Does Tithing Differ from
The reader should understand the difference
between tithing and donating. Under the Law of Moses tithing was mandatory. Churches
use the Law of Moses to justify their request for tithes. On the other hand, a donation is
a free will gift. An individual feels no condemnation in donating whatever he wants to
give from his heart. It must be understood by the readers and truth seekers that soul salvation
is not predicated on giving one dime to anybody.
Tithing is mandatory in most churches of Christendom and taught in a way that causes
condemnation if the parishioner doesn't or cannot give. In fact, for members of the
so-called church to be in good standing, they must tithe or be removed from the church
rolls. Ministers play various members against each other by boasting on those that are
able to give large tithes. The ministers and the congregation look upon these
members in high esteem for their tithe. Those unable to give large donations may be
shunned by the pastor and other good standing members. Religious leaders use this form of
mind control, psychology, and peer pressure on church-goers to manipulate both the giver
and the size of the tithe. The manipulation that religious leaders use to get large tithes
places an extra dose of condemnation on the congregation.
|Is The Messiah the True
Lord) spoke through Malachi and said: "Bring ye all the tithes into the
storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith Yahweh
(the Lord) of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out
blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" (Malachi 3:10).
The reader must know and realize the true spiritual temple and storehouse (1
Cor. 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2;20-22; 1 Pet. 2:5) under the New Covenant is
Yahshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) revealed within us. Yahshua (Jesus) has the power to
open our hearts and minds, that is remove the scales or veil (our carnal opinions and
theories about Elohim, God) from the mind's eye (2 Cor. 3:13-16). The removal of
this veil from our mind's eye is the window of heaven opening in us,
whereby the Messiah's words that are Spirit and Life are received and understood within us
(Jn. 6:63; 3:13). The blessing he is bestowing on us is Eternal Life (Jn
17:1-3; 1 Jn. 5:20).
If Sacrifices are Not Valid,
What Need is There for the Levitical Priesthood?
|All Christendom would concur that the priest's
sole purpose was to offer up sacrifices for the sins of Israel. And since under the New
Covenant (Jer. 31:31-34; Heb. 10:1-22) Israel is spiritual (Rom. 2:28-29)
and the offering of physical sacrifices has been abolished, what need, then, is there for
the Levitical Priesthood? It must also be abolished. It follows that since the priesthood
has ended, tithing to them likewise has ended. Because both the Levitical priests and
sacrifices have been abolished, to whom should physical tithes be given under the New
Covenant? Anyone collecting tithes under grace is a fraud and a robber; receiving
money for services not rendered.
Are today's ministers and
priests greater than Paul?
|Ministers of Mystery Babylon have their
congregation mortgaging their homes to build churches. Those that perpetrate such
deception will receive the wrath of Yahweh for violating the New Covenant.
Paul said let a man examine himself and see whether he is in the faith (1 Cor. 11:28;
2 Cor. 13:5). Prove all things and hold fast to those that are true (1 Thess.
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|BY DR. LEE E. WARREN, B.A., D.D.