie.

Don’t believe me? Ask yourself these questions,…

1. What does my Pastor say the LORD’s tithe is?
2. Who does my Pastor say is required to give the LORD’s tithe?
3. Who does my Pastor say the LORD’s tithe is to be given to?
4. Where does my Pastor say to take the LORD’s tithe?
5. When does my Pastor say the Lord’s tithe is to be given?
6. Why does my Pastor say I am to tithe?

You may be surprised that I already know what many of you will answer.

No, I am not a mind reader.

But, I do know that, for the majority of you, the answers will be the same.

a) Your Pastor says the LORD’s tithe is 10% of monetary income.
b) Your Pastor says that you are required to give the LORD’s tithe.
c) Your Pastor says that the LORD’s tithe is to be given to the Church.
d) Your Pastor says that you are to bring the LORD’s tithe to the local Church you are a member of.
e) Your Pastor says that the LORD’s tithe is to come from every paycheck. (many also say it is to come from any source of money you receive; be it a gift, government check, money acquired from a sale of property, etc., etc..)
f) Your Pastor says tithe so church bills can be met and staff can be paid.

Am I right?

What if I told you that you were lied to?

No, not by me. I have nothing to gain by lying to you. It is your Pastors that have lied to you. The only thing they were truthful about is the fact that God’s word does say “The tithe is the LORD’s; it is holy unto the LORD.”

Are you willing to look to the Bible for the answers to the above six questions? It does give the answer to all these questions,… and the answers the Bible gives are completely different than what your Pastor has taught you concerning the LORD’s tithe.

1. What does the Bible say the LORD’s tithe is? Agricultural crops and livestock. (Leviticus 27:30-33)
2. Who does the Bible say is required to give the LORD’s tithe? The children of Israel. (Leviticus 27:34)
3. Who does the Bible say the LORD’s tithe is to be given to? Those who are the bloodline descendants of Jacob’s son Levi, widows, orphans and foreigners. (Num. 18:21,24-26; Deut. 14:27-29; Neh. 10:37-38)
4. Where does the Bible say to take the LORD’s tithe? To farming communities in the Promised Land. (Neh. 10:37-38)
5. When does the Bible say the Lord’s tithe is to be given? At the end of the agricultural harvest. (Deut. 14:27)  Another tithe is to be given every third year.  (Deuteronomy 14:28-29; 26;12)
6. Why does the Bible say to tithe? The children of Israel were to tithe to the Levites because the Levites had no inheritance among the other tribes of Israel. (Num. 18:23)

A careful and prayerful study of the word of God reveals that not once in its pages does God command a tithe of money. Nor does God command tithes be given to the New Testament Church. Even in the last place that tithes are mentioned in the Bible, (Heb. 7:5-9) it is not the Church that has a command to take tithes of its members. No, it is the sons of Levi who have the command to take tithes of the other eleven tribes.

You may ask, “If I am not required to tithe, what does God require of me? The answer is simple.

Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength. And love your neighbor as yourself. If you love God and love your neighbor, you will please God and do what you are able to do to help your neighbor in need.

When you see a need, and are able to meet that need, do so with a cheerful and willing heart. (2 Cor. 9:7; 1 John 3:17) God will be pleased. God sets no percentage mark on what we should give. He wants us to make that conscious decision ourselves.

Your giving should not be through coercion. It should not be dictated by another person, but should be governed by your love for God and for your neighbor.