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Outtakes 2018-07-11T12:28:52+00:00

OUTTAKES

These are various thoughts or statements that for one reason or another did not find a home in the body of this book. I think that as stand-alone ideas, they may be found to be of interest or value to you.

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Luke 16:12 “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?

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Ask yourself: “Why would you trust someone to be teaching God’s word honestly, when you can’t even trust them to handle money honestly” and the flipside: “Why would you trust someone to handle your money honestly, that you can’t trust to handle God’s Word honestly?” Do you want people to run the Kingdom, who can’t even read and understand Scripture correctly? Do you even want someone else “running” the Kingdom? As explained above, that’s your job, that’s all of our jobs.

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Don’t you find it hard to believe that self-proclaimed “angelic majesties” (preachers) with 20 to 40 years of full-time experience, using the latest computer Bible study software in their “diligent search for truth”, have not known the truth about the “myth” of the tithe for a long time? Why was this information not made common knowledge to us many years ago? You’ve read my information. Am I wrong? I have no special ability, besides wanting to obtain truth, wherever it leads.

If I can see it if you can now see it, what makes you think that the pros haven’t seen it?


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Here are some scriptures relating to what God wants, which is mercy and kindness, as opposed to “sacrifice” (commonly promoted today as money in the company collection plate) Prov 11:24-28; Matt 9:13, 12:7, Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:8; Mark 12:33, Luke 6:38.

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You see, all a Levite had to do to qualify to partake in tithed items, was to prove he was a Levite. Once that was established, it became an entitlement, a right to receive their allotted share based on their workload.

On the other hand, your pastor, minister, or in many cases the sole proprietor (owner) of their church/ministry (business), all claim to be accepting your money on behalf of God, a claim that even the Levites never made. Back then, everyone knew that the Levites accepted tithe on their own behalf, and the sacrifices were penalty fines, and the freewill offerings were said to be for God. Today, the distinctions are blurred and the propaganda so great that all that the people seem to know is that “you’re supposed to give your money to the preacher” to please God.

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I have provided Biblically empirical evidence to you in this study. You can decide if it is valid food for thought and debate, or if, with a simple dismissive label you’d like to stick with the common indoctrination and escape dealing with the subject. The truth is usually clear and simple. The truth of the Gospel of Jesus is simple, the truth of the Israel Kingdom, and the Baptism of Acts 2:38 is simple. So also is the truth of the (obsolete) tithe simple, until someone muddies it up and convolutes it with personal assumptions, inferences, misrepresentations, lengthy theories, and outright deceptions.

Preachers create confusion by presenting grossly inaccurate interpretations of scripture; making God’s Word seem more difficult to understand that it really is. Then they bring a bogus order out of the chaos that they themselves created. In this case, of course, they conclude that you owe them your tithe money, while at the same time leading you to think that they are a brilliant Bible scholar for presenting a convincing pro-tithe sermon based on alleged scriptural research, but which in all probability was plagiarized arguments lifted from some pro-tithe website. A side-effect of all this is to have a wowed though buffaloed congregation that feels privileged to have access to a man of such “scriptural insight”.

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Preachers make these hefty incomes, and for what? They get it for giving a weekly pep-talk, perhaps an interesting story, and for jive-talking the congregation into the notion that they need the preacher as some kind of tour guide between scripture/spirituality, and our daily lives.

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As if the one-two punch were not enough, the observable reality of the existing modern tithe – how it is promoted, and how it has affected Christianity, causes this false doctrine to deal a knock-out roundhouse kick to itself.

In other words “by their fruits shall you know them” (Matthew 7:17-20), and to know the fruits of many of today’s churches is to not love them.

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Jesus seems to have the same attitude as Paul. When a tax created an unexpected expense, what did Jesus tell Peter to do in Matthew 17:27? Was it to “Go out and hit a few people up for some tithe money”? No, of course not. Jesus told him to catch a fish (work at his trade) to pay the tax.

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Preachers in denial

When the point of victimizing the poor is made, some tithe promoters will backpedal like circus clown from their own teachings and say: “we don’t afflict the poor – if they don’t make anything, they don’t have to pay, what could be more fair than that?”
There are a lot of things “more fair than that”. Because in pro-tithe theory, if you make nothing you pay nothing, but if you are some poor soul living on $10 a week, made by picking up aluminum cans, you would owe some preacher or mega-church a buck out of that ten-spot just for the privilege of living. Isn’t that correct?

Are there really preachers out there on the streets squeezing dimes and quarters from poor homeless people? I kind of doubt it; mainly because it’s not a profitable business model. My point about all this is – that if you carry out the pro-modern “Kingdom tithe” theory the way they expect you to, they would have to do this as a matter of their interpretation of God’s Law. A tenth of one dollar, or a tenth of a million, it doesn’t matter. All must pay or they are low-life God-robbers. This type of injustice did not exist under God’s true Law, when interpreted correctly as being an agriculturally based tithe.

You see, in the old days the poor had no livestock or land. If they did they wouldn’t be so “poor”. Since the tithe was derived from those two sources only, the poor did not need to tithe from money made by doing odd jobs or begging, although they could give any offering that they wished (such as Mark 12:42). Today’s pro-tithe preachers, in theory, want a dime from every dollar received from any source, even dumpster-diving. No matter how few dollars are made, or what the person’s health conditions are, there is, by this “Kingdom” theory, a preacher with his hand out for a tenth of anything more than nothing.

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Two of the preachers that I know are apparently so removed from the hardships of today’s homeless and impoverished people, that they’ll call me “greedy” because I referred to their modern tithe racket as being “burdensome” to the poor. They then falsely conclude that I find all of God’s Law as being burdensome. Deceptive ad-hominem attacks like these are common from pro-tithers. These preachers cannot stand high on their own merits. Instead they vilify and defame others, so that they themselves might appear to have a higher moral profile by comparison.

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You can trust who you want to, but “while you’re ‘praising God’ with one hand, keep your other hand on your wallet”, to paraphrase Malachi. Don’t feel obligated to give money to a church, especially if someone is trying to make you feel obligated. You decide when, where and how you’re going to be generous and “give to God”.

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Ecclesiastes 2:24 and 3:13 tell us that our ability to be productive, earn a living, and enjoy the fruits of our own labor is a gift to us from God. Where does anyone else, whether it’s the corporate church, or the IRS, get the right to cut in on that relationship? Either God must stipulate a kickback as part of the deal, or the laborer must volunteer it, which is called an offering.

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You can’t cheat an honest man, but you can convince him to tithe, which accomplishes the same goal.

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Think about this: Jesus said in Mathew 19:21, Mark 10:21 and Luke 18:22 “sell what you have, and give it to the poor”. Not to Him, not even ten percent to Him, or the Apostles, or to any church or preacher. What does that tell you? A major part of any Christian ministry’s duty should be helping those in need, preacher or otherwise. It should not be funding investment accounts or building office space and gymnasiums for the corporate or privately owned church, or building mountain survival retreats for the preacher and his family.Jesus was obviously not even talking about a tithe, because by common knowledge His believers understood that the temple and tithe/tax was even at that time about to become obsolete. He was emphasizing a higher level of spirituality regarding a principle of giving, selflessness, and freedom from materialism that was based on Old Covenant teachings, but was now expanded upon and intended to come into full bloom in what is known as “God’s Kingdom”, or “the Kingdom of heaven”.The point is that this confirms the thought of Psalm 50, that God already owns everything.If He did not, in general, want material goods for Himself while on Earth in the body of Jesus, and at a time when He could have made physical use of them, why would He want “the whole tithe of Israel” that “belongs to Me” for Himself when He was in Heaven, as Spirit, during the time of Leviticus27, or now, for that matter, as tithe promoters apparently insist that He does?Moreover, even if God did want it, who says the preachers are His collection agents and can spend this money however they wish?If God owns the world and all therein, which we all agree that he does, and seeing that the Levites are gone, what’s the difference to Him (in the context of Leviticus 27:30), if you possess the fruits of your labor, or if you give 10% of it to some preacher? God still owns it either way.If you have $100 in your right pocket, and move $10 to your left pocket, did you gain anything? If you fail to transfer the money from the right to the left, did you somehow rob yourself of $10? Of course not, you still own it all, just as God still owns it all, whether it is in the possession of you, the preacher, or Fort Knox.God expects generosity, to be sure; in fact David said that unselfishness (giving) “proves uprightness of heart” (1Chronicles 29:17). However – scripture clearly defines how to “Give to God”, and it does not, repeat: does not include giving money to already overpaid preachers; particularly those who avidly seek it.

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I’m not saying that it’s easy, that’s why it’s called the “narrow gate”, but it is the standard of non-materialism that we must meet. Before we can meet it, we must know that it is there. Until we do meet it, discussing details of who will rule over whom, and who will pay a tithe to support “the Kingdom”, etc, are frivolous pipe dreams.The paradox is that the “rulers” are supposed to be the most selfless, spiritual, and non-materialistic people of the group – those who want material goods the least. Leaders are to set the example. Those who covet such goods are not fit to be in such positions of influence in the first place.The more that they kick and scream that they deserve money for their preaching, the more they prove that they don’t deserve it. It’s the perfect mechanism of false-teacher elimination for a spiritual body of believers.

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Besides all that, let me ask you this – in the last 21 years, have you seen the Kingdom grow by 800%?Are camp gatherings 8 times more crowded? Obviously not. So where did the money go, and what did it accomplish? Granted, the income of some ministries and preachers may have grown 800%, but not the size or well being of the Kingdom Community. I think that if you look around a bit, it’s fair to say that in general, the Community is actually worse off now than it was 21 years ago. While the preachers that you knew back then are today better off financially by far.

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Don’t forget, Abraham tithed directly to Melchizedek, not to some fraudsters that claimed to be representing Melchizedek and who said they would “make sure it went to good use.”If you’re supposed to be tithing cash to God/Jesus/Melchizedek today with Abraham as the role model, then to be consistent Jesus should stop by on a regular basis to collect it like Melchizedek did, right? This would also be a true “Melchizedek Model” if there were such a thing.If the preacher or church corporation is taking it instead, and they are not delivering it to Jesus the way Abraham handed it directly to Melchizedek, then who is it that is actually robbing God? It is the preacher, with you as an accomplice, because Jesus is not getting any of it the way Melchizedek did.Nor is your tithe going, by any stretch of the imagination, to anything that resembles what scripture defines as giving to God because, absent any accounting transparency that shows you how every dollar was put to scripturally defined Godly use, more likely than not your tithe is ending up in the preacher’s bank account or brokerage firm on Wall Street, with a few peanuts thrown out to the poor from the darkened window of his Escalade.You, in effect, have abetted your preacher in a God-robbing scheme that diverts God’s money into the preacher’s pocket, with his black box accounting in which you know nothing of where this money will end up. It is a scheme that is foreign to everything that scripture says about “giving to God”.

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We have so many armchair quarterbacks going on and on about details of the Law, and “authority”, and “taking back the Kingdom”, etc, who haven’t even passed the entrance exam 101 that requires them to be more righteous than Pharisees.OK, I’ll grant you – that we have many today who are more self-righteous than the Pharisees, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.

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Whenever a person makes someone else their spiritual guru, they are bound to follow him when he falls into the pit of unrighteousness as these tithe-grabbers have done. That’s why we are to seek our guidance directly from Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or our Father in Heaven. You are ultimately responsible for yourself; you are the bwana of your personal jungle safari of life here on Earth. All Earthly input, whether opinions of the lowly or the decrees of “authorities” is strictly advisory in nature and for your informational purposes only. You make the decisions, and you live with the results of those decisions.It is better than living with the results of some “authority’s” dictates which conflict with your own sense of right and wrong.

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Or catch-phrases out of some “preachers’ handbook” like “You can’t out-give God”. It sure sounds good, but that’s because it’s supposed to sound good – it’s a marketing jingle. The problem is, it has nothing whatsoever to do with substantiating the validity of a modern day tithe.

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Is this why Jesus said “blessed are the poor, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” – Because they’d be living in some kind of Kingdom welfare state? Or was it because it’s easy to “leave all behind” when you have next to nothing to leave in the first place? Perhaps it’s because they would be inherently non-materialistic; having only a minimum of material goods, they have no choice but to find happiness in ways that don’t require “stuff”. It’s no surprise that the most religious states in the U.S.are also the poorest states.I understand that this whole line of thinking sounds radical, because it’s radical to me as well. Just like some people that think that clean water tastes funny, because they’ve been brought up on city water, so also with Christians who have never even met a Paul, Peter, or Timothy-like man of God.We’ve gone to worldly hirelings for things of the spirit for so long, that we think like worldly hirelings; the concept and description of a true, moneyless man of God therefore may seem strange, even impossible.

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Pro-tithers do gymnastics with scriptures, forging words, trying to be clever, trying to associate Paul’swords with a tithe, because they want him ever so much to be talking about a tithe. The plain fact is, Paul is not, and he does not discuss tithe anywhere, except possibly in a historical context in Hebrews.

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If you are paying 10% of your paycheck to the preacher, you’re wrong on 3 counts: You had no agricultural gain to tithe from, you gave 10% instead of 12%, and you gave it to the wrong guy. He’s an imposter, a poser.

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How many times have you heard explanations and the goings on about the “symbolism” in the story of “the Rich Man and Lazarus” (Luke 16:19-25), and preachers telling you about symbolism, etc and what the story “really means”? Well, forget all the rambling obfuscation and speculation about it, because I’ll tell you what I think it really “really means”. It means what it says.That story is considered a parable, but scripture does not present it as such. It appears to be presented as an anecdotal example. No interpretation needed. Selfishness and greed have some terrible rewards. That’s all there is to it. This concept fits exactly with what we just read in Matthew25. It also matches John the Baptist’s statements in Luke 3. How plain can it be?These are not vague, “iffy” scriptures, but clearly written. Once you begin to add them up along with the others, the big picture becomes clear. Actually, it’s so clear that it’s scary.

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Now, having explained all that, I have to throw a monkey wrench into the works and add another aspect to this issue. This may contradict other statements in this book, but I discovered it and am adding this right when I’m finishing the last chapter. It’s a great lead for anyone who wishes to do some research on this subject.It appears that, not only was the tithe to go only to Levites, but additionally it apparently went only to some Levites. Namely, those of Jerusalem who worked at the temple.This theory is based on Judges 17:5-13. This interesting scripture describes a man who lived in the back woods on Mount Ephraim who designated his eldest son to do the family sacrifices.He then hired a Levite who was sojourning through the land looking for a job. He pays the Levite an annual salary plus room and board. No tithe is mentioned.The fact that this Levite is hired indicates that he got no tithe. This fits with Deuteronomy 12:12 and12:18-19, 14:27 and 29, 16:11and 14; which all indicate that the Levite can partake of the “poor tithe” for orphans and widows. These were unemployed Levites.Why would they get some “poor tithe” food unless they were short of food? Why would they be short of food if they got a share of the regular tithe?It appears that there were different classes of Levites; those working at the temple got a share of the tithe and apparently the sojourning Levites did not.Judges 17:6 says “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”Since God’s Law was in effect at that time, this indicates that the Levites did not keep law and order unless and until they had the military power of a king to back them up.I’m not sure what to make of all this, but if it bears out that only the Levites in the temple service got to receive tithe, and the others were on their own, that would then restrict even further the modern preachers’ claims to their “Levitical right” to take tithes.

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This attitude of corruption among the establishment set the tone and trickled down through the Israelite society. It still works that way today at any level when people defer to someone else to be their leader. If you look at your preacher as a “leader” you subconsciously are going to follow and be influenced by him more than you’ll even know, and it may not be in a good way.

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Does anyone want you to tithe to the Roman Empire? To the Greek or Babylonian gods? To the Hittite kings or other entities that imposed a tithe at one time in history? No, of course not, that would be lunacy and the preachers would be laughed off the stage. Those man-made requirements disappeared centuries ago with the collapse of those cultures.Yet, the pro-tithers have latched on to the one tithe of ancient history that is still commercially marketable because of its association to God’s Law for that time.They take this deceased statute and re-create and resurrect a shambling, spiritless, zombie version of this Frankenstein monster that the Roman Catholic Church pieced together centuries ago from the various dead tithes of history. They then present this reanimated dead creation as being God’sgenuine article even though the term of God’s true, instructed tithe expired two thousand years ago and it is just as buried in the Pet Sematary of history as those other once-active tithes are, and which is just as God Himself had planned it to be.So, unless the tithe industry wants to ignore the existence of Jesus and the words and events surrounding Him; then reincorporate a new temple and regular animal sacrifices into God’s Kingdom;and then try to genetically test everyone for pure Levite genes to find someone to operate that whole throwback scenario, they can forget it. It’s over. The true tithe of the Bible was specific to that time. Itand its intended purpose no longer exists.

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In Luke 3:12-14 John told the tax collectors and soldiers to exercise their positions of authority only to the bare minimum. Would not this instruction also extend to preachers who claim authority over others?

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Paul had a policy for people to give as they are able, but not so much that they would cause a burden to themselves or their family. In 2Corinthians 8:1-5 Paul speaks of those in Macedonia who lived in poverty and yet gave beyond what they could afford to give. They insisted that their gift be accepted and were eager to help others because they were taught the true meaning of “giving toGod” by Paul or the Apostles, and understood the rewards involved. These rewards have been stolen from those who have been led to believe that giving to a preacher means “giving to God”.

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1Chronicles 16:22 and Psalms 105:15 Says: “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” This “anointed” is not the preacher, as some preachers claim as a means to avoid scrutiny, criticism, or prosecution. The “anointed” are the people of the congregation.There is an adage which states: “You get more of that which is profitable”, and it certainly applies here. That means, for example, that if war was not profitable, there would be a lot less of it; if the prison industry was not so profitable, there would not be so many laws designed to put you there.This list goes on and on, and it includes the tithe doctrine which you hear so much about because it is a profitable doctrine.I think you will see in the coming pages that if the tithe doctrine was not so profitable, there would not be all these preachers putting so much effort into abusing scripture in order to peddle(2Corinthians 2:17) this patently false doctrine to their listeners.I understand that to some people, the tithe is the life’s blood of the church, and that the statement I just made is rather offensive, even dangerous. It is not my habit to engage in derogatory “loose talk” against anyone or anything, but I can state with confidence that in the coming pages I will prove to any objective reader that the tithe doctrine is indeed patently false. So obviously false in fact, that it amounts to deliberate fraud.

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Though “all scripture is profitable for teaching and learning”, whatever Jesus says takes precedence over what came before. This is particularly true, since He is also the current High Priest of theMelchisadek order. Jesus said that the payment for His workmen is a meal, a place to sleep, the clothes on their back, and treasures in Heaven. You don’t get much more faith-based than that. But this pro-tithe preacher likes money, so let’s forget what Jesus said and go with this smoke screen called the “Abrahamic precedent”. Yeah, that’s the ticket…

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The Endless LoopI have found that the tithe doctrine has become a perpetual moving target, like a slow motion hack-a-mole game. When their points are disproven as quickly as they appear, the pro-tithers invent new angles and spin new stories with even less substance than the first wave. This includes such tactics as resorting to desperate interpretations of prophesy or so-called “hidden meanings” in scripture in order to keep the pro-tithe theory afloat. Presumably this strategy is meant to create just enough doubt in those who are undecided on the subject to cause them to keep sending in the tithe money “just to be on the safe side”.Then after all that, when their newest fallacies are shown by scripture to be false, the preachers pop their head out of yet another tube and recycle previously disproven points and the cycle starts all over again. Like a circus parade that you think is really long, but instead it is actually just a few of the same wagon and acts going around and around the block.This is all done in an effort to keep the wheels of controversy going, to give the illusion of there being two sides to the debate when in fact there is no controversy at all on the subject to an objective, informed investigator, once the casuistry and persuasive techniques are cast aside, and the scriptural facts are made known.Whether Old Testament Law, New Testament teachings and examples, spiritual aspects or practical applications, the tithe is obsolete from any and all angles from which you’d like to approach it. Except that is, from the angle of the preacher who is willing to benefit from it at the expense of the Christiancommunity.

Jeremiah 17:11 “As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.”The translation of that verse is that for all their avarice and schemes, their ill-gotten gains will notprevent a bad ending for them.If you are one of those who are tithing just to “be safe”, thinking “it can’t hurt”, you may be in for asurprise later in this study when we talk about scriptures that reveal the “dark side” of the tithe.We’ve already discovered the pagan origins of a cash tithe, you might want to consider hanging on toyour tithe money until you’ve heard me out and checked some additional facts.

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Furthermore, it is a well known tenet of recruitment to any philosophically-based organization thatthe more you can get someone to invest in the group, the stronger their ties to the group will be andthe less likely they’ll leave the organization.Getting someone to volunteer time and labor, or to give money helps set the hook of commitment,and this is true with tithing – especially with those who have tithed a lot, and for many years. Theyhave too much skin in the game and are reluctant to accept the truth that all their money and goodwill went for little more than to enrich the preacher.It causes a state of denial that is all the more difficult to escape from and accept the hard truth.

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Malachi seems well placed, being the last book of the Old Testament, as if to leave the reader witha warning, as a final thought of the dangers of trusting church leaders any more than you’d trustanyone else. The dangers of giving them reverence, sometimes even giving them more respect thanthey’ve ever earned, and holding them less accountable than they should be for their behavior andmoney that’s been given to them in good faith, as misguided offerings to “God’s work”.In fact it really sets the tone for the New Testament and the attitude that Jesus seemed to havetoward the established religious hierarchy.Today however, it appears that the worshipping of the golden calf has to some extent been replaced by the reverence of a golden preacher. 2Corinthians 5:12 says “For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.”That last phrase has been obscured by the KJV and other translations. It means people (preachers inparticular) who are insincere or worse, but have created an image of themselves of Christian wisdomand virtue for public consumption.It’s called the “cult of personality” – devotion to someone based on the persona they’ve created forthemselves; not on their true character, honesty, scriptural integrity, or the fruits of their work.

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Another point to consider is that the average Israelite did not have access to God’s written Word, sothey needed teachers at that time. I would not be surprised if these teachers were more like readerswho simply read the Law with minor explanation. In 2Kings:22-23 when the Law was read to Josiah,he didn’t seem to need a 13-part series of Bible studies to grasp the meaning of what the Law said. Heunderstood it immediately.Today’s preachers seem so addicted to promulgating their own opinions and biases on God’s Lawand morality in general, that I don’t think they could contain themselves long enough to present astraightforward reading of a few chapters of the Law.Today we have access to the scriptures in multiple translations for us to study and compare. Wehave more reference books, concordances and everything else that we need, than any othergeneration in history so we don’t need to pay a tenth of our income to someone just so they canexplain to us their slanted version of God’s Law for an hour a week.By the providence of God the Bible is available and there for you. Pray, read, study, discuss, andrepeat as necessary. Like they say – If you want something done right, do it yourself.I have tons of scriptures to back up the line of thinking of the last few paragraphs that I’d love todive into here, but I can’t get too far off topic from the tithe.Look for the companion book “Men of God?” when it’s done, which will have a full examination ofthis issue.

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By the way, James speaks of wages withheld by fraud. Would you say that God would have any lesscontempt for fraudsters that take money from workers after they were paid, in the form of a coercedtithe; as opposed to keeping it from them before they were paid? It’s the same crime, except that thetithe fraud is worse because it blasphemes the Holy Spirit by attempting to commit the fraud in God’sname.

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An analogy today to money-changing would be the assumption that money given to help others inneed is “unsanctified”; in other words according to the tithe myth it does not qualify as having been”given to God” (even though scripture defines it as such). The attitude, stated or implied, is that thismoney has to be given to the preacher or church corporation in order to be sanctified or to reallycount as “giving to God” or “honoring God with your wealth”. The church entity absorbs the lion’sshare of your gift or tithe money before they even begin to decide who is worthy of charitable givingof the leftovers, if any.

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I heard a whole series of messages by a pro-tithe “Kingdom Law” teacher/evangelist that condemnsresisting evil if it upsets the establishment. He even rebuked a Christian brother for his pro-activestance against today’s banking system of usury and fraud.This docile, subservient, chicken-like attitude on the part of that armchair Levite is in stark contrastto the real Aaronic priests and the Levites, who were actually battle-ready reserve warriors just likethe rest if Israel (1Chronicles 26-27).

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The denial of Christ comes in many shapes and colors, and often exists in its worst form in thosewho proclaim Christ out of one side of their mouth while denying His teachings and principles out ofthe other.

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These pro-tithe malnomianists take a clear reference to God’s Law (like muzzle the ox) and make it “to no effect” by saying Paul is really talking about a different Law (tithe law), without a shred ofevidence; only their say-so. People like this cannot be trusted. Why? Well, take your choice – it iseither because they are totally incompetent and simply regurgitating something that their Biblecollege teacher told them; or because they are willing to make a great effort to deceive their friendsand Christian brethren when it is profitable to do so.I know, – you don’t like accusations like that. I don’t either. I like to cut people slack for their honestmistakes and think the best of them, but what would you call it? What other conclusion can a thinkingperson come to? How else do you explain all the effort that goes into blatant word-forging and/ormalfeasance needed to distort scripture to create and maintain a false doctrine that just happens to be profitable for the preacher, even after the facts have been explained to them?When else has anyone taken a clearly written Law and said it meant something completely differentsuch as: “honor your father and mother? – oh, that’s talking about not mixing a plum tree with agrape vine on the Sabbath”?You may hear someone claiming a Law is “done away with” or something similar in order to totallyignore a law; and whether they are right or wrong, they usually will have a plausible, arguablerationale behind their position.You don’t, however, often hear someone waging war against reality and looking totally absurd byclaiming a Law means something totally different from what it plainly says, just because that personwants it to mean something different. As if the words of the English language had no meaning at all.

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The pretentiousness of letters or academic credentials doled out by the wizards of religiousinstitutions are meaningless; as are the psychologically influenced visual settings and oratory trainingof the mainstream corporate establishment churches, if they are used to propagate ideas that are nottrue. Truth is in a class all by itself. It transcends worldly education levels and ability without regard, and stands firm with whoever speaks or hears it.

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The storehouses for tithed food could have been in the temple, from which it was distributed, but sowhat? Just as some of the kings of the ancient world taxed at a rate of ten percent, so also did somepagan sects institute a tithe. It was not something that was exclusive to the Hebrew religion. The term“live of the temple” is very general and only allows for an incidental possibility that a tithe of sometype was included among the numerous means of supporting temple activities. The tithe is notmentioned here at all however.

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Having concluded his “sorta sounds like” schpiel, the preacher then changes tactics, calling1Corinthians 16 a “poor tithe”, which he just got done trying to prove that it was a regular tithe. Thisthought provides a segue into a diatribe against non-tithers, going on about how the corrupt welfarestate exists because of non-tithing; how non-tithers are the direct cause of the country’s economicslide down the tubes; and how non-tithers deny justice to the poor, and rob widows and orphans, citing Isaiah 10:1-2. No real reasoning, just accusations without evidence. In doing so he fails toconsider the fact that of the tithe money he currently does get, next to none of it (5%) is given tothose he deems as being in need. (This is in contrast to the inept and much criticized governmentwelfare system which gets “only” about 40% of the welfare budget into the hands of the recipients.)There seems to be no slander which is baleful or accusatory enough that is capable of expressingtheir chagrin and rancor against people who recognize the truth of the tithe myth.Preachers like this ignore the fact that the willful giving of the New Covenant calls for much morethan 10 percent, if necessary, to be given to brothers in need, as compared to the .005 percent (fivepercent of the ten percent) designated for charity that this pro-tithe preacher is so proud of.Apparently his animus arises from the revealed fact that, while scripture expresses a concern for thepoor, it provides no instruction that anything be given to false preachers like him.

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The Apostles didn’t stash the money then turn around and condemn the poor of Jerusalem saying ineffect: “let them suffer – they probably have it coming”; but this is the kind of self-righteous, move-tothe-other-side-of-the-road kind of comment I got regarding homeless and foreclosed-on brethren from one wealthy pro-tithe, pro-bank, evangelist Kingdom law-teacher who claims to love Jesus.This kind of let them eat cake attitude is the arrogance and un-Godliness that having too much money creates in the ignoble. They apparently have lost sight of what the working class remnant has to deal with in this life, because they have a steady stream of free tithe money to keep them comfy and secure. Perhaps that’s why both the Old and New Covenants thoroughly condemn the very concept of a preacher for profit; which is a subject we’ll cover in the pages ahead.

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For that matter, even in Acts 4:34-4:37 where people were selling their possessions and giving the money to the Apostles – a tithable event according to many of today’s pro-tithe preachers – there is no mention of the Apostles tithing anything to anyone. In fact verses 4:36-37 makes it a point to state that a Levite was giving to this fund, not receiving from it. Why do you suppose that would be, if tithing was still in effect? Did he understand that he no longer had a special status as a Levite, and that he was just “one of the crowd”, and everyone in this crowd was now a priest and king, according to 1Peter?

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In law for example, you don’t have to prove who committed the murder, you only have to prove that the defendant did not do it. In the case of Abraham, I can prove only what this event was not.Abraham had no gain to show for his efforts, so obviously that was not a Levitical type tithe.

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Abraham’s and Jacob’s stories are the only two bona-fide pre-Mosaic scriptures that actually mention“tenth” or “tithe”. Undeniably both cases are about very extraordinary “touched by God” types of situations, with no scriptural evidence that they were typical of daily life back then, or that they were meant to indicate that we must tithe today.God has left us enough evidence to determine the truth – If we would only examine it with an open mind for the truth of what scripture says. With a mind clear of any pre-placed suggestions as to what someone told you a certain scripture says or means.That evidence is the written Law of Moses, which stipulates the details of the common Levitical title as well as the “festival tithe” and “poor tithe” Deut 14:22-26); and those details are what we have to pay attention to. Otherwise we can guess and assume all day what the two examples of Abraham and Jacob indicate, because they do not resemble what Tithe Law stipulates. They are clearly based on something different; anomalies that would not normally apply to us today.

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People scoff at the blasphemy of a Catholic pope who claims to speak for God, yet many of these same people as tithers, seem to have no problem with giving money to men who claim to be God’sagents. What are these preachers saying? – Something like “I’ve been deputized by Jesus, and I’m collecting for God; I’ll take that tithe money on His behalf”? or “I’ll buy myself a horse ranch and anew truck with your tithe money, and God will enjoy it all very much?”This is nothing new. The Catholic Church as only one example, has been pulling this fraud for over1500 years. They caused untold misery such as children who died or were living in squalor because their impoverished Catholic parents were conned or forced into tithing by a religion racket that amassed untold wealth for the insiders at the top of the church hierarchy. It is all part of the“blessings” of tithing, I guess. Today’s tithe promoters of any denomination or sect are of that same bad fruit tree of theft by deception.

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It appears that the gravy train of today’s preaching business is loaded with hobos all claiming to be the engineer, but who in fact have no idea of which end the locomotive is on, or what is involved in operating it.

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Abraham did not live in a vacuum. The Bible is not a history of the whole world, but of a lineage of people that lived in a world that had a lot of other things going on in it. Abraham may have kept God’sLaws, but he also obeyed the laws of the land wherever he traveled.We have gone through the straw dog arguments that “Abraham kept the Law so he must have titled” and the pro-tithe assertion that his tithe to Melchizedek was only one example of a supposed lifetime of tithing. We now need to establish a truthful, logical assessment of what actually took place at that event, since we know that a Levitical type tithe was not a possibility.Where the rubber meets the road.For those of you who believe that we are to follow God’s Law of the Old Covenant, let’s pursue an obvious application of that law regarding the subject of the tithe.The Law of Moses is supposed to have codified the Laws of God that it is assumed have been around since Adam, right? That’s what Paul talks about in Galatians 3:19. That’s where the details and the instructions are. That’s what we call “The Law of God”, is it not?So the question is: Where do we go to learn what the Law of God says?No, we don’t go to a Jewish lawyer.No, we don’t go to a theology professor, and no, no, no, least of all we certainly don’t go to a preacher. You can’t trust any of these three to give you the truth, even if they had it.And finally, no, you don’t just make up and insert your own version of “God’s Law” as some people do, based on what you want God’s Law to be.If you want to learn what God’s Law says, you go to God’s Law and read it, like wise men have always done. You don’t need a preacher to tell you, just read it yourself. We’ve already gone over what that law says in the section on the “One-two Punch”: The tithe is exclusively food items; and the title is specifically authorized to go only to the tribe of Levi (aside from the poor tithe and festival tithe).It’s all very simple. If the stories in Genesis do not fit with the definitions of God’s Law, then something else is happening there that we are not aware of.On the other hand, if we are supposed to interpret what the Law is by observing and interpreting the actions of Biblical personalities, as pro-tithers want to do with Abraham, then we would live in constant confusion.For example, The Law says that murderers are to be executed, and yet Cain walked. Yes, he was cursed, but he was not executed for murdering Abel as the Mosaic Law would specify. So, there was some kind of extenuating circumstances or variation of the Law there that we don’t read in scripture.For some reason the outcome of this story doesn’t fit with what Moses would have done, something was different.The point is that five people could reach five different conclusions based on reading a short storylike that by itself, and we would be letting murderers go free. So we have to go by something definitive like the written Law for our answers, not from examples in Bible stories, unless they match up with what the Law says. If they don’t match up, then we need to find out why this is so, or at least acknowledge that we don’t know why.In the case of Abraham we see that there is no question that that event does not harmonize withwhat we know to be God’s Law of the Levitical tithe. Therefore something else was taking place, some unknown conditions; and it could have been that Abraham was paying a vow made under extraordinary circumstances, which was a common practice back then. It could also have been a gift in the then-commonly used amount of ten percent, or it could have simply been a tax, which is the third scenario that we listed.

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And the facts really are inarguable, folks.OK, granted, it is “arguable” in the sense that I’ll be addressing the pro-tithe “arguments” in this book, but once you see the nature of their “evidence” you’ll see that they are really not offering true, factual or even logical arguments at all, but instead their case consists of a performance of word-game illusions, sophistic smokescreens and non-factual bluffs presented from behind a pulpit or microphone in managed situations with a non-questioning audience where no on-the-spot debate, questions, or challenge will ever take place.

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When I first broached the subject of the tithe by presenting my findings, I was prepared for proverbial gunfight. What I came up against however, was the equivalent of malicious French mimes pretending to have rifles. In other words – I was very careful and meticulous about vetting scriptural facts, but found that the other side had nothing but bluff and fantasy.

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The “Law” that Paul is trying to underscore here with the ox is the concept of giving the workman his just reward for the work he’s done. The failure to do so is stealing, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with a tithe.Think about it. Why would Paul be so open and forthright about carefully explaining the ox and the labor analogy, and others mentioned above, and then at the same time be so esoteric and secretive about the subject of this spurious Levite-preacher type-antitype hypothesis regarding the tithe? Afterall, “tithing” is Christianity 101, according to the tithists, so if this tithing business was true, Paul would have promoted it the way today’s preachers do, correct?Why would Paul shroud it in vague and mysterious terms that don’t say or even describe “tithe”, if all the new Christians were supposed to know about it? If Paul had meant tithe, he would have said title. Just as he explained the meaning of scripture about the ox, just as he explained the journey in the desert, and the bondwoman; and just as he clearly explained the priest/temple type-antitype.

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Paul knew exactly what he was talking about.Hebrews 7:5 states clearly: “And verily (without question) they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment (an exclusive special right) to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:”Hebrews is here reaffirming the Old Covenant restrictions that specify Levies as having been the only Lawful recipients of tithe.Does Paul give any indication here that this Levitical right to the tithe was transferable? No, he doesn’t; instead he states that the old arrangement has been disannulled (Strongs #114, meaning cancellation, not transference). Paul knew the Law and certainly would not thumb his nose at it by accepting tithe even in its lawful form of food; let alone as money the way that modern preachers do.Those who make this audacious claim that they, as preachers, have somehow been designated as”spiritual Levites”, or however they want to describe it, and are due to receive tithes (because of this type-anti type assumption) are ignoring Hebrews 7:22-28, which clearly explains that Jesus was the one who replaced the priests, not the preachers, and the Levite position was eliminated altogether.This fits well with the Isaiah and Jeremiah prophesies mentioned earlier.

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Paul apparently knew that these “deceitful workers” were worldly men above all else, and were slick talkers. They could preach any spin on scriptures or make up doctrines that profited them the most. Above all, they were very likely entertaining and interesting. It’s called being a “captivating speaker”. When truth competes with skilled deception motivated by money, the truth usually comes out second best. Deception is the normal state of the world, not the exception. We see that all the time. It takes deliberate effort to obtain truth.

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Here’s another scenario that just occurred to me, and it is the simplest of all.John 9:1-3 “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. So based on the fact that Melchizedek just pops up in history for this one event, and is not heard from before or since; and based on the anomalous nature of the whole event; it may just be possible that this all took place for the sole purpose of verifying the greatness of Jesus as a Melchizedek priest many hundreds of years later. Just as the man was born blind for the purpose of being healed by Jesus, so also might this tithe event with Melchizedek have happened just so the author of Hebrews could refer back to it to establish the fact of the authority of the second Melchizedek priesthood. Sometimes the simplest answers are the best.

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Some might ask: Are these preachers perhaps just zealous for Christ and His Word? Is this a good faith effort on their part to rightly divide scripture? In scriptural discussions, zealousness and passion can usually be differentiated from craftiness, cleverness of speech, and fraud, by determining how much they have to bend the Word out of shape to make their point; how much of their point is based on facts and how much is based on probable fabrication; how much effort is put into speaking ability, stagecraft, and other manipulative devices;how clearly and forthrightly they can answer questions or critics of their position – if they answer at all; and of course there’s the age old question of “who benefits?” as a result of you believing one way or the other on a particular matter. In the case of this similar language yarn and the money involved, the answer to all of the abovementioned criteria is obvious. This “kinda sorta sounds similar” doctrine was not a natural conclusion to come to, but instead it took a deliberate pre-meditated effort to create bogus evidence in support of a desired conclusion. All of this taking place when honest scriptural evidence that contradicts their conclusion could readily be found, but was ignored.

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So, if this preacher is observing this “Abrahamic Covenant Precedent” as he says he is, how exactly is he “blessing all the families in the earth”? By taking their tithe money every week? By defraudingGod’s People?John 8:39 “…If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.”

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Well, you can believe this man’s PS (like “BS”, only it comes from preachers), or believe the Apostle John, who said in John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”The Law came through Moses? Not according to the “Abrahamic Precedent” theory, which is some other kind of law that this man claims will trump the Mosaic Law. If the Law was given by Moses, then would it be wiser to believe what Moses wrote, or what this preacher is making up? Odds are that the preacher would say that this “law” spoken of by John was the sacrificial law that was added and made obsolete by the Crucifixion. This Law that John speaks of is Strongs #3551, which is the same Law spoken of by Jesus in Matt5:17-18 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”This is the quote used by pro-nomians to support the idea that the Old Covenant Law is alive and well today, and ever since Adam. I’m not going to argue this concept one way or the other. I bring it up to show the convoluted nature of this half-baked “Abrahamic Precedent” fallacy.The pro-tithe preacher dumps the Mosaic Law in favor of some other mysterious law that Abraham was supposedly following. John says this Law was given by Moses, not by lying preachers hiding behind the name of Abraham, and the imputed integrity afforded by the use of it.

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So really, instead of one tithe to address, we have two: The Levitical tithe and some kind of pre-Levitical tithe; the latter consisting solely of the story of Abraham tithing to Melchizedek. The pro-tithe preachers have not differentiated between the two for the benefit of their congregation. As I said, they minimize this scripture by not examining it, and have been keeping the secret until my earlier presentation on this subject forced their hand, causing them to address the issue. They addressed the issue by saying that the nature of Abraham’s tithe was different but better than the Levitical tithe and therefore is the tithe we need to pay attention to.If they are totally different from each other, then Abraham’s tithe is not a precedent for the Mosaic tithe, plain and simple. The bottom line is that, while the preachers engage in the beadledom of deciding which of these tithes is more relevant, the fact of the matter is that both of these tithes are out of line, inapplicable, and irrelevant to our daily life today.

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Don’t forget – the moneychangers were preachers, or at least partners with preachers. In other words, if the Pharisee-preachers were righteous and had integrity, those moneychangers and their scam would not have existed within the city, let alone within the temple itself.It took an idealistic, rebellious, courageous man to cast out those money changers, because there ligious establishment, as usual, went with the flow of corruption and there was no one else willing to do a thing about it. Is that what is happening today?

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Hebrews 7 states that we are under the Melchisadek priesthood of Jesus Christ. So, where do we find the Law of God regarding a Melchisadek paradigm?The pro-tithers say that you get it from Genesis 14:20 where Abraham tithed to Melchisadek, and that’s basically all we know and all we need to know. If that’s all we need to know, then our course of action is obvious: We need to tithe directly to a Melchisadek priest if we see one, after every major military victory that we achieve.In the real world however, the only place we can get our information is from Melchisadek Jesus himself. That brings us back to what I’ve been telling people right along: Boycott all preachers’ presentations for a year (at least) and spend that time reading the Bible with particular attention to what Jesus himself says. Realizing the He means what He says. Then see how much real knowledge you can learn directly from The Word itself, when you are not under the worldly influence of a professional sophist.

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Now ask yourself: Why are the pro-tithers so adamant with their claims that this pagan temple is an example of type/antitype and all its possible pro-tithe implications, when in reality by doing so they are willing to commit nothing less than blasphemy against the True God by associating Him with an altar of demons?The answer is: “It’s all they’ve got to use for an argument.” They either have to pretend to believe this (and other) unfounded pro-tithe positions because they have no real factual argument to stand on. Or they are under the “strong delusion” that God said He would give to those who reject truth, and they actually believe these tales they’re telling. Or unfortunately in some cases, some of them may not give a rip about blasphemy, or truth, or God’s Laws. For some preachers, scripture is a merely a means to an end. They’ll abuse it any way they need to if it perpetuates the cash flow while they maintain their façade of “truth seeking” piety.In any event, as I said at the beginning: they have no facts to back up their doctrine, it is all plain fiction.

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To verify this, take #5092 and translate it as “cash payment” the way the pro-tithers want us to, wherever it is used in the New Covenant, and see how much sense it makes.For example John 4:44 would then read “For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no payment of money in his own country.” Was Jesus just trying to make a buck?Romans 2:7 would be just as absurd: “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and cash payment and immortality, eternal life:”Scriptures that use #5092 as “honor”, and that would sound just as asinine using the pro-tithe, promote translation are:, 8:54(the first one); Romans 2:10, 9:21, 12:10, 13:7; 1Corinthians 12:23, 24;Colossians 2:23, 1Thessolonians 4:4; 1Timothy 1:17, 5:17, 6:1, 16; 2Timothy 2:20, 21;Hebrews 2:7, 9,3:3, 5:4; 1Peter 1:7; all of Revelations except 21:24.

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When it comes to today, as the saying goes: “Those who can, do; and those who can’t, teach” (or in this case – preach). Today’s preachers are certainly able to preach on the shortcomings of the congregation and/or the evils of the rest of the world that doesn’t attend that particular church. They apparently can’t “do” or “teach” the truth of scripture regarding money restrictions on preachers, so they preach “something else” that justifies their failure to meet Godly standards.

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Another point: If a tax by definition is imposed by a governing entity, and if the tithe is a tax, then you are accepting these preachers as your rulers when you tithe to them. God showed us what it was like when Israel wanted a king over them, and it led predominantly to corruption and disaster. So for those who want a preacher instead of a king, what makes you think you’ll get any other result than the same fraud, abuse, and degeneracy that we’ve seen so far?

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Self-endorsements notwithstanding – that’s why the New Covenant paradigm of unpaid preachers was intended for us here and now. If you take the money out of it, the bulk of the corruption goes with it.

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Remember: the field of alleged prophesy interpretation is the last refuge of the desperate, and the playground of charlatans (see appendix A) much more often than it is the legitimate, accurate, and/or inspired commentary that it is required to be. Particularly those that require lengthy, convoluted explanations or so-called hidden meanings. False interpreters=false prophets. What exactly is the difference between a false prophet who makes up stories, and a false preacher who takes legitimate prophecies and creates from them bogus interpretations? Jeremiah 14:15-16.

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SophistryPerhaps I should have defined the word earlier, but let’s take a moment to do it now.Today we’d call it “spin”, but that doesn’t do it justice. It’s a juggling act of using the right words with the right voice intonations and a bag full of professional speaking tricks and devices that can be employed to endear the speaker to, connect with, and mislead an audience. These techniques are taught to lawyers, politicians, salesmen, and yes, to preachers; – anyone whose income is dependent on their communicative skills and to whom facts are irrelevant, when the facts are against them.Basically it means that a sophist is more concerned with convincing his listeners of something or winning an argument, than he is of seeking and finding the truth about a matter; and it is a matter of morality for people to critically evaluate what is heard or read, and taking steps to avoid being deceived.Likewise with the word “fallacy” – It doesn’t just mean something that is unintentionally not true.Here’s a definition (with my comments) that I found, and it’s what I mean when I use that word:“In logic and rhetoric, a fallacy is incorrect reasoning in argumentation resulting in a misconception.By accident or design, fallacies may exploit emotional triggers in the listener (such as guilt, fear, greed) or take advantage of social relationships between people such as argument from an authority figure. (like a teacher or preacher)Fallacious arguments are often structured using rhetorical patterns that obscure the logical argument (like removing the distinctions between the tithe and vows, offerings, sacrifices, gifts, etc), making fallacies more difficult to diagnose. Also, the components of the fallacy may be spread out over separate arguments.”In other words a fallacy is a lie that takes a considerable calculated effort and technique to pull off, and is the product of sophistry.

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TITHE.* Without inquiring into the reason for which the number ten has been so frequently preferred as a number of selection in the cases of tribute-offerings, both sacred and secular, voluntary and compulsory, we may remark that numerous instances of its use are found both in profane and also in Biblical history, prior to or independently of the appointment of the Levitical tithes under the Law. In Biblical history the two prominent instances are 1. Abram presenting the tenth of all his property, according to the Syriac and Arabic versions of Heb. vii. and S. Jarchi in his Com., but as the passages themselves appear to show, of the spoils of his victory, to Melchizedek (Gen. xiv. 20 ; Heb. vii. 2, 6; Joseph. Ant. i. 10, 2 ; Selden, On Tithes, c. 1).2. Jacob, after his vision at Luz, devoting a tenth of all his property to God in case he should return home in safety (Gen. xxviii. 22). These instances bear witness to the antiquity of tithes, in some shape or other, previous to the Mosaic tithe-system.

But numerous instances are to be found of the practice of heathen nations, Greeks, Romans, Carthaginians, Arabians, of applying tenths derived from property in general, from spoil, from confiscated goods, or from commercial profits, to sacred, and quasi-sacred, and also to fiscal purposes, viz. as consecrated to a deity, presented as a reward to a successful general, set apart as a tribute to a sovereign, or as a permanent source of revenue.

Among other passages, the following may be cited: 1 Mace. xi. 35; Herod, i. 89, iv. 152, v.77, vii. 132, ix. 81; Diod. Sic. v. 42, xi. 33, xx. 14; Paus. v. 10, 2, x. 10, 1; Dionys. Hal. . 19, 23 ; Justin xviii.7, xx. 3 ; Arist. Oecon. ii. 2 ; Liv. v. 21 ; Polyb. ix. 39 ; Cic. Verr. ii. 3, 6, and 7 (where tithes of wine, oil, and” minutae fruges,” are mentioned), Pro Leg. Manil. 6; Plut. Age*, c. 19, p. 389; Pliny, N. H. xii. 14; Macrob. Sat iii. 6 , Xen. Hell. i. 7, 10, iv. 3, 21 ; Rose, Inscr. Gr. p. 215}Gibbon, vol. iii. p. 301, ed. Smith;and a remarkable instance of fruits tithed andoffered to a deity, and a feast made, of which the He says (Lex. Helrr. ed. Michaelis), ” Urbs in tribu Gad, Jebaa inter et Saron.” Jebaa should be Jecbaa (i. e. Jogbehah) and this strange bit of confident typography is probably taken from the map of Adrichomius, made on the principle of inserting every name mentioned in the Bible, known …

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offering some people say that they really don’t tithe anyway, but instead just give offerings.Words have meanings, and “offerings” is an interesting word.Many people consider gifts and offerings as the same thing, but scripturally they are not. Gifts can move up, down, or sideways in the social strata. For instance you can give your boss a gift or he can give you one with no secondary implications or class overtones.Offerings by contrast go one way, and that is up. The lower class offers up to the higher. The average people made offerings up to the priests.Not satisfied with violating God’s Word on the tithe, preachers are also playing some kind of game with the word “offerings”. When preachers say “this ministry is supported by your tithes and offerings”, they’ve set themselves up, in effect, as some kind of Levites and Priests of God; as your intercessor to God who will see to it that your sins are forgiven because of your “offerings”.I can see the Catholic Church using this kind of language, but what about all these so-called protestant churches, and particularly the pro-nomian “Kingdom” sects that use terms like this? They condemn the paganism and idolatry inherent to the Catholics, yet they emulate one of the foundational false premises that that church rests upon: the ability to forgive sins, and the ability to get paid for this service.My second observation is that according to any scriptural account, offerings are a form of, and in the spirit of a sacrifice. If Christ was the “last sacrifice” because He “offered Himself up” for our sins, what business has anyone to make a physical sacrifice of any type and to anyone for religious purposes today?Lastly, some businesses use the phrase “supported by your “gifts, tithes, and offerings”. Ask them what the difference is between “gifts” and “offerings”. If there is no difference, then why the redundancy? “Offerings” has a specific meaning in the religious realm. It’s not just a generic word for“giving”.This word “offerings”, like “oblations” and “repentance”, etc, are scriptural words that have specific meanings. You won’t find “offering” in the New Covenant, except in a context that I have just described. Jesus was the final offering, as well as final sacrifice.Are we supposed to believe that these churches and preachers with all their years of Bible College and hundreds of sermons and Bible messages don’t know the definition and significance of these words?In effect they have taken an Old Covenant sacrificial practice, modified it to cash, and superimposed it on New Covenant congregations.I have not put much research time into it because it’s only peripheral to the tithe issue, but at the moment it does not pass the smell test.

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You would not know by their actions if these preachers graduated from Bible college, or from business school, or an industrial psychology course, or from a theater and acting program, because their behavior reflects a confused amalgamation of all of these backgrounds.

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Many people believe that the Levitical tithe is still in effect simply because they’ve heard it repeated so many times to the point that it’s ingrained into our mind; even into our subconscious. You may even get an ominous feeling of bad luck waiting in the wings when you quit tithing. That’s OK though, that superstitious feeling is just ignorance in disguise. It will soon be dispelled when you start to use that money the way God instructs us to.

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I can just picture this man presenting this story while giving the peace sign with both hands and standing in front of a sign that says “I am not a crook”.

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Unfortunately for these preachers, they are in a position where they have incurred upon themselves the scriptural criticisms and condemnations against “Levites”, “fat shepherds”, “false prophets”, etc,just by the act of claiming to be preachers, while at the same time they cannot use scriptures of this type to legitimize their claim of being “like Levites”, “priests”, “prophets”, “men of God” or anything else in the nature of an elevated spiritual status or authority today. Nor do these scriptures grant the right to receive tithes just because the preachers say they have it coming.In other words it like saying “I’m a Nazi”. By doing so, this person incurs upon themselves the automatic assumption of all the negative reputation and baggage that is popularly associated with being a Nazi, while at the same time generating no rights to any beneficial aspect of owning this notorious label, such as a German veteran’s pension, or a share of that “lost Nazi gold hoard”. It’s a“heads I lose, tails I lose” situation.It’s the same principle that applies to a criminal suspect – he can’t win; his claims of innocence are disregarded, while any admission of guilt is readily accepted and used against him.Any general connection that a preacher makes between himself and the priests, Levites, shepherds or prophets of the Old Covenant scriptures, is unwittingly a negative one that is like an admission of criminal guilt by association and emulation.

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I know people who can throw and catch a football. Does this make them a Green Bay Packer? Even if they put on a Packer jersey and call themselves a Packer, and even look like a Packer, they are not aPacker, and they’re not entitled to a Packer’s pay.No one is a Green Bay Packer until he has a valid contract to be a Packer, and one that specifies his pay. Likewise no one gets a Levite’s tithe without a valid contract either. As explained earlier, the Levites had an exclusive contract to receive tithes. They were specifically consecrated to God (Numbers 8:14). That contract ended, as explained in Hebrews 7, specifically 7:18 “For there is verily a dis annulling of the commandment (establishing the special Levite/priest status) going before for the weakness and unprofitable thereof.” This special position was never transferred to anyone else.

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Preachers might become a little more aware of these practical facts, if they ever got out their air-conditioned little church biosphere once in a while for a bit of work experience in the real world, as Paul has instructed in Ephesians 4:28. Perhaps some time spent at productive physical labor and less time concocting tithe fallacies would do them some good.

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Conclusion of Old Covenant argumentsThat’s about covers every point or argument that I’ve heard regarding the Old Testament scriptures on the tithe subject. I realize that there was some redundancy for you to wade through and perhaps overkill in proving my points.Pro tithers have taken a very simple and straightforward subject and made it into something diffuse and convoluted. In order to do my job effectively, I had to cover every subject and angle that the tithe-binders put forth, no matter how self-evident the fallaciousness of some of their arguments might be. If one doesn’t cover everything exhaustively, the other side tends to ignore the factual points made, and focus instead on what was omitted or glossed over and use it as a springboard for name calling as a diversion from the subject at hand. That’s what they do, that’s who they are, that’s their schtick. It is just what you can expect from them, like the rising and setting of the sun.

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In addition to all their other nonsense, tithists have a silly point in their feigned logic when they say”how can you give a man ‘double’, unless you know how much to give him in the first place” (meaning10%)?Let’s think about it: the word “double” in scripture does not have to be taken as literally 100.00%more as pro-tithers indicate, but can be meant more in a general way as “a lot”, or “significantly” more.It’s like saying someone “worked twice as hard” – Did they have a calorie-burning measurement to determine exactly 100% more effort? No, of course not, because it’s just a figure of speech. It’s like being “twice as nice”.There are lots of ways to show a person that you appreciate, respect, and honor them, the least of which could very well be money. In fact, there are those men, of a higher character, who would be embarrassed, or take offense to being offered money for that which is freely received, and instructed by Jesus to be freely given.In fact that’s your litmus test and a bit of a paradox: Any preacher who will accept tithe money is automatically proving by that act that he does not deserve it. An honest man does not deal in stolen goods, and a man of God does not accept money under false pretenses, such as accepting a tithe.

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Anybody could make up this “sorta sounds like” junk preaching. It’s easy. For example: Ezekiel 34:2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?” Notice how Ezekiel uses similar language to Phillippeans 3:19: “Whoseend is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.”Now look at that gut your preacher has hanging over his belt, and how it makes him look like Buddha, who is considered a god, just like Phillipeans 3:19 says. Therefore scripture demands thatthese preachers meet their end in destruction. “Destruction” sounds much like “stoning” in Deuteronomy… etc, etc.See how easy that was? This could be made into some kind of board game where you draw a scripture from both the Old and New Covenants, along with a card from the “desired conclusion” pile,and then you have to preach a convincing tale, no matter how senseless, about how the two scriptures have “similar language” and how together they lead to the “desired conclusion” card.What a great teaching tool; the perfect gift for homeschoolers.

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The associations between the scriptures that they try to connect are so flimsy and generic that almost any case can be made with them by someone determined to do so. And they apparently are determined. The chicanery is so transparent that you have to wonder if these preachers have any sense of shame at all. A connect-the-dots type of reasoning becomes invalid, indeed even fraudulent when they make up their own dots to create the picture that they want people to see.You expect this behavior from corporate advertisers, governments, and other adversaries of the people. You should not be seeing it used by a preacher, if he is really “on your side”.

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The pretentiousness of letters or academic credentials doled out by the wizards of religious institutions are meaningless; as are the psychologically influenced visual settings and oratory training of the mainstream corporate establishment, if they are used to propagate ideas that are not true.Truth is in a class all by itself. It transcends worldly education levels and ability without regard, and stands firm with whoever speaks or hears it.

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I’ll stop myself here, as this will all be covered in the upcoming “Men of God?” book. I’ll just say that picking a pastor/preacher is not like picking a football team captain or VFW president, or even acounty sheriff. If you grasp even the basic messages of the Bible you must surely understand the spiritual consequences of first: deciding whether or not it’s right to even support and submit to someone, and secondly: who it is that you choose as your head, if you do decide to go that route.If you pick the wrong team captain you lose the game; it means nothing. If you decide to pick a captain of your soul, or shepherd (pastor) of your heart, or submit to a preacher, you’re in for bigger problems than you can imagine if he’s not teaching you the straight scriptural scoop (and who really is?), and if the words of The Bible mean anything at all.

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So, it’s bad enough to selfishly withhold your hard-earned money from helping others. That’s a Godrobbingact by itself. It’s worse yet however, for someone in a preaching position to misdirect and deceive those who would have been willing to give generously “to God” by giving to the poor, into giving the money to them (preacher/pastor/ministry) instead of to the needy as directed in these scriptures. This deceptive preaching amounts to a multiplier effect of fraud and theft, because it’s one person influencing dozens or hundreds of others to do the wrong thing. It is in fact how one person in a trusted position like a preacher can “rob God” on an industrial scale.

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One additional thought: We don’t even know if Jacob ever kept that promise, only that he made it.Nor do we see any of his sons tithing.This last statement may be scoffed at by tithe promoters, but they scoff at everything that is an titithe. That’s just their first line of defense.Jacob said: “then shall the LORD be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.” So not only was the promise to tithe a conditional one, but so also the very acceptance of Yahweh as his God appears to be based on the same conditions (“then shall the LORD be my God”). Realistically, Jacob had shown himself to be a pretty sly and shifty character on a few occasions. Did he suddenly change his ways after God spoke to him with this great blessing? Well maybe, but we know for a fact that 20 years later he was aware of idols of the aliens in his household (Gen 35:2), and among his family. So in view of this evidence, I wouldn’t bet the farm on how devout or trustworthy he was to keep that promise to tithe. And again, even if he did, it was under the special circumstances of keeping a personal vow, and is certainly not an example to justify building a whole modern tithe doctrine around.

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Besides presenting a tithe to Melchizedek we see a few other now-obsolete pre-Mosaic practices.Abraham, Noah, Job, etc also sacrificed animals, but that’s not for us. They also did so in places other than God’s Tabernacle or Temple, as was required under Moses. If Abraham’s dissimilar tithe is considered to be a survivor of the New Covenant red actions to the Mosaic Law, then the practice of personal animal sacrifices out in the back yard could easily survive as well using the same logic.Abraham and his family were circumcised. In fact he was the first to do so, which indicates change from his previous custom. Paul indicates that physical circumcision is basically meaningless one way or the other today (Romans 2:25-29, 1 Corinthians 7:19, Galatians 5:6, 6:15, and Acts 15:4-11 clearly leaves no doubt of that fact). So the relevance of that Law has apparently changed again as well.• Abraham lived in a paradigm of multiple wives and concubines, is that for us today? I don’t know. It doesn’t look like it, but I’m not going to open that can of worms here.• In Matt 3:15 Jesus wanted to get baptized in order to “fulfill righteousness”, yet baptism was not observed by the patriarchs, and is not even mentioned in OT Law. So where did that come from?There were also laws written by Moses that apparently were ignored before the Mosaic Covenant:• Cain murdered Abel with no death penalty.• Jacob disrespected his own father Isaac by defrauding both him and his brother Esau.Dishonoring your parents is said to be a capital crime, defrauding is coveting and stealing, according to Moses.• Jacob was married to two sisters at the same time. This is clearly forbidden in Leviticus 18:18(KJV has a very poor translation of this)• Joseph’s brothers kidnapped him with the intent to sell him into slavery, another capital crime, according to Moses.• The Sabbath Law, of all things. It is introduced in Exodus 16:23-30. In Numbers 15:34 a man is locked up for working on the Sabbath. Apparently the reason he is locked up is because they didn’t know what to do with him because this was a new Law. The seventh day was sanctified in Genesis 2:2-3, but I see no mention of a Sabbath for Adam, Noah, Job, Abraham or anyone else until Exodus 16.• The food laws were changed from vegetarianism at first (Genesis 1:29), to “eat anything that moves” (Gen 9:2), to the clean and unclean foods of the Mosaic Covenant, then it appears that Paul gave the go-ahead to “eat what you have to” to get by.• Moses himself murdered the Egyptian slave master with no death penalty. Even though this was stipulated after the fact in Genesis 9:5-6.I’m not here to criticize these people, or judge what they did or didn’t do. I only want to show you that “that which was added” in the Mosaic Covenant is not as cut and dried as being just “the animal sacrifices” if the above-mentioned scriptures mean anything. There were even more changes made than what appears at first glance, if we wanted to spend the time elaborating on more examples.

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God apparently forgot to include today’s preachers in those instructions. So in order to make up for that foolish oversight, today’s black sheep regiment known as false teachers and hireling preachers, do their best to maintain an artificial ersatz tithe through a massive deception campaign; pocketing the money in the process. Ergo: God-robbers in action.

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The doctrine states that at the crucifixion of Jesus, the sacrificial system or what Paul refers to as“that which is assumed to have been added” was eliminated, but we are still supposed to follow God’s “original” laws.This is easier said than done, for more than one reason. Namely, the fact that we don’t really know what those laws are that are to be eliminated, and which to keep, and we certainly have only vague clues as to what Law existed before Moses because it was not stated. We can only surmise any Pre-Mosaic Law based on anecdotal examples. This has lead to subjective, biased, and in some cases offt he-wall interpretations of what was taking place and why, when done by those who have not the knowledge or integrity to perform such an undertaking in an honest or responsible manner.

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Something to consider about this verse is that word #2198 in “live of the gospel” is the same word used in Matt 4:4 and Luke 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”In other words that word “live” means to exist in a conscious or sentient state. Jesus was referring to  the whole man: physical bread for the body, and spiritual food for the soul.So the message of this scripture could be that “just as the worldly pagans get physical strength from the food that they eat, those who preach the Gospel should gain their spiritual strength from the Word of God, and live according to the scriptures that they are preaching.

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This idea that God’s Law may have had variations in different eras should not be a shock to you. God said “I change not, my people change”. So the knee-jerk reaction of some is to accuse me of promoting a “changing god”. Reason will tell you that if He changes the rules, that doesn’t make Him a“changing god”.Do you set rules for your family? Do you let your 6 year old drive a car? No. Do you let him drive when he’s 16 or 18 years old? Usually yes. Did you change, or did your son change by growing up? The change in rules was caused by changes in your son, not in you. You knew in advance that he’d grow up, and had the rule changes ready for when the time came. So also is the case with God and his people – things will change when God decides that we’re ready for it. Change is part of His plan. That does not make Him a “changing god”.After all, do we still sacrifice rams and bulls as the Old Covenant instructs? Conversely, were Abraham, Moses, or any of the prophets baptized into Jesus, as the New Covenant instructs? The fact son that are obvious. In fact in 1Corinthians 10:2 Paul says the Israelites were “baptized to Moses”, even though Christ was present with them at that time. Now we’re “baptized into Christ”, not Moses,so what else was changed?For example in Matt 19:8 Jesus said “Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you toput away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.”In other words: God’s Law took into account how the people progress or digress, and what they were ready to handle at that particular time. This statement alone is a strong indication that the Law was not static.Would the pro tithers try to minimize Jesus as being a dispensationalist because He pointed out a change in the Law?Jesus raised the bar on many aspects of The Law, because apparently it was determined that we could handle the higher standards.Hebrews also has numerous “change” statements. As we’ve seen, 7:12 says “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.”Obviously, a whole study could be done on how we’re not dealing with a totally constant set of rules from Adam through to the present. To deny that premise is to simply admit to the lack of desire to look into the facts of the matter.

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Assuming that they say “no”(but don’t count on it), then the follow up question becomes “Then why should we tithe anything to you? You’re not a Melchizedek priest”. Mickey Mouse-Zedekiah yes, I could agree with that, but not Melchizedek.

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Don’t forget, Paul was a teacher as well as everything else. If it’s a lesson that we should know, Paul stated it plainly (no secret meanings). Yet, we see nothing like this in 1Corinthians chapter nine, verses 13 and 14 in particular. Once again: “For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.”Pro-tithers claim this as authorization to acquire the right to receive tithes, a right which God specifically designated to the Levites only.Hebrews 7 explains a whole new Melchizedek paradigm regarding the elimination of the temple and sacrificial system, specifically and explicitly dismissing the Levites from their special status, but making no mention of their replacement other than having Jesus become the one, perfect High Priest. There is no provision in scripture for anyone to assume the tithe rights that were once held by the Levites.

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It is not too difficult to figure out that this bondage of paying 10% of your sweat and labor to platelet at a pulpit or sitting in a comfy chair qualifies as making you “food for them” as Ezekiel describes.

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If you’ve ever read a written transcript of a moving speech or sermon, or even a script for a play or movie, you’ll see how much of its “punch” is not so much in the words, but in how effectively those lines are delivered. For instance – who do you identify with, Rocky Balboa the character, or Sylvester Stallone who wrote the script for the movie? Obviously it’s the character acting of the script that moves us, even if the script itself has factual flaws or does not reflect reality. The performance always appeals to the emotions more so than the reality of the words themselves.

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Can it be expunged? I don’t know. Jesus did not state any kind of cure for the Pharisees’ sin-laden condition, and because of this I am very glad not to be in the pro-tithe preachers’ shoes right now. If economic collapse is in our future, and it coincides with this awakening of the people regarding the tithe deception, it does not sound good for the preachers.

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Most importantly though, I do not have the “gift of gab” – that level of persuasive and manipulative speaking skills that trained preachers bring into play. Those practiced skills that can talk the birds down from the trees, sell sand to the Arabs, and have the convincing capability that can make false doctrines appear real. That is how “the myth of the tithe” got started in the first place, and it’s the only thing that keeps it going.

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Here’s a little test for you to do – Go tell your preacher that you have no proof, but that you suspect that your wife has been cheating on you, and you want him to get to determine the truth of the matter. Then see if he follows the instructions of Numbers 5:13-31 for such cases. He won’t. He won’t even know how to begin that process that the Levites were required to do, let alone complete it. You might get some secular counseling out of him at best. Yet, there are the people who have the arrogance to say that “they do the same job as the Levites”.

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Even if you tithe with good intentions your spiritual reward has been defiled by the materialistic and often deceptive (or worse) spirit of the preacher whom you’ve made your head. You are co-sinner with him because you have given him spiritual authority over yourself. If not done by outright consent, then certainly by your submission in the form of a tithe. That money, even when given with the purest of intentions became “filthy lucre” the moment it passed into the hands of a materialistic deceiver. My definition of which, among other things, is anyone who accepts money identified as“tithe” after being fully informed that a modern tithe has no scriptural validity.

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“Official truth” is cheap, it is artificial, and it is everywhere. It can be anything that those in positions of control can convince people of. Real truth on the other hand, is built on facts; it is not made up of opinions or persuasive speaking techniques or the belief of the masses.Truth of this kind is achieved through a determined search and by using the gifts of reasoning and discernment that God gave us to use, just as Paul describes in First Corinthians 14:26-40 and just haste “noble minded” Beans (Acts 17:10-11) demonstrated through their scriptural investigations.

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If we had even a few true men of God like Peter or Paul available today as examples, many of our most popular modern day preachers would look like worldly, materialistic bums by comparison. As its tands, you have the common hireling preachers, and then you have the ultra-greedy, over-the-top hypocritical, reeking-of-manipulation-and-deception, super-preachers. By comparison, the plain-vanilla type of hireling preacher seems so much more down-to-earth and righteous by comparison.People then think they have a good man of God to honestly preach the Word, but by scriptural standards they still have a bum to support.

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Preachers of the same doctrinal feather like these are known to buttress each other at camps and other get-to gathers; obviously preferring to do it in public. Pro-tithe preachers are particularly prone to, and adept at this buttressing practice. This rather disgusting, unscriptural habit helps solidify the feeling of fraternal solidarity between not only pro-tithe preachers, but any preachers who hold to the same doctrines. It is by no means limited to the Catholic Church.They will reinforce a created false perception of their own righteousness by praising and commending each other within their doctrinal clique, excessively extolling each other’s virtues.

Just as Hollywood film makers do; just as law enforcement does when one of their own commits criminal acts of abuse or even murder; and just as mafia (or other) family members do. A unified front to the public is part of the propaganda operations, and networking and alliances are one of the keys to successful business.It’s almost like a secret society – they know the game, they know the psychology, the techniques and trade secrets, and you don’t.

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The stone temple has been replaced with the living temple of our bodies. We are the custodian of that temple as well as being partly responsible for all the others that make up the Body of Christ. That appears to be where your Haggai gifts, if there still is such a thing, should be going: to the breaking down of the walls of self-interest, and the helping of others; the creation of a truly unified Body consisting of the many members and their particular abilities.Aside from that, sure, you can help pay for a meeting place for Christian activities, but poverty of the preacher/recipient and their adhesion to true Christian principles will dictate whether or not your gift is an alm pleasing to God, or just another cash contribution to someone’s religious business enterprise.

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Semantics, Hair-splitting Silliness, or Deception?One tithe advocate made an issue of the fact that Genesis 14:20 uses the word “tithes”, in the plural,and he asserts that this is proof that Abraham had a lifelong habit of tithing on increase, because Hebrews 7 uses the phrase “he gave a tenth of all” indicating a single tithe, but that Genesis refers to“tithes”.This is quite an irresponsible leap of logic, to put it politely. They are both speaking of this one isolated event, not a lifelong habit of tithing on increase, and the pro-tithe hubbub about plural tithes actually helps make my point. If Abraham actually did own all this property, he would count up everything and give a tithe of it, not tithes.Abraham had recovered the property of at least two kings and his nephew Lot, so it would be reasonable to assume that they sorted out the property according to true ownership, and only then did Abraham direct the tithing of each group to Melchizedek. Whether they were presented in quick succession, or all at the same time, it would still be considered multiple tithes, just as Genesis indicates: “tithes”. This all makes perfect sense when coupled with the “tithes from all” information provided above.

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Anyone attempting to use Luke 22:36 as a means of justifying a paid preacher is merely revealing the materialistic nature of their own character, since their attempt to do so flies in the face of overwhelming if not unanimous scriptural statements to the contrary.

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In fact Proverbs 22:16 says that “He that oppresseth the poor to increase his gain, And he that give thto the rich, shall come only to want.” So there’s a double-whammy against a wealthy preacher oppressing his poorer listeners with deceptive tithe propaganda; and against anyone of those who in turn gives money to a preacher wealthier than themselves.

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Now think about this for a minute. Who owns your body, and who owns the mental and physical labor that you produce? You do, by God’s grace. Your body and your ability to produce has always been considered to be a gift from God, and an inalienable (or unalienable) right.Ecclesiastes 3:13 “And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.”This has been argued in cases fighting income tax: A man’s labor is his property, and no one can take a cut of that property unless they own the man first. Likewise with a tithe. Preachers have no scriptural right to one-tenth of your labor unless they own you first.But then you might say “God owns me, and I’m tithing to Him”.Correction: Someone once told you that you were tithing to God, but where is the proof? Scripture explains exactly how to Give to God, and how to honor God with your wealth, but with very few exceptions the options do not include tithing any preacher or church.

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So by their actions I know what kind of people they are. I do not pretend to respect them in anyway. We are to forgive our brother, but under the circumstances of the hypocrisy, deviousness, and deception that I’ve witnessed in preachers that I’ve known, I seriously doubt that they even are brothers. I see them as opportunists who acquired a following of listeners and took advantage of the trust of that following to defraud them through this tithe doctrine.I’ve been antagonistic toward them in this presentation – because Jesus, Paul, John the Baptist, and others of that time identify people like this as enemies of, or at least detrimental to the Body ofChrist.The fundamentally flawed religious environment of Christ’s time was no less established, orgenerally respected as being the correct religious “authority” or “leadership” than any church is today.If the establishment of that time was worthy of criticism, then by that example no one is above reproach, correction, or condemnation today, including anyone’s favorite preacher. Since the curse of deception and hypocrisy that plagues the Christian community seems to have never died or gone out of style, it requires a constant vigilance to identify and protect against.

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There are producers in this world who also consume, there are consumers in this world that also produce, and then there are those who take from you, giving little to nothing of true value in return, compared to what you have given them; we call these parasites.There are the unpopular, unliked parasites such as: governments, banks, and other corporate monopolies that we have no choice but to deal with. Then there are our pet parasites that we feed willingly, like: banks again, casinos, and very often lawyers. A subset of these are the more accepted pet parasites such as public schools, the medical establishment, and yes, preachers.Just as in nature where some parasites take over the host and totally control it for the benefit of the parasite, so also do many of the social parasites control the behavior of their human host.The patriotism of paying for a war, the responsibility of sending children to public school, the stigma of neglect given to parents who will not submit their children to toxic vaccinations, the wisdom of getting a home mortgage, and the law-keeping and righteousness labels attached to tithing. These are all examples of how societal parasites use false words to manipulate the minds of their hosts into willingly providing for the success of the parasite. Indeed, some folks are even driven into believing that these parasitic institutions are necessary – that we could not get along without them.

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Pro-tithe preachers are big on emphasizing the “all the tithe” part of that scripture. “ALL of the tithe”, as in every bit of it – all all all, gimme gimme gimme; and by the way, make sure you bring all of it.They suddenly gloss over the “sons of Levi” part, however, or don’t mention it at all. This is all part of the delivery technique of professional speakers that I mentioned earlier. The congregation remembers the part of the scripture that they’re programmed to remember: “All the tithe”.

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When people willingly set someone else in authority over themselves, they then become responsible for the actions of that authority, as well as for their own.1Samuel 12:13-15 “Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired!and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you. If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God: But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the lord be against you, as it was against your fathers.”Once again the KJV muddles up the meaning, so here’s a Jerusalem Bible translation of 1Samuel12:14 that is more plainly stated:“If you reverence and serve Yahweh and obey his voice and do not rebel against his order, and if both you and the king who rules over you follow Yahweh your God, all will be well.”That translation makes quite a difference. Paul stated the only true, inherent authority in1Corinthians 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.”Beyond that, anything else that an adult submits to is strictly voluntary.So we can see that if you obey the Commandments of God but the leaders that you have chosen do not, the deal is off. No blessing and potentially a punishment to you, because of what your leader has done.This principle applies to anyone that you pick as a “leader”, such as your pastor, your sheriff, and all the way up to the president and the pope. So, think about that, the next time you vote for “the lesser of two evils” or join some group in which you submit to the authority of a leader.

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James 1:27 Says that pure, undefiled religion is to visit the orphans and widows. “Visit” does not mean to just sit and chat with them over a cup of tea. It means to help them and bless them, either with your time, labor, and prayers, or with money and material. This all qualifies as what many of you may have called tithe money in the past, but now instead of going to a preacher, it’s going as it should be to making people’s lives a little easier.James puts forth the idea that helping the needy keeps you unspotted by the world. Meaning that you break the old habits of materialism and selfishness (worldly traits) by giving to those in need. It also develops a habit of paying attention, and caring for others. Do you see James indicating anywhere that “giving to the church corporation keeps you unspotted from the world”? Maybe that’s in the “Lost Books” somewhere.

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As we have come to expect, when pro tithers can not find a scripture to suit their needs, they just proceed treat the Holy Spirit like a little Charlie McCarthy ventriloquist doll, and put the words in its mouth that they want to hear.

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Today there are many individuals and church corporations who are presumptuous and conceited enough to say basically: “I have the truth, now pay attention and I’ll teach it to you”. In fact many of them insist on it.There are however, very few people (I personally know of no one) with enough true knowledge and fact to accurately make a statement like that; particularly about scriptural matters. They may have bits and pieces of truth but it is sandwiched between layers of sophistry and falsehood, with the sum total of their message amounting to the erroneous doctrine du jour of that organization. This is even more apparent if we take into consideration the integrity required to teach the hard, unpopular facts of certain issues as they present themselves.Think about it – if you have 2, or 3, or a hundred preachers disagreeing on Christian doctrine, only one of them (at most) can be right. If two preachers or two churches for that matter have two different doctrines based on the same scripture, obviously at least one of them doesn’t know what they are talking about, no matter how many followers they may have. Yet, today we have hundreds of Christian denominations, all claiming to have a complete package of truth that will somehow guide you to the Gates of Heaven.

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It demonstrates that the Apostles had an active program of feeding the poor, which is more than I can say for any tithe-taking preachers that I’ve known.

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Sure, they may make a somewhat convincing verbal presentation, with perhaps some mildly interesting peripheral information that fuels their inflated claims, but then that’s their job, their forte;they are experts at swaying the crowd. They offer nothing foundational, nothing solid, nothing that a reasonable person would accept as being definitive evidence, let alone proof.

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It’s been said that only a closed mind is certain of anything. This is very unfortunate when that mind is certain that a falsehood is true.

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If the answer to that is at least a maybe, then we now have to question every single thing that has been taught by teachers who have proven themselves to be egregiously incompetent and/or dishonest. Not just on the tithe, but numerous teachings. This tithe issue, being the kingpin of false doctrines, blatantly and provably so, is a good wake up call to start questioning and evaluating everything you hear and who you heard it from.This also applies to other official truths that come from the various fields of endeavor such as medicine, psychiatry, sociology, archaeology, law, etc. Many, many of their “facts” are actually religious beliefs which have been disproven, but yet continue to be officially true because there apparently is more money to be made from the lie than from the truth. This fact brings alive 1Timothy6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil:”

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When it comes to the tithe, you dear reader, ought to really decide – Is your King and Lawgiver Jesus,or is it your preacher? The two are not automatically congruent. In this case if your preacher agrees with this antitype/muzzle the ox hybrid idea as it relates to the tithe myth, he is completely usurping and replacing God’s Word with fishy stories totally invented by man for his own profit.Talk is cheap, according to James 2:14-17. John’s instructions really did (and do) make them put their money where their mouth is. You can see why this concept of selfless giving is part of the teaching that Jesus called “the narrow gate”.

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Again, Genesis 26:5: “Because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.” Because of its extreme generality this verse is absolutely irrelevant as proof of any specific law, let alone proof that a tithe always existed. They’ve denigrated this scripture by overuse and misapplication to the point that it has really just become a hood ornament – a pink flamingo on the lawn of the pro-tithe camp; something they can point to and say “look… we’re cool”by virtue of this fabricated association between their false doctrine and a presumed versionAbraham’s commendable personal conduct.Pro-tithers take a very broad statement of fact that Abraham kept God’s personal instructions and laws as they existed at that time; slip in the ever-present assumption that some form of the Mosaic tithe was included in the Law of that era, even though the only documented tithe Abraham ever gave was totally unlike any tithe that Moses wrote of, and there you go, like a rabbit out of a hat: “proof”that the tithe “always existed”.

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I know that I paint them with a broad brush with my criticism, but find me a church that functions under the instructions of the New Covenant writings, and then we’ll start making exceptions to the rule. I refuse to believe that there are not good, non-materialistic church groups out there somewhere in the hinterlands of the mountains, deserts or ghettos, it just happens to be the case that I have never seen one.Appendix anatomy of a DeceptionIn my research on this subject, I ran across a very good example of pro-tithe deception. I think it makes a very good stand-alone lesson that we can apply any time we listen to not only preachers, but politicians, professors, news broadcasts, etc. So allow me at this point to step away from the title subject, and to take a moment to explain how a false teacher operates.Let us walk through the standard operating procedure for sophists and deceivers:They start with a premise that they want you to believe, and therefore need to “prove” to you when it is otherwise apparent to them that the premise is false. Having found no legitimate scriptures to back up their claim, they then look for scriptures that they can in any way construe to serve as their“evidence”.So in this case they run across 1Timothy 5:17 “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine.For the scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward (or hire).”They look at this, and say “Hmmm… ‘hire’, that has possibilities, let’s see what we can do with that”.They then check their computer version of Strong’s Concordance to see what the original words were in the Greek. In this case “hire is word #3408 defined as “appear. A prim. word;pay for service (lit.or fig.) good or bad:- hire, reward, wages”.Then they say “’pay for service’… yes! I like it! That sounds like money to me.” So their goal then becomes to find enough “evidence” to make a convincing presentation that “hire” means “payment of money”.They then check all the places in scripture where #3408 is used to see whether or not those scriptures can be used as examples to back up the premise that “hire” predominantly means payment of money. They will check not only the word “hire”, but “reward” and “wages” as well,because they are translated in various scriptures as such from the same original Greek word.In this case we have #3408 translated three times as “hire”, 24 times as“reward”, and twice as “wages”. So that’s 29 times that #3408 was used in the original Greek NewCovenant scriptures.Going down the list in Strong’s, they look for scriptures that would make any sense at all if #3408was translated as “payment of money”, and then plan to use those as confirmations that Paul was talking about money for preachers in 1 Tim 5:17.Up to this point, this is all standard operating procedure for research. You look for evidence to upgrade your hypothesis to a theory, then to a probability, then even to proof positive, if you find overwhelming evidence.However, this story I am relation to you is about a different kind of standard operating procedure.You pay these preachers well, so they have all the time in the world to dig and check and cross-check until they find what they want to find, so they examine scripture by scripture, like a hog searching for truffles, and end up finding – what? How many scriptures out of the 29 that will suit our purpose? 20? 10? 5?Try one, as in the number (1). This is in Jude 11 speaking of Baalam, or two scriptures if you count James 5:4 which speaks or a material payment that may or may not be money.Much to their disappointment the pro-tithers find that #3408 is used almost exclusively in a figurative manner, not monetary, and of rewards of a non-material nature. Such as in Matt 5:12“Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward (#3408) in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”So if #3408 means “payment of money”, I would have to ask – According to this scripture, are three Walmarts in Heaven, so I can spend this “reward” (cash payment, according to pro-tithers)?Or another example is Mark 9:41 “For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name,because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.Ok, so if this reward is money, then I have to ask the pro-tithers – What is the going rate of “reward”for giving a cup of water to a thirsty disciple? $10? $20? A tenth of their income?All the other scriptures that use that Greek word #3408 would sound just as ridiculous and just plain stupid if they were translated as “payment of money”.So upon discovering that there is no basis that even they would dare use to claim that Paul is alluding to money in 1Timothy 5:17, do the pro-tithe preachers then face facts and re-examine their position? No, of course not.Not to be deterred by facts, they switch to “Plan B” which is also a standard practice. That is, they find a different word, #3409 “to hire for wages” which is a derivative of #3408 (not the same word,but close enough to suit their purpose), which is used 1 time only in the New Covenant in Matt 20:1“For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.”Having no evidence to support their premise, they will manufacture the evidence by quoting Matt20:1, which uses a different word (#3409), but through a verbal sleight-of-hand they will pretend like it’s the same word as #3408 that was used in 1Timothy 5:7. They then combine their newly-minted fake evidence with the questionable evidence that they say James 5:4 provides, and use this to“prove” (ignoring the 28 other scriptures that they sorted through, but which indicate otherwise) their false premise that Paul was talking about cash payment in 1Timothy 5:17, in order to foist this lie onto their listeners.And that is how this process works, and how it is done time after time after time; and has been done probably since Cain could speak. They find some odd exception, or they create it, and then represent it as being the norm.Folks, whenever you hear about a word “which is derived from…” pay very close attention. Very often it is a tactic used to pervert a scripture, especially if it is not accompanied by substantial supporting evidence.Scripture contains words. If it had meant to use other words from which those scriptural words were derived, it would have used those other words. If the “other words” that the preacher brings into play(via this “derived from” tactic) changes the context of the scripture, then you have a big red flag alerting you that chicanery is afoot.This is routine procedure for preachers that want to promote their personal agendas under the guise of a “Bible study”. It takes effort and thus is considered an intentional, pre-meditated deception.I hope I explained it clearly enough. If not, try going through the explanation again, step-by-step,because this crooked methodology is very important to recognize and understand.This system is very similar to legitimate research, scholarship, and the “scientific method” that I mentioned in the introduction. The big difference being that this process is abused, and is not done with the goal of finding truth or understanding, but with the intention of, by hook or by crook, finding what they want to find in scripture, and using it as a building block for deceit.Why do they use tactics like this that are so easily discovered and proven to be fraudulent? By now I think you know – it is because (in the case of the tithe doctrine) they absolutely have to. It’s all they’ve got.

Appendix B

Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation

This list is geared toward the behavior of politicians but reads like a handbook for preachers dealing with challenges to their doctrine, or to Matthew 18:15-17 situations about their personal conduct. I have witnessed nearly every one of these tactics used by preachers that I have dealt with on the tithe
issue.

1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.

Regardless of what you know, don’t discuss it — especially if you are a public figure, news anchor, etc. If
it’s not reported, it didn’t happen, and you never have to deal with the issues.

2. Become incredulous and indignant.

Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used to show the topic as
being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the ‘How dare you!’
gambit.

3. Create rumor mongers.

Avoid discussing issues by describing all charges, regardless of venue or evidence, as mere rumors and
wild accusations. Other derogatory terms mutually exclusive of truth may work as well. This method
works especially well with a silent press because the only way the public can learn of the facts are
through such ‘arguable rumors’. If you can associate the material with the Internet, use this fact to
certify it a ‘wild rumor’ with a ‘bunch of kids on the Internet’ which can have no basis in fact.

4. Use a straw man.

Find or create a seeming element of your opponent’s argument which you can easily knock down to
make yourself look good and the opponent to look bad. Either make up an issue you may safely imply
exists based on your interpretation of the opponent/opponent arguments/situation, or select the
weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Amplify their significance and destroy them in a way which
appears to debunk all the charges, real and fabricated alike, while actually avoiding discussion of the real
issues.

5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule.

This is also known as the primary ‘attack the messenger’ ploy, though other methods qualify as variants
of that approach. Associate opponents with unpopular titles such as ‘kooks’, ‘right-wing’, ‘liberal’, ‘leftwing’,
‘terrorists’, ‘conspiracy buffs’, ‘radicals’, ‘militia’, ‘racists’, ‘religious fanatics’, ‘sexual deviates’, and
so forth. This makes others shrink from support out of fear of gaining the same label, and you avoid
dealing with issues.

6. Hit and Run.

In any public forum, make a brief attack of your opponent or the opponent position and then scamper
off before an answer can be fielded, or simply ignore any answer. This works extremely well in Internet
and letters-to-the-editor environments where a steady stream of new identities can be called upon
without having to explain critical reasoning — simply make an accusation or other attacks, never
discussing issues, and never answering any subsequent response, for that would dignify the opponent’s
viewpoint.

7. Question motives.

Twist or amplify any fact which could be taken to imply that the opponent operates out of a hidden
personal agenda or other bias. This avoids discussing issues and forces the accuser on the defensive.

8. Invoke authority.

Claim for yourself or associate yourself with authority and present your argument with enough ‘jargon’
and ‘minutia’ to illustrate you are ‘one who knows’, and simply say it isn’t so without discussing issues or
demonstrating concretely why or citing sources.

9. Play Dumb.

No matter what evidence or logical argument is offered, avoid discussing issues except with denials they
have any credibility, make any sense, provide any proof, contain or make a point, have logic, or support
a conclusion. Mix well for maximum effect.

10. Associate opponent charges with old news.

A derivative of the straw man — usually, in any large-scale matter of high visibility, someone will make
charges early on which can be or were already easily dealt with – a kind of investment for the future
should the matter not be so easily contained.) Where it can be foreseen, have your own side raise a
straw man issue and have it dealt with early on as part of the initial contingency plans. Subsequent
charges, regardless of validity or new ground uncovered, can usually then be associated with the original
charge and dismissed as simply being a rehash without need to address current issues — so much the
better where the opponent is or was involved with the original source.

11. Establish and rely upon fall-back positions.

Using a minor matter or element of the facts, take the ‘high road’ and ‘confess’ with candor that some
innocent mistake, in hindsight, was made — but that opponents have seized on the opportunity to blow
it all out of proportion and imply greater criminalities which, ‘just aren’t so.’ Others can reinforce this on
your behalf, later, and even publicly ‘call for an end to the nonsense’ because you have already ‘done
the right thing.’ Done properly, this can garner sympathy and respect for ‘coming clean’ and ‘owning up’
to your mistakes without addressing more serious issues.

12. Enigmas have no solution.

Drawing upon the overall umbrella of events surrounding the crime and the multitude of players and
events, paint the entire affair as too complex to solve. This causes those otherwise following the matter
to begin to lose interest more quickly without having to address the actual issues.

13. Alice in Wonderland Logic.

Avoid discussion of the issues by reasoning backward or with an apparent deductive logic which
forbears any actual material fact.

14. Demand complete solutions.

Avoid the issues by requiring opponents to solve the crime at hand completely, a ploy which works best
with issues qualifying for rule 10.

15. Fit the facts to alternate conclusions.

This requires creative thinking unless the crime was planned with contingency conclusions in place.

16. Vanish evidence and witnesses.

If it does not exist, it is not fact, and you won’t have to address the issue.

17. Change the subject.

Usually in connection with one of the other ploys listed here, find a way to side-track the discussion with
abrasive or controversial comments in hopes of turning attention to a new, more manageable topic. This
works especially well with companions who can ‘argue’ with you over the new topic and polarize the
discussion arena in order to avoid discussing more key issues.

18. Emotionalize, Antagonize and Goad Opponents.

If you can’t do anything else, chide and taunt your opponents and draw them into emotional responses
which will tend to make them look foolish and overly motivated, and generally render their material
somewhat less coherent. Not only will you avoid discussing the issues in the first instance, but even if
their emotional response addresses the issue, you can further avoid the issues by then focusing on how
‘sensitive they are to criticism.’

19. Ignore facts presented, demand impossible proofs.

This is perhaps a variant of the ‘play dumb’ rule. Regardless of what material may be presented by an
the opponent in public forums, claim the material irrelevant and demand proof that is impossible for the
opponent to come by (it may exist, but not be at his disposal, or it may be something which is known to
be safely destroyed or withheld, such as a murder weapon.) In order to completely avoid discussing
issues, it may be required that you to categorically deny and be critical of media or books as valid
sources, deny that witnesses are acceptable, or even deny that statements made by government or
other authorities have any meaning or relevance.

20. False evidence.

Whenever possible, introduce new facts or clues designed and manufactured to conflict with opponent
presentations — as useful tools to neutralize sensitive issues or impede resolution. This works best when
the crime was designed with contingencies for the purpose, and the facts cannot be easily separated
from the fabrications.

21. Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor, or other empowered investigative body.

Subvert the (process) to your benefit and effectively neutralize all sensitive issues without open
discussion. Once convened, the evidence and testimony are required to be secret when properly
handled. For instance, if you own the prosecuting attorney, it can insure a Grand Jury hears no useful
evidence and that the evidence is sealed an unavailable to subsequent investigators. Once a favorable
verdict is achieved, the matter can be considered officially closed. Usually, this technique is applied to
find the guilty innocent, but it can also be used to obtain charges when seeking to frame a victim.

22. Manufacture a new truth.

Create your own expert(s), group(s), author(s), leader(s) or influence existing ones willing to forge new
ground via scientific, investigative, or social research or testimony which concludes favorably. In this
way, if you must actually address issues, you can do so authoritatively.

23. Create bigger distractions.

If the above does not seem to be working to distract from sensitive issues, or to prevent unwanted
media coverage of unstoppable events such as trials, create bigger news stories (or treat them as such)
to distract the multitudes.

24. Silence critics.

If the above methods do not prevail, consider removing opponents from circulation by some definitive
solution so that the need to address issues is removed entirely. This can be by their death, arrest and
detention, blackmail or destruction of their character by release of blackmail information, or merely by
destroying them financially, emotionally, or severely damaging their health.

25. Vanish.

If you are a key holder of secrets or otherwise overly illuminated and you think the heat is getting too
hot, to avoid the issues, vacate the kitchen.

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