Here is an interesting article on "The 10% Tithing Deception". While I agree with donating generously as the Lord has gifted each of us, this authors points on some of the prosperity preachers misquoting Scripture to blackmail donations appear spot on. What do you all think?
HISTORY OF TITHING
Tithing is one of the most controversial topics discussed on this website. Most Christians have been brainwashed by the religious establishment that they MUST tithe 10% of their INCOMES to "God" [i.e., to the "minister" issuing the threat] OR ELSE.
Does the Bible support such menacing teaching? Does a loving God, who knows NO FEAR, want His children to be intimidated and COERCED into PAYING a FALSE "tithe"?
The tithe was commanded, for the first time, in the book of Leviticus. The tithe NEVER consisted of money. IT WAS 10% OF ISRAEL'S CROPS AND CATTLE.
There's NOTHING, NOT ONE VERSE, IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE that commands ANYONE - Jew or Gentile - TO TITHE 10% OF THEIR INCOME. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
Jews were to BRING (NOT "pay", but BRING) 10% of cattle, grain and produce ONLY WHILE THE TEMPLE was standing. Since there is no temple building today, even devout Jews who try their best to observe the torah, DO NOT tithe.
The tithe was obligatory for natural Israelites, AND ONLY FOR Israelites, under the law given to Moses, AS WERE 612 OTHER COMMANDMENTS.
God never required ANY other nation to bring Him tithes.
God has NEVER commanded His Church to tithe.
Tithes [crops and cattle] were brought BY NATURAL ISRAELITES to the Levite priests that served in the tabernacle, and subsequently, the temple in Jerusalem. [Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 12:7, 14:29, 26:12; and 2 Chronicles 31:5-].
Levites are THE ONLY ONES authorized by God to receive tithes. CHRISTIAN MINISTERS AREN'T [Hebrews 7:9].
NOWHERE IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE DOES IT SAY THAT CHRISTIAN MINISTERS ARE TO RECEIVE TITHES.
While the New Testament encourages FREEWILL offerings, NOWHERE in the New Testament is it taught that Christians must tithe.
Christians in the early Church NEVER TITHED, EVER.
If ANYONE on earth had the right to demand tithes it was Jesus, since He IS God.
Yet Jesus, who is God incarnate, never asked anyone to tithe to Him, nor did He EVER tithe. And He is our Supreme Example. His disciples never tithed, either.
Jesus DIDN'T tithe, the Apostles DIDN'T tithe, the early Church DIDN'T tithe.
So how did "tithing" MONEY creep into the Church?
Tithing was revived late in the 4th century A.D. by greedy religious tyrants, intent on amassing great wealth, influence, prestige and power.
They saw this part of the Old Testament law as a convenient means of fund raising. But since there were no more sacrifices to be offered, and no temple, NO LEVITE PRIESTS, and since they weren't interested in wheat and barley, or sheep and oxen, but rather cold, hard cash, they REVISED and ADAPTED this portion of the law to Christian theology, and started demanding one tenth of a person's INCOME.
This false, perverted premise was accepted by the Western Part of the Church, never by the Eastern Part. By the 6th century A.D., it had become mandatory in most of Europe, either by ecclesiastical or secular law.
By the 17th century A.D. tithing from one's income had been imposed on ALL Christians as a means of supporting the churches, both Catholic and Protestant. Eventually many countries in Europe repealed the tithe laws.
In America, tithing was never obligatory. Christians DIDN'T TITHE, but rather donated on a VOLUNTARY basis.
It was late in the 20th century [about six decades ago] when, emboldened by greed, and the wealth acquired by some emerging Christian TV "superstars", that pastors and preachers began to push it aggressively as inflexible spiritual law, accompanied by threats of a curse.
Since then, congregations and audiences have been effectively BRAINWASHED, thru the power of media, into believing the tithe is still in effect, that it's mandatory, that it consists of money, that it belongs "to the local church", and that preachers [as opposed to Levites] are authorized to receive it.
ALL these are UNSCRIPTURAL LIES.
THERE'S NOTHING, NOT ONE IOTA, OF SCRIPTURE TO SUBSTANTIATE such FALSE TEACHING.
THE TITHE LIE BOTH VIOLATES and CONTRADICTS TRUE BIBLE DOCTRINE.
Next time some lying preacher asks you to "tithe", tell him "sure, I'll bring two sacks of barley next Sunday".