IT IS NOT EVEN POSSIBLE TO TITHE!

Now, I did not say that it is impossible to give 10% to the church, but just to assure you that I am as radical as you think I am, let me say this,”10% is too much to give to the church!

When I use the word tithe, everyone thinks in their own mind that I am referring to the Old Testament rule of giving 10% to the Levi’s, whose responsibilities were to take care of the Temple. That is because you do not study God’s Word for your self! The authorities of the church tell you God commanded the Israelites to give 10% and we should still practice that rule. Well, God did not command the Israelites to give 10% every year. Do not accept my word for God’s Word. Read it yourself.

Deu 14:22-29 (NIV) Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the LORD your God always. But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the LORD your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the LORD will choose to put his Name is so far away), then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the LORD your God will choose. Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the LORD your God and rejoice. And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own. At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns, so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

Now, do you see that God’s tithe differs from man’s tithe?

Two out of three years, the tithe was a big banquet. The Israelites were to blow a whole 10% of their income for that year on themselves: not give it to the Levites. It was to show them just how good God had been, and would be, to them. It would be pretty hard not to realize how good God had been, when you were enjoying a party that He had supplied for you! THE TITHE WAS NOT AN OBLIGATION, BUT A GIFT FROM GOD!

By the way, if you are so self-righteous that you condemn others for taking a drink of an alcoholic beverage you might want to consider what God thinks about it. (14:26) 

The Levis were to receive the 10% only every third year. That means that they only received 1/3 of the tithe. So, if your preacher tries to tell you that as a good Christian you should give 10% of what you earn, then explain Deuteronomy 14:22-29 to him. Then be sure to tell him that if he were a good preacher he would already know it: and teach it.

Can you see that it is not even possible to tithe as the Israelites did? Where is the place that God has chosen for you to eat your tithe this year?

In my opinion, 10% from everyone is three times more than the church should have. It has corrupted the church!

It is thought that money strengthen the church, but let us apply a little logic to that thought; using God’s Word as the text book.

Matthew 6:24 (NIV) “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

Luke 16:13 (NIV) “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

We can see that money is a master that opposes God, so does it make any sense to believe that we need more of the master that opposes God, in order to serve Him better? THAT IS NUTS!

Can you see that it has led the authorities of the church astray? Have you ever heard the tithe, as God commanded in Deuteronomy, taught? That only the third year it was to be brought to the Temple? And then it was to be used to feed the poor not to line the pockets of the preacher! Men have twisted the tithe to say what they want to say, not what God wants to say.

By the way, the responsibility does not just lie with the authorities of the church. If the congregation would read their Bibles and ask for wisdom from the only One that can give it then it would not be so easy to preach tithing, as it is taught.

Look in the mirror and get the log out of your own eye and then you can help the preacher get the speck out of his. Do you hate money yet? If not then which master do you serve?

8 Responses to IT IS NOT EVEN POSSIBLE TO TITHE!

  1. soapyjames says:

    astudent

    I like your insight, balls and genuine concern for people. Should you ever change wanting to remain anonymous I would love to grab a hot drink with you and chat in person about pretty much all your posts, if not I shall remember your alias for when we meet in heaven.

    I can see how you have looked into this and agree with you. I’m not sure how church is done where you are from but I am sure my church structure is not in place to line the pockets of the preacher (I am not the preacher… just sayin)
    May I ask your thoughts on giving to the church community in general as a way of fueling the vehicle of the church as it is in our westernized understanding, by this I mean the supporting staff, paying for the building costs, supplying the ministries in place?
    I understand this is different from what you have discussed here but if you have already looked at this then please direct me to the post.

    As you point out there is no obligation to tithe to the church a tenth of our incomes, neither could we in the same fashion as the Israelites, but I cant help but feel (emotive led I know), not giving to the church would be a negative thing. especially because of the picture I see in the new testament where people gave as they were able to support the growth of the early church. Admittedly, this is the preliminary thought for me as I am not used to this level of study during uni breaks, so again, could you spare a few thoughts of your own.

    Ps. I am so very happy I stumbled upon your blog today.

  2. astudent says:

    soapyjames,

    I like that name. It shows a sense of humor.

    I think you aim to low when you want to have coffee with me. When you were baptized you were raise a new person that is one with the Holy Spirit. Have coffee with Him. Get your coffee, sit down in a quite place, open the Word of God, and listen to Him. Why speak with an imperfect student, when you have access to the Master?

    Having said that, I would be very happy to share what I see with you. Though I cannot do so in person, all that I have written is still on this web site and if you comment on anything the comment is brought to my attention. Look for something that you do not think is right and tell me why you do not see it as I do. I, of course, will try to explain why I think as I do and we will both learn from the exchange. Perhaps others will also learn as we exchange ideas. Some times both parties in an exchange are right: from their viewpoint. Look at my post ‘From my side of the Table’.

    What has happened to the church sense it first began probably should be a post instead of a comment. Perhaps I will try to explain, but as for now, Jesus said in Matthew 13:33 (NIV) “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.” Yeast is used as a symbol of sin and the yeast that is in the church was put there a long time ago. We cannot change what has already been done, but we can recognize the fact that there is yeast or sin in the church.

    The church in Paul’s time was recognized as the people, not an organization. The money collected was for the needs of the people (church), not to pay the expenses such as those incurred when a building is involved. Paul worked with his hands and paid his own bills; until he was thrown into prison and he could no longer work. He lived as a normal person, among normal people and served God and man with the time that he had after earning his living. It seems to me that the yeast was integrated into the church when buildings were built and leaders chosen. It has worked its way all through the church and the church as become lukewarm because of it. We cannot serve both money and God, but when there are bills to be paid, money must be served.

    I have decided to give the church what it asks. That is the tithe that was commanded to be given to the Levites in the Old Testament. That was a great reduction from what I was giving, but that is what they wanted! I believe they are better off as money cannot save anyone. No matter how it is justified.

    P.S. I am also glad that you stumbled on my blog and that you cared enough to comment.

  3. soapyjames says:

    astudent

    I will reply to the majority of this on your post, ‘From my side of the Table’, due to overlapping themes.

    I would like to inquire of your perception of Matthew 13:33 “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”(ESV)

    I got the sense in this particular symbolism, ‘yeast’ was a positive one, comparing it to the kingdom of heaven. Insofar as the gospel is the leaven which spreads through the Earth. Especially as it comes straight after the parable of the mustard seed, where something so small grows so big. I take them both to mean the underestimation the world puts on something so small is actually the very thing that will change the world for the better.
    But I also will now be considering your view as it is definitely something I haven’t come across.
    I see what you are saying about yeast being integrated in the church but the resulting lukewarmness. I wouldn’t go as far as calling it sin/disobedience. I would probably call it a necessary evil in order for an organization to take root. But this is not a very considered argument.

    I will have to give this more thought =)

  4. astudent says:

    soapyjames,

    It would help you understand “yeast”, as it is used in the Bible, to do a word search on it.

    Yeast was not permitted in most sacrifices. The Old Testament sacrifices were symbolic of Jesus and Jesus had no sin. The bread of communion has no yeast as it represents the body of Jesus. In fully matured wine, all of the yeast is destroyed and that is what the blood of Jesus did.

    Consider 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 (NIV) Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.

    The feast (KJV) or Festival (NIV) referred to in verse eight, I believe, is communion, but anyway “yeast” is malice and wickedness (sin) and we should strive to have none.

    If I were to suggest a method of understanding the Bible, it would be to consider the word or concepts as it, or they are used everywhere in it. If nothing else it slows down study and for me, it increases the enjoyment of God’s Word. Understanding takes a long time, but the time is spent with God and I believe that makes Him smile.

  5. soapyjames says:

    astudent,

    Taken a few weeks over this one but fair shout. I’ve thought about what you’ve said, done a word search, and yes I agree with ya.

  6. Vicki Rae says:

    Hi, yes I agree with you, if people would just read their Bible deeply and not read it literally, read as a parable/allegory, a story within a story, the hidden TRUTH of God revealed. Having a dictionary helps too to help you understand some of the words more deeply. Go deeper, don’t take it at face value, dig deeper and deeper. He says if we diligently seek Him, He may be found by us. So go deeper to the hidden, of what God is really saying. Don’t rely on man’s wisdom, rely on God’s wisdom and TRUTH, don’t just sit in the pews on sunday and try to soak in the surface of the word, you yourself go home and dig deeper to the hidden that is not being said, which is the TRUTH of God’s Word. It’s between you and Him through Christ Jesus. Vicki Rae

  7. Vicki Rae says:

    Remember everything is on the inside of us, not on the outside of us, so don’t look for the Lord on the outside of us. We are His Temple, we are all ONE in Christ, the Temple is the HOUSE of PRAYER, inside of us all as ONE BODY! As Jesus is so are we, we are the mind of Christ, the reflection of Christ, through us the Light of Jesus shines to others. God’s Throne is on the inside of us, He is in His temple perfecting a great work inside of you, that He will complete to the fullnes of Christ through you. God’s great work is you/me/us as ONE, completion!! Christ resurrected in us, revealed in us, enlightened, living thru us as ONE! Lord of HOST’S/us and His mighty army! The TRUTH will set you free!!!

  8. astudent says:

    Vicki Rae,

    You truly do understand. God does live in us and others, though they want to do what they think God wants, usually just cause problems. (Me included)

    You sound just like me. Perhaps, because you search the same Book for understanding.

    Thanks for the comment. it helps when someone that thinks the same way says so.

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