Here is a tactic that nearly every tither has heard. Preachers will tell you that Jesus advocated tithing because he said in Luke 11:42 “But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”
In combination with that verse, they may add Matthew 5:20 which says “Unless your righteousness exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you will in nowise enter the Kingdom of the heavens”.
This will often be followed up with something like: “See? The Pharisees were righteous because they followed the law and tithed.”
This appears to be just the opposite of what Jesus meant to point out.
In reality, Luke 11:42 depicts Jesus as intending to deliver more of a backhanded acknowledgement of their law-keeping as part of a scathing rebuke of their hypocrisy.
While the hard working farmers were tithing hundreds of pounds of grain and numerous head of livestock, the Pharisees were tithing literally spoonfuls of herbs from their little kitchen window boxes just so they could make a show of the idea that they followed God’s Law and tithed like everyone else.
In exactly the same manner modern preachers tell us that everyone should tithe because, as they will state with pride, they (preachers) follow the law and tithe just like everyone else.
Can they really be serious? The concept of tithing preachers is not only hyped-up public relations propaganda, it is also practically impossible from a scriptural Law-keeping point of view.
|“The claim of preachers inter-tithing to each other is in reality, a man-made sham custom that is just one facet of the bigger man-made sham doctrine.”
Has it occurred to anyone that preachers tithe to each other? So it is like: “I’ll tithe five thousand to you if you tithe five thousand to me. That way we can both be righteous law-keepers, and break even as well.”
As one of many man-made religious rituals, this alleged act of preachers tithing to each other is unknown in scripture. Preachers base their supposed tithe-taking right on the idea that they are a modern counterpart to the Levites, and that the modern tithe is based on the Law of Moses.
So then, when did Levites ever tithe to each other as modern preachers claim to do? We know that the Levites were expected to give a tithe of the tithe up to the higher class of Aaronite priests, but they never tithed to each other.
In order for this to work today, there would have to be a low class of preachers that tithe to the higher class of priest-preachers. These priest-preachers could not receive tithe from the congregation, but only from the low class (Levite-like) preachers in order for this system to in any way even remotely fit with what God’s Law says about the Levitical tithe.
The claim of preachers inter-tithing to their friends as if it were a Christmas gift exchange at the office, is in reality a man-made sham custom that is just one facet of the bigger man-made sham doctrine. It is all part of the big show. It is window dressing that helps to give this counterfeit modern tithe a bit more of the air of the real Levitical tithe, but it does not take much to see that it is entirely un-Levitical when it is examined.
Even if preachers do tithe to their preacher buddies – big deal. Giving up ten percent to a system that provides free, undeserved money in the first place is no indication of integrity or righteousness. Preachers are pious about their position and about allegedly following a law, but that is because they are being paid to do it. Exchanging $1 bills for $10 bills as a cost of doing business – a 900% profit margin – is more of an indictment of the honesty of the system, rather than an indication of its scriptural accuracy.
Keep in mind that this is all within the context that their books are kept secret. We have no way to know that they ever actually tithe anything to anyone; we just know that they say they do.
Additionally, when you hear the pro-tithers bring up Luke 11:42 that we just read, how often do you hear them include Luke 11:41? “But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.”
Almsgiving (helping the needy) cleanses you inside and out, according to the context of that scripture. This matches James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
You will notice that as usual, Jesus did not say anything like “Tithe, and behold, all things are clean unto you” or “Give money to the preachers or the corporate church and all things will be clean unto you”. Neither did James allude to any of these modern man-created tithing activities as keeping anyone “unspotted from the world”.
The “give your money to the church/preacher” doctrine appears to be entirely man-made, since valid scriptures that support the modern tithe doctrine do not seem to exist at all.
One Step Beyond…
But that’s not all, folks. The icing on the “preachers tithe too” cake is both disgusting and laughable at the same time.
In one particular CD series of tithe sermons, the speaker not only takes it upon himself to define for you the type of preacher that is entitled to receive your tithe (practically narrowing it down to himself and a few of his orbiting cohort-elders, who are basically his doctrinal clones), but he also presumes to school us on what type of income is tithable, and what is not; basically emulating the exemptions of the IRS code. All of it being foreign to legitimate scriptural tithe Law.
Of course any money that you work to obtain is tithable according to him, as is investment income, rentals, etc. Almost every source of money which anyone might receive is tithable, save for one notable and unexplained exception: gifts.
At first this special exemption for gifts did not make sense to me since a gift certainly counts as an increase according to the pro-tithe philosophy, but then it quickly dawned on me that almost any money given to this preacher could be considered a gift, which this preacher has determined by fiat to be non-tithable for himself. After all, the common jingle is “supported by your tithes and offerings”, so who gets to determine which of these two it is, since most of it is not specifically designated by the giver?
So in short:
- he promotes a bogus tithe;
- then he defines himself, as so many do, as being one of the very few preachers or churches worthy of giving your tithe to;
- he may then exempt the bulk of the money that he gets from being subject to the modern tithe by counting it as a “gift”,
- after that, he also brags that he “tithes like everyone else”.
I think it is called “having your cake and eating it too” – and why not? If they are inventing a self-serving tithe doctrine, then why not invent self-serving exemptions for themselves as well?
Congress does it all the time with preferential privileges for themselves and their sponsors; in fact the mechanisms and technique of government corruption have a mirror image in the playbook of organized religion. What works for corrupt government will work for corrupt religious organizations as well as any corporate hierarchy. The management techniques and exploitation of people/livestock is practically as established as horticulture and dog training, thwarted only by an awareness of the targeted individuals, and their determination to resist such manipulation.
Needless to say, this man’s example of make-it-up-as-we-go-along is certainly not unique among preachers.
The point of mentioning this is to show how blatantly conceited and corrupt these pro-tithe preachers can get with their fraud and sense of solipsism when their preaching goes unchallenged by the congregation.
We would not buy a used car from someone who exhibited this kind of lack of moral conscience or blatant opportunism, but we will trust him with scriptural instruction of us and our children. Is that it?