Some pro-tithe preachers claim the right to a “Kingdom tax”, which they say would be the tithe, citing Romans 13:6-7.
“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.”
The overriding theme of this argument is that God’s Kingdom has not really manifested itself here on Earth because not enough people (read that as everyone) are tithing.
It seems the pro-tithe theory is not “Seek the Kingdom, and all this shall be added to you”, (Matt 6:33, Luke 12:31) instead it is “seek the tithe money and the Kingdom will be added to you”. Basically they are saying “I’m from the (Kingdom) government, and I’m here to help you. I will start by taking your tithe money.”
Their rose-tinted visions of a Big Rock Candy Mountain-like Kingdom of God on Earth when everyone tithes; where there is peace in the valley, strawberry fields forever, harmony, liberty and justice for all, or however else they want to portray it, is a blatant lie and a scam on its face. History itself renders this buy-your-utopia concept to be false.
The Roman Catholic Church enforced tithing at the point of a sword for centuries and thus obtained basically full compliance. They also enforced God’s Law as they chose to interpret and invent it.
Yet, instead of having God’s Kingdom on Earth, those tithers suffered under corrupt kings, wars, death plagues, high taxes and virtual slavery for all but the highest classes, and this lasted for hundreds of years. As history goes, it is known as the “Dark Ages”, with the fraud of the church tithe being just another curse to add to the others listed.
|“Who made the preachers the ‘authority’?
This enslavement was caused by the love of money, and the bondage was broken only by the truth being exposed to the light of day in the form of Bibles which became available to the common man. Just as Jesus said: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” This certainly applies today, if you can find the truth.
So then, what is all this pro-tithe bunk about how the country will be delivered from the New World Order police state if everyone “turns to God and tithes”? It is just that: pro-tithe bunk. It is a Kafkaesque preacher-induced pipe dream of promises on one hand, and threats of impending doom on the other; the opiate of false religion doing its thing to stupefy the congregation; a poor man’s Talmud of humanistic rationalization and fantasy that twists and neutralizes the intent of God’s Word for the benefit of the controllers (church hierarchy). The very phrase “turn to God and tithe” is a blasphemy and an oxymoron.
Tithing made matters worse in the Dark Ages by empowering a corrupt clique in control of a religious/political system. What makes anyone think that it will be our deliverance this time around?
Oh yes, I forgot: This time around we have preachers we can trust; fearless preachers of integrity who will do the right thing as we pay them to lead us triumphantly into God’s Kingdom.
Yeah, right; and then we woke up.
Furthermore, regarding Romans 13, the first question I have to ask is: Who made the preachers the “authority”?
Governments also claim to be this authority spoken of here, so also does the Catholic Church, the Mormons hierarchy, the Moonies leaders, Jehovah Witness top brass, and numerous other Christian denominations and cults of the world, so get in line. None of them qualifies as any kind of God-ordained true authority, and for the same basic reasons.
It reminds me of playing army as a boy. I would hear: “I get to be general”, “No I do”, “No, I called it first”. It involved about the same amount of scriptural authority and the same childish attitude as these preachers who claim “I get to be the authority!”
I do not see today’s preachers using force of arms to enforce any of God’s Law, or even seriously advocating or facilitating such actions. I most certainly do not see the tithe-collecting preachers causing fear or bringing wrath to those that do evil, as this scripture describes. They will of course judge, bully, and abuse hapless members of their congregation, but do not expect them to challenge an ungodly world order, or to ever, ever advocate breaking man’s law in order to keep God’s Law.
Preachers that tell half-truth stories about their track record of “fighting the system” 10-20 years ago, now (particularly if prosperous) seem to have found a comfort zone and have too much to lose by really rocking the boat or turning the world upside down. The more prosperous they become, the less likely it is that they will use that wealth to fight an evil world system that is providing all the goodies for them.
This is also caused by the controlling nose-ring effect that the 501 (c)3 tax-exempt status puts on them. It all adds up to the creation of the “dumb dogs” of Isaiah 56:10-12 whose bottom line is more money and carefully doled out, but officially approved items of the “truth”.
I have a feeling that, should an individual, a group, or entire class of qualified Christians start performing the two duties of “causing fear” and “bringing wrath” in a just manner, as Phinehas did in Numbers 25:6-9, the money to fund their efforts would start coming out of the woodwork; and it would not be a tithe, but gifts.
In other words, if these preachers got off their butts and set a pure example by taking real, positive leadership action to help others or fight evil, or help the down-trodden, they would have all the money and help they needed to do the job.
Until then, this scripture is kind of a moot point regarding a modern tithe being a tax, since it would obviously apply to men of integrity, strength and action rather than the crème-puff types that today call themselves “men of God” or “God’s anointed”, “rulers of Israel”, “seers”, “Law teachers”, “reverends”, “Kingdom workers”, or any other misleadingly self-titled individuals.
One more thought: even if a preacher did have some kind of legitimized authority, it does not follow that he would have the scriptural right to enrich himself by that position. Even a king is forbidden from increasing his personal wealth through his elevated position (Deut 17:16-17), so what makes the preachers think they can ignore this principle when they claim leadership status? Of course this principle was ignored throughout history. It is certainly ignored by both preachers and those in political positions today.
T-A-X Spells “Tithe”?
Another tale that tithers are familiar with is when tithe-pushing teachers say that “tax” in Romans 13:6-7 is really a cryptic word for the tithe – one tenth of your income. As usual, the scripture does not exist to support their doctrine, so they just pretend that it is there.
Once again, they rely on the premise that Paul is speaking in code.
Once again Paul shows them to be wrong, because he said in 2Corinthians 1:13 that he does not speak with such secret meanings.
Once again they take a self-serving false doctrine and try to impute it to Paul in order for it to have the appearance of legitimacy.
They cite this scripture and say something to the effect that “The Kingdom needs rulers, the rulers are us, and the rulers gotta be paid. They get paid by a tax, and that tax is the tithe.”
This tax that Paul is talking about has to be the tithe, according to the pro-tithe myth, because they say a tithe is the only figure that God ever designated as a tax, and anything other than one tenth of your income is sinful man’s rebellion to God’s order. This tax of 10% is in effect now, according to their story, and, to paraphrase the gist of it: “if you ever want to look at yourself in a mirror again, and call yourself a Kingdom Christian, you had better start paying it, buddy”.
I have to disagree with the circular reasoning of this pro-tithe notion on several grounds.
First, Exodus 30:12-18 stipulates an annual poll tax of one/half sheckel (about a fifth ounce of silver), so their “10% is the only figure ever designated” thesis is a lie right off the bat.
Secondly, the Old Covenant type of society that they are trying to mimic was run by a king who imposed his own taxes of various amounts, and that is what got things done, whether good or bad. I have seen no real record in scripture of Levites pro-actively doing anything major in the way of a reformation or constructive nature without the king, or a true prophet first initiating it.
The words of the very rare true prophets of God fell on the deaf ears of the Levites as well as of the people, and we all know who the chief opponents of Jesus were. Sadly, the pagan Roman government authorities showed a much greater inclination toward justice and fairness toward Jesus, Peter and Paul than the religious leaders of that time did.
Judges 17 sums it up: “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” So where were the Levites to enforce the Law?
Whether it was to tear down the pagan idols or to build or repair the temple, it was either the king, or a motivated individual outside of the religious establishment who got things moving; often against Levitical resistance. Second Chronicles 24 and 2Kings 12 depict a good example, as well as 2Chronicles 34:1-11.
|“Taxes are generally meant to collect money, taking property as a second choice, and the tithe of God’s Law was meant to collect property (food), with money as the second choice.”
In 2Kings 12 it was King Jehoash who saw to it that the temple was repaired, in spite of the Levites who were stealing money from the project.
Also 1Kings 2:27 says Solomon fired Abiathar from being a priest of God. So who was really in charge back then, the religious
system, or the political? Who do you think would really control things now, if we had today’s preachers as our “kingdom rulers”?
Don’t get me wrong – I am not in favor of big government. I am just pointing out the obvious facts of scripture: In the time of the kings, it was political power that got action, while religious authorities could not seem to overcome the inertia of the current status quo. They gave lip service to the Law, but changed for the worse with the degeneration of the popular culture.
Many people do not realize that the Baal priests and other infamous pagan idolatry-conducting individuals were almost always turn-coat Levites and Aaronite priests. They had the grooming for service to the True God of Israel, and readily applied those skills and mannerisms to provide a good hocus-pocus show for the pagan religions. A leadership role in the administering of any religion has never been a reliable indication of the devoutness of that person to that religion, particularly if they are holding paid positions.
Bad as political power was, it at least had the ability to reform and repent from time to time, and certain kings took the initiative in doing so. The Levitical class then followed suit; sometimes willingly, sometimes not.
Today it is you, oh king and priest, the average Christian who has that power and responsibility to create change for the better, because you will be waiting forever if you expect someone else to do it for you.
Thirdly, Paul did not say “For because of this you also pay tithes”, or “Render to all what is due them: tithe to whom tithe is due”. Paul said “TAX”, probably because he meant tax, and not tithe. This leads me to think that Paul was talking about some kind of TAX; contrary to what pro-tithers would like us to read into this scripture.
A tax can be any amount, it can be changed as circumstances demand (a war, or a new highway, for examples) and you are not spitting in God’s eye (as the pro-tithe preacher asserts), by imposing a tax of anything other than 10%. That is because a tax is a tax, and the tithe was the tithe. Taxes are generally meant to collect money, taking property as a second choice, and the tithe of God’s Law was meant to collect property (food), with money as the second choice. They are two separate things, for two different purposes.
As we covered earlier, pagan religions and secular governments imposed tithes and ten percent taxes for various reasons, so there is nothing particularly moral or godly in itself about this figure of one tenth.
The pro-tithers, as usual, read into this chapter what they want you to believe is in there: that this word tax was a secret code word for tithe. They attempt to create Paul’s endorsement of their scheme to palm it off as being God’s Law – once again “teaching as doctrine the commandments of men”.
Nehemiah 10:32 describes a self imposed tax for the upkeep of the temple, and it is a flat rate of a third of a shekel, no doubt based on Exodus 30, and similar to the tax that Jesus and Peter paid (Matt 17:24-27). Ezra was very happy to accept not only freewill gifts from King Artaxerxes and his advisors, but also the king’s civil authority for Ezra and his men to enforce God’s Law with criminal punishment for offenders. No ten percent “tax” involved here at all, and again we see that it was the king and not the religious authorities who supplied the enforcement power.
Second Kings 15:20 describes a special assessment of Israel’s wealthy, in order to pay off an invading army, that was not 10% either. Solomon commandeered or bought all kinds of supplies to build the temple; in fact every tabernacle or temple building project described in scripture was funded through freewill giving, not tithe (Exodus 25:1-9, 35:4-9, 35:21-29, 1Chronicles 29:3-9, 17, 2Chronicles 24:4-14, Ezra 2:68-69).
Pro tithe preachers also confuse matters by saying that the tithe was a tax (which by definition is not voluntary), but then when confronted with scripture they flip-flop and say it was a voluntary offering; but then again, they say you have to pay it to “acknowledge the sovereignty of God”. A subject which we now know is a red herring of the same magnitude as the “God-robbing” hoax.
When I first sent out my basic concerns about the modern church tithe to a few men for review and opinions, one response I got from a tithe-receiving elder and would-be ruler in the Kingdom is basically that “The tithe is a voluntary offering. There is no obligation to pay it, or scripturally defined power to enforce it”.
So they present it as a “the law of the tithe”, but when faced with facts, they can only waffle out a description of a suggestion of the tithe.
Ask yourself, dear reader, if the tithe has not been presented to you time after time by preachers as being obligatory and under various badassical threats of God’s curse for not doing so. Also ask yourself if any failure to pay this 10% surcharge on life is not represented as being shameful, “robbing God”, anti-Kingdom, anti-Law, anti-Christian, etc. Does any of this sound “voluntary”?
I mean, that is the whole idea of this false doctrine in the first place – to coerce money out of people using God as their alleged enforcer or “hit man”.
Let me make this perfectly clear: A tithe was always mandatory to those whom it applied, and who wished to remain in good standing in the Mosaic Covenant community; while freewill gifts were voluntary.
Tithing was just as “voluntary” as a thief making voluntary reparations of four times what he stole. He did not have to repay the judgment amount, but woe to those who did not fulfill this expectation. The tithe was a mandatory offering, failure of which to perform incurred at minimum a social stigma and disassociation from the devout Israelite society, and probably an expulsion from the temple congregation.
Anyone using an invented oxymoronic term like “voluntary tithe” is once again using doublespeak and deception by blurring the scriptural distinction between requirement of tithing and the option of willful giving.
Just as it is with other scriptures that pro-tithers bring up to try to make their point, Romans 13 is evidence that indicates the opposite of what they are saying is true.
If you read Romans 13:6-7 for what it says, it is clear that a Christian dominated society, if it had a government at all, was expected to be funded by a tax and not a tithe. The examples of early Christian colonies in this country – often cited as being the closest thing to a fulfilled physical Kingdom of God
on Earth to exist after the First Century – bear out the fact that taxes, not tithing were imposed to fund the civil body politic; even though they governed by using God’s Law in other areas of criminal justice.
Those taxes were nowhere near 10%, but even if they were exactly 10% that would not have made them a Biblical tithe, any more than the Egyptian 10% tax on foreigners was.
To my knowledge the Pilgrims and other early colonial Kingdom Christian types did not hold to a church tithe at all, let alone to run their local government on. In fact, one of the reasons they left England was because of a forced tithe there. That is a well established fact of history.
Besides all that, Jesus said in Matt 17:25-26 to paraphrase: “tax the aliens, the children are free”, so you can decide for yourself which of those two Kingdom categories you fit into. Seems to me that paying a “Kingdom tax” looks a lot like an admission of alien status, and that Yahweh God is not your father. Hebrews 12:8 uses the word bastards in discussing a very similar subject.
As long as we’re on Romans 13 and the subject of authority, and “who gets to be general”, let’s examine the scriptures to get our facts straight.
1Corinthians 11:3 “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.”
Scripture is often very simple, as this verse demonstrates. You would have to be a seminary graduate to mess this one up. Do you see your preacher or pastor in that itemized chain of command? As spiritual matters go, we answer directly to Christ the Judge, not Joe Schmoe who was a rodeo clown last year but is now your authority or ruler because he decided to be a preacher or “Law teacher”.
It does not matter how nice and personable, or how pious and superior he acts at gatherings, or what knowledge he claims to have that you do not. Eventually you will find that much of what your preacher/seer/prophet/Law-teacher has been telling you is error or fiction anyway. This myth they have concocted about the tithe is a quintessential example.
|“1 Peter 5:3 says to teach and minister to others “willingly, readily, without payment of money, without assuming authority over them, but leading by example.”
Do not get me wrong – Anyone should be given the chance to preach, teach, or otherwise present what they feel led to. That is the basis of a true Christian gathering, and all Christians should really have some experience in doing it. They should however, then be ready in the same forum to answer questions and defend the points they have offered.
This does not make the speaker any kind of authority over the listeners, whether it is their first or five-hundredth presentation, and it certainly does not entitle him to a tenth of anyone’s income. The privilege is granted in having the floor to speak, after all, not in being allowed to listen.
You can submit to the authority and control of whoever you want to – priest, preacher, guru, psychiatrist, government, mob boss, pimp, or bully down the street; but it is all by your choice, not because they are somehow entitled to it. None of these are necessarily Godly or even in your own best interest to submit to any more than the others are. Remember this however: No person has authority over you that you have not first chosen to grant to them. That is why other people are missing from Paul’s statement of hierarchy.
Do not forget: the preachers make their living and hold their control through the notion that the congregation needs them; that they need the so-called special knowledge, the spiritual understanding, or the anointing that is implied or outright claimed by the preachers to have, and congruent with that goes the self-proclaimed authority.
If they have to, they may just make stuff up to be interesting; to impress the congregation; to be the “Art Bell of Christian radio”, as one preacher put it. This so-called advanced insight is very often our old friend sophistry again at work; plain old scripture-twisting BS fortified with showmanship having the aim of creating sensationalism, or the mystical illusion of spiritual insight and preacher authority, at the expense of truth.
A true teacher’s goal and great joy is to get their students to achieve and then surpass the knowledge of the teacher, so that knowledge advances with each generation. A commercial preacher’s objective is create repeat customers for life; those who become clones of the preacher’s personal ideology but who never achieve his level of “knowledge” because as is often the case, he makes it up as he goes along.
These are the people that 2Timothy 3:7 describes as “ever learning, but never coming to a realization of the truth.”
In stark contrast to the ego-freak authoritarian preachers of today, scriptural examples such as Paul or Peter would minister to others by teaching people about their own authority and liberty so they could grow up to be mature Christians and in turn teach others. True leaders create more leaders, not just followers. Strong leaders, like true teachers, take joy in seeing growth in those they lead; particularly in those who excel in knowledge and ability beyond the leader himself.
Weak leaders, no matter what kind of false persona they create, are perpetually afraid of the growth potential of those they allegedly lead and therefore prefer to keep them subjugated in a smaller “fishbowl” and dependent on the preachers for so-called spirit inspired weekly sermons, approved guidance, and doctrinally correct instruction. They apparently want to see some level of growth, but they do not want anyone to outgrow the need to be fed by a preacher.
For those who do not know – A goldfish will only grow to a size proportionate to its environment. An eight inch bowl might grow a fish an inch long and no more. If that fish is placed in a ten gallon tank it might grow to three inches and then stop; and if put into a lake that same fish might grow to two feet long or more.
People are subjected to intellectual and spiritual fishbowls by various authorities every day, and again, these are not necessarily put in place for our benefit, but for the advantage of those who seek authority and control.
By God’s apparent plan, the teachings of Jesus and the resulting New Covenant Kingdom and perfect Law of Liberty (Galatians 5:13, James 1:25) were a fishbowl-breaking series of fortunate events which originally freed the Early Christians from the tyranny of false dogmas and corruption of bogus authorities. Most of establishment religion has ignored, marginalized, or successfully negated the original Christian teachings through false doctrines.
Second Corinthians 1:24, “Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.”
Some translations use terms like “we are not dictators over your faith…”
1Peter 5:3 says to teach and minister to others “willingly, readily, without payment of money, without assuming authority over them, but leading by example.”
Obviously Peter or Paul could never successfully run a modern day church corporation, evangelistic cd ministry business, world-wide radio enterprise, or be an effective Kingdom worker with those kinds of silly old fashioned ideas, would they? Read those scriptures again. Count yourself lucky if you know a preacher that is anywhere near fitting either of those instructive descriptions.
In 2Corinthians 11:20 Paul derides the people for their foolish behavior regarding their submission to authoritarian false preachers: “For you bear with anyone if he enslaves you [If you do not agree with the preacher, you are a “snake”, or “son of the devil”, “heretic”, “apostate”, etc], if he hits you in the face.” [No comment].
First Corinthians 4:6-15 condemns self-importance, and encourages humility and patience. In 4:15 Paul points out that worldly preachers are a dime a dozen, but that a true man of God is scarce. In 1Corinthians 4:21 he implies that arrogance in a preacher is worthy of a beating with a stick.
I do not know about every preacher in the world, but all of the tithe-promoting preachers that I have ever known personally also have problems with the “Little Caesar Syndrome” of arrogance, conceit, and elevated sense of self-importance that these scriptures clearly instruct against. I am suggesting that tithe promoting actually requires this type of personality in a preacher, and that it is just the tip of the iceberg of numerous character flaws that disqualify these people from even holding positions as legitimate Christian preachers or teachers to begin with.
The Kingdom Tithe
Of the preachers that espouse this “tithe is a tax” angle, there is a sub-group that claim that this is really a “Kingdom Tithe” that is required to re-establish and maintain God’s physical Kingdom here on Earth, and that the tithe is meant to fund not just the church business, but the entire governmental infrastructure. As such, the income-tithe would be the only tax that anyone would ever have to pay.
Of this tax, one tenth would go to preachers (which equates the modern day preachers to the Aaronic priests of old), and the rest be used to pay judges, maintain roads, and everything else needed to keep society in good running order.
Since the government at all levels could easily be funded this way once we got rid of the mega-parasites (such as the Federal Reserve banking system, military-industrial interests, mind-boggling corruption, and multitude of special interest-driven government mandates) this aspect of tithing garners some favorable interest.
Unfortunately it is not a very realistic or even relevant argument regarding the tithe issue. It is a diversionary ploy – a man-made concept that plays on one of the inner-most desires of good Christians, and that is to have a clean, righteous, uncorrupted society. Alas, this utopian diorama painted by the pro-tithers has no connection to scripture or Biblical history at all. It is intended to be the brass ring – the carrot on a stick that looks so good but is just out of reach, and will always be so. There are several reasons why:
First: The tithe of scripture was agricultural in nature, and had the limited purpose of feeding a certain group of people who were to teach Law and judge disputes. It was, by no stretch of the imagination, meant to run a fully functioning government on, once the position of an Earthly king was established. It’s a nice dream though.
The various other ancient governmentally imposed tithes, on the other hand, had nothing to do with religious activities, unless a king at his own discretion specifically designated funds for such purposes.
Other cultures could use tithing to fund whatever they wanted to, but the Israelite culture was limited to the definitions laid down in God’s Law.
|“If it is money that determines who wins this game, then we have already lost the war, and you can kiss your burro goodbye.”
Secondly: This doctrine unduly elevates and emphasizes the role of money in a Kingdom paradigm, while it diminishes the spirituality and real power of the New Covenant down to the level of worldly materialism. It decries any resemblance to that which Jesus taught.
If it is money that determines who wins this game, then we have already lost the war, and you can kiss your burro goodbye. The anti-Christ World Order can create more “money” in 60 seconds at a computer keyboard than all of us could tithe in the next thousand years. While any effort against evil requires personal, physical effort, and some money may play a certain role in that effort, the success of the endeavor will depend on spiritual, physical, and supernatural influences as it did with Gideon, for example; not on how much money can be thrown at the problem.
This is all assuming that the preacher would really even apply any money toward a stated goal if large sums of cash were to start pouring in, without first providing for himself a lavish lifestyle and a golden parachute.
Once a problem is targeted or a project started, it would have a much better chance of success if the people have some extra money in their pocket to contribute, rather than having had it bled off beforehand in the form of tithes to a preacher.
Two very applicable adages to remember are “God helps those who help themselves.” And “God favors the bold” (when seeking righteousness).
I mean, Jesus said “these things and greater shall you do”, he did not point to the moneychangers and say “these scams and more shall you pull”, or “This wealth and more shall you collect in My name” or anything else indicating that money had anything more than a low level utilitarian role in the Kingdom.
These pro-tithe, pro-physical-Kingdomists have apparently missed the whole point of the Bible’s non-materialistic message.
There is a lot to be said for prosperity, peace on Earth, and physical health and freedom, but I do not see where the scriptures say that money is going to achieve it; particularly money given to preachers.
How much would it cost today to engineer and physically replicate the parting of the Red Sea? How much did it cost the ancient Israelites?
What would it cost to rent wrecking balls to demolish the walls of Jericho?
How much did it cost Joshua?
How many billions of dollars did it cost the US taxpayer to destroy the people and army of Iraq? What did it cost to kill 185,000 Assyrians in one night (2Kings 19:35)?
What does it cost today to cure terminal cancer or blindness through modern commercial medicine, if they can even do it? How much did Jesus charge for such works? In fact Jesus attributed those healings to the faith of the people that were healed. So what other power might be available to us if only we had truly spiritual preachers as guides to unlocking these possibilities?
I think you see the point. Money means nothing when compared to the supernatural power to alter what we know as physical reality. We might have had a better grip on understanding how to accomplish this if our so-called
spiritual leaders were not so preoccupied with chasing a buck for themselves, and idolizing money as being the solution to all our problems.
Much like politicians, these preachers seem prone to blame their own failures on not having enough money. In reality it is a matter of a lack of scriptural qualifications and of having the wrong priorities. Their priority of seeking money even paints some of them as being closet mammon-worshippers. Scripture instructs us to reject such people from fellowship, let alone as preachers in the first place.
Thirdly, the tithe-as-tax concept demonstrates the half-baked, hypocritical nature of the whole pro-tithe thought process.
Namely, they admit that in their Kingdom paradigm only one tenth of the tithe is supposed to go to preachers. The rest is supposed to go to the Christian ruling establishment (Dominion Government) under this plan of theirs. Yet, we have seen almost no inclination to do anything politically or socially constructive with the money they do currently get. They just seem to absorb it all somehow.
Helping the poor is apparently not a big priority for them. In fact I think you will find that those preachers and church corporations who promote a tithe are also not big on supporting any charitable causes in any major way, other than themselves. That is because promoting a false doctrine for personal enrichment indicates a greedy and self-centered personal nature. In my experience, greedy, self-centered people who want others to be generous givers are not generous givers themselves, no matter how great the need of others becomes.
One preacher was proud of his claim that he gave 5% of the tithe money that he got to the poor. Apparently this is better than most.
Really? 5%? Is that what Jesus instructed in Matt, 19:21, Mark 10:21, Luke 18:22? Is that what the Apostles gave in Acts 4:35, or Paul in 1Corinthians 13:3?
Regarding other aspects of civil government that require funding – are these preachers contributing to maintaining roads or parks or fire departments as their paradigm would indicate? Of course not, even though any government entity will gladly accept cash gifts to help fund its expenses if these tithe-collecting preachers were to offer it.
So the obvious question is: Why should these preachers get the full tithe when they, by their own admission, have only a tenth of the tithe coming to them, seeing as how they are not providing any governmental services as their proclaimed “Christian-dominion, God’s Kingdom” plan would indicate? Why don’t they just demand a tenth of the tithe for themselves, and then a full tithe later when that tithe money is actually going to provide civil services?
The only answer that I have heard from them is basically “Because you are supposed to. Paying a full tithe is good practice for you until the day that the Kingdom actually does manifest itself”.
Since the preachers themselves state that they should be getting only one tenth of the tithe according to their own paradigm, they are in effect admitting to stealing 90% of the tithe which they are not entitled to. In other words by their own definition they are God-robbers and congregation-robbers, and not one bit ashamed of themselves for doing so.
If they really believe in this “Kingdom Dominion” paradigm, why are they not giving away 90% of their tithe receipts, so they will be all practiced up for “the day when the Kingdom actually does manifest itself”, just as they want the tithe givers to be?