Another common stratagem is for pro tithers to quote Romans 2:22 “thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou rob temples?” and then interpret this verse to mean “you who condemn the idol worship of the pagans, do you rob your own God by not paying your tithe?”
Once again, not only is the pro tithe spin on this scripture absolutely without merit or basis, but it is easily proven to be so. No one, and I mean no one who did even the most elementary honest research could pervert this verse in such a manner.
First, the obvious: “Temples” means more than one, which indicates pagan religion because they had numerous gods and temples. Yahweh God of Israel, the God and father referred to by Jesus and the Apostles had one temple; the big one in Jerusalem. The local meeting places were called synagogues.
Romans 2:22 does not say “dost thou rob the temple?” it says “temples”.Again, a child could see that fact.
Secondly the Greek word there for “rob temples” is Strong’s #2216 which is a verb meaning to rob or vandalize a temple or sacred site. It is used only this one time in the Bible.
However Strong’s #2217 is a noun meaning a person who commits the act of #2216; in other words someone who robs or vandalizes temples. This word is also used only once in the Bible, and that is in Acts 19:37 “For ye have brought hither these men, who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of our goddess.
If therefore Demetrius, and the craftsmen that are with him, have a matter against any man, the courts are open, and there are proconsuls: let them accuse one another.”
The context is that there was a pagan mob that wanted to lynch Paul’s associates, when a man called the crowd to their senses and pointed out that these men were not criminals or being offensive to their goddess, as was apparently the accusation being thrown around.
So here is the question: If “robbing temples” means to not pay a tithe to the Yahweh, God of Israel as the pro tithers claim it does, why would this angry pagan mob care one way or the other if someone of another religion tithes to a God that these people do not know or care about?
We have in this story, a roused up rabble that wants to kill or severely trounce these two men. In this tense situation the tithe promoters are trying to tell us that someone simply gets up and says ” Hey guys, no need to get angry. I know you think that these two fellas that you are about to kill don’t tithe, but they really do tithe to their God like they are supposed to. If you disagree, then you can go to your fellow pagan authorities and press criminal charges against them”.
Then we are further expected to believe that the mob says something like “Oh, they do tithe? We thought they said that they didn’t tithe. Someone said that they robbed temples, so of course we assumed that they were not paying tithe to that God over there in Jerusalem… what was His name again? Oh well, that’s a relief; sorry old chaps, big misunderstanding. As long as you’re tithing to your God that we don’t even know, you’re all aces with us.”
This absurd scenario is only made possible by the pro-tithers who say that “robbing temples” means failing to pay a Levitical tithe, which again, these pagans could not care less about, and certainly would not be a cause to start a riot over.
So, pro-tithe fiction aside, it is easy to see what really happened in this story, because scripture clearly tells us what took place: Someone riled up a mob with lies, telling them that Paul and his people vandalized the pagan temples and stole the offerings that had been left at them. The enraged group calmed down once they realized they did not have a case to go to court with because the accusations may not have been true.
It is a very simple, straightforward account. Unless of course, you accept the pro tithe false interpretation of the original words “robbers of temples” as meaning “non-tither”; which then turns valuable scripture into nonsense.
Likewise with the Romans 2:22 verse that we started out with: “Robbing temples” means robbing temples. It means what it plainly says; it is addressing the issue of double-mindedness, and it would not be a matter for a tithe discussion if the tithe promoters kept their absurd greed-inspired interpretations of scripture under control.
Paul is simply pointing out the hypocrisy of the Law “experts”; whether teachers or students. They publicly proclaimed anything associated with paganism as being unclean and untouchable. However, the offerings at these pagan temples were not too unclean or too untouchable when it came to profiting by stealing them.
This concept is very much alive today in preachers who condemn Catholicism for example, as being Babylonian paganism and every other bad thing they can say about it; many of these same preachers also have nothing good to say about modern Judaism. Whether their indictments of these two groups are true or false is not the issue. The point is that, while the pro tithers are doing so, they will at the same time also embrace the Christ-denying (see Chapter 7) Orthodox Jewish tradition of tithing, as well as the unscriptural doctrines of purely Catholic origin like today’s tithe on all income. All for one basic reason: because it is profitable.
A buck is a buck, and business is business, I guess.