Teaching Disobedience
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 25, 2019)

A person can go to his place of religious worship, sit in the pew with the rest of the congregation, slide ten percent of his money into an envelope labelled “GOD’S TITHE”, and drop that envelope in the collection plate as it passes under his nose and he still would not have obeyed the instruction given in Malachi 3.

As a matter of fact, if you have done the aforementioned process, you actually have demonstrated a disobedience to God’s instruction instead.

“How can you say this?”, you may ask? Because the Bible says the same thing.

Up until 1988, I, like many others, used to preach that Malachi 3:8-10 was an indictment against the saved in Christ who do not tithe. I preached that the congregation was to “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be meat in Mine House.”

But I was wrong to do so. And here’s why I was wrong…

If one reads Malachi 3:7, he will discover that God is calling for a return to His ordinances. Do you know what God’s ordinances say about tithing?

1. Tithes are to be agricultural. Le. 27:30-33. Verse 31 reveals that a portion of the crop tithes could be bought back once given. Verse 32 reveals that the animal tithes could not be bought back.
2. Tithes are to be given to bloodline descendants of the tribe of Levi. Nu. 18:21-26
3. Tithes are not to be given until you are a citizen of the land of Canaan. De. 12:10-11
4. The congregation is not to take tithes to the House of God. Nu. 18:21-26 (notice particularly verse 22, which is parked in the context of the tithe command)
5. A tithe is to be carried to Jerusalem, eaten by you and your family, and shared with bloodline descendants of Levi. De. 14:22-27
6. A tithe is to be kept in your city every third year and given to bloodline descendants of Levi, to widows, to orphans, and to foreigners. De. 14:28-29; 26:12
Back to Malachi…

Since Malachi 3:7 called for a return to the ordinances and the ordinances said the congregation is not to approach the House of God with tithes, Malachi 3:10 cannot be telling the congregation to tithe to the House of God. Since Malachi 3:7 called for a return to the ordinances and the ordinances said that God’s commanded tithe is to be agricultural, Malachi 3:10 cannot be saying to tithe money.

Malachi would not be telling people to return to the ordinances in Malachi 3:7 and then immediately tell them to transgress the ordinances just three verses later.

So, who was Malachi speaking to? Context holds that answer. Read the entire previous two chapters leading up to chapter three, and the verses in the third chapter leading up to verse 10. They reveal that the Aaronic Priests were the ones guilty of robbing God (1:6-7; 3:8-9) and God was commanding them to return to the ordinances and return things they had stolen from the storehouse. (2:1; 3:10)

When pastors teach that Malachi is calling for the congregation to tithe money, they are teaching the congregation to be disobedient to the instruction in Malachi 3:10. God never gave pastors authority to preach doctrines that contradict His written word.

Not once in the entire Bible is man ever told to give a tenth (tithe) of his monetary wages to the House of God. May all be diligent in studying the word of God so that they do not fall prey to extortion.

“Extortion: The obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right. – Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th Edition; Thomas West Publishers, ©2004”