Guilty of One, Guilty of All
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 18, 2019)

According to the Bible, the church is not authorized to receive God’s tithes. If what is written in the Law still applies, then God’s tithe is only to be taken to Jerusalem…nowhere else.

Now, one might say that we are no longer under the Law but under Grace. And this is true. However, just because we are under Grace does not mean we can transgress the Law.

The apostle John wrote in his first epistle, “My little children, I write unto you that you sin not.” To paraphrase, John said, “Don’t sin!” So, what is sin? Well, John later explains in the same epistle, “Sin is the transgression of the Law.”

Now, the Law said that God’s tithe is to be taken to Jerusalem…not to a local church building in another geographical location in the world. But here’s the thing…God’s Law also says that the congregation is not to approach the House of God with their tithe. I kid you not. Read Numbers 18:21-22. It says that the congregation could not approach the Tabernacle with their tithes. Nehemiah 10:29,37-38 later confirms that the same command applied to the Temple.

God never amended His word to say that the congregation can now take tithes to a religious institution doing business as a “church”. Each time you open your Bible, it will still say that God’s tithe is to be taken to Jerusalem.

This means that each time a member of the congregation takes tithes to their local church…they are actually guilty of transgressing the Law. (again, tithes are supposed to be taken to Jerusalem…not to your local church) And, as the apostle James said, “If you are guilty of one point of the Law, you are guilty of all.”

The church can operate on voluntary contributions. Members who are taught properly will contribute out of love rather than by force.