Wrong Jurisdiction
by Ronald W Robey
(written June 20, 2021)


Scenario: You live in Nashville, Tennessee. Tomorrow morning, as you are getting ready for work, you hear a knock at your door. It is two police from Selma, Alabama
The Selma Police accuse you of being a thief. Why? Because Selma City Council passed a Law that says that all citizens of Selma, Alabama are to pay annual taxes to the Selma City Government, and you have not paid those taxes.

What would your reaction be?

No doubt, you would be furious. You would respectfully tell them that you live in Nashville, not Selma. You would respectfully tell them that the taxes imposed upon the citizens of Selma by the Selma City Council have no bearing on the citizens of Nashville, would you not? You would respectfully tell the Selma Police that the Selma City Council has no jurisdiction over the citizens of Nashville, Tennessee.

Now compare the above scenariowith the tithe that God requires in the Bible. According to the Bible, the command to tithe was given to the children of Israel (Lev. 27:30-34) and was to be observed once they were living in the land of Canaan and were at rest from their enemies. (Deut. 12:10-11)

In other words, the command to tithe was a centralized command, not a global command. It was required only of the citizens of the land of Canaan.

So you should be exercising the same attitude in the matter of God’s tithe requirement that you would have toward the Selma Police in the above scenario…

…respectfully tell those who are demanding that you tithe that you do not live in the land of Canaan where God said His commanded tithe is to be observed, and are therefore exempt from the biblical requirement to tithe.

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.