To Tithe, Or Not To Tithe: an unbiased, unfiltered look into the scriptures

Welcome

Welcome to the most relevant, most comprehensive, and exhaustive teaching on "tithes and offerings" on the Internet. Virtually every argument for or against tithing can be found here. We are going to look at the scriptures in depth, from the original Hebrew, and Greek manuscripts.

Preface

Every pastor, priest, and minister has the responsibility to teach the word of God, unadulterated, and "rightly divided".

Every Christian has the right, and the responsibility to learn the Word of God for themselves. The issue of tithes and offerings is a very serious issue. Due to the misinterpretation, and misapplication of God's word, this issue has brought much reproach upon the name of the LORD.

Seeing that this subject has caused such a "stain" to appear on the church, it is our duty as Christians to take this issue VERY seriously.

In this article, we are going to address every reasonable argument for and against tithing. Please read carefully, and thoroughly. This article, rich in revelation, and information, is here to educate every believer regarding this important issue. Any Christian leader who willfully ignores what it written herein shall be held responsible before the Most High God, the Judge of all the universe.

Read the WHOLE article thoroughly before drawing any conclusions. Do not make any judgments pertaining to the theology herein without thoroughly reading this entire article.

The "Tithes and Offerings" Teaching

Before we find out if the "tithing teaching" is true, we must define what the teaching is:

The "tithes and offerings" teaching is primarily pushed by evangelical churches, particularly Pentecostal/AOG/WOF, although there are many other churches that teach this in various forms.

I have read books about the subject, and I have heard hundreds of sermons about tithing. Generally speaking, the teaching about tithes is as follows:

Tithing is required.

A tithe is 10% of your gross income, which "belongs to God". Offerings are what you give over and above the tithe.

You are to pay your tithe to the "local church".

If you don't pay tithes:

  • you are "robbing God".
  • you are cursed. Some like to butter it over by saying God will "withhold His blessings".
  • the "devourer" will come (meaning things will happen in your life that will "devour" your finances)

If you do pay tithes:

  • the windows of heaven will be opened (they teach that this means that you will be blessed with material, financial and spiritual blessings)
  • you will have so much blessings there will not be enough room to receive it all.
  • God will rebuke the "devourer"
  • all nations will call you blessed!


My Story

It all began when I got "saved". I had an authentic "born again" experience in the comfort of my own home. I was 18 years of age at the time. I did not come from a church-going family, so I didn't know too much about church, or the teachings thereof.

The vast amount of different denominations baffled me, and I was confused about which church I should attend. A close family member frequented the Baptist Church, so there is where I started.

I don't remember the Baptist church teaching about tithing. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, to "tithe" means to give 10% of your income to the church.

I heard of the term before, but I didn't pay too much attention to it because I never heard anybody talk about it.

I first heard of serious "tithers" when I started attending the Pentecostal Church. My friends attended that church, and they talked about tithing. It was new, so I started looking into it more. I didn't hear the pastor talk about it much, therefore I didn't take it too seriously.

And it came to pass that I started attending a church called "Word of Life". Their teachings were based in the "Word of Faith" movement, and such institutions as Oral Roberts University.

At Word of Life, tithing was taught in EVERY service. Every service had two sermons. The first sermon was what I would call a "mini-sermon" about tithes and offerings, and of course this sermon was taught just before they took the offering.

A lot of churches take an "offering" by passing a "plate" around. They called it a plate, but it was more like a shallow wooden dish. But at Word of Life they passed buckets around, where you are expected to drop your checks, credit card forms, and cash into.

After the offering, they would always sing a song and then another sermon would be delivered, which was considered to be the sermon of the week.

At any rate, you could be sure to hear a 10 minute sermon every service about tithes and offerings. They taught that "tithes" are 10% of your gross income, and "offerings" are over and above that.

I went to church almost every time the doors were opened to the public. Having said that, I attended hundreds of services at that church. And having attended so many services, I heard almost every way that tithes could be taught.

Besides that, they would have guest speakers come in, and sometimes the entire service would be about tithes and offerings.

I would also spent a lot of time watching Christian TV, where I heard countless sermons on tithes and offerings from many different sources.

Having said that, I heard A LOT of teaching on this subject. I heard it taught from many different angles, and many different viewpoints.

Turning Point

During my attendance at Word of Life church I paid tithes faithfully, and regularly. However, I began to notice over time that I didn't see any noticeable change in my financial status, or regular income. However, I kept tithing as I believed it was the Lord's perfect will.

Then I started noticing others, who claimed to be faithful tithers, and they were experiencing a lot of financial hardship - to the point of being almost homeless. They weren't being blessed like the preachers said they would.

One was a close friend of mine. One day we met at the local coffee shop. He expressed his confusion over the subject of tithing. He said that he doesn't understand how he could be tithing so faithfully, and yet not getting ahead financially.

The other person was my own sister. I witnessed her on more than one occasion, crying being so financially distraught. Yet she paid tithes faithfully, loyally, and honestly. She felt so financially burdened.

The scripture came to me: "This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome" - 1 John 5:3

I shared this scripture with her, which brought some relief. But considering my experience, coupled with seeing my friend, and my sister struggle with this made me dive into the scriptures for myself to see what it really said. Because after all, its either that God is a liar, or the "tithing teaching" is a lie. There is no middle ground. Either God is false, or the teaching that we have been taught is false.

To top it all off, I know of a lady who worked for Morris Cerullo, who is a preacher who teaches tithes and offerings heavily. Morris Cerullo teaches how God wants to bless you, and prosper you as you pay tithes and offerings. This lady is a faithful tither, as she is one of Morris Cerullo's staff members. She works for "peanuts" for years!

She complained that Morris Cerullo teaches that if you give money to him that God will bless you, and that God wants everyone to prosper and be a recipient of financial prosperity, yet he pays his employees a low wage, without regular raises. What's wrong with this picture?

Most of the people that I knew of that tithed faithfully was living close to the poverty level. Some of them had to live on government checks. Others held low-paying jobs for a long time in spite of their practice of paying tithes and offerings.

Jesus used the natural elements around Him to teach people about God's provision. Jesus spoke of the birds, the flowers, and other natural real-world elements such as the sun and rain to illustrate how God blesses all - whether righteous, or unrighteous. Jesus basically said, "open your eyes and look at the world around you", and He used this "open you eyes and look around you" approach to teach about God's blessings and provision. So then let's "open our eyes and look": Take the top 100 richest people in the world. How many are tithers? Probably none. Does this say anything to you?

Some would argue that they are of the world, therefore they are not under the obligation to tithe... As if they are under a different covenant! To those who say this... So let me get this straight... God, your Father blesses the world abundantly although they don't tithe, but from His own children He withholds His blessings - even when they do tithe?!?

Some preachers say that if you tithe and give offerings, God will bless you so much that there will not be enough room to receive all the blessings. Can you image a bank that doesn't have enough room for all your money? Its either this "tithes and offerings teaching" is a stark heresy, or God is a liar! No ifs, ands or buts.

Pre-law Tithes

The first instance where tithing is explicitly mentioned in the Bible is in the case of Abraham. Abraham met Melchizedek, King of Salem, priest of the Most High God and gave him a tithe of all the spoils from war. According to the written word of God, Abraham tithed once in his life.

Another place where tithing is mentioned is when Jacob vowed to give God a tenth of all.

There is no mention of the practice of tithing in the lives of other patriarchs including Isaac, the twelve sons of Israel, and Joseph. Tithing was never commanded before Moses.

It was by the law of Moses that tithing became a requirement of the law. Before that it was not a requirement.

Tithing Facts

Tithing was first introduced as a requirement under the law of Moses.

Tithes were given to the Levites, the strangers, the fatherless, and the widows.

The purpose of the tithe was to provide for those who had no other means of income. The Levite priests served full-time in the temple. It was a full-time job. They had to perform their duties, yet they needed food on the table. There was no government support of Levite priests. The only support they received was the tithes and the offerings they received in the form of food and drink.

The tithe was also given to other people who were at a loss for income. These included the "stranger", the fatherless, and the widow. One must realize that in those days, women did NOT work. Therefore, if you were a woman without a husband, or a child without a father, you would not have any means to support yourself.

The only items tithed were grain, fruit, wine, oil, and livestock. There is no explicit mention of tithing money anywhere in the scriptures.

Only the 10th of all animals are to be tithed. Therefore, if you have 9 lambs you did not owe a tithe. If you had 19 lambs, only one was owed as a tithe.

If it was too much of a burden to pay tithes, in that it was too far for you to go, then you were to sell your tithes for money, and take your money, and spend it on whatever you want, and party!(Deuteronomy 14)

The tithe spoken of in Deuteronomy 14 is only required once every three years.

Jewish writings indicate that there were at least two, sometimes three tithes. One tithe was supposed to be given to the Levites. One tithe was supposed to be given to the strangers, the fatherless, and the widows. And another tithe is supposed to be given for the Jewish feasts. Josephus indicates that all three tithes are separate, whereas some other Jewish sources combine the last two. Either way, the total amount tithed is not 10%, but rather 20-30%.

A Jewish Rabbi speaks:

"We who are Rabbis of other tribes than Levi are not entitled to the tithes. It would be a deception. The example is that if the Rabbi descended from the tribe of Benjamin or Judah etc. they were not allowed [by the Bible] to receive what was only entitled to the Levite priests."

...Therefore it would be against the Word of God for Jesus to receive tithes, because He is from the tribe of Judah, NOT Levi!

Malachi 3

"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye [are] cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, [even] this whole nation. 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]. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts." - Malachi 3:8-12 KJV

This is the "mother" scripture that is used as the basis for all tithing teaching. Let's look at it in depth.

5 Facts:

  1. Malachi 3 is not talking about "Uncle Jack" that refuses to pay tithes. Nor is Malachi 3 talking about certain members of the congregation that are stingy. Malachi 3:8-12 clearly says the WHOLE NATION refused to pay tithes. Therefore, the "curses" pronounced in this passage can only apply if the whole nation meets this criteria.
  2. Malachi 3 commands to bring the tithe to the storehouse, so that there would be "MEAT in my house". Notice it says "meat", not "money".
  3. To fully understand the term, "windows of heaven", and to see it in its original context we must look elsewhere in scripture.
    We see the term "windows of heaven" also in Genesis chapter 7 and 8.
    In Genesis chapter 7, when God opened the "windows of heaven" it rained.
    Likewise, in Genesis chapter 8, when God closed the "windows of heaven" it stopped raining.
    Therefore, the correct interpretation of this phrase, according to its use in Genesis, is exclusively in the context of rain. When the windows of heaven were open it meant that it rained. When the windows of heaven were closed it meant that it didn't rain.
  4. In the above quote of Malachi 3 you will notice square parenthesis. Every word that is in parenthesis is NOT in the original Hebrew manuscript. Some bibles use italics instead of parenthesis. It was done this way for a purpose - to show you what has been added, and what is not in the original Hebrew manuscripts.
    Therefore, as we look at Malachi 3:10, the phrase "[there shall] not [be room] enough [to receive it]." is mostly NOT in the original Hebrew. Every word in the parenthesis is added by the translators.
    To read it literally, it would say, "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 not enough."
    Hebrew scholars believe that it simply means that God's blessings will be more than sufficient. It doesn't mean that there will not be enough room to receive all the blessings. Rather, it means that God will see to it that you will be blessed with more than you need.
    In fact, Malachi 3:10 from Jewish Hebrew Bible says, "Bring ye the whole tithe into the store-house, that there may be food in My house, and try 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 be more than sufficiency."
  5. Finally, the term "storehouse" has erroneously been taught to mean anywhere where you are fed. Thus, it has been taught that the local church is the storehouse where you go to be fed (spiritually). However, the storehouse was not where people were fed, rather it is where food was stored. The "storehouse" was a place where people took their tithe (grain, fruit, oil, wine, and livestock). It was more-or-less a barn where livestock, and food was stored. It was the place to store food for the Levite priests, the foreigners, the orphans, and the windows.

Malachi 3... in conclusion


Bottom line, this is the truth. God said:

"The whole nation of you is guilty for not bringing your tithes of grain, fruit, oil, wine, and livestock to the storehouse. This food will be used to feed the poor, and those who do not have an income like the rest of you. This is My heart. This is My desire - that you bless the poor and needy - and those who have no other means of income.

If you give from the produce of the land then I will make sure that rain will come (open the windows of heaven) and nourish your crops. I will make sure your crops will not be eaten by destructive animals or insects, because he who gives to the poor lends to th Lord. I will bless you abundantly as you take care of others."

Tithing in the New Testament

Jesus mentioned tithes when talking to the Pharisees.

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone." - Matthew 23:23 KJV

Notice that Jesus said the tithe was of the produce of the land, NOT money.

It is also of particular interest to note that this teaching is NOT New Testament teaching. The New Testament didn't begin until Jesus shed His blood. Jesus introduced the New Testament LATER saying, "This is the my blood of the new testament..."

Further proof of this fact is clearly seen in Matthew 5, Jesus instructs others regarding animal sacrifices. He said to make things right with one another before offering a gift on the altar. What is the "gift on the altar"? It is animal sacrifice, according to the law of Moses. Yes, Jesus gave instruction in Matthew chapter 5 to offer animal sacrifices.

Hebrews 7

The book of Hebrews was written exclusively for the Jews, who were very familiar with all of the Jewish customs and Mosaic Law. Thus, the book of Hebrews has a lot to say about the law, the Old Testament, and all of its components.

Hebrews 7 is a recap of Abraham's experience with Melchizedek, as well as an overview of the person of Melchizedek and his similarities with Jesus.

In this chapter we are told that Jesus was made in the order of Melchizedek in that He is a priest forever. Emphasis is put on the immortal, and eternal aspects of Jesus Christ.

One of the verse that is used to advocate the practice of tithing in the church is Hebews 7:8:

"And here men that die receive tithes; but there he [receiveth them], of whom it is witnessed that he liveth."

Some like to teach that this means that when you give your tithe to the church, you are not really giving it to the church, but rather to Jesus, because "there he receiveth them."

But the words that are in parenthesis (receiveth them) are not in the original manuscripts, but was added later by the translators. Therefore the original manuscripts says:

"And here men that die receive tithes; but there he, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth."

Furthermore, the word "but" in the original is the Greek word, "δέ", can be translated "opposed to what precedes, in order to introduce something else."

So then we have two parts of the verse: the part that precedes the "but", and the part that follows the "but". Simply stated, it is a comparison between the mortal and immortal.

The emphasis is not given to who "receives" the tithes seeing that the second "receiveth" is not even in the original manuscripts. Rather, the emphasis of this verse is on the immortality of Christ, compared to the mortality life of men.

Notice that the eternal life of Christ and His eternal priesthood is the theme of this chapter. But too many people try to pick apart one verse, and willingly ignore the purpose, context, and theme of the scripture which serves to give us a clearer interpretation of that verse.

Hebrews was written at a time when the Jews were still offering animal sacrifices. That is how it can be said that "here men that die receive tithes". The practice of tithing ceased 70 A.D. when the temple was destroyed, because without a temple there can be no sacrifice, and no sacrifice = no tithe.

Hebrews 7:9

"And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, paid tithes in Abraham. For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him." - Hebrews 7:9-10 KJV

This verse clearly states that Levi already paid his tithes before he was even born. Since we are the seed of Abraham by faith, we too have paid tithes in Abraham.

Hebews 7 in conclusion

In summary, Hebrews 7 emphasizes the immortal nature of Christ, as opposed to the mortal nature of the Levite priests. Every Jew who read this book knew that God said only Levites are to receive tithes. Nowhere in this passage does it say that Christian ministers are now supposed to receive tithes.

The Book of Acts Example

The book of Acts provides a clear picture of what the Church of Jesus Christ supposed to be. Most of the "book of Acts" church actually saw Jesus, heard Jesus, and some may have touched Jesus. They knew the context of Jesus day. They lived it. The Church was "white hot" with the fire of God, and the Holy Spirit.

Some church teach tithes and offerings almost every service. But the True Church in the book of Acts never received tithes. There is no evidence of tithes being received by any Christian minister in the book of Acts.

The Tithe Trial

The information set out herein is for your education. YOU must be the judge and jury.

The argument for paying tithes in the modern-day Christian churches is in italics.

The counter-argument is in bold. You decide the truth...

Adam's sin, which caused him to be expelled and cursed, was that he failed to pay tithes. God commanded Adam and Eve not to touch the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This was God's tree, therefore it was the tithe. Thus, when Adam and Eve took of the tree, they "stole from God" by taking God's tithe. Therefore, God cursed them and cast them out of the Garden of Eden.

God never commanded Adam to pay tithes. To say that Adam's sin was not tithing is reading WAY too much into the scriptures. It takes a lot of assumption to get to that conclusion. God commanded Adam not to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and evil - NOT tithe! To assume that the Tree was a tithe is to assume that that specific tree was 10% of the total blessings that God gave to Adam. There is no scriptural evidence that supports this. Rather, a wild imagination, and a manipulative tactic!

Tithing existed before the law, therefore it exists after the law. The tithe is not exclusively part of the law. Yes, we are not under the law today, but we are obligated to tithe because tithing preexisted the law, and was never abolished.

To say that tithing is still valid today because it preexisted the law is an invalid argument. Tithing was never a requirement before the law. Therefore it shouldn't be today.
Furthermore, Animal sacrifice preexisted the law too. Does that mean we should still perform animal sacrifices?
Therefore, the "preexisting the law" theory doesn't hold water. Next...

Tithing is in the New Testament. After all, Jesus spoke about tithing, and Hebrews chapter 7 speaks about tithing.

When Jesus spoke about tithes it was still the Old Testament era. The New Testament didn't officially start until Jesus shed His blood. Animal sacrifices were still going on at that time. In fact, Jesus told his disciples to make things right with their brothers before offering a gift on the altar (Matt. 5). What was He talking about? The gift on the altar according to the law of Moses - Animal sacrifice!
Furthermore, Hebrews chapter 7 gives us a recap of Abraham's experience with Melchizidek, likening Jesus to Melchizidek. NOWHERE in that passage does it command Christians to tithe.

If you want to be blessed like Abraham, you must do what Abraham did - tithe!

Abraham tithed from the war plunder that he was able to obtain after the battle. Abraham's act of tithing was a ONE TIME event. There is no evidence that Abraham tithed regularly. Abraham only tithed ONCE.
Furthermore, Abraham was blessed BEFORE he tithed - not after. He wasn't blessed because he tithed. He didn't tithe out of his poverty. He was blessed FIRST, then he tithed.

The poor should give. Then God will bless them. They must plant the seed before seeing a harvest.


This is a damnable heresy! The scriptures command that a tithe is to be GIVEN to the poor, NOT taken from the poor! This is contemptible in the Lord's sight. God HATES anyone who oppresses the poor, especially by false teaching that puts burdens on people, NOT blessing.
We are commanded to BLESS the poor, NOT burden the poor.
The seed-harvest teaching about giving money is false. If it were true the whole world would become money farmers!

The Jesus Example

As Christians we are supposed to be Christ-like. And Christian ministers, priests, and pastors are supposed to be even more Christ-like. The ultimate goal is to be like Jesus. He is our greatest model. He is our greatest example.

The Lord Jesus NEVER asked anyone to pay Him tithes. Nor is there any New Testament record of Him receiving tithes from anyone! Learn, preacher, learn.

Scripture out of Context

One of the most famous of all scriptures that some Christian leaders use to get people to give is the scripture where Jesus said, "Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over"

Some preachers use this scripture to say "give to my ministry", or "give to my church", and God will give to you "pressed down, shaken together, and running over". In other words, give to my work, and God will bless you abundantly.

However, if you read the scripture in context, Jesus was not talking about money at all. Jesus was talking about forgiveness. Let's look at the scripture:

"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." - Luke 6:37-38 KJV

Does this talk about money, or judging, condemning, and forgiving. Jesus said "give" in the sense of being gracious with your judgments one to another, NOT money.

Jesus always taught to give the gift of forgiveness. In giving that gift, we shall receive forgiveness in return. Jesus clearly said that if we forgive others, our heavenly Father will forgive us (good measure... running over!). However if we do not forgive others, then we will not be forgiven... this is the context of the scripture - NOT money.

Consider this:

Some churches and Christian ministries teach that if you give money to them, God will return that money 30, 60, and 100 fold. This means that if you give $100, God could reward you $3000, $6000, or even $10,000.00 in return.

Every pastor and every church that believes this teaching ought to put it into practice. For example: The next time a poor person give his last $100 to your church/ministry, you should immediately give him $10,000.00 in return because YOU are the minister of God, used of God to do His work! Understand?

Bottom line: Jesus was NOT necessarily talking about money when He taught about giving and receiving.

Another Sad Testimony: A witness

Biblical Giving

After so much is said about tithes and offerings we need to talk about true Biblical giving!

The Bible speaks much about giving. As Christians we are obligated to be generous givers.

God is in the giving, there is no doubt about it. God dislike selfish people as much as, if not more than anyone else.

How much should we give? As much as we are able.

Don't neglect the poor and needy among you. God is with them, and when you give to them, you lend to the LORD. The scripture is clear about that.

And don't neglect the true preachers of the gospel. Studying the Word of God, delivering the Word of God, praying for the people, providing spiritual leadership to the masses, and doing the Lord's work is a full-time job! It spans much beyond an 8 hour day! These people need to be supported!

One person told me that churches should never ask for donations because "freely you have received, and freely you shall give". This person was saying that the gospel is free, therefore no ministry should ask for donations. What this person is ignorant of is that being a Christian cleric is a full time job, and doing Christian ministry is a full-time proposition. There are bills to pay. Nobody gives churches free heat and hydro. Nobody gives Bible publishers free paper, and ink. All Christian media outlets have bills to pay. Everyone who works full-time in Christian ministry need to have their needs met.

Therefore, it is expedient that churches receive money to continue. It is expedient that Christian ministries such as Bible publishers receive support to continue their work.

It is our responsibility to do find true Christian ministries, teaching the truth, and being wise with their money - and give to them.

Having said that, Christian ministers should steer clear of "begging" for money, or extorting money from their followers by manipulative tactics and erroneous teaching. There are a lot of charitable organizations that pull in more money than your average church, and they don't teach tithing, and they don't beg for money like a beggar. They raise money with respect, integrity, and dignity. Churches and ministries ought to do the same.

Churches, and Christian ministries need to raise money is ways that don't bring reproach upon the name of Christ. It is our responsibility. This is the will of the LORD.

Final Thoughts

There are so many sad stories of people who have been taught to tithe because God "requires" it of them. Some of these people cannot pay their bills, because the only money they have left over goes to tithes. God NEVER expects you to neglect your financial responsibility to "pay Him". He owns the Universe, with all of its gold, precious metals, and precious stones. He doesn't need a penny!

As our heavenly Father, He never requires us to pay Him support. The Father is supposed to care for his children not the other way around.

The Bible says, "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" - Romans 8:32 KJV

GOD DOES NOT SAY, "I did not spare my own Son, but I delivered him up for you all, how shall I not with him also freely give you all things? But I require that you give 10+% of all your money, and if you don't you are cursed! If you don't pay, I won't rebuke the devourer!"

... that doesn't make sense... and yet, sadly, that is what some people are teaching.

Facts: The apostle Peter could not receive tithes for the support of his ministry because he was not of the tribe of Levi. Likewise, Paul could not receive tithes for the support of his ministry because he is from the tribe of Benjamin.

Remember, the "tithe" that the Bible talks about is comprised of grain(seed), fruit, and livestock.

Jesus is the seed!

Jesus is the [first]fruit!

Jesus is the Lamb!

JESUS IS OUR TITHE!

His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.
His commands are not burdensome... and the truth will set you free!

Be free, and give generously as you are able!

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mabelhenry 3 years ago from Harrisburlg, Pennsylvania

Good evening "Prophetic Insight" This is an excellent hub on tithing. I was hubbing and came across it. It was good to see this topic addressed from both aspects of the pendulum, providing a balanced approach of the subject. Thank you for biblically researching it and sharing. May the Lord continue to enrich you with insight.


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anidae 3 years ago from Tennessee

This is a well written and thoughtful article. It is wise to remember that not everyone who preaches or teaches is of God---evil is everywhere. I run from churches or people who try to put a guilt trip on me or others. It is good that you read for yourself what God wants you to do. I wish everyone did that.


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prayerpower 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

When you give a portion of your income back to God, He will supply. God will bless you financially in return. We also need to be good stewards of our money.


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livingit4real 3 years ago

I always enjoy the teachings of those brave souls that will take on the hard-held doctrine that is in the grips of so many ministries. I, too, had a similar experience while trying to obey this doctrine on a sparse income. God gave me Hebrews 7 for understanding but I still struggled because the teaching of man was so relentless and demanding with ridicule for those who did not comply. I had hoped for a confirmation also on Malachi where the curse was directed first to the priest. Mal 2:1-2 "And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you...I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart. " These types of truths are so liberating when found. Thanks for great job of explaining a difficult subject.


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bigfeet 2 years ago from California

I was told recently just try to out give God, you won't win. He will continue to bless you with plenty if you give with a sincere heart.


servant pastor don martin 20 months ago

Thanks for the great unfolding of the truth.that is for setting me free from the law--will teach my congregation the truth''''


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MarleneB 13 months ago from Northern California, USA

Excellent coverage of a subject so misunderstood by new and seasoned Christians. People can be led astray and placed into bad predicaments when taught incorrectly. I attended a church that made people feel ashamed if they didn't tithe. Not knowing any better, I tithed my way into debt when I lost my job. I tithed 10% of my unemployment compensation. I was never blessed tenfold or any amount of greater blessings because of tithing. One pastor explained that the reason I didn't receive extra blessings is because I must not have been giving "with a grateful heart." He said that if I was giving begrudgingly, then I wasn't giving in the correct spirit of the law.

After losing my job, I was poor. I lost my house and just about everything I owned. I had to sell my belongings to generate money and those things that I could not sell, I had to give away because I had no place to store them. Even during those hard times, I gave 10% of the money I generated. One day, I only generated $25 and I still contributed $2.50. It was at that point I realized I couldn't do that anymore. It felt so unbalanced. Something didn't feel right. So, I started reading about tithing and came up with the same conclusion as you. When it is all laid out on the table we are taught to help the poor and needy when we can. And, if we are one of the poor, we are the ones who need the help.

I now understand tithing to be something that is not demanded. We can still be good Christians even though we don't tithe. Being a good Christian means that we help those in need. If we are part of the needy, then giving our money away is not smart money management. I could go on and on with this, but you covered it all very well, so I'll stop here and say that you have done a thorough job of researching the subject of tithing and presented it well.


radiantwriting 8 months ago

A flat out awesome article and a true revelation! Tithing was the Law. Nowhere in the New Testament does it specify that we are to tithe. We are to be cheerful givers, not giving out of necessity. Jesus told the Pharisees not to leave tithing undone. Jesus LIVED during the LAW. But after his death and resurrection with the start of the Christian church, nowhere are we commanded to tithe. In fact in the same text that Jesus does not break the Law by telling the Pharisees not to leave tithing undone, he further proves that tithing was that of food.

Pray, study The Word for yourselves and don't be deceived.

This not out giving God is a modern day prosperity teaching. Men have construed it for personal gain!!!


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Dr CHE Sadaphal 4 months ago from New York, NY

Stewardship is a qualitative process that describes how we manage things that are ultimately God's. The tithe is a simple way to quantify stewardship.

What I'm very curious to know is that if Christians are advised to give "generously" and freely, then am *I* not the final arbiter of what is generous? In the context of stewardship, I recognize that my money isn't my anything. It is really a free gift bestowed from God. So tithing, then, isn't me giving Him my 10%; rather He is allowing me to keep 90% of what is His.

So if I use the "free" and "generous" approach am I not telling God Almightly what I think is economically good enough for the Author and Finisher of my faith? Because if I look to Christ as an example, He gave up everything and left this world with zero net worth. In the pursuit of imitating Christ, this persuades Christians to sell all their assets and give it all to the church. Here, God is actually doing us a favor by only setting a floor of 10%.

And yes, in the time of Abraham, livestock and things such as grain equated to "currency." So how do I reconcile Jesus Himself saying that in another economic system with "money" and the standard currency that a women who gave copper coins was the most generous?


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Sgt Prepper 4 months ago from Elkhorn, WI

WOW. Over the decades I have tithed and donated several tens of thousands of dollars. My harvest of blessings has not even been two-fold which means four-times as much because each time you fold something you multiply the surfaces. In fact we have lived below the poverty-level at least one of those decades.

Funny how the preachers say "we are no longer bound by the law" yet demand a tithe. There are about 64 Bible-verses which acknowledge the seventh-day Sabbath and only one that mentions "the Lord's day". In fact whatever happened to the Fourth Commandment, remembering the Sabbath to keep it holy?

Mention this anomaly to your pastor and he will give you the we-are-no-longer-under-the-law line and excuse himself to take care of something important. Exit stage left!

The Lord loves a "cheerful giver" so these days I only give what keeps me cheerful in doing so. One good thing about tithing was I never could justify spending money on beer, cigarettes or any more taxes than I had to. I read books from the library and seldom purchased any in hardcover. But thank God I have a roof over my head and my kids are healthy.


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celafoe 3 months ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

There are few if any correct scriptural articles here or anywhere and even fewer "churches" , that correctly understand this. Of course that is because the "churches" are churches of men, patterned after the OT temple which was replaced at the cross when God moved out of the temple to live IN His people.

I seldom agree totally with articles on here but THIS IS A HOME RUN OF SCRIPTURAL ACCURACY.

THE BEST ARTICLE I HAVE SEEN.

AMEN

now I have to read your other articles


KingdomCome 3 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

I hope all the clergies of all the false churches take the time to read this so they can feel ashamed of themselves for making people feel guilty for not tithing. But knowing the false clergies they are ashamed of no wrong on their part

This is an outstanding Article. Good job writting it and God bless

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