God’s Holy tithe was never required of the New Testament Church. The New Testament Church has taken the tithe that was required of Israel, a tithe of crops and livestock, and modified it completely. These modifications did not happen during the lifetime of any of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb. It was centuries later that a monetary tithe was adopted.

Leviticus 27:30-33 makes it clear that the Levitical tithe was of the seed of the land (crops) an fruit of the trees (crops) and every tenth animal to pass under the rod (livestock). There was never a command to tithe one’s money anywhere in Old Testament Israel. The Levitical tithe was taken to the Levites in the Levitical cities every year for six years in a seven year cycle. The tithe of crops could be redeemed at a cost. By redeemed, we mean ‘bought back’. The tither would take his crops to the Levite. The Levite would assess the value of the tithe and add a fifth of the value to the assessed value if the tither wanted to buy back the tithe. This proves that the tithe was not money. It would be foolish for a tither to take 20 shekels to the Levite and tell him, “Here’s my tithe… now I’d like to buy it back. You say it will cost me 24 shekels to buy it back? Fine… here you are!” Such a conversation would never have taken place. Money was not titheable in Old Testament Isreal. (Leviticus 27:30-33; Nehemiah 10:37-38)

Now, Nehemiah 10:37-38 sheds light on just who was robbing God in Malachi 3:7-11. It was not the children of Israel who were robbing God. Rather, it was the Priests. The children of Israel were to take their tithe to the Levites, the Levites were responsible for taking a tithe of that tithe to the storehouse. Now, while they were doing just that, the Word of God reveals that Eliashib the Priest had the tithes taken out of the storehouse chambers and moved Tobiah the Ammonite into the then empty storehouse. (Nehemiah 13)

Because he had removed the tithes from the storehouse, the Levites had to return to their Levitical cities so that they could survive… there was no food at the Temple when there should have been. The command given by the Lord to Malachi was to the Priest, telling him to bring the tithes into the storehouse so there could be food for the workers of the Temple. In robbing God by taking the tithes out of the Temple, the Priests were robbing the whole nation. Their actions caused God to withhold needed rain for the crops, and the nation was cursed.

There was a second tithe each year called a Festival tithe. This tithe was also of crops and livestock, and was taken to Jerusalem for one of three annual festivals. If the distance was too far for the tither, or the tithe was too heavy, he could sell the tithe for money. He was then to carry that money to Jerusalem and there spend the money on food and drink to celebrate the Festival with his family and Levites. (Deuteronomy 14:22-27)

A third tithe, called the Poor tithe, was kept by the tither on his property and used to feed the widows and orphans of Israel, the Levites living on the tither’s property, and refugees living in the land of Israel. (Deuteronomy 14:28-29) This tithe was to be observed and kept every third year in a seven year cycle.

The seventh year of the seven year cycle the land was to rest. No sowing, no harvesting. There could be no crop tithe that year.

After the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D., there could be no more tithing. No Temple for the Levites to minister in, no sacrifices, etc. Tithing was no more… until the Church resurrected it and then modified it centuries after the Apostles had died. The Church had no business levying on Christians a monetary tithe. Our giving is to be voluntary, not of compulsion.

For those who advocate the monetary tithe, please answer this question…

Why is your claim to be blessed for tithing contrary to what the Bible actually teaches?

In Malachi 3, because the few (the Levites) were not tithing, everyone (the nation of Israel) was cursed   We know that it was the Levites who were the ones who were not tithing because they were the ones responsible for bringing the tithe of the tithe to the storehouse, not the congregation of Israel.

Nehemiah 10:37-38 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage. And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.

The congregation did not bring the tithe to God’s house, they took it to the Levite, who, in turn, took a tithe of that tithe to the house of God.  This is also inconsistent with today’s practice in which the Christian who sits in the pew is told that he must bring 10% of his income into the house of God, the Church.

The text in Malachi reveals that it was not money that was tithed, but rather it was food and livestock.  Money was in abundance, yet never was it received as a tithe under the Mosaic Law.  So there is another inconsistency being taught from the pulpits concerning what God requires of the saved today.

Since the whole nation was cursed because the Levites were not tithing, why do you claim that you are blessed for tithing when God reveals that even the tithers were cursed if not all were tithing?  Where is the consistency?  God is the same today as He was in Malachi’s day.  He changes not.

Pastors, if you are going to put your congregation under a law that is not consistent with the Word of God, at least have the decency to admit to them that you are requiring the tithe of money, not God.  Have the decency to tell them that God never required a tithe of money at any time in the history of the Bible.

When you teach your congregation that God requires a tithe of money, you are teaching a doctrine that is nowhere found in the Word of God, but is instead a doctrine that was invented after the canon of Scripture was already closed.

Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Your claiming that “God expects a tithe of your finances,” or that one is “robbing God” if one does not tithe, is not supported by Scripture at all and is therefore revealed to be a doctrine that is the commandments of men.  No need to deceive your congregation, tell them the truth; that they are not robbing God when they fail to give ten percent of their money to the Church, but rather are disappointing you for not following your man-made doctrines.