THE TRUTH ABOUT TITHING  (Part II)
PROPHECY UNVEILED...THE LAST DAYS
God’s people of the New Covenant are NOT called to be tithers, they are called to
be “generous givers.”  Is it wrong to tithe?  Absolutely not.  It is simply not a
requirement under the New Covenant.  Many of you may be shocked at this
revelation.   But, the truth is often shocking.  Particularly, when it goes against
everything that you have been taught.  And the truth is, you have not been taught
the whole truth.

In
The Truth About Tithing, Part I,  it was unveiled that one part of the Law of tithing
allowed the people of Israel to redeem or get back some of their tithes if they
wanted it.  This was stated in Leviticus 27:31.  Another aspect of the Law of tithing
permitted the people of Israel to keep their
yearly tithes and to give their tithe
every three years to the priests or Levites.   This can be found in (Deuteronomy 14:
22-28).  

Pastors of today are choosing to follow the Old Testament Law of tithing, but are
not following all of it.  Why is this?  Why are the people of God being kept in the
dark about the whole law of tithing?  

It can only be for one of three reasons:
1. They have their own deceptive motives and seek self gain.
2. They are sincerely ignorant to the truth of God’s Word concerning tithing.
3. All of the above.

The word
tithe, tithes, or tithing appears in all of the Bible, both Old and New
Testaments only
36 times!  Yet, you will hear this word tithe being used in the
pulpit more than you hear the word, LOVE which itself appears in the Bible
hundreds of times.  It is obvious to the spiritual eye that there is something wrong
with this picture.  This one word,
tithe,  appears only 36 times in the Bible, yet
pastors of today want to build their entire ministry around it.

Of the 36 times that
tithe, tithes, or tithing appears in the Bible, it appears in the
New Testament
6 times. Of those 6 times, Jesus uses the word 3 times as He
speaks to the Pharisees, in the books of Mark and Luke; and the other
3 times it is
used in the book of Hebrew where it is declared that Abraham gave a tenth part of
the spoils of war to Melchizedek, the High Priest.

The Bible does not record the use of the term tithe, tithes, or tithing by Jesus'
disciples.  Neither is Paul recorded as using the word either.  If tithing was such an
importance to the New Covenant which Jesus implemented, you would think that it
would have been mentioned by the disciples of the New Covenant; at least once!

If Paul and the other disciples did not talk about tithing, or it was not important
enough to record that they did, then what did they talk about?  We’ll get to that
later.

Let’s look at the scriptures that pastors like to use today to get the people to give
up one tenth of their earnings weekly, monthly, but never yearly!  Of the 30 in the
Old Testament, they like to use only one! And, that is, 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
receive. Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it may not destroy the fruits of
the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes, says the Lord of hosts.  And all
the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the Lord of
hosts.”

Woe, to some of you pastors for you have run many a people away from the church
by not telling them the whole truth.  Woe to some of you, for you have consistently
and continuously told God's people that they would be cursed for not giving up a
tenth of their earnings to you.  But, not ONCE, did you ask them how you could help
them turn on their lights, or how you could help them buy a car to get to work, or
how you could help them to feed their children, or how you could help them fund
their children’s college, or how you could help them just make ends meet!  

There are hurting people sitting in congregations week after week, and all the
religious leaders are concerned about is a tenth part of their earnings; and not just
the net, you want the GROSS.  Even God was more generous to the Israelites who
were allowed on occasion to keep their tithes or to redeem back their tithes if they
needed to.  

But, let’s look at Malachi 3:8-12 and determine where this scripture came from and
why.   The name, Malachi, means,
"My Messenger."  God identifies the prophet
Malachi as His messenger.  What message did God deliver through Malachi and to
whom?

The book of Malachi opens with God expressing His love for His chosen people.  
(Malachi 1:1-5).  There’s that word LOVE again.  He wanted His people to know that
He loved them.  That’s really what it is all about pastors.  It’s about LOVE, not
tithing.  But, we’ll get to that later, too.

There are only four chapters in the book of Malachi.  In the first two chapters God
delivers a message to the corrupt priests.

In chapter 1, verse 6 He tells the priests,
“You don’t honor me, you don’t respect me,
and you despise my name.”
 In the remainder of the chapter, He accuses them of
bringing less than perfect offerings and sacrifices to the altar.  It was the custom for
the priests of Israel to offer burnt sacrifices to God for the atonement of the
peoples’ sin.  They were the only ones who could offer sacrifices upon the altar.  

In Leviticus, chapter 22: 17-33, He told the priests that the animals that were
sacrificed had to be flawless.  But what was happening that made God respond in
Malachi, was that the flawless animals were being kept and the lame and sick ones
sacrificed.

God says in Hosea 4:8-9 from the Revised Edition,
“The priests fed on the people’s
sins.  They wanted more and more of their sin offerings.  So the priests are no different
from the people.  I will punish them for the things they did.  I will pay them back for the
wrong things they did.”
 

In chapter 2 of Malachi, God tells the priests that if they don’t listen and give honor
to Him, then He would send a curse upon them, curse their blessings, rebuke their
offspring, and spread vomit on their faces.  He goes on to give them a lesson in
priesthood.  He tells the priests that the
lips of a priest should preserve
knowledge and men should seek instruction from his mouth because he is a
messenger of the Lord.  

But, God chastises them and tells them that they are no messenger of His because
they have turned away from Him, causing the people to stumble and
showing
partiality in instruction; that is teaching part of the law, but not all of the law.
 
Sound familiar?  He also chastises them for divorcing the wife of their youth for their
own selfish reasons.

**Important Note:
The Old Testament priests were allowed to marry. (Ex.18:1; Lev.7:34,35; 22:12,13).

In chapter 3 of Malachi, God declares that He will send His messenger, a true
messenger of God who will declare the truth and will declare the coming of Jesus
Christ,  a purifier of men that their offerings may be presented in righteousness.

“I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me.  And the Lord,
who you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in
whom you delight, behold, He is coming, says the Lord of hosts.  But who can endure
the day of His coming?  And who can stand when He appears?  For He is like a refiner’s
fire and like fullers’soap.  And He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will
purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to
the Lord offerings in righteousness.”

God cautions the priests to return to Him and He would return to them.  Then, the
priests asked,
"How shall we return?"   God answered and said let’s begin with the
fact that you are robbing from me, your whole nation is.  And He precedes to tell
them what they needed to do.

Malachi delivered a message from God to the priests.   Yet, pastors today want to
use Malachi 3:8-12 to make God's people feel guilty and accursed when they don't
give a tenth of their earnings.

Religious leaders also like to justify tithing under the New Covenant by pointing to
the fact that Jesus mentioned the word
tithes.  Well, of all the hundreds of things
that Jesus said, He only mentioned tithing 3 times and that was in Matthew 23:23;
Luke 11:42, and Luke 18:12.  In all three instances guess who He was talking to?  
He was talking to the Pharisees, the religious leaders!  If you look at these
passages beginning with Matthew 23:23 what was Jesus actually saying?  Listen to
what He said to them:

“ Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees.. hypocrites!  For you tithe mint and dill and cumin,
and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and
faithfulness: but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the
others.”

The emphasis in this passage clearly is NOT tithing. Yet pastors want to make us
think it is.  The emphasis in Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42 is the fact that you
cannot exercise parts of the Law and forsake the others, which is what the
Pharisees were doing.  

In fact, Jesus says that more important than tithing is
justice, mercy, and
faithfulness.
 Moreover, the Pharisees and the Jewish people were expected to tithe
because they were still under the Mosaic Law.  The New Covenant had not yet been
established.

Pastors also like to use Hebrews 7 to justify tithing under the New Covenant.  But,
look at what this scripture references.  It references the Old Testament.  This is the
scripture where Abraham goes to war, defeats his enemy and gave a tenth part of
the spoils to the High Priest by the name of Melchizedek.  Notice, the passage
reminds us more than once, in verses 5, 11, 19, and 28 that this notion of tithing
was under the Law of Moses and was a law given to the Israelites to tithe and give
them to the Levitical priests who are out of the loins of Abraham.  

The emphasis is not tithing in Hebrews 7, it is the fact that Abraham tithed to a
Christ-like figure by the name of Melchizedek.  But, now there is one, Jesus Christ,
who has authored a better covenant of which He is the guarantor; thereby nullifying
the need for high priests, because Jesus is THE only High Priest we will ever need.  

Many have attempted to take the emphasis away from Jesus as the ultimate High
Priest and put it on tithing.

The New Covenant does not call us to be tithers, it calls us to be “generous
givers.”

The Truth About Tithing continues in Part III.