Ecclesiates 10:1 “Dead flies cause the oil of the perfumer to send forth an evil odor; so doth a little folly outweigh wisdom and honor.”
It does not seem to take much to mess up a good thing. I said in the last chapter that good intentions alone do not count. Moses could not enter the Promised Land because he hit the rock not once but twice (Numbers 20:11-12. Saul lost his kingship because he thought he was doing something good when he offered up an unauthorized sacrifice to God(1Samuel 13:11-14). Today people tithe, while they lose their land, their freedom, their culture, and the very essence of their Christian religion to invaders and occupational governments.
All three of these are examples of people who did not intend to do wrong, but did.
It is even worse if the sin is intentional . If you read the story in Joshua 7:6–26 you will see that the armies of Israel were defeated and thousands dead because of the sin of one man’s deliberate act of materialistic greed.
If the deliberate sin of one average person can negatively affect God’s blessing on the entire group, would not that principle apply to any disobedience by the acknowledged leader of a group (the preacher)? Would a preacher who defies God’s clear instructions of non-materialism have a similar negative effect on the group today?
Joshua 7:12 “Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.”
Is the spirit of Gehazi any less reprehensible today than it was in Elisha’s day? (2Kings 5:20) Yet, people today not only allow, but are proud of the fact that their preacher is financially wealthy.
If you have a materialistic, paid preacher, no matter how smooth and personable; whether he promotes the tithe or not; you have a sin in your camp
that everyone in that camp will be affected by.
The materialism and worldliness that is ubiquitous to preachers is a red flag that may indicate just the tip of the iceberg of what else is in his heart, and the amount of error in his other teachings. You will know soon enough if you keep your eyes and ears open to his teachings.
Matthew 23:8-12 “But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
If you no longer feel the need to idolize and submit to the authority of a leader, rabbi, guru, pastor, or reverend, but you still feel that you need to continue to attend his weekly church deal for social purposes, that is understandable. Keep in mind however that even if you unsubscribe from the preacher’s headship, you are still just as morally responsible for their sin if you give them any personal monetary or moral support at all.
The Tithe is Detrimental to the Financial Prosperity of the Christian Community
Aside from the spiritual cost of the tithe that has been outlined, comes the worldly, financial cost to the families of the community. We are not supposed to be so materialistic that we wrangle and dispute over petty issues of money of course, but we are also not supposed to acquiesce to becoming a sheep on some wolf’s dinner plate either.
The wealth and prosperity of the preacher or church corporation did not come floating down from Heaven on a parachute. The wealth of those religious entrepreneurs comes at the direct expense of the congregation members who worked to obtain that wealth.
Any time you have an established practice of drawing off the wealth of a community and concentrating it in the hands of a few, you will have unwarranted misery and difficulty for the general population of producers. Whether it is high taxes or its offshoot the professional welfare class, price gauging oil companies, banks imposing usury or diluting the money value through inflationary money creation, or a bad public school system; lifesucking entities like these are a bane to a healthy society.
Prosperity depends on a free flow of circulating cash from one person to the next, to the next, and eventually some goes back to the person who spent it in the first place. This cycle is hampered when an unwarranted amount of money is continually bled from that community.
The tax money goes away with little returned, the oil profits go to the corporation with only a few low paying jobs at the local gas station to show for it. The banks, well, they are just a cancer on society. They are designed to suck wealth out of the community; that is their purpose. Public schools seem to be black holes designed to suck up money, and which provide a net negative educational result rather than positive.
Your friendly preacher siphoning off ten percent of your production is no different than the others on that list, except for the fact that the preacher commits his sin while doing it in God’s name which makes it all the more repugnant. Tithe money rarely returns to the people that it came from. Preachers seldom spend this money back into the congregation because they have to feign a perpetual shortage of money in order to keep up the inflow of cash. If they spent the money back into the local community like a drunken sailor, it would not take long for the congregation to realize “hey, that guy is loaded, and it’s on our money.”
The preacher’s wealth needs to remain hidden, to disappear as if it really did “go to God”. Therefore it is spent or invested outside of the community that it came from in order to avoid detection.
|“A wealthy Christian preacher
is, scripturally speaking, an
Obviously, the more money siphoned off from each family, the less money that is left for them to improve their lot, build a business, enjoy some comforts, or in some cases even to feed themselves. With discretionary spending being very limited as it is in today’s economy, a ten percent clipping by a church leaves virtually nothing for some people to use for legitimate charitable purposes.
Pay Them What is Due
The paradox is this: even if you have the best, most selfless, nonmaterialistic preacher since John the Baptist, you can not rightfully give him, nor should he accept more than his daily needs of a good meal, a place to stay, and basic material possessions.
Beyond that, you can honor them by taking the money that you would have given them, had they not been bound by scriptural instructions, and giving it instead to your brothers and sisters in need. That is a basic template for God’s Kingdom here on Earth. A wealthy Christian preacher is, scripturally speaking, an oxymoron.
But what if you do not have the best, most selfless, non-materialistic preacher since John the Baptist?
Well, let us consider this in a progressive, point-by-point basis:
First, would you say that a good case has been made for the idea that tithing today is absolutely not scriptural? Have we proven that scripture does not support a modern tithe at all, and that the pro-tithe arguments by their very nature have shown themselves to be rather easily debunked?
I will assume that if you have read this far, you answered affirmatively, because there was not a single Christian that I have given this information to personally, whether they were pro-tithe or not, that could dispute any of the scriptural evidence or conclusions presented. The resistance was and is solely from preachers, and you have seen in this book the best of the responses they
have come up with.
Rather than having the integrity to accept the facts, and having the dignity to adjust their doctrine to the truth, they have instead doubled down on both the volume and dubious nature of their disproven pro-tithe propaganda much like the Pharisees did in response to New Covenant teachings.
The arguments that I have addressed and refuted do not come from incapable or unintelligent men. These arguments, bad as they are, are the result of someone trying to prove something as being true, when all the facts point in the other direction. When they put forth the embarrassing, nonsensical arguments as they have, it is because they are working with the best they can find, but in reality there is nothing to find as valid support for their position. Even, as mentioned in the introduction, they have at their disposal an accumulation of the best pro-tithe arguments that the church world has come up with over the past thousand years or more.
Authentic scriptural evidence to support a modern tithe simply does not exist. So we end up with the best lies, creations, and manipulation that their word-smithing trade can provide.
1Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
Far be it from me to get between a preacher and his pork, but doctrines based on truth just do not need the kind of extravagant hokum that is employed in pulling the tithe wool over everyone’s eyes. No preacher should have to spend sleepless nights wracking their brain to try to find some angle to play, or some remotely translated term of scripture, or some psychological pressure point to push. They should not have to stress out over how that can all be run through the sausage grinder of rationalization and deception in order to come out as a fabricated excuse to convince themselves and others that their false tithe doctrine is true.
Truth may fall right into your lap, or it may take some effort to find, but it is never made up. A little truth cannot be respectably replaced by a large volume of stagecraft and non-truth, but that is exactly what the pro-tithe doctrine relies on.
This tithe doctrine is not a natural conclusion to draw from the flow of information that scripture openly presents. It appears to be obvious that the entire pro-tithe presentation; the “precedents”, the “models”, the “kinda, sorta, almost sounds like” fabrications – even the spin applied to Abraham’s tithe event, are all desperate efforts to preserve this false doctrine at the expense of blaspheming God by mocking the truth.
The strained, tenuous nature of their assertions begs the question that is even larger than that of the tithe’s validity. That question is this: Is this false doctrine a result of honest error, brainwashing, and narrow-mindedness; or is it a concerted, deliberate deception willfully engaged in by all of those who promote it? That question can only be answered one preacher or church board at a time.
So if you agree with the case that I have presented against tithing – one that I think any rational, unbiased person would have to agree with, then it is your turn, folks. Talk to your preacher. If, after hearing the points given in this material, he cannot provide very sound, plausible reasons to you as to why this information is inaccurate, or if they cannot thoroughly validate their protithe position from scripture in a legitimate manner, and do it with more competence and integrity than any of “my” preachers have done, then he should willingly admit his mistake and change his doctrine on this subject. If he is bound by obstinate corporate doctrine to promote the tithe, then he should resign as preacher, and you should leave that church.
John 4:23-24 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
2Corinthians 13:8 “For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.”
Ephesians 4:25 “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for
we are members one of another.”
1John 3:18 “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in
Matt 18:15 “ Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.”
John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
As Christian co-members of the Body of Christ, we should each be beneficial to each other and thus be beneficial to the Body as a whole, just as the various parts of the human body are. Anyone claiming to be a member, but who deceives others for their own benefit at the expense of the body can be more accurately likened to a cancerous cell or a parasite rather than a true part of the body, and should be regarded as such.
If your preacher will not repent of this false pro-tithe teaching, and yet cannot prove a pro-tithe case, then you have to decide: Do you stick with this deceitful preacher out of habit, or because he is such a nice guy, or because that is where all your friends hang out on Sunday and you value the social experience of listening to him more than you value truth? Or do you heed the words of Jesus when he said to His disciples in Luke 16:9-13: “Would I say unto you, ‘Make yourselves friends of riches of unrighteousness; so that, when they fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations?’
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unrighteous in the least is unrighteous also in much.
If therefore ye have not been faithful in [rejecting] the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? [spiritual insight, healing, etc.]
|“Why would you associate with a preacher who esteems his personal wealth over the truth?”
And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s [taking his money], who shall give you that which is your own? [spiritual understanding, treasure in heaven]”
He is basically saying “play by the rules or get out of the game”.
Continuing the scripture: “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men [with bogus justifications for false doctrines]; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men [religious bigwigs seeking financial wealth] is abomination in the sight of God.”
In other words: If you have a Gehazi-type preacher who is unrepentant of lying to you about the tithe, what else is he lying to you about? Why would God give him any true spiritual insight, or pour out the Holy Spirit on your congregation, when your leader is ruled by an unclean spirit, and/or serving another god? Why would you associate with a preacher who esteems his personal wealth over the truth? Paul told us not to even fellowship with people like this, let alone pay him to teach us God’s Word.
John 14:23-24 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my word: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
He that loveth me not keepeth not my words: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.”
2Thessalonians 2:10-12 “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness”.
So at worst, you will go down in flames and condemnation for your loyalty to your preacher instead of to God’s Word and the teachings of Christ.
At best, you would have to sift through every single thing your preacher has said, or says from now on, to separate the truth if any, from fiction. If you have to spend all that time stepping through the minefield of his lies; sorting it out and unlearning all the false aspects of the sermon, you might as well not even listen to begin with. Just find a sunny spot at home, read scripture, and let the Holy Spirit teach you directly rather than have the light of God’s Word filtered and corrupted through the bushel basket of a preacher’s biased opinions and motives. Hebrews 3:15
Afterwards, you could fellowship with others who have done the same and compare notes. If you approach this process with humility and a sincere willingness to accept the truth as you find it, it will come to you sooner or later. Certainly more so than by remaining in the complacency factories known as church organizations.
John 14:16-17 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
Good luck with receiving that promise, if you are supporting and submitting to a preacher of the world who has scorned and hidden the truth.
Matt 18:16-17 “But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.”
Even if that preacher has an occasional valid teaching or advice (which many do), you can not take it to heart anyway. If he says something about loving God’s Law, it does not matter. If he tugs at your heart with an exhortation of faith, you have to take it with a grain of salt, because it is all a show; a paid performance. You will never know if he is sincere or not because first off, he is paid to be there. Technically, the minute anyone makes a financial gain by preaching, he begins working for himself, and ceases to be a workman for God, if he ever was so to begin with.
Secondly, once he has been established as a willful deceiver on this tithe business, he can never be trusted about anything – anything. I do not think Jesus could have been more clear on this point, since He basically identified people like this as being no better than government agents (publicans).
A Full Refund if not Completely Satisfied
Therefore you pay him what he’s worth: nothing; no tithe, no offerings, no book or cd donations – you do not even pay him your attention. Demand a refund of all the tithe money they have fraudulently taken from you, plus the penalties authorized in Leviticus 5:15 and or Exodus 22:1.
As the ads say: “You may be entitled to financial compensation”
2John 11: “If any one cometh unto you, and bringeth not this teaching, [an accurate representation of Christ’s teachings] receive him not into your house, and give him no greeting: for he that giveth him greeting partaketh in his evil works.”
So, let us follow the facts: We know the tithe is invalid for today; we know the evidence for this is so overwhelming that anyone promoting a tithe (particularly after being informed of the facts of the matter) is committing a fraud through the use of a false doctrine; we know that according to this scripture we should shun such people.
Knowing what you now know, if you so much as offer greetings to the tithe promoters, let alone contribute money to them under any pretext, you are rewarding and thus participating in their unrighteousness. It is entirely your choice, but be aware of the consequences if you choose to do so.
What about the other preachers who are sincere and who do change their ways after being corrected? What if you have a wonderful preacher with great sermons? How should he be financially compensated?
|“We hear a lot about wolves in sheep’s clothing, however the real danger is The wolves in shepherd’s clothing.“
Whether highly skilled or mediocre, the payment for a sincere preacher is to provide necessities and to cover basic expenses. It seems harsh in this materialistic world of ours, but what can I say? Which came first – a materialistic Christianity, or materialistic preachers that made it so? Non-materialism is the rule laid down by the Master.
The Santa Clause Effect: Christmas All Year ‘Round
The world order is a hostile environment for God’s People. We have an establishment developed to exploit us to our own detriment – a banking system that defrauds both depositors and borrowers; media propaganda that lies and distracts; a government of countless taxes and regulations that are much to our detriment; a deadly medical establishment that kills and maims many tens of thousands of people per year, even as it persecutes bona-fide healers; a predatory legal system/prison industry that defies justice – the list goes on.
The last place we need a hidden adversary holding a Shechita knife behind his back, is within the sanctuary of our congregations of people looking for spiritual growth. We hear a lot about wolves in sheep’s clothing, however the real danger is the wolves in shepherd’s clothing.
In a materialistic world it is hard enough to raise a family in a spiritualistic, scriptural manner. Faith and knowledge can protect us from outside attacks, and these attacks often have the effect of strengthening faith and solidarity among the brethren. By far the worse threat to Christian parents is to have the faith of our children sabotaged from inside the Christian community by preachers and others who, one after the other, after the other, turn out to be a hypocrite, hireling, liar and/or fraud, or a common weirdo with emotional issues.
If we teach our children that there is a Santa Clause or Easter Bunny, then we deserve their doubt of our integrity and honesty when they find out that our lies about these two characters are just that – lies. The logical reaction then becomes “What else have they told me that is not true? Is the Bible just another fairy tale that they’ve been telling me about?”
Most people that I associate with have more sense than to intentionally betray their children’s trust with nonsense stories like that. But that trust can be unintentionally compromised just as easily, with practically the same damaging results. This is the risk and responsibility that parents take when they submit to a preacher and do not critically examine every single teaching that those children are exposed to; either from the preacher directly, or from the preacher to the parents, who then relate it to the children.
Another way that God-robbing preachers steal from you, is by robbing you of your own children’s respect when they find out that this tithe business you have been teaching them is a fraud just like the Santa Clause story. But where Santa brought presents, at least, this tithe business has a malevolent air to it because it defrauded them of what they have worked for, and these younger people often have a keener sense of injustice than we give them credit for.
So, while most doctrines have at least a minimally plausible explanation, the tithe doctrine has none. So when the children ask you about it, how are you going to explain to them why you support a false doctrine that has no Biblical or rational justification whatsoever? Are you going to step up to the plate and admit that you were duped by a preacher that you trusted, and made to look foolish in front of your children? Or are you going to make things worse by somehow justifying and covering for the lies your preacher told?
There are many books, guides, and other programs aimed at improving a Christian’s financial status or prosperity level. It seems like no matter what else is advised along the lines of money management, investing, debt, or other aspects of daily life, tithing always seems to be one of the focus points of the plan.
The writers of these plans often appear to be well-intentioned people who are willing to offer their knowledge to others less informed. However, as we have seen in this book, promoting a tithe is one of the pinnacles of either folly or deception.
True, giving away money or goods is good for the soul as James pointed out, but that is where the road forks to the right with God-instructed righteous giving, and to the left with simply being scammed out of your money by an illegitimate tithe.
Perhaps God gives an “A” for effort and intent to those who have tithed under the delusion that they are “giving to God” but scriptures readily come to mind of those who suffered for what they did; not what they meant to do. Saul, Moses, and the man who tried to save the Ark from falling, are a few such cases for starters.
Responsibly stewarding the wealth that God has allowed you to have is not a concept that many would argue against. Likewise, giving is almost universally accepted in Western and even some Eastern cultures as being beneficial to the giver, so it is basically a no-brainer as well.
The stewardship argument in favor of tithing commits the same error as most of the rest of the pro-tithe camp. They totally mis-identify who the rightful recipients are supposed to be for all of this well-intentioned Christian giving.
It is like sending money or food intended to feed the starving African children, but then having it taken en route by the very dictators who are causing these people to starve. Did the generous givers accomplish anything regarding the starvation? Certainly – they made it even worse for the children by feeding their oppressors.
This is an accurate analogy to Christians who intend to generously give to God but have their gift stolen en route by the religious establishment that is the very cause of many of the problems.
In both cases the error could have been avoided by the giver exercising a bit of due diligence in researching exactly where this money is supposed to go, and where it actually ends up. Failure to do so is an example of slothful stewardship, not good stewardship.
A Review and Conclusion
In order to support the idea that a 10% mandatory tithe of money is required of Christians today, you would have to make several huge leaps of faith and logic. All three of which must be successfully accomplished in order for the modern tithe to be valid:
- You would have to believe that the tithe is part of God’s Eternal Law by assuming that any type of offering, gift, penalty for sin, or sacrifice as described in the Mosaic Law was a “tithe”.
You would have to believe that the pre-Mosaic Old Covenant scriptures (Cain, Abraham, and Jacob) cited by preachers using this assumption, are valid proof of a pre-Mosaic tithe that was the same as the Mosaic tithe. As we’ve seen, those scriptures prove nothing of the sort.
- You would have to make the mental leap that tithe is anything other than food items, (or derived directly from the sale or redemption of food items) as The Law clearly stipulated it must be. Concurrent with that notion goes the modern era meme that the tithe was levied on any and all labor or income other than agricultural. The Old Covenant Law clearly indicates this is not so, and pro-tither’s exceptionally weak arguments provide no Law-changing evidence.
- You would have to make the huge mental leap that anyone who claims the title of “pastor”, “preacher”, or “reverend”, etc. has inherited the very special, jealously guarded, and God-ordained right of accepting tithe, which was appointed exclusively to the Tribe of Levi
What we are actually seeing and often participating in today is a tradition in which anyone with enough speaking ability to talk you out of your money while making you believe you are giving it “to God”, deserves to keep that money. It is an example of Darwin’s law in action.
In light of the fact that it is the pro tithe preachers who are defying and trying to change God’s clearly written Law, the burden of proof is upon them to provide a good reason for this change. They repeatedly fail to provide credible evidence to back up their claim to “Levitehood” or any other excuse for tithetaking.
Along with the “three mental leaps” that have to be made and justified before a serious tithe debate can even begin, there are other foundational factual roadblocks to the acceptance of a modern tithe.
We have seen scriptural proof that both Old and New Covenants define giving to God. This definition does not include giving to a church or preacher, unless he is poor, or if it is a church fund that is designated solely for the help of the needy.
You currently must make the very optimistic, perhaps even naive or irresponsible assumption that whatever is given to your preacher is actually going to do God’s work.
You will never know where that money goes, because the preachers often do not want you to know. Some have said flat out that it is none of your business. They have certainly never told you about Paul’s example of accountability for gifts given to a ministry.
As if the overwhelming facts of scripture were not enough, it has been the preacher’s own behavior; their response to information such as that which is provided in this book, that truly tells the story of the tithe doctrine. The evasive, generalized answers, the personal attacks against those who go off the reservation by presenting hard questions, the twisting of scripture, and the bizarre practice of blatant outright fabrication of what they say scripture says, when it is plain to see that those scriptures say nothing of the sort.(See Appendix B, “Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation”)
When the support of a doctrine consists of a pattern of biased and falsely represented information that no fully informed reasonable person would likely consider for more than a minute, let alone believe, you know it is time to implement 1Corinthians 6:5 “I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?”
This concept lines up with 3John 1:9-11, where John identifies a church leader as being evil .
So though we are expected to cut each other some slack due to our imperfections, there comes a time when we need to commit the unpopular act of
calling a spade a spade, a lie a lie, and evil, evil. The fact that frauds are so commonplace, even among our own circle of acquaintences, is no excuse to shy away from the impolite act of identifying them. Instead it is a call to start cleaning house as to who you associate with, and who has an influence on your life and character.
I hate to have an accusatory tone throughout this book, but if the pro-tithe faction wants to promote a belief or doctrine, particularly one that benefits themselves at the expense of others, they really should have a plausible, readily understood, yea even iron -clad defense for that position based on clearly worded scripture before accepting money in God’s name and under false pretexts.
The facts indicate that the pro-tithers do not; they are nowhere even close. Instead they are more accurately described by Jude 1:11 “Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.”
Like Cain, the priority of some preachers is worldliness, and like Balaam (who was actually a bona-fide prophet of God), the preachers who could have been true men of God, have instead sold out for the money and comforts of the world.