When the truth smacks people in the face, the response sometimes comes in the form of obfuscation. That’s the case with monetary tithing. For a lot of people in the religious community who stand by the docrtine of monetary tithing, many of them don’t realize they are behaving like peasants. What do I mean by that? Well, the literal informal meaning defines a peasants “as an ignorant rude, or unsophisticated person; a person of low social status.” When it comes to tithing, many people go on the defensive and sometimes to the extreme to defend the monetary tithe doctrine that has no biblical support. At one time in history, the Bible was was entirely latin and during that time, the farming peasant community could not read so they had to depend on the religious elites to translate the words of the Bible, which made peasants vulnerable to whims of any transliteration or interpretation put forth by the religious leaders. Today, most people don’t really study tithing in its purest sense. That’s why preachers can interpret the tithe as money and the peasant congregation just accepts the interpretation because they believe what the preacher tells them even when the evidence suggests otherwise. Though the monetary tithe was created out of context in the back rooms of religious leaders centuries ago. They also had a plan to ensure tithing would exist in future ages and they way that happened was to convince people they would be cursed if they didn’t tithe and to convince people of boutiful blessings if they faithfully tithed using Malachi chapter 3, which was redefined for the masses of christian peasants. The whole monetary tithe ponzi plan was based on financial interests and had nothing to do with the Bible.
One of the hardest things to do is to help people think outside of their religious dogmas when they are so endoctrinated to what they really believe is in the Bible. I find that frustrating when you think the goal of all Bible believers should be scriptural integrity, interpretation, hermanuetics and exegesis. However, scriptural authenticity oftens gets sacrifced on the alters of dogmatic eisegetical theology in the interest of mantaining the financial monetary tithe system God never endorsed. To maintain such a system, a certain amout of biblical ignorance must be preeminent, and being a scriptural peasant allows the monetary tithe system to continue unabated with its excesses and indulges running amuk. Even today we have created an aristocracy in Christanity with mega millionaire preachers and teachers of the Bible with mega churches and mega personal assets. Their are no shortages of haves-and-have-nots in the Church. Just a couple days ago, I tried to purchase a book trailer video from a vendor who was obviously a believer. He refuned my purchase saying, “Due to my spiritual beliefs, I am unable to do your video book trailer. I have refunded your purchase. God Bless.” The only way he could refuse my purchase was that my book, Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway went against his beliefs about tithing. Now I know he did not read my book, but made a judgement call without ever knowing what was written in the book. As a business owner, he had a right to deny my purchase, but I think he did so based on a mis-interpretation of scripture. If I met him personally, I would say, “Did you reject my request based on true spiritual beliefs or did you reject my purchase based on non-bibical ideological censorship? If you are truly interested in theology, interpretation and research, you must never hesitate to question your beliefs. Your faith will be strengthened from investigating your beliefs. Whe you find something uncertain about your belief system, the best way to find aswers is to undertake research and study. This is how you will come to know the truth. Do not deny yourself the opportunity to learn further and strengthen your faith.”
I addresed the subject of tithing in my lastest video titled, Actually Tithing is Not in the Bible. The video talks about what people believe is in the Bible and share what the Bible says especially tithing. Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway is an ebook from Amazon and in PDF, iPad and Kindle from Book Baby.
Tithing money is not in the Bible and especially in the New Testament because giving is not a tithe for these reasons.
When I wrote my book, I set out to explain some of the passages and the logic behind some of the text in book bubbles. Many of the book bubbles share book excerpts and my thoughts about why I wrote the text or how the research affected me. My first book bubble, The Fight Continues deals with the views that churches have about tithing. And even though I published a book, teaching and sharing the truth about tithing has been a centuries-old fight. What has been difficult about tithing is learning that everyone has their own personal meaning what the term mean, so in my second book bubbles, Understanding Tithing Starts With a Definition explains the meaning of the term tithing to set the foundation so people won’t go off the rails on unfounded definitions. You have to establish and empirical definition before you can start talking about a subject and what it means. For me reasearch is important in getting to the bottom line of a subject, so my third book bubble, Research Brings Truth explains how I went about peeling back the layers of existing tithe doctrines in Christian theological circles. For many in the church, the argument has been that tithing existed before the law and that somehow justifies commuting the biblical food tithe to monetary tithing so that got me thinking about my forth book bubble, The Law Does Not Teach Money Tithing, which explains what the law actually taught about tithing and frankly the law did not say a utter a word about tithing income from a paycheck. One of the argument you will likely hear from the pulpit is that that Bible requires a tithe on the increase. Now on face value that is true, but what is the increase and how does the Bible define increase? That lead to my fifth book bubble, Tithing on Increase, which explains what the word means in context of scripture and not financial considerations of our current economic system. In the Bible the word increase has a different meaning and is confined to the economic system of that time. Tithing and giving have been conflated, redefined, taken out of context so much so that true giving is lost becuase of the confusion. In my sixth, book bubble, What Does True Giving Look Like? I try to explain biblical practice of freewill giving over the erroneous practice of monetary tithing which is not on the pages of the Bible. Many assume monetary tithing has always been the case, but in my seventh book bubble, Arguments Against Tithing Has a Long History, I share historical examples of people speaking out against the unlawful tampering of scripture to justify collecting money as a tithe. Long before many of us were born, many before us stood against the monetary tithe and paid the price with their lives. The debate has been whether the tithe is money or food, so to address that issue, my eighth book bubble, Monetary Tithing or Edible Tithing, Which One? puts to rest what the tithe is by sharing insight from the Jewish historian Josephus. Often when a financial system is threatened by exposing it fautly underpinnings, in this case church titing, there are no lengths the church will not go to make sure the status remain in tack. This lead me to write my ninth book bubble, The Church and its Money Grab Tactics to expose the different methods churches employ to collect ten percent of peoples paychecks. You would think that in scripture, one would be able to find a definitive postion on monetary tithing, and though we give Apostle Paut credit for penning much of the New Testament, my tenth book bubble, Paul Never Taught Believer to Tithe Money examines what Pau’s giving position was and how he viewed support gospel preachers. And guess what ladies and gentlemen, it was not tithing. Any time you have a conversation with a person who believes in tithing is to ask them to show you where Jesus paid monetary tithes. The first thing that will hit the person is cognitive dissonance because they won’t be able to find on verse to support their position. That is why my eleventh book bubble, Jesus and His Ministry Never Received Tithes talks about how the Messiah and the deciples received support and why Jesus could not pay or receive tithes. At some point in digging up the truth about monetary tithing after years of research, you have to conclude that as I did that tithing is not required, and that’s what my tweleveth book bubble, Official Orthodox Biblical Tithing Has Passed Away closes the book on the differences between tithing and giving by allowing context to define the tithe centuris ago and now as edible items (crops, livestock, grain, and flocks). This term first fruits, which is often confused with tihing is my thirteenth book bubble titled, What are First Fruits in the Bible? In this bubble, it is clear the Bible never defined first fruits as money as some do today, but in my author insight about the book excerpt, I make it clear that tithing and first fruits have exclusive meanings and can never be interchanged. Eating tithes verses paying tithes has been the quintessential question of the ages and yet when the Bible is pretty explicit that tithes are eatible items, some still won’t accept the truth of the word so in my fourteenth book bubble, Eating Tithes vs Paying Tithes I explain my thoughts on why people choose falsehood over truth. The first question one must ask when talking bout tithes is Jesus did not pay a tithe or collect a tithe, why should I be paying money the Bible does not require. I try to answer those question in my latest book bubble titled, Did Jesus Collect Tithes? I hope these book bubble give you information that you would go to my website and purchase a signed copy my book, Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway? For those who are interested in giving in the New Testament, I completed a partial power point study titled, New Testament Giving. There you will find what I discovered about giving in the New Testament. The ebook is now available at Amazon.
Now, I’m not the only one who writes about tithing. I am certainly not the only author whose published books on tithing. One of my facebook Friends Who Like Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway? named Rob Robey wrote an excellent article about tithing. I would hope that one day the person who refused my order for a book trailer would read my book and this post to learn more about tithing before turning down business simply based on an unresearch religous belief. Here is what Rob Robey wrote about tithing.
The Lord gave me understanding many, many years ago.
The Monetary Tithe Requirement Doctrine: An Invention of Man
by Ronald W Robey
A few years back, someone told me that he had talked to five (5) different “Biblical Scholars” about my stance on Scriptural tithing and they all informed him that I was wrong.
My response was simple. I didn’t consult with “Biblical Scholars” to arrive at my conclusion… I went straight to the source… the infallible and inerrant word of God. I would hope this would be the actions of all who want to be approved (2 Tim. 2:15) in God’s eyes.
We are instructed by the Apostle Paul to “put on the full armor of God” (Eph. 6:11) and above all to “take up the Shield of Faith and the Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:16-17)
How can one be taking up the word of God when one is embracing and teaching doctrine that is contrary to that which holy men of old penned down as they were moved by the Holy Spirit to do?
There are only a handful of instances where we find people tithing in the word of God. A true “Biblical Scholar” shouldn’t have a problem looking up those few instances.
The word “tithe” in relation to God’s commanded tithe appears only 14 times in 13 verses of the KJV. (Lev. 27:30,32; Num. 18:26; Deut. 12:17; Deut. 14:22,28; 2 Chr. 31:5; Neh. 10:38; Neh. 13:12; Matt. 23:23; Lk. 11:42) This tithe is from agricultural increase only.
The word “tithes” in relation to God’s commanded tithe appears only 23 times in 20 verses of the KJV. (Le 27:31; Nu 18:24,26,28; De 12:6,11; De 26:12; 2Ch 31:12; Ne 10:37,38; Ne 12:44; Ne 13:5; Am 4:4; Mal 3:8,10; Lu 18:12; Heb 7:5,6,8,9) This tithe is from agricultural increase only.
The word “tithes” in relation to a voluntary tithe appears only 1 time in 1 verse in the KJV. (Gen. 14:20) Context reveals that this tithe is from war spoils and not from Abram’s own property or riches.
The word “tithing” in relation to God’s commanded tithe appears only 2 times in 1 verse of the KJV. (Deut. 26:12) This tithe is from agricultural increase only.
The phrase “the tenth” in relation to God’s commanded tithe is found only 2 times in 2 verses of the KJV. (Lev. 27:32; Num. 18:21) This tithe is from agricultural increase only.
The phrase “the tenth” in relation to a voluntary tithe is found only 2 times in 2 verses in the KJV. (Gen. 28:22; Heb. 7:4) This tithe is from spoils of war and not from Abraham’s own property or riches.
The phrase “the tenth” in relation to a forced tithe by man is found only 2 times in 2 verses in the KJV. (1 Sam. 8:15,17) Those who choose man to rule over them tithe according to the invention of their ruler. They have rejected God.
The phrase “a tenth” in relation to a voluntary tithe is found only 1 time in 1 verse in the KJV. (Heb 7:2) This tithe is of war spoils and was not of Abraham’s property or riches.
That is a total of 36 verses in the entire KJV that refer to God’s commanded tithe. Of all those verses, not a single one instructs, or commands one tithing one’s monetary income. The 36 verses that refer to God’s commanded tithe refer to food, and they can be found in the dispensation of the Mosaic Law between Leviticus 27: 30 and Hebrews 7:9. (see the above references)
There is only one tithe in the entire Bible that may have contained money, and that is the tithe given to Melchizedek by Abram in the Valley of Shaveh.
Abram gave Melchizedek tithes of the spoils of war. Abram had promised God he would not keep any of the spoils as his own lest he give Bera, the king of Sodom, occasion to brag that he had made Abram rich.
This reveals that what Abram tithed was not his own property, but the property of others! Nor did Abram tithe his monetary income to Melchizedek. Rather, he tithed the spoils of war.
Further, Abram is never said to have ever tithed again. A one time tithe to Melchizedek,… of the spoils of war,… is this whose tithe we are to emulate? Then only a once-in-a-lifetime tithe is required; and that of war spoils, not of one’s monetary income.
Jacob is revealed to have promised God that he would give him a tenth of all that God would give him. A careful study of the word of God will reveal that what Jacob vowed to tithe was not monetary income,… he vowed to tithe a tenth of the land that God promised to give Jacob and his descendants.
And, once Jacob’s descendants moved into the Promised Land, God held them to their father Jacob’s vow. God required that tithe that Jacob had set apart for God. (Gen. 28:20-22; Lev. 27:30-34)
God required tithes of agricultural crops and livestock from the children of Israel. (Lev. 27:30-34) They were “holy” to God. Set apart by the Patriarch Jacob.
Are we to tithe in the manner that the children of Israel tithed? If so, then it is to be agricultural, restricting it to only landowners who have crops and livestock. It is to be taken to farming communities in the Promised Land, not anywhere else in the world. Of those tithes, the tither is to eat with his family. How many pastors tell their congregations to eat a tithe with their families? It is highly doubtful that any pastors do.
The long and short of it is, that which pastors tell their congregations is God’s tithe today, cannot be found anywhere in the pages of God’s Holy word. Today’s monetary tithe requirement doctrine is the invention of man, not a decree of God.
Brethren, open your Bibles and study. Don’t read, but STUDY. You will find what I have written does not conflict with what the word of God says concerning the tithe or tithes God has commanded in His word.
What does conflict with His word, is the monetary tithe being taught in the pulpits by men who are supposed to be teaching truth rather than error. They are supposed to preach the word, not inventions of man.
Our giving is not to be of necessity, (2 Cor. 9:7) yet pastors make it such. Our giving should not be because of guilt, yet pastors have no problem making their congregation feel guilty by accusing them of “robbing God” if they don’t tithe.
The Bible tells us to choose in our own hearts what we want to give. (2 Cor. 9:7) If we follow God’s instruction rather than distorted doctrine, God will be pleased with us.
Now, I ask, why does one need some kind of Theological Degree to study the word and come to the same conclusions I have on the topic of tithes? It appears that Theological Degrees have not helped the aforementioned “Biblical Scholars” to rightly divide the word of Truth, for they teach contrary to what the Scriptures teach on the subject of tithing.
Will I bow to the demands of the preacher who teaches that I am to tithe my money to the Church? Not until that preacher can provide Scripture from the word of God that says the Christian is to tithe his or her monetary income to the Church. In all my years of studying the word of God, I have yet to find said Scripture.”
The book is very insightful and informative about the history of tithing and giving in the Church. The book is a fascinating journey into the land, language and literature of the Israelite people and their tithing practices. The author meticulously examines tithe verses and brings to light their meaning using the Hebrew and Greek language. Even if one does not agree with his analysis, it would be difficult to dismiss what the author’s findings reveal. If a person seeks to gain a real understanding and education about tithing and its original meaning, this book is a good place to begin your theological research journey. They say knowledge is power and this book certainly contains a lot of knowledge. Get a copy at http://www.fcpublishing.com/about_kle….
So I’ll conclude with these two slides from from my New Testamment Giving Study. Maybe the ten percent you give to your church, although is ok if you give it from your heart, and so is someone who gives 3, 2, 5, 7 or 9 percent. The reason its ok not to be bound by percentage giving is that whatever you give must come from the heart. However, another thought is that your ten percent is not a tithe as we’ve already proven, but your tenth paid to your church represents a tax, a temple tax of sorts that you file on your income taxes and get a refund from the government, which does not amont to the windows of heaven opening up and pouring you out a blessing as erroneously taught from the pulpit. The income tax check from all your tithes paid to the church is blessing refund from the IRS not the windows of God’s heaven.