“Giving” is a foundational principle of uprightness in both the Old and New Covenants.
“Tithe” means “tenth”, which was a specific instruction. Tithing was only one aspect of a number of types of exactions, penalties, and freewill offerings that were instituted to support a Levitical temple-oriented society.
Non-Biblical tithing was in common usage for taxation purposes long before Moses included a tithe in what is known as God’s Law.
Josephus has several examples of tithing to wicked kings.
Tithing is not “giving”, and gifts are not “tithing”.
Tithing and willful giving are two scripturally distinct and different acts, which if not identified separately, will lead to confusion concerning God’s will.
Pro-tithe preachers appear to foster this misidentification and confusion through fanciful and inaccurate preaching.
A conflict of interest influences preachers on the tithe subject much more (100%) than it does potential tithe payers (10%) seeking the truth.
Paul refers to God’s Law, but conspicuously ignores the tithe law.
Paul instead refers to another law about basic sustenance and fair pay.
Pro-tithers ignore the significance of Paul’s reference, then they mock God’s Law and the English language by substituting the fiction of their doctrine in place of the fact of what Paul actually said.
A true “man of God” does not get paid money, and austerity is the standard that was set for these men.
This standard is not even recognized today, let alone adhered to.
Paid preachers are operators in the commercial religion industry. They are not “men of God” as defined by the New Covenant.
Pretending that words in scripture mean something entirely different than what they clearly say, is not a rational approach to the understanding of scripture.
Similar thoughts, actions, and concepts are not the same thoughts, actions, and concepts, particularly when they are manifested in different contexts and under different conditions.
Distinctly different thoughts, actions, and concepts cannot be equated as being the same without resorting to some type of delusion.
Tithing and freewill giving can be made to look similar on the surface, regardless of facts, if enough determination and effort is used to make them look that way. Even then, the best pro-tithers can do is to make them appear similar when in fact tithing and freewill giving are two different concepts.
“Temples” is plural, indicating a reference to pagan sites, not the temple to Yahweh God in Jerusalem. • The word translated as “rob temples” means “to rob temples”, not “failure to tithe”. • Use of the original noun meaning “one who robs temples” elsewhere in scripture is also not in any reference whatsoever to a tithe.