Artistic License
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 02, 2019)

Many in our churches today are under the impression that tithes are supposed to be given because even though monetary tithes are not required in the Bible, God did command tithing. They argue that, “Monetary tithing is simply based on Biblical teaching.”

Most lies taught in religious institutions are based on biblical teachings. Is God’s church supposed to be built on truth, or lies?

In movies, the phrase “based on” means that the story being told is about actual events that have taken place and/or the story is from a book that was written, but that the producers of the movie have taken “artistic license” with the event or book they are re-telling.

For example: In the most recent “Left Behind” movie starring Nicholas Cage, the producers took artistic license and had Raymie Steele disappear in his sisters arms at a local mall in the town where the Steeles lived. However, in the book that inspired the movie, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins reveal that Raymie was home in bed when the Rapture took place, and Chloe was in college in another State.

Artistic License is nothing more than changing what was written or said into something it never was. When artistic license is accepted, it takes the focus of what was actually written and places it on something entirely different.

So it is with many who are commissioned to preach God’s word. They will stand behind the sacred desk, read a few verses from the Bible, and then take “artistic license” with the verses they have just read.

They will read verses from Malachi, words directed specifically at the priests in Israel, and specifically about agricultural tithes, and then preach that Malachi is speaking to people in an entirely different location on Earth and about monetary tithes.

Who authorized them to use “artistic license” when preaching God’s word? God sure didn’t. The apostle Paul, admonished the young evangelist Timothy, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Tim. 4:2-4)

When “artistic license” is taken with the word of God, the teaching becomes nothing more than “fables” that contradict sound doctrine.