By Edwin Christiaan, March 17, 2021
Pastors are using the Old Testament Law of Moses – meant for the Israelites – quoting the book of Malachi chapter 3 verses 8 to12 to obligate, pressure, and guilt trip churchgoing believers to pay tithes. If they don’t give a tithe – 10 percent – of their monetary income to the church, they will be “robbing God” and “get cursed.”
Interestingly however, the apostle Paul, who knew everything about keeping the Law of Moses – including tithing – wrote this about himself in the Bible,
“I am a true Hebrew. As a Pharisee, I strictly obeyed the Law of Moses. And I was so eager that I even made trouble for the church. I did everything the Law demands in order to please God. But Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is worthless.” Philippians 3:5-7 CEV
So, the apostle Paul, who was completely set free from the bondage of the Law, is NOT teaching the New Testament believers to pay tithes – which, by the way, was never about money to begin with! Not once did Paul teach to give 10 percent of your money income to take care of the church! Instead, he instructs believers as follows,
“On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money you have earned.” 1. Corinthians 16:2 NLT
“Give in proportion to what you have. Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal.” 2. Corinthians 8:11-14 NLT
“Each of you must make up your own mind about how much to give. But don’t feel sorry that you must give and don’t feel that you are forced to give.” 2. Corinthians 9:7 CEV
“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.” 1. Timothy 6:17-18 NLT
Again, not one time did Paul or any of the other disciples of Jesus Christ teach tithing!
So, who is a false teacher and a liar? The apostle Paul, or the pastor?