It's in the Bible!
by Ronald W Robey
Whenever I mention the fact that I don't tithe, someone is sure to reply, "It's in the Bible!"
And truthfully, tithing is indeed commanded in the Bible. I do not dispute that fact at all.
However, we cannot focus on the fact that the command to tithe is in the Bible and ignore the commanded ELEMENTS of the tithe; the commanded GIVERS of the tithe; the commanded LOCATION of the tithe; the commanded RECIPIENTS of the tithe; the commanded YEAR of the tithe.
A diligent study of the Bible will reveal to the reader many precious and wonderful truths that are ignored in so many mainstream religious institutions around the world today.
There is no instruction in the entire Bible where God said that one's monetary income is to be tithed to either Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue or Church. Even in the last place in the Bible where tithing is mentioned, (Hebrews 7:5-9) the author says that the tithes still belongs to the sons of Levi, and that the tithes are still "according to the Law.
Since the author of Hebrews reveals that tithes are still "according to the Law, it is needful to go to the Books of the Law in order to learn what they say concerning God's holy tithe. The Law states that God's holy tithe is
a) agricultural (Lev. 27:30-33
b) only required of the children of Israel (Lev. 27:34; Psa. 147:19-20)
c) only to be observed by those living in the land of Canaan (Deut. 12:1,10-11)
d) to be given to Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners; (Deut. 26:12) and even to be eaten by the one bringing the tithe. (Deuteronomy 14:22-26)
e) to be given every third year (Deuteronomy 26:12)
God NEVER amended the tithe command to say that a tenth of one's money is now required as tithe. He NEVER amended the tithe command to say tithes are to be given around the world. He NEVER amended the tithe to say that it is to be observed every week of the year and every year of your Christian life
For that matter, God NEVER said that Christian's are required to tithe at all..
Pastor's have handled the word of God deceitfully in order to teach a tithe command that is totally foreign to the word of God, i.e.; a tithe of man's monetary income,... a tithe of unrighteous mammon.
Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Attempting to obey the command to tithe, without obeying the other instructions connected to that command merits a curse, not favor.
Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.