Have you noticed that there is an ever-increasing demand by Christian religious leaders to make their followers pay tithes to support their ministry? They use all type of tactics to shame folks into paying tithes. They make empty promises of “supernatural increase” or wealth and prosperity for those who tithe regularly into their ministry or into their churches. They use the Old Testament Law of Moses to browbeat unsuspecting believers into tithing into a manmade ministry. They use Malachi 3:8 to imply that those who don’t tithe rob God as if God need their tithes.
However, Malachi 3:8 has reference to the Levitical Priestly System that supported the priests of God who had no inheritance in the land.
I have known some churches to keep a record of who tithes and who doesn’t. However that system of temple (Tax) support was nailed to the cross in Christ Jesus and is no longer viable or approved by God for His ONE TRUE EKKLESIA (Church).
I have known churches and pastors to keep a record of who paid tithes and how much that they paid in order to speculate on a church member’s income. I have known churches to keep financial records on who paid tithes and who didn’t in order to discriminate between church members and segregate certain privileges and rights of members – honoring one more than the other.
Would God allow such a system in His One TRUE Ekklesia? Does this represent a God who loved the world so much that He gave? (He didn’t tithe but gave His only begotten Son to reconcile the world to Himself.)
If in deed we are born again, we don’t need to prove to anyone that we are givers. Giving is a part of who we are in Christ. It is our new nature in the HOLY SPIRIT.
However, there are many Christian organizations and institutions monitoring the tithing behavior of believers in their membership. They represent themselves as storehouses for the LORD. But God never called them storehouses nor sanctioned them to collect tithes on His behalf. (Matthew 7:21-23)
Tithing is a mandatory tribute commanded by Moses’ Law for the upkeep, care and support of the Temple and The Priests of FATHER YHVH. But who are the anointed Priests of YHVH today that keep All Of His Holy Commands and Observe All of His Holy Days as the Levitical Priest did.
God has done away with the temporary Laws of Moses and it tithing ordinances. Those who worship Him now must do so willingly and in Spirit and Truth.
God did not setup any “church” or man or religious organization or institution to collect tithes for Him. Tithing was a part of Moses’ law that was nailed to the cross. That is why we don’t find any New Testament Christians paying tithes. The New Testament Christian doesn’t give out of obligation or legal compulsion which is what a tithe is. The New Testament Christian gives out of Love for GOD and a desire to please God since God loves a cheerful giver.
However, there are many who prosper by keeping the Christian masses ignorant of this truth and burdened with the legalism of tithing. They have attached a negative stigma to anyone who doesn’t tithe into their pockets or who doesn’t tithe into their organization. But this is not from God little children. God has set us free from the Law of Moses and that includes tithing. (Colossian 2:14)
The Law of Moses was a temporary schoolmaster meant to lead us to Christ. But since Christ came, Moses’ Law has ended and so has tithing.
Although they cannot disprove this truth using the teachings of Christ and His Apostles, many aren’t willing to accept this truth.
Although many have tithed faithfully for years, they are no better off financially had they not tithed. The proverbial windows of heaven never poured them out a blessing that they didn’t have room enough to receive. And the few testimonials that exist about receiving financial blessings after tithing is just bait to trick someone else into tithing and keep the insanity going. (Remember that Satan gives blessings too.)
If tithing made people rich, there would be more rich people in some of these churches that preach tithing. And since God is no respecter of persons, everyone who ever tithed should be wealthy. But they are not.
Many folks have become dead to the TRUTH and cannot see the uselessness of a legalistic/compulsory tithe in a Grace relationship founded upon the promises of God. (Galatians 3)
Although they pay tithes, they remain in the same financial fix they were always in – with few exceptions – and cannot see the uselessness of their tithing efforts.
Although they pay tithes, they remain sickly and in poverty while the one to whom they tithe grow wealthy and rich.
Although they pay tithes, many folks are living in financial ruin while the one to whom they pay their tithes enjoys financial security and the best that the world has to offer.
Is anyone hearing what the Spirit is saying to the CHURCH?
Now I know that you can’t tell a man the truth if he will not hear the truth. But it is my prayer today that someone is listening and that someone hears the Truth for it is the TRUTH that will make you free and not bind you or burden you.
It also is my prayer that the FATHER (YHVH) uses this lesson to draw someone out of darkness into His marvelous Light and fill them with His Holy Spirit for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Now don’t get it twisted!
I am not saying that we shouldn’t financially support the work of the Kingdom Ministry of Christ and those who labor faithfully in the TRUE Word and Doctrine of Christ. God commands us to do so.
However, He desires that we do so willingly and out of Love and gratitude for God and for Christ and not because we are taxed. God Loves A Cheerful Giver.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
(2 Corinthians 9:7)
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