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).
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 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 handLord, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth, to the 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 the money and you can see those Judases betraying the Son of Man for 30 Rupees.
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