TITHING IS NOT MONEY
By Edwin & Sophia Christiaan | March 1, 2021 | www.instituteoflove.net
“God wants you to be blessed,” they thunder from the pulpit! With the promise of God’s blessings upon your life, preachers and pastors have fooled churchgoers for decades into believing that this can only be achieved through tithing! But it doesn’t stop there. They are told, that if they do not give the church ten percent of their monetary income each month, they will be robbing God Himself from what He is duly owed!
What if I told you, that this is far from the truth? What if I told you, that I can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is in fact a false, evil doctrine? In reality, nothing less than a giant universal scam!
For decades, the Church has perpetuated this lie in order to control people and get hold of their money – and quite effectively so! Yet, in their desperation to “get their bills paid” (so they say), and/or in their greedy desire for riches and luxury, countless lives have been destroyed by pastors, who are pressuring their congregants to pay their tithes or face being “cursed with a curse.” People end up giving money they don’t have, and in doing so, causing themselves and their families to suffer greatly. Instead of being blessed, they are living in outright poverty! Despite their obvious lack of funds, they are told to stay “current” with their tithes – making sure to pay double if they have “skipped” a month! This kind of pressure easily drives a wedge between spouses who disagree on how to manage their finances. Nevertheless, the tithing obligation overrules everything, because God requires His “First Fruits” no matter what!
Tithing brings a lot of politics in the church. Many times, the “big tithers,” sit at the best front seats and occupy leadership positions they do not even have the gift or the calling for. The pastor keeps them engaged and involved, because of their tithe money. Unfortunately, many of the sheep are getting hurt and wounded by these so-called well-to-do leaders.
Don’t think you can escape the indoctrination coming from the pulpit, as they meticulously brainwash you with repetitive quoting of scriptures from the Old Testament book of Malachi chapter 3.
Still, the incredible point about tithing has gone lost on the Church: Tithing was NEVER about money!
LET’S GO OVER THE TITHERS IN THE BIBLE, ONE BY ONE!
There were 3 people or groups of people in the Bible who tithed. All these people had money – and some lots of it – and yet they did not tithe one cent of it!
NUMBER ONE: ABRAHAM
Let’s start with Abraham, who only tithed ONCE in his entire life to a king. That one time, he did not tithe from his wealth or normal income, but of the spoils he took from his enemies.
“After Abram returned from his victory over Kedorlaomer and all his allies, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High, brought Abram some bread and wine. Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing: “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you.” Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.” Genesis 14:17-20 NLT – IT WAS NOT MONEY!
“This Melchizedek was king of the city of Salem and also a priest of God Most High. When Abraham was returning home after winning a great battle against the kings, Melchizedek met him and blessed him. Then Abraham took a tenth of all he had captured in battle and gave it to Melchizedek.” Hebrews 7:1-2 NLT – NOT MONEY!
“Consider then how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, recognized this by giving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle. Now the law of Moses required that the priests, who are descendants of Levi, must collect a tithe from the rest of the people of Israel, who are also descendants of Abraham.” Hebrews 7:4-5 NLT – NOT MONEY!
NUMBER TWO: THE ISRAELITES
Next would be the Israelites living under the Old Testament law of Moses, who had agricultural products and livestock. These were farmers and ranchers, who were commanded to bring the 10th portion of their crops and livestock ONCE A YEAR to the Levites.
“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.” Leviticus 27:30 NKJV – IT WAS NOT MONEY!
“You must set aside a tithe of your crops — one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year.” Deuteronomy 14:22 NLT – IT WAS NEVER MONEY!
“Give it to the Levites, who have no inheritance among you, as well as to the foreigners living among you, the orphans, and the widows in your towns, so they can eat and be satisfied. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all your work.” Deuteronomy 14:28-29 NLT – CAN YOU EAT MONEY?
“Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’ “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Malachi 3:8-12 NLT – IT WAS NEVER MONEY!
NUMBER THREE: THE PHARISEES
Then, there were the Pharisees, who were also living under the Old Testament law of Moses. Jesus rebuked them, saying,
“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. Blind guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat, but you swallow a camel!” Matthew 23:23-24 NLT – HERB GARDENS ARE NOT MONEY!
As you can see, tithing was NEVER ABOUT MONEY and never meant for the New Covenant Church to practice!
In Proverbs 3, we find another popular verse a lot of pastors love to use to pressure the church members to give them their tithes. This scripture was meant for the Israelite farmers under the Old Testament Law of Moses:
“Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10 NKJV
Using a scripture like this in our time today is not only ridiculously ignorant of the Bible, but also a blatant lie! The Apostle Peter explained it this way,
“In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.” 2. Peter 2:3 NLT
Know this: Pastors have no business knowing how much you make and to tell how much you should give. Their responsibility is to trust in God for whatever comes into the offering bucket.
It clearly says in the Bible that pastors should care for the flock, not for what they can get out of it!
“Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.” 1. Peter 5:2-3 NLT
TITHING FOR A NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVER IS DANGEROUS
Why would it be dangerous to tithe? Well, consider this: Whenever a pastor uses Malachi chapter 3 to tell you that you must tithe in order to not rob God and be cursed, he or she is in reality putting you under the CURSE of the Law of Moses. The Bible warns us clearly that,
“Anyone who tries to please God by obeying the Law is under a curse. No one can please God by obeying the Law. The Scriptures also say, “The people God accepts because of their faith will live.” Galatians 3:10a, 11 CEV
The Old Testament Law of Tithing – which is not money – was never meant for the New Testament church, because when Jesus Christ died on the cross, He ended the system of law with its commandments and regulations! See Ephesians 2:15.
That is why the apostle Paul writes,
“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” Galatians 5:1 NLT
HOW TO GIVE ACCORDING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
Under the New Covenant, the Bible gives clear instructions on giving to the born-again believers, when it says:
“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give in response to pressure.” 2. Corinthians 9:7a – IT DOES NOT SAY TITHING!
“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.” And, “Your giving should not make life easy for others and hard for yourselves.” 2. Corinthians 8:11b,12,13b. – IT DOES NOT SAY TITHING!
On the first day of each week, you should each lay aside some of the money you have earned (see 1. Corinthians 16:2). – IT DOES NOT SAY TO TITHE!
But God blesses those who cheerfully give whatever they are being led to give! He generously provides all what they need, and they will always have everything they need and plenty left over to share with others (see 2. Corinthians 9:7-8)! – IT DOES NOT TELL YOU TO TITHE!
“Elders who do their work well should be paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “Do not keep an ox from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, Those who work deserve their pay!” 1. Timothy 5:17-18 NLT – IT DOES NOT SAY TO GIVE THEM YOUR TITHE!
“Those who are taught the word of God should help their teachers by paying them. “
Galatians 6:6 NLT – IT DOES NOT SAY TO PAY THEM TITHES!
TEACHING TO THE RICH
“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. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.” 1. Timothy 6:17-19 NLT – THE APOSTLE DID NOT TEACH THE RICH TO TITHE!
THE EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST CHURCH IN THE BOOK OF ACTS
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47 NLT – THERE WAS NO TITHING INVOLVED IN THE CHURCH!
“All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.” Acts 4:32-35 NLT – NOBODY WAS TITHING! THEY WERE CARING AND SHARING!
CONCLUSION: THE BIBLE IS WARNING US!
“Be on guard so that you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2. Peter 3:17-18 NLT
Therefore, do not allow a pastor to tell you how much money you should give to his/her church, whether it is 10% of your gross income or any other amount.
Don’t let any pastor tell you that you are robbing God if you don’t tithe.
If a pastor tells you that 10% of your gross income belongs to God, do not listen to him!
Do not allow any pastor to tell you that there is a bottom or minimum to where you can start giving your money to his/her church. That is nothing but a crafty way to say to you that you have to consider your tithe to be just the beginning of your giving.
Don’t allow any pastor to tell you to disclose your finances.
Don’t let pastors tell you that Jesus did not come to abolish the Law, as a twisting of words to make you think the Laws are still to be kept today. (See Matthew 5:17) The Apostle Paul, who once himself lived under the Law of Moses, clearly said, “I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.” Galatians 2:21 NLT
STOP TITHING! You are being cursed and scammed! It’s a lie! Tithing is NOT MONEY! NEVER HAS BEEN! IT WAS NEVER MEANT FOR YOU, THE NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVER!!! It is a false doctrine!