God’s Guideline for Biblical Tithing
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 03, 2020)

In the Bible, God had a strict guideline that He expected to be followed when it came to tithing. This guideline was so strict that, if it was not observed in the manner God said it was to be observed, the children of Israel would be cursed.

So what was God’s Tithe Guideline?

1. Tithes were not to be observed until the children of Israel, aka the congregation, were living in the land of Canaan. (see Deuteronomy 12:10-11)

2. Tithes were to be strictly agricultural. (see Leviticus 27:30,32; Deuteronomy 12:17; 14:22-23; 14:26; 2 Chronicles 31:6; Nehemiah 10:37; 12:44; 13:5,12; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42)

3. The congregation were to take their tithes to Jerusalem. (see Deuteronomy 12:10-11; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6)

4. The congregation was to give a tenth part of their agricultural increase to the Levitic tribe. (see Leviticus 27:30,32; Numbers 18:21-26; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

5. A bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Aaron was to be present at the time the congregation gave their tithes to the Levitic tribe. (see Numbers 18:21-28; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

6. The Levitic tribe was to take a tithe of the tithes that they received from the congregation to the House of God. The Levites were not to take the entire tithe they received from the congregation to the House of God…only a tithe of the tithe. Ten percent of ten percent. The remaining ninety percent of the tithes the Levitic tribe received was to be their sustenance for when they were not working at the House of God. (see Numbers 18:21-28; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

7. At the end of the yearly harvest, the congregation is to take a second tithe to Jerusalem to eat with members of their individual households. This would include, not just family members, but servants in the household as well. (see Deuteronomy 14:22-26; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6)

8. Those members of the congregation that had to travel great distances in order to get to Jerusalem could sell their tithe before starting the journey to Jerusalem. However, upon arrival at Jerusalem they were to use the money from the sale of the tithes to purchase food and drink to eat with the members of their household. (see Deuteronomy 14:22-26)

9. Every third year, the congregation was to keep the tithe (that they normally took to Jerusalem to eat) in their cities to be distributed to Levites, to widows, to orphans, and to foreigners in their cities. (see Deuteronomy 14:28-29; 26:12-17

These are the guidelines God set forth governing the observance of tithing. There is no other format of tithe observance required by God in the entire Bible than what is written in the guideline above.

This mean that, when pastors teach their congregations that God’s word instructs them to tithe their monetary income to the House of God, these pastors are guilty of

a) handling the word of God deceitfully
b) lying to their congregations
c) extortion

“Extortion: The obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right. – Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th Edition; Thomas West Publishers, ©2004”