The Abuse of Tithing in the Church System
Every religious man-made construct called “church” must have the obligatory tithe to survive; otherwise, the whole system would go bankrupt. Out of love for mammon the clergy will quote this following verse in support of the tithe.
WILL MAN ROB GOD? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. – Malachi 3:8
BRING THE FULL TITHE into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. – Malachi 3:10
These verses are used as the main solicitation to bilk and empty the purses and wallets of the religious gullible masses to tithe tax deductible monies in support of their 501(c)3 businesses called “church.” They are told that this is their moral duty and a form of “worship” to God. To deny tithing would be to breach their covenant with God being deemed an unruly and rebellious denominational church member.
After all, “God loves a cheerful giver, it is our moral duty.”
The sad truth is that anyone who has been indoctrinated into tithing has been spoon fed their beliefs, rather than searching out the truth for themselves with the help of the Holy Spirit.
It should be common knowledge that the ceremonial law has been made obsolete, but church clergy are able to dupe the masses because they still conform to the obsolete physical temple system called “church,” rather than a spiritual one.
Just accept and obey whatever they say, right?
The common church template of “worship” consists of a time of offering with the admonition to give to God what is His. Often, one of the clergy will come up and blur the lines between our moral tithing duty and our personal charity, as either way is acceptable as long as money is flowing during the passing of the plates.
The irony in all of this is that both tithes and charity are not acceptable, or legitimate forms of “giving” before Yahweh in what is the religious system called “church.”
The sad fact is what is called our “moral duty” is the acceptance of greed to keep the gravy train of what is called the “gospel” rolling today.
The man-made organized denominational church system must demand that Malachi 3:8 and 3:10 are applicable, as it is their only means of survival. Tithing is deemed as God’s financial plan for His people. This is part of the great deception and lie of believing that these false assumptions are true.
The purpose of this article will uncover the origins of the tithe, how it originated, the legal reasons for why it started and the reason for why the tithe has been eliminated through the finished work of Yahshua. Also, an examination of the ekklesia structured by Yahweh through Yahshua will reveal an incompatibility of the tithing system with the true followers of Christ today. Lastly, the instance of tithing will be covered that preceded the ceremonial law.
What many fail to realize is that the practice of tithing has an effect on people, the Gospel and the finished work of Yahshua. The traditions of man have superseded the truth of Scripture. Sadly, many today have bought into the sale of religious indulgences of religious authorities who have usurped the headship of Yahshua to propagate their own special interests as being the “law of God.”
The Foundation for the Institution of the Tithe
After the Israelites escaped Egypt, Yahweh through Moses ordained his brother Aaron, a Levite and his male descendants to become priests before God. These priests would have obligations attending to the duties of the tabernacle and the altar. They would offer sacrifices upon the altar as mediators between the people of Israel and God.
To assist the priests, Yahweh segregated a class of religious workers who would receive compensation for their duties as they received and processed the first fruits of the harvests, the first-born sons and animals, and the receiving of the sacrificial offerings to be put upon the altar. These priests would receive no inheritance from the land, or from the nation of Israel because Yahweh said that He would be their portion.
Yahweh said to Aaron, "You shall have no inheritance in their land, neither shall you have any portion among them. I AM YOUR PORTION AND YOUR INHERITANCE among the children of Israel. – Numbers 18:20
Since Yahweh delivered Israel from the plague on each firstborn in Egypt, He required that each firstborn son of each family be dedicated to serve as priests to the people of Israel.
Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, ”BEHOLD, I HAVE TAKEN THE LEVITES FROM AMONG THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL instead of all the firstborn who open the womb among the children of Israel; and the Levites shall be mine: for all the firstborn are mine. On the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I made holy to me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and animal. They shall be mine. I am Yahweh." – Numbers 3:11-13
Instead of taking each first born from the tribes evenly, Yahweh set the tribe of Levi apart as priests. In this exchange, a census was required to give an accounting of all the firstborn of Israel, and all of the men of the tribe of Levi. When all was added up, the difference was accounted for. The Levites were set apart from the other eleven tribes of Israel and from the normal means of making a living and obtaining sustenance.
The nation of Israel consisted of twelve tribes with a three tier hierarchical system that reflected their access to God. On top were the Levitical priests who were a subset of the nation of Israel. Next, were the descendants of Aaron (the first High Priest) who were set apart as priests, or religious workers. Last, were the peoples of Israel.
The presence of God was relative to their proximity and service to Him. Within the sanctuary surrounded by a veil resided the Ark of the Covenant were Yahweh’s presence dwelt. Any unauthorized access meant certain death. For this reason, the people relied on the priests to access Yahweh on their behalf. The priesthood alone could only have access to enter the sanctuary at appointed times to petition to Him on their behalf.
Henceforth the children of Israel shall not come near the Tent of Meeting, LEST THEY BEAR SIN, AND DIE. – Numbers 18:22
The Institution of Tithing
The testament of Scripture reveals that the priest received all the things devoted to Yahweh. From the contributions from the other eleven tribes, the Levites received their provisions from the produce of the land.
To the children of Levi, behold, I have given ALL THE TITHE in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they serve, even the service of the Tent of Meeting. – Numbers 18:21
The institution of tithing mirrors a three-fold hierarchical structure.
- Only the Levites were permitted to enter into the tabernacle.
- Only the priests were permitted to enter the sanctuary.
- All those who were not a Levite contributed a tithe of all they had recognizing their service.
We should see that those who had less access to God contributed more to those who had more access. This structure of the tithe was utterly dependent on hierarchy because the tithe necessitated a Levitical priesthood. Without the priesthood, the tithe would be non-existent.
The Principles of the Tithe
Principle 1 – Numbers 18:21-22
The institution of the tithe was dependent upon a priesthood of people performing unique services that the rest of Yahweh’s people could not perform because of the penalty of death. The tithe and the Levitical priesthood as a segregated class cannot have one without the other.
Principle 2 – Numbers 18:23-24
The institution of the tithe was a means of support on the part of the priest and Levites because they had no inheritance of the land, or means of sustenance.
The institution of the tithe must presume a physical sanctuary that includes a holy of holies where only designated people could enter. Without it’s existence, the priests, Levites and the tithe would not exist. Everything else was dependent upon it.
Tithing rests on a segregated class of people, otherwise the obligation fails. When you take away the physical tabernacle, the tithe cannot exist anymore.
Tithing does not Apply to the Ekklesia of Christ
It should be evident that the ceremonial laws do not apply to those among the ekklesia today. Unfortunately, this fact is completely ignored within the man-made church system. Many are not prepared to accept this, as they cannot make the distinctions between the ceremonial laws (the law of the priesthood), judicial laws (government) and Yahweh’s eternal laws.
Some of the laws are by covenant and others exceed the bounds of covenant, as they are eternal and apply to everyone. This means that although God’s eternal laws were included as part of a covenant, it doesn’t make His moral laws more binding without a covenant. Yahweh's natural laws are bound to everyone as He has been consistent with Himself from the beginning of His creation. The ceremonial laws of Moses applied specifically to the Jewish people.
For what great nation is there, that has a god so near to them, as Yahweh our God is whenever we call on him? What great nation is there, that has STATUTES AND ORDINANCES so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? – Deuteronomy 4:7
He shows his word to Jacob; HIS STATUTES AND HIS ORDINANCES TO ISRAEL. He has not done this for just any nation. They don't know his ordinances. Praise Yah! – Psalm 47:19-20
An ordinance is not binding on those to whom it is not been given. Tithing that fell under the ceremonial law has been abolished through Yahshua. To say that it applies today would mean that the means of redemption through a Levitical priesthood still applies, thus nullifying the finished work of Christ. To put into practice the means of salvation did not change through the Yahshua Messiah would mean that mediation through a priest class still applies today. This is antichrist.
The Levitical Priesthood has been Abolished
Yahshua our Messiah eliminated the need to support religious mediators to work on our behalf to access God. Yahshua is now our High Priest and all direct access to Yahweh is solely through the man Yahshua who is the ONLY mediator between God and men. The Aaronic priesthood was temporary; the priesthood of Christ is permanent.
Having been made perfect, he became to all of those who obey him the author of eternal salvation, named by God a HIGH PRIEST after the order of Melchizedek. – Hebrews 5:9-10
Among the Israelite people the presence of Yahweh was confined behind a veil in a physical sanctuary. Access to God was through a structured hierarchy of intermediaries. Today, all those among the ekklesia have equal access to Yahweh through Yahshua. There is no worker class segregation among the followers of Christ. Those who attempt to have their tithe portion as a priesthood class upon the altar of the new covenant in Christ are in violation and in rebellion against our Father in heaven. These are the workers of iniquity who believe there is a carry over of the ceremonial ordinances from the old covenant into the new.
The ekklesia shares equally in the inheritance of eternal life, but with the Israelite it was dependent upon their genealogy. The Levites and priests were a minority class, whereas all those in Christ are a priesthood with the promise of being part of a Kingdom of royal priests.
You also, as living stones, are built up as a SPIRITUAL HOUSE, to be a HOLY PRIESTHOOD, to offer up SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:5
To serve the false tabernacle and altar called “church” with their hierarchical priesthood of clergy is antichrist. All those who partake in the replicating of an abolished system will not have their portion on the altar of the new covenant in Christ. Yahshua completely destroyed the pillars that the ceremonial tithe rests upon, which are the support for a priest class, or entitled religious workers among the people of God, the physical temple and its altar. The unequal “inheritance” of the clergy class, or the salaried-to-serve in the denominational church system is simply antichrist.
The priesthood of Yahshua Messiah is perfect and permanent making it impossible for any other human to be authorized by God to be needed as an intermediary. Those in the church system that claim that there is a necessity for the tithe are liars, as that would call for the re-introduction of the physical tabernacle system.
Is it becoming clearer yet?
The apostasy of a reintroduction of a temple, or tabernacle with the support of a tithe for a priest-class of religious workers who are intermediaries between the people and God is called “church” today. The vain “worship” of these people are null.
To the contrary, in the absence of a priest like class of people without a physical temple/tabernacle completely nullifies the tithe, allowing all those who are EQUALLY a royal priesthood in Christ to have EQUAL access to God and His blessings.
The Tithe of Abraham
Some will insist that the tithe is still valid today because it preceded the Mosaic covenant because Abraham tithed to Yahweh’s high priest; therefore, they believe the obligation still stands today. Many fail to see that his tithe was merely a one-time event recorded in Scripture. There was no legislative significance adhering to a certain commandment of God; therefore, to construe his tithe to be commanded of all his spiritual descendants is farfetched.
The legislation of Yahweh can be found in several references in Scripture, but there was no general rule of conduct mandated by God, but rather in the case of Abraham it was an individual act suited to the circumstances of that time. Singular acts done by men in Scripture cannot be cherry-picked and deemed as rule of law in the status of legislative capacity based on an inference.
All the instances of a tithe that were given to God were via a priesthood. Abraham paid his tithe to a Melchizedek priest of God. There is no example in Scripture of giving a tithe directly to Yahweh Himself, but had to be someone physically tangible.
Today, there is no earthly priesthood that applies; therefore, there can be no earthly institution of tithing.
The application of the tithe does not apply to the ekklesia of Christ. The abolished law of the tithe were part of the Mosaic covenant.
The Model of the Ekklesia
Yahshua Messiah is the one who governs the contributions of the ekklesia that consist of love, or charity to the “least of these.” In the parable of the sheep and the goats (Matthew 25:31-46) Yahshua stated that the inheritance and divine blessing of the Kingdom comes from giving to those who are in need. This is essentially the same as giving to Yahshua our High Priest that qualifies as sacrifices that are pleasing and acceptable to God.
The universal priesthood of all believers means that anyone can receive charity, as no one member is more necessary than the other. Giving to those who lack is a Kingdom principle so that we all may share equally. The legislation of prescribed amounts through a salaried clergy class creates division, not equality. All may give and all may receive.
That there should be NO DIVISION in the body, but that the members should have the SAME CARE for one another. When one member suffers, all the members suffer with it. Or when one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. – 1 Corinthians 5:25-26
The concept of the ekklesia that Yahshua is building is the epitome of abolishment of the old covenant. The true followers of Christ have absolutely no need to establish special organizations, denominations, or individuals to be their mediators. Yahshua Messiah is our portion where we all can receive and have equal access to Kingdom resources. There are not different classes of givers and receivers because we are all entitled to partake of the present and the future inheritance of the Kingdom.
Yahshua came that we might all share equally in eternal life and all have equal opportunity in taking earthly dominion with him.
There is no one among the ekklesia of Christ that is precluded from making their own living. The Gospel is not an ambitious salaried vocation, as many seem to believe, but each should work with their owns hands as there is no evidence of collecting a tithe, or contributions for a salaried priest class. No one is precluded from making their own living, as the example of Paul who did not make a living off the backs of the people.
And that you make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, and to do your own business, and to WORK WITH YOUR OWN HANDS, even as we instructed you – 1 Thessalonians 4:11
The contributions that are attested among the early ekklesia were voluntary under no obligation. They were not made on behalf of a salaried minister, or clergy class. There is no indication that money was given based on somebody’s own special ministry, vocation, service, calling, charitable organization, or position as a preferred recipient.
Tithing Undermines the Gospel
If you walk into any church today, they practice tithing. When you tell them that tithing has been abolished, they will then say they mean, “giving.” This is a straight out lie because of their obvious actions and obligations to their man-made doctrines where there is a never-ending solicitation for money. They know a good attending tither gets special status, perks and discounts.
The fact is that the physical building called church undermines the Gospel because the physical sanctuary has been abolished along with the priesthood of religious workers who require a portion, and thus require a mandated collection system to support it.
When you commonly hear the preaching on tithing, remember what is needed to support it. It requires going back to the Mosaic laws exposing the greedy bogus doctrines of the man-made church institutions.
The testament of Yahshua reveals that he terminated the Levitical priesthood and brought in a different purpose and structure to all who would believe and follow him. The ceremonial laws have been replaced with spiritual sacrifices of charity, love, good works, praise and sharing. The new class of religious workers of the Kingdom are ALL part of the ekklesia of Christ without division. There are no human mediators on earth between God and men, ONLY the man Yahshua Messiah who is our High Priest in heaven. The ekklesia all have equal access and privileges.
When religious people groups preach and practice what Yahshua did away with, it undermines his finished work. A physical sanctuary with a human priesthood class that segregates clergy from laity in a centralized religion within a denominational named building called “church” is an attempt to resurrect something that has been dead a long time ago.
Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God’s gospel to you FREE OF CHARGE? I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you. And when I was with you and was in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my need. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way.
As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! And what I am doing I will continue to do, IN ORDER TO UNDERMINE THE CLAIM OF THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO CLAIM THAT IN THEIR BOASTED MISSION THEY WORK ON THE SAME TERMS AS WE DO. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. – 2 Corinthians 11:7-13
The Tithe was always Slated for Abolishment
In the Old Testament the tithe was an important part of Yahweh’s covenant with Israel to compensate the priesthood for their care for tabernacle and sanctuary as mediators of the people.
In the New Testament, Yahshua’s death and resurrection meant the removal of the sanctuary and the priesthood making the tithe useless.
To observe the tithe denies what Yahshua finished and the changes he made in the new covenant. To attempt to maintain the existence of the the ceremonial laws with the temple, priesthood and separate hierarchical classes creates division. The result is the futile attempt to support the work of the Gospel while undermining it at the same time. This is obviously impossible. Yahshua had something to say about the institutionalized church system.
“EVERY KINGDOM DIVIDED against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. – Matthew 12:25
The ordinances of the old covenant and new covenant are incompatible.
What you may find interesting is that the tithe never applied to money, or things made of minerals, such as gold and silver, but plants and animals. The concept of the tithe was based on the increase that came from Yahweh, not income that comes from man. It was only the things that God gave them that were covered by the tithe; it was not anything that was manufactured by man.
Then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its INCREASE, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. – Leviticus 26:4
He will love you, bless you, and multiply you. He will also bless the fruit of your WOMB and the FRUIT of your ground, your GRAIN and your WINE and your OIL, the increase of your HERDS and the young of your FLOCK, in the LAND that he swore to your fathers to give you. – Leviticus 7:13
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