Tithes Were Not the Priests’ Salaries
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 27, 2020)

Argument: “Tithes are our salaries. How are we supposed to survive and operate the church building without our salaries?”


Malachi 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.

Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
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.

The texts of Malachi 2:1&3:8-10 actually prove that tithes are not supposed to be the Priest’s “salaries”. If they were supposed to be Priest’s salaries, then God wrongfully accused the Priests of stealing the tithes.

How can they steal what belongs to them?

The text of Malachi 3:8-10 shows that the tithes that were brought to the storehouse belonged to God. The Priests were only overseers of the tithes and were responsible for distributing them on God’s behalf to members of the congregation who were in need.

How are Priests supposed to survive without tithes? The apostle Paul answers that question in Acts 20:33-35…

Acts 20:33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
Acts 20:34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.