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I wrote this article several months ago and just got it off of my blog to share here...

Extortion:  The obtaining of property from another induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.

Spanning from 1959 to 1963, Robert Stack starred as Federal Agent Eliot Ness in the TV series “The Untouchables”.

Eliot Ness worked hard at cleaning up the streets of Chicago, ILL after the city was infiltrated by many crime bosses who would extort money from store owners using strongarm tactics, threats, and often gunplay and murder.

Extortion was a serious offense and carried a stiff sentence in the Federal Penitentiary if one was convicted of it.  Eliot Ness did not go easy on those who tried to extort money from the citizens of Chicago using scare tactics.

Today, we can glean from the many episodes of “The Untouchables” an important spiritual truth.  That truth is, just as crime bosses answered to Eliot Ness for their misdeeds, those who offend God’s children will also one day answer to God.

Many a pastor today stood behind a pulpit and preached a message that was meant to extort money from their congregation through a sermon that was “under color of official right”

That message is taken from Malachi 3:8-10…. “Will A Man Rob God?”

Many a pastor had his congregation open their Bibles to Malachi 3:8-10 and read the passage that chapter 1 reveals was to the children of Israel.  They then try to bring the letter to Israel out of Israel and into their city or town in their own country.

They preach to their congregation that they are “robbing God” because they are not bringing the tithe of their income to the house of God.
The pastor continues to inform his congregation that if they do not begin to tithe their money, God will attack their finances, their home, their families, their health,  their jobs, their vehicles; the list could go on and on.

Friends, that message they are presenting fits the legal system’s definition of extortion.  They are trying to instill fear into your mind, fear of disaster, if you don’t get protection.

They then tell you how to get protection… pay 10% of your income to God!  Friends, that is extortion through and through.

They preach the message of a 10% tithe “under color of official right,” but if one studies out the specifics of God’s Holy tithe, one will discover that they have no “official right” to collect a tithe from their congregation.

The tithe was limited to within the boundaries of national Israel and was to be given to the Levites who were living in 48 cities.  It was never authorized to the New Testament Church.
God’s tithe was also never money according to Leviticus 27 and Numbers 18.

Shame on those pastors who are guilty of extorting money from their flock!  They one day will answer to God for handling His Word deceitfully and oppressing His people with fear tactics under the guise of “official right.”

Friends, God’s Holy Word tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:7 that we are to give as we purpose in our own hearts to give.  A tithe does not allow one to purpose what they will give. A tithe is a set amount…10%.  How is one purposing in one’s own heart what to give if he is giving 10% because his pastor told him that is what he is supposed to give?  The fact is, giving what your pastor determines is nothing more than giving of compulsion… giving because you have to.

Notice 2 Corinthians 9:7…

2 Corinthians 9:7 (KJV) Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

The word “purposeth” is translated from the Greek word “proaireomai”, and it means “to choose for oneself”.  A pastor has no “official right” to tell his congregation to give 10% of their money to the Church.  God’s Word tells the congregation to “choose for oneself” what one wants to give.  God did not tell that pastor to preach to his congregation that they must tithe their money.  Nor did he tell that pastor that the congregation would be cursed if they didn’t tithe their money.

Friends, give to the Church.  The Church does need money to pay for electricity, sanitation, etc..  But give what you choose for yourself to give, not what someone else tells you you must give.  If you are giving a set amount because you have been told by your pastor to give that amount, then you are not giving according to God’s instructions.

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Standing Frim In Christ, most of those that teach tithing, also teaches your suppose to give offerings also. That is each month you give your tithe, & each time the collection plate is passed, your suppose to put money into it.

 

I highly disagree, but I don't clam they're trying to extort money, or created fear in the hearts of the church members.

 

Now I do disagree 100% with those like Joyce Myers, Benny Hinn, who are always talking about sending in seed money to them, now they're extorting money for people under false pretenses.

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Jerry,

I do believe that they are trying to instill fear in their members hearts when they say "God will curse your home, your health, your your heritage, etc.. 

Because of this, and because of the legal definition of what the word "extortion" means, I do believe it is extortion to teach Malachi 3:8-10 in the context of God cursing anyone in the body of Christ if they don't tithe their money.

Edited by Standing Firm In Christ

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:amen:  I would include the caveat that I honestly believe that many (if not most) who preach the 'tithe" doctrine, honestly do so out of legitimate honest error.  I honestly believed the Scriptures taught Christian "tithing" only a year or more ago.... I even encouraged it in Sunday School classes, and from the pulpit....I certainly NEVER thought I was teaching error.  I was simply taught to believe it.  While I DO resist the doctrine of the "tithe" for N.T. believers...what I suppose many think is that, frankly, GOD was "EXTORTING" US!!!... that's how I saw it anyway. 

 

I am no friend of the doctrine, but, I honestly believe that many a truly honest God-fearing man has preached on the topic and teaches it out of honest ignorance and not bad Spirit....After all, truth is....it takes a WHOLE LOT, of serious study of some frankly BOOOORRRRINGGGG!!! Old Testament passages in like Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Nehemiah, and even some thrilling fist-clenchers in the Chronicles to understand what's being taught.

So, while we should prove the doctrine as false....I think we should also be mindful of those who in truly "good-faith" simply hold the doctrine in error...

 

Good post Brother! :clapping:

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Those who follow the same charismatic style of preaching the tithe, saying Christians are required to tithe or the curse will be upon them and they will lose their money, or if they do tithe faithfully God will pour blessings upon them, are preaching the same message of bondage to the law which was given to the Jews.

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“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

 

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

 

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” - Matthew 5:17-19

 

“Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

 

Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.” - 1 Corinthians 9:13-14

 

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” - John 14:15

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“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

 

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

 

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” - Matthew 5:17-19

 

“Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

 

Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.” - 1 Corinthians 9:13-14

 

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” - John 14:15

Jesus fulfilled the the Jewish laws and established the New Covenant. If not, then that means all the laws given to the Jews, from not eating pork to laws regarding debt and the stoning of children still apply and what Paul, James and others put forth in the New Testament with regards to the law are wrong.

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Yes, we are either under all of them, are none of them. I believe tithing keeps some from actually giving more to the Lord that just 10%. And of course the more a person has, the more our Lord expects out of their person.

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Yes, we are under grace but still have commandments to follow.  We can eat pork because Paul said it's ok to do so, thereby noting a change.  Some of you I look up to and am trying to see what you see from the Scriptures but just not buying it.  Tithing never went away and we're supposed to give even more than the tithe.  

 

Having been chastened of the Lord so often, I can tell pretty quick now when and why (usually) it's happening.  Tithing was one of the first things the Holy Spirit dealt with me with.  And now, when we slack, we are chastened quickly and then blessed when we get right again.  

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It may have been a spirit dealing with you on tithing, but I can tell you by the authority of God's Holy Word... it was not the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit will never guide man into doing something contrary to what the Word of God already forbids.  He doesn't work that way.

The commands of the Old Testament were not to be put upon Gentile Converts to Christianity according to Acts 15.  That is why none of the Apostles taught the New Testament Church tithing.

Why would the Holy Ghost tell us in the Word that the Law was not to be required of Gentile Converts and then tell Converts outside of the Word to tithe?  Answer... He wouldn't.  He never told you to tithe.  The tithe was for the children of Israel only, and then only crops and livestock.

Edited by Standing Firm In Christ

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According to Albert Vail's "Stewardship Among Baptists" published 1913, Baptists never even taught a tithe until some time after the middle of the 19th Century A.D..  Their reason?  They didn't regard it as having any place in the Christian system.  It was part of the state Church, but not taught in the Baptist faith.

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The Lord forbids the tithe???

In the same sense that it forbids teaching Gentiles they must become circumcised......YES.

You may give ten percent, you may give 15, you may give 90...but you are NOT allowed to command New Testament Christians to pay 10% of their income to the Church.

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According to Albert Vail's "Stewardship Among Baptists" published 1913, Baptists never even taught a tithe until some time after the middle of the 19th Century A.D..  Their reason?  They didn't regard it as having any place in the Christian system.  It was part of the state Church, but not taught in the Baptist faith.

:goodpost:   True story....a little bit of history of Christian doctrine is revealing.  Almost no Protestant denomination and almost NO Baptist taught the 10% tithe doctrine until roughly the 1850's....and later. Charles Spurgeon had no kind words for teaching the tithe... Dr. Russel Kelly's website has a list of  Historic Theologians who had no truck with teaching Tithes or had some harsh words for it.  Such as Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, G. Campbell Morgan, John Owen, John Gill, John Wesley, Tertullian, Irenaeus, John Walvoord, Merrill Unger, Philip Schaaf, Charles Ryrie....

Edited by Heir of Salvation

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God said His Holy tithe was for the children of Israel.  (Leviticus 27:34)  It was not, and is not, for children of other nations. 

The Jerusalem Council wanted Gentile Converts to be required to keep the Law of Moses.  In their demand, they were told they were tempting God.  They were also told that the Law was not to be required of the Gentile Converts.

So yes, God forbids the tithe.

Edited by Standing Firm In Christ

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God said His Holy tithe was for the children of Israel. (Leviticus 27:34) It was not, and is not, for children of other nations.

The Jerusalem Council wanted Gentile Converts to be required to keep the Law of Moses. In their demand, they were told they were tempting God. They were also told that the Law was not to be required of the Gentile Converts.

So yes, God forbids the tithe.


So you would bind someone from giving a tenth of their income, even though they are under grace and not under the law?

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So you would bind someone from giving a tenth of their income, even though they are under grace and not under the law?

No....He would "BIND" preachers from "Commanding" that they "PAY" 10% of their income to the Church.   The difference is signifigant.  You don't "give" a tithe....a tithe according to the doctrine is paid, it is owed, it is considered to NOT belong to the person who renders it to begin with. 

A person who loves God, may, and is encouraged Nay, even instructed   to "GIVE" of what BELONGS TO THEM, and sacrificially so......... to the work of God.

But no preacher is right to claim that God "commands" a 10'nth percentile of their earnings....That is false.

 

The problem is, that tithe preachers have so often used verses about "giving" to support the notion of "tithing" that people actually confuse the terms.  Words have real and inherent meanings....One CANNOT (by definition) "GIVE" a tithe.  They are only paying what they owe....Thus, any preacher who in the same sermon uses verses about "giving" to encourage people to "tithe" that which they will simultaneously claim "already belongs to God"  <---(that's usually how it goes)   is inherently contradicting himself.

Edited by Heir of Salvation

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He used the phrase "God forbids the tithe".
He is imposing a law - and not one God had ever made, upon those under grace.
God does not forbid the tithe. He instructed it for the Israelites, but you will not find a place where he forbids anyone from making a tithe.
And even if He did, we are under grace, not law.
We have the freedom to give a tithe if we so wish.

He did not say "God forbids the teaching of the tithe".

He appears to be a stickler.for words, so he should be consistent.

God certainly does not command the tithe for Christians, but he does not forbid it.for

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We personally use 10% as a starting point when we give to our church/ missionaries, etc. Not that we are commanded to but because of the principles in the OT, for example:

 

Genesis 28:22 "And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee."

 

We call it tithing. To us, tithing is giving. Semantics I guess.

 

Romans 14:4-5 "Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind."

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We personally use 10% as a starting point when we give to our church/ missionaries, etc. Not that we are commanded to but because of the principles in the OT, for example:

 

Genesis 28:22 "And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee."

 

We call it tithing. To us, tithing is giving. Semantics I guess.

 

Romans 14:4-5 "Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind."

I understand what you are saying, and I'm not saying anything against what you are doing, just to be clear.

 

The point I would make is that, considering the whole issue with tithing, it actually does matter how that word is used. Many use the word to mean giving, but that's not what the word means, it means tenth. If one says they tithe, but they are not giving ten percent, then they are not tithing.

 

Just as we need to be careful with the terms we use when discussing abortion or matters dealing with homosexuals, we should be clear on this subject as well. If a tenth is what we give, then saying we tithe is accurate, otherwise it's not. If we don't tithe we shouldn't call our gifts or offerings a tithe, we should call them gifts or offerings.

 

Again, just to be clear for everyone, this isn't pointed to anyone, this is a general statement regarding how we need to keep our words clear in order to avoid confusion or even the chance of someone thinking we are being untruthful.

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God's Word says His Holy tithe is crops and livestock.  There is not one verse to say that God amended the tithe to be only money now... or even to include money.

God's Word tells us the tithe is for the children of Israel.  There is not one verse to say that God amended the tithe to be for people of all nations.

God said... Of every tree, but satan said... Yea, hath God said...

 

God's Word never amended His Holy tithe to a tithe of money... man did.   Man has twisted God's truth into a lie.
 

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      Malachi 3:8 Will a man rOB God? Yet ye have rOBbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we rOBbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
      Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have rOBbed me, even this whole nation.
      Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.


      All the tithes; i.e., tithes of corn, flour, new wine, oils, spices, herbs… everything that was titheable. Why? That there may be meat in mine house. MEAT… food.

      Throughout the Old Testament Law, the tithes were consistently that which was eaten. There is no denying that fact. No mention of money being tithed whatsoever.

      Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
      Luke 11:42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

      Here, our Lord commends the scribes and Pharisees for their OBedience in tithing ans tells them they should be tithing. But notice what they were tithing… garden spices and herbs. Not money. Money was not a titheable thing under the Mosaic Law.

      Luke 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

      This verse is part of a parable. Jesus was telling of a prideful Pharisee who boasted of going over and above what the Law required. The Pharisee had his reward. Notice the Pharisee was not speaking to God, but rather, within himself; i.e., to his own self. He was so lifted up in pride he had convinced himself that he had to do more than what the LORD required under the Law in order to be justified. And yet, instead of being justified, he was condemned.

      Hebrews 7:4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

      Here, we see what it was that Abram tithed. As stated above, these spoils were not Abram's own silver and gold, but the spoils of war… the property of Bera the king of Sodom, which he had promised God he would not take any of unto himself (Gen 14:22-24)
      Hebrews 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
      This is speaking of the agricultural tithe. The author says “have a commandment to take tithes” because the Temple was still standing. Levites were still receiving the agricultural tithe according to the Law. The command was for the Levites to receive tithes of their brethren... the children of Israel
      Hebrews 7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
      Received tithes of the spoils of war, not Abram’s silver and gold.
      Hebrews 7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
      Again, the tithe that men that die receive is referring to the agricultural tithe. The Levites were still receiving that tithe. They would receive it for another four years and then Titus would invade Jerusalem and destroy the Temple, putting a stop to the collection of tithes.

      Hebrews 7:9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

      Not one of the verses on tithing throughout the Word of God support the doctrine that one is to tithe one’s money. No instruction is given in the Word of God to tithe one’s money. It is a man-made doctrine that began in the Roman Catholic religious system in the year 777 A.D., and not adopted by any Protestant Church until 1873 A.D..

      The Baptists were the last Church denomination to adopt the monetary tithe doctrine. This was around the middle of the twentieth century A.D..
    • By Standing Firm In Christ
      The pastor preached on tithing.

      Now, he knows my wife and I don't tithe. We do not believe it is a New Testament teaching for Christians. The Apostles never taught it in any of their epistles.

      Now, mind you it is not that he preached on tithing that upset us, he has preached on tithing in the past. What upset us is an out and out lie he told in his pulpit.

      He told the congregation that he does not know who tithes and who does not.

      The fact is, he knows my wife and I don't tithe. He has cornered me in the past and told me we need to start tithing. So his statement that he doesn't know who tithes and who does not was an out and out lie.

      Truth be known, no one in the Church tithes... even when they put 10% of their money in one of those white and green "Tithes" envelopes, so the whole sermon was built upon a lie.
    • By Miss Daisy
      Should I tithe from the child support I receive for my daughter?
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