Tithing Has Been Abolished: Say No to Temple Tax!
There are the favourite cherry-picked bible verse that many Christian leaders tout when the monetary is needed to fill the church coffers. 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 include the salaries of the pastoral staff.
What is called church could not function without these two most important things, right?
Fortunately, for those who feel that tithing to the modern church system 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 who makes claim to the finished work of Christ practicing the abolished tithe.
The history of the tithe comes from ancient Israel where God 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
There is a similarity of the tithe of the Old Testament with the taxation systems we have today. Their purposes are quite similar as 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 Christ 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. It was not out of duty, but out of a cheerful heart and one’s own ability to do so.
False leaders in the counterfeit church system love too twist Scripture out of context and use this following verse as a means to fill their coffers. 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 meant to finance the salaries of clergy in 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 and turn the Gospel into a business. The purpose of giving in the New Testament was never for salaries and business costs.
The modern church system has corrupted what cheerful giving is all about by suppresses the love of what giving generously to all believers means. If the hireling Pastor demands a tithe, it is not about giving to one other, but his apostate agenda to take it, skim from it and do with it what the institution mandates. The tithe is not a legal requirement or is it obligatory, it is finished. The fact is, it no longer exists.
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 and feel obligated to give beyond their means because they are being told that they are robbing God or feeding 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. Tithing makes the wealthier person feel good about themselves while they practice their self-righteousness in front of others, yet the poor have a guilty conscience for not giving enough of what they don't have. Unfortunately, both are in delusion believing that they are obeying God by being the good attending and tithing church member. The reality is that tithing has nothing to do with devotion to Christ, but is devotion to paying the salaries of those in the institutional church offices.
Salaries run against the new covenant of Christ because it fleeces 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, then their livelihoods are elevated above the rest of the brethren. Paid professionals are on the higher rungs of the hierarchical ladder than their pew warming minions.
All believers are 'living stones' who are all functioning priests in the body of Christ; therefore, a salaried minister is not needed and is an unnecessary. Hirelings interfere and suffocate God’s plans for His people. It is time to wake up from this man-made delusion that tithing and salaried positions apply to believers today.
Tithing is an Old Testament practice that does not apply to believers today. It is an old and obsolete practice and it is time to break free from the oppressive church system that is being promoted today.
There is freedom for those who want to freely and cheerfully give to one another with no strings of guilt, obligation or manipulation attached to it.
Taking heed to Kingdom principles are what defines the true body of Christ.
Say no to temple tax!
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