X0608...........Selective Tithe teaching



The tithe-teacher says...


1. The Bible tells us to "tithe of your increase". This means that you must give 1/10th of your income to the church. Your "increase" is your income.

Does the Bible say to "tithe of your increase"?

De 14:22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
De 14:28 At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates:
2Ch 31:5 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.


Yes it does--IF we read the Bible selectively!

This is taught to Israel, in the old covenant. But if we could only read the next few words of the Bible, we would find that God is telling Israel to give 1/10th of the increase of the herds. As well as 1/10th of the increase of certain crops. The bible tells Israel to give a tithe of the increase of certain herd animals and crops. The "increase" means the newborn animals (not 1/10th of the entire herd--the herds would be depleted in a short time if this were the case). The "increase" of the crops named means 1/10th of the harvest.

To "tithe of your increase" does not mean money, and it certainly is not in the new covenant. No one in the new covenant paid or received a "tithe".


Lets' see.....



The tithe-teacher says...

2. The Bible says to bring the tithe into the storehouse. The Bible tells us to bring the tithe into the church building--the sanctuary.

10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (Malachi 3:10)

Why did God ask Israel, in the old covenant, to bring 1/10th of certain herd animals and crops, and bring them tot he temple in Jerusalem?



The tithe-teacher says...

3. The tithe was used to build the house of God and to support the ministry of the priests who worked in that temple.

Does the Bible say the tithe was used to build the temple and support the Levitical priests.

Yes it does--IF we read the Bible selectively!

There is a very very big purpose that the tithe had, which tithe teachers selectively omit. The reason the animals and grain were brought into the temple, were as an offering for sin.
Israel, quite obviously, did not have the blood of Jesus Christ! We as Christians know that this is our sin offering. Yet, most Christians are told to make "offerings" to their church. The typology "fits" the chosen structure of the church as tradition has handed it to us--a large building (temple--house of God--sanctuary)--a priest/pastor (the "anointed, appointed--delegated--authority" who has the right to do the ministry in the temple).

What we seem oblivious to is that the purpose of tithe was that it was a sin offering, in the time before Christ went to the cross and made the final, "better" sin offering.

We seem oblivious to the fact that the new covenant clearly tells us not to make sin offerings...

Heb 10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

and that the priesthood is changed....

Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

the new covenant church imitated Jesus.

It met in small groups--all could minister.

The "house of God" was the Christian home--since Jesus had said that "wherever 2 or 3 are gathered..."

"Ministry" was not authority over others within the church...

42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (mark 10:42-45)

The purpose the new covenant church had was to spread the Gospel. They did it through a network. Christ was in authority, not man.

But we can make the Bible say what we want it to say--if we read selectively.