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Before I get started, take a look at the picture in this post. What you see is what looks like a traditional church building. Needless to say, while studying tithing, I ran across a similar picture and thought I was looking at a church building. To my amazement, I discovered that what looks like a church is called a tithe barn. It is where the people brought, crops and cattle. This picture is what is described as a storehouse for tithes. Now picture the image in your head and connect it to Malachi and you have a perfect psychological connection to how the image of a barn for tithes makes it easy to associate money being brought into the storehouse, which is now called a church. The construction of this building is what many churches looked like in early history. In order to fool you into believing that money is required in the storehouse using Malachi, you have to change the tithe barn into a church and crops and cattle into money. Once you establish a psychological argument to suspend common sense, then you can add to that by hammering that God said, bring all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. Even when the Scripture identifies the tithe as meat/food, people still think money is the context, which it is not. That being said, A history of tithing is what this post is all about.
And if you don’t think I know what I’m talking about concerning how the storehouse is connected to a barn, take a look at the picture below. The picture, which looks like a church goes back to the dark ages where peasants brought tithes of crops, not to the church, but to the tithe barn that looks like a church. Now you can see how easy it is for people to think money is a tithe because the tithe barn looks like a church that they call the storehouse for tithes. If the people in the dark ages knew tithes were crops and cattle, why are people so convinced today that money is a tithe? The caption of this tithe barn reads: GIVING TO THE CHURCH. The peasants had to give one tenth of their crops to the church. This huge barn [which looks like a church] was built to store the produce given to one group of monks in England. Back then, very few church officials went hungry. If you scan the landscape of American church building, a lot them look like this picture. I would have you to know that much of the crops brought to this storehouse rotted and spoiled because storing that much crop could not be eaten, so as the food went bad, it drew rats and all sorts of unhealthy problems without refrigeration. My opinion as to why this system did not last was that another form of support had to come about. So as history has it, the catholic institution mandated that tithes of crops and cattle were no longer required and money became the substitute for agricultural products and cattle. As history advanced, many church buildings architectural designs looked much like a tithe barn. The tithe barn no longer stores crops and cattle but became a storehouse or church for congregants to bring money and still today the clergy and church officials don’t go hungry now that the tithe has been commuted from crops and cattle to money. So if your church structure looks like this picture, you are sitting in a barn. Now most present church construction today is different, but you get my point overall. Now see below what I’m saying.
What you will find in my upcoming book, KLEPTOMANIAC: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway? is a historical examination of the tithe that if you spend time reading will set you on a path to understanding the Bible and many other topics such as how Old Testament people used money. In tithing study part 20, 21 and 22, you will learn lots of information about the orthodox historical tithe, your pastor will never tell you. In my studies, I often
In my studies, I often read lots of information about the tithe that make me raise my eyebrow. On a facebook post, Ronald Ward Robey chimed in on the tithe argument that Abram’s tithe before the law is the standard that tithing is based because the tithe then was before the law, which makes it a requirement under grace. Robey writes:
Many tithe proponents, in a feeble attempt to prove we are supposed to tithe today, will run to Genesis 14 as their proof-text. Their argument is that tithing existed before the Mosaic Law, and is therefore an eternal moral principle. But, is it really an eternal moral principle as they claim? I believe Scripture proves it is not based on the following verse… Exodus 10:26 (KJV) 26 Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the LORD our God; and we know not with what we must serve the LORD, until we come thither. In the text, Moses and Aaron argue with Pharaoh. Pharaoh wanted the Israelites to leave their cattle behind. Moses and Aaron said the animals would go with them, because they did not know what God would want them to worship Him with. Had tithing been an eternal moral principle, there would have been no uncertainty. Moses and Aaron would have known that ten percent of something would have been required. Yet they had no idea what would be required as worship. And, what was the sacrifice that was made when the Israelites left Egypt and arrived at the place God took them to? Was it a tenth? Of course, it is easy to see that it was not. As a matter of fact, many sacrifices were made prior to the Law. None of which was a tenth. For this reason, we can know assuredly that the tithe that Abram gave to Melchizedek was not continued and could not be an eternal moral principle.
In the videos, you will learn some interesting facts about tithing overall I hope this post helps you see the light a little better. For those say I don’t have anything on New Testament giving, stay with me because I will share biblical information on giving too.
Many people may see my efforts as futile and unproductive, but the work I do on tithing has helped me understand more than I ever thought about the Bible. It is stories like a pastor suing a dead woman’s estate for tithes that drives me to go forward with the truth about tithing.
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