An Exposition on the Fraudulent Fleecing of the Flock.

 

Mixing lies with truth does not make what is being taught TRUTH.

What about this truth and lie mixture..."Tithing was a form of worship to God, and since we still worship God, we must still tithe." Makes sense, right?

Well if that is true I guess this statement must be true as well...Burnt offerings were a form of worship to God, and since we still worship God, we must still offer burnt offerings to God?

The mixture of the truth with a lie is ridiculous, idiotic and a deception of the devil that is accepted as truth by the religiously deceived.

"Will a man ROB God?" Preachers will give account one day for teaching this verse in Malachi 3:8 totally out of context for their own selfish gain. Denominational self-appointed hearlders of the gospel shame the pew-warmers for "robbing God" in tithes and offerings. This verse in Malachi certainly means what it says. Someone was defrauding God of tithes and offerings, but wait until you find out who is responsible for this act.

In any given given Sunday-programed-event-driven meeting there will be numerous seminarian denominated appointed preachers bellowing out over pulpits, television, radio and the internet that people are being "cursed with a curse" because they have failed to pay God ten percent of their income. And should such a brow beaten, shame bent, guilt ridden church going pew-warmers decide to repent and give God ten percent of his salary, just how would they do that? These men of the cloth who often have unquenchable worldly desires of the flesh, will be sure to give you an address where you can send them (or, ah, rather God) your tithe. And do they have a right to quote these Scriptures in this manner? No they do not!

Lies told regarding tithing doctrine in the post-cross era.

Abraham tithed on his own personal property or livestock. He did NOT.

Jacob was a tither and God blessed him for it. The truth is Jacob wouldn’t tithe until God blessed him first.

Priests could collect tithes. Yes, but only priests from the tribe of Levi and there are no Levitical priests today.

Money is a tithable commodity. The fact is, money was never a tithable commodity, food products of the land were.

Early converts were asked to tithe to the Church. Tithing in the Church first appears centuries after completion of the Bible.

What the scriptures say about tithing:

Gen. 14:20, "And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he (Abram) gave him (Melchizedek king of Salem, the priest of the most high God, Ver. 18) TITHES of all (all the goods of war, Ver. 1)."

This account is also spoken about in the book of Hebrews:

Heb. 7:1-10, "For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who meets with Abraham returning from the combat with the kings and blesses him, to whom Abraham parts a TITHE also, from all, Now, behold how eminent this one is to whom the patriarch Abraham gives a TITHE also of the best of the booty. And, indeed, those of the sons of Levi who obtain the priestly office have a direction to take TITHES from the people according to the law, And here, indeed, dying men are obtaining TITHES, And so, to say, through Abraham, Levi also, who is obtaining the TITHES, has been TITHED, for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek meets with him."
 
This is the first mention of tithing in the Bible, Abram gives to Melchizedek (a priest of God who was also the king of the city of Salem) a tithe of the best of the booty taken in war. Notice that this was not wheat, corn, wine, oil, or cattle from Abram’s personal possessions, but rather booty taken from conquered nations.
Is there is anything stated here that would cause us to conclude that Abraham ever tithed on a regular basis on his own personnel possessions. No. Although Abraham gave Melchizedek a tithe of the booty of war, he told the king of Sodom that he would take none of it for himself.
This same account is recorded in the seventh chapter of Hebrews, from it we learn that the priests of Levi, from the family of Aaron also receive tithes from the people according to the law. This tells us little more about the actual tithes other than they received tithes.

Denominational bible scholars claim that Abraham’s tithing of the spoils of war predated the Law of Moses, and therefore even if the Law of Moses is done away with, tithing is still binding on Christians because Abraham predated the Law of Moses. Is this true? Also religion teaches that this Scripture is the first proof from the Word of God that Christians are to tithe ten percent of their salaries to the church. But what have we really learned from these Scriptures?:

Abraham went to war to rescue his nephew, Lot. He then gave 10% of these spoils of war to Melchizedek, and allowed Sodom to keep 90%, while he himself kept NOTHING!

Is there a tithe grabbing preacher alive anywhere on earth that can explain how this one single unparalleled and never-again-to-be-duplicated event, is Scriptural proof that people should give 10% of their annual salaries (not the spoils of war, but their money, their salaries), not once, but year after year after year, not to Melchizedek, but to denominated clergymen who claim to be ministers of Jesus Christ? If anyone can see a similarity here, they are seeing more than the scripture records.

Let's look at a Scripture that you probably have never heard a sermon about tithing on. No tithe-preaching extractor would use the example of how Jacob tithed because it would not support the way they teach tithing. Jacob is the grandson of Abraham, the father of the faithful, whom God also blessed tremendously. Not only did God approve of Jacob’s tithing proposal, but, He made it the foundational principle upon which all future tithing would be based.

Gen. 28:20-22, "And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and [if God] will keep me in this way that I go, and [if God] will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; THEN shall the Lord be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shall GIVE ME I will surely give the TENTH unto thee."

Amazingly this one Scripture pretty much contradicts 99% of all sermons preached on the subject of tithing! This is the very first Scripture in the Bible that gives an account of someone giving a tenth or tithe of his personal possessions back to God. But, oh how different it is from the teachings of most Christian Churches.

First Jacob truly recognizes God as God. He then begins to proposition God. He states that "IF" God will do this and "IF’ God will do the other things, "THEN" Jacob says, "shall the Lord be my God." Jacob concludes his proposition to God, should God meet all of his requirements, by saying that of all the things that God will first give to Jacob, Jacob will give God back a tenth. God honored Jacob’s proposition, and furthermore, God continued to honor this same principle of tithing all through Israel’s history. As Paul said, "Now what have you which you did not obtain?" (I Cor. 4:7) All that we possess comes from God.

And so, we learn again that Israel was not to tithe on what they did not first possess, unlike those today who teach that it is required to tithe on that which one does not already possess.

God is not partial and God is not a hypocrite. This example of Jacob proves that God doesn’t expect a tithe until He blessed the tithe payer first. hear a sermon Sunday morning on how Jacob paid tithes to God. Now hold your pew.
 
Just how did Jacob actually give a tithe to God? Did he personally hand it to God? No, no one has ever even seen God. Did Jacob tithe to an angel? No, angels do not need and can’t use tithes. Did Jacob send his tithe to Heaven by Celestial Express? No. Did he take it to the local church? No, there was no local church. Did he take it to the Temple? No, there was no temple. Did he give it directly to one of the Levitic priests? No, there were no Levites as yet. Well how then did Jacob tithe to God? Was it even possible? Yes, there were actually two different ways that Jacob could tithe to God:

First, "And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your TITHES, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks: And there ye shall eat before the Lord your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, YE and YOUR HOUSEHOLDS, wherein the Lord thy God hath blessed thee" (Deut. 12:6-7).

The second way, "And even though there were no Levites in Jacob’s day, nonetheless, there were ", the STRANGER, and the FATHERLESS, and the WIDOW, which are within thy gates, shall come, and SHALL EAT AND BE SATISFIED; that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest" (Deut. 14:29).

That’s how God acknowledged a tithe from Jacob: ByJacob partaking of a portion himself and his family in communion and thanksgiving to God, and by sharing his fortune with those who were unfortunate, poor, strangers, and the needy.

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