Why I Quit Tithing (and Why You Should Too)

Why has tithing become so divisive in the church today?

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Most people simply don’t understand tithing.

To many Christians, it seems like some sort of country club due. Another bill in the long list of monthly expenses.

Giving is supposed to be an act of worship that draws you closer to the heart of God.

Then why is it that the concept of tithing, giving the first 10 percent of one’s income, has become so divisive in the church?

Christians debate questions like:

Is tithing still even required? Wasn’t it an Old Testament law? Didn’t Christ abolish the law with His death and resurrection?

Should I tithe off the gross or net of my income?

Does God really expect me to tithe if I’m struggling in my personal finances?

I “tithe” my time to the church. Isn’t that enough?

These questions all have the same recurring theme—what’s the least I can give and still receive God’s blessings.

When you debate these questions, you totally miss the point.

Biblical generosity isn’t about giving the minimum. It’s about surrendering it all to an all-powerful, all-loving God. A God who gave everything in his son Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

Randy Alcorn said it best: “Giving affirms Christ’s lordship. It dethrones me and exalts Him.”

Bull’s-eye.

I used to write checks to my church that looked like this: $112.14.

To the penny. Nothing more. Nothing less.

“There’s my 10 percent God. Hopefully that’ll cover the upkeep in Heaven until my next paycheck. Now bless me.”

I didn’t get it.

God didn’t need my money.

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Larry Poole
Larry Poole serves as the Director of Generosity for Northpark Church located in Raleigh, NC. He coaches pastors, churches, and individuals on the spiritual discipline of generosity. His passion is helping the local church become fully funded so that it can more effectively accomplish the Great Commission. You can connect with Larry on Twitter at @tweetlarrypoole.
  • Gina Cuda Brosell

    Thank you. I did. =)

  • Malachi’s instruction to prove God by bringing the tithes into the storehouse was not speaking of a monetary tithe. It was speaking of an agricultural tithe; the tithe required of the children of Israel at the time. (see Leviticus 27:30-33)

    It had nothing to do with the New Testament Church whatsoever. The Priests of Israel were the ones God was speaking to. They had robbed God, and God wanted His tithes brought back to the storehouse from which they were removed. (cross reference Nehemiah 13:1-12)

    Pastors have misused Malachi 3:8-10 and abused the flock over which God had made them overseers (see 1Peter 5:1-4) with a command that is totally foreign to Scripture… the command to tithe money to the New Testament Church.

    In Mark 12:39-44, Jesus warned of Scribes, religious leaders in the Temple who were robbing widow’s houses. Today, many religious leaders around the world continue not only to rob widows houses through the monetary tithe requirement lie, but they also rob every other household that believes their teaching that God requires monetary tithes of New Testament Church congregations.

    Just as the religious leaders of the first century AD were facing the ‘greater damnation’ for robbing widow’s houses, I am certain that many pastors today, because of their preaching a tithe God never authorized in His Word, will also be facing a greater judgment than many.

    In the Bible, tithes were never commanded for the New Testament Church, never carried to the New Testament Church, never collected in the New Testament Church, and never controlled by the New Testament Church. They were the property of Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners in Israel.

    Psalm 147:19-20 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

    In the last place that tithing is seen as a command in the Word of God, Hebrews 7, it is still the sons of Levi to whom the tithe belongs, and the tithes are still according to the Law, i.e.; agricultural.

    Pastors and Church Leadership need to repent of twisting the Word of God into a lie and begin teaching the Word as it is written. God’s commanded holy tithe was never monetary… it was agricultural.

    Leviticus 27:30-33 And 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. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And 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. He 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.

    • Michael

      Interesting no one has mentioned Abraham our spiritual father in the faith! He paid tithes to Melchizedek long before the mosaic law was given….Melchizedek a type of Jesus was both king and priest…who received tithe from Abraham
      Your proof text either pro or con from Malachi 3 is not sustainable.
      Hebrews 7: 1-20 will give some light on this…

      Giving is a trust issue…ask the rich young ruler!
      God Bless

      • Abram’s tithe to Melchizedek, (Gen. 14:16-20; Heb. 7:4) not from Abram’s own property. (Gen. 14:21-23). Nor was it of Abram’s monetary income.

        Israel’s tithes were of agricultural produce, (Lev. 27:30-33; Deut. 14:22-29) not of their monetary income.

        In the last place we see tithes commanded in the Bible, (Heb. 7:5-8) they are still “according to the Law”, I.e.; agricultural, and still the property of the sons of Levi. (Num. 18:24-26; Neh. 10:37-38)

        There is not one verse in the Bible to support a monetary tithe requirement of either Jew or Greek.

  • Jesus confirmed the tithe in Matthew 23:23, I wholeheartedly agree.

    However, the tithe Jesus confirmed in Matthew 23:23 is not the same tithe that pastors are preaching in our pulpits today. Not even close.

    In Matthew 23:23, The Mosaic Law was still in effect. The New Covenant would not begin until the death of the Testator Jesus Christ.

    Why is this important? Because, the tithe commanded in the Mosaic Law was strictly agricultural in its content. Leviticus 27:30-33 tells the reader that God’s commanded tithes were of crops, flocks and herds. Before anyone tries to claim that agriculture was their means of money, think again. Verses 15 & 18 of this same chapter proves they had money. Even verse 32 states that the tithe could be bought back if the farmer so chose to do.

    Being under the Law, the scribes and Pharisees were tithing what the Law demanded. Not money, but crops from the garden. And Jesus confirmed that they were to do so.

    In order to say Jesus requires us to tithe our money, one needs to provide a Scripture verse that states this. If there is no such command in the Word of God, (there isn’t) then one has to add to add to the Word of God in order to preach that command.

    So, are we supposed to tithe summer squash and sheep? Cucumbers and cows? Let’s examine the Scriptures for the answer, shall we? Leviticus 27 does say God’s tithe was to be agricultural. However, verse 34 states that the commands were given for the children of Israel.

    Now, some may argue that once we became God’s children we became Israel too. The Scriptures reveal that we are a separate nation from the nation of Israel.

    Look at Psalm 147:19-20. There, we read that the commands given to the children of Israel were not given to any other nation.

    In Acts 15, the religious leaders of Jerusalem were demanding that the Gentile Converts to Jesus Christ be made to keep the Mosaic Law. Both Peter and James berated them, telling them that by putting an impossible yoke upon the Converts. They were tempting God and subverting the souls of the Converts.

    Long story short, the Gentile Converts were not required to keep the Mosaic Law. This decision was made by the Apostles and the Holy Ghost.

    Only four necessary things were required of the Converts,… Tithing was not one of those necessary things.

    Flash forward fifteen years to the Epistle to the Hebrews. Chapter 7:5-9, the last place tithes are seen as a command, the tithes are still “according to the Law,” and still the property of the sons of Levi. In other words, they are still agricultural, and have no part of the Christian Church.

    The monetary tithe requirement Doctrine being promoted, preached, and proffered in our Christian churches is totally foreign to the Word of God. It is a man-made doctrine.

    Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.

    • Roberto C. Nino Jr.

      Abraham was not under the Law yet he paid tithes same as Jacob. So therefore the Mosaic Law is not just the basis of our tithing practice. This is just common sense tithes is the best proportion of give. Paul said ” Thou shall not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the Corn ” is a quotation from the Law when he taught about. More Later thanks

      • Melinda Boyette

        Have you read Hebrews especially Hebrews 7 or the book of Galatians?

  • The command to tithe one’s monetary income was never given to the New Covanant Church by either God, or by His Apostles.

    God never commanded anyone in His Word to tithe money to Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue or Church. Yet, so many In churches around the world today are lied to every time the offering plate is passed. “God requires you to tithe your money” is spoken from the pulpit. “If you don’t tithe, you are a God-robber! You are cursed!” Is often shouted to put the laity in a state of guilt and condemnation. Relax Saints of God… Fear not. God never authorized that pastor to speak those deceitful and unkind words to your ears.

    Let’s examine the Scriptures and see what they say concerning
    God’s commanded tithe, shall we? But first, let us visit two sons of Aaron at the Tabernacle…

    Leviticus 10:1-2 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

    In the above text, two of Aaron’s sons were struck dead because they offered “strange fire” to God upon the altar of the Lord. What exactly was this “strange fire” that they offered that so displeased the Lord? We are not told. But we are given a special insight as to how precise God wants our offerings to Him be. Nadab and Abihu had offered something that God had not commanded.

    Now, one would think, “Hey, at least they were offering something to God. What wrong can be in that?” But God said they offered something that was not commanded.

    A lesson should be learned by all from the reading of the account of Nadab and Abihu. That lesson is, “Do It By The Book”.

    God has given us His Word as an instruction manual. This “manual” tells us what God expects of us as His dear children. If we are disobedient, God’s chastening hand will be upon us. It surely was upon Nadab and Abihu when they offered strange fire upon the altar. The manner in which we are to live is laid out for us in the New Testament section of the Holy Bible.

    Now, please don’t go off on a tangent, saying I don’t like the Old Testament. I do. I cherish both the Old and the New. I read them both and learn from them both.

    But the fact is, the New contains the pattern by which God wants us to live today. Hebrews 8 tells us that in AD 66 the Old Covenant was ready to pass away and that God was bringing us into a New Covenant. We cannot live in the Old Covenant promises, curses, edicts, laws, statutes, and ordinances. God doesn’t expect us to.

    In AD 51, the Apostles met in Jerusalem with the religious leaders of the day. Their order of meeting was to discuss Gentiles who had been recently converted to faith in Christ. The religious leaders of Jerusalem were insisting that the Gentiles had to keep the Law of Moses or they could not be saved.

    The Apostle Peter spoke before them all, rebuking them for placing a yoke upon the Gentile Brethren that neither the Jews of that day, nor their ancestors could keep themselves. Peter told them they were tempting God in their demands. The Apostle James said the religious leaders were overthrowing the souls of the Gentiles.

    At the close of the meeting, James wrote a letter to the Gentile Believers and sent it to them by the hands of Paul and Barnabas, telling the Gentiles that the Apostles had given no such command that they keep the Law. He also sent Judas and Silas with the same words, but not written… they were to speak to the Gentiles, telling them that they were not commanded to keep the Mosaic Law. The Mosaic Law was part of an Old Covenant that was soon to pass away.

    In many Churches around the world today, there is a doctrine being taught that could be called “strange fire”. That doctrine is the monetary tithe requirement doctrine.

    Pastors will stand in their pulpits and preach from the Old Covenant the command to tithe that was given to Israel. But, they replace the tithe God commanded, an agricultural tithe, with a tithe consisting of money. It no longer is the tithe that God required of Israel. It has become “strange fire.”

    No longer the agricultural tithe that was commanded by God for the children of Israel in Mount Sinai, (Leviticus 27:30-34) it is now a monetary tithe. No longer a tithe that was to be given to Levites, to widows, to orphans, to strangers in Israel, (Numbers18:21,24,26,28; Deuteronomy 14:22-29; Nehemiah 10:37-38) it is now given to pastors of Churches around the world.

    The “tithes” were good when God had control of them, but modern-day Nadab’s, modern-day Abihu’s have turned them into a “strange fire” which God never commanded. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Many pastors today are tempting God and putting a yoke upon their congregations that God never authorized them to do.

    Search the Scriptures. When you do, you will find that God’s holy tithe was never commanded for the New Testament Church, never carried to the New Testament Church, never collected in the New Testament Church, and never controlled by the New Testament Church.

    Pastors would do well to set aside this sin of preaching a strange fire and offering it to God in the Sunday prayers. Seek out what the New Covenant says concerning the saved and their giving. They are not to be coerced into giving, they are not to be made to fear a curse from God. Rather, they should be taught to give simply because “they love Jesus.”

    Teach them as the Apostle Paul taught the saints and brethren at the Church in Corinth… as they purpose in their hearts to give, give cheerfully and willingly God will be honored more by a loving offering than by “strange fire”

    Do it by the Book

    People, If you insist that God requires you to tithe, that you are being obedient to God and His Holy Word, at least have the decency and respect for God and His Holy Word to do it in accordance to what He has written in His Holy Word.

    When you tithe, don’t take it to a Church in a Gentile land. God never commanded such. Instead, do it by the book, as God commanded, and take it to the Promised Land. ( Deut. 12:1,10-11)

    When you tithe, don’t give it to a Gentile preacher. God never commanded that. Instead, do it by the book, as God commanded, and take it to the Levite, the widow, the orphan and the foreigner (which would include yourself) in the Promised Land. ( Deut 14:22-29 )

    When you tithe, don’t tithe money. God never commanded such a tithe. Instead, do it by the book, as God commanded, and tithe agricultural products that are grown in the Promised Land. (Leviticus 27:30-33)

    If you insist on tithing, don’t tithe that which comes from Gentile hands on Gentile soil. God never commanded it. Instead, do it by the book, as God commanded, and move to the Promised land Israel so you can cultivate the land and have the tithe that God required in the Mosaic Law.

    But remember…

    .Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

    If you are not going to “Do It By The Book”, don’t try to convince me that you are being obedient to God in tithing. It is just the opposite… you are being rebellious to what He decreed concerning how His holy tithe was to be observed and kept.

    Maybe it’s best you stop offending in that point of the Law and just submit to God’s will concerning your giving today.

    2 Corinthians 9:6-7 But this [I say], He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

    God does not require tithe of your money. Instead, He wants you to give simply out of your love for Him.

    Not as others dictate, but as you choose in your heart. Give with a willing heart; not because you have to, but because you want to… and He will be pleased.

  • Baba Roy

    Very superficial article..

  • Rick Santana

    I’ll be honest, I checked out this article curious that I could find proof that tithing is not required! Again, just curious! But I love how Larry Poole did not dismiss tithing, but, challenged us to ask ourselves “how much should I keep?” instead of “How much should I give?”. Gave me a lot to think about! I love the title by the way! Slick Lol!

    • God’s commanded tithe:

      a) was agricultural (Lev. 27:30-33)
      b) was required of the Children of Israel (Lev.27:34)
      c) was not to be observed in any geographical location other than the land of Canaan (Deut. 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11)
      d) was to be given to Levites, widows, orphans and strangers in Canaan (Num. 18:24-26; Deut. 14:22-29)
      e) was never commanded of Gentile nations (Psa. 147:19-20)
      f) was not to be imposed upon Gentile Believers (Acts 15:5,10,19-20)
      g) was still agricultural in the last place it was seen as a command in the Bible (Heb. 7:5-9)
      h) was still the property of the sons of Levi in the last place it is seen as a command in the Bible (Heb. 7:5-9)

  • Gary Young

    Yes Larry I like how you are thinking. I also agree with you. We owe more than we could ever repay so the amount matters not as much as the attitude of the heart. Keep on preaching!

  • Dr. Joe

    The message is good and current and scriptural. I disagree with the headline. I think it gives a wrong impression

  • Olivia Dunham

    I did give my tithes before and I have a testimony that God really provides when you give your 10%. Giving of the 10% actually started from Jacob – Genesis 28:20-22 + “20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21 so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord[a] will be my God 22 and[b] this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”
    However, in the New Testament, Jesus, (let me use the word) revised tithing into the law of cheerful giving. 2 Cor. 9:7 says – “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.”
    I still believe in tithing though I don’t do it anymore but I do exercise cheerful giving which the Lord prefers more… like in the case of the widow who gave her all – Mark 12:42 – “But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.” God sees our hearts when we give so if we give cheerfully instead of reluctantly, He honors that more. That is why He prefers Abel’s offering over Cain because Cain didn’t give it with his heart. He was withholding from God what is and has been truly His!
    The Old and the New Testaments are all Words of God and yes, nothing should be disregarded. But again, even the 10 Commandments, God summarized it into two in the New Testament – Mark 12:30-31 = “30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.”
    Just saying, those who are still tithing, let them do so. Those who are not but are giving cheerfully, no need to feel guilty because you are also doing the right thing. There is nothing we own that doesn’t belong to God, even our words of thanksgiving. He wants our hearts, as the author said. Whatever we give cheerfully, He will accept. God bless us all! Shalom!

  • Raymond SMith

    Actually there were three tithes which Malachi refers to in 3:8 + 10. It it plural there not singular.

    The first tithe was the 10% portion of everything that they made and this was for the Levitical priesthood to live on (Num 18:21, 24).

    Secondly, there were the tithes of the feasts each year (Deut 14:22-27). The tithes for the feasts were in the best interests of the families who tithed. They could use these funds for whatever their hearts desired during the feasts of the Lord.

    Thirdly, there was a tithe for the poor which was only given every three years (Duet 14:28-29).

  • Stacey Morris

    Just curious what dose the word of God means when it says will a man rob God in malachi 3-8

  • Marilyn Renee Sharon

    if he doesn’t require us to tithe then who takes care of the bills for the church, the hungry the hurting, flood victims, earthquakes, starving children around the world. fresh water. the widow’s house the single mother.

    • The Christians take care of bills and of the poor,… through free will offerings.

  • RIbluebird

    I have been basing my giving on Matthew 25: 31-46 not giving to my church, but to others covering God’s creation, animals and of course those listed in Matthew 25. I find I give more than 10 percent for I believe in the fact that God loves me and he will provide. Which of course He has done over the years. Book I read last year was Timothy Keller’s Generous Justice try it you might learn something.

    • Barb Aday

      I agree with you method of tithing… I see people even in the Rogue Valley that have a huge and beautiful church worth about $6 Million and the pastors live like kings and queens,,, I know that there is an orphanage that is supported… It just seems that if someone who makes themselves in such an ornate fashion that the tithes are being misused…

  • Janice Elzinga Pawloski

    I think the beauty of tithing is that to whom the Lord giveth more, more is required. However, the strictness of tithing is less important. I do think perhaps we should consider giving until it hurts, if there is demonstrated need. One problem occurs when the church is clearly NOT in need and is perhaps not being a good steward of the gifts, and yet we are required to give.

    • “Give ’til it hurts” contradicts 2 Corinthians 8:13.

      • Janice Elzinga Pawloski

        you took that out of context… give until it hurts IF there is demonstrated ease.. 2 Corinthians 8:13 implies that it is not to provide for others ease, which is the point of the rest of my comment…

      • Janice Elzinga Pawloski

        You took that out of context. I said, give until it hurts IF there is demonstrated need. 2 Corinthians 8:13 implies not giving so much that it takes the pressure off of others… which is the point of the rest of my comment.

        • Giving toward a need most certainly eases those in need. However, giving to meet that need ’til it hurts would be easing the needy and burdening the giver., which is discouraged by Paul.

  • ackahmann

    Tithing is not negotiable and still holds for us as Christians as clearly spelt out in Matthew 23:23.

  • Todd Besaw

    I’m pretty sure God did through His own doing by coming in the likeness of sinful flesh. No one took up any cash so that could happen. Tithe your cash and He will watch you give it away to one who should not be asking for it. For they spend it on themselves, if God does not give them what they ask because they seek to spend it on them selves we should say no also. We don’t honor God when we give to deceitful men what He has blessed the work of our hands, be genoreus and give to the poor and needy among you, and let every man work as Paul gave the Church elders direction to follow his example that the gospel not be hindered.

  • Paul Hazelwood

    He only confirmed hypocrisy, that has nothing to do with anyone’s “requirement” to tithe and in fact is pointing out the more important issue and made tithing irrelevant to that.

  • donnaangel

    Based on Hebrews 7:4-6 below, those who are the sons of Levi that are called to the priesthood by God, have a commandment to receive tithes from the children of
    Israel according to the law because they have come from the loins of Abraham, spiritually speaking. “Now consider how GREAT THIS MAN WAS, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, WHO RECEIVE THE PRIESTHOOD, have a COMMANDMENT to RECEIVE TITHES FROM THE PEOPLE ACCORDING TO THE LAW, that is, FROM THEIR
    BRETHREN, though they have come FROM THE LOINS OF ABRAHAM; but
    he [is referring to the Word who became flesh as the Son of Man in the Person of Jesus Christ] whose genealogy is not derived from them RECEIVED TITHES FROM
    ABRAHAM and BLESSED HIM WHO HAD THE PROMISES.” ~ Hebrews 7:4-6 (NKJV)

    Therefore, for those in the body of Christ who are of the “opinion” that New Covenant
    believers are no longer required by God to give tithes to His Levitical priests, specifically ten percent, the apostle Paul says otherwise to us in Hebrews 7:4-6 above, which is a scripture in the New Testament! Especially, since we are heirs to the
    covenant promises that God gave to Abraham and his descendants. Therefore, if
    we expect to receive these promises like Abraham did, then perhaps we should
    follow the example demonstrated by Abraham who was overjoyed to give a tenth of
    his spoils because of “who” this great man was and still is.

    Who do you think Abraham met when he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and met Melchizedek, the king of Salem, priest of El Elyon, the Most High God who blessed him?

    It was the Word before He came to the earth as the Son of Man in the Person of Jesus
    Christ as substantiated in Hebrews 7:1-3 below.

    Also, as you read this passage of Scripture, notice that Abraham is the one who first gave the Lord his tithe and his firstfruits offering from the spoils of war, which he gave to this king of Salem, a tenth part of all that he had! This was before God gave the children of Israel the law at the base of Mount Sinai through His servant Moses.

    “For this Melchizedek, king of SALEM (4)(5) [G4532: Salēm: of Hebrew origin H8004:
    shâlêm: peaceful and is also an early name for Jerusalem (Palestine)], priest of the Most High God, WHO MET ABRAHAM returning from the slaughter of the kings and BLESSED HIM, to whom also Abraham GAVE A TENTH PART OF ALL, first being
    translated “KING OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “KING OF PEACE,” without father, without mother, without genealogy, HAVING NEITHER BEGINNING OF DAYS NOR END OF LIFE, but made like THE SON OF GOD, remains a priest continually.” ~ Hebrews 7:1-3 (NKJV)

    (4) According to Strong’s Greek Lexicon # G4532 the word “Salem” is the Greek word “Salēm”pronounced “sal-ame’” which is of Hebrew origin [H8004]; Salem (that is, Shalem), a place in Palestine: – Salem.

    (5) According to Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon # H8004 it is the Hebrew word “shâlêm” pronounced “shaw-lame’” which is the same as H8003; PEACEFUL; Shalem, AN EARLY NAME OF JERUSALEM: – Salem.

    Therefore,Abraham was the first to give a tithe of a tenth of all that he had to the Word who was Melchizedek, The King of Righteousness and the King of Peace. Hence, the Lord had blessed Abraham who had the promises!

    This example of Abraham offering a tenth of his spoils to the One who is our Great High Priest from the order of Melchizedek, is the Word before He became the Son of Man in the Person of Jesus Christ. This is why Hebrews 7:1-3 above, specifically says that Melchizedek, king of Salem was, “…without father, without mother, without genealogy, HAVING NEITHER BEGINNING OF DAYS NOR END OF LIFE, but made like THE SON OF GOD, remains a priest continually.”

    And, this is substantiated in John 1:1-3 which says, “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

    And, as such the Word who appeared to Abraham as Melchizedek, king of Salem,
    received the tithe from Abraham and blessed him accordingly for it was an act
    of worship on behalf of Abraham to the King of Salem who is the Prince of Peace
    and the King of Jerusalem.

    As such, like Abraham modeled for us all, if you want the Lord to bless you then make sure you give your tithe to God through His Levitical priests so that there is food, both spiritually and physically speaking, in His House. Both the tithe and the firstfruits
    offerings are required by God from His people as an act of worship and obedience to Him as we demonstrate our thankfulness to Him for not only what He has blessed us with, also for “who” He is. Our heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is indeed our Jehovah Jireh—our provider and is “the” source for everything we have, including our financial resources.

    Therefore, obey His commandments to give Him the firstfruits of all that we possess which includes our time, our devotion, our children—everything that He has blessed us with. Do a word search in the Bible on the word “firstfruits” in order to seek the whole counsel of His Word concerning this requirement for all His people.

    Our heavenly Father’s will is to bless His children supernaturally above all that
    we could think or ask, but He will not do so for those who do not obey His
    instructions. For instance, IF we are obedient with giving our tithes, then God promises to open the windows of heaven and pour out such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it! In addition, God will rebuke the devourer on our behalf, and, as a result, the devourer will NOT destroy the fruit of our ground nor shall the
    vine fail to bear fruit for us in the field! In other words, everything we put our
    hands to will prosper and this includes the fruit of the womb—our children too!

    However, if we choose to withhold our tithes and firstfruits offerings based on the commandments that God has decreed, then we are not only robbing God based on Malachi 3:6-12 below, we are also robbing ourselves of His blessings and will be cursed! Also, notice that as you read this passage of Scripture that God is telling us that we have walked away from keeping His EVERLASTING ordinances so that
    we are CURSED with a CURSE. The tithe is only one of many of His everlasting ordinances that are based on the whole counsel of His Word. When you see the Hebrew meaning of the word “ordinances” His everlasting ordinances also
    include His appointed and set times for us to meet with Him during His seven
    (7) holy convocations as detailed in Leviticus 23. And, concerning giving God
    our tithes, this is the only place in the entire Bible that we are specifically
    told by God to test Him according to Malachi 3:10 below.

    “For I am the Lord, I do NOT change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Yet from the days of your fathers You have GONE AWAY from My ORDINANCES (6) [H2706: chûqqâh: an enactment or appointment; hence a
    set time based on an ordinance or law or statute] And have NOT KEPT them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” Says the Lord of hosts. “But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?’ “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In TITHES and OFFERINGS. You ARE CURSED with A CURSE, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation.” ~ Malachi 3:6-9 (NKJV)

    “Bring ALL THE TITHES into the storehouse, That there may be food in My
    house, AND TRY ME NOW IN THIS,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.” ~ Malachi 3:10 (NKJV)

    “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of
    your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, ”Says the Lord of hosts; “And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” Says the
    Lord of hosts. ~ Malachi 3:11-12 (NKJV)

    (6) According to Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon # H2706 the word “ordinances” is the Hebrew word “chôq” pronounced “khoke” which is from H2710; AN ENACTMENT; HENCE AN APPOINTMENT (of time, space, quantity, labor or usage): – appointed, bound, COMMANDMENT, convenient, custom, DECREE (-d), due, law, measure, X
    necessary, ordinance (-nary), portion, set time, STATUTE, task.

    God is so loving that He gives us the choice of whether or not we want to be blessed by Him for keeping His covenant or cursed by Him for breaking His covenant—it is our
    choice!

    Again, what has changed from the Old Covenant under the New Covenant is the “order of” the priesthood and the “priest” who would serve as God’s High Priest.

    Under the New Covenant the “order of” the priesthood is now under the order of Melchizedek. As such, Jesus Christ is our Great High Priest from the order of Melchizedek, rather than from the order of Aaron based on Hebrews 7:11.

    And, the Levitical priesthood is now under the order of Melchizedek, rather than from the order of Aaron based on Hebrews 7:11.

    Concerning the Levitical Priesthood that God has called many to but few are chosen to be His priests who are separate and distinguished and called out from amongst the children of Israel, we are told:

    1. Their primary purpose is to minister to God based on Exodus 40:15.
    2.Their inheritance is the priesthood of the Lord and His anointing, rather than the
    land based on Joshua 18:7. However, the children of Israel are commanded to GIVE the Levites cities to dwell in and common-land around these cities from the inheritance of their possessions based on Numbers 35:2. In other words, God is their inheritance, and, as such, God will provide for all their needs through the inheritance that the children of Israel receive!
    3. That the Lord commanded Moses NOT to number the Levites among the children of Israel based on Numbers 2:33.

    4. The reason the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel is because the Lord Himself has taken the Levites from among the children of Israel—they are His, instead of every firstborn who opens the womb among the children of Israel based on Numbers 3:12.

    5. They are “consecrated” to God—because they are His based on Exodus 13:1-2. The word “consecrated”is synonymous with the word “sanctified” as used in the KJV and is the Hebrew word “qâdash” which means to be clean (ceremonially or morally): consecrated, undefiled, holy, pure, sanctified.

    6.They are to be offered to the Lord like a firstfruits wave offering based on Numbers 8:13.

    7. They are separate (distinguished and selected) from among the children of Israel based on Numbers 8:14.

    8. The Levitical priests of the Lord must draw near to God for He has chosen them to minister to Him and to bless in the name of the Lord—which is in the name of Jesus Christ. And, by their spoken word every controversy and every assault from the enemy
    shall be settled according to the Word of God when His priest speaks forth the Word
    of God concerning everything which exalts itself above the knowledge of God
    to the obedience of Christ.

    Therefore,every assault by the enemy shall be settled by the spoken Word of
    God, which is the word of our testimony. And, as such, God will confirm His
    Word with His POWER as His Levitical priests take dominion and subdue every living thing on the earth for His Kingdom and His glory as we establish His law, His justice, and His righteous judgments throughout the nations of the world based on Deuteronomy 21:5.

    9. The Levitical priests of the Lord are to bear the “ark of the covenant” of the Lord to all the elders of Israel! Again, under the New Covenant the “ark of the covenant” is the Word who became flesh as the Son of Man in the Person of Jesus Christ! As such, we are to read the law of God (the Torah), which are the terms and conditions of being in a COVENANT relationship with our heavenly Father, at least every seven years to the whole congregation of the children of Israel based on Deuteronomy 31:9.

    • Hebrews 7:4-6 is not speaking of pastors taking the tithe. It is speaking of the sons of Levi taking a tithe.

      The tithe is “according to the Law. The Law said the tithe was agricultural, not monetary.

  • Will Haddock

    Tithing began with Melchizedek when Abraham gave a tenth of his spoil from war. The tithe was a commandment for the children of Israel. Jesus in speaking to a Jewish audience in Matt 23 speaks to them in that context. Tithing existed before the law, and tithing was part of the Mosaic law.
    The writer of the book of Hebrews explains both the relationship of Abraham and Melchizedek, as well as the logistics of tithing in the Mosaic law. However, unlike the Levites who had no land or possessions, but depended on the tithe for their lively hood, pastors today have salaries, and the tithe does not belong to them. And Paul is clear in Romans that Christ is the end and completion of the law. He is also clear in his letter to the Corinthian church of how believers should give. What’s in their heart settled between the individual and God.
    When “ministers” hold tithing over the head of their parishioners, they have ceased to be minister of the Gospel, and they are no longer acting as a shepherd to the flock, rather and tyrant. I have pastored for thirty years. I have never had to preach or teach on tithing. Reason being, when you take care of the people of God, and teach them to take care of those within you circle of influence, both as a church and as individuals, you will never have to beg for money. The money will always be plentiful where God’s plans are being fulfilled.

  • Will Haddock

    Tithing began with Melchizedek when Abraham gave a tenth of his spoil from war. The tithe was a commandment for the children of Israel. Jesus in speaking to a Jewish audience in Matt 23 speaks to them in that context. Tithing existed before the law, and tithing was part of the Mosaic law.

    The writer of the book of Hebrews explains both the relationship of Abraham and Melchizedek, as well as the logistics of tithing in the Mosaic law. However, unlike the Levites who had no land or possessions, but depended on the tithe for their lively hood, pastors today have salaries, and the tithe does not belong to them. And Paul is clear in Romans that Christ is the end and completion of the law. He is also clear in his letter to the Corinthian church of how believers should give. What’s in their heart settled between the individual and God.

    When “ministers” hold tithing over the head of their parishioners, they have ceased to be minister of the Gospel, and they are no longer acting as a shepherd to the flock, but a tyrant. I have pastored for thirty years. I have never had to preach or teach on tithing. Reason being, when you take care of God’s peope, and teach them to take care of those within you circle of influence, both as a church and as individuals, you will never have to beg for money. The money will always be plentiful where God’s plans are being fulfilled.

  • TheTider

    I appreciate your boldness in this and understand where you are coming from. I think we as Christians get caught up in the (Law) and do things out of habit or out of guilt and miss Gods blessings as the end result. (The give all says it all) We are only limited by the law and rules that we live by not God. God has no limits in his giving love and grace and we shouldn’t either!

  • David

    Depends what is meant as a tithe. In the early church giving would be something that would almost always be yes to help out the church but very much so to help out the poor, which is not as prevalent in churches now as it should be.

  • Wanda Woods

    YES! It all belongs to Him!

  • Susan Caasi Isip

    That was a click bait title! I didn’t wait a second to read. Am I so relieved to read the whole article! Thank you. I agree 100 %. Praise the Lord!

  • owen

    and give to the poor then follow me

  • Fredrick Samoita Omari

    May I ask God to show us his heart for the world and for those who do not yet
    know him. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, keep living Christ’s
    kingdom where you are, and inviting others to join you.All we have belongs to God