Should Christians Pay Tithe?
Should Christians Pay Tithes? Every church that I attend, preachers try to make me feel unsaved if I don’t pay tithes?
A. Briefly ly, tithing IS NOT a new testament doctrine for Christians. If you are a non-Christian Jew who is still erroneously living under Old Testament, then go on tithing. Tithing is not taught in the New Testament. I have personally challenged elders and bishops to show me one verse in the New Testament (the new covenant) that supports Christians paying tithes. None have produced a verse yet. They all quote Malachi 3:8-12 concerning robbing God. God is being robbed by the these ‘pulpit-pimps’. The only one prospering in these churches are these greedy preachers deceiving you into paying them ten percent of your hard income. This is probably one of the biggest scams that ever existed. And yes, most pentacostal denominations (especially the Church of God in Christ and the Apostolic (Jesus Only) Denomination) will flat out tell you that you are not saved if you don’t pay tithes. If you have visited any of these churches lately, they try to condemn you by have all of the tithers stand first and line up during offering to take their tithes to the preacher. Then all of the non-tithers go around the altar last to give their offering – like a second class citizen or something. Give me a break!!! “For there is no respect of persons with God.” (Romans 2:11) Don’t let them comdemn you!!! “There is therefore no condemation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
The Bible DOES NOT institute tithing in Genesis. No one told Abraham to give a tenth, no one told Jacob to give a tenth, and there is no a universal law stated in the Word of God. We need to remember that in Isreal the tithe was an income-tax for the maintenance of the theocratic system. There were three times of tithes in the Old Testament.
1 – The tithe in Leviticus 27:30-33 was called the Lord’s tithe, or the Levite’s tithe. In Numbers 18:21, the Levites, who were the priests, The Levite tithe was ten percent of everything that the people had in terms of produce from the land and animals. That is why God rebuked the Isrealites in Malachi 3:8. They were robbing God if they didn’t give the tithes and offerings. The ten percent was given to the tribe of the Levites to support them, because they didn’t earn a living. They took care of their priestly functions. HINT: WE DO NOT HAVE LEVITES PRIESTS TODAY!!!!
2 – The second tithe is mentioned in Deuteronomy 12:6-7. This was another ten percent taken to the central santuary to be eaten by the family, the servants and the priests (v. 12). It was called the festival tithe.
3 – The third tithe is mentioned in Deuteronomy 14:28-29. This tithe was collected every three years and was called the poor tithe.
The New Testament method of supporting the church is giving according to your ability. “The disciples each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea.” Acts 11:29 “Now concerning the collection of the saints…” Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him,…” 1 Cor. 16:1,2 Giving is required in the New Testament. The purposes for giving are to support the needy in the Church (2 Cor. 9:1, Hebrews 13:16), and to support the leaders of the Church (Philippians 4:15-16, 1 Cor. 9:1; 4:7,11; 1 Tim.5:17). Giving also help finance the work of God. The utility bills, the mortgage payments, supplies,and other needs of the Church have got to be paid.
Giving is NOT to support the lavish lifestyle that today’s preachers think that they deserve. Many of them are driving around in Bentley’s, flying around the country in expensive planes, buying top-notch breeds of cows, and living in hugh mansions.
Another note: I don’t know where the ridiculous practice of throwing money on the altar while the preacher is preaching came from. It looks very silly and it is very distracting. The louder he whoops and yells and get the flesh all riled up, the more money is thrown at him. I visited a church recently and the pastor’s young son preached. The more he whooped and hacked, the more people would walk up and throw money at the altar. The more money they put on the altar, the harder and longer he preached. The young man had preached so long and hard that when he finished, he all but collapsed on the altar from being totally exhausted. Some of the brethren had to literally carry him off the stage. This is so ridiculous!!!!
We need to be reminded of what the Bible teaches. “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them; otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound trumpets before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:1-4
NOW YOU KNOW….