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TITHING NOT A LAW FOR CHRISTIANS


Is it true that if you do not tithe you are doomed for Hell?
Yes says Ellen G. White, the Seventh-day Adventist prophetess!
Where does the Bible support EGW when she tells us that Christians that do not tithe will, "be punished with the loss of their heavenly treasure"? EGW's warning ought to scare any SDA into paying tithe. Ellen White contradicts God by saying the tithe is to be used for the support of his ministers.

EGW: “The tithe is the Lord’s—since the fall of man it has been necessary that there should be men devoted wholly to the service of God. It appears that from the beginning the Lord taught His people to devote one-tenth to the support of His ministers.”—Review & Herald, January 15, 1880 God tells us tithe is to be paid only to Levite Priests. When did God change the tithe law to include the Gospel Ministers? I have not had one person answer this question. Jews Do Not Pay Tithe

Please Read This First Before Continuing
My wife and I were out shopping and met a SDA church member from our former local church. The conversation turned to paying tithe. This person tried to justify paying tithe because the Gospel ministers have taken the place of the Levite Priests. I pointed out that God never changed the tithe law to include non-Levites or Gospel Ministers but to no avail.
I also had some SDAs e-mail me after reading this topic Tithe Not a Law for Christians attempted to make the same argument to justify giving tithe to preachers.

I wrote to Ask a Rabbi in Jerusalem http://ohr.edu/yhiy.php/ohr_somayach/ their position on paying tithe. You will be amazed as I was to see that the Jews do not pay tithe. They also tell us that the Rabbis are supported by free will offerings from members of the Synagogue. Yet the SDAs and most of the churches today teach this non-biblical doctrine of old covenant "works" to new covenant Christians that the pastors are to be paid by tithe. What a scam!

My letter as follows:
From: "Robert K. Sanders" rksanders@comcast.net
Form message: Does God now require Jews to pay tithe according to the Leviticus system, as there are no longer a Temple and Levite priests to care for it? How are the Rabbis paid for their work? Were all excluded from paying tithe except those in agriculture and animal husbandry?

-----Original Message-----
From: Rabbi Reuven Lauffer [mailto:lauffer@ohr.israel.net]
Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2005 7:41 AM
To: ohr@ohr.edu; rksanders@comcast.net
Subject: Re: Tithes
From: "Ohr Somayach" ohr@ohr.edu
To: Lauffer@ohr.israel.net
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 22:36:43 +0200
Subject: (Fwd) Inquiry form from the OHR.edu site
Reply-to: ohr@ohr.edu
Dear Robert, There is no longer an obligation to support the Levites and Priests as they are no longer working in the Temple. Rabbis are normally supported by the contributions of their congregants through their Synagogue membership.
In general regular charity is a commandment that is incumbent on everyone and it teaches us the very important lesson that the money we control has been entrusted to us by G-d. One should not make the mistaken assumption that if a person works for his money then he has "earned" it and it belongs to him without any preconditions. Rather, whatever money we have has been granted to us by G-d and we must prove ourselves worthy of being the recipients of it. Therefore, we take some of our "hard earned cash" and give it to those that are less fortunate then ourselves.
Best regards from Jerusalem,
Rabbi Reuven Lauffer

At Ohr Somayach/Tannenbaum College in Jerusalem, students explore their heritage under the guidance of today's top Jewish educators. For information, please write to info@ohr.edu

Christian Church leaders often hold up the examples of Abraham and Jacob to get their members to tithe. If we look at the record, we will see that there was not a tithe law commanded by God till Sinai.

Why Abraham Paid a Tithe?

Genesis chapter fourteen we read about a war between kings of Sodom, Gomorrah with two ally kings that were defeated and taken prisoner. The victors took the property of the Kings, took Lot, women and children captive. When Abraham heard about this he and his men went after them and defeated the kings. Abraham then brought back Lot and all the possessions as well as the women and other people. See: Genesis 14:16.
Then Abraham gave a tenth to Melchizedek.
Gen. 14:18 - 20 (NIV) 18Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 20And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

A SDA pastor wrote me and said that when the text said, "a tenth of everything" it meant Abraham gave a tenth from his personal possessions. This pastor failed to read the text that Abraham gave a tenth of the "plunder" not from his personal possessions. Heb 7:4 (NIV) 4Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
The reason Abraham gave a tenth was because of God's deliverance from his enemies. We would call this tenth, "a thank offering". Tithing was never a part of Abraham’s covenant. Abraham did not give tithe to Melchizedek from his personal possessions but from the spoils of war after rescuing Lot. Therefore we can see that Abraham was not following an unwritten tithe law when he gave tithe to the King of Salem. And besides, the Levitical tithe law did not include "spoils of war." Tithing was not a part of Abrahamic covenant. Gen 17.
Before the King of Salem incident and after, there is no record of Abraham, a very wealthy man ever paying tithe of his own personal possessions to God. Gen. 13:2 (NIV) 2Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.

The Author of Hebrews does not teach tithing in the New Covenant. Heb 7:1 - 2 (NIV) 1This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, 2and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.”

Heb 7:4 - 10 (NIV) 4Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! 5. Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, their brothers—even though their brothers are descended from Abraham. 6. This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7. And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater. 8. In the one case, the tenth is collected by men who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living. 9. One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham, 10because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.

Note: The context of Hebrews is showing how Christ is superior to the Levitical system with Levite Priests. Melchizedek did not command or demand tithe as would be the case in the Levitical law. The tithe law was given only to Israel. The Abrahamic covenant had no tithe law. Abraham was made rich by God for his faithfulness not because he gave a tenth from spoils of war.
There Is No Record That Jacob Paid A Tenth
Gen. 28:20 - 22 (NIV) 20Then 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 21so that I return safely to my father’s house, then the LORD will be my God 22and 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.”
Note: Jacob made a vow to God a tenth on the conditions "if" God would give him food, clothes and protect him on his journey and return him safely to his father's house. Jacob was not obeying any God ordained tithe law by making his own arbitrary conditions with God. The Levitical tithe law is to be paid without conditions. There is no record that Jacob ever paid his tenth to God.

TITHE -What is it?

The tithe law was enacted by God at Sinai and given only to Israel as an Old Covenant command which ended at Calvary. God never included the tithe law in the New Covenant.

Who Is To Receive the Tithe?

Levites are to receive "all" the Tithe. Num. 18:21, 23 - 24 (NIV) 21. “I give to the Levites all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance in return for the work they do while serving at the Tent of Meeting. 23. It is the Levites who are to do the work at the Tent of Meeting and bear the responsibility for offenses against it. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. They will receive no inheritance among the Israelites. 24. Instead, I give to the Levites as their inheritance the tithes that the Israelites present as an offering to the LORD. That is why I said concerning them: ‘They will have no inheritance among the Israelites.’”
NOTE: The entire tithe was to be given only to the Levites as an inheritance. Does anyone see the gospel minister listed as receiving tithe? The Priests that Ministered in the Sanctuary are to Receive One Tenth of the Tithe from the Levites
Num. 18:25 - 26 (NIV) 25The LORD said to Moses, 26"Speak to the Levites and say to them: ‘When you receive from the Israelites the tithe I give you as your inheritance, you must present a tenth of that tithe as the LORD’S offering.

NOTE: The ministering Levite (priests) is to receive one tenth of the tithe they receive from the Levites that do not minister in the Sanctuary.

Nehemiah 10:38 - 39 (NIV) 38A priest descended from Aaron is to accompany the Levites when they receive the tithes, and the Levites are to bring a tenth of the tithes up to the house of our God, to the storerooms of the treasury. 39The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and oil to the storerooms where the articles for the sanctuary are kept and where the ministering priests, the gatekeepers and the singers stay.
The tithe law never included Gospel Ministers. Are Gospel Ministers Levite priests that minister in the Sanctuary under the Old Covenant? It is amazing how the Church Leaders can twist the Scripture and quote Ellen White's nonsense to line their pockets and scam their members.

Does God Accept Money For Tithe?

No! It is grain, fruit and animals. Even if the animal is sick or a cripple, it is to be given as tithe.
Lev. 27:30 - 34 (NIV) 30“‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD. 31If a man redeems any of his tithe, he must add a fifth of the value to it. 32The entire tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod—will be holy to the LORD. 33He must not pick out the good from the bad or make any substitution. If he does make a substitution, both the animal and its substitute become holy and cannot be redeemed.’” 34These are the commands the LORD gave Moses on Mount Sinai for the Israelites.

Currency such as silver, gold, talents and shekels was not allowed to pay tithe. So if you pay tithe with money you are violating the tithe law. Tithe payers are to run every tenth animal under the rod and give that animal as tithe. So when your church Pastor asks you to pay tithe, I guess you will have drop a lot of sheep or cows, fruit or grain, in the offering plate at church. Wow!

Who were required to tithe in the old covenant? Lev. 27:30 - 34

Only Israelites that raised animals and crops were commanded to tithe. Who were tithe exempt in the old covenant? Carpenters, fishermen, bakers, wine makers, servants, makers of pottery, clothing, boats, fishing nets, metal makers, tax collectors, makers of parchments, writers, and all the rest of occupations.
Nowhere in the new covenant does God ask for tithe. Why is it when churches and denominational leaders demand tithe, they do not exempt these people as well as the poor? They can only find the old covenant texts and impose them on Christians.

How is the Annual Tithe to Be Used?

The annual tithe is to be eaten and drank by Israel in a party setting which included the Levites to revere God.
Deut. 14:22- 27 (NIV) 22 be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each years. 23Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the LORD your God always. 24But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the LORD your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the LORD will choose to put his Name is so far away), 25then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the LORD your God will choose. 26Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the LORD your God and rejoice. 27And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own.

The annual tithe is to be eaten by the Jews. The annual tithe can be converted to silver if you have a large herd and the town God selected was to far away to take the animals. If this is the case you can exchange the animals for silver, and then buy wine or other fermented drinks that can be eaten by you, your household, and the Levites at a place determined by the LORD.

Has your church ever allowed you to use your tithe to have a party and drink fermented drink?
You might bring this to your Pastor's attention, that you have a right to party with your tithe money as commanded by God! And don't forget the Levites living in your town. Your Pastors are not invited, as they are not Levites or Jews. Of course you are not invited either because this command is just for Israel not New Testament Christians.

How is the Third Year Tithe to Be Used?

Every three years the tithe produce is to be eaten by the Levites, fatherless, aliens, and widows. Deut. 14:28 - 29 (NIV) 28At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns, 29so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

Why does your church not obey God in the Third Year Tithe and hold a feast for these people from the produce brought in and stored in the towns? Your church leaders will not even feed the fatherless and widows from your tithe, but pocket the money.

WHO IS ROBBING WHO?

Malachi Was Addressed to the Levites of Israel, Not the Christian Church (Mal 3:8 - 9 NIV) ""Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' "In tithes and offerings." "You are under a curse--the whole nation of you--because you are robbing me."
NOTE: This text is God's rebuke against the Levites Priests that were to give one tenth of the entire tithe that came in to them and they in turn were to give one tenth of that to the ministering priests. The Levites were the ones that were robbing God and not obeying the Covenant God made with Israel. It was not all the Israelites that were robbing God. Chapters 2 and 3 make it clear that this was directed against the Levites which caused the whole nation to come under God's curse. When the offending Levites would start paying tithe to the ministering priests, then God would open the storehouse for them to receive blessings.

It is impossible for Christians to rob God in tithe as God has not transferred or given a tithe law to Christians. Christians receive blessings from God for having Christ as their Savior and not by any works of the Old Covenant Laws, Ephesians 1:3, 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

How often have you heard this from the pulpit, that you are robbing God by not returning a faithful tithe?

You see it on the "Tithe Envelope." Malachi is the most used text to scam Christians out of their money by church pastors, as they have no New Covenant support for tithing. Church members are led to believe that if you are not returning your tithe, then you are not going to heaven, because you are a thief. The Church leaders that tell you this are liars. They are denying Christ, by using Old Covenant laws. Church Leaders are the ones that are sinning by leading you to believe tithing is binding on Christians. In so doing they are denying Christ's finished work at the cross.
It is the reprobate pastors that know better that are robbing God's people by taking tithe from them to line their pockets.

JESUS CANCELED THE OLD COVENANT LAWS

Col 2:14 (NIV) "Having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross."

EPH 2:15, (NIV)"By abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations.

Note: Paul is talking about the Old Covenant that God made with Israel. This would include Civil Laws, Dietary Laws of Clean and Unclean foods, and laws dealing with the Sanctuary Service, Sabbath and tithing commands to support Levites Priests. The point in time that the written code was canceled was when Jesus died on the cross. Mark 15:38(NIV) "The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom."

Jesus Did Not Command Tithing to Christians

Mat 23:23 (NIV) ""Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices--mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law--justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former."
NOTE: Jesus was not here advocating Christians to tithe. Jesus was reprimanding the Pharisees for not having justice and mercy, while being exact in their tithing. The Pharisees were obeying the Levitical Law of tithing and disobeying the most important part of the Law, justice, mercy and faithfulness. If you notice they were paying tithe on agricultural products not wages as insisted by the today’s denominations. Jesus was here speaking to the Pharisees under the Old Covenant and not to the Christian Church. If Christians insist on following the Levitical Law they would have to find Levites to give their tithes of animals, fruit and grain (mint, dill, and cumin). When was the last time you dropped this in the offering plate?

The Gospel Ministers Are To Be Paid

(1 Cor 9:13 NIV) "Don't you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar?"

(1 Cor 9:14 NIV) "In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel."
Some interpret the "the same way" as meaning that the tithe is now to be paid to the gospel minister. Paul is explaining that the laborer is worthy of being paid for his labor. He contrasts the temple worker getting his food from the altar for his work and the gospel preacher making his living from the gospel. Tithe is not mentioned as the means of payment or that the gospel minister is to get his food from the altar.

If this were to be a literal application to the gospel workers to "eat their food from the altar", they would have to eat their food as recorded in Leviticus. I do not think any gospel minister would follow this, and especially if he was a vegetarian.

Eating food from the Altar: Lev. 7:1 -7 (NIV) 1“‘these are the regulations for the guilt offering, which is most holy: 2The guilt offering is to be slaughtered in the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered, and its blood is to be sprinkled against the altar on all sides. 3All its fat shall be offered: the fat tail and the fat that covers the inner parts, 4both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the covering of the liver, which is to be removed with the kidneys. 5The priest shall burn them on the altar as an offering made to the LORD by fire. It is a guilt offering. 6Any male in a priest’s family may eat it, but it must be eaten in a holy place; it is most holy. 7The same law applies to both the sin offering and the guilt offering: They belong to the priest who makes atonement with them.

NOTE: God tells us that the gospel ministers and workers deserve to be paid for their labor and worthy of double honor. Here is God's program.
1 Tim 5:17 - 18(NIV), 17The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.”

Note: Paul never told the members of the Christian Church to give their tithes or tithe on their wages or Social Security to pay the gospel ministers. Tithe paying was a law given only to Israel under the old covenant.

BIBLE GUIDELINES FOR GIVING

(2 Cor 9:6 NIV) "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."

(2 Cor 9:7 NIV) "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

The Christian is free to choose the amount of offering to give to God. If it is more than a tithe (ten percent) or less than a tithe it is acceptable to God, if it is from the heart without compulsion. It is also up to the individual to decide on where their offerings go. Also, it is for you to decide if you are giving sparingly or generously, and not to be decided for you by your church leaders. The Bible does not authorize church leaders to tell you how your money is to be spent.

Stealing From Your Family In the Name of God

Today’s church leaders are making a living off of your hard earned money that you tithe. Many live better than you do in their fine houses, some own boats and several cars. They can afford vacations with their family. Most can afford to send their children to Academies and Universities. They also will have a good retirement from your tithe. So you folks in low income and on Social Security, think about how you are doing without so you can provide luxuries for these scammers. They are stealing from you and depriving your family in the name of God.

Do you know how else your tithe is used?
It pays for lawsuits either directly or for Insurance Premiums so that your General Conference can bring suit against your brother and sister members. Your tithe money has been spent by the millions in trademark lawsuits, as well as to defend corrupt church officers.

In my 37 years as a tithe payer in the SDA Church, I have seen many families with children withdraw from the SDA Church because they had a meager wage and could not pay their bills and also tithe. They believed they were robbing God and would not go to heaven. Not only did some leave the church some also left Christ. The SDA thieves that have twisted the Holy Scriptures will have a lot of to answer for because they misled the flock that God entrusted to them.

Conclusion

1. Abraham and Jacob did not tithe because of a tithe law nor did they pay money, silver or gold for as tithe.
2. There is no Bible record of the Levitical tithe law being part of the New Covenant.
3. There is no Bible record of any Apostolic Church members paying tithes to Gospel Ministers and Church leaders. Adventists do not follow the Tithe Law given by God as they pay mandatory tithe for the Pastor and Conference Officer's salaries instead of to the Levite Priests. Thus they break the tithe law and sin against God.
4. Christian ministers are not authorized by God to collect tithe for their salaries. In so doing they are breaking the tithe commandment and are sinning against God. And they also deny that Christ ended the Old Covenant Laws at the Cross.
5. Christians that do not tithe are not robbing God. There is no command by God for Christians to tithe. Where there is no law, there is no sin.
6. There is no truth that Christians that do not tithe are doomed for Hell. Christians are redeemed by the blood of Christ, and not by silver and gold. 1 Pet. 1:18.
7. God forbids money to be used to pay mandatory tithe by anyone! It is animals, fruit, grain, etc.
8. Christians are to support the Church Pastor by free will offerings. They are to give generously according to their ability and not reluctantly or under compulsion. God loves a cheerful giver. Giving mandatory tithe by law is compulsion.
9. There is no Bible support that God will bless a Christian that pays tithe over those that do not.
10. SDAs ask for the text where Sabbath was changed to Sunday. I ask for the text where the tithe is now to be paid to the Gospel Minister, instead of the Levite Priests.

Two Men Were Shipwrecked Near an Island

When they landed ashore, one of them began screaming and yelling, "We're going to die! We're going to die! There's no food! No water! We're going to die!"
The second man leaned calmly against a palm tree.
When the first man saw how calm his friend was, he went crazy and shouted, "Don't you understand?! We're going to die!!" Undisturbed, the second man replied, "You don't understand, I make $100,000 a week."
Dumbfounded, the first man looked at him and asked, "What difference does that make?!? We're on an island with no food and no water! We're going to DIE!!!"
The second man answered, "You just don't get it. I make $100,000 a week and I tithe ten percent on that $100,000 a week. Wherever I am, my pastor will be sure to find me!"

By Robert K. Sanders

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