December 4, 2017 – Refuting Anti Tithes And Offering Teachings: Answers To Common Questions About Tithing
By Mebinone Kehinde
Indeed tithes & offering was instituted in the old testament but the comment of Christ shows that paying tithes & offering is not forbidden.
Here are some frequently asked questions on Tithes and Offering
- What Did The Levites Do With The Tithe
- Did The Priests Tithe
- Is Tithing Unbiblical
- Did The Disciples Tithe
- Is Tithing Mandatory In The New Testament
- Did Jesus Pay Tax
- Bible Verse About Tithing In The New Testament
- Is Tithing A Law Or Commandment
- Where Is Tithing Mentioned In The Bible
- Why Should We Christians Tithe
This interesting teaching by Mebinone Kehinde should address the above questions
1) Does Christ approved payment of tithes & offering?
Open along with me to( Matthew 23:23:Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone).
Here Christ rebuked the pharisees for placing tithes & offering above the weightier matters of the law(judgement,mercy& faith) which can be liking to placing tithes & offering above our Salvation. It can be inferred here that when a believer had received the grace of God to live a righteous life (saved), he/ she must not do away with paying tithes & offering( … and not to leave the other “tithes & offering” undone ie unpaid Matthew 23:23).
In summary, ensure you are first saved (the weightier teaching of Christ (John3:3) then don’t forget to pay your tithes&offering.
At the same time,the Lord Jesus commended the woman that offered all that she had unto God despite her poverty(Luke 21:1-4). She should had been rebuked rather, if Christ didn’t approve payment of tithes & offering. Being poor is not an excuse for not paying tithes &offering.
2) Are We Allowed To Pay Tithes When We Are Not Israelites Or Collect Tithes When We Are Not Levites?
Are we worthy to pay tithes & offering when we are not an Israelites and collect when we are not a Levite?. The answer is YES.
We must understand that been Gentiles before now, we are all an adopted Israelites unto God. And through our faith in Christ we become an Israelite unto God as well, an adopted sons and daughters of Abraham(Galatians 3:7,8 &26).
So why are some preachers saying, “since we are not an Israelite we are not expected to pay tithes and offering” & collect since we are not Levites.
3) Where do I pay my tithes & offering?.
From the beginning tithes&offering were been collected at the temple majorly for the Levite (consecrated full-time priest of God) to feed on.
Coming to the book of Malachi (Malachi 3:10…). God demanded for tithes to be brought to his house( Church) that their may be meat(Food, resources,money…) in his house.
This remains the practice in Jesus days(Matthew 12:41-44). And in the apostles days(1 Corinthians 16:1-
Your tithes is just 10% out of 100%, you can however still help the poor with the remaining 90% with u but your tithes and any offering you are offering unto God must be paid directly to the church. All genuine Christians need not to be taught to help the poor, helping the poor should be a routine.
4) Do I Get Rewarded When I Pay My Tithe & Offering
Finally, as regards blessing that follows tithes & offering, the payment is our responsibility unto God. Not a job via which we earn, ” just as no Pastor pay us for the time we spent in the church ” but on the long run God in his power and wisdom will make a way for our prosperity here and in eternity(Malach3:10-11).
Tithes & offering is for the running of church activities, sponsor missionaries, for making necessary payment in the church also for helping the poor in a collective mode.
If anyone is embezzling it, he should be preparing for God’s wrath. But as a believer you are oblique to pay . You would have had right not to pay if it is a human or church based ordinance. Since it is of God no one is exempted.
And my question is; what will a genuine believer be doing in the church of a fake fraudulent pastors/prophet. The person must examine his/her own life. Thanks.
[Article By Mebinone Kehinde.]