THE TRUTH ABOUT TITHING (Part I)
PROPHECY UNVEILED...THE LAST DAYS
There is nothing wrong with tithing, but there is something wrong with declaring
that it is required of New Testament Believers.
People of God of the New Covenant, of the New Testament, of a new binding
agreement or contract sealed by the blood of Jesus Christ, the mediator of a new
and better covenant, (Hebrews 7:22; 9:15), are NOT called to be tithers, but rather
they are called to be “generous givers.”
The word tithing comes from the Hebrew word, “maasrah” meaning a tenth part.
The word tithe is first mentioned in Leviticus 27:30. In Leviticus, chapter 27, Moses
is giving to the people of Israel rules that God had given to him to give to them. In
Leviticus 27:30, God declares that “all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land, or
of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord.” He goes on to say in
Leviticus 27:31: “If, therefore, a man wishes to redeem part of his tithe, he shall
add to it one-fifth of it.”
Even God is more generous than those who call themselves collecting the tithes
today. God allowed the people of Israel to redeem or get back a part of their tithes
with a 20% fee if they wanted to or needed to. How many pastors today have
offered to give back part of the tithes or allowed their congregations to redeem
their tithes when faced with a financial dilemma?
Pastors, if you are going to abide by the Old Testament Law of tithing, then you
have to abide by ALL of the Law?
"For as many as are under the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written,
'Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the Law, to
What was the purpose of God having the Israelites to tithe? The purpose was two-
fold. First, it was an act of worship; an act of giving back to God. Secondly, it was
to provide for the priests, the Levites. The Levites were the only ones who could
enter the holy of holies, the inner sanctuary. They were the ones who prayed for
the congregation and presented their offerings before God.
In the book of Numbers, God told the priests that they were responsible for the
care of the sanctuary and the altar so that wrath would not befall the Israelites.
God told Aaron, the priest, that all of the first-fruits of the land, including the tithe
shall be given to Aaron’s tribe, the priests of Israel. (Chapter 18).
But, look what God says to Aaron in Numbers 18:19-20:
“All the offerings of the holy gifts, which the sons of Israel offer to the Lord, I have
given to you and your sons and your daughters with you, as a perpetual allotment. It is
an everlasting covenant of salt before the Lord to you and your descendants with you.
Then the Lord said to Aaron, You shall have no inheritance in their land, nor own
any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the
sons of Israel.”
In other words, God told Aaron that He was giving all of the gifts and offerings,
including the tithes, that the people made to Him to be food for the priests;
therefore the priests were not to own any property nor have any other income, for
He, the Lord God, was all they needed.
God continues to speak saying, "And to the sons of Levi, behold I have given all the
tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they perform, the
service of the tent of meeting." (Numbers 18:21).
So, the priests used the tithes and other gifts brought before the Lord as food.
They could own no land nor have any other income.
Pastors, are you following this principle today? Most certainly not! Pastors not only
own their own homes, but some own airplanes, helicopters, and businesses that
they say are needed "to do God's work" that are paid for through the tithes.
Why are you subjecting the people to some of the Law and not all of the Law? We
will discuss later what the Apostle Paul has to say about this.
The law of tithing does not stop there. In Numbers 18:25-28, the Lord told Moses
to tell the priests, that they too must tithe a tenth of the tithe given to them.
Pastors are you following this principle today? And, if not, why subject the people
of God to the Law if you are not following it yourself?
Still, the law of tithing does not stop there. Another principle of the Old Testament
law of tithing appears in Deuteronomy 14:22-23. The Israelites were told to tithe
all the produce from what they sowed each year. Then they were to bring the tithe
to the place of God’s choosing, and eat it in the presence of the Lord. Once a year
they tithed their produce and after offering it to God, they ate it!
The scripture goes on to say that if they could not make it to the place of God’s
choosing, then they could convert the produce into money, consecrate it and enjoy
spending it before the Lord! (Deuteronomy 14: 24-27).
If you pastors want to follow the principle of tithing, then why not follow the whole
Law? Why do you not issue the commandment that was given to the people of
Israel, to tithe once a year, and then after consecrating it, allow them to keep it?
You want to follow some of the Law, but not all of the Law.
But, the Law concerning tithing does not stop there. In Deuteronomy 14: 28 God
gives Moses additional Laws for the Israelites after they cross over into the promise
land. He says:
“At the end of every third year you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in that
year, and shall deposit it in your town. And the Levite, because he has no portion or
inheritance among you, and the alien, the orphan and the widow who are in your town,
shall come and eat and be satisfied, in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all
the work of your hand which you do.”
So each year the people were commanded to tithe and to enjoy their tithes, but
after the third year of tithing, they were to bring the tithes into town so that the
priest, foreigners, orphans, and widows could be fed and satisfied. Is this the
principle we are following today? If not, why not? It was the Law where tithing
was concerned. Pastors, if you want to follow the Law, then why not ALL of the
You don’t hear any of the scriptures that I have just given to you being taught in
churches today. No, the one scripture that you are almost guaranteed to hear, is
the one they use to justify the tithes, Malachi 3:8-11:
“Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, How have we robbed Thee?
In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole
nation of you! Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in
My house, and test Me in this, says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the
windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing that you won’t have room to
This is the passage that many religious leaders use to beat Believers over the head
with Sunday after Sunday, making them feel guilty enough to tithe and appealing
to their lust and need for more, more, more. But it is wrong!
Unveiling the myth of tithing, continued in Part II.