It’s The Last Days: Many Are Deceiving Many In His Name…

”He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD” – Proverbs 17:15

With gratitude to God for his wisdom given unto all peoples to discern between good and evil, many are thankful for recent revelations on the greatest conmanship of two millenia, the deception of the ignorant devotee to God’s cause in the form of personal aggrandisement by latter-day preachers.

People are being ripped off by the day especially in underdeveloped and developing countries through ‘mandatory’ donations of tithes and offerings to ”support God’s work”. The preachers and mercantile men of God never care about the sources of income of most donors even as God refuses the sacrifice of the wicked.

Morality and godliness are either relegated to the background of preaching or replaced with prosperity preaching.

For instance, it is rare to hear that God says those who are not up to 20 years old who give offerings in church are NOT PERMITTED BY GOD: Exodus 30:14 or offerings must be half a shekel for both the rich and the poor: Exodus 30:15!

It is a thing of joy to serve the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. According to passages in the bible, those who really love God should keep his commandments: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” – John 14:15; and these according to the Almighty, should not be doctored, added to, or subtracted from: ”What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it” – Deuteronomy 12:32.

But the manner of lies perpetrated by preachers these days and even in times past is no suprise to an ardent student of the bible where God already warned: “All of them, from the least important to the most important, are eager to make money dishonestly. All of them, from prophets to priests, act deceitfully” -Jeremiah 6:13. Suffice it to note here that the Almighty has given everyone express permission to expose these lies and liars: Ezekiel 13:2 “Son of man, speak against the false prophets of Israel who are inventing their own prophecies. Tell them to listen to the word of the LORD. 3 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Destruction is certain for the false prophets who are following their own imaginations and have seen nothing at all”

And that is exactly what Douglas Weaver did in this classic expose titled ”Rethinking the Tithe”:

In modern Christian circles the practice of tithing has, for all intents and purposes, become a litmus test for one’s commitment both to God and to the local church. Indeed, for some congregations one is not allowed to “minister” if he or she is not a consistent tither. And as one recent church billboard read, “Tithe if you love Jesus, anyone can honk.” Now admittedly, this is one of the most blatant displays I have personally seen, however it gives voice to a mentality that has become a core tenant of faith in both independent and mainstream churches: namely, that tithing is a God-ordained practice that finances the kingdom of God, and facilitates the blessing of God in one’s life.

In this article I intend to examine an aspect of this idealism that is either avoided or simply unknown. For in as much as many have undertaken the argument of whether tithing is a valid practice under the new covenant, an issue I leave to the discretion of each individual, few have considered the purpose for which God initially instituted the tithe. Ironically, the purpose of tithing proves to be a more fascinating and understandable than the circular, often ambiguous arguments of its validity. So then let’s begin with a careful examination of the institution of tithing by the Lord in Deuteronomy, and then consider several modern positions of the practice in light of what we discover.

First, it is necessary to understand that tithing took on two distinct forms depending on the period of Israel’s history that you consider. While in the wilderness the Lord commanded that the entire tithe should go to the sons of Levi in return for their service at the tent of meeting (Num. 18:11). However, when Israel settled in Canaan God, redefined the practice of tithing since the lifestyle of the people and their subsequent interaction with the priests and Levites markedly changed. It is this second form of tithing that the current practice is supposedly modeled after and therefore becomes the subject of our enquiry.

We find its institution in Deuteronomy 14 immediately as Israel is preparing to cross the Jordan and enter Canaan. Now I will warn you, the scripture you are about to read will challenge your current understanding of this popular Christian paradigm. It is a direct quote from the New American Standard version and only the emphasis of certain words has been added.

You shall surely tithe all the produce from what you sow, which comes out of the field every year.

You shall eat in the presence of the Lord you God, at the place where He chooses to establish His name, the tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and your flock, so that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.

If the distance is so great for you that you are not able to bring the tithe, since the place where the Lord your God chooses to set His name is to far away from you when the Lord your God blesses you, then you shall exchange it for money, and bind the money in your hand and go to the place where the Lord your God chooses.

You may spend the money for whatever your heart desires: for oxen, or sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your heart desires; and there you shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household. (Deuteronomy 14:22-26)

Before we continue you may want to read this passage again. In fact you may want to read it out of your own Bible just to verify that I quoted it correctly. When you are sufficiently satisfied that it really does read this way, I encourage you to read on.

In verse 22 it is clear that the Lord is commanding Israel to tithe saying, “You shall surely tithe…” However in the next three verses He clearly articulates His intended purpose for the tithe; an even cursory reading of which reveals a conflict with the current paradigm of the tithe. So striking is the contrast that an honest student of the Word must ask the following questions:

Who does the Lord say should eat the tithe? And who has control over the usage of the tithe?

Without question the answer is, the tither, “…so that (they) may learn to fear the Lord (their) God always.” In fact the Lord even sanctions the tither to convert his or her tithe into money and subsequently “..spend the money on whatever (their) heart desires”!

How can this be! Have we not been taught that the tithe belongs to the storehouse so that there might be meat in God’s house? Have we not also been taught that we will be cursed if we eat our tithe? And have we not been taught that we learn to trust, or fear, the Lord by giving our tithe away, not by consuming it ourselves?

Yet God Himself commanded that the tithe be eaten by the tither, and that in so doing they would learn to fear the Lord. He even went so far as to sanction the purchase of strong drink with tithe money for the express consumption of the tither!

Pause and Think

What do you make of this passage in the light of modern Christian teaching? Is it possible the current paradigm is flawed? Could it be that the current teaching is filled with enough truth to sound biblical, but in reality is designed to bring believers back under the Law. Most importantly, would you be willing to reconsider your position on this paradigm and judge its validity by the Word? If so, read on.

Let’s begin by examining this opening passage, for it seems to stand in direct opposition to the current paradigm of the tithe. In verse 22 it is clear that the Lord is commanding Israel to tithe saying, “You shall surely tithe…” However the next three verses express His purpose for the tithe. Who does He say should eat the tithe? You! It is to be eaten by the tither, “…so that (they) may learn to fear the Lord (their) God always.” In fact the Lord even sanctions the tither to convert his or her tithe into money and subsequently “..spend the money on whatever (their) heart desires”!


How can this be! We’ve been taught that the tithe belongs to the storehouse so that there might be meat in God’s house. We’ve been taught that we will be cursed if we eat our tithe. We’ve been taught that we learn to trust, or fear, the Lord by giving our tithe away, not by consuming it ourselves. And yet God Himself commanded that the tithe be eaten by the tither, and that in so doing they would learn to fear the Lord.

The Lord’s Mind Regarding The Tithe

To truly understand the Lord’s mind concerning the tithe we must examine His instructions to Israel in their application of this practice. If you read the rest of Deuteronomy 14 you see that there was actually a three-year cycle of tithing. The first two years were to be used as a celebratory feast by each individual family and the third year the tithe was to be given to the Levite, who would then redistribute it to the alien, the orphan and the widow. Deuteronomy 26:12 further clarifies this point saying,

When you have finished paying all the tithe of your increase in the third year, the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger to the orphan, and to the widow, that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.

So then there is a distributive aspect to tithing, however the guidelines are very clear: for two years the tithe is yours to consume and the third year it is given to someone who will redistribute the tithe to the stranger, orphan and widow. To further clarify the matter, the Lord indicates that the two-years tithe is to be used for a feast or celebration or, one could even argue, a vacation. For did not the Lord sanction the conversion of the tithe into money and then allow the tither to “…spend the money on whatever their heart desired.” Then the third-year tithe would insure that the storehouse would be full so that strangers, orphans and widows would be properly cared for. And since each family would be on a different harvesting cycle the overall effect is that feasting, celebration and giving were perpetual within Israel.

Indeed, it becomes obvious that the Lord instituted the tithe as a method of insuring that His people would set aside annual time to enjoy His blessings, remember His faithfulness and acknowledge His love for those less fortunate. One can easily see how beautiful and wonderful this system is, and yet how distorted and manipulative it has become.

Speaking of which, let us now turn our thoughts to modern Christianity’s version of this divinely instituted practice beginning with what has become the cornerstone passage for its defense–Malachi chapter 3.

The Matter of Malachi

“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. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.

Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

Is it true that the Lord is addressing the mishandling of the tithe in this passage? Yes. And is it true that He delivers a strong rebuke and speaks of a curse for their errors? Most certainly! However, the important question is, to whom is He speaking? To find this out we must look at Malachi 2:1, which reads, “And now this commandment is for you, O priests.” For although Malachi begins as a general address to Israel, from this point on to the end of the book Malachi is addressing only the sons of Levi.

Magician for church-filling in Nigeria

You see it was they who had defiled the nation by robbing the Lord, for they were spending the tithe on themselves and neglecting the alien, orphan and widow. Indeed, the all too familiar verse 9 is not saying that the whole nation is robbing God; rather the priests were robbing not only God but all of Israel as well! For in as much as they neglected the alien, orphan and widow, they brought a curse on the whole nation effectively robbing them of the blessing of God.

Bishop David Oyedepo in his Private Jet

Remember, only the third-year tithe went into the storehouse. Therefore, it is only that portion of the three-year cycle to which the Lord is referring: the portion over which the priest held responsibility. How ironic that the passage of scripture so widely used to validate and impose the practice of tithing is actually speaking against those who collect them!

And What of Abraham?

There is also the matter of Abraham, the father of faith, who is said to have instituted the concept of tithing in his giving 10% of war spoils to Melchizedek, with the New Testament proof text for this argument being the discourse in Hebrews chapter 7. But what truly is the point of this passage? Is it really saying that, since Abraham paid tithes we should also? Remember, the writer of Hebrews is arguing in favor of a new covenant and priesthood that does away with the old. Would it make sense then to reinvigorate practices under the old covenant when the purpose was to substantiate the replacing of the old with the new? Indeed, an unfiltered reading will support the fact that the writer is effectively invalidating the old covenant, with its associated practices, by showing that Abraham, acting as the representative of all who believe, has tithed once and for all – for Levi, even for you and I!

Unfortunately, the somewhat ambiguous nature of the Hebrews passage, gives rise to debate and speculation. And though most scholars agree that Abraham was not intentionally tithing since the law was more than 500 years distant, there is simply not enough information to establish doctrine either way. Historical records indicate that the practice of sharing a percentage of the spoil with spiritual figureheads was customary in Sumerian culture – a culture in which Abram was immersed. Still, there is no way to mount a conclusive argument. What we do know is clearly articulated in Deuteronomy when God instituted the practice throughout Israel. Beyond that we are simply exercising our opinion.

Conclusion

“So then brother,” you may now be asking, “what is the Lord’s will concerning tithes and offerings?” What an excellent question, with such a simple answer.

Remember, the tithe was a mandate imposed upon a people who did not have the Spirit of God dwelling inside them. They required a Law written in stone, for their hearts, not as yet transformed, were incapable of having the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus written on them. We, having been indwelt by the Spirit of Christ, have no need for the Law. Rather, we walk in His life and we give as liberally as we wish. As our dear brother Paul has said in 2 Corinthians 9:7:

“Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Am I then saying that tithing is not a New Testament principle? Absolutely!

However, even if it were, the modern Christian paradigm regarding its purpose and practice would still be grossly errant. Simply put, the tithe was always for the people: be they tither, alien, orphan or widow. So then what has God revealed as His nature and intention in this matter? First, that we should feel free to enjoy the blessings of the Lord and celebrate Him according to our abundance. Second, that there should be no poor or needy amongst us for the Lord has blessed us that we might be a blessing.

Remember, the law was crucified in Christ Jesus, and He has become the end of the law for all who believe. We are, therefore, no longer constrained or directed by a set of rules, but by His Spirit. And since the Spirit of Christ dwells within us we no longer need an earthly law to direct our generosity. Rather, we walk by His Spirit, giving as He provides and directs, thereby fulfilling the law, not by our adherence to it, but by our living of it.

Beloved, there is much more to consider with regard to this matter but this is a good stopping point to allow for study, prayer and meditation. In part 2, we will consider the questions of “Why?” and “How?” the doctrine of tithing has become so prevalent in modern Christianity.

Now even without part 2 of Douglas Weaver’s classic on latter day extortionists in the name of supporting God’s work, we can see clearly that they are not obeying God’s words. They do not love God who says: If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments!

PS:

2 Peter 2:

False Teachers and Their Destruction

1.  But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping

24 comments

  1. We pray to God Almighty that on the day of judgment day He shall forgive much of us who have been mislead by the worker of iniquity.

    And those of us who have been badly indoctrinated by our respective church leaders for their selfish and worldly gains

    Amen God help us indeed. Aaamen

    • Christians are truthful especially those who heed God’s call to: 2Tim2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as an approved worker who has nothing to be ashamed of, handling the word of truth with precision.

    • what baffles me most is the collection of tithes MONTHLY….God almighty knows that no one human being can reap what he sows in one or two months and have enough to give out…that is why he talked about the tithes being paid ……ONCE IN THREE YEARS! Deuteronomy 26:12 further clarifies this point saying, When you have finished paying all the tithe of your increase in the third year, the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger to the orphan, and to the widow, that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied…EVEN THE USES OF TITHES ARE WRONG! Moreover they have been threatening people with MALACHI 3:8 When actually God was accusing the PRIESTS (OR PASTORS) OF ROBBERY!

      • My Brother,Henry!

        U are really getting it wrong!Don’t get it twisted!!

        You cannot cut your nose to spit your face ;neither can you close your eye in order for a bad person to pass,bcos a good one can pass AND U MISS OUT!

        WE can not bcos of attitudes of some unscrupulous Pastors – and they exist – diobey GOD.

        THITHING IS AN ALL-TIME COMMAND OF GOD.HIS LAWS ARE INIMMUTABLE.
        Just Obey.The LORD Spoke to me as recently as early Sept. this year on this issue of Tithes.He has spoken to others also in our generation on same issue.Jesus has commanded it. He still does .Trust and Obey….there is no other WAY….
        DON’T TR-THINK TITHING;DON’T BOTHER YOURSELF ABOUT WHAT THEY DO WITH IT!
        You may want to raise this topic in my forum to elicit more info…..
        Shalom.

        Bro. Taiwo

      • My Brother Taiwo:

        First and foremost, are you saying GOD got it wrong? I didn’t say this: Deuteronomy:12:32: ”What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it”? GOD did! He further charges us: John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
        and HE KNOWS OUR MINDS: ” But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” – James 1:22

        Neither did I say these (PLS note: the words are straight from the Bible: God’s words, not mine):

        1.”All of them, from the least important to the most important, are eager to make money dishonestly. All of them, from prophets to priests, act deceitfully-Jeremiah 6:13

        2. “Son of man, speak against the false prophets of Israel who are inventing their own prophecies. Tell them to listen to the word of the LORD. 3 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Destruction is certain for the false prophets who are following their own imaginations and have seen nothing at all” – EZEKIEL13: 2

        3.”The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight….” – Proverb:15:8:

        4. Proverb:17:15: He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

        5. ”Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. 9 They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the LORD” JEREMIAH 29:8-9

        6.’ ”You shall surely tithe all the produce from what you sow, which comes out of the field every year.

        You shall eat in the presence of the Lord you God, at the place where He chooses to establish His name, the tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and your flock, so that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.

        If the distance is so great for you that you are not able to bring the tithe, since the place where the Lord your God chooses to set His name is to far away from you when the Lord your God blesses you, then you shall exchange it for money, and bind the money in your hand and go to the place where the Lord your God chooses.

        You may spend the money for whatever your heart desires: for oxen, or sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your heart desires; and there you shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household”. (Deuteronomy 14:22-26)

        7.Deuteronomy 26:12 When you have finished paying all the tithe of your increase in the THIRD YEAR, the YEAR OF TITHING, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger to the orphan, and to the widow, that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied

        My brother, please read this and be precise as he warned us: But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves…JAMES 1:22. God continues in 2Tim2:15 ”Do your best to present yourself to God as an approved worker who has nothing to be ashamed of, handling the word of truth with precision”.

        My man Taiwo, Direct your queries to God who will talk to you to understand the rot and massive conmanship this phenomenon has brought about in mostly gullible and ignorant, HONEST devotees to God’s causeand by the way, no one told anyone not to tithe…but we must be DOERS of the word and OBEY God’s purpose for the tithe: it is for use by: THE TITHER, THE STRANGER, THE LEVITE (OR THE CHURCH/PASTOR TODAY), THE ORPHAN AND THE WIDOW….

        “Quick facts:
        1.) The purpose of tithing is to teach us to fear the Lord.
        2.) Frequency: Once in three years
        …3.) Beneficiaries: (1.) The tither (2.) The Priets(who do not have inheritances); and the less priviledged in the society.”

        AND WITH THE SAME GOD SAYING THIS:

        Deuteronomy:12:32: ”What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it”

        Methinks those who feel otherwise should write their own BIBLES and become GOD to themselves!

        My regards

  2. Dear brother , thank you very much for your points , I am a christain and I pay my tithe not because of the constant request and lures of the cannal pastors for people to pay their tithes unto the Lord ….but I must tell you that tithe is not a law , it pre existed before the law and tithe is a spiritual revelation shown to Abraham by God remember God promise Abraham the entire earth which means everything in it that includes kings and kingdoms , Melchizedek was a priest and a king but which if Melchizedek was a king of an earthly kingdom He(Melchizedek) could be a subject to Abraham but because Melchizedek was a king of a kingdom not of earth , this is a virtue that separated Melchizedek from the order of Abraham because Melchizedek was not born of a woman nor have an earthly Father which no ones knows the begining of the Years nor ending of his life ………without no law or instruction Abraham payed his tithe to Melchizedek ……. because Abraham through the wisdom of God have seen Melchizedek beyond an earthly being and tithe is a revelation because Abraham did not pay tithe by an instruction as Moses instructed the Israelites neither an oath as Jacob vowed but Abraham payed his tithe out of his free will which I believe must be a revelation he got from God …. tithe is good , it is a thing that helps to propsper a man which we must fulfill not by duty but by obligation for anybody who want to have good blessing…….. remeber there are many prosperities but there is a good prosperity.

    • I don’t know what you are talking about if you cannot support any of your claims with Biblical passages: Deuteronomy:12:32: ”What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it” Methinks those who feel otherwise should write their own BIBLES and become GOD to themselves!

  3. tank u bros for this insight as it has also helped me in handling my thought process in the line of tithing the many styles of the many wrong pastors amongst the very few good ones.
    may God almighty be our individual?collective strenght in figthing this menance even christ talked about in the last days regarding fake prophets amen.

  4. Thanks so much Henry for this information,
    But this piece need to be shared more on various blogs and sites so more people we get this truth and we can get more cooments on it which can creat a continuous info exchange . And let present it to the money hungry Pastors to come and dispute these scriptures or maybe try to put a spin on it..lol.

    Good job Henry , but more people to come across this info.

  5. My good friend Henry;
    May God continue to keep you long and bless you more for revealing this truth …
    If only our Pastors and clergy men will embrace this truth and practice it; this world will be a better place.

    Look at what is happening in our country, where they’ve so brain washed millions of Christians to believe that their miracles are tied to their steady tithing: some are hopelessly lazy and cannot use their head to build their future only believe that GOD will miraculously give them their dreams because of their steady tithe.
    People have been so brain washed to believe everything hang on tithing: people can no longer work; they believe their tithe will help them out … student cannot make out time to study but believe that their tithing will miraculously make a way for them during exam time.

    Many families and individuals sold their homes, run into poverty all in the name of tithing … To make everything worst, so many pastors had so much twisted and cultured the scripture to build a whole new ideology that is alien to God’s original purpose of tithing … some so called “MEN OF GOD” had already brandish themselves as a fertile ground for tithing and use the scripture to even confuse the people the more by logical backing …. Kai! Indeed; God’s people are perishing today due to lack of knowledge …. May God continue to keep you long for our generation and darkness will never come your way.

  6. This is really an eye opener! Very thought provoking…thank u for taken out time to put down this information…I ve a wide understanding now about this topic…permit me to share. God bless you!

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