Why Tithing Is Not YAHUAH’s Will For Believers Today
(A Contextual Study Of The Book Of Malachi)
By Rob Thornton
The words of the prophet Hosea continue to echo to us today (Hosea 4:6), “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge.” We can safely apply that today, for as in this case, it’s Scriptural knowledge that many lack, and as such, they are easily lead to believe anything.
Prayerfully, this study will set straight an often debated, often misunderstood topic.
In this study, we will dive into the content of the book of Malachi, in context, to show why the isolation of Malachi 3:8-10 cannot be used to justify the unscriptural modern practice of monetary “tithing”.
You must seriously ask yourself this: How does the isolation of Malachi 3:8-10 render the rest of the book of Malachi obsolete?
Well, it doesn’t. You have to read the ENTIRE BOOK of Malachi for the proper context of chapter 3, verses 8-10. It is noteworthy to mention, that the majority of people who quote the Malachi chapter 3 verse to defend modern monetary “tithing”, never quote the whole book of Malachi in its proper context.
Neither do many pastors teach what the tithe truly was and the purpose of the tithe according to what Scripture says.
The tithe according to Scripture was always agricultural in nature, never monetary. This bears repeating… At NO POINT IN SCRIPTURE did the tithe consist of money.
Detailed study of Scripture reveals how the people of Yisrael partook of the tithe and ate amongst themselves as a feast, and they were partaking of this meal with YAHUAH. It is also never mentioned that the children of YIsrael tithed to the poor, nor is it mentioned that YAHUAH permitted the children of YIsrael to take the tithe and turn it in for money, “for themselves”, not for YAHUAH (Deuteronomy 14:24-26).
***This article was not written to convince you NOT to give – it isn’t about not giving; that is patently false. Giving is encouraged. This IS about the correct handling of the Word of YAHUAH, which should be everyone’s concern in the Body of Messiah.***
The intent with this article is to demonstrate that tithing is an entirely false and fabricated doctrine being taught to Christians today.
One of the first important keys to understanding the REAL Scriptural truth about tithing is knowing that there is a huge difference between tithing and giving.
Giving is free and is Spirit-led. Tithing was an old Covenant ordinance under the Law of Moses, which none of us living today were ever under.
Also key is knowing the difference in what is taught as tithing in churches today and what the Scriptures actually teaches on the subject. With study and prayer, you will find the two are diametrically opposed.
This is also NOT about the operational costs and expenses of a local church building. “How will the church run, how will the lights stay on if people don’t tithe?” This is one of many common examples of cognitive dissonance being activated when people are forced to confront the Scriptural reality of the tithing concept, and how it is not meant for the Christian Church.
Nor was it ever.
“In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time; performs an action that is contradictory to one or more beliefs, ideas, or values; or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.“ (www.wikipedia.com)
So, if you are reading this right now and you are feeling uneasy, nervous even; it’s a normal reaction. It means that you have been taught incorrectly regarding this topic of tithing.
Uneasiness is normal when something in which one has been indoctrinated is challenged. This is what cognitive dissonance does, but be encouraged because confusion is often the prelude to clarity.
This is one of the major “hot-button” issues in the Body of Messiah and can be very controversial, even divisive.
Remember this: YAHUAH DOES NOT contradict Himself.
Again, this is about the CORRECT HANDLING OF SCRIPTURE. You do not need a degree in divinity for that. You don’t need bible college, seminary or any special theological training, nor do you need a lofty religious title in front of your name. You just have to be able to read. The Bereans in the book of Acts (17:11) did not have divinity degrees or titles, but they searched the Scriptures diligently to see if what they were being taught was true. Refuse to be spoon-fed, conditioned, indoctrinated, even brainwashed into readily agreeing with anything people tell you. This includes pastors, even YOUR pastor. Search the Scriptures in context for yourself, through prayer, to verify what I am telling you here.
If YAHUAH’s hand is truly on what a local assembly is doing, if it is YAHUAH ordained, then it will prosper. Nothing will be able to stop it and it WILL NOT REQUIRE THE EISEGESIS (basically, willfully altering the context) OF YAHUAH’S WORD. It DOES however, require the same measure of faith that is used as a tool against the Saints to condition them into monetary tithing. Where is the faith of the tithe teachers then? Where is the faith that YAHUAH will move and bless the work of the Kingdom without church leaders having to misrepresent His Holy Word?
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for YAHUAH loveth a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
The bottom line: The book of Malachi is not addressing the Christian church, the Body of Messiah, the Ecclesia. Tithing was part of the Mosaic Law given to the people of YISRAEL- NOT the Church.
Tithing is not the will of YAHUAH for the New Covenant Believer.
This study was conducted in order to focus on modern tithe teaching pastors’ favorite “go-to” passage of Scripture that they use to “guilt-trip” saints into parting with their money – Malachi 3:8-10. Anytime you hear a preacher invoke Malachi 3:8-10, then you should perk up and pay close attention, because he is likely going to take it gravely out of context, not teaching it completely and Scripturally. I have seen it happen more than enough times to be able to confidently make that statement.
Understand that the entire letter of the tithing ordinance from YAHUAH is found in Numbers 18. Please study to show yourself approved.
Now let’s talk about the tithe, what it is and what it is not. Be willing to unlearn what you have previously, and likely erroneously been taught.
I will provide information and an in depth study on the matter below.
Let’s ask a few questions……. First of all, what does the word “tithe” mean? Tithe literally means tenth, or tenth part of.
WHAT IS THE “STOREHOUSE”?
What the storehouse is NOT, is the local church building. Thus, it is also not the bank accounts of pastors, ministers or church employees.
What WAS the storehouse? Well, the storehouse was just that – it was to store FOOD in storerooms within the temple in Jerusalem, to support the Levitical priests who had no inheritance (Deuteronomy 14:27) and whose ministry was essential to the people of YIsrael.
WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF THE STOREHOUSE?
The Levitical priests were in charge of the storehouse.
Carefully consider the following verses in Nehemiah 10:37-38 New Living Translation (NLT):
37 We will store the produce in the storerooms of the Temple of our ELOHIYM. We will bring the best of our flour and other grain offerings, the best of our fruit, and the best of our new wine and olive oil. And we promise to bring to the Levites a tenth of everything our land produces, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all our rural towns.
38 “A priest—a descendant of Aaron—will be with the Levites as they receive these tithes. And a tenth of all that is collected as tithes will be delivered by the Levites to the Temple of our ELOHIM and placed in the storerooms.”
Then, in Nehemiah chapter 13, the Levitical priests started to profane the priesthood and actually were robbing the storehouse and, by not giving the Levites their portion of the tithe, they kept it back for themselves.
Nehemiah 13: 1-13 helps to bring into very clear focus the events of the book of Malachi.
Now, let’s take a closer look at Malachi.
From the outset, it’s very important to understand who YAHUAH was talking to and why. When we do understand this, we can put things in proper perspective. So who was YAHUAH talking to? We find out in Malachi chapter 2 (emphasis mine):
1 “And now, O PRIESTS, THIS COMMANDMENT IS FOR YOU. 2 If you will not hear, And if you will not take it to heart, To give glory to My name,” Says YAHUAH of hosts, “I will send a curse upon you, And I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have cursed them already, Because you do not take it to heart. 3 “Behold, I will rebuke your descendants And spread refuse on your faces, The refuse of your solemn feasts; And one will take you away with it. 4 Then you shall know that I have sent this commandment to you, That My covenant with Levi may continue,” Says YAHUAH of hosts. 5 “My covenant was with him, one of life and peace, And I gave them to him that he might fear Me; So he feared Me And was reverent before My name. 6 The law of truth was in his mouth, And injustice was not found on his lips. He walked with Me in peace and equity, And turned many away from iniquity. 7 “For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, And people should seek the law from his mouth; For he is the messenger of YAHUAH of hosts. 8 But you have departed from the way; You have caused many to stumble at the law. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi,” Says YAHUAH of hosts.” (Malachi 2:1-8)
Now let’s go to Malachi chapter 3:
“And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers,
Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans,
And against those who turn away an alien— because they do not fear Me,”
Says YAHUAH of hosts.
“For I am YAHUAH, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” Says YAHUAH of hosts.
“But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?’”
(Malachi 3:5-7 NKJV)
Then YAHUAH goes on to say in verse 8: “Will a man rob YAHUAH?……..”
Consider the words of YAHUSHA here: “…Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” (Matthew 25:45)
WHO WERE “THE LEAST OF THESE”?
Well, let’s go up a couple of verses:
“42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they also will answer Him,[a] saying, ‘Master, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’” (Matthew 25:42-44 NKJV)
It echoes the righteous anger of YAHUAH in Malachi. Remember:
“And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the SORCERERS, and against the ADULTERERS, and against FALSE SWEARERS, and against THOSE THAT OPPRESS THE HIRELING IN HIS WAGES, THE WIDOW, and THE FATHERLESS, and that turn aside THE STRANGER from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 3:5 KJV)
The words of YAHUSHA end the chapter in Matthew 25 by saying, “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25:46)
The hirelings, for the sake of this discussion, are people who work jobs to provide for their families: wage earners. Notice in Malachi chapter 3 verse 5 YAHUAH says “…against THOSE THAT OPPRESS THE HIRELING IN HIS WAGES”
* Things should be coming into clearer view right now, something should be clicking…your “check engine” light should be flashing…you should be realizing that something is very wrong with the way you have been taught this tithing doctrine your entire church life. *
Question: In order to be oppressed, someone must be over you, right? Who was over and/or the ones in charge of the storehouse? Was it not the Levitical priests??
Curiously, modern preachers of the false monetary tithe like to consider themselves “the priests of the temple”, yet through manipulation of Scripture, they have no problem “oppressing the hireling in his wages”.
Remember in Malachi 2 verse 8 YAHUAH says (pay attention closely),
“…ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith YAHUAH of hosts.”
Now that we have established that YAHUAH was talking to the priests, let’s examine Malachi 3:8-12:
8 “Will a man rob YAHUAH? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says YAHUAH of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says YAHUAH of hosts; 12 “And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” Says YAHUAH of hosts.
“MEAT (FOOD) IN MINE HOUSE”
This should be self-explanatory at this point. It was never money according to Scripture. Not then, not now. We will continue to examine this further….
THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN
Rain. In Malachi, it was rain to water the CROPS – simple. It is not a magic portal that will open up to rain money, cars, houses and all types of material items; contingent upon you paying a legalistic 10% of your income.
The nation of Yisrael lived by their agriculture and depended upon the rain. YAHUAH’s blessing in relation to the tithe had to do with his provision of water; no rain and they would starve (Malachi 3:10). If they did not give YAHUAH their tithes which was part of the conditional blessing in the Mosaic covenant, YAHUAH would bring a curse upon them, the ground would not yield food because he would not allow it to rain. Tithing was Yisrael’s moral obligation in order for YAHUAH to bless the work of their hands.
The windows of heaven were also referred to in Genesis 7:11 at the beginning of the Flood (which was JUDGMENT):
“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.”
And again in Genesis 8:2: “The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained,” – in other words, the rain stopped. This is just like in Malachi, when YAHUAH withheld the rain from watering the crops – the true titheable item.
You should notice common themes in Scripture regarding the Scriptural tithe: land, ground, seed, fruit, fields, vines, livestock (the King James version refers to “meat” in Malachi 3 verse 10) and various produce. Fishermen (YAHUAH did not require fish), carpenters, blacksmiths, people that were not in agriculture were not required to tithe. NO ONE WHO WORKED TO EARN WAGES WAS REQUIRED TO TITHE IN SCRIPTURE. Look up ANY mention of tithing in the Scriptures – it was always consumable.
“POUR YOU OUT A BLESSING THAT THERE SHALL NOT BE ROOM ENOUGH TO RECEIVE IT”
“Pour”: Again referring to the rain that YAHUAH will release to water the fields. YAHUAH promises to bless our needs, not our greeds. People today tithe monetarily with their minds affixed on any number of material possessions “raining down from the windows of heaven”. This is a by-product of the pollution of the “prosperity gospel” in the institutional church. It has created a church full of people only concerned with what God can GIVE them. People tithe today because of covetousness. That’s actually the way it’s taught in the institutional church. “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you”, abusing and misapplying Luke 6:38. Luke 6:35 says “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.” The proper context is found by reading verses 27-38. In these verses, YAHUSHA is generally speaking on how to treat other people. But tithe teachers have turned it into an unscriptural discourse on paying 10% of your money to their churches.
Insects – locusts or other pests that would eat the CROPS, which again, was the true tithable item. Pay specific attention to Malachi 3:11 for context.
WHAT WAS THE SCRIPTURAL TITHE?
Leviticus 27:30 NKJV
“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is YAHUAH’s. It is holy to YAHUAH.
Leviticus 27:32 NKJV
“And concerning the tithe of the herd or the flock, of whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to YAHUAH.”
(See also Deuteronomy 14:22-25 and 2 Chronicles 31:5-6)
WHEN DID THE TITHE BECOME MONEY?
In short, the tithe was never monetary – EVER.
True Scriptural tithing requires Levites, a Levitical priesthood, a temple, and an agricultural sacrificial system DESPITE MONEY BEING WIDELY USED DURING THAT TIME (money is mentioned several times in Genesis).
Nowhere in Scripture was the tithe that YAHUAH considered holy ever money, yet this unscriptural tradition thrives. Leviticus 27:31 even lays out a PENALTY FOR THOSE THAT WISHED TO BUY BACK THEIR TITHE:
“If a man redeems any of his tithe, he must add a fifth of the value to it”. Think about that. YAHUAH didn’t require money then, He doesn’t require money now.
Now, to completely shut down the false argument that money was not in circulation in that time; and that they “only bartered and traded with produce, so that means we have to use money today to tithe” – see Deuteronomy 14:24:26 as it clearly illustrates that money was in use at that time, but was NOT considered the titheable commodity.
Don’t just believe me – search the Scriptures IN THEIR PROPER SCRIPTURAL CONTEXT and you will find this to be true.
Further, YAHUAH states in Deuteronomy 12:32 – “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.”
With that being said, who gave the go-ahead for the tithe to magically turn into a monetary requirement?
Tithes were reintroduced by the Roman Catholic Church, arrogantly and illegally usurping the authority and context of Scripture.
Tithes were mentioned in councils at Tours in 567 and at Mâcon in 585. They were formally recognized under Pope Adrian I in 787.
The Catholic Encyclopedia (1912 edition only) says, “In the beginning [provision] was supplied by the spontaneous support of the faithful. In the course of time, however, as the Church expanded and various institutions arose, it became necessary to make laws which would insure the proper and permanent support of the clergy. The payment of tithes was adopted from the Old Law, and early writers speak of it as a divine ordinance and an obligation of the conscience. The earliest positive legislation on the subject seems to be contained in the letter of the bishops assembled at Tours in 567 and the Canons of the Council of Macon in 585.”
(The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. XIV, 1912, s.v. “tithe.”)
If you are giving 10% of your income to an institutional church – you are doing just that – giving your money to a church. It is not considered a Scriptural tithe. It’s considered a tithe according to the standards of MEN, but it is not a true Scriptural tithe. Even Scriptural tithing is obsolete by way of the New Covenant.
These are some of the most common arguments that you will hear in support of tithing, and they are always based on Scripture taken out of context.
Abram’s Tithe to Melchizedek; or the “Tithing Was Before the Law” logical fallacy
Abram’s (Abraham) tithe to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:17-20) cannot logically be used as an example to establish what tithe teachers claim is an “eternal principle” for tithing simply because it predates the Mosaic Law.
Abram’s tithe was:
1. Not from his own wealth
2. From possessions captured in war (therefore not from his own increase, not from his property)
3. A one time voluntary act
4. Not for supporting the poor or Levites
5. Not a command from YAHUAH
Abram’s tithe to Melchizedek looks NOTHING like the tithe ordained by YAHUAH to the children of Yisrael, therefore we cannot use this example to establish principle. Extra-Scriptural study of that time/culture suggests that even pagans gave a mathematical tenth (tithe) to rulers/kings as was the custom of that time. Moreover, what Abraham tithed wasn’t even allowed to be tithed under the Mosaic law. YAHUAH gave specific instructions as to what His holy tithe was to be. War spoils were not tithes under the Mosaic law. Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek were from spoils of war. Because tithing was mentioned before the Law does not validate the practice for today.
Similarly, Jacob’s vow to give a tenth (Genesis 28: 20-22) cannot be used to establish principle for modern monetary tithing, as what he proposed to YAHUAH was CONDITIONAL.
Jacob wanted YAHUAH to move first, THEN he would give a tenth. Does that sound anything like the tithing ordinance in Numbers 18? Was that a command from YAHUAH? Was that to support the Levites and the priests at the temple? No.
Scripture does not support the tithe as being monetary, as being anything other than agriculture and livestock, nor as being for the Ecclesia. To even call it tithing is eisegesis, and suggests we are under the Law.
The tithe is only MENTIONED in the New Testament, and it only referred to how it was practiced under the Covenant. If it were principle, YAHUSHA and the Apostles would have taught it, but they did not.
Matthew 5:17-18 – Messiah Fulfills the Law
Proponents of tithing also use this Scripture to try to justify the practice by taking this Scripture out of context to mean that the Law was not destroyed. They take this to mean that the Law is still binding today. What they often fail to realize is plainly stated in the words of YAHUSHA The Messiah, yet they continue to fail to grasp context.
17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”
YAHUSHA FULFILLED the Law with His finished work at Calvary. That is important to understand.
Matthew 23:23 – YAHUSHA Rebukes the Pharisees
Another commonly misapplied verse of Scripture, that many tithe teaching pastors and tithe payers argue was a command for Christians to tithe, is Matthew 23:23:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”
In this passage, YAHUSHA was speaking to the Pharisees. The fact that YAHUSHA was the one speaking should be very revealing in and of itself. He was speaking to the Pharisees, which establishes two things:
1. YAHUSHA had not gone to the stake, so the Mosaic Law was still in effect.
2. The Pharisees, as Jews, were still under the old Covenant, and were required to tithe as under the law.
YAHUSHA was rebuking the Pharisees, who were so meticulously legalistic about the Law, that in their self-righteousness, they tithed the smallest bit of produce, but as YAHUSHA said, neglected the WEIGHTIER matters.
YAHUSHA said they ought to have tithed as they were still under the Law at that time, under the old Covenant. If YAHUSHA had told the Pharisees to break the Law, He would have been the false teacher they constantly tried to paint Him as, thus they would have succeeded in trapping Him in a lie as they relentlessly tried.
The fact remains that there is no longer a command to tithe, and the way it is taught and practiced today in modern churches is not according to Scripture.
(for more flawed attempts to refute the Scriptural truth about tithing, see “The Illogical (stupid) Things People Say To Defend Tithing” http://wp.me/p43Y62-3k)
IN OTHER WORDS, SALVATION IS FREE. You cannot pay for salvation. You cannot buy into it. The Kingdom of YAHUAH is not a ponzi scheme. YAHUAH is not an extortionist. You don’t OWE YAHUAH money.
DO NOT BE DECEIVED
“8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Messiah.” (Colossians 2:8 KJV)
Modern, monetary tithing, as it is taught in the institutional church, is a tradition of man, it is a philosophy of man.
Allow NO pastor to mentally, emotionally or spiritually browbeat you into tithing, regardless of HOW good he preaches or of how compelling his argument for tithing seems to sound. Some pastors will preach you into a state of ecstasy and teach you something unscriptural all at the same time if you are not Scripturally insightful. Tithe preachers come up with any number of clever ways to manipulate you into giving them your money – visual aids, demonstrations, twisting of Scripture, emotionalism, slick catch phrases, anything – EVEN TEACHING THE SCRIPTURAL, CONTEXTUAL TRUTH about tithing but calling it deceptive names like “tithing under grace”. The manipulation in that one is extremely subtle, but it is there. In any case, ***Manipulation is NOT the spirit of YAHUAH that these church leaders profess, it is actually akin to witchcraft*** They will even resort to pre-emptive damage control by telling you things like, “I’m not trying to take your money”, or “your money does not support me”…all the while taking a salary from the church, which is largely funded by donations from congregants. In other words, that is a LIE.
There are many pastors who know that the modern monetary tithe is a false teaching, yet they won’t tell the congregation, because they benefit greatly from the tithe money. Many of them operate in ignorance because that is what they were (incorrectly) taught. Still, others KNOW what they are doing and monetary gain is more important to them than rightly dividing the Word of YAHUAH.
It’s astonishing, really. Many of the leaders of this day are the ones actually robbing YAHUAH by robbing His people, yet these leaders manipulate YOUR mind into thinking that YOU are robbing YAHUAH by not tithing to THEIR church (in other words, their business, their building, business plan/model or “vision”), which is not a tithe but more like “dues”, similar to a Masonic Lodge. Tithes were never money, always food, fruit, crops, oil, wine, garden produce, livestock….
Further, as alluded to before, tithing IS NOT A CONDITION OF YOUR SALVATION. That is UNSCRIPTURAL, it is FALSE DOCTRINE. Run from anyone that is teaching this and mark such as a false teacher! To be saved, one needs only to believe the Gospel, the death, burial and resurrection of YAHUSHA HA’MOSHIACH for the remission of our sins. There is nothing else that you can do. No church can give you salvation. It is between you and YAHUAH!
Church leaders often preach about “not compartmentalizing God” or “putting God in a box”, but they do just that when they expect that YAHUAH can be “activated” by the works of the flesh, by going under the bondage through the legalistic tradition of modern, monetary “tithing”. We do the same thing when we believe them and follow that way of thinking.
Again, to reiterate: “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for YAHUAH loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Your giving is not based on a set percentage. Everyone, if so led, can support the work of their local assembly some way, with their serving, their money, the gifts or talents they have; ESPECIALLY IF THAT ASSEMBLY IS BUILT ON AND THRIVES ON CORRECT, SOUND SCRIPTURAL DOCTRINE, and NOT indoctrination.
“Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life” (1 Timothy 6:18-19).
Your giving is not mandated to go to a local church either. You are free to do so, but it is not mandated (though the tithe-teaching pastor would tell you differently). Consider giving directly to someone that you know is in immediate need. THIS IS WHAT TRULY HONORS YAHUAH. If you ignore someone’s need to give to a tithe teaching preacher first, consider that the money you gave will FIRST go to that church’s overhead expenses and salaries, and any other number of expenses BEFORE it goes to the needy. Surely you know someone struggling that would be immensely blessed by the money you plan to run to a church building with to “tithe”. There is a single mother in your congregation right now that needs your precious tithe money to feed her kids or to keep the lights on. There is a man in your church that has to pick between eating and putting gas in his car to get to work for the week just to make it to payday. These people may even be your family or friends. Help someone. You can do this and still give to your Assembly if it is on your heart. But you will NOT be dishonoring or robbing YAHUAH by “tithing” into someone’s life. That is not Scriptural.
I hope this study helps you and sets you free. PLEASE NOTE THAT I’M NOT SAYING DON’T GIVE OR TO STOP GIVING to your local Assembly. What I am saying is that YAHUAH is against THIS type of giving: Out of fear of being cursed due to overt compulsion, browbeating and spiritual abuse, or subtle passive-aggressive compulsion – when anyone’s story of any measure of blessing in their life is automatically attributed to them having paid monetary tithes. Out of demanding a set percentage. Out of blatant manipulation, twisting and isolation of only certain passages of Scripture to fit man-made ideas and doctrine (proof-texting and eisegesis). It is from THIS type of bondage that you are set free.
**YAHUAH is not into compulsory giving, for that becomes works-based religion, which sucks the life out of one’s spirit.**
I have known people that tithed under compulsion from religious leaders but were sitting in the dark, or even on the verge of losing their home. I have known people that tithed faithfully and still struggled. I have known people that did NOT “tithe” and were blessed because of their Spirit-led free-will giving and generosity.
It is way past time for “tithe” teaching preachers to be intellectually and Scripturally honest on this subject, for the entirety of YAHUAH’s Word is the truth (Psalm 119:160), not just those proof-texted Scriptures that fit man’s selfish doctrines and traditions. The bottom line: the tithe does not exist today for the Christian Church under the new Covenant, and this is verified by Scripture.
Below are links to in-depth studies on the topic of the tithe and I pray that they are, along with this writing, received in love. I pray that they will help you in your research. I could post many links on the subject of tithing, but none of them will make sense if you don’t study the subject in its true and complete context in Scripture. I have listened to, read and studied many arguments against tithing, as well as many arguments FOR tithing. The arguments FOR modern, monetary “tithing” are all long on catchy phrases, personal opinion and isolated Scriptures, yet short on true SCRIPTURAL exegesis. Prayerfully study the Word for yourselves. Make a decision today to be the good ground that YAHUSHA spoke of in Luke 8:15, a fruitful believer in the Scriptural and contextual truth of YAHUAH’s Word, which is the seed.
May the Grace and Peace of MOSHIACH YAHUSHA rest upon you at all times. Amein.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto YAH, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
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