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The Amazing Tithing Study Guide that I have been examing is filled with so much innuendo and loaded questions, it’s almost hard to dispute for the average church goer. In this post, I will continue answering the questions in the pamphlet with correct biblical answers about tithing. Question 10 has been the lynchpin for tithing because it justifies tithing using Hebrews 7:8 as the smoking gun that unequivocally proves tithing beyond a shadow of a doubt. I have to say the Hebrew text is quite difficult to figure out. However, in the pamphlet they give one answer to the question and expect the reader to accept it as gospel. I suspect that the short answer to the question is because they don’t quite understand Hebrews chapter 7. Here’s question 10.
Question 10: When we tithe, who really receives our money? The Amazing Facts Pamphlet cites Hebrews 7:8 which reads, Here mortal men receives tithes, but there he [Jesus] receives them. The actual KJV reads: 8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. The pamphlet gives this answer: Jesus, our heavenly High Priest, receives our tithes. That’s all the pamphlet gives as an answer.
My Answer: To directly answer the question, when you tithe, the institution that receives your money is the church’s bank or credit union, not Christ. He is not collecting money from any believer. Christ does not receive money. The tithes and offerings get deposited into the church’s bank account. And it probably the same bank your check goes to. Now let’s deal with the Hebrew 7:8. First, the word “here men that die receives tithes” spoke of the Old Testament priests who die. And the words “there he receiveth them was speaking of Melchizedek. Hebrews 7:8 is not about Jesus receiving tithes. In the pamphlet, the author inserted Jesus in brackets to trick you into thinking that the levitical tithe was somehow passed down to the New Testament church. The whole context of Hebrews is about getting the Hebrew people to understand that they were no longer under the requirements of the old priesthood system but were under the priesthood of Christ as all believers are kings and priests and the Bible says, in 1 Peter 2:5 that Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. What Christ receives from us is not money, but spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Him. And as Kings and priests according to Revelation 5:10, God says, And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. If you know anything about the Levitical priests, they did not tithe to anyone and believers in the Christ priesthood because they are Kings and Priests do not tithe either. Let me also address this too, the priests did not receive the whole tithe. According to Scripture, they received a ten of the ten, which is a tithe of the tithe, and that is one percent in our modern vernacular. The Levites are the only one who had the commandment to accept the tithe from the people. The only person who receives the money when you tax yourself ten percent and hand it over to the church is the pastor and all the other full-time staff members who a part of the 501c3 charitable organization, which you can later file your donations on your taxes. The IRS does not care what ou call it as long as you have a receipt for what you donated to your institution like food for the poor to the local church. There is much misinterpretation of Hebrews chapter 7 because the whole chapter is being ignored to focus on verse 8 to make a doctrinal mandate for tithing, which is totally out of context. If you didn’t know, the tithe was passed down from father to son from generation to generation by bloodline and physical descent. Christ established a different priesthood with different promises and because He was not of the levitical line, the tithe could not pass down to Him because Jesus was from a different tribe and bloodline. To pay a tithe to Christ, a believer breaks the law and would be in sin. Rather than bore you with more evidence about question 10, I think it would be good to post some information about Hebrews chapter 7 from a book that was very helpful in my research journey on tithing. I will post three page from Tony Badillo’s book, Tithing God’s Command or Man’s Demand–Which? In the post below you will read exactly what Hebrews chapter 7 means. You can get signed paperbacks, just order Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway? from Paypalme for $23.87
Question 11: What Test did Adam and Eve fail, which all of us must pass if we would inherit His heavenly Kingdom? The answer in the Pamphlet is so long and so horrendously incorrect, it is not worth repeating. The pamphlet associates the tree of knowledge of good and evil that God told Adam and Eve not to touch with the tithe that God said was holy unto Him. Then the pamphlet inserts the tithe of income as God Holy tithe using Leviticus 27:30 and then sums up by saying it is an awesomely dangerous venture to take God’s own money, which he has earmarked for the saving of souls, and use it for our own personal budgets.
My Answer. First, the pamphlet tries to associate Adam and Eve’s prohibition against eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil with the tithe. The whole argument is a false association. Adam and Eve and the Tithe have no relationship to each other, one event is about obedience and the other is about tithing. Though the pamphlet cites Leviticus 27:30, the context is about crops and cattle, not money. The tithe was never used for the purpose of saving souls; the tithe was used to feed the Levites, the poor, the strangers, the orphans, widows and the hungry. In fact, there was more than one tithe in Israel, so the question is, are you tithing according to the Bible with multiple tithes? If you say you tithe according to the Bible and pay money, you would be scripturally wrong, hermeneutically incorrect and contextually out of context with the Word of God. So how is that your money is somehow earmarked for soul winning. It is a total misinterpretation of Scripture to grab money using scripture out of context. God does not need a tenth of your paycheck, he owns the whole world. Furthermore, God gave the tithe that belonged to Him to the Levites as a perpetual inheritance as long as they lived in the land and as long as the temple stood. Share the Press Release for the New Book, Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway?
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