If the Church is the Storehouse
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 06, 2019)

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Although Malachi was speaking of a specific storehouse, i.e the three-tiered structure attached to the outer walls of the Temple in Jerusalem, (see 1 Kings 6; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6) many church leaders today claim that “the local church building is the storehouse for God’s tithe.”.

If these church leaders are correct when they say the local church is the storehouse for God’s tithes, then this raises a couple questions:

1. If the local church building is the storehouse where God’s tithe is to be stored, why are the church leaders not storing that which they allege to be “God’s tithe” in the local church building that they allege to be “the storehouse for God’s tithe?”

2. Instead of storing tithes in the building that they purport to be the storehouse for God’s tithe, why are the church leaders taking that which they allege to be “Gods’ tithe” to a separate building in their city where pagans do their business transactions?

3. Where in the Bible does God say the world’s banks are to house His tithe?

4. If the world’s banks are the actual storehouse where God’s tithe is to be stored, and the congregation is supposed to “bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,” shouldn’t all members of the congregation be told to take the tithe to the world’s bank instead of to the local church building?

5. If the world’s banks are the actual storehouse where God’s tithe is to be stored, and the congregation is supposed to “bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,” shouldn’t all members of the congregation be given full access to the bank account where that which is alleged to be “God’s tithe” is being stored?

If the local church is the storehouse for God’s tithes, then these pastors who remove, from the church property, the tithes they collect on behalf of God are guilty of the very act that Malachi rebuked the Priests of Israel in Malachi 3:8-9 for…robbing God in tithes and offerings.

Just as the Priests of Israel had robbed God by removing the tithes from the storehouse in Malachi’s day, many church leaders today are also guilty of robbing God when they remove that which they allege to be “God’s tithe” from the building that they allege to be “the storehouse for God’s tithes” and take that which they allege to be “God’s tithe” to the world’s bank. (if, indeed, the church is the storehouse)

Church leaders, if you claim that “the local church is the storehouse,” then the admonition for you is, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse from which your removed them,” just as the Priests of Israel were admonished to do in Malachi 3:10. You are guilty of the very thing that you often accuse the nontithers in your congregations of…

…robbing God! (if the local church building is the storehouse for God’s tith as you allege)

But the Bible itself proves that the church is not the storehouse. Therefore, the admonition I give to pastors who have handled the word of God deceitfully and are successfully extorting money from their congregations through their monetary tithe requirement lie is…

…REPENT!

Stop lying to your flock about a tithe that God never endorsed, nor commanded. Stop deceiving your flock into believing that you have the authority to receive tithes from them on God’s behalf. God never gave you that authority. You usurped that authority yourself.

Preach God’s word…not yours.