My Personal Testimony Concerning Tithing

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By Brother Eric Nelson

Tithing money started in 4th century A.D. back when there were state sponsored apostate churches that had thousands of members. Leadership intentionally took the book of Malachi and perverted it's meaning in order to psychologically bully membership into giving them residual income. This false doctrine of tithing money eventually crept into the church. This is a spiritual burden placed on us by the adversary. When people stop tithing marvelous blessings happen including physical healing! Under the auspices of the New Testament we are no more required to pay tithes than we are to make animal sacrifices. If we would allow the true Spirit of giving to prevail instead of a legalistic form of spiritual bondage many greedy preachers who intentionally mislead the flock would bring in more money in the long run. People should be able to give whatsoever they desire with NO CONDEMNATION or stigma attached to their giving regardless of how much or how little they choose to give.

 

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Giving under the auspices of the New Testament should not be focused primarily on money. Offering time should be very festive! People should be able to give: cars, boats, houses, land, gold, silver, refrigerators, stocks, bonds, a box of napkins, a box of toilet paper, free water for a year, coupons, stock options, apartments, gas vouchers, savings bonds, free magazine subscriptions, money, expertise on home repair & improvement, expertise on auto repair, physical healing in Jesus name, a gift of prophecy, a supernatural gift of wisdom, clothes, lawn mowers, air conditioners, heaters, washing machines, dryers, TV's, computers, printers, stereos, financial advice, mentoring with homework, visiting the sick and shut in nursing homes, organic cakes pies cookies & pizzas auctioned off for pennies on the dollar, toys, diamonds, rubies, video games, board games, cameras, antiques, dish washers, stoves, phones, sofas, tables, rent & mortgage payments, etc. No church truly called of God will go under whether people choose to give or not. No one can stop the power of God!

Since the mid 80's statistics have consistently indicated that many churches that stop the satanic practice of tithing money and focus primarily on New Testament giving TRIPLE their financial intake.

NOWHERE in the Bible did God ever command anyone to tithe money. The Children of Israel did exactly what God commanded them to do in Leviticus & Deuteronomy and they proceeded to tithe FOOD ITEMS not money. The book of Malachi has absolutely nothing to do with tithing money it's about FOOD ITEMS that were not whole being offered on God's holy altar.

In Matthew Mark Luke & John Jesus made mention of the Pharisees tithing FOOD ITEMS of mint, rue, dill & cumin----and the only time Jesus referred to tithing was in rebuke of the Pharisees. After the New Testament covenant was established there is NO mention of tithing in the New Testament. That's because tithing and animal sacrifices went hand in hand.

Again, we are no more required to tithe under the New Testament than we are to make animal sacrifices. I would be totally amiss to not include some scripture references in this discussion. The lie that I started believing when I was a teenager was that in Bible times they did not have money like we do today but rather they used livestock and produce as their monetary system. This is where many so-called preachers deceive the masses; they use buzz words such as INCREASE in order to cause listeners to take gigantic mental leaps and tie Biblical tithing into giving money. Not only did they use money in Bible times, they had very advanced monetary systems that were backed by gold and silver. Some of the forms of money they used in Bible times are as follows: TALENTS, MINA, SHEKEL, PIM, BEKA, GERAH, COR, HOMER, LETHECK, EPHAH, SEAH, OMER, CAB, BATH, HIN, LOG, ARGURION, TETRADRACHMA, DRACHMA, DENARII, ASSARIUS, DILEPTON, LEPTON, QUADRANS, DARIC, KECEPH, QESITAH, CHALKOS, DIDRACHMAN, GOLD, SILVER, AGHORAH......just to name a few.

 

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Some of the scripture references that relate to money in the bible are as follows: 1Chronicles 21:25; Genesis 23:14-17; Genesis 33:19; Ezra 2:69; Mark 6:8; Mark 12:41; Acts 4:36-37; Exodus 30:11-16; Nehemiah 10:38; Ezekiel 45:12; Matthew 25:27 (Jesus refers to money in banks drawing interest) Matthew 10:9; Matthew 18:24-28; Matthew 20:2; Matthew 21:12; 2Corinthians 9:7; Genesis 37:28; Genesis 20:16; Genesis 23:12-18; 1Chronicles 29: 3-5; Leviticus 5:14-15; 1Kings 10:14; 1Kings 26-28; 2Kings 18:14-16; Job 42:11-12; Genesis 33:19; 1Samuel 2:36; Joshua 7:21; Genesis 13:1-2; Joshua 12:9; Matthew 26:14-16; Matthew 17: 24-27; Matthew 20:9-10; Zechariah 11:12-13, etc. THERE ARE MANY MANY MORE! So the question still remains: IF GOD WANTED THEM TO TITHE MONEY WHY DID HE NOT COMMAND THEM TO DO SO??????

I felt led to quit tithing eight years ago and the very moment I made the decision to never tithe again something unexpected, shocking and supernatural happened to me. I literally felt a spiritual weight I didn't even know I had leave my body. It caught me so off guard it frightened me. Satan is the author of confusion and there are many who would be healed of bad backs and other ailments within a weeks time if they released this horrible burden. Tithing money is not Biblical at all; satan is still up to his old tricks just like he was in the Garden of Eden----still playing kid games with the Word of God.

Some preachers who teach this false doctrine (designed to do nothing but keep God's people in bondage) are honest at heart---yet they still teach this false doctrine out of sheer tradition. On the other hand, most of the televangelists are not deceived at all; they know exactly what the Word of God really says concerning tithing, yet they still intentionally mislead the masses.

Let's now take a quick sanctified look at the book of Revelation in order to highlight how deep the overall deception is as it relates to the word of God in general.

I discovered that there are supernatural blessings attached to the book of Revelation and satan is aware of this fact----therefore he throws in as much confusion as he possibly can. Most people (including myself) are unwitting victims of religious traditions and false doctrines. Yet if those of us who have been filled with the Holy Ghost would get rid of some of these false doctrines we would find that we would start to run right into the power of the Holy Ghost the way they had it in the Bible.

Sometimes challenging religious traditions of men is like trying to walk uphill on ice. These false traditions are so engrained that the truth sounds foreign and sinful to many. For instance, most people aren't aware that the letters to the 7 churches in Revelation have absolutely nothing to do with us----the modern day Body of Christ. Those letters are written to Jewish churches aka. Jewish synagogues after the Body of Christ has been raptured out of this world.

OR the parable about the 10 virgins has NOTHING to do with the Church aka. Body of Christ. I've since learned that the Bible is more than just a bunch of stories we learned in Sunday School way back when, but rather; it really is God's gift to humanity and He really does have supernatural blessings contained therein, but we have to get rid of some of the satanic misunderstandings placed in our way designed to keep us from discovering and enjoying the richness of these marvelous blessings! Tithing money is one such misunderstanding. It's very binding, legalistic and there are even so-called curses and stigmas attached to it if you don't pay that money every time you receive a financial increase. It's like a spiritual mafia!----yet by the same token we are supposed to be in the age of Grace where we have been delivered from ALL curses. Go figure!

 

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2 Corinthians 3:7-11
English Standard Version (ESV)

7 Now if the MINISTRY OF DEATH, CARVED IN LETTERS OF STONE, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? 9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.

Galatians 5:1-4
English Standard Version (ESV)

Christ Has Set Us Free
5 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
2 Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. 3 I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. 4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified[a]by the law; you have fallen away from grace.

Romans 7:6 {"But now we are DELIVERED FROM THE LAW, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter."}

Romans 3:28 states: {"Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith WITHOUT THE DEEDS OF THE LAW."}

Ephesians 2:14: {“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; HAVING ABOLISHED IN HIS FLESH the enmity, EVEN THE LAW OF COMMANDMENTS CONTAINED IN ORDINANCES; for to make himself of twain one new man, so making peace.”}

1 Corinthians 15: 55-56: {"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and THE STRENGTH OF SIN IS THE LAW".}

Colossians 2: 14-15: {“having wiped out the HANDWRITING OF REQUIREMENTS that was against us, which was contrary to us. And HE HAS TAKEN IT OUT OF THE WAY, having nailed it to the cross.”}

Acts 15:24: {“Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, AND KEEP THE LAW: to whom WE GAVE NO SUCH COMMANDMENT.}

Hebrews 7:18-19
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

18 For there is verily an ANNULLING OF THE FORMER COMMANDMENT because of the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
19 For THE LAW MADE NOTHING PERFECT, but the bringing in of a better hope did, by which we draw nigh unto God.

Hebrews 8:7
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

Galatians 3:13

13 Christ sredeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, t“Cursed is everyone who is hanged uon a tree”—

Galatians 3:24-25 states: {“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”}

Galatians 2:21 {“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” {Also, other passages of scripture to consider are Acts 15: 6-29 & Leviticus 27:30}

Hebrews 8:13
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

13 In that He saith “a new covenant,” He hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Hebrews 9:9-10
Contemporary English Version (CEV)

9 This also has a meaning for today. It shows that we cannot make our consciences clear by offering gifts and sacrifices.10 These rules are merely about such things as eating and drinking and ceremonies for washing ourselves. And rules about physical things will last only until the time comes to change them for something better.

Hebrews 10:8
Contemporary English Version (CEV)

8 The Law teaches that offerings and sacrifices must be made because of sin. But why did Christ mention these things and say that God did not want them?

Hebrews 7:11-12
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

11 If therefore perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, THERE IS MADE OF NECESSITY A CHANGE ALSO OF THE LAW.

According to Galatians 3:10 & James 2:10; a person must keep ALL of the Old Testament covenant mandates or they are guilty of offending the entire law.

Tithing is just as much a part of the Old Testament covenant as was not eating pork, or sacrificing animals on hot flaming altars when one had sinned, or not cooking or even leaving one’s home on the Sabbath day----even to the point of being put to death [Exodus 31:12-17; Exodus 35:1-3; Exodus 16:23-30;Exodus 20:8-11; Numbers 15:32-36], etc etc.. Since tithing was part of the Mosaic Law we are no more obligated to pay tithes than we are to sacrifice lambs, sheep, goats, oxen, pigeons, bulls, doves, etc… on hot flaming altars.

(James 2:10---“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”)

(Galatians 3:10----“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.”).

Lastly, these are Apostle Peter’s very own words concerning how he felt about keeping the law after he received the Holy Ghost.

Acts 15:7-11
New International Version (NIV)

7 After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. 8 God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. 9 He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. 10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”

Galatians 5:1-4
English Standard Version (ESV)

Christ Has Set Us Free
5 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
2 Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. 3 I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. 4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified[a]by the law; you have fallen away from grace.

Acts 15:7-11
New International Version (NIV)

7 After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. 8 God, who knows the heart,showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them,just as he did to us. 9 He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. 10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yokethat neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”

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The following was my personal response to a bishop a few years ago concerning the topic of tithing money. Some members of his congregation had gotten very upset over an article I had written concerning tithing so they informed their bishop who was supposed to come straighten me out. Instead, all I ended up getting was an invitation to speak at a church in South Bend Indiana. LOL! 

Bishop I appreciate your poignant comments and they are all points well taken! I agree with you as far as Deuteronomy 14:23 is concerned concerning the purpose of tithing, but we would be amiss to not also include the other reasons God commanded Israel to tithe.

Deuteronomy 10: 8-9 let’s us know that tithing was a way to support the tribe of Levi.

Deuteronomy 14:29 let’s us know that tithing was a way to support the fatherless, widows, and strangers in the land so that everyone had an overabundance of food to eat.

(Deuteronomy 14:28-29---“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: And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.”).

Hebrews 10:1-13 let’s us know that tithing was a way Israel cleansed itself from sin through burnt offerings. 

Galatians 3:24-25 states: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”

Galatians 2:21: "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” {Also, other passages of scripture to consider are Acts 15: 6-29 & Leviticus 27:30}

According to Galatians 3:10 & James 2:10; a person must keep ALL of the Old Testament covenant mandates or they are guilty of offending the entire law.

Tithing is just as much a part of the Old Testament covenant as was not eating pork, or sacrificing animals on hot flaming altars when one had sinned, or not cooking or even leaving one’s home on the Sabbath day----even to the point of being put to death [Exodus 31:12-17; Exodus 35:1-3; Exodus 16:23-30;Exodus 20:8-11; Numbers 15:32-36], etc etc.

Since tithing was part of the Mosaic Law we are no more obligated to pay tithes than we are to sacrifice lambs, sheep, goats, oxen, pigeons, bulls, doves, etc… on hot flaming altars.

(James 2:10: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”)

(Galatians 3:10----“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.”).

So when Jesus made the particular comments you referenced in Matthew 23:23 it’s because they were still under the Old Testament covenant at that time----simply because Jesus had not yet died for our sins. After His death burial and resurrection He established the New Testament covenant. The only incident in the Bible where Jesus mentioned tithing was in rebuke of the Pharisees, and He never mentioned one word about tithing money He only mentioned tithing FOOD ITEMS of mint, rue, dill & cumin (Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42).

Bishop, as you are well aware, there is a difference between the New Testament covenant & the New Testament (with no covenant attached). Both were established by the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and neither the New Testament covenant nor the New Testament teach tithing money and/or food items in any form or fashion. The New Testament actually replaced the Mosaic Law----if it had not replaced the Mosaic Law there would be no need to call it the New Testament in the first place. It’s also worthy to note that the Old Testament covenant was NOT established by the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Therefore, when we refer back to the Old Testament covenant we are referring back to the blood of bulls and goats as opposed to the shed Blood of Yeshua Jesus---because when a person offends in one point of the Old covenant they are guilty of offending in all points of the Mosaic Law. In the Old Testament tithes were meant to be eaten a.k.a.: internalized----simply because they represented a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ who would one day internalize our human spirits with His supernatural risen Spirit. 

Today, tithe preachers teach & preach that tithing 10% of one’s money every time one receives a financial increase will make them financially wealthy---and these preachers dare use the story of Abraham as their pretext for teaching such a blasphemous fallacy.

According to Genesis 13:2 Abraham was already extraordinarily wealthy before he paid tithes to King/Priest Melchizedek (Genesis 13:2: “And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.”). Abram paying tithes to Melchizedek had no connection whatsoever to his personal wealth, nor would he have been cursed with a curse had he chosen not to pay tithes. Today, tithe preachers love to teach that if a person doesn’t pay a monetary tithe every time they receive a financial increase they will be cursed with a curse. You referenced Genesis 14:20 but as we read the next three verses it says:

{Genesis 14:21-23: “And the King of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. And Abram said to the King of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take anything that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:”}.

So clearly Abram did not consider the spoils of war to be his own personal property. In other words, Abram did indeed pay tithes to Mechizedek but he did not tithe out of his own personal wealth. He tithed the wealth of his nephew Lot and that of the city of Sodom. King Chedorlamer (the name of a demonic prince) invaded Sodom & Gomorrah and took all, or most of, their wealth; they also took Abram’s nephew Lot as a slave along with all of Lot’s wealth (Genesis 14:9-12).

We know that Abram was extraordinarily wealthy because in a moments notice he was able to garner not just a small army but an army of specially trained soldiers (Genesis 14:14). Please take special note that Abram left his encampment which entailed all of his personal wealth----and quickly went in hot pursuit after the army of King Chedorlamer; it would have been impossible for Abram to gather all of his personal wealth along with hundreds of men, women and children, and go after the army of King Chedorlamer within a moments notice. God gave Abram an extraordinary victory with only 318 men and Abram received the spoils of war as a result----which is what he paid tithes to King Melchizedek out of. He clearly did not consider the spoils of war to be his own personal property. Abram’s tithe was a voluntary act of gratitude for his successful win in the battle.

In the Bible there is a distinction between a social custom/practice and a spiritual universal law. When Abram paid a tithe to Melchizedek it was a voluntary social custom/practice. So if you are trying to justify tithing because Abram paid ONE TITHE to Melchizedek, you forgot to mention that Abram only paid tithes ONE TIME-----not every time he received an increase----and Abram was already extraordinarily rich when he tithed ONE TIME----and Abram did not tithe out of his own personal wealth. He tithed the spoils of war which included the wealth of his nephew Lot and the cities of Sodom & Gomorrah. All of this is a far cry from what tithe preachers teach and preach today. You also stated that Abram made a covenant with God in Genesis 14:23? I think you may have been referring to Genesis 15:18----and prior to God making a covenant with Abraham God gave Abram many promises leading up to the actual covenant.

Bishop, with all due respect, your comments concerning tithing not being a money issue but rather a covenant issue don't make any sense. The whole purpose of being in a covenant in the first place is to obey the mandates of the covenant giver. For example, we know that it was against the law for widows to pay tithes in ancient Israel because God commanded widows to receive tithes not pay them. It's just like the irs saying that a person must pay a certain percentage of money. The irs will then not turn around and except food items by way of canned goods and groceries; they will only accept money. Since there is not one single solitary scripture in the Word of God where God commanded anyone to tithe money then there is no such covenant that can be made with God Almighty in that capacity. We are currently in the Age of Grace a.k.a. The Body of Christ a.ka.: the New Testament. Jesus is our Testator; He has already paid the price; therefore, there is no such thing as being in covenant with God Almighty by way of tithing money and/or food items.

Bishop in your comments you also made reference to Isaac and Jacob making a covenant with God? Again, this has absolutely nothing to do with the modern day Body of Christ. The death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ did not establish the Old Testament covenant as it did all aspects of the New Testament. In Genesis 28:20-22 it says----"And Jacob vowed a vow saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and rainment to put on, So that I come again to my father's house in peace; 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."

Jacob's tithe was voluntary and conditional NOT a commandment from God. Jacob promised to give God a tithe only if God blessed him. In other words, Jacob wanted blessings from God first before he gave any sort of tithe whatsoever. This is a far cry from what modern day tithe preachers love to teach & preach. If tithing had been a prerequisite Jacob would not have approached God in such a manner. He would have simply said: "I will give God a tenth whether He blesses me or not." Instead Jacob made a conditional vow to pay tithes ONLY if God blessed him. I have never heard a tithe preacher preach such a doctrine.

 

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