Every Sunday morning and most weeknight services, there is a time in which the people in the church sanctuary are victims of a scheme to defraud them of their God blessed and hard earned money. Pastors bring the deacons to the front of the church, while ushers are sometime stationed at exits to make sure people cannot leave while these events happen. The pastors will then read Malachi 3, and tell the people the lie that if they pay a tenth of their income to the church, they will stay saved. If they don’t, then they are “robbing God”, and can be cursed with sickness and financial ruin, even eternal damnation. People then are scared and empty their wallets in fear of the flames of Hell, and breathe a sigh of relief, at least until the following service when the church leaders start this process all over again.
If things like this happened outside of the church world, the pastors, deacons, and ushers would ALL be arrested and charged with fraud and embezzlement for these mafia tactics to fill their pockets while instilling fear in those under their leadership. But, because this happens in churches, such practices are allowed under law. However, none of these practices are allowed in scripture. Let’s look at the tithe preachers’ favorite verse and see the truth behind their lies.
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 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. Malachi 3:8-10 (KJV)
Notice the details about the tithe listed here. First off, this was written specifically to the nation of Israel. Israel had violated the Law of Moses in not collecting tithes. Second, the tithes were meat, or agricultural goods for the provision of the Levites in the Temple, which brings us to the third point. The tithe was to be brought to the storehouse, which was in the Temple. So, let’s be specific in saying that none of these requirements are for the Church or any Gentile whatsoever, but was specifically for the nation of Israel.
In light of this, let’s look at what the tithe exactly was.
Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand: But thou must eat them before the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto. Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth. Deuteronomy 12:17-19 (KJV)
The tithe was never gold or silver, never money. It was all always agricultural. No where in the New Covenant does it say that the tithe was transferred to the Church, to the pastors. It was and is only for the Levitical priesthood during the days of the Temple, and since we have neither temple or Levites, the tithe is no more, period. The early church did not tithe, and the tithe doctrine did not even begin until well after the start of Roman Catholicism by that religion in the 5th century. Below is a direct quote from the Catholic Encyclopedia:
In the course of time, however, as the Church expanded and various institutions arose, it became necessary to make laws which would insure the proper and permanent support of the clergy. The payment of tithes was adopted from the Old Law, and early writers speak of it as a divine ordinance and an obligation of conscience. The earliest positive legislation on the subject seems to be contained in the letter of the bishops assembled at Tours in 567 and the canons of the Council of Maçon in 585.
Today, the tithe preachers, the prosperity false prophets use different means to manipulate and extort money from believers. They call it firstfruits, or they label it tithing by faith, both still genuinely containing the same spiritual empty threats for those who do not tithe. But, regardless of the tactics, it is still a lie, a fraud, and embezzlement against the people of God. You are not obligated to pay tithes to stay saved or not be cursed. These liars against God will stand in judgment one day and Hell will open wide for them. If you are one of those who have lied to God’s people about the tithe, I call on you to repent before it is too late. If you’ve been deceived to pay tithes, you need to also repent for doing so, and cease the lie. In both cases, this lie of mandatory tithing is one that needs to be purged from the Church, period.