Many today, frown upon those who say they will attend church services but will not tithe. They shouldn’t. There is absolutely nothing at all wrong with the statement, “I’ll attend services, but I will not tithe.” Especially since God’s word says that the only people that God commanded to tithe were children of Israel, (Leviticus 27:30-34) and that that commanded tithe was not to be observed until they were safely living in the land of Canaan and after God chose a place to place His name. (Deuteronomy 12:10-11)

In the Bible, God exonerates members of the congregation from the responsibility of tithing to the House of God. In Numbers 18:21-22&Nehemiah 10:29,37-38 we learn that the Law God gave to Moses concerning tithing decreed that the congregation was not to go near the House of God with tithes.

Instead, the Law dictated that the congregation was to take their tithe to Jerusalem, (Deuteronomy 12;10-11; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6) and give it to bloodline descendants of the Biblical patriarch Levi, whom God had decreed that all the tenth in Israel was to be given to, (Numbers 18:21) The bloodline descendants of the Biblical patriarch Levi, in turn, were to take a tithe of the tithes that they received from the congregation to the House of God. (Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

That’s right…the ONLY people that God authorized to tithe to the House of God…the ONLY people that God commanded to tithe to the House of God…were the bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi. And that was to be a tithe of the tithes they received from the other eleven tribes of Israel.

In the last Book of the Old Testament, the minor prophet Malachi was not speaking to the congregation when he said, “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.” (Malachi 3:10)

We know this, because in Malachi 3:7 the Prophet is calling for a return to God’s ordinances. Again, God’s ordinances say that the congregation is not to approach the House of God with tithes. Therefore, Malachi cannot be speaking to the congregation in Malachi 3:10. He would not call for a return to the ordinances in verse 7 and then turn around and call for a transgression of the ordinances in verse 10….

…Malachi was speaking to the Priestly line of Levites. Context even shows that Malachi was speaking to the Priestly line of Levites, when we read, “And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.” (Malachi 2:1)

It is time for the church to wake out of their slumber. Instead of looking down on those who say they will attend church but will not tithe, the church should welcome them with open arms and tell them, “Great! Come worship with us! God desires your worship…not your tithe.”