Why do you tell congregants to give or pay tithe? What scripture do you quote to convince them to say it is a must to tithe.? Does the bible authenticate tithing in church age? In the Church today, some claim that God instituted the “tithe” 400 years before God brought the children of Israel under […]Preachers and teachers of Tithes are wrong
Why do you tell congregants to give or pay tithe? What scripture do you quote to convince them to say it is a must to tithe.?
Does the bible authenticate tithing in church age? In the Church today, some claim that God instituted the “tithe” 400 years before God brought the children of Israel under the covenant of the Law of Moses. Therefore, since the “tithe” preceded the Law of Moses it is still relevant and therefore binding in the New Covenant. But the Sabbath was also instituted before the Law of Moses; on the seventh day of creation week. (Gen 2:2-3) If it can be claimed that the “tithe” is binding in the New Testament because it is a pre-law ordinance, shouldn’t it also hold true of the Seventh Day Sabbath?
1) What is Tithe?
2) What is used to pay Tithe?
3) Who was Commanded to pay Tithe?
4) Who was Authorized to Collect Tithe?
5) What was Tithe used for?
6) Was it a part of Judaism or of Christianity?
Tithe is a translation of the Hebrew word “ma’aser” and the Greek word “dekate” literally meaning “One Tenth”. The saga of Tithe started in the Bible in Genesis 14:17-20 when Abraham gave a tenth part of a Booty he captured in war to Melchizedek after he and his warriors were refreshed with food and drinks by this King and Priest. This was purely Personal and Reciprocal between two friends. It has nothing to do with Religion. Abraham paid this tithe once in his lifetime and I see no basis for someone to used this as his reason for paying any kind of tithe in the New Testament Church. Jacob also made a Personal and Conditional promise of Tithe to God only on the condition that God send him home safely. Genesis 28:20-22.
The Writer of the Book of Hebrews commenting on the Melchizedek issue said, Abraham paid this Tithe to purchase in Advance an Office of Priesthood for his great grandson Levi, who was not yet born at that time. This is elaborated in Hebrews 7:2-10. The last two Verses 9-10 say, “Even Levi who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, for he was in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him”. This shows why payment of Tithe in the Bible was inseparably linked with the LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD OF ISRAEL. The writer of the Book of Hebrews makes it clear that ONLY ISRAELITES can pay Tithes according to THE LAW and ONLY THE LEVITES can Collect Tithes according to A COMMANDMENT in Hebrews 7:5. This leaves all other Nations and People out of this Matter!
When Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt, a Tabernacle was constructed with the Tribe of Levi given exclusive charge over its Ministry. God then made a Law giving exclusive right of Tithes to the Levites. You just listen: “Behold I have given the Children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work which they perform, the work of the tabernacle of meeting ….. For the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer up as a heave offering to the Lord, I have given to the Levites as an inheritance: therefore I said to them, among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance”. Numbers 18:21-24. Two things are mentioned here. The Levites received tithes for their Tabernacle Ministry and secondly, as compensation for not getting any Portion of the land that was shared by the Israelites. It is ILLEGAL for any human being who was not of the Tribe of Levi to collect tithe from People.
When Jesus ascended to heaven as the High priest for the New Testament Church, God ABOLISHED the Levitical Priesthood and SCRAPPED away all the laws governing it, including payment of tithe by the Israelites. Read it with your own eyes in Hebrews 7:11-14. Verse 12 says: “for the Priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law”. How many People have Read this?
It will shock many People to hear that the Bible knows Nothing about Tithes that are paid Monthly with physical money! The Bible Commanded the Israelites to pay their tithes in Foodstuffs and Herd Animals Annually. Let’s hear the Bible: “You shall surely tithe all the increase of your seed that the field brings forth year by year. …. And you will eat before the Lord your God in the place that He will choose to place His Name there, the tithe of your corn, of your wine and of your oil and the firstborn of your herds and of your flocks so that you may also learn always to fear the Lord your God”. Deuteronomy 14:22-23. “All the tithe of the land whether of the seed of the land or the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord. …. And concerning the tithe of the herd or of the flock, and of whatever passes under the staff, the tenth will be holy to the Lord”. Leviticus 27:30-32.
Collecting money monthly and calling it “tithe” today in the Church is blasphemous! Even the much quoted Malachi 3:10 says the same thing: “bring all the tithes into the STORE ROOM, that there may be FOOD in my house”. Tithes were food kept in the Store rooms to be eaten by the Levites as Nehemiah 10:35-39 also said. The so-called present day monthly “tithe” paid with money is One Thousand Miles away from the Bible!
Christians are “sufficient as Ministers of the New Covenant”. 2 Corinthians 3:6. Starting from the Book of Acts Chapter 2 when the Church of Christ was established in Jerusalem to the end of the Bible, the Apostles wrote twenty one Epistles to instruct the Church on Christian Beliefs and Practice. Not a Single Word was ever said telling Christians to pay tithe in the Church! Isn’t it unbelievable?
So far as Church Monetary matters are concerned, the Apostles who were the Depositories of Christian Truth said, “so let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver”. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. It is up to individual Christians to give what they can afford and more.please read check if I said something which is not right with the scriptures.
A few years after the resurrection of Jesus, uncircumcised non-Jews were converted to Christianity. “It is necessary to circumcise them and charge them to observe the law of Moses,” some Jewish Christians contended. (Acts 15:5) Others did not agree. So Jesus’ apostles and other experienced Christians met in Jerusalem to discuss the issue. They wanted to discern God’s will. Did he require Christ’s followers to keep the Law of Moses, which included tithing? Experiences were related showing a change in God’s dealings with non-Jews, and this was verified from God’s own prophetic Word. (Acts 15:6-21) What was the decision?
The meeting came to a unanimous conclusion. Christians were not to be burdened with the Law of Moses. There were, though, a few “necessary things” that must be obeyed. Was tithing one? The inspired decision read: “The holy spirit and we ourselves have favored adding no further burden to you, except these necessary things, to keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication.” (Acts 15:25, 28, 29) Interestingly, God’s law on tithing was not listed among the “necessary things” for Christians.
Later, the apostle Paul explained that God’s Law covenant with Israel had been abolished by Jesus’ death. “[God] blotted out the handwritten document,” he said, “and He has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the torture stake.” (Colossians 2:14) This does not mean that Christians have no law. Rather, there has been a change of law that now involves “the law of the Christ.”—Galatians 6:2; Hebrews 7:12.
The apostle Paul lived in harmony with this change of law. Though working hard in the formation of one congregation after another, he never appealed for payment in the form of tithes. Rather, he was willing to cover his own expenses by working as a tentmaker on a part-time basis. (Acts 18:3, 4) In all honesty he could say: “These hands have attended to the needs of me and of those with me.”—Acts 20:34.
What guidance, then, do Christians have in the matter of giving? How much should you give?
The Christian Way of Giving
Jesus Christ was the most generous man to walk this earth. His example has inspired many to act generously. “Practice giving,” he said, “and people will give to you. They will pour into your laps a fine measure, pressed down, shaken together and overflowing. For with the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you in return.” (Luke 6:38) Are there restrictions here? No. Christians are encouraged to give generously, which may even be more than a tenth if they can afford it.—Luke 18:22; Acts 20:35.
On the other hand, a Christian might suddenly be faced with some urgent expense, perhaps due to an accident or sickness. To give a tenth of his salary under such circumstances might deprive members of his family of the necessities of life. That would be unchristian.—Matthew 15:5-9; 1 Timothy 5:8.
Christian giving is voluntary. It takes into account that each individual has different circumstances in life. “If the readiness is there first,” the Bible says, “it is especially acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what a person does not have.”—2 Corinthians 8:12.
How much, then, should you give? That is a question that you must resolve for yourself. The depth of your own heart appreciation for God—not some predetermined tithing formula—will determine what you give. As the Bible urges: “Let each one do just as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7) Tithing was a provision of the Mosaic Law covenant to support Israel’s temple and priesthood. For Christians today, it is neither commanded nor necessary.
Christianity is a religion which believed and accepted Jesus Christ as the true MESSIAH who was prophecied in the TORAH (Old covenant writings. He is been God from the beginning, the promised seed in the book of Genesis.
Genesis 3:15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.Genesis 12:3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
prophesies of this spiritual war between God’s people and Satan’s.Genesis 3″Seed” in verse 15 is collective (like “team” or “family”), but the following pronoun, “He,” is singular.
As Christ’s body (Romans 12:5; I Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 1:22-23), we are included as participants in the “enmity.” However, the subjects of the “bruising” clauses are strictly Christ and Satan, the two leading opponents in the battle.
Paul also uses “Seed” in a singular sense in writing of Christ as “Abraham’s Seed” in Galatians 3:16: “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, but as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Christ.” Revelation 12:5 illustrates the connection between the woman and the Seed:
And she [the woman] bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and to His throne.
Interpreting itself, the Bible shows that the singular “Seed” of the woman is indeed the Messiah, Jesus Christ.True Christians always believes Jesus Christ is God in flesh