A Summary of Why I
Will Not, As a Christian Pastor, Accept Tithe.
(TO BE STUDIED WITH: AN ďABRIDGED BIBLICAL HISTORY OF
STEWARDSHIP: ABRAHAM TO CHRISTíS SECOND COMINGĒ)
- Christ died ďonce for all.Ē The NEED for the Ceremonial
system of animal sacrifices, the human priesthood, and tithing
were made void by Christís death on the cross; we live in the
historic period after the Cross.
a. To continue any of the practices identified above, would deny
the adequacy of Christís death, Christís sacrifice for the sins
b. To deny Christís sacrifice, equals eternal death. Acts 4:12.
- Even if I should choose to deny the adequacy of Christís
death by practicing any element of the earthly sacrificial
system, as a matter of consistency, I would need to follow all
of the Ceremonial Law, Lev. 27: 28-33.
a. Only Levites could accept tithes. Paul was not a Levite; he
could not legally accept tithes. Is your pastor, who accepts
tithes, a Levite?
b. Only farmers were commanded to tithe (miners, fishermen,
lumbermen, and day-laborers were not mentioned.)
c. Tithe was to be accepted on crops and herds.
d. Farmers with fewer than ten animals did not tithe (only the
tenth was tithed.)
e. Every third and sixth year of the sabbatical cycle, a part of
the tithe went to the homeless, the widows, and orphans (Deut
14: 22-29.) Some churches that require tithing, teach that tithe
is not to be used for charity.
f. Israelites were discouraged from paying tithe in money
instead of produce. To pay tithe in money, the farmer had to add
20% (Lev. 27:31.) Today, churches that require tithing, want
money, not produce, and no premium is required for paying tithe
g. Priests were mediators; Christ, not pastors, is our Mediator,
- After the Cross, Christís teachings of caring for the needy
and spreading the good news, is to be supported by free-will
gifts, Acts 18: 1-3; 2 Thess. 3:6-13; Matt. 25: 34-36. One need
not contribute less using free-will giving!
CONCLUSION: Therefore, I will not deny Christís sacrifice
and accept tithe, a requirement of the Ceremonial Law, that was
eradicated by Christís death.
CHALLENGE: What will you do with Biblical truth? You may
ignore it; you may consciously disobey it; or you may follow it.
A PRAYER: May the Holy Spirit guide you in deciding for
truth.1 Sam. 15:22.
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