No Tithes, No Heaven
by Ronald W Robey
(written September 21, 2019)

“No Tithes, No Heaven!”

Imagine my shock when I was told this just a few house ago by a man who believes that we are required to tithe our money.

Let’s roll with the above statement made by the tither for just few moments, shall we?

Let’s just suppose that if the tither is correct that those who do not tithe will not enter Heaven…what then will become of those who do not tithe their money?

According to the tither,

“Not paying tithes = Transgressing God’s commandment”, and,
“Transgressing God’s commandment=sin”, and
“Wages of all sin=Hell fire”

Now, if this particular tither is correct that those who do not tithe end up in Hell, then we must conclude that Jesus Christ and His apostles must be in Hell and not in Heaven. After all, they did not tithe their monetary gain.

Notice:

Matthew 17:24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
Matthew 17:25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
Matthew 17:26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
Matthew 17:27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

What does the above text from the Gospel of Matthew say was done with the money gained from fishing? It was given to “they that received tribute money.” Who were “they that received tribute money”?

There are two streams of thought among the top Bible commentators:

1. “They that receive tribute money” is referring to Roman soldiers who occupied Jerusalem at the time, and the tribute was a Roman Tax imposed on the Israelites.

2. “They that receive tribute money” is referring to Jewish leaders and the tribute was the atonement offering commanded in Exodus 30:15-16…

“Exodus 30:15-16 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls. And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.

It is clear in that Jesus and His apostles did not give any of that money gained in Matthew 17:24-27 as tithe…they gave it either to Roman soldiers or to Jewish leaders. It was either a tax imposed by Caesar, or it was the required atonement offering commanded by God.

Conclusion: If we are going to Hell for not tithing money as claimed by the tither, then we will be in good company…Jesus and His apostles did not tithe their money either.