THE TRUTH ABOUT TITHING
This article is not a seperate one of it's own but is simply cut out of Lecture 4.3 of www.TheTrueacademy.com
8 DOCTRINAL ERRORS IN THE BIBLE
The Bible- though is scripture, yet has been infiltrated and corrupted
Casual observation and study of the Bible seem to reveal doctrinal errors but careful observation and study of it further classifies these observed doctrinal errors into 2 categories:
- Doctrinal errors arising from a desperate infiltration and corruption of the Bible text.
- Doctrinal errors arising from a mere misinterpretation and misunderstanding of the Bible.
We aim to look at true doctrinal errors that arise from the actual corruption of the Bible text and are therefore supposed to omit the second category of doctrinal errors from our discussion, but it would very much be helpful to use this opportunity to discuss them so as to clarify them.
8 major cases which are either actual doctrinal errors or which only appear to be doctrinal errors will be discussed here and briefly studied to determine if they are errors by text corruption or errors by text misinterpretation. The number of doctrinal errors in the Bible is not limited to just 8 actually but these 8 have been picked out because they are the ones that can rid or almost rid one of his or her salvation if they’re strongly believed and not denounced. They include:
- The Gospel
- The Calendars
- Tongue Speaking
- The Nature of God And of Man
Not many Christians know that there exists two type of tithing today:
- The scriptural one which refers to tithe as food only [Lev 27:30, 32; Deu 14:22] initially paid in three installments [Num 18:21-24], [Deu 14:22-27] and [Deu 14:28-29] but now has been reduced to one as we will see soon.
- And that of the church which refers to tithe as money which is to be paid in just one installment. A tithe the church backs up with only one of the many existing verses that actually speak about tithe [Mal 3:10].
The law of tithing endorsed by the Lord
The scriptural law of tithing is of course endorsed by God and the easiest way to explain God’s law of tithing is to lay it out in 10 comprehensive points:
- What is tithe:
- Tithe paying began with the Mosaic Law:
- Tithe is food and never money:
- God purposely made tithe food and not money:
- Only farm owners pay tithes:
- God instituted 3 types of tithe:
- The new covenant did not turn tithe to money:
- The Levitical and feast tithes have both ceased in the new covenant:
- The poor tithe is the only tithe believers are to pay today:
- All tithes are offerings but not all offerings are tithes:
Tithing is a law of appreciation to God and charity to man, it is the giving of the tenth of your income back to God [Lev 27:32]; not only to show God appreciation for his physical blessings but also to make it possible for persons in need to be physically provided for. Basically, tithing was done by handing over the tithes to the Levites every year [Deu 14:22]. We know these tithes were given to the Levite because the Levites shared no inheritance with their Israelite brothers and they were fixed to work full time in the temple having no way of earning a living so tithing was instituted as God’s way to cater for them [Num 18:24].
Tithe unlike the church will tell you is not an eternal principle of God but is dependent on the Mosaic Law. Understand that the tithe Abraham gave (before the Mosaic Law was established) was voluntary [Gen 14:18-20]. And that the tithe Jacob gave (before the Mosaic Law was established) was voluntary [Gen 28:20-22]. God commanded tithing for the very first time in the Mosaic Law [Lev 27:30-34].
For those Christians who will say God commanded the Israelites to pay tithes as food then because they didn’t have money back then, we need to read [Gen 17:23; 42:25; Exo 30:16; Lev 27:15; Num 3:48, Deu 2:6] which proves that they did have money back then. Think about it, how could the man Abimelech give Abraham 1,000 pieces of silver if money was inexistent back then [Gen 20:16]? And how was Joseph sold to slavery for 20 pieces of silver if money was indeed inexistent back then [Gen 37:28]?
If tithe is your income in food form- of land produces (crops and flocks) and not money, it goes without saying that only those who owned farms were required to pay tithe and not fishermen, goldsmiths, tailors, carpenters, politicians, scribes and not even those who worked in the farms of those who owned them (because the produce of the land they work as laborers in, is not their income, their income is the money the owner of the farm pays them which cannot be classified as the produce of the land but money). Tithe was a means to tax the rich (farm owners) to feed the poor and not extorting the little the poor possessed, from their hands.
This is a tithe that is also called the Lord’s tithe. It is the only type of tithe the church teaches for reasons that are obvious. The tithe is paid every year to the Levites [Num 18:21-24] and is paid in association with the time of collecting the annual first fruits (of grain, wine and oil) giving as a heave offering to the Lord [Num 18:24]. It is paid so as to cater for the food needs of the temple-Levites because they were to all work full time in the temple and had been stripped of all inheritance with their other Israelite brothers and giving only a spiritual inheritance- God [Num 18:23; 18:20].
The Levites too paid tithes but they only paid tithes from the tithes they themselves received [Num 18:25-30], the Israelites did not only pay tithes to the Levites but the Levites themselves yet paid tithes to the high priest [Num 18:25-30]. Understand that the people never paid tithes directly to the Priests but did this through the Levites. The priests were of the children of Aaron (who was a Levite) only and not of the general stock of the Levites, so the Levites were to pay their own tithes to the priests (children of Aaron) from the tithes they themselves had recieved, afterwhich the priests would carry these tithes they had recieved into the storehouse of God [Neh 10:38].
However, there came a time the priests began to default in their divine responsibilty and were not filling up the storehouse with the tithes they recieved. Starting the case from [Mal 3:8-10] where God said some group of people were robbing him because they were not bringing the tithes to the storehouse does not make clear who these group of people are, stepping backward a bit to [Mal 2:1] is the wise move that makes us realise that God was specifically speaking to the priests afterall (and not the non Levites nor the non priests) who alone were responsible for filling up the storehouse with the tithes they had recieved from the Levites, and this instruction carried on up to the very end of Malachi chapter 3 where the church likes to begin the case from in a bid to imput fear in the minds of the brethren- accusing them falsely of robbing God.
Only the high priest paid no tithe because he represented Yahushua/Jesus who is the head of the church and our true high priest in heaven. The Levitical tithe was 10% of one’s increase paid every year and this was stored in the storerooms of the treasury [Neh 10:37-38]. Tithe is a charity tax and the Levitical tithe can be likened to government tax.
This is one tithe the brethren have probably never heard about, because they do not keep the feasts of God which they should. This tithe is paid once every year to the temple. It is paid so as to have refreshment and food for all Israelites whenever they came to Jerusalem for the feast of terbanacle [Deu 14:22-27]. Note that this is one type of tithe the payer could also eat. The feast tithe is another 10% of one’s increase which precisely is 10% of the remaining revenue after the 10% Levitical tithe has been paid. Note that this amounts to 20% of tithes every year for the Israelites. The first and the second types of tithes are spoken of here in [Deu 14:22-23]. Paying the feast tithe is no longer feasible because there is no more temple where it was required for this type of tithe to be payed and eaten. Tithe is a charity tax and the feast tithe can be likened to national feast tax.
3The poor’s tithe:
This is another type of tithe the brethren probably also know nothing about. This is the only type of tithe that is not paid to the Levites and the temple alone but is given to the poor in your residence- the strangers, Fatherless and the widows and also the Levites who were counted as poor for they had no land inheritance. Note that the Levites who receive this poor tithe are qualified to do so not really because they work full time in the temple but because they have been stripped of all land inheritance. This tithe is paid once every third year of a seven-year cycle [Deu 14:28-29; 16:12-15; Amo 4:4; Tobith 1:7-8].
In the 7-year cycle, no type of tithe is paid on the 7th year because the Isrealites were not permitted to till the land on this year so that in this year, it could not be possibly to pay any tithe which itself was and is food not money [Exo 23:11-12; Lev 25:4; Lev 25:20-22]. This type of tithe is obviously a social welfare and charity type of tithe paid to be used to cater for the less privileged. Social responsibility was not an option for God’s people for a total of 21 times, God commanded Israel to cater for the needy [Exo 22:21; Mal 3:5]. It was also 10% of income. Tithe is a charity tax and the poor’s tithe can be likened to the warfare program.
Even in Yahushua/Jesus’ days, tithing remained food because in [Mt 23:23], the tithes (mint, anise and cumin) Yahushua/Jesus accused the Pharisees of focusing on at the detriment of the weightier matters of the law were yet food (spices to be precise). So tithing didn’t change to money with Yahushua/Jesus’ coming.
Tithing was dependent on the Mosaic Law and the temple priesthood, if there is no more temple today but our bodies [1 Co 6:19] and we the saints are all priests (spiritual Levites) today [Rev 1:6], it subsequently means that paying of the Levitical and feast tithe that both required the temple is no longer feasible nor is it required.
The poor tithe is the only tithe believers today are
required to pay. 10% was paid to the poor which included the strangers, Fatherless, widows and the Levites in your
residence. The poor tithe today stands to be paid only to the strangers, Fatherless and widows (Levites can no longer be included here because there is no more temple and Levites are now free to work and acquire wealth). This type of tithe today is obviously not
dependent on the temple building but on your ability to still find the poor around you, a people which
Yahushua/Jesus said will never cease from being in the land [Deu 15:11; Mt 26:11].
Farm owners are expected by God to give out a 10th of their land produce every 3rd year (when the poor tithe was paid [Deu 14:28-29; 16:12-15; Amo 4:4; Tobith 1:7-8] to the poor and every other individual who has to give are expected by God to give offerings (not tithe) to the poor at any non-fixed time [Pro 21:13; 22:9; 19:17; 29:7; 28:27; 1 Jn 3:17-18], as you can see, none of the poor tithe compulsorily goes to the church or your pastor. This is why the church refused to reveal to you the truth about tithing today, simply because there was no way for them to benefit from your mandatory tithe today.
You can give your church whatever percentage of money you chose to give, but don't call any 10% of this money-offering tithe because tithe is food. And if we wish to change what God has made food into money just like the church has done, then we need to remember the command of God himself which says "What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it [Deu 12:32]".
The church in summary says that tithe is money and that all this money tithe must be brought in one installment to the church, dubiously quoting only one of the many verses that actually speak about tithe i.e. the famous [Mal 3:10].
Well tithing cannot all at the same time be one of food alone which was paid at three installments originally but reduced to one today, and also be one of money alone, paid at just one installment. It can only be one or the other. This is the doctrinal error of tithing. But wisdom says that this so-called error of tithing is not one introduced into the Bible by an external agent but one that has actually come from the incorrect interpretation of the Bible. It is all a matter of interpretation
6 simple questions for the church about tithe
- If tithes were given to the Levite priests because they had no inheritance [Num 18:24] and to the poor because they had nothing [Deu 14:28-29; 16:12-15; Amo 4:4; Tobith 1:7-8], why do pastors with inheritances and even jobs today demand for tithes?
- If pastors insist that they are the physical Levites of today, why then don’t they pay a tithe of the tithes they receive just as God demanded the Old Covenant Levite priests to do [Num 18:25-30]?
- If tithe is food and not money [Lev 27:30, 32; Deu 14:22; 2 Ch 31:5-6; Neh 13:12], why doesn’t the church collect food stuffs today as tithes but demand for money? Could it be so as to capture the income of both farmers and non-farmers thereby maximizing their income?
- If God himself has commanded that we should not add to or remove from his word according to [Deu 12:32], why then did the church change tithe from being food to money?
- If the church is not all interested in our money alone, why is the third time tithe (which cuts down the total tithe that comes into the church) [Deu 14:28-29; 16:12-15; Amo 4:4; Tobith 1:7-8] excluded from practice and the first time tithe (which brings the whole 10% of tithe) [Num 18:21-24] established?
- If the tithe of Abraham and Jacob were only voluntary [Gen 14:18-20] and [Gen 28:20-22] respectively and the only compulsory tithe is dependent on the Mosaic Law [Lev 27:30-34], a law the church believes has been abolished, why then still demand for tithes?
Take your time to answer these questions; I’ll wait for the answers on my email or Facebook inboxes.
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