Tithes and Offerings: Who Is Doing the Robbing?
By Elyah, Aug 11 2015 07:38AM
Elyah to the Elder,
We know that Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18-20); we know that Jacob tithed (Genesis 28:22), and we know that the tithe was prescribed for the nation of Israel, especially for the maintenance of the Levites and Priests who were given no land inheritance in Israel (Numbers 18:24-28). A pressing question, however, that many Christians ask on occasion is whether or not tithing is a New Covenant COMMANDMENT that all Christians must adhere to lest they be found guilty of "robbing God." In spite of hearing the "robbing God" passage of Malachi 3:8 (in tithes and offerings) invoked over and over again from pulpits before the sheep of Christ urging us to do our "Christian duty," I personally have found no evidence whatsoever in all of my reading of the New Testament that tithing was ordained to be appointed in the churches. What we do find, however, are passages like the following:
"Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Paul, who wrote the above verse, I would argue was very mindful of not returning to the legalistic and burdensome ways of the Law as interpreted by the Scribes and Pharisees, but was more concerned with 1) the liberty we who possess the Spirit of Christ enjoy and 2) with the fruits of such a Spirit: "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law" (Galatians 5:22-23). Paul, a former Law zealot, shook off the leaven of the Pharisees and ultimately plead his case concerning the new liberty boldly at the Jerusalem Council and which led Peter to proclaim, "Why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?" (Acts:15:10). The mere fact that the "Will a man rob God" passage testifies to Israel's shortcomings with regard to tithes and offerings should present itself a SIGN to the Church-shepherds of today, who would be wise if they heeded the words of Peter to not put a yoke upon our necks. But then again, how else would the following words of Peter be fulfilled:
"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not." (2 Peter 2:1-3)
Nonetheless, for those of us who take liberty in Christ Jesus (Yahawshua), we know as our father Abraham knew, that God smiles upon us when we acknowledge the source from whom all blessings flow with the very substance God continuously blesses us to get in the first place. Therefore, my sentence is this: If one CHOOSES OF HIS OWN FREEWILL to tithe or to simply give to the Church, to the poor, to whomever, let him do so cheerfully and NOT OF NECESSITY, for God loves a cheerful giver. Amen.
Grace and mercy be unto you!
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