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Every Pastor Who Collects Tithes Is A Thief!

Every Pastor Who Collects Tithes Is A Thief #Zimbabwe #SouthAfrica #Kenya #Nigeria

As far as many pastors are concerned, the most important scripture of all is not to be found in the word of Jesus.  Neither is it even in the New Testament.  That scripture says: “‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try me now in this,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘If I will

not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’” (Malachi 3:10).

This scripture is drummed repeatedly into Christians on Sundays.  However, the only time Jesus mentioned tithing in scripture, he pointed out that it was not a weighty matter of the law. (Matthew 23:23).  Hebrews says people only receive tithes “according to the law.” (Hebrews 7:5).  It then insists tithing (and everything else under the law) has been annulled: “The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless.” (Hebrews 7:18-19).  Nevertheless, mercenary pastors continue to insist on the payment of tithes.

Latter-day Pharisees

Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for keeping part instead of the whole law. (Matthew 23:23). That is what tithe-collecting pastors do today.  If we insist our congregants must pay tithes, we must also insist that they keep the rest of the law.  James says: “Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10).  Therefore, if we insist on tithing, we should also refrain from eating pork.  We should stone adulterers, execute homosexuals, kill Sabbath violators and restore blood-sacrifices.

Tithe-collecting pastors counter this by maintaining the payment of tithes pre-dated the law.  Here Abraham is cited as the cardinal example of someone who paid tithes before the promulgation of the Law of Moses, as did Jacob, his grandson.  However, such arguments are disingenuous.

Before the law, tithing was at best an example but not a commandment.  Moreover, pastors fail to mention that Abraham only tithed once in his lifetime.  When he did, he did not even tithe his own money: he tithed the spoils of war.  He gave ten percent of the plunder he took when he rescued Lot to Melchisedec, king of Salem.  But then he did not even keep the rest but returned it (all ninety percent) to the king of Sodom.

For his part, Jacob also tithed only once.  He did this in a “let’s make a deal” arrangement he offered to God: “Jacob made a vow, saying, ‘If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God.  And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will surely give a tenth to you.’” (Genesis 28:20-22).  This kind of deal about accepting God only under certain self-serving conditions should certainly not be a term of reference for any serious believer.

Lies upon lies

The first lie pastors tell Christians is what some have referred to as “the eleventh commandment:” “Thou shalt pay thy tithes to thy local church.”  But the bible says no such thing.  The storehouse of Malachi was not a church.  It was a place where food was kept.

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Pastors hide from church-members the fact that money was not acceptable as tithe.  The tithe was a tenth of the seed and fruit of the land and of the animals which ate of the land. (Leviticus 27:30-32).  That is why God says: “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be FOOD in my house.” (Malachi 3:10).  He does not say “that there may be MONEY in my house.”  The food was used to feed the Levites, the poor, widows, orphans and strangers.

Pastors also conveniently fail to teach the biblical tithe.  The principles of tithing were not laid down by Malachi.  They were laid down by Moses.  The study of Moses’ guidelines quickly reveals that the biblical tithe has no application whatsoever to Christians and is mischievously violated by tithe-collecting pastors today.

According to the Law of Moses, the tithe was divided into three allocations.  The first year, it was given to the Levite.  The second year, it was given to widows, orphans and the poor.  The third year, it was eaten in the company of the faithful before the Lord as thanksgiving for his faithfulness. (Deuteronomy 14:22-28).  In the seventh year, there was no planting and no reaping and therefore no tithing.

So the next time your pastor asks you to pay tithe, ask him about the seventh-year reprieve.  Also ask him if you can give your tithe to the orphanage, or bring it as food items to be eaten in church.  Believe me; he will not agree with you because it is your money he is after.

Inapplicability of tithes

Tithing was only applicable to Jews and to the land of Israel.  When large populations of Jews lived in Babylon, Ammon, Moab, Egypt, and Syria, these lands became tithe-able lands.  However, tithes were not acceptable from strictly Gentile lands.  So you need to ask your pastor how come he is collecting tithes in Nigeria.

Servants or slaves who worked on the land did not tithe because the land did not belong to them.  Since only agricultural and animal resources were included, a fisherman gave no tithe of his fisheries.  Neither did a miner or a carpenter pay tithes, nor anyone from the various professional occupations.  So if you are not a farmer or a keeper of livestock, tell your 419 pastor tithing is biblically inapplicable to you.

Moreover, the only people authorised to receive tithes were the Levites. (Hebrews 7:5).  So if your Pastor is a “tithe-collector,” ask him if he happens to be a Jew.  Remind him that, even though a Jew, Jesus could not receive the tithe because he was not from the tribe of Levi but from that of Judah.

The trick, of course, is for pastors today to claim we are “Levites.”  If your pastor is one such dissembler, ask him if he lives as a Levite.  Remind him that Levites had no land and did not have private property.  Ask him also how he knows he is from the tribe of Levi, which happens to be one of the lost tribes of Israel.  Point out to him that even Jewish rabbis don’t claim to be Levites today because all Jewish genealogical records were lost with the destruction of the Temple in AD 70, ensuring that it is no longer possible to ascertain the true identity of Levites.

Therefore, if Jews no longer tithe because the Levites are a lost tribe, how can Christian pastors collect tithes when we are not even Jewish, how much more Levites?  If Jewish rabbis, whose terms of reference remain the Old Testament no longer collect tithes, then pastors who insist Christians are under a New Testament have no business doing so.

The conclusion then is inescapable. Every pastor who collects tithes is nothing but “a thief and a robber.” (John 10:1).

Source: Zimtoday

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  1. This writeup is biblically correct. For a more detailed treatment of the topic, go to Amazon Createspace for “LEVITICAL TITHES & OFFERINGS: Storing Treasures In Heaven” by Collins Enyeribe.

  2. Misguided statement, The law came through Moses yet Abraham offered tithe to Melchizedeck way before the birth of Moses. Tything is a principle not a law. Even then, Just make a choice as an adult whether to tithe or not, life is made of decisions. Baraka

    • There are over 600 of such principle brov. They only guide us today, we ain’t under them anymore.
      You think you know about Christianity brov, go and read Acts of Apostles from beginning to the end, they great men started Christianity after Christ left. They are the first set that experience anything in Christianity. Yet no reference to tithing all through there ministry.
      You think you know more than them,? Think again.
      Give voluntarily if you have to, it be even be more than tenth. Give as your heart allows you to.
      If your pastor is following Jesus model, he won’t acquire all those multimillion dollars properties.
      Will help the needy in the church and help more people to live righteous.
      Salvation or prosperity?
      1John2:15-17
      Peace out

  3. I have known this bitter truth for a long time. Even my friend who called me crazy now agrees with that fact…. this may not go down well with so many people because its hard for them to unlearn things or maybe out of too much forced reference for so called ‘men of GOD’

  4. A very good write up, unfortunately it was written in bad taste…calling pastors thieves. Many do it from ignorance. This writer also left out important truths laid down by God, preached and practiced by Jesus and his desciples….even after Jesus left the earth…being ready to give more than the tithe…everything precious you can call yours, including lands, properties, family and community including our very life for the sake of the kingdom of God, otherwise, such a person would not be fit for the kingdom of God. This principle was tested when God demanded when Abramham was told to leave his family and country to go to a place where God will show him. Can you imagine what the media today will say to a christian who bids his family and nation a permanent farewell because God said so and when asked where is he heading…that he does not know? Same Abraham was also tested to sacrifice his only son Isaac. The poor widow who was about to cook her last meal for her son and herself to eat and die was told to make the meal first for Prophet Elisha, then they can eat the left over. Can you imagine what that will be raised today by the press if pastor make such a request today when food is abundant, talk less of when there was a famine? Remember the parable of the rich man Jesus taught? The reason why he failled the test to qualify for heaven was because he could not sell all his properties and give to the poor AT THE COMMAND of Jesus to follow him. All the appostles immediately left everything including their families to follow Him. The desciples of Jesus sold their landed properties and laid the money at the feet of the appostles…all of them suffered and died horrible deaths in furtherance of the gosple. Telling people what they will like to hear or half truths will not help us….the demands of God in our lives is much more than money or properties….Although He gives us everything to enjoy, at His (not necessarily by a pastor) command we should be ready to comply to even hand over our lives for His name to be glorified..

  5. Well said, the issue even goes further, that Christianity was designed and created by the europeans to use to amass wealth and take control of many nations. It was used to control Africa, least we forget, the way of worship of africans had nothing to do with Jesus, he does not even look like African. In particular Africans we were totally brain washed and we accepted that everything european is good and everything African is bad. Those who wish to open their minds and wake up, read the Willie Lynch speech, and The Speech of The Belgian King to Missionaries in Africa. There is nothing wrong in finding knowledge to know what brought us africans in the condition we are in today. All these African Pastors are simply reproducing the plan as laid down very well by Willie Lynch.

  6. That is absolutely true sir.
    But the problem of tithing yet lies in the people, the congregants who have never had the courage to query the system. A lots of them don’t even have the time to read the bible, they prefer the sermon from their pastors whom they feel knows everything about bible and should not be challenged. They have chosen to take refuge in dogmatism and ignorance. A lots of them are suffering from Stockholm syndromes and would go any length to defend these pastorpreneurs.
    This is what you get in societies where people are lazy mentally that they can not think for themselves.

  7. Truth one day shall prevail and who don’t see before we clearly see, who see but refuse to preach it shall also be forced to.

  8. This Pastor as he is called by the write-up is so ignorant of the scriptures. So ignorant that he did not know Abraham and Moses who came first.
    Laws change, but principles don’t. It’s always cool to claim the promises of God in d old testament but the principles no. They must be discarded . Born-again christians to him are still gentiles in the kgdom of God. I believe he just seeks relevance. Truth is if you as a christian do not pay tithe, when you die, you will go to hell. It does not matter whether you believe it or not.

  9. “Jesus could not receive the tithe because he was not from the tribe of Levi but from that of Judah”

    I’ve fought over this issue of paying tithe for years now.
    My Girlfriend even threaten to leave me if i dont leave the issue and start paying tithe.

    Well, i bowed and kept mute, so i am not here to start the drama all over again, neither am i going to support this bold controversial title,

    my question is rather this…

    IF YOU CALL THEM THIEF! How come there are still performing miracles using the name of JESUS? dont tell me all the miracles are fake please.

  10. this hv been an issue to me in recent times, plz i need more clarifications plz to hv a better understanding, sure laws change but principles dont but is not all principles are applicable in all situations. and if i may ask, what abt other laws nd principles embedded in d old testament which he even mentioned ?

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