Friday, March 2, 2012

Tithing is a Lie

I got these videos from Fanatic for Jesus. Notice how the false preachers threaten curses upon those who do not tithe:

I never have tithed and refuse to. Why? I do not believe in it. I believe in giving as God leads, but a 10% "church tax" demanded by the hirelings is NOT biblical.

Endless manipulations are part of the hireling program to get your money:

For some in America scraping off the top 10% would mean no money for rent and food, and if an American becomes homeless one of these mega-churches will be more busy sending the money to Haiti or upgrading the sound system, rather then helping the poor right in the church. Why isn't there more personal giving among Christians? Well because the preacher is raking it all in, and using it to build a bigger church building or take another missions trip [cough...vacation...cough] to Jamaica. The 10% off the top "DEMAND" often means many poor people stay away from the church house, knowing they can't afford it. Also don't write checks to charities, where the money vanishes into the abyss of "administrative" costs, give directly. I haven't done a post about this yet, but the corruption of so many well-known charities is extreme.

These false preachers are abusing an Old Testament verse Malachi 3 to demand that Christians all give them 10% of their incomes.

"Malachi 3:8Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

9Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

10Bring 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.

11And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

12And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

13Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?

Where do they all get the 10% number from? The 10% number comes from Leviticus:

Leviticus 27:30-33

King James Version (KJV)

30And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD's: it is holy unto the LORD.

31And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.

32And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.

33He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.<

Anyone wonder why these preachers are all using OLD TESTAMENT LAW to try and get your money?

Think about that one. Where did any of the apostles demand a 10% cut? They did not, but the hirelings do. 


Kayfabe said...

Right on! I never believed in the tithe, funny how much of the institutional church stays away from certain old testament teachings but embraces tithing. The mission trip refrence is true also, my former false pastor Pancho Juarez used to go to Switzerland, Hawaii and Japan in the name of suffering for Christ. This after he promised the congregation that he wouldn't travel anymore. He is always going somewhere.

Bible Believer said...

Hi Kayfabe, yes I never believed in it either. I think it is interesting too how they pick and choose, through the OT, they certainly are not telling their church members not to eat pork. Wow, that is some extensive vacations. Imagine the thousands of dollars spent just to get overseas. One thing even studying all the conferences and more these false pastors go to, you wonder when they are actually ever home?

Anonymous said...

I like the part where it says we aren't suppose to ask how our tithe is being spent. I remember one pastor of a church we went to got mad when a man gave a donation but told the pastor where it was suppose to be spent. A few years later the pastor left his wife and children and ran away with the church secretary. That church was sold to the Buddhists. The church I was married in is now a mosque. Our Baptist Pastor does not teach the tithe(not for Gentile Christians-Acts 15). We did have our sons circumcised and for health reasons we do not eat any of the unclean(unhealthy) foods in the Bible. I also say that God does not like tatoos(Leviticus 19:28KJ).

Anonymous said...

talk about throwing the baby out with the bath! We set aside monies for the Lord out of our first fruits as a habit and to honor God for His provision, not because it is something we have to do, it is something that we do with joy as instructed in the Word. It is sometimes 10% and sometimes 15% and we are NOT under law. In fact, I don't know the actual % as we set aside something from the gross and others may set aside monies from take home.

We give out "God's fund" where He leads and not in only one place. We are not influenced by anyone other than the Lord Himself. We don't do it to receive anything back, but has been our practice for many years. If we don't set aside something for the Lord first, it tends to get lost and spent. If one budgets monies for rent, utilities, food, why not set aside a portion the Lord? Anonymouse #2

Bible Believer said...

If it is something you feel led by God to do, then do it, and be a "cheerful giver" but I hope you do not condemn those who do not give as much money and give more time and other things. Some may give more then that percentage as led, absolutely. I hope this money you give away is not going into the pockets of any mega-preachers or globalist campaigns [well outside of real missionaries] and is going for direct needs. With these false preachers telling their church members they will be cursed and more, it is economic manipulation meant for them to make merchandise of people.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely what others give to the Lord is strictly between them and Him. But on the other hand to say that those who do set aside monies for God out of their first fruits are wrong is judgmental. I just think that to take on the topic without acknowledging the value of putting aside monies for the Lord is unbalanced. The Lord likes order, not haphazardness even in our finances.

We wouldn't dream of giving monies to televangelists or any other ministry that we cannot hold accountable and monitor where the funds are going. In fact, we are to be good stewards of all God has provided and that includes funds given in His name. There are plenty of places that don't advertise, ministries that depend upon the Lord for funds. We spoke recently with a missionary who does not move forward with any project beyond sharing the Gospel and discipling unless the Lord provides the funds. We know of another ministry that is worthy of support. The Lord will reveal places where He wishes to have us distribute His monies. Sometimes it might go to help a family in distress or a widow in need. Of course the funds are always given in the LORD'S Name and that it is Him Who should receive the glory.

I don't think a systematic, organized way of handling finances and setting aside monies for the Lord's work is wrong no matter what you call it. I realize there are charlatans who abuse the sheep and rob them, but that does not negate the concept of giving. I abhor the disgusting "Beg-A-Thons" on TBN and others who fleece the flock. And the prosperity teachers who treat giving to God as some kind of investment plan. There is a need for biblical, balanced teaching on giving and it really doesn't matter what it is called - no percentage is given and it is a private matter between the giver and the Lord. And you are right, it should be given joyfully and out of gratitude to the Lord and a desire to minister to others. Anonymous #3

Abbey said...

What a disgrace and blatant manipulation! God doesn't need our money but wants us to be cheerful givers and imitators of Christ who gave His all for us. We aren't to expect a myriad of blessings in return. That should never be our motivation since it's not pleasing to the Lord. It's having the heart of Jesus that compels us to help those in need. I agree we are to be good stewards of what God has given us, trust our gifts are being used wisely and leave the rest up to the Lord. We need to use discernment and act accordingly. I would never give a penny to any of those rich, deceitful televangelists. Unfortunately they receive millions. :P

The Church I previously attended for over 25 years was often preaching on the subject of tithing. We were told if we gave 10% or more from our gross earnings, God would honor it and give back more than we gave. We were always having building campaigns to pay off the mortgage faster for a BIG Church that wasn't needed. All that Church growth stuff. All their needs and wants are paid for by the congregation. There were Sabbaticals to California and one year he and his wife went to Italy on vacation for the WHOLE summer. :( After all this he was still able to give SO much weekly in tithes. It's a mystery.

Anonymous said...

Tithing was under and is under the law with a curse for Christians seeking salvation under the law, Galatians 3:3-13, Malachi 3:1-18. When pastors and priest quote Malachi 3:1-18, under the law IN OLD COVENANT , how many Christians line up to be served with food when tithes and offering under the law are given? Is the storehouse pastors' and priests' house or the Church? Saved Christians by grace IN NEW COVENANT , lead by the Holy Spirit are ministers of the new testament born of love with exceeding glory which surpassed the glory that was in law in Moses and we have been redeemed from the curse of the law to adoptions of sons and are not under the law, Galatians 5:1, Galatians4:4-5,2 Corinthians 3:1-18 . Salvation under the law one attains it at last breath on earth having done all that pertains to the law which is hard for one to accomplish. Even the tithe which was given by Abraham was under the law of sin and death from the fall of Adam and Eve. Those who cheat would like to deceive Christians that tithe was before the law but before which law. When Christ was born He was given gifts and not tithes Mathew 2:11-12. Salvation under spiritual law of love by grace is freely given and attained, Ephesians 2:4 -9, Ephesians 2:13 -20. Under Leviticus priesthood tithes were given for the tribe of Levi and tithe of tithe to the high Priest for they shared no land apart from the walled towns they were allocated to stay in for their continuous sacrifice to God, Numbers 18:20 -29.Widows, strangers ,fatherless and orphans benefited from tithes and offerings given to Levites, Deuteronomy 14:22-29. In Christianity widows were asked to be catered by close brethren to ease burden to the Church. There were also tithes of different kinds in Israel

Anonymous said...

Faith is where tithing comes in, take a step back an look at your personal relationship with God. If we, and Gods Word, Herbrews 13:8 believe "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Then where is the mix up? The mixup has to be within ourselves, we as a new generation of Christians like to be Micro...t Office Christisns, where we can cut and paste only the things that we FEEL LIKE should pertain to us. Now none of us are perfect, and I agree that some Pastors/Evangelists abuse their calling to serve by stealing from their congregation/Captive Audience, but who's to say the are not already being dealt with or will be dealt with before the throne. Our responsibility is to have Faith and if we feel like our tithe is not handled in a Godly way then you have a right to tithe in a different direction, God tells us to be Cheerful Givers. Now as far as the law is concerned, Jesus says in Matthew 5:17-20 that “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Now with all this in mind, I am first to admit that I'm not perfect, well my wife will say it first.... But believing on the Lords word is the hardest thing to understand sometimes, but again we all have our own opinion, but is it truly backed by the Word of our own selfish reasonings? I like to end with one of the greatest verses in the Bible 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love., who are we being an example to today, God Bless you friends and family, pay it forward.