Tithing Has Been Abolished: Say No to Temple Tax!

There is a favorite Bible verse that many "Christian" leaders tout when the monetary is needed to fill the coffers of the "church." The pastor will say that this is a form of worship and that God has commanded us to faithfully tithe; if we do not, we will not receive God’s blessing and His work cannot continue to function as it should. The tithe speech has been done in so many different ways you would think that they used the same marketing tactics as a used car lot.

The pressure and coercion concerning tithing has put many into unnecessary pressure and bondage. The problem is that the money that is given goes towards paying the large overhead costs of the church building which include the salaries of the pastoral staff.


  • The "church" could not function without these two most important things, right?


Fortunately, for those who feel that tithing to the modern "church" does not feel quite right, you are correct. The tithe has been abolished and if Scripture is truly heeded as God has intended, there would be no one among the ekklesia practicing the abolished Biblical tithe of the Old Testament.

Through the lens of the Old Testament and New Testament
Through the lens of the Old Testament and New Testament
The three tithes.
The three tithes.
The Levites
The Levites
Products of the land.
Products of the land.

The history of the tithe comes from ancient Israel where Yahweh instituted a three part taxation system.

A portion from the products of the land were to support the Levite priests because they had no inheritance in Canaan.


For the tithe of the people of Israel, which they present as a contribution to the LORD, I have given to the Levites for an inheritance. Therefore I have said of them that they shall have no inheritance among the people of Israel.” – Numbers 18:24


A tithe from the produce of the land would go towards a festival tithe to sponsor religious festivals that were held in Jerusalem.


“You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year.And before the LORD your God, in the place that he will choose… - Deuteronomy 14:22-23


Thirdly, a tithe from the produce from the land would go towards widows, orphans, strangers, and local Levites every third year.


At the end of every three years you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in the same year and lay it up within your towns.And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow… - Deuteronomy 14:28-29


God commanded three tithes,


On that day men were appointed over the storerooms, the contributions, the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them the portions required by the Law for the priests and for the Levites according to the fields of the towns… - Nehemiah 12:44

Tithing, it`s not required.
Tithing, it`s not required.
No Scriptural justification for paying elders/pastors a salary based on their position:
No Scriptural justification for paying elders/pastors a salary based on their position:

There is a similarity of the Biblical tithe of the Old Testament with the taxation systems we have today. Their purposes are quite similar; tax money goes towards government personnel instead of the Leviticus priests, monetary goes towards holidays instead of Jewish festivals, and programs for the poor and unprivileged have the same purpose as for the widows and orphans.

When Yahshua our Messiah was crucified and rose again, the ceremonial laws that the Jews were obligated to uphold concerning tithing were abolished, that is why there is no evidence of tithing in the New Testament.


And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. – Colossians 2:13-14


It should be clear that tithing belonged to Israel when they were under the old covenant. Among the early ekklesia there was a different kind of stewardship when it came to the monetary, which was not out of duty and compulsion, but out of a cheerful heart and one’s own ability to do so.

When a leader in the false church system starts spewing this verse from the pulpit, it is important to be able discern it in the right context.


Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions.You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the LORD of hosts. – Malachi 3:8-11


…their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.For they gave according to their means… - 2 Corinthians 8:2-3


So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift you have promised, so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction. – 2 Corinthians 9:5


Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7


From these few verses in the New Testament, it is clear and distinct that tithing from the Old Testament has no connection with the practice of the early ekklesia. A closer inspection of the verses in Malachi reveal who the recipients of the tithe are.


  • Is the tithe to the salaried pastors and clergy of the modern church, or was it intended for the poor, widows, and orphans?


The tithing message is a corrupt man-made tradition to coerce the masses into emptying their wallets turning the Gospel into a business. The purpose of giving in the New Testament was never for salaries and business costs.

The modern church has corrupted what cheerful giving is all about by suppresses the love of what giving generously to all believers means. If a pastor demands a tithe, then we are to give to each other, not to his apostate agenda. The tithe is not a legal requirement, or is it obligatory.


  • Why do many ministries make others feel that they are committing a sin for not tithing?


It is no longer a command of Yahweh, and is not binding on an individual.The corruption of Scripture has oppressed many in the modern churches today. Many who are struggling with their finances feel obligated to give beyond their means because they are being told that they are robbing God, or feed into the delusion of the Prosperity Gospel. Even in the Old Testament, the tithe was a blessing to the poor, not a curse. Many are being thrown deeper into poverty all in the name of the “Good News,” while the "peacock Christian" who "struts" their money around somehow believe that they are in “blessing” by giving ten percent or more. Tithing makes the wealthier person feel good about themselves, but gives the poor a guilty conscience. Unfortunately, both are in delusion believing that they are obeying God and being “good” Christians. The reality is that tithing has nothing to do with devotion to Yahshua, but is historically rooted to paying the salaries of those in the institutional church offices.

Salaries run against the new covenant of Yahshua Messiah because it takes from the flock.


I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel.You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said,‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – Acts 20:33-35



When there are professional paid clergymen, the modern institutionalized church immediately elevates them above the rest of the believers. They are considered paid professionals instead of a brother and sister in Yahshua. All believers are “living stones” and functioning priests in the body of Christ; therefore, a salaried minister is not needed, and is an unnecessary heretical person who interferes and suffocates Yahweh’s plans for His ekklesia. It is time to wake up from this man-made delusion that salaried positions are Scriptural

To be blunt, most salaried pastors are slaves to the masses as "people pleasers" who are always in fear of saying the wrong thing, especially to the heavy tithers in the audience because their jobs depend on giving the people what they want to hear. The collateral damage on those who are under the bondage of the modern "church" system can seen in the members of their immediate families. The idolatry to this system has wreaked havoc on marriages and their children.

Tithing is an Old Testament practice that does not apply to the ekklesia today. It is an old and obsolete practice. It is time to break free from the oppressive system that is being promoted in the modern "church." There is freedom in a group of people who want to freely and cheerfully give to one another with no strings of guilt, obligation, or manipulation attached to it. These are the principles that define the true body of Yahshua.

Say no to temple tax!



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North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now)

Hi,

I voted up right away along with useful and interesting. The topic of tithing is almost a taboo among Christians. Most do not want to talk about it.

I have a problem seeing priests and pastors in brand name suits, driving fancy cars and living it up when members of their congregation cannot even keep a roof over their heads. When the disciples put all of their money together it was to help each other not to give to the heads and leave those suffering in need.

I do not understand how a man of God can stay in his comfort and luxury while one who is a 'brother' or a 'child of the flock' does not even have shoes no his feet.

The prosperity gospel has spread like a wild fire, though, and I have been told by some that the pastor or priest has been rewarded for his work in the church by being blessed with riches. They say that the kings of Israel and Judah were rich and likewise so should the leaders in the church through the church. The thing is, though, kings and preachers are two different things. John the Baptist was not a king, Elijah was not a king, Elisha was not a king.

I still do not know where I stand on tithing. All of the money I have is not my own in the first place. God lends it to me each month. He gives and He takes it away as well. I believe that giving with a cheerful heart is a beautiful thing and I do give but not to organizations, not necessarily a percentage of what comes to me each month, and not to people who have no need of it.

Yet people swear up and down that they do better financially when they tithe.

Interesting topic. I'd like to see some other comments and opinions on it.


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FSlovenec 3 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Jesus also said He did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. The Old Testament did not go away! Jesus did not ask for 10% He asked for all of us. We should be cheerful givers all the time, willing to give it all to Jesus as He told Nicodemus...you may be presenting a crutch ...if your heart is with the Lord then giving money at 10, 20 or 90% is not the issue. It is what you worship is it Jesus or is it your money.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

I totaly respect, and can even see your point, in everything you shared in this excellent hub. However, I personally believe that the issue of tithing is totally up to the individual. It is a choice. I also believe in following your inner gut regarding this very important step in the life of a Christian.

I have tithed, quit, then started again in 2006. I am still tithing today.

I have read books about tithing, studied the Bible, and I've prayed about it. Then I read a book by Tom Pauley titled, "I'm Rich Beyond My Wildest Dreams, I AM , I AM, I AM."

Although I'm not crazy about the author's website, I loved his book. I was convicted to "try" tithing again. Now no matter what income I receive, God gets the 10 percent. If I win $1 on a lotto scratch off, a dime goes to God. I would not have it any other way. (Several months ago I published a hub regarding the subject of tithing).

I stand on Malachi 3:10, where God says to TEST HIM. All I can say is that, even though my husband does not tithe, God has never let me down financially, not once. For me, tithing is as easy as breathing.

I bet if you google message boards of people who have tithed and the result, you will find wonderful stories. Tithing has blessed me beyond description.

All that being said, Thank you for this very thought-provoking hub and for the time and effort you put into writing it. Blessings, Sparklea


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Northwind,

I appreciate your comment. There are many who are still unclear about tithing. What you have seen has become religious bondage for so many. I do not disagree with anything you have said, but I hope that you will come to a firm stance on the issue.

You can be assured that tithing was a part of the ceremonial law and is no longer binding under the new covenant.

When we attempt to keep the the law, we are trying to develop our own righteousness. When we accept Jesus Christ, we accept His righteousness because we will never be good enough under the law.

By canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. - Colossians 2:14

If we are commanded to tithe today, then it would mean are not right with God until we do, which would include all of the other ceremonial obligations . It imposes a debt that we owe. This is false teaching and no longer applies to a believer today.

I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. - Galatians 2:21

The law demands certain actions in order to stay in right standing with the law giver. It is important to understand that right standing is not about the law, but it is through Jesus Christ where the nature of our righteousness in in Him alone.

Tithing has become a business decision. Tithing helps the church budget, circumcision benefits the surgeon, and kosher food favors the food distributor. Tithing has turned the Gospel into a marketplace of corruption.

One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. - Galatians 6:6

We should cheerfully give where we are being fed the "words of life," but not in a place of religious bondage where the "moldy bread" of tithing is promoted.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

FSlovenec,

Giving is an issue of the heart, tithing is an issue of the law.

When the heart of Jesus Christ is manifested in cheerful giving, it by far supersedes tithing.

The are problems that arise from those who make monetary demands from the pulpit. The Gospel is a free gift.

What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel *free of charge*, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel. - 1 Corinthians 9:18

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and *without price.*

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life *without price.* - Revelation 22:17

Paul considered it robbery to take wages from those in the church.

Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God’s gospel to you *free of charge?* I *robbed* other churches by accepting *support* from them in order to serve you. And when I was with you and was in need, *I did not burden anyone,* for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my need. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way. - 2 Corinthians 11:7-9

Paul did not make any salary from preaching the Gospel, but worked as a tentmaker and labored night and day so that he would not charge people.

For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. - 1 Thessalonians 2:9

When a collection plate is passed around for preaching, it is a sophist ideology that requires payment for ethics.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Sparklea,

Thank-you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate them.

I would hope that you can make the clear distinctions between tithing and giving. Giving is a matter of the heart which manifests through the love of Jesus Christ within us. Tithing is an obsolete ceremonial law that was nailed to the cross a long time ago.

I have not read the book by Thomas Pauley, but if he says that believers should tithe certain amounts, then he is in contention with the principles of the new covenant.

("I bet if you google message boards of people who have tithed and the result, you will find wonderful stories. Tithing has blessed me beyond description.")

When we give, the blessing does not come from what we have gained, but the transfer of Christ's love to others. If you are gaining earthly rewards, then the most important principle concerning the kingdom of God is missed.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:19-21

Here is an article on kingdom principles of reaping eternal rewards.

http://hub.me/a9jcA

God Bless.


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celafoe 3 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

excellent

we not more of us bringing truth here instead of all the foolishness and glad handing that is going on


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Celafoe,

Unfortunately, human traditions have steered many from the true context of God's Word. Tithing is oppression, giving is freedom. I scratch my head when people still want the former and desire to be under the Law.

Thank-you for the affirmation.


Whatsinaname 2 years ago

Planks and Nails,

It is an interesting name you have given yourself.

It is very telling, for somehow it would appear that it is less about the cross of Christ and more about the people you want to nail to it!

It is also VERY interesting that you have not provided any information about yourself. Thus, leaving yourself open to no accountability nor scrutiny.

Lastly, it is fascinating that you seem so able to cast judgement on so many things; yet it appears that the arguments you present are more frequently than not, far from their original context. A verse out of context is just a "pretext" - a poor attempt to justify some other point which may be based on an emotional response than on Scripture.

As you know, Scripture speaks very specifically about someone judging hypocritically:

Matthew 7:1 ""Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2"For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you..."

Luke 6:41 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?"


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celafoe 2 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

whatsinaname-- it appears you are most hypocritical since you post under guest names and no way to check on you.

There is not one scripture used in this article that has been taken out of context.

are you a tithe collecting pastor?


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Whatsinaname,

Have you ever heard of the ad hominem fallacy. I would suggest looking it up.

(...yet it appears that the arguments you present are more frequently than not, far from their original context.")

If my statements and Scripture verses presented are from original context, please clarify what you mean.

It is true that the Bible says how and what we are not to judge, but it also makes distinctions too on what we can judge. I suggest doing a thorough study on righteous judgement.

By alluding to me being a hypocrite, you yourself have made a judgement; therefore, not adhering to the rule you are trying to enforce from your own comment.

I do not tithe, nor collect tithes; therefore, I am not a hypocrite in writing this article.

People often will call others "judgmental" because they don’t like the message. Since you have made a judgement here concerning my anonymity, you have become hypocritical by not adhering to it yourself.

("It is also VERY interesting that you have not provided any information about yourself. Thus, leaving yourself open to no accountability nor scrutiny.")

I make myself of no reputation because of people like you who would rather attack a person's character rather than tackle the subject at hand, which is tithing has been abolished. I am accountable to the readers of my articles, and that is why you are able to comment and scrutinize here.

So, please hold me accountable to the THEME of this article so we can flesh out the truth in more detail.


Anneliese 2 years ago

I have tithed for many years, could not pay my bills working 5 part time jobs after being divorced, the Pastors would just always tell me that I had to pay my tithes and give offerings and make pledges! Plus I worked in the Nursery and Ushered, I also worked as small group leader, then we were told that we should clean the church for the "Lord" even

though there were several hired Maintenance People on "STAFF"

Our Pastors were living in fancy houses and driving fancy cars while not one of them "helped" me to pay bills or get a better paying job.

I TOLD THE LORD THAT HE SOUNDED MORE LIKE THE MAFFIA THEN THE MAFFIA. In my immaturity I did not understand that it was not my FATHER but the Leaders in the church and their minions.

Those that were wealthy and gave much were allowed to treat the sheep roughly and do what they pleased no matter what scripture said.

And then we walked away from that system and became aware of the goodness of God just because He made a Covenant that He keeps and I get to love Him for Him and not all this manipulation.

Wouldn't go back to "Babylon" again for nothing. I am sorry for teaching others these same lies while I was attending the "Kingdom of men"

Thanks for helping us get to truth, you are doing a great service to the true people of God, never mind the attacks from those that do not understand yet. Our pray has been for years "Father reveal the lies in our hearts and replace them with your truth and give us the courage to walk in it"


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PlanksandNails 2 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Annaliese,

I am glad you see the deceptive practices of the Church system.Tithing is a product of organized religion where the Church officials make money off the backs of the people. The kingdoms of men want the masses to pay the price for what Jesus Christ has already done by twisting Scripture for dishonest gain.

Thank-you for sharing your experience and freedom from walking away from the bondage of "Babylon."

God Bless.


Anneliese 2 years ago

So I just learned that the favorite scripture that is used to manipulate the people to give in Malachi is not God speaking to the people but to the Priest. I have never seen that before, the whole book of Malachi is God speaking to the Priest.

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