The oft-quoted Spider-man quote has a universal truth. “With great power comes great responsibility“. The Levites were responsible to serve God in the Tabernacle on behalf of all Israelites. In the process, God ensured that the Levite is fed and helped by different laws including the Tithe. But as days went by, they started getting greedy and arrogant. They had this kind of feeling that God is in their pocket. And as with many modern preachers, they too thought that priesthood was a great business avenue.
Malachi is the last Book in the Old Testament. We see a huge gap of 440 years from Malachi till John the Baptist. From the time of Malachi, God stopped any interaction with the Children of Israel. The offerings of the Priests were disregarded by God. Let us examine the scenario which caused God to be upset with his people.
Corruption by the Levitical Priesthood
In the very last prophetical book of the Old Testament, we see many important things revealed. One of that is the greed of the priests concerning the Tithe.
Whom is God addressing in the Book of Malachi?
If you would have read the book, you will not have had any ambiguity about it. But because you have not read it to understand it, the Pastor misuses a few verses from the third chapter of this book to bully you. Today is your last day of being bullied.
The Entire book of Malachi is addressed to the Priests. God is Cursing the Levitical Priests which TPM so gladly wants to imitate.
So the Next time your pastor takes the book of Malachi to manipulate you, show him the following from the same book.
Do you recollect a section of the last article where I had mentioned about the Tithe offering by the Levite? If you haven’t read it, Please click here and read the section under “What do the Levites and the Priests do with the Tithe?”
Contrary to a normal Israelite, the Levite and the Priests were mandated to ensure that their tithes they offer for themselves are of the best quality. They cannot offer up maimed, deaf, blind or any kind of defective tithe. However, the normal Israelite can offer a defective animal if it happens to be the 10th that passes under the rod. Therefore, It is safe to assume that few animals that were offered as tithe were defective. But it is not a sin for the Israelite.
Let us see what is God saying in the Book of Malachi to the Priests.
…………..“IT IS YOU PRIESTS who show contempt for my name.
“But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’ 7 “By offering defiled food on my altar. “But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’
“By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible. 8 When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.
9 “Now plead with God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?”—says the Lord Almighty.
“When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the Lord.14 “Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations. Malachi 1:13-14
“And now, YOU PRIESTS, this warning is for you. 2 If you do not listen and if you do not resolve to honour my name,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honour me. Malachi 2:1-2
Clergy, Stop the Manipulation
The cunning Priests and Levites shortchanged God. They took the nice animals for themselves and sacrificed the defective ones for God. That is the whole pretext of the book of Malachi. It is not addressed to a normal Israelite. It is addressed to the entire group of Levitical Priests of Israel.
This is the background for God pronouncing the curse of robbing God in Malachi 3:8-11
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
Though the Levitical priesthood is not applicable to Christians, the above verse is used by the wolves of TPM and other churches to manipulate the ignorant laity. They are not able to even see that the entire Malachi is God’s indictment of the Clergy or the Priestly class which was taking the people for a ride. In the Book of Malachi, God is mentioning the list of reasons to dump the Levitical Priesthood. Modern Clergy, juxtaposing themselves in the position of the Levitical Priest is manipulating the ignorant Laity trying to shift the blame and I blame the Laity for not reading the scriptures. The whole nation of Israel bears the brunt of allowing the clergy to operate in this way. The ones that represented the nation before God has gone corrupt.
God’s Solution to a Corrupted Priesthood
By the Book of Malachi, the Clergy system of Levitical Priesthood was done with. The covenant which we call the Old Covenant now was the only covenant during the days of Malachi. God drew a Full Stop to that and after that, he himself came to establish the new covenant sealed by his own blood.
- New Covenant is Established
- For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matt 26:28
- By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear. Heb 8:13
- The first thing Jesus did by his sacrifice was the renting of the veil that divided the most holy place from the outside. The reason for the Levitical Priesthood to exist has to GO.
- At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split Matt 27:51
- 19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, Heb 10:19-20
- In the New Covenant, there is no more a Clergy Class. We all are priests unto God.
- But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 1 Peter 2:9
- And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Rev 1:6
- New Priesthood is established.
- If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? Heb 7:11
- For it is declared: “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” Heb 7:17
- New Sacrifice system is established.
- Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once when he offered up himself. Heb 7:27
- Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. Rom 12:1
- No More tithe in the new Priesthood. This is proved by the absence of any such ordinances in the New Testament Church. There is no Clergy in the New Testament to be the mediator for the Laity. All of us are priests unto God. Tithes and all sorts of Old Testament ordinances are done away with. The New Covenant is the Ministry of Love and not of the Law of the Old Testament.
In this article, we understood that
- The Entire book of Malachi was addressed to the Clergy of those days who showed contempt towards the Lord by their greed and arrogance.
- God cursed the clergy of the old testament for their actions, before removing them from the priesthood forever.
- The tithing verses often quoted by the Clergy is actually part of God’s condemnation of the Clergy and not of the general Laity.
- Any Clergy-Laity setup is susceptible to corruption and hence it had to be removed.
- God removed the old Levitical system and replaced it with the new covenant where all of us are priests and do not require any mediator other than the Lord Jesus Christ himself.
- Tithing of the Old Testament is therefore abolished in the New Covenant.
One of the most important parts of the New Covenant is the abolishing of the Old Testament Clergy-Laity arrangement. It is truly a satanic inspiration that almost the whole of Christendom is drifting towards that arrangement which God abolished at the Cross of Calvary.
Q. Why are people going against the New Covenant way?
A. Because these are people of unregenerate nature. They act like Christians but has no interest in following the new Life in Christ. The Bible teaches that because unregenerate man is “dead in transgressions” (Ephesians 2:5), he is held captive by a love for sin (John 3:19; John 8:34) so that he will not seek God (Romans 3:10-11) because he loves the darkness (John 3:19) and does not understand the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:14). Therefore, men suppress the truth of God in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18) and continue to willfully live in sin.
The Clergy is filled with lazy people who want to live on other men’s labours. Extortion is in their blood. You can decide for yourself.
Play the audio to hear Tamil Translation summary of the above article:
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Brilliant series Brother. This is not only enlightening but also myth busting. Years of being deceived by a brood of whitewashed brood of vipers and liars has to stop now. It is high time true Christians open their eyes and start reading the Bible and start deciding for themselves what is the Truth. Hope God will work in many more via these excellent articles and liberate them from the tyranny of these con men. All Glory to God.
Come on folks, stop being a slave to fear for you are a child of God. Praise God!
As from the articles in your site i can get to a point that you are trying to say that tpm pastors (most of the servants) are trying to lure us for money and their personal benefits.
My simple question to you is that what makes you thing the things they do are wrong according to bible? And you think that breaking it to common people will make what happen?.
How are you sure that your not putting something wrong in people’s mind.
The thing you are doing is like (Judas Iscariot was a disciple of Jesus, although he sinned against jesus, he used money for his personal benefits. He betrayed jesus.) So dont follow Christianity. This is how your preaching goes by.
Kindly pray and get your mind clear.
Dont put thoughts into people, without knowing what’s right or wrong. Or if your so sure about what you do, do as you wish.
Dear Franklin Jebaraj M,
People like you are the ones that TPM Needs to run its business.
//My simple question to you is that what makes you thing the things they do are wrong according to bible?
My Simple answer to this is “The Bible“. Am I proving anything apart from the Bible? If you would like to support TPM doctrines, please do so in this forum and prove it on the basis of the Bible. Can you? If you cannot, then get the best TPM Theologian you have. We are open always.
My counter question is “What makes you to think that TPM is right”?
// And you think that breaking it to common people will make what happen?.
Its happening and many people are getting delivered.
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matt 7:14
// How are you sure that your not putting something wrong in people’s mind.
Isn’t the Bible enough for you to read and know if I am right or TPM is right?
//The thing you are doing is like (Judas Iscariot was a disciple of Jesus, although he sinned against jesus, he used money for his personal benefits. He betrayed jesus.) So dont follow Christianity. This is how your preaching goes by.
By this you are also proving that you are not only illogical but also illiterate. Did you anytime find me saying things against Jesus?
Did you find me taking money from anybody for my ministry like the TPM Pastors/Judas Iscariot?
Did you find me anytime betraying Jesus as TPM Ministers/Judas Iscariot?
You better have some basis before you even think of commenting here.
Psa 132. 15 I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
Isa 14.32 “What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.”
TPM calls this chapter as a reference to the calling for the ministry.
There are poor in Zion and it is God’s command that the workers are fed by the ministry.
They also claim to be the beggar Lazarus who stood for divine healing and lived a faith life eating crumbs that fell from the Rich man’s ( stingy believers) table.
Has anybody been able to count the endless references to the widow’s 2 mites- urging believers to give without any calculation nor seek accounts.
Oh- the widow and the prophet story… that is also their go to reference- Give! Give!
I once heard a famous preacher use the David-numbering- Israel analogy to justify TPM’s hidden ministry of not giving receipts for offerings/tithes.
Around ten years ago, in a sanctification meeting- I heard a worker saying that those who give 10% have only performed their duty and it is not special. Only those who give beyond ten p.c can truly love God as they are giving offerings plus tithes.
One of the chain prayer points would go along these lines- God should send us precious souls- souls who will be faithful to the ministers and useful- not the mass of uneducated and poor believers who will only become dependent and useful.
Another rebuttal often used- You have enough faith in doctors to shell out 3-5 lac on medical expenses and after you have lost your wealth- the doc says pray to your god. nothing is in our hands… but you think twice of giving generously to the faith home…
if you were wise, you would give to God what you would have given the hospital and you would have nurses and doctors (worker sisters) at your disposal inside the faith home- crying out day and night and getting healing for your loved ones.
You want free of cost healing and God has given you up to suffer at the hands of physicians who will inject you in every part of your body and squeeze every pie out of you.
They claim that each faith home is a multi specialty hospital and we need faith to get healed.
They have so many cases of miraculous healing from death beds, but in their humility, they choose to keep a low profile.
Dear Denzel Joy
I think that M. T. THOMAS is a degree holder to mince money by making such deceptive terminology.
Since your proving something from the Bible and keep quoting verses from Bible makes you no greater than those you keep commenting on.
If tpm pastors the ones you keep condeming if they are going to hell you too will go to hell.
Since your breaking truths to everyone why can’t you reveal your identity and continue it. Why staying under the tagline admin and enjoying it’s benefits. And planting things in people’s mind.
In Bible no where it says condemn others way of preaching and you make a preaching out of it. If you want to save tpms innocent believer, become a pastor and start being the change.
Jesus didn’t keep complaining from heaven, but he came to earth and he became a example.
Why can’t you be one?.
//Since your proving something from the Bible and keep quoting verses from Bible makes you no greater than those you keep commenting on.
We are not in a race to become greater and assign Zion to ourselves. We are simple people evaluating Doctrines based on SCRIPTURE. If you do not have scripture, you lose here.
//If tpm pastors the ones you keep condeming if they are going to hell you too will go to hell.
This is as stupid as it can get..We do not have any connection with TPM Pastors or their doctrines. We are diametrically opposite to them in all ways.
//Since your breaking truths to everyone why can’t you reveal your identity and continue it. Why staying under the tagline admin and enjoying it’s benefits. And planting things in people’s mind.
I may be Donald Trump. How does my identity matter to you? First, start with finding the identity of the TPM Authors in the Voice of Pentecost or all TPM Publications. You are just wasting time finding my identity. It will be revealed by me at a time of my choosing.
//In Bible no where it says condemn others way of preaching and you make a preaching out of it. If you want to save tpms innocent believer, become a pastor and start being the change.
Jesus didn’t keep complaining from heaven, but he came to earth and he became a example.
Why can’t you be one?.
Dear Friend, start reading your own bible and come..Let me point you to some scriptures.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15
2 Timothy 4:3-4
1 John 4:1
2 Peter 2:1
1 Timothy 4:1
2 John 1:10
1 Thessalonians 5:21
2 Peter 2:3
2 Thessalonians 3:14-15
2 Peter 2:17-19
I can give you many more
I won’t read the references you have quoted, the only fault or the most common fault you find with tpm is they are grabbing money from the innocent and other common problems. So my question to you is who are you to judge them?. If yu have had your scriptures right just follow the basic two commandments which christ gave in new testament. Your page is full of hate speech against a group. Why do you hate them?.
You are just defending yourself by quoting some scriptures. Dont play with the word of god. Dont plant hatred against someone without knowing anything thoroughly.
Waiting for your defending reply.
Reply something proper dont again come with some verses.
I want to know your thoughts not what bible says.
Why do you do this?.
Why are you the admin of this page?.
What made you start this site?.
Are you a ousted believer?..
In this place, we do not respect anybody who tramples scriptures and come with their own silly cult logic. You may watch the door on your exit that it does not hurt your legs.
Sir Franklin Jebaraj,
Whenever a TPM supporter comes on this site, it gives me a sense of deja vu.
You sound just like me or the umpteen TPM supporters who come here with all guns blazing defending their cult but without any scriptural reference supporting their arguments. It always starts with Judas, continues with the Admin’s identity and then ends up by sending the Admin to hell.
It is a futile exercise trying to prop up a lie which TPM is. I tried and failed miserably. You can very well enlighten yourself with some sound doctrine which is available on this site or go to TPM and keep yourself in the dark. The choice is yours. The admin is simply shining the light of the Word of God into the dark abyss of TPM’s false religion.
You can continue to go to Empty Thomas and stay blind or read the Bible and be enlightened instead of wasting everyone’s time here by asking silly questions.
Dear brother Jose Mathai
When I came to Adyar in the early 90s I saw u there and have interacted with u. I have good memories about u. U may not know me as u would have met lakhs of members of TPM like me.
Tithe & circumcision began before law came. Abraham started them. In the New Testament circumcision became spiritual. Tithe cannot become spiritual for obvious reasons.
Tithe is not mentioned in the New Testament because the church had just begun but still apostle Paul talks about giving to him.
In the Old Testament God did not give any inheritance to the Levites. They lived from the offerings people of other tribes gave to God. TPM’s ministers too like the Levites live from the offerings given by the members of the church.
My revelation of giving tithe and offerings is to overcome the love of money.
//Dear brother Jose Mathai
Who is this Jose Mathai you are addressing to?
As far as Abraham’s Tithe is concerned, please read this article. It addresses that question.
//TPM’s ministers too like the Levites live from the offerings given by the members of the church.
Did God Command TPM Ministers to become Levites? Where exactly are you bringing this perverted doctrine from? Levites are the ones who are born in the tribe of Levi. They are not born of Indian Parents somewhere in South India. And that Levitical Priesthood was abandoned by the coming of Jesus. God Declared the Levitical priesthood a Failure. Read Heb 7. Do you have some sort of selective amnesia?
You do not seem to be bringing up any scriptures to prove your point.
//My revelation of giving tithe and offerings is to overcome the love of money.
I don’t see that happening anywhere. An entire lot of TPM, Clergy and Laity have made Mamon their master. Your revelation does not work here.
@//Tithe is not mentioned in the New Testament because the church had just begun but still apostle Paul talks about giving to him.//
Where did you get that logic from, that just because church was started tithe could not be mentioned ? If it was part of Christs Gospel then they were supposed to mention it as Jesus said, go and preach all nation’s teaching them whatsoever I taught them.
Paul doesn’t talk about tithe. He talks about helping the needy workers of Gospel – not the ones like tpm who have tons of cash. Even a pagan have common sense to accept that giving needy is important than he who has belly filled up to neck.
Dear Kolimani Stephen
I don’t understand that, on the basis of which biblical verse you have developed this revelation. If one can overcome love of money or any other sin by some religious practices then the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross has no value.
My revelation is that a true child of God can overcome the wicked & all his devices by the blood of the lamb & confession of the truth(Revelation 12:11). According to your revelation, by giving tithes the giver is overcoming the love of money and receiver is falling in the list of money. And in TPM, that’s what exactly happening. I think 90% TPM workers are running after money & the so called TPM believers are not far behind their leaders in this matter.