This is the concluding article of the series of Exposing the Modern Tithe Lie. The earlier parts can be referred by clicking the following links.
Reading it in sequence will help you understand it better because earlier portions are referred in later articles.
This article is about certain questions about the false doctrine of tithing in the New Testament Church. But before we answer it, I think it is important that you know the great business run by religious business houses. The pastors of TPM will not stop telling the lie of the Tithe. They are not sent by God, They are the agents of the devil to make you earthly minded people and in the process make a profit for themselves. They are setting you up for failure by believing in a Transactional God. Every time you give the monetary tithe, you come to believe this false notion of God blessing you as a result of the money you gave the agent. Wake up. Many people have started waking up. When will you?
This false doctrine of New testament Monetary tithe will continue till the coming of the Lord. We cannot change the Clergy businessmen and money changers in TPM. They all are working hard to trick that simple dime from your pocket.
Ten Reasons Pastors will not stop teaching this False Doctrine of Tithing
Some Questions addressed
In spite of the series of 4 articles, the Moneychangers of TPM will use some twists to confuse people. This section addresses some such questions. If your questions have not been answered in the series, please do ask it in the comments section and we shall be more than happy to address it.
Question 1. How does the Levite Survive with so less? Will he be able to feed himself?
Ans. In the first article of this series, we mentioned a low number of 9,10,19 etc to that the mathematics of Tithe calculation is made clear. But in reality, it’s only the poor which has so low number of cattle, sheep, goats, donkeys etc. and therefore their tithe is a low number. However, the average number of sheep of a family is always greater than 100. Animal husbandry was their primary profession. We also need to understand that the number of animals grows in arithmetic progression as each year progresses.
The men are shepherds; they tend livestock, and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.’ 33 When Pharaoh calls you in and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’ 34 you should answer, ‘Your servants have tended livestock from our boyhood on, just as our fathers did.’ Then you will be allowed to settle in the region of Goshen, for all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians.” Gen 46:32-34
A household will not be able to eat more than one or two animal as part of the tithe. What do they do with the rest of the 10 (assuming 100 is the average flock size). At least 5 to 6 lands with the Levite. Assume that an average number of 12 households are there for each Levite family (calculating the 12 tribes). So 6 x 12=72 animals are what the Levite got in one year. Also, take into consideration that these animals multiply at a rapid pace year after year. So the Levite is not really at a disadvantage. Moreover, his daily food is supplied by different offerings that happen in the temple apart from the tithe. Moreover, there is this First fruit offering which goes exclusively to the priestly class. On a whole, the Levite is compensated nicely.
Question 2. Why did Jesus tell the Pharisees to not forsake giving tithing and applying Law, justice and Mercy (Matt 23:23)?
Ans. Jesus lives in the Old Testament time and he came to fulfil the law in its fullness. Till his new testament blood is not given as a ransom for sin, people will have to follow the existing old testament.
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under THE LAW, Galatians 4:4
Jesus lived under Old Covenant rules and regulations and that He was bound to keep the “whole law” with all of its rituals and ceremonies. In the Old Testament, God commanded His people to adhere to an exhaustive set of rules governing the offering of sacrifices, various washings and ablutions and physical requirements such as circumcision. These regulations were designed to keep Israel in mind of the need for a Savior and to set them apart as a separate nation to protect them from the influence of Gentile nations (Galatians 3:23-24).
That is the reason why Jesus got circumcised on the 8th day – Luke 2:21 That is the reason why Jesus asked the lepers to go and fulfil the purification law (Luke 17:14)
Similarly, Tithing is also part of the same Old Testament Law. Remember how Jesus said. He did not say about Giving money but agro products as per the Tithe Law. The Pharisees had money. But when they tithed, they gave Mint, Anise and Cumin (all agri products) and NOT MONEY.
Now The New Covenant was established by Jesus at his death. And in this New Covenant, there is No Physical Circumcision, No Ceremonial law, No Cleanliness law and so many things from the Old Testament. Acts 15:20 explains what part of the Old Testament is imported to the NT. It does not indicate any Tithing. Hebrews 12:24 clearly says Jesus is the mediator of the New Covenant and this covenant was established by the Death of Jesus and not when he lived. When he lived it was Old Testament and that is the reason he asked Pharisees to follow their laws.
NEW COVENANT CAME INTO EFFECT AFTER HIS SACRIFICIAL DEATH.
15 For this reason, Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
16 In the case of a will,[a] it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. , Hebrews 9:15-17
Question 3. Why did Abraham(Gen 14:20-21) give a tenth?
Ans. These are some scriptures quoted by many people who say that tithing was not just part of the Mosaic covenant but seldom do they realize it in context.
Abraham Context: Abraham never tithed any of his own goods. The time we see in Gen 14 is about an incident where Abraham defeated and captured the kings who have looted Sodom and Gomorrah. Now, these substances were not Abraham’s. It belonged to the king of Sodom. So what did Abraham do is take a tenth of the Goods and give to Melchizedek and the rest he returned to the King of Sodom. Those goods never belonged to Abraham in the first place, for tithing. Let us check the context.
17 After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was the priest of God Most High.) 19 And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor[a] of heaven and earth; 20 and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything. 21 And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.”22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand[b] to the Lord, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ 24 I will take nothing but what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me. Let Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre take their share.” Gen 14:17-24
- This was a spontaneous act of gratitude by Abraham. It cannot be considered an act of obedience since there was no command to do so by God or by Melchizedek.
- Abraham did not command or desire it of anyone else in his household or company, not even of Lot who had now received everything back.
- Abraham gave to one who appears to be a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus (a Christophany). In the least, it was to a priest (and priesthood) that was directly established by God.
This giving of a tithe was a one-time event in Abraham’s life. We never hear of Abraham or his son ever returning to give another ten per cent, nor being commanded to.
- Abraham gave only of the goods he had extraordinarily acquired in this one rescue mission, all of which he had already vowed — of his own choice — not to keep (Genesis 14:23). Abraham is never shown as having gone back home and then return to give of his own possessions that God had blessed him with.
Question 4. Why Did Jacob(Gen 28:20-22) give a Tenth?
Ans: This is another flimsy argument quoted as an addendum to Abraham’s tithe. Let us check the context in this as well.
20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21 so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.” Gen 28:20-22.
- Jacob bargained with God: If you’ll do for me, I’ll do this for you! This actually opposes what God has commanded, that we are not to put Him to test (Matthew 4:7). This appears to be the act of a rebellious individual who had not yet learned to trust God. His example is far removed from the spontaneous gratitude and actions of his grandfather Abraham. Nowhere do we see Abraham making such a bargain with God.
- Jacob was not acting out of gratitude at this time. His bargain only implied that he would feel gratitude if God did this for him. In fact, Jacob made his intent to follow God contingent on God first doing something for him: “If God will be with me … and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear…” Sadly it is at this level that many people today want to serve God.
- We are not even told in Scriptures if Jacob ever did give his bargained-for tithe. We do know that he offered sacrifices, which were consumed by those in attendance, and poured out a drink offering on the ground (Genesis 31:54, 35:1,7,14). But sacrifices are a completely different subject than tithing.
- Don’t miss that the first part of Jacob’s bargain, “and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house“, didn’t come true. Jacob had even brazenly named the place Bethel, meaning “the house of God” (Genesis 28:19). Yet, God’s house ultimately went to Jerusalem. Bethel by the time of the later prophets was being referred to as Beth Aven, meaning “the house of wickedness” (Hosea 4:15, 10:5), as it was home to an abominable calf-idol merely called Jehovah. It seems God doesn’t respond to well to one-sided presumptuous bargains imposed by men.
This obscure event in Jacob’s life actually leaves us with more questions than answers. Needless to say, Jacob Believed in a Transactional God like most TPM believers.
Judas did not say this because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. As keeper of the money bag, he used to take from what was put into it. John 12:6
Every time you give that envelope containing money to the Money Changer (TPM Minister), it enters an opaque space. No accountability, no transparency, no integrity. Exactly like the Judas, he takes and uses it as he wishes. The money in the money purse was donated by the people who loved Jesus, but Jesus was never using it. It was Judas who was using it. Stop feeding the Judases who displays their falsity every time you see them. They are following Jesus for your Money. Stop giving them money and you can see those Judases betraying the Son of Man for 30 Rupees.
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As Admin points out certain incidents of offerings or tithes have occurred in an impulsive manner or in a situational ethic perspective like the one Jacob does. Just because on rare occasions, God fulfils a desperation call or in some other ways certain things happen as we wanted to, it does not mean that ‘God HAS to do, only then I will obey’. If God demanded that way, that would be fair of Him, after all He is the one who created You. And so, for God to bless you, you will need to obey Him first. But if we would tell to God, if thou wilt heal my son, or daughter or give me appointment at this job or give me this car or mobile, then I will do this for you, it is then that you have deceived yourself and the fellow believers with a testimony that God did this, making God a dealer, when He is not. On some occasions, you may receive healing, or the things you ask as a precursor for putting complete faith in God, but to think that this works always does not make you different than an hindu who goes and does the same in front of an idol and even they will testify that their idols have bestowed with many such blessings (probably even more) and then parade it on the rear end of the vehicle, as ‘Gift of God’, shamefully Christians do it as well.
Romans 6: 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If signs and miracles are required in our lives, there will always be a constant sign and miracle requirement to renew our faith. Rather, all the signs and miracles mentioned in the Bible is enough for any person to know that YHWH is the only True God. Personally, as a person who denied God’s existence, understanding our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ’s teaching was enough, it clearly told me, there is nothing more in this life to do, than to obey God, and all things would be worth to suffer for Christ. I did not turn to God, because He healed me or some miraculous event happened to me, though I am thankful to God as He is the miracle. When I understood this Truth, I submitted to it. In some instances, it is true that people have turned to God through miraculous turning points, I am not against it. But what would happen if we did not get a job, or if such dealing prayers did not get fulfilled in our lives, or if a certain dear loved one on death bed is not healed, what then, does God not exist? does God unanswered your prayers? Is that what you want to prove yourselves and others or does God teach us that our prayers are to be an unwavering faith regardless of the outcome?
The first sign of the fleece with water was enough for Gideon, but then again, he tests God, a second sign for the fleece to be dry, if he kept on saying ‘God, this is not enough, give me one more sign, do this, do that’, guess where this will end. These have been narrated to us, so we can learn from them, and the signs, wonders and miracles of the past is more than enough to believe in God, and in some instances, God may fulfil certain requests, and that should be enough to continue steadfastly in our faith, though many of us will forget about that miracle and go back like a dog to its vomit. Today if one of us would ask God to fulfil the sign of the fleece, he may not do it, cause the Greatest sign, wonder and miracle that we ever need has already come into our lives – Jesus Christ, and yet we continue to be in bond, it could be a tpm or any other man-made doctrine.
Coming to the article in discussion, we must understand that since the Levites had no inheritance like the other tribes did, God gave specific laws to keep a constant influx fulfilling the needs of the Levites and the priests, through the part that was to be had by Levites and priests only.
The Altar of sacrifice is a bloody place of sacrifices and offerings brought continually to the priests. When I was in tpm, I used to study the tabernacle shadow in the NT tpm ministry. I used to imagine the tabernacle as this clean place with just the laver, altar of sacrifice, beautiful outer and inner courts, holy place, most holy place and so forth. What I missed was that this place had become a place of butchering continually, though God intended the sacrifices and offerings to be genuinely done for the atonement, tithing and so forth, it had become a habitual, ritualistic experience with a lot of self-introduced traditions and customs much like the Babylonian Talmud is. I am not saying this was an unclean place, but that this was not a clean place as all images of the tabernacle show us, that is the reason we tend to think that Levites did not have much to have. I believe even though Levites had no inheritance like the other tribes did, in time they had more food than they needed cause the sacrifices and offerings increased day and day.
Jesus Christ’s first coming was foretold in the Garden of Eden and later on until Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and several other prophets. Reading those chapters, one can understand the harlotry of Israel and Judah, it includes sacrifices and offerings that had become a loophole. If you want to give to the people who are ministering to you, you can give it, but do not give it thinking that ye are blessed monetarily or that by giving so much (10 % or 100%) that you will gain much more, as some of us do it for the praise of men, and some to maintain their reputation and so forth. If your cause of giving, is nothing but helping them selflessly because they are ‘in need’ , then you have nothing to worry about. The moment you think you can reap on this earth itself, because you sowed by tithing, you are entangled as one among the deceived. Again, instead of giving to this self-proclaimed levites of the NT, please consider helping without any expectation, to the destitute, for God will respect that much more as you have helped another brother or sister who is direly in need of help. Just repeated chantings will not help, someone has to do it in person, let that person be us.
But the astonishing fact is that we are still contending for the tithe that was a part of OT Ceremonial law, as we think they are Levites of the NT. For more spiritual opening of your eyes, I shall post the chapter of Hebrews 7 to base that our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ is the final Priesthood, and so if I wanted to tithe to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, nothing have I, but my entire heart to Him.
If you want to keep a certain law, make sure to keep the rest 613 mitzvot as well. Or if you are convicted to do a thing such as concerning food, then do keep it, but do not bring that to others to be a stumble as Paul exhorts to Corinthians “1 Corinthians 14:20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense.”
Spend more time reading Word of God, stay away from tpm doctrines for a time and see what God wants to do in your lives, it is quite challenging, but then again, this life is not made for ‘comfort’, wherein a rapture whoosh you away. But it should train you or the next generation, to stand for Christ, in the Great Tribulation that is to come.
1For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 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,” 3 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.
4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. 5 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; 6 but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better. 8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. 9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
11 Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? 12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. 13 For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. 15 And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest 16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. 17 For He testifies:
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”
18 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, 19 for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
20 And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath 21 (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:
“The Lord has sworn
And will not relent,
‘You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek’ ”),
22 by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.
23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. 24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.
In the early apostle time all members of church sold their all and lay at the feet of apostle. What would have happen to those family? All became disciples or the disciples fed them according to their family need? If such practice is done in this era, how will church look like? Will all leave their professions and properties and be part of church? Is it practical? Can this be done? It typically means many joined the church as full time and disciples took care of them? Then why Paul worked and what would have happened to all those who sold all and came to church?
These questions are answered in another article already. Please check out https://www.fromtpm.com/blog/2018/05/09/paganization-scriptures/
The new trending way to extort is they will list down a list of materialistic thing want (conventions, transports, fake home modifications, land procurement etc) and will ask pls., pray and repeat it till they manage to get the dough from us.
If I (an imperfect man that I am) know the needs of my child even before she realises it and will make all efforts humanely possible to provide, how much more my heavenly father would endeavor to provide so that I am not spiritually ruined. And just like I wouldn’t want to hear from my child through a third party mediator, So would my heavenly Father yearn to have a direct relationship with me as his son. Remember we (our family) are a shadow of the church.
But look how these SOG’s anointed by another spirit would throw this truth into air and exert the law based incorrect doctrines for their personnel gain and in doing so the larger game plan of satan to turn as much as possible from the Truth.
Any way it was a good series of reading for our spiritual edification and may God bless those sincere efforts.
Take a look at Romans 15: 25 onwards in the NLT version which gives you an idea what giving in the New Testament is for,
25 But before I come, I must go to Jerusalem to take a gift to the believers[l] there. 26 For you see, the believers in Macedonia and Achaia[m] have eagerly taken up an offering for the poor among the believers in Jerusalem. 27 They were glad to do this because they feel they owe a real debt to them. Since the Gentiles received the spiritual blessings of the Good News from the believers in Jerusalem, they feel the least they can do in return is to help them financially. 28 As soon as I have delivered this money and completed this good deed of theirs, I will come to see you on my way to Spain. 29 And I am sure that when I come, Christ will richly bless our time together.
Apostle Paul did not collect the money to build a Fat Home or a convention shed, it was for the poor believers. Thank God for the Bible.
TO ALL THE TAMIL READERS,
HERE IS A BONANZA FOR ALL OF YOU. ADMIN HAS STARTED THE TAMIL AUDIO OF THE THE ARTICLES. NOW FOR ALL TITCH ARTICLES AUDIO IS AVAILABLE AT THE END OF EACH ENGLISH VERSION.
ANOTHER GREAT STEP BY OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. MANY PEOPLE ARE CURSING FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SITE AND ALL THE PEOPLE CONNECTED WITH IT. BUT GOD HAS OTHER PLANS. INSTEAD OF ITS DESTRUCTION IT IS FLOURISHING. ALL GLORY TO OUR SAVIOUR AND REDEEMER JESUS CHRIST.
ADMIN, GOD WILL REWARD FOR YOUR EFFORTS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY. AMEN.
This is a small effort to help our Tamil Brethren…I am not sure we can do for all articles. A dear Sister offered to help in this. God Bless her abundantly. We will do if God allows and we are able to do.
Praise the lord. My parents are a typical TPM believer for 20+ years. Ashamed to say that im a born TPM. But ive been aware of what is going on in TPM all this years as i grew up. Ive not seen the presence of God in church neither in my house as i couldnt see a peace in my family. Sad it is to say that my parents are still being blindfolded by the brainwashing experts in TPM . I really thank God for raising Admin to put forth the word of God and shed light upon in. Its really an eye opening article for me. Im currently looking for some other fellowships. If the admin is a pastor in any church pls let me know in which part of the world is your church located in that i may also join your assembly if possible. May God bless you all. I humbly request you all to pray for my family members to be delievered from this disception.
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