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Full text of "The Tithe That Binds"

Rom O Moore 



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©2006 Rory O Moore. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted 
to copy and quote portions of this book providing the context is 
accompanied with the copyright notice and contact details. 

ISBN: 0-9759941-5-8 

Bible verses quoted are from the King James text and/or the Numeric 
English New Testament Translation by Dr. Ivan Panin 

All references to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible by 
James Strong, is taken from the 1980 Edition by Abington Press 



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/ dedicate this book to the Lord God and our Saviour 
Jesus Christ Who never fails to show me the way when I 
spend the time and effort to he taught of God according 
to the Scripture. 



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• where is tithing found in the New Testament? 

• Must the New Testament Church keep the Law of Moses? 

• Is the local church now the storehouse? 

• Why do churches need so much money? 

• Where did the New Testament believers send their gifts? 

• Is the New Testament ministry to livefom tithes? 

x. hese questions and more find their answers in Scripture 
and the answers may surprise you. If you read this book carefully and 
without prejudice, you will find many thoughtful and challenging 
questions and points worth considering. This is not written as a criti- 
cism of the Church, God knows we are all fallible, but began as a per- 
sonal study regarding the ten percent tithe and the Church. 

Under inspiration, my wife and I recognized the hand 
of God as we began to write. At key times, God spoke a Scripture 
reference for me to look up in the Bible, and then would open 
my understanding of how it did, or did not, fit the Church. As 
God continued to add to our understanding, and the anointing of 
1 John 2:27 taught us, line upon line unfolded from Scripture until 
the point came where we realized this is an important message to the 
Church. 

As young Christians, then leaders, elders, and supportive 
pillars in the Church body, we have dutifully practiced tithing and 
giving. Our Christian odyssey took us through four churches, and 
under ten different pastoral ministries. It was a casual remark from 
a former pastor's wife in regard to tithing becoming "a chore" that 
initiated our searching out the matter for ourselves from the Bible, 
and the results were, frankly, startling. 

It is said the Bible speaks more to our financial stewardship 
than many other subjects. If that statement is true, then this is an 
important work. We hope you do not take our word or conclusions 
for yourself, but that you, too, will prayerfully search the Scriptures 
and let God establish what is truth in your heart. We are to obey God 

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rather then man and God is no respecter of persons. If man is wrong 
and God reveals the error, we are to repent and walk in greater light. 
The fact that God sends revelation to the body of Christ and calls 
some to separate from their traditions is a well-established pattern 
in the historical life of the Body of Christ. Pointing out error in a 
church's teaching or doctrine is not sowing discord; Paul the apostle 
publicly corrected or exposed error at least ten times in Scripture, 
even naming names. Peace at any price is a formula for disaster, and 
error brings discord. Historically, the establishment church has al- 
ways resisted fresh revelation, whether from the prophets, Jesus, Lu- 
ther, or the early Pentecostals, and now this. Jesus Himself came and 
called out a remnant from the apostate church of Israel with its frag- 
mented sectarianism and leaven. 

This book is dedicated to those who want to hear and follow 
the voice of the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ. 

We wish to thank those who offered suggestions: my wife 
Linda, Bob Aicardi, and our publisher April Fields. 

We are also thankful to those who expressed disagreement. 
The objections and arguments you gave always motivated us to pray 
and study the contrary view. In the end, these arguments helped to 
more firmly establish from Scripture the conclusions of this book. 

To our friends in the ministry, pastors, evangelists, and lay 
leaders, we have no personal axe to grind, we have no ill-will or grudge 
toward anyone, nor are we singling out any church or ministry in 
particular. This work is precept-driven in principle and the church 
world in scope. We pray you God's blessing and the knowledge of His 
will. 

To our former pastor and his wife, Doug and Susan Young, 
we thank you for your prayers and graciousness. May you understand 
the joy and fulfillment we have found in Christ. 'The Lord is my 
shepherd, I shall not wantl' 



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Some Biblical History 

The custom of tithing was es- 
tabhshed and practiced in the Old Testa- 
ment and is not arguable. It was a direct, 
expressed command found within the laws 
and ordinances of God. Even before the 
Law that was given to Moses, the great Pa- 
triarch Abraham tithed to Melchizedek. 
His grandson Jacob also pledged a tithe. In 
the Law of God, (the Torah, the first five 
books of the Bible), the tithe and other 
commands, laws, and ordinances were cod- 
ified in the body of God's Law, which gov- 
erned ancient Israel and was given to them 
directly from Jehovah God. The word tithe 
means tenth, which is ten percent. 



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1. Before the Law, Abraham the Patriarch of Israel and the Church 8 

2. Let's Talk Malachi 14 

3. The Storehouse or the Institution in the New Testament ? 22 

4. When Church Giving Is Not Giving To The Church 30 

5. Where Was That Verse Again? 42 

6. Holes In Our Bag Or In Our Theology? 54 

7. So You Think You are a TRUE and HONEST TITHER? 62 

8. It Really Is More Blessed To Give 66 

9. Paul Assumed Tithing For Us? 72 

10. True Authority. 86 

11. Blessings and Curses 90 

12. A Better Covenant 96 

13. Messages In Dreams From The Lord 102 

About The Author. 105 

Illustration Credits 106 



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Before the Law, 
Abraham the Patriarch of Israel and the Church 



i he connecting thread of the Ufe of Abraham winds 
through Genesis, the Gospels, Galatians, Hebrews, and many 
other books in the Bible. He is presented as a role model to 
those who live a Godly life by faith. 

The first direct reference of a tithe is the Genesis ex- 
ample of Abraham tithing to the priest Melchizedek after the 
recovery of property, persons, and the spoil of battle from an 
unsavory alliance of heathen bandits. At face value, this passage 
has been used to illustrate how we are to tithe as did Abraham. 
Because of the circumstances and a joyous recovery of persons 
and property near and dear to him, Abraham was so filled with 
thankfulness and rejoicing for what God had done that he pur- 
posed in his heart to give a tenth of the spoils to Melchizedek. 
Regarding this tithe, we note it was Abraham, not Melchize- 
dek, who initiated a gift of a tenth of the spoil of battle. 

Reading between the lines we see that he offered a tithe 
from a very grateful heart for what God had done for him in the 
battle. Further study reveals that God had previously promised 
covenant blessing and protection for Abraham and his seed. 
Genesis 13:1-2 tells us that, ''Abraham was very rich in cattle, 
gold, and silver^ long before he tithed , before the fight with 
the heathen kings! Furthermore, though many assume he did, 
there is no on-going Biblical record of a continued tithe from 
Abraham. For many years before he tithed, the Bible speaks of 

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his great faith and wealth and that the blessing of God was with 
him. 

Abraham had a promised son, Isaac, who walked in his 
father's spiritual footsteps and also inherited the great wealth of 
Abraham. There is simply no Biblical record of Isaac tithing to 
anyone, yet there is a record of his great temporal blessings. 

Isaac had two sons, Esau and Jacob. Jacob was the spiri- 
tual, chosen son, whom God would honor with the blessings of 
Abraham and the birthright of the firstborn. In regard to tith- 
ing in Genesis 28:22, Jacob's tithe reveals again it was Jacob who 
initiated a tithe promise to God in response to his fear of Esau 
and hope for God's deliverance. He pledged a tithe but it is not 
stated who received the tithe. We are not told how he carried 
out his pledge and we cannot add to Scripture in determining 
to whom or where it went. 

About 400 years after Jacob, came Moses, the deliver- 
er of God's people. It was Moses who received the command- 
ments and ordinances from God (the first five books of the 
Bible) which codified man's approach to God under the Law of 
God. This is called the Old Testament, God's expressed will to a 
covenant people, and was affirmed by the prophets until a New 
Testament covenant was brought forth to the Christian church 
by Jesus Christ the Messiah. 

In regard to tithing, we have examples of Abraham, Ja- 
cob, commands from the Law, prophets such as Malachi, the 
rich young ruler along with the Pharisees interviewed by Jesus, 
and the passage in Hebrews 7:4-9, which recounts the Abraha- 
mic and Levitical tithes as examples of passages where a tithe is 
mentioned either before or as under the Law of Moses. 

If we follow the thread of Abraham's life experience with 
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through to Hebrews, we find mention, only once, of him tith- 
ing to Melchizedek, (recognized as a theophany, i.e., a visitation 
of Christ before His incarnation) and that is in Hebrews. 

In addition to tithing, there are important parallel 
themes associated with Abraham's life mentioned in the New 
Testament: faith, circumcision, blood sacrifice, the Laws given 
at Sinai, and the promises of God's great blessing. 
Yes, Abraham Tithed Before the Law of Moses, AND He Also... 

In his faith works, Abraham was a circumciser as well 
as a tither. Galatians and Hebrews both include passages about 
the faith of Abraham and the promises of God to him and his 
seed. If we only read the verses that say "Abraham paid tithes" 
before the Law, it seems correct to teach tithing to the Church. 
If types and shadows mean anything, paying a faith tithe to 
Melchizedek as Christ pre-incarnate (Melchizedek being the 
type or shadow, Christ the substance) may not hold the road to 
Jesus' ministry because Jesus received no tithes! Melchizedek, 
Christ, and Paul after Him, gave the Gospel without charge. 
Christ gave freely, yet His needs were provided for. If anyone 
deserved tithes, it was Jesus Christ, yet He never received the 
tithe from His followers. 

But wait! There is also another everlasting coYen2.nt for 
Abraham and his seed, and that is the covenant of circumcision. 
Genesis 17:7-14 says, "And I will establish my covenant between 
me and thee and thy seed afier thee in their generations for an 
everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after 
thee. (8) And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the 
land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an 
everlasting possession; and I will be their God. (9) And God said 
unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, 
and thy seed after thee in their generations. (10) This [is] my 

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covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy 
seed after thee; Every man child among you shall he circumcised. 
(1 1) And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall 
he a token of the covenant hetivixt me and you. (12) And he that 
is eight days old shall he circumcised among you, every man child 
in your generations, he that is horn in the house, or h ought with 
money of any stranger; which [is] not of thy seed. (13) He that is 
horn in thy house, and he that is hought with thy money, must 
needs he circumcised: and my covenant shall he in your flesh for 
an everlasting covenant. (14) And the uncircumcised man child 
whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall he cut 
ofl^fom his people; he hath hroken my covenant" 

This tithing-hefore-the-Law scenario further unravels 
when you consider the passage in Matthew 19:4-10, where Je- 
sus discussed divorce and remarriage before the Law. 'And he 
answered and said unto them. Have ye not read, that he which 
made [them] at the heginning made them male and female, (5) 
And said. For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, 
and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall he one flesh ? (6) 
Wherefore they are no more twain, hut one flesh. What therefore 
God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (7) They say 
unto him. Why did Moses then command to give a writing of di- 
vorcement, and to put her away? (8) He saith unto them, Moses 
hecause of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your 
wives: hut from the heginning it was not so (author's note: that 
is, no divorce before the Lawj;, (9) And I say unto you. Who- 
soever shall put away his wife, except [it he] for fornication, and 
shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth 
her which is put away doth commit adultery. (1 0) His disciples say 
unto him. If the case of the man he so with [his] wife, it is not good 
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In order to justify tithing before the Law and be consis- 
tent, you must now deal with the "everlasting covenant of cir- 
cumcision" and those who are divorced. If divorce was not al- 
lowed before the Law, the church must consider those who have 
remarried to be adulterers and all males must be circumcised! 

The modern Church has selected only one of Abraham s 
works and not the other, as circumcision was also before the 
Law. We are taught that we are the children of Abraham, yet 
God did not direct Abraham to tithe, but God commanded 
him regarding circumcision. A careful reading of the passage 
tells us that Abraham initiated the gift of his tithe. Three works 
that Abraham observed were all rolled forward and confirmed 
into the Law. There can be no denial of this. Why, then, has 
only tithing been enjoined as a practice from before the Law'i 
Who determined we could be so selective when it comes to the 
practices of faith from before theLaw'i 

Galatians 3 plainly states that the covenant came before 
the Law. (16) "Now to Abraham and his seed were the prom- 
ises made... (17) And this I say, [that] the covenant, that was 
confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four 
hundred and thirty years after" Hebrews 7 hears witness to the 
precept of the incorporation of tithing and circumcision embodied 
and codified in the Old Testament Law. (4) "Now consider how 
great this man [was] unto whom even the patriarch Abraham 
gave the tenth of the spoils. (5) And verily they that are of the 
sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a 
commandment to take tithes of the people according to the 
law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of 
Abraham " 

If we claim tithing was before the Law and is applicable 
to the Church, why is Malachi 3:10 quoted? 

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Genesis 14:18-20 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and 
wine. ..And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram...And blessed be the 
most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he 
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Let's Talk Malachi 



In Malachi 3:8-11 we find, "Will a man rob God? Yet 
ye have robbed me . But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In 
tithes and offerings. (9) Ye [are] cursed with a curse: for ye have 
robbed me, [even] this whole nation. (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]. (1 1) And I will 
rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the 
fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before 
the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts!' 

Around 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. every Sunday morn- 
ing, someone, somewhere, in each of thousands of churches, 
reads this passage as they prepare to take the offering. There it 
is, folks, right there in our faces for all those guilty God-rob- 
bers! "It's time to stop robbing God; fork it over to us so God 
can bless you and rebuke the devourer." Countless guilt-ridden 
church attendees look down and hide their eyes, squirm ner- 
vously in their pews, and think about the times they fudged 
on paying God ten percent on their business or paycheck, or 
maybe they just plain forgot something and now God is going 
to say, "Gotcha!" A few tears of guilt are shed, "Oh, God, so 
that's why my dog died, I got fired, and our son broke his arm! 
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think they will never be forgiven for the years of this crime they 
can never repay 

Others sit back smugly, feeling free because they put in 
the whole paycheck tithe and look around the room smiling, 
adding to the torment of the guilty They give their halos a little 
rub to make them shine a bit brighter, knowing all is well. 

On occasion, the leader even goes in front with an 
Amway dry-erase board and easel (from the days before Pow- 
er-Point) to carefully explain and diagram what constitutes 
ten percent. "You make $1,000 and you pay ten percent tithe 
= $ 1 00, and that's before deductions," it is emphatically em- 
phasized. "That is $1 for every $10, so if you make $50, your 
tithe is $5," he writes on the board for those who struggle with 
math. And, "Oh, yes, birthday and Christmas money, too," he 
responds to a question. Squirm, squirm for the majority. The 
leader smiles benignly; he speaks fluent Malachi. This scene we 
observed countless times. One leader also calculated the inter- 
est God required if you were behind in your tithes! 

Some churches actually make members show their pay 
stubs and tax returns to establish the correct amount of their 
tithes due and charge interest if members fall behind! Many 
churches keep detailed records of member giving and woe to 
folks if they do not pay their tithes. A knock on the door finds 
an unannounced group of church elders and the pastor on their 
doorstep some evening, all there to correct the wayward and 
possibly rebellious church member. This happens more often 
than you would like to imagine. 

Now, back to Malachi. What the man up there with the 
Bible, and maybe the easel, missed, is right there in Malachi. 
The last time I sat in the church, a lay minister was speaking 
(the same man was usually either sick or injured and could not 

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keep regular work in spite of the blessing of being a tither). He 
was quoting from the above verses in Malachi as he admonished 
the faithful to "pay your tithes." As he spoke, my eyes wandered 
over to Malachi 3:7 to the word, ordinances. "Huh?" I thought, 
"What ordinances?" Hmmm, it seemed I was going to need a 
Bible, concordance, and dictionary to learn this Malachi-speak. 

So I read in Hebrews about those Levi's guys getting or- 
dered to take tithes from the folks. Well, fancy that, they had 
my favorite pants back there in old Israel and they probably 
used that tithe money to start up a jeans company! 

And I wondered if Malachi s ordinances were the same 
as the ones Moses gave to Israel and that were mentioned in 
many other places throughout Scripture. We may have people 
not only robbing God here, but they might be doing a lot of 
other bad stuff. So maybe we ought to take a closer peek at some 
of those ordinances. 

I found 2 Chronicles 33:8, "... so that they will take heed 
to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole 
law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses" 
Yup, they sure had some ordinances back there from Moses al- 
right, lots of them! Six hundred and thirteen of them, they say. 

Then it happened, to borrow a word from Gomer Pyle of 
the old Andy Griffith Show, "Shazzam!" (properly pronounced 
with a Carolina accent) Up popped Ephesians 2:15, "Having 
abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of command- 
ments [contained] in ordinances" Right there in the New Tes- 
tament it says, "abolished" 

Meanwhile, back at the church, an ill- wind is blowing; 
discord among the tithing brethren begins to rumble. A few be- 
gin to pray about this point of Law no one has ever challenged 
or noticed. Tithes? Ordinances? Robbing God? Precious few 

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will seriously study and ask God about it, most find it is easier 
to toe the party line than ask questions that won't be answered. 

Something is obviously wrong with the person asking 
questions contrary to church teaching! It sounds like "sowing 
discord," Bubba's rebellion, or "murmuring," after all, how could 
the church and my pastor possibly be wrong? 

As it turned out, I fiaund that in order to speak and un- 
derstand Malachi, one had to be a Hebrew, and preferably a 
lawyer. No wonder it was a chore to learn Malachi, I was a non- 
Jewish gentile and lawyers were people I always had to hire! 

Then, as I searched the concordance fiDr tithe, I fiaund 
Paul, Peter, and John, those King James guys and other trans- 
lators, just plain fiDrgot to put that tithe in any of the Church 
epistles or to the preach ers \ Can you imagine that ? 

"Don't worry; Abe tithed befiDre the Law and anyway, 
since God owns it all, let's just go ahead and use ole Abe as an 
example £ov a place to start giving," says the ordained-Bible- 
coUege-degree-toting-fella packing Biblical heat. "You want to 
keep your place in the church, now, right? So giving me your 
tithe is an act of worship, understand?" 

Rumble, rumble. Hmmm, apparently ole Abe in the 
Good Book may have only tithed one time! I just could not 
find another time where he blessed someone with another tithe 
or two. Hey, mister pastor, we decided to follow Abe's tithe, we 
are going to do it one time, just like ole Abe! "Honey, go ahead 
and write out that tithe check to Melchizedek!" 

But It's Okay, We're Under Grace 

We say we are under grace, not Law, so why do we quote 
Malachi and Leviticus regarding tithing and the laws and ordi- 
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The phrase, all the tithes, in Malachi, used to extract ten 
percent of your gross paycheck, had far more to do with agricul- 
tural livestock and produce. And all the tithes not only meant 
the Israelites first fruits, but it meant the numerous other tenths 
they were to pay Included with tithes were mandated offerings, 
vow, sacrifices, burnt offerings, and an every third year tithe on 
top of the rest. 

Just check out Deuteronomy 12:1 1, ''Then there shall be 
a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name 
to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your 
burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave of- 
fering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto 
the LORD" Also look at Nehemiah 13:5, ''And he had prepared 
for him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offer- 
ings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, 
the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded [to be given] 
to the Levites, and the singers, and porters; and the offerings 
of the priests" 

Whoops! Who got the tithe back then? 

And don't forget another tithe Malachi reminded them 
of from Numbers 18:26, "When ye take of the children of Israel 
the tithe which I have given you from them for your inheritance, 
then ye shall offer up a heave-offering of it for Jehovah, a tithe of 
the tithe ? 

Then there is the twenty percent added redemption of 
the tithing fees from Leviticus 27:31, "And if a man will redeem 
aught of his tithe, he shall add unto it the fifth part thereof' That's 
right, folks, if you want to keep tithing correctly, you better kick 
in an additional twenty percent for the redemption of any tithes 
overlooked. (Refer to the chapter, "So You Think You Are A 
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In Deuteronomy 26:12 is the every third year tithe on 
the increase above the first fruits tithe. Note to whom it went 
and that it was a tithe they could eat (no mention of money 
there). "When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of 
thine increase the third year, [which] is the year of tithing, and 
hast given [it] unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the 
widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled" 

Here's another Uttle tithe in Leviticus 5:11; this one 
was for sin. "But if he he not able to bring two turtledoves, or two 
youngpigeons, then he that sinned shall bring for his o ffering the 
tenth part of an ephah of fine flour f or a sin offering" There are 
actually other smaller tithes such as these, so are you sure you 
want to keep the law of the Old Testament tithe? Yes, if you are 
going to bring all the tithes into the storehouse, then you have 
other tithes to pay. 

You see, somewhere, someone figured out they would 
zero in on the ten percent tithe, focus on money, and apply it 
to the Church, then religion grabbed it and ran with it. Tradi- 
tion institutionalized it and the average Christian obeyed their 
leadership and paid, even though it was never God's command 
to the Church, as giving is. 

The truth is, every time Malachi 3 is quoted to the 
Church about tithing, we are guilty of reviving the Law, which, 
thank God, has been fuUfilled by Christ. 

As touching the Law and tithing, the same is true re- 
garding the passage where Jesus spoke to the rich young ruler, a 
tither, whom Jesus asked, "Have you kept the commandments ?" 
To this question, the rich young ruler replied in Luke 8:12, "I 
fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess." Other 
passages, such as those describing the religious Pharisees who 
tithed, and those in Hebrews 7 and 8, speak of the significance 

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of the pre- Christ priesthood. They all were written or spoken to 
those under, or familiar with, Old Testament law and covenant. 
Concerning the tithe, when Jesus told the Pharisees, "this ought 
ye have done" He affirmed the commandments, as He taught 
others to keep the commandments. 

And Paul, in addressing Hebrew Christians, spoke to 
those familiar with the Law and Commandments. In Hebrews 
7, he writes of tithing from before the Law, beginning with 
Abraham, and continuing through the tithe going to the Lev- 
ites, as under the Law. 

In Galatians 3, the apostolic writer said the same thing 
in regard to the Abrahamic covenants and promises being con- 
firmed (verse 17) by the law, as quoted previously. He never 
told the Galatians to emulate Abraham in tithing, although he 
spoke of Abrahams faith. The Law confirmed tithing, circum- 
cision, blood sacrifice. Sabbath-keeping, religious and human 
government as the agreement between ancient Israel and God. 

Remember, Abraham was more a circumciser and ani- 
mal sacrificer than he was a tither, and the Old Testament Law 
confirmed these practices in the seed of Abraham. May we ask, 
when the writer of Hebrews 8 spoke of Abraham tithing, did he 
say anything in the passage that indicated we are to do likewise ? 
Again, to tell the Church to pay tithes as in Abraham's example, 
you must (under penalty of Biblical curse) add to the Scripture 
because it is not in the passage! 

It is also very evident the early Church wrestled with 
these issues of the Old Testament Law and grace. The period 
of the writing of New Testament Scripture was a transition pe- 
riod in which practices of the Old Covenant and the New were 
reconciled and resolved. This was illustrated at the Council of 
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sians, and various chapters of Romans speak to Church issues 
such as Sabbath observance, circumcision, feasts, fellowship 
between Jews and Gentiles and other points. Until the final 
destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70 A.D., Levites were 
probably still receiving tithes as indicated in Hebrews 7:5. "And 
verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the 
priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of their brethren 
(authors note: their Hebrew brethren) according to the law" 
However, in none of the aforementioned Church epistles was 
tithing specified or directed as an observance to keep. In fact. 
Acts 21:23 speaks directly to the issue of the Mosaic Law and 
gentile believers. "Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have 
four men which have a vow on them; (24) Them take, and pu- 
rify thyself with them, and he at charges with them, that they may 
shave [their] heads: and all may know that those things, whereof 
they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; hut [that] thou 
thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law. (25) As touching 
the Gentiles which believe, we have written [and] concluded 
that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep them- 
selves fom [things] offered to idols, and fom hlood, and fom 
strangled, and fom fornication? 

So you see, while the Old Testament temple stood, the 
Jewish majority were observing the Law of Moses, including 
many Hebrew Christians. However, when God used the Ro- 
man Empire to destroy the Israel nation and the temple, there 
was a finality which made those observances impossible to keep 
anymore. (John 1:17) "For the law was given by Moses, but 
grace and truth came by Jesus Christ? 

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The Storehouse or the Institution in the New Testament ? 

W here is the New Testament storehouse ? Is it the 
church organization and building on the corner, or is the actual 
New Testament temple the Body of Christ? We quote 1 Corin- 
thians 3:9 and 16. ''For we are laborers together with God: ye are 
God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building. (16) Know ye not that 
ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in 
you: 

This begs the question, to which temple were we tithing, 
the typical 501c3 corporate, legal institution with a building 
facility most Christians are members of, or the temple of His 
body of believers? Consider the chicken dinners, special of- 
ferings, auctions, raffles, tithes, bake sales, and all the fundrais- 
ing done for the building, property, and maintenance of almost 
every organization that calls itself a church versus the Biblical 
model, where giving went directly to the needy, widows, and 
poor. Of course, the Church met in houses in those days and 
most ministers worked and lived a simpler lifestyle. The apos- 
tles were given over to prayer and study of the Scripture, God 
providing for them in an obviously simple lifestyle. Remember 
Peter's words in Acts as met a lame man, ''silver and gold have I 
none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of 
Nazareth, rise up and walk\" By today's standard and thinking, 
Peter could never reach his large city without a building, adver- 
tising, television, etc. 

And from where does the practical support for apostles, 
pastors, teachers, evangelists, and prophets come? In one exam- 

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pie, those whom Jesus sent went out with these instructions in 
Mark 6:8, ''and he charged them that they should take nothing for 
[their] journey, save a staff only; no bread, no wallet, no money 
in their purse? Here we see the Lord's messengers sent with a 
promise of divine provision. Could it be that those truly sent by 
God will receive their provision without tithes and church sala- 
ries, merely by God speaking to others who are led of God to 
supply them? Could this be the case and example of the many 
ministers of God, both Old and New Testament, where they 
were provided for in their full-time, working- for- God minis- 
try? 

It is mainly pastors who take tithes from the people, 
but the Bible speaks of the Church having a five-fold ministry 
(apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers, pastors) and the Bibli- 
cal record never speaks of New Testament church ministries re- 
ceiving tithes! Could it be those true Gospel ministers lived by 
faith, or worked, and God provided for them without salaries 
and tithes? Did Jesus receive tithes? Did Paul instruct Timothy, 
Phillip, or Titus to take tithes ? Scripture verse, please ? 

(1 Tim. 5:17) ''Let the elders (authors note: elders are 
ALL of church overseers, not just the pastor) that rule (author s 
note: rule means to feed, tend as a shepherd) well he counted 
worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and 
doctrine. (18) For the scripture says, thou shalt not muzzle the 
ox that treadeth out the corn. And, the laborer is worthy of his 
reward'' There is no mention of tithe, and no mention of pas- 
tor, either. It says elders (plural) and, the word reward does not 
translate into tithe. 

2 Corinthians 11:8 says that Paul took wages (Strong's 
definition: rations, stipend, or pay) from churches in order to 
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voluntarily funded Paul's ministry with an unnamed amount to 
support his missions work; again, there is not a single reference 
to him receiving their tithe. He also wrote, "they that preach the 
gospel should live of the gospel" (he did not mention a tithe.) If 
Paul was as concerned as our modern church institution about 
the blessing of God upon the Corinthians, why didn't he quote 
Malachi to them and tell them about the blessing of tithing, 
or encourage them to imitate Abraham's tithe? Neither the 
Apostle Paul nor any other New Testament writer even once 
prescribed tithing to any church or saint. In fact, Paul said in 
1 Corinthians 9: 1 8, ''When I preach the gospel, I make the gos- 
pel of Christ without charge!' The word charge means expense 
according to Strong's. 

Note this passage from 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9, '\..we were 
not idle when we were with you, we did not eat anyone's bread 
without paying, hut with toil and labor we worked night and 
day, that we might not burden any of you . It was not because we 
have not that right, but to give you in that conduct an example 
to imitate" In this case, Paul worked to set an example for the 
whole Church, including the pastors, prophets, and teachers so 
as not to burden the churches he ministered in, unlike the many 
high-priced evangelists and ministers who expect a generous of- 
fering (i.e., wage) for a weekend revival or Sunday service. 

For example. Christian writer Tim LaHaye charges 
$18,000 for a single speaking engagement (according to his 
website), typical of many big names in the Christian culture. 
So, of course, this religious system around us easily becomes a 
snare to those called of God, turning them into hirelings. 

Paul worked while in Ephesus . He said so in Acts 18:3. 
''And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and 
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Paul worked while in Ephesus as noted in Acts 20:34. ''Yea, ye 
yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my neces- 
sities, and to them that were with me. (35) I have showed you all 
things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak " 

Paul said he did so for THREE YEARS in vs. 3 1 . That's 
right: no tithes, no gimmee sermons, no requests for their sup- 
port! Remember, Paul was addressing the ELDERS and OVER- 
SEERS (Acts 20: 17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and 
called the elders of the church . 

Paul on his third ministry trip to Corinth, wrote in 
2 Corinthians 12:14, ''Behold, the third time I am ready to come 
to you; and I will not he burdensome to you: for I seek not yours 
hut you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, hut the 
parents for the children. (15) And I will very gladly spend and he 
spent for you; though the more ahundantly I love you, the less I he 
loved. (1 6) But he it so, I did not hurden you : nevertheless, heing 
crafty, I caught you with guile. (1 7) Did I make a gain of you hy 
any of them whom I sent unto you ? (18) I desired Titus, and with 
[him] I sent a hrother. Did Titus make again of you? Walked we 
not in the same spirit? [walked we] not in the same steps}" 

Paul worked in Thessalonica as shown in 2 Thessalo- 
nians 3:8. "Neither did we eat any mans hreadfor nought; hut 
wrought with lahor and travail night and day, that we might not 
he chargeahle to any of you: (9) Not hecause we have not power, 
hut to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. (10) For 
even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any 
would not work neither should he eat. (1 1) For we hear that there 
are some which walk amongyou disorderly, working not at all, hut 
are husyhodies." 

Under the Old Testament, the Levites, synagogues, and 
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manded to be sent under the Law. The early Church still met in 
the shadow of the Jerusalem temple while it was yet standing. 
The pastors, teachers, prophets, evangelists, and apostles either 
worked or lived strictly by faith and God's provision as the Holy 
Spirit directed, or from the heartfelt gifts of the saints. Where 
is any New Testament account of the ministry living from the 
tithe? The Levite priests received a command under the Old 
Testament Law to take tithes from the people, as in Hebrews 
7:5. "And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the 
office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of 
the people according to the law" But do any of the New Testa- 
ment five-fold ministry have a similar command to take tithes 
of the people? Not in my Bible, nor in yours. The priesthood 
was changed according to the Scripture and the ministers who 
teach tithing do not have the Levitical office. 

There is 1 Corinthians 9:14, stating, "the Lord has or- 
dained that they that preach the gospel should live of the gospel" 
but not one mention of tithe. Paul quoted the Old Testament 
in 1 Timothy 5:18, "For the scripture saith, thou sh alt not muzzle 
the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his 
reward" But there is no mention of a tithe. There came a time 
when Paul no longer labored with his hands and worked for 
God, and, of course, the Lord still does this. However, He does 
it His way and not through tithes. 

Have you ever heard this one from 1 Corinthians 16:2 at 
offering time ? " Upon the first [day] of the week let every one of you 
lay by him in store, as [God] hath prospered him, that there be no 
gatherings when I come" So we dutifully contribute our part as 
we are expected to do when the plate or bucket is passed. Psst! 
Hey, we have news for you. The church hijacked that verse, too! 
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the-week-give-to-the-church verse they use at the pass-the-plate 
time: (1 Cor. 16:1) ''Now concerningthe collection for the saints, 
as I have given order to the churches ofGalatia, even so do ye!' 
Note: 

• The collection is not a tithe. Does it say tithe? Only if you add 
to Scripture (under penalty of BibUcal curse). 

• Does it say for the pastor, ministry, or XYZ organization that 
calls itself a church? The collection is for the saints. 

• Is the word gatherings the same as tithe} No, the Greek words 
are totally different. 

This apparently was a special offering gathered over the 
course of a year, and it is not stated that it was to be continued 
as an unending weekly practice. 

Again, no one can honestly teach tithing in this passage 
without wrestling it into the Scripture. This passage teaches the 
gathering was for needy saints. The tithe-taking churches are 
taking from the needy saints. 

The church system around us financially manipulates 
members, taking from the Church to give to the church leader- 
ship, programs, and buildings, rather than ministering to the 
needy within their midst. 

Oh, yes, there are some who receive help from their 
churches but think and compare the crumbs that fall from the 
church's financial table and what is spent on buildings, semi- 
nars, advertising, conventions, concerts, and lavish living. By 
the way, there is no provision in Scripture for a parsonage (a 
house provided for a minister by the church). That comes from 
government and corporate law, not Scripture. 

Now, what's that about robbing God we read back in 
Malachi?We have, through tradition, error, and ignorance, 
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paying tithes and offerings to a church organization. We have 
not been taught that BibUcal giving, according to the Scripture, 
is directed toward the needy rather than manmade organiza- 
tions. We have been, instead, taught to direct our giving toward 
the local church structure, which is where the overwhelming 
majority of church funding goes. After all the building, church 
bills, salaries and utilities are paid, then we can fund a benevo- 
lence account, missionary work, and food pantry. 

It also has affected our view of people, as we give more 
respect to those of the middle class and wealth because of their 
ability to bless the kingdom. I say that to our shame and embar- 
rassment, may God forgive us. The Bible clearly calls this respect 
ofpersons. 

(2 Cor. 8:11) ''Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of 
the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; (2) How 
that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and 
their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. (3) 
For to [their] power, I bear record, yea, and beyond [their] power 
[they were] willing of themselves; (4) Praying us with much en- 
treaty that we would receive the gift, and [take upon us ] the fel- 
lowship of the ministering to the saints . (9:9) As it is written. He 
hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness 
remaineth for ever" 

(Rom. 15:26) ''For it hath pleased them of Macedonia 
and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints 
which are at Jerusalem" 

(Gal. 2: 10) "Only [they would] that we should remember 
the poor; the same which I also was forward to do? 

(Psa. 41:1) "Blessed [is] he that considereth the poor: the 
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Once again, there is a huge gulf between the almost 
weekly reminders and teaching on the tithe, offering, and give- 
to-the-church collections with what both Jesus and Paul said to 
believers in regard to remembering the poor. Next time you go to 
church, look at the little envelope and all the little choices you can 
make to fund that organization, and remember what Paul said in 
Romans 15:26. ''For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and 
Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which 
are at Jerusalem" And in Proverbs 19: 17, ''He that hath pity on 
the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will 
he pay him again" 

If we are walking with God in obedience and hearing 
His voice, then we are the temple storehouse. As God wants us 
to minister. He speaks to our hearts to take from what He has 
given us and minister to whom He directs. That is how Paul was 
provided for. There is no central building storehouse recorded 
for Christians to support in the New Testament as the Israelites 
did in the Old Testament temple. 

Another overlooked assumption taken for granted to be 
the truth is calling a church the storehouse. For some it is a shock 
to realize there is no testament verse calling the church build- 
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when Church Giving Is Not Giving To The Church 

D iblical churches met in homes for the most part. There 
was no overhead, no paid clergy, no staff, no large building, no 
advertising, no fundraisers, no music department, no drama de- 
partment, and visiting ministers were able to stay with fellow 
Christians in their homes. Can you imagine the blessing those 
early Christians had, to have Paul, Timothy, or Philip stay in 
their homes ? And the wonderful. Godly words of faith the chil- 
dren heard? And to see the miracles, signs and wonders done by 
God through those powerful Christians ? Can you imagine how 
fast you would walk out of that house church if they sold books, 
CDs, or raffle tickets when you walked into the entry, or if the 
hosts asked for money to help pay their household bills when 
you met every week? If you look in a concordance for the word 
house in the New Testament you may be astounded by what you 
find relative to Christians gathering. And while you are at it, 
look up the word storehouse in the New Testament for another 
eyebrow raiser. 

Choose which you think might most please God: 

• $1,000 to a poor family to help with food and needs? 

• $1, 000 for new sound equipment, huildingfund, or budget? 

• $1,000 to a white-suited, jet-flying TV evangelist? 

• $1,000 tithe to the Mercedes-drivingpastor of a mega-church? 

Which most fits the expressed, written will of God to 
the Church? Which is most likely to be a blessing to the giver 
and the receiver? Which do you think most pleases God ac- 
cording to Scripture ? 

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As soon as we organize it, name it, build it, incorporate 
it, and give life to it, the institution of the church cries for fund- 
ing! And although Christians think they are helping the king- 
dom and/or the church, they are, for the most part, in reality, 
supporting a legal institution that is married to the State, and 
calls itself the XYZ Church. 

A mega-church (that promotes tithing) in Houston right 
now (2005-2006) is spending $70 million dollars to remodel the 
facility Source: www.missoulian.com/articles/2004/10/10/re- 
ligion/religionO 1 .txt 

Unfortunately Christians in America have done far more 
in financially supporting corporate institutions, overhead, and 
so-called ministry than they have in ministering to the needs 
of those around them! So, in the New Testament, to whom or 
what did the collections, gifts, and contributions go? Those 
questions everyone needs to reread, think about, and then read 
their Bible to find the correct answers. 

Churches will fundraise and goal set for $25,000 on a roof 
replacement while individual members, single moms, and the 
elderly barely get by. Is something out of focus here ? 

As a result of the inequities, there is an uncounted army 
of Christians who will not set foot in a church building, or who 
live a cycle of church-hopping, or who now simply reject chur- 
chianity. The American church model has spawned millions of 
members and for many, it works, especially new believers who 
are naiVe to the system. But the institutional church has also left 
millions of believers jaded with Christianity, and our society 
has lost the respect and honor it once held for Christianity. This 
is the result after ongoing exposures of financial abuse, fraud, 
phoniness, and church politics. Yet, many aspire to the ministry 
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And why do churches take up a weekly offering every 
time they meet ? Why, of course, it is to meet the funding re- 
quirements of the organization, rather than the need of those 
to whom the church is called to minister. But for the average 
Christian it becomes a marriage of the spiritual and corporate 
worlds, and it destroys the faith of many 

Could this system be the worldwide religious Babylon 
about which the apostle John wrote in Revelation 17 and 18 
that God would judge with fire? Consider that the harlot reli- 
gious system was well-favored materially and was in bed with 
the "kings of the earth." 

Who recognizes articles of incorporation, God or the 
State? Does legal incorporation conform churches to God's 
kingdom or the world? Could the reference to the great harlot 
in Revelation 17 be to the corporate, institutionalized church 
organizations we see all around us that are supported by tithes, 
fundraising, and offerings ? These are questions certainly worth 
pondering. And if you think we have a Christian government 
and are a Christian nation, it is time to wake up. The Bible calls 
the kingdoms and governments of this world beast kingdoms 
and they are given to Satan to rule over! Jesus said "My kingdom 
is not of this world? and in Hebrews 1 1 agrees: 14 "For they that 
say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And 
truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they 
came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 1 6 
But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly." 

Corporations are a part of the beast kingdoms (human 
governments) of the world, and what happens when a group 
of believers incorporates? The created organization marries 
through legal agreement the beast kingdom (government), and 
is subject to its corporate law, rules, and legal codes. Is it fair to 

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ask, if this is so, can we now say we have t\\t government incorpo- 
rated church} Remember, the Church is the called-out ones, not 
the conformed-to-this-world ones. 

It appears the Church has indeed added the leaven of hu- 
man government to itself This corporate institutional church 
illustrates what Jesus said in Mark 8:15. ''And he charged them, 
saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and [of] 
the leaven of Herod'' Herod was the head of the government and 
the religious leaders were in bed with the government who gave 
them position, authority, and legal backing. 

We are reminded of the admonition from 2 Corinthi- 
ans 6:14. ''Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: 
for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness"} And 
what communion hath light with darkness}" Isn't incorporation 
with the IRS an unequal yoke for churches? In Bob Jones Uni- 
versity v. United States (461 U.S. 574), the U.S. Supreme Court 
noted the following about the government's intended purpose 
for the 501 c3: The Court asserts that an exempt organization 
must "demonstrably serve and be in harmony with the public 
interest," must have a purpose that comports with "the common 
community conscience," and must not act in a manner "affirma- 
tively at odds with [the] declared position of the whole Govern- 
ment." Taken together, these passages suggest that the primary 
function of a tax-exempt organization is to act on behalf of the 
government in carrying out governmentally approved policies. 
Churches were added to IRS Code 501c3 in 1954. 
When a church or denomination accepts the 501c3 status, that 
church: 

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• Waives its freedom of religion 

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• Is no longer legally free to speak to the vital issues of the day 

• Must conform with the IRS law or lose its tax-exempt status 

• Becomes enrolled as a State-church 

The Church is not visible, the kingdom is to be "within 
you' according to Jesus, in a temple "not made with hands" The 
corporate, legal, visible organizations call themselves churches 
but they are not. That is only a perception. People wishing to 
become Christians tend to identify God with the visible struc- 
tures that call themselves churches, and many find a church 
organization but they fail to find God! Official church mem- 
bership and attendance is no guarantee you are part of Christ's 
Body 

The weekly offerings taken up (an oxymoron?) go main- 
ly to support an organizational structure never given in New 
Testament Scripture. Institutional church pastors must now be 
advised from specialists in the field of church financial struc- 
ture, non-profit status, and have unscriptural church boards in 
order to conform to the law. Ministers in these churches rou- 
tinely attend legal and accounting seminars to meet the tax 
code requirements. 

It is interesting that in China, the home church move- 
ment is the most dynamic and fastest growing part of the Chris- 
tian Church in the world! They function without legal status, 
incorporation. Christian accounting firms, flashy evangelists, 
stadium events, advertising, marketing, CDs, seminars, and 
institutional hierarchy. When a true Chinese believer thinks 
of going to church, it is a very different concept from what an 
American thinks when he decides to attend church. Because of 
persecution, Chinese believers meet in secret. The Christians in 
China gather in homes, just as the early Christians did, and they 
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government persecutes them harshly. There is, of course, a U- 
censed, government-sanctioned, institutional church in China 
meeting in the larger buildings (and which does not preach 
the true Gospel). It appears the aging wineskin of our accepted 
church model is splitting at the seams and suffers from an ongo- 
ing need of financial infusion. 

Where is the storehouse for a Chinese Christian in 
Red China with no building or corporate structure ? (For that 
matter, where are the Chinese mega- churches?) Who benefits 
when the organization furnishes a building? God? Needy peo- 
ple in the Kingdom? Yet the building programs, remodeling, 
and merchandising of American churches is done in the name 
of the Kingdom of God. 

Could it be that the incorporated, institutional Chris- 
tian church has fallen into a tradition not substantiated in the 
New Testament and in becoming bonded to the laws of the 
land through incorporation, the need for church administra- 
tion, and ongoing support of overhead, has lost the vision of 
how and what church really is ? 

Could it be also that we have been feeding the overhead 
of the institutional church rather than the orphans, poor, and 
widows, as Paul wrote and as is spoken of in Scripture ? Where 
is the New Testament Scripture for a church board, and can you 
name a specific Scriptural example of someone holding this of- 
fice? 

Yes, we have some very impressive buildings, property, 
and assets, but do we dare compare an advertising budget and 
church furnishing to what actually goes out in ministry to mis- 
sions, aid, and needs of the Body of Christ? What of the medi- 
cal needs of those who have no insurance ? Again, how many 
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church needs such as property purchases, taxes, insurance, office 
suppUes, remodehng the building, electronic gadgetry, wages, 
entertainment, meals, and clergy lifestyles ? How many collec- 
tions for the poor have you seen? 

The cliche we have all heard, "all churches want is your 
money," unfortunately contains more than a grain of truth. 
What many don't realize is that no denomination, organization, 
building, or incorporated group of Christians is The Church. 
We only perceive those institutions as being The Church, and 
they do need our money (especially for the building, mort- 
gage, overhead, staff, and leadership, which typically take 96% 
of what comes into the church coffers). And most ministers, if 
they are really honest, would admit they believe bigger is better 
(in terms of the church size that they personally manage). 

In other behind-the-scenes examples, we remember staff 
discussions comparing who had the best "anointing for taking 
the offering" and "when so-and-so got up we did not get as 
much." If one person seemed to inspire the people to contrib- 
ute more, then that person became the regular offering-taker 
(during collections a speaker was usually exhorting those in the 
building as to why they should contribute, using Bible verses). 
Concern for the mortgage, bills, programs, and church furnish- 
ings drove most fundraising and offering times. (Thankfully, 
the mortgage was paid off later in that church to which we be- 
longed.) 

Special speakers usually drew visitors and an increase in 
the size of the collections, which may or may not have gone to 
the speaker (depending on the discretion of the particular pas- 
tor of the church). There would be talk of offering shortfalls 
or enough coming to pay the speaker a fair and respectable of- 
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church felt it was correct that each speaker received a generous 
offering, even if taken from the tithe account. 

So why does it become necessary, then, to have someone 
with the best "offering- anointing" speak over the collection? 
The answer is obvious: in order to fund the operation of the 
church and pay the speaker, even if it meant paying them an 
amount far greater than most members earned from their jobs. 
This is in stark contrast to the Biblical collections that went to 
help the needy, and the Gospel ministers such as Paul, who said, 
''that I make the gospel without charge" Titus in 2 Corinthians 
12:18 followed Paul's example. ''Did Titus make a gain of you? 
walked we not in the same spirit? [walked we] not in the same 
steps?" 

Maybe we need to prayerfully look at the Scriptures re- 
garding the walk of the Biblical preachers in regard to preach- 
ing for pay in passages such as 1 Corinthians 9:6. "Or I only and 
Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working? (7) Who goeth 
a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, 
and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or whofeedeth a flock, and ea- 
teth not of the milk of the flock? (8) Say I these things as a man ? or 
saith not the law the same also? (9) For it is written in the law of 
Moses, thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out 
the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? (10) Or saith he [it] alto- 
gether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, [this] is written: that 
he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresh eth in 
hope should be partaker of his hope. (1 1) If we have sown unto you 
spiritual things, [is it] a great thing if we shall reap your carnal 
things? (12) If others be partakers of [this] power over you, [are] 
not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; butsujfer 
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In this passage there is a Scriptural provision providing 
for the ministry (without any mention of tithes or salaries). The 
difference is that with the current model of the incorporated 
church, funding overhead has usurped the ministry to those 
called of God "to forebear working" 

The man Saul (Paul) thought he did God's service be- 
fore he was saved, by persecuting Christians. Likewise we also 
thought we were doing God's service with all the bake auctions, 
yard sales, peanut brittle sales, chicken dinners, raffles, gift sales, 
church yard sales, Halloween harvest parties, etc., etc., etc., in 
funding the incorporated church. 

To summarize the key points of this chapter we would 
like to say The Church is not an organized group of people with 
a name or denominational label. The Church is the people of 
God who have been born again into the family of God and are 
indwelt by His Spirit. Jesus said this in John 2:21 - "But he 
spake of the temple of his body . " And Paul agreed in Eph. 2: 19 
"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fel- 
lowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And 
are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus 
Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the 
building fitly famed together grow eth unto an holy temple in the 
Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation 
of God through the Spirit " 

As such, the group on the corner may have a storehouse 
or food pantry for example, but contrary to common teach- 
ing, in the New Testament the church is never referred to as 
the storehouse. This is simply more leaven that sounds good. 
Christians were never called to fund building projects, pasto- 
ral and staff salaries, layers of organizational bureaucracy, mega 
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as the church and most Christians perceive them to be such 
causing them to not be able to recognize Christ's Body. They 
also cause Christians to mis-direct their giving away from the 
Church of Christ's Body and give to the various organizations 
that call themselves churches. Keep in mind the vast majority 
of those funds collected simply go to the overhead, staff, and 
operating costs. No wonder the likes of TBN, Benny Hinn, and 
Jesse Duplantis will not disclose their financials openly. 

These and the many who are like them fit the spiritual 
profile given in Rev. 18:1 1 as ''the merchants of the earth" who 
make their living in spiritual Babylon, the ''Mother of Harlots". 
They make merchandise of God's people and in one of the few 
demonstrations of outward anger Jesus dealt with their forerun- 
ners in the Holy Temple of His day in Mat. 21:12-13 "And Jesus 
went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and 
bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychang- 
ers, and the seats of them that sold doves. And said unto them. It 
is written. My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have 
made it a den of thieves" 

Everything Jesus did was also a parable for us, especially 
those of us in these last days. The temple is no longer a building 
it is His Body. So in the Body of Christ we now find an abun- 
dance of those who change money from the people into an act 
of worship (so they say). Never mind in Matthew 6:1-4 Jesus 
said: 1 1 "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be 
seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is 
in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou do est thine alms, do not sound a 
trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in 
the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, 
They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy 
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When the plate, bag, or bucket gets passed from left 
hand to the person on the right, is it not seen of men and given 
under somewhat of subtle coercion (necessity), institutional ex- 
pectation, and even orchestrated manipulation? Friend, when 
it is seen of men, that is the only reward you will get. You may 
want to remember what Jesus said about this next they pass the 
plate in the synagogue (a people gathering place) called a church 
in our day. 

And if you would ''beware of men in sheeps clothing 
please give consideration to all the gimmee sermons, pleas for 
money, and our need to "give to the church" that Jesus warned 
of when He said His house was called a den of thieves. You may 
want to take note the ones who "sold doves" were a type and 
figure of those who sit in the chief seats in our churches and 
sell the promise of the Holy Spirit for salaries and tithes. (The 
dove being a type of the Holy Spirit as pictured at the baptism 
of Jesus.) 

When Jesus sent his true workers out. He did so tell- 
ing them in Matthew 10:8 ''Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise 
the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. 9 Pro- 
vide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, (wallets) 10 
Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet 
staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat" 

This pattern held true for not only the Twelve, the sev- 
enty, Paul, Barnabbas, Phillip, Titus, and all those sent out by 
the Christian church in Acts (there is no scriptural account of 
any of them taking tithes or salaries), but also is a fulfillment of 
the promise "/ have never seen the righteous forsaken no his seed 
go begging for bread." All of which bears no resemblance to the 
professional clergy and church world around us who have apos- 
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to how they are provided for. To freely give the gospel does not 
leave room for tithes and salaries but the institutional servants 
expect the sheep to provide for them contrary to the scripture 
and truly the modern church has become a den of robbers all in 
the name of Christ. 

Remember, all this is done without a single verse sup- 
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where Was Hiat Verse Again? 

Is the Covenant of Tithing expressly taught or com- 
manded in the New Testament as written to any Gentile church 
group? Where in Acts, Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephe- 
sians, Philipians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, 
Hebrews, James, John, Peter, Jude, or Revelation is tithing spe- 
cifically instructed for Christians to do ? 

Here is a blank space for you to write in the verses: _. 
(The line is real short for good reason.) 

Remember, to establish Biblical teaching we must have 
at least two or three witnesses from a rightly divided Scripture. 
May we ask for the New Testament church tithing witnesses 
to present themselves from Scripture? ''In the mouth of two or 
three witnesses let every word he established'^ directly quotes Jesus 
Christ. Paul was a powerful witness, as were John, James, Luke, 
Matthew, and Mark. Do any of those men bring witness to in- 
struct Christians to tithe ? 

A prime location to look for a command, ordinance, or 
exhortation to tithe would have been in Acts 15 at the great 
Council in Jerusalem, where Christian church practices were 
debated concerning Gentile Christians. In the summary of 
things for Gentiles to abstain from and the things for them to 
put into practice, tithing is not mentioned, although it was a 
perfect time to include a reminder of Malachi 3:10. 

In Paul's instructions to Timothy, and in the epistles from 
James, John, and Peter, tithe, tithing, or tenth is never referred to. 

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In the passage from 1 Corinthians in regard to a collection of 
gatherings (contributions) on the first of the week, as God has 
prospered, there is no mention of the word tithe. The collection 
was for saints, it was from gatherings (contributions), again, a 
perfect place to insert the word tithe, if that is what Paul ex- 
pected. The collection was not for clergy support or a building, 
it was for ministry to needy Christians ! 

In 1 Timothy 4:11, Paul gave Timothy many things to 
teach the people, saying, "These things command and teach" but 
there was no mention of a tithe. To the Corinthians, he wrote, 
(1 Cor. 14:37) ''If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiri- 
tual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are 
the commandments of the Lord" but, again, he made no mention 
of a tithe. If Paul did not tell any of his churches to tithe, then 
who are we to do so ? 

Repeatedly we have promises such as, ''God loveth a 
cheerful giver," or, ''he that soweth sparingly shall reap also spar- 
ingly" These are all great places in Scripture to remind believers 
of Malachi and the holy tithe, as the modern church does. In 
practice, we teach, "he that tithes sparingly shall reap also spar- 
ingly" and, "God loveth a cheerful tither" or, "tithe and it shall he 
given unto you, pressed down, shaken together, running over shall 
men give into your bosom" 

And the way Malachi 3:10 is repeated in many church- 
es, you would think the apostles would have quoted it in ev- 
ery church epistle ! Many Old Testament Scriptures are quoted 
throughout the New Testament, but not Malachi 3:10. What 
a terrible omission by the New Testament writers, especially in 
the epistles to the churches! 

The irony here is that many of the churches that teach and 
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ability of church finances. If your church promotes tithing you 
have the right to demand your pastors tithe statement and the 
church tithe too. That, indeed, is the flip-side of the coin for 
Malachi. But it is a meaningless point because 2 Corinthians 
3:14 says, "the old testament which was done away in Christ'^ and 
Hebrews 7:12 says, ''there is of necessity a change in the law, " con- 
tinuing with 7:19, ''For the law made nothing perfect" The pas- 
sage in Hebrews 7 deals with tithing being before, and then un- 
der, the Old Testament Law. That is the context and the writer 
never went on to reaffirm either the continuation of the Law or 
tithing! On the contrary, he reaffirms the end of the Law, and 
tithing was a part of the Law. 

No matter how we sugarcoat or reason with it, tithing 
was commanded under the Law and we are copying and past- 
ing it into New Testament church practice without an express 
command from Scripture. Every time we quote Malachi 3:10 
or similar verses to the Church, we are lifting an expressed ordi- 
nance given under the Law, of which Christ said, "it is finished" 
and applying it to post-cross Christians. Abraham tithing be- 
fore the Law does not negate that the tithe was confirmed for- 
ward as a command of the Law, and not a single church or saint 
was given an expressed doctrine to tithe as Abraham. 

Conversely, is a failure to tithe ever named as sin in the 
New Testament? Not in Romans, nor in the list of works of 
the flesh in Galatians 6; it is not named in 1 Corinthians 6 as 
something that will keep one out of the kingdom of God, nor is 
it mentioned in the list of excluded sins in Revelation 21. 

In passages of the New Testament where giving is en- 
couraged and expressly written of, is tithe ever mentioned? 

Please fill in the verse: _. 

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Is failure to tithe or robbing God in tithes listed as sin in 
Romans 1, 1 Corinthians 6:9-12, or in Galatians under works 
of the flesh? Was tithing encouraged in Acts 15 at the Jerusa- 
lem council as one of the things in which the Gentiles ought to 
continue? This would be an absolutely perfect place to instruct 
them as we have, if it is so. 

Is tithing mentioned in any of the epistles in connection 
to giving, gathering, gift, offering, stealing, thieves, or robbers? 
No, tithing is not in His Word to the Church. There is no 
Scriptural authority for any pastor, teacher, apostle, or prophet 
to lay this yoke of burden on Christians. Tithing is never men- 
tioned as a part of a Christian's duty or relationship with God, 
never. God never said to the churches or Christians He would 
bless tithing. "Obey them that have the rule over you" does not 
give a preacher authority to go beyond the Scripture. If Paul, 
James, John, Peter, and Luke never instructed Christians to 
tithe, the local pastor certainly shouldn't. 

(Rom. 16:17) ''Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them 
that are causing the divisions (authors note: error divides us from 
God's Word) and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine 
which ye learned: and turn away from them " There is no doc- 
trine of tithing given to the Church. And verse (18) "For they that 
are such serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly; and by 
their smooth and fair speech they beguile the hearts of the in- 
nocent " The innocent Christians are taught to believe an error 
and are thus divided from God's Word. 

Jesus warned, "Woe unto you lawyer si For you took away 
the key of knowledge: you entered not in yourselves, and them that 
were entering in you hindered? We know of many who became 
guilt-ridden which hindered their faith when they were taken 
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Paul warned church leaders when he wrote in Titus 1:10, 
"For there are many unruly men (author's note: unruly men not 
abiding in Scripture), vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of 
the circumcision (author's note: circumcision law-keepers), (11) 
whose mouths must he stopped; men who overthrow whole houses 
(author's note: churches), teaching things which they ought not 
for filthy lucres sake" (author's note: for instance, teaching the 
lucrative tithe for personal benefit without a single verse that 
the New Testament ministry was to take tithes. From the dic- 
tionary: lucre \LOO-kuhr\, noun: Monetary gain; profit; 
riches; money; - often in a bad sense). (12) One of themselves, 
a prophet of their own, said, Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, 
idle (author's note: non-^ox^xn^ gluttons. (13) This testimony 
is true. For which cause reprove them sharply, that they may he 
sound in the faith" 

Tithing is of the Law, not of faith and the Lord sends a 
sharp rebuke to them who teach error and thus are not sound in 
the faith. And remember, Paul admonished the overseers to sup- 
port themselves and the weak rather than taking from them. 

A current illustration of what Jude wrote is this inter- 
view from the Columbus Monthly about Televangelist Rod 
Parsley : 

Parsley tells his people they should believe for millions. 
He makes no apology for being mercenary: 

"Parsley is upfront with his congregation about the 
church's need for money. 'I just love to talk about money,' he 
told them. 'I just love to talk about your money. Let me be very 
clear — I want your money. I deserve it. This church deserves 
It. 

Regarding Parsley's personal holdings, the Columbus 
Monthly magazine further discloses: 

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"Parsley, his wife, Joni, and their two young children 
live in a five-bedroom house they have built next to his parents' 
house on a 21 -acre compound in northwest Fairfield County 
The compound has an electronic gate at the road to discourage 
uninvited visitors, and stables and a corral have been built in 
one corner. Rod Parsley's home is worth $857,090, say records 
at the Fairfield County recorder's office. Fiis parents' home, 
also new, is valued at $831,480. Each was built with a $200,000 
mortgage taken out in 1990. ... Parsley also owns a $500,000 jet, 
a seven-passenger Hawker Siddeley 125." 
(Source: www.apostasywatch.com/wolves2/pagel0.html) 

And from Brother Parsley's "Breakthrough" website 
(www.breakthrough.net/faq.asp) : 

'' Tithing-From the Hebrew wordmaasrah, meaningtenth. 
A tenth of our gross (firstfruits), not our net increase Genesis 4:3- 
4, Genesis 14:18-19, Genesis 28:20-22, Deuteronomy 26:2. We 
bring the tithe to the priest in his office. In the Old Testament, the 
priest was a man Deuteronomy 26:3-4. In the New Testament, 
the priest is Jesus Christ Hebrews 7:5-8. Bring your tithe into the 
storehouse where you receive spiritual food Malachi 3:10. Make 
your confession of faith when you bring your tithe Deuteronomy 
26:3, Deuteronomy 26:5-11. Withholding tithes or offerings. A 
tithe withheld must be paid with 20% interest added Leviticus 
27:31 It tends to poverty Proverbs 11:24. Robbing God Malachi 
3:8-9." 

Notice that every verse quoted to take tithes from his 
followers is from the law, except the verse from Hebrews, refer- 
enced those who were (past tense) under the law. The reference 
to Jesus Christ being our high priest is used here to justify Bro. 
Parsley receiving the tithe. We ask again, where is Scripture for 
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Now re-read the chapter on the end of the law and the 
verses from Jude, along with the definition for lucre, right above, 
and think, dear Brother and Sister. And ask God to show you 
truth. 

Dare we compare Bro. Parsley, Hinn, Joyce Myers, the 
TBN crowd, and so many other prominent big time ministries 
to some of the big names of Scripture ? Two prominent men 
who even bore the same name, Saul, bear striking examples of 
two kinds of spiritual leaders of God's people. 

Consider Paul's word to the Corinthians in IlCor. 11:9 
" And when I was present with you , (he was with them for a year 
and a half and ministered there just as he did for the three years 
he was in Ephesus) and wanted, I was chargeable to no man : 
for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from 
Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from 
being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself 10 As the 
truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in 
the regions ofAchaia. 11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God 
knoweth. 12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occa- 
sion ^^:gmjhemjvhich_desire_^^ (the word occasion means 
opportunity); that wherein they glory, they may be found even as 
we. 13 Fo r such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transform- 
ing themselves into the apostles of Christ" 

Now let's look at another Saul back in I Sam. 8-9. This 
was the physically attractive stand-out of his day, literally. No- 
tice what God said about the man the people of God wanted to 
rule over them, lead them, and protect them: 

'And he said. This will be the manner of the king that 
shall reign over you : he will take your sons, and appoint them 
unto him, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and they shall 
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captains of thousands, and captains of fifties; and he will set some 
to plow his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his in- 
struments of war, and the instruments of his chariots. And he will 
take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to 
his officers, and to his servants . And he will take your men-ser- 
vants, and your maid-servants, and your goodliest young men, 
and your mules, and put them to his work . He will take the 
tenth of your flocks: and ye shall he his servants . And ye shall 
cry out in that day because of your king whom ye shall have chosen 
you.." 

The men who took the ministry o^KingOYtv God's peo- 
ple had a certain manner. They took from the people to be their 
own servants in the name of serving the king and they would 
give homage to the man and defend him. They appointed cap- 
tains over their programs, administration, staff, and hierarchy 
These appointed servants assisted the king in taking up the 
tenths and fruits of the people in order to fund his administra- 
tion and organization. They would take of the ''goodliest young 
men" and put them to work just like the zealous, young new 
converts who usually jump into church life with zeal and work 
the program overseen by the pastor who usually has the chief 
seat in the church. The mules are the burden bearers known as 
pillars and mainstays of the local church organization who sup- 
port the church with time, finances, and work. They include 
the secretaries, teachers, program directors, ushers, business- 
men, and others. 

Let's summarize these two scriptural examples of char- 
acteristics of leadership: 

King Saul took of the people servants, tenths, young 
men and maidens, fell into corruption, and had God's people 
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The Apostle Paul worked while he served, took nothing, 
gave utterly of himself, had no servants, and was totally sacrifi- 
cial in serving the Lord. And when Paul no longer physically 
worked for wages, he was supplied by giving brethren because of 
the years he spent both working and ministering to the church- 
es. And note those who worked the works of God healed the 
sick, worked miracles, signs and wonders rather than admin- 
istrating a building and organization. Paul's work was "in the 
power and demonstration of the Spirit rather than in Sunday 
sermons, books, tapes, and programs. 

As you continue to read this book, you will come across 
other examples of the plundering of God's people for the build- 
ing of personal kingdoms and organizations in the name of 
Christianity. 

If we are going to site Scripture as the foundation for 
doctrine let us compare other examples of commands. 

Below are two lists of the Scriptures from the New Tes- 
tament: 

1. Examples of Christians or churches tithing: 

2. Commands to Christians to tithe: 

Contrast this with two lists of Scriptures regarding baptism: 

1. Examples of Christians baptized: 

Acts2:4l;8:l6;9:18; 10:48; 19:5 

Romans 6:3 

1 Corinthians 1:13-14 

Galatians 3:27 

Colossians 2:12 

2. Commands for Christians to be baptized: 

Matthew 28:19 

Mark 16:16 

Acts 2:38; 10:48; 22:16 

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Or compare two lists of Christians keeping the Sabbath: 

1 . Examples of New Testament Christians meeting on 
or observing the Sabbath: 

Acts 13:14; 13:42; 13:44; 17:2 
Luke 4: 16; 4:31 

2. Commands to Christians to keep the Sabbath: 

In these three areas of study we easily develop doctrinal 
conclusions: Christian baptism is given by both example and 
command. Christian Sabbath-keeping has only limited exam- 
ples and no New Testament command. Without an expressed 
command to Christians and the Church, we are not under the 
Law to observe the Jewish Sabbath. 

Christian tithing has no New Testament example either 
and no command. Yet we teach it as unshakeable truth for the 
Church, quoting Malachi 3:10 over and over. Compare this with 
what Paul told the believers regarding giving in 2 Corinthians 
9:7. ''Every man according as he purposes in his heart, (so let him 
give), not grudgingly or of necessity, for Godloveth a cheerful giv- 
er" But without an expressed Biblical command or law for the 
Church to tithe, we have only commands and examples from 
the Old Testament. Read and compare similar precepts, such 
as baptism, where we read of New Testament believers receiv- 
ing a direct command to be baptized and examples of baptisms! 
In Acts 10:48, Peter "commanded them to be baptized. And 
they that gladly received his word were baptized both men and 
women." Both commands and examples are given to confirm 
the doctrine. 

With the Sabbath, we have multiple examples where 
New Testament believers met or kept the Sabbath, but we have 
no direct New Testament command to keep the Sabbath. We 
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the feasts, but no such direct command. We have both com- 
mands and examples to work, to love, to teach, to baptize, and 
to pray, but never a direct command to tithe. Another example 
found in Scripture but which we have no command to duplicate 
is Zacheus giving half his goods to the poor. The early Church 
sold their goods and gave into the ministry, apparently the ma- 
jority going to help the poor and widows. These were done as 
acts of free-will giving, not as a command. 

To conclude, in the New Testament Scriptures, we have 
neither command nor example for the Church to tithe. To en- 
force the law of the tithe in the New Testament Church is to 
re-establish the Law, the need to keep ^// of the Law, and also 
the opening up of Christians to the curse of the Law according 
to Galatians 3. Jesus warned, "'Beware of the leaven of the Phari- 
sees" What was their leaven? The religious leaders required their 
converts to keep traditions which God never required, going 
beyond the Scripture. They kept the rules but missed God, just 
like the churches that enforce tithing cause believers to miss the 
leading of the Holy Spirit in giving. (Ecc. 1:9) ''The thing that 
has been is the thing which shall he7 The day will come when 
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Holes In Our Bag Or In Our Theology? 

/Vnother Old Testament passage we have heard re- 
minding us of our need to be tithers is from Haggai 1:6-9, ''he 
that earns wages earns wages to put it into a hag with holes' and 
''you looked for much and lo, it became little'^ implying God call- 
ing for a drought upon the houses of the Christian non- tithers. 
But the real hole, here again, is in our theology on tithing. The 
truth is found in Haggai 2:5, the references are once again in 
the context of the Law, "According to the word that I covenanted 
with you when you came out of Egypt!' What covenant was that? 
Who was the word for? Do you want the truth? 

The commandments of God were for Israel, not the 
Church. Again we have an Old Testament precept superim- 
posed on the Church. Is the house of God in the Old Testament 
the same as in the New Testament ? They had a physical temple 
in Jerusalem, Scripture teaches the house or temple in the New 
Testament is the Body of Christ (or those who believe on Him). 
Here are two lists of Scriptures referencing tithing/giving: 



1. (tenth, tithe, tithing) 





2. ( give, giveth, giving, gift, 
seed, sow, soweth) 

Matthew 10:8; 10:42; 19:4; 20: 
Luke 6:30, 6:38; 12:33 
Acts 20:35 
Ephesians 4:28 
Colossians 4: 1 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 

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A total of fourteen passages contain a direct, expressed 
exhortation to give. There are two more verses that refer to seed 
sown and soweth in 2 Corinthians 9: 16 and 9: 10 that refer back 
to giving and do not mention a tithe. Yet the churches that keep 
the tithing ordinance must lean on the Old Testament because 
when they look for tithing in the New Testament, they only 
find references to giving. Or, they do as our old church did, they 
blend giving with tithing, teaching from Scriptures on giving, 
adding in tithing in order to receive God's financial blessing. 

What dhoul firstfruits, which is also mentioned by the 
tithe proponents as belonging to God and the church? A scan 
of Strong's Concordance shows not a single reference to first- 
fruits or firstfruit in reference to either giving or tithing. The 
mention of firstfruits in the New Testament has everything to 
do with Christians themselves being firstfruits to God and the 
evidence of the Holy Spirit. (Jas. 1:18) "Of his own will begat he 
us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of 
his creatures" (Rev. 14:4) "These are they which follow the Lamb 
whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed fiom among men, 
[being] the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb." (Rom. 8:22) 
"For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in 
pain together until now. (23) And not only [they], but ourselves 
also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan 
within ourselves, waitingfor the adoption, [to wit] the redemption 
of our body. " 

Once again, the proponent of tithing loses his argument 
for teaching the Church that the firstfruits are to be brought in 
as a tithe. It is typical teaching in tithing churches that in order 
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Remember, in the New Testament, God, indeed, owns 
it all and we are stewards over 100%. In Luke 14:33, Jesus said, 
"So therefore whosoever he be of you that renounceth not all that 
he hath, he cannot he my disciple ? That does not sound like the 
tithe-to-prosper message. We should be hearing His voice to re- 
ceive constant instruction on the management of His 100%, of 
which we renounced ownership. 

This also goes hand-in-hand with the prosperity teach- 
ings that encourage Christians to give in order to get. Many 
pastors would deny they teach tithing as a give-to-get doctrine. 
Yet, to the average Christian, who does not read the bible, the 
tithe-to-be-blessed, firstfruits-redemption-of-the-rest-of-your- 
finances teaching, breeds an expectation of the guarantee of 
financial rewards. Corruption is subtly sown in the leadership 
ministry itself as it gives the minister a financial incentive to 
grow the kingdom of his church. After all, "if you are blessed 
with a raise, then the pastor is blessed with a raise," (an actual 
quote from the pulpit). 

If a tither receives an inheritance, tax refund, or insur- 
ance settlement, then the minister also has an expectation to 
participate in the bounty. He may feel robbed if the tither is not 
forthcoming with the expected tithe on those blessings because 
under the tithing rule, it is due to him. We know of one family 
who tithed on money that they borrowed to finance their home 
repairs! That same family labored and struggled financially for 
years, tithing and offering all the while. The financial abuse 
caused their two children to turn away from God, and the pre- 
cious firstfruits of their children have been lost to the kingdom 
of God. No one bothered to show them from Scripture that 
God never said borrowing was a form of increase and required 
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How can we quote Apostle Paul, who said we are ''dead 
to the Law" when tithing is one of the commands of the Law 
of the Old Covenant, then turn right around and say the New 
Testament Church does not need to keep the Law? To do that 
is to kill the Law, then revive it back into the Church. That 
is "another gospel" upon which Paul pronounced a curse in 
Galatians 1:7-8. Abraham's faith and covenants pointed ahead 
to the promises of God, which resulted in the giving of God's 
expressed Law 420 years later. The promises of God's blessing 
upon Abraham, which included the Lord's acceptance of his 
tithe, sacrifices, and obedience in circumcision, were all con- 
firmed in the Law of Moses. Yet, Paul refers to the ''weak and 
beggarly elements'^ and the "carnal commandment" of those 
things contained in the Law, in which tithing is included. You 
cannot remove the fact that tithing was part of the Law. 

Paul wrote in Colossians 2:20, "Wherefore if ye be dead 
with Christ fom the rudiments of the world, why, as though living 
in the world, are ye subject to ordinances^ Verse 23 continues to 
say that the practices of old Jewish traditions and laws do have 
an appearance or show of wisdom, humility, and sacrifice, as 
does tithing. He adds in Colossians 2:14 that Christ performed 
the "blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against 
us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it 
to his cross" Ephesians 2:15 states, "Having abolished in his flesh 
the enmity, [even] the law of commandments (author's note: Old 
Testament tithing laws included) [contained] in ordinances" And 
Galatians 3:10 reminds us, "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!' Are you performing the works of the Law? If 
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the works of the Law. (Gal. 5:1) "[AJnd he not entangled again 
with the yoke of bondage" 

This is the tithe that hinds. 

Another point of the Law that traced back to Abraham 
is mentioned in Galatians, and that is circumcision. (Gal. 5:3) 
"For / testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is 
debtor to do the whole law" Keeping an Abrahamic covenant 
rolled forward and confirmed into the Law obligates us to do 
the whole Law! Tithing was an Abrahamic practice rolled for- 
ward and confirmed into the Law, and in so doing, we become 
debtors to do the whole Law! Remember we heard tithing was 
before the law. Well, so were circumcision and blood sacrifice! 
The very next verse states, ''Christ is become of no effect unto you, 
whosoever of you are justified by the law" Tithing was part of the 
Law. Again, how can we say we are not under the Law, but then 
turn around and quote Malachi, Haggai, Leviticus, and teach 
tithing, which was part of the Law? 

By now the supporter of tithing is working even harder 
to justify Christian tithing and he finds Jesus speaking to the 
Law-keeping Pharisees in Matthew 23:23. " Woe unto you, scribes 
and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and 
cumin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judg- 
ment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to 
leave the other undone" 

Please, take a closer look here, friends. In this passage, 
when Jesus referred to those things which included tithing as 
matters ''of the law" He was speaking to Pharisees, who were 
Law-observing, Old Testament Jews. Hebrews 8:4 describes 
them as "priests that offer gifis according to the law" 

The New Covenant in Christ is not in effect before the 
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after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the 
testator liveth" 

Three points emerge showing the error of applying tith- 
ing to the Church from these passages: 

• Jesus referred to tithing as pertaining to the Law. 

• The Pharisee was under the Old Covenant Law. 

• The New Covenant is not in effect while the testator lives. 
Warning! The next time you hear ''tithing was before the 

Law" and the speaker tries to disconnect it from Moses' Law, he 
is contradicting Jesus, Who included tithing in the matters of 
the Law. 

Once again, the law of tithing collides head-on with the 
New Testament teaching in Romans 6:14, ''Ye are not under 
the law, hut under grace" Yet, sadly, an army of Bible-college- 
educated ordained ministers repeat and compound the error of 
tithing and fundraising. In effect, they are robbing God's people, 
and creating their own kingdoms supported by an unscriptural 
practice. 

(Mark 16:15) "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the 
world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (16) He that he- 
lieveth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not 
shall be damned. (17) And these signs shall follow them that be- 
lieve; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with 
new tongues; (18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink 
any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on 
the sick, and they shall recover" This has been changed to a weak 
and powerless gospel that has Christians seeking medical relief 
from worldly physicians, insurance agents, and lawyers. In ef- 
fect, other signs now follow them that believe their local church 
teaching: in His name they shall ask Jesus into their heart, en- 
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ings, not cast out devils, attend Sunday church, participate in 
programs and classes, and remain in gross ignorance of God's 
Word. Programs, meetings, and classes have replaced Christ's 
power in the worldly church. 

The Old Testament covenant, in reality a contract be- 
tween God and nation of people (Israel), which included the 
tithe, has been replaced by a new and better, all-nations- and- 
people covenant. Tithing binds us to the dead letter of the Law, 
"the letter killeth" rather than the living hope of the promise 
contained in the new and better covenant that speaks to our 
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So You Think You are a TRUE and HONEST TITHER? 



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\[, let's say you disagree with this heretical new con- 
cept and that you are afraid of robbing God. You know tithing 
was of the Law and before the Law, and Abraham tithed. Let's 
be honest then and see if you are a true and faithful tither. 

Your paycheck and/or your business - do you tithe from 
the gross or the net? Someone gave you a cake for your birth- 
day, did you carefully measure out a tenth to bring to church? 
You receive a shirt or pair of shoes for Christmas, your child is 
given toys, did you let the child choose which toy to give to the 
ministry and did you tithe from the shoes and shirts ? Someone 
buys your dinner, do you wait until you have received ten pur- 
chased meals then take the pastor out to eat? How about that 
birthday money. Mother's Day flowers, and your garage sale? 
Did you tithe on all of that? If not, shame on you, you robbed 
God by withholding your tithe according to the rule of bring 
all the tithe. If someone gave you a car, what are you going to 
do ? Loan it to the pastor every ten days, borrow money to pay a 
tithe on the value ? Did you bring that every third year tithe on 
your increase which is part of the all the tithes} What are we to 
do? You pay a utility bill, rent, or put gas in the car of a needy 
brother or sister, do you give them ten percent extra so they can 
tithe on your gift? If not, you made them a God- robber! 

And farmers, pay attention: Leviticus 27:32 - "'And con- 
cerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever 
passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD" 
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chickens, ducks, and whatsoever the farmers bring to pay their 
tithe. 

Do your kids tithe of all the Lord God gives them 
through friends and relatives at all the birthdays, holidays, and 
graduations? This includes money, clothing, toys, bikes, and 
whatever. Malachi said ''bring ALL the tithes into the storehouse" 
Did you receive increase in those other blessings of food, gifts, 
and things ? How about your tomato plants and lemon tree ? 
You have several choices now: either keep very accurate records 
so you may tithe of ALL, pray for grace to cover all your sin- 
ful God-robbing oversights, give extra just in case, or... have the 
courage to face the truth and admit you cannot keep the law of 
the tithe. 

In some churched families, one member may tithe, an- 
other does not. Is the family then cursed? What if unchurched 
parents buy a son or daughter a car and/or pay for repairs on the 
vehicle, doesn't the tithe paying adult child owe a tithe on the 
increase according to bring ALL the tithes} 

Oh, you say "we are not legalistic" about those things 
because of grace. But the preacher gets up and teaches the need 
for ten percent of your paycheck week after week in order for 
you to be blessed. 

So all of those other increases including the produce the 
livestock, and maybe a vehicle are not important it is just the 
MONEY we need to be carefully and faithfully tithing? 

And what about the church organization itself? Does 
your church faithfully tithe of ALL that it receives ? Then where 
is the accounting for ALL the donations, clothing, food, bicy- 
cles, flowers, meals and don't forget those fund raisers? How 
can you know for sure that your Church is not robbing God? 
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know it, and then you get to be partaker of the curse of not 
keeping the whole law! Or worse, it makes us hypocrites be- 
cause we say we believe in tithing but fudge or excuse all the 
little areas where we overlook the need for tithing. 

It reminds me of a conversation with a preacher from 
our old Pentecostal denomination regarding women wearing 
pants or other apparel that pertaineth to a man from Dt. 22:5. 
When I pointed out that neither he nor his wife had any hesita- 
tion or reservations about giving her his jacket, hat, or gloves 
when the weather was nippy, he replied "but it was cold"! Ex- 
cuse me, where did Dt.22:5 say manly apparel on a woman was 
okay when it gets cold? 

In one convoluted instance, when my wife was choir di- 
rector, a question arose in regard to a certain choir member's 
qualifications. Did she tithe or not? If not, either she was to 
start tithing now or not return to the choir. It got worse. Her 
husband, also a church member, did not tithe regularly. Some- 
times he would mark tithe on the envelope, sometimes offer- 
ing. Was her tithe included too? Since it was not known if this 
included her tithe, a discussion over this technicality was fol- 
lowed by a meeting with the choir member. Maybe Mt. 6:3 is 
worth considering here: ''But when thou doest alms, let not thy 
left hand know what thy right hand do eth, that your alms may he 
in secret: and thy Father who sees in secret shall recompense thee!' 
But because the tithe was a requirement for choir membership 
and leadership, it became an issue. 

We even heard we are to tithe of our TIME. God comes 
first so that would mean a minimum of 2 hours and 24 minutes 
each day set aside for spiritual works. 

Here is the truth: Christ set us free from the Law that 
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Law and no matter how hard you try, you will fail. This is why 
we have repented of keeping OT laws and ordinances. 

Need we repeat at this stage of this discourse, tithing 
was an ordinance of the Law} 



Church Budget 



Ministry 

Support & 

Communication 

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Facilities & 

Equipment 

Expenses 

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Payments & Interest 

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It Really Is More Blessed To Give 

In reality, this book is a positive case for cheerful, joy- 
ous. Godly, Spirit-directed giving. We find the Bible clearly, 
repeatedly, throughout the New Testament emphasizes and en- 
courages giving, giving from the heart, give as every man pur- 
poses in his own heart; if you see a brother in need, you are to 
give to him, not just say, "God bless you," and send him away 
hungry, 'Ht is more blessed to give" "give and it shall he given unto 
you? But we have, in practice, changed it to, "tithe, and it shall 
he given unto you, shaken together, pressed down, and running 
over" We believe with all of our hearts in giving! When God 
directs our gifts, we are able to give cheerfully with great joy, 
especially when we see it is going directly to a specific need in 
someone's life. Americans are great givers and very generous 
when they see someone in need or when a disaster strikes. Jesus 
said we are blessed according to what we give; our seed given is 
blessed according to what we sow. 

As we read the New Testament, charity absolutely 
abounds in examples of giving and encouragement to give; here 
is one from Philippians 4:15. " ...when I departed from Macedo- 
nia no church communicated with me concerning giving and re- 
ceiving hut you" (This was a perfect place, by the way, for Paul to 
quote Malachi and remind the Philippians to tithe as we do.) In 
2 Corinthians where Paul instructs on giving, seed sowing, and 
blessing, he never mentions a tithe; the context is about giving. 
For anyone to take liberty to insert tithing into his teaching is 
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30:6, '\.. add thou not unto his word lest he reprove thee, and thou 
be found a liar" and put a bondage on Christians that hinders 
the true blessing of purposed, heartfelt giving. 

(2 Cor. 9: 10) "Now he that ministereth seed to the sower 
both minister bread for [your] food, and multiply your seed sown, 
and increase the fruits of your righteousness); (11) Being enriched 
in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us 
thanksgiving to God. (12) For the administration of this service 
not only supplieth the want (author's note: need) of the saints, but 
is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God" 

Where did/do those collections go? To the building 
fund? To the visiting speaker? Or, maybe we are to tithe first, 
then support the business of the church, then what is left we 
give to the needy? This is how it works out in the church system 
we lived under. But there is a whole nother understanding here 
where the giving is supposed to go. 

All the passages quoted here to support tithing and of- 
fering, in reality, speak to direct giving to needy saints. Tith- 
ing is robbing those in need because the average church-goer 
is trained to focus his giving into tithes and the weekly offer- 
ings to the organizational church. If anything, the poorer 
church-goer is squeezed to tithe, when what they need to 
learn is how to give. In fact, Paul strongly encouraged equal- 
ity and the sharing of our abundance with other saints. This is 
contrary to the ministerial enrichment, funds-seeking, mega- 
church, glitz- and-glamour prosperity Christianity on televi- 
sion, and the church buildings all around. The passage about 
giving "on the first day of the week as God has prospered you" in 
1 Corinthians 16:1-3 is not about giving to the church, it is 
about giving to the saints. In nearly 3,000 services I never heard 
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True Covenant Giving 

The true covenant, that God offers to the Church, is 
found in giving. Does giving put us into a covenant promise 
with God? "Give and it shall be given unto you" is a specific, 
direct promise as is the law of sowing and reaping. Are there 
numerous expressed promises to believers concerning giving 
we can quote from the New Testament ? Of course, and those 
are true promise covenants God has given us as believers. His 
promise to bless what we give from our heart (as opposed to 
keeping a church ordinance, requirement, rule, or legalism). 
Giving as God specifically directs puts the responsibility on 
God's children to obey "His commandments" as He speaks to 
His sheep. This will also, by the way, be one area to test and 
prove God through the New Testament law of liberty and hear- 
ing the voice of the Lord. James wrote, (2: 12) "[Djo, as they that 
shall be judged by the law of liberty" 

Understand this, to allow God to speak to us in direct- 
ing our giving puts a greater responsibility on us in obeying the 
voice of the Lord. But it also brings us into greater blessing ac- 
cording to His Will for each of us. Maybe it is just time we swal- 
lowed hard and confessed we have all robbed God by continu- 
ing in something He never told the Church to do. 

Can it be that we have robbed God's people of the true 
blessing of experiencing Holy Spirit-led giving and promised 
blessing? Maybe there is a real connection to the curse of the 
Law and areas of our lives such as debt, sickness, afflictions, and 
other difficulties we face. Is it possible the ministry itself has 
been robbed by leaning on the law of tithing for support? 

Some church leaders even go so far as to call members 
asking about their tithe on the sale of property or insurance 
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a requirement for church membership and leadership. Minis- 
ters indoctrinate and manipulate both members and leaders 
to tithe money faithfully, using the Bible and their position of 
trust and leadership in the name of "being good stewards" and 
"faithfulness to the kingdom." 

Conclusion: There is absolutely no expressed Biblical 
covenant of tithing to the Church of the New Testament, but 
there are many expressed covenant promises from God regard- 
ing giving that never mention a tithe. 

And what does God specifically say He will bless ? It is 
giving. He said He would also bless the work of our hands. Do 
you work with your hands? Are you a giver? Then know and 
believe God has promised Christians blessings and God keeps 
His Word. (2 Cor. 9:7) ''Every man according as he purposeth in 
his heart, [so let him give;] not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God 
loveth a cheerful giver" Tithing is not giving. How many times 
have you heard we mnstpay our tithes ? 

When we give directly to a brother in need, we are giv- 
ing directly to Christ Jesus. (Mat. 25:40) ''And the King shall 
answer and say unto them. Verily I say unto you. Inasmuch as ye 
have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have 
done [it] unto me" (Pro. 19: 17) "He that hath pity upon the poor 
lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay 
him again" 

But according to the church law of the tithe, we are to 
tithe first, then we can go ahead and give to the needy brother. 
(Heb. 6: 1 0) "For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and 
labor of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye 
have ministered to the saints, and do minister" The majority of 
New Testament Scriptural passages which speak of minister- 
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less fortunate. "That the rich be careful to maintain good works'' 
has everything to do with providing for those in need. But the 
common church model perverts this teaching to support the 
organization first with tithes and offerings, then, if you have 
opportunity, you can remember the poor. 

Since we have been liberated from the law of tithing, we 
are more excited about giving than we have ever been, looking 
to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, to speak to His 
sheep where and what to give. We have been more blessed as 
we are learning to listen to God and give where He directs. It is 
true ! God loves a cheerful giver, and you will love to give when 
God directs your giving. 

So where should a Christian give ? Every Christian should 
begin to ask God, not a man, "Where should I give?" Then go 
to the Bible and prayerfully pay attention to where God says the 
giving should go. Expect to hear from the Lord and have the 
courage to depart from tradition, including the regular Sunday 
collection habit. You will be amazed to hear God tell you in 
specific terms to whom and how much to give. You may even 
end up meeting the unspoken needs of God's people, and be 
blessed accordingly, as you rejoice in helping a brother or sister 
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Paul Assumed Tithing For Us ? 

1 es, we can agree the early Jewish Christian church 
tithed, kept the Sabbath, and offered gifts and sacrifices under 
the Law. But by 70 A.D., with the destruction of Jerusalem and 
the temple, those practices were over. Long before that event, 
however, Paul had written apostolic letters to churches clarify- 
ing the laws and ordinances in the New Testament, never once 
reminding them to tithe or keep the Sabbath. So how may we 
assume the early Church tithed and then make that firm doc- 
trine? In the New Testament, regarding tithing, there is no 
stated example given of any church bringing or giving tithes. To 
assume or use human reasoning that tithing "was an accepted 
custom" or that tithing is "a starting point for giving" is to go 
beyond what the Bible actually says and add an unexpressed 
rule or standard into Scripture where there is none. This is hu- 
man reasoning at best and adding cursed leaven to Scripture at 
worst. 

Darkness or Light? 

(Psa. 1 19:105) "Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a 
light unto my path" Someone says the Christian church tithed 
with no Scripture telling it to or saying it did? Then you have 
no lamp for your feet and no light for your path to walk therein 
as you follow that teaching. This is walking in darkness without 
His Word. 

Many early non-Jewish believers had no previous expe- 
rience or knowledge of tithing. Acts 10:2 speaks of the Gen- 
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[man], and one that feared God with all his house, which gave 
much alms to the people, and prayed to God always? According to 
Scripture, Cornelius, a devout man, was mentioned as a giver, 
not a tither. 

As the Word of God grew and non-Jews were added to 
the Church, Paul was passionate in his concern about them not 
taking on Jewish customs and legalisms. Galatians and Colos- 
sians specifically address Christians being free in Christ from 
the laws and ordinances of the Old Covenant. 

Isaiah 28:9-10 tells how doctrine is built, ''For precept 
[must he] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line 
upon line; here a little, [and] there a little,'' from Scripture, never 
from assumptions and never from an absence of command and 
example. Anyone making an assumption about doctrine apart 
from the Scripture, opens wide the door for error, deception, 
and corruption. 

In our old church we were taught tithing from the ex- 
ample of Abraham in Hebrews 8, apparently after the pastor 
realized that tithing was of the Law, also. He had unintention- 
ally been mis-teaching for years by using the Law and prophets. 
Unscriptural phrases such as, ''tithing is where our giving should 
begin" and, "because God owns it all we should tithe," are used 
to influence the Church. Wrestling the Scriptures to fit a tradi- 
tion inherited from religion is common in the Christian world 
and most of us have stumbled by repeating someone else's error. 
Once you remove the teeth of the Law of Moses and the proph- 
ets to Israel from the tithe teaching, you are left with an unscrip- 
tural case based on custom, tradition, and a church's need of 
funding . 

Over the years we heard far more teaching on tithing 
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About twenty- five to thirty percent of the membership faithful- 
ly tithed to the ministry and gave offerings to the church (most 
of which paid for church overhead). Now we realize we were, in 
reality, funding a government-licensed 501c3 corporation op- 
erating as a ministry, rather than giving to the real Church, the 
Body of Christ! 

That is not to completely discount all church corpora- 
tions or say all are evil or wrong, because a lot of good is done by 
many great ministries, as exemplified by James Dobson's Focus 
on the Family and others. The error is that the typical member 
has no idea his church is a government-licensed corporation 
and that the real Church of Jesus Christ is the body of believers, 
not the business or institution. (By the way. Dr. Dobson's Focus 
on the Family ministry has been greatly impacted by the 501c3 
laws and IRS in their ability to speak out publicly on social is- 
sues.) 

We are personally aware of the corruption of God's ser- 
vants by money, resulting in the creation of corporate church 
hirelings living off the sheep. With the one-man-pastor- CEO 
style of leadership, there are many opportunities for Satan to 
use money from tithes and church salaries to wreak havoc in the 
life of church leaders. Examples we know of abound, not just 
in the large, visible televangelist world, but in countless small 
churches in small towns. 

After a quarter century of association with church 
groups who taught and enforced a rule of tithing, we now real- 
ize how the leadership suffers and is led astray by this. Tithing 
fosters a judgmental and self-righteous attitude in both minis- 
ters and members. Tithing creates an expectation of financial 
reward and/or gain in the ministry, whether from subtle ways 
or outright extortion and manipulation by the clergy. 

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In one church consisting of around 250 members, in- 
cluding mainly working middle-class people, a bishop com- 
mented to the pastor, "See those people out there? Those are 
your CDs" (certificates of deposit savings accounts). 

Another former pastor illegally borrowed church funds 
for personal purchases and lived an extravagant ministerial life- 
style while members sold peanut brittle to fundraise for the 
church. Visiting ministers were well fed at fine restaurants, and 
monthly getaways were common for the resting of the minis- 
try. 

A church leader and his wife were once lifted up as great 
people of God after a $250,000 offering they raised in one ser- 
vice out-of-state while pastoring a church there. They were also 
closely monitoring who tithed and how much, to the point of 
calling people asking how soon they were going to bring in the 
tithe. In one example, this included calling a newly widowed 
woman for her tithe in an insurance death-of-spouse settle- 
ment! 

Some years ago, two gifted prophets, who taught tithing 
and ministered to our church, actually argued with each other 
over who got the best offering from our church, boasting of how 
much they were paid! 

Stories have surfaced of local Christian ministers taking 
trips and other gambling spots for vacations and recreation- 
away from the eyes of their congregations who tithe to them. 
In church, the tithe is holy when it is taken on Sunday. Is it still 
holy when laid down as a bet on the tables of Las Vegas ? 

I could list many more personal examples from an in- 
sider's position as we were part of church leadership and knew 
many ministers from tithing churches, both independent and 
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isters an indulgent ministerial lifestyle while members fund- 
raised for the church, and, faithfully, with no questions asked, 
supported our leaders with our tithes. 

Tithing was required for any leadership in our former 
grace church of approximately 150 members (including teach- 
ers, choir, musicians, etc.) The pastor had sole control and 
there was no accountability of the tithe income account, which 
funded his ministry and lifestyle; offerings and fundraisers sup- 
ported the church operation and overhead. To his credit, when 
the church was small, the pastor sacrificed his own funds (from 
the tithe) in order to keep the church operation viable during 
the lean times of the startup years, and he personally helped 
many people generously with needs through the years. As the 
church grew, his personal lifestyle adapted to the prosperity of 
the church: daily meals at restaurants, travel, etc., became an 
integral part of the ministry and visiting ministers were well- 
paid (large financial gifts, air fare, golf games, hotels, and ex- 
pensive meals included) to speak in our church. These speakers 
were touted as "life- changing", "next level," "cutting edge," "big 
time" ministries who would powerfully lift up the church. One 
of them we know of was paid $2,000 for one weekend service. 
Another evangelist was paid in cash, offerings and perks of over 
$41,000 during a period of four months. Both of these speakers 
were being paid quite generously at a rate very few in the con- 
gregation could earn on their jobs. 

From an insider s position, we saw the ministry write off, 
as church expense, much of their personal expenses. Vacations, 
travel, books, phone, meals, auto expenses, clothing, babysit- 
ters, housekeepers, and home repairs are routinely written off as 
ministry expenses in the professional clergy. Church members 
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one personal instance, we recall how church members re-roofed 
the pastor's home, and we know these are typical actions of sin- 
cere, loving church members. Sort of makes you want to aspire 
to the ministry, doesn't it ? 

When you compare these examples with what Paul 
said of his ministry, the leaven and mammon of which Christ 
warned, and read of what Peter reminded leaders, we have 
red lights and siren alarms as to where the church has strayed. 
(1 Pet. 5:2) "Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the 
oversight [thereof], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy 
lucre (authors note: pay), but of a ready mind" 

Now let's read some interesting things about Paul's min- 
istry you've probably never heard. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 
9: 18, "What is my reward then? [verily] that, when I preach the 
gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I 
abuse not my power in the gospel" Remember that the next time 
your church membership comes to you selling chicken dinners, 
raffles, or peanut brittle, or holding yard sales, or asking for 
donations^r the church. Many times church staff and visiting 
ministers eat at fine restaurants courtesy of the good folks in 
the pews. This is common practice in the church world today, 
and, in our case, we assumed this was the way the ministry was 
to operate as we followed our leaders. 

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 2:17, "For we are not as many, 
which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, 
in the sight of God speak we in Christ" Corrupt in Strong's is 
number 2585 and means to retail. "We have some books and 
CDs for you to purchase out in the lobby, folks, and at the other 
table you can buy tickets for the chicken dinner. Later we will 
take a special offering for pastor's vacation and Saturday is the 
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hang around the evangeUcal church world for long, it is a guar- 
anteed experience. 

Paul's Example To The Whole Church 

Paul the apostle worked when he preached and minis- 
tered in churches. Paul said he worked to set an example to the 
church at Ephesus in Acts 20:34-35; this example he gave was 
for the pastors, teachers, elders, and evangelists! The Scripture 
testimony of Paul confesses he worked while at Thessalonica, 
Ephesus, and Corinth. (Acts 18:3) ''And because he was of the 
same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupa- 
tion they were tentmakers.'' Three of the early churches bear wit- 
ness to the fact this apostle of Jesus was not a salaried or tithe- 
taking minister. Paul never requested an offering or tithe for 
himself, unlike the high-paid televangelists, healers, and many 
preachers. In fact, he told the church at Thessalonica, ''If any 
work not, neither should he eat" The pastors are included in the 
any. 

Paul At Corinth 

(1 Cor. 9:18) "that I preach the gospel without charge!' 
In 1 Corinthians 9:6 and 9:14 Paul affirms that even though 
he and Barnabbas had the power "to forebear working" and that 
"they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel" in verse 1 5 
he declares, "But I have used none of these things: neither have I 
written... that it should be so done unto me" What? No $1,000 
speaking fees ? No tithes ? No perks ? 

He said he would rather die than take from those Chris- 
tians. (1 Cor. 9:15) "But I have used none of these things: neither 
have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for 
[it were] better for me to die, than that any man should make my 
glorying void." 

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This was not a short visit; he stayed at Corinth minister- 
ing for one-and-one-half years (Acts 18:11). By his third trip 
to Corinth, the elderly Paul was supplied by other brethren. (2 
Cor. 1 1:7) "Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that 
ye might he exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of 
God freely? (8) I robbed other churches, taking wages [of them] to 
do you service. (9) And when I was present with you, and wanted, 
I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the 
brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all [things] 
I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and [so] will 
I keep [myself]? Again, no mention of tithes or taking offerings 
for himself God supplied his needs through willing brethren; 
he went by faith and his needs were met. God is able to speak to 
other believers to help those He sends. He is a good God! 

Paul At Ephesus 

Paul said likewise to the church elders and overseers 
(apostles, pastors, teachers, prophets, elders) at Ephesus. (Acts 
20: 17) "[H]e sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church 
(28) over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers (34) 
Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my 
necessities, and to them that were with me. (35) I have showed you 
all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and 
to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said. It is more 
blessed to give than to receive? 

Paul At Thessalonica 

(2 Ths. 3:7) "For yourselves know how ye ought to imitate 
us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; (8) Nei- 
ther did we eat any mans bread for nothing; but wrought with 
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to any of you: (9) Not because we have not power, hut to make 
ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. (10) For even when 
we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not 
work, neither should he eat? 

Paul's word and example to three churches speaks strong 
and loud. Not only should they not be taking tithes and offer- 
ings, many should be working to support the weak and needy 
members! This is exactly what Paul wrote and told to the over- 
seers of the flock at Ephesus. Ministers who are truly called of 
God to serve will be provided for by God. 

Some assume Paul and others lived from the tithe. Paul 
specifically said that he worked as an example to all in those 
churches! No paid preacher, no paid hierarchy, no paid staffs no 
paid corporate organization, no advertising, no fundraising. 

In a related passage in Philippians 3:7, he said, ''brethren 
(authors note: the minister's were included, of course), become 
imitators together of me, and mark them that so walk... even as you 
have us for an example" 

Consider 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 in regard to imitating 
the ministry of Paul. (7)'' For yourselves know how ye ought to 
imitate us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly amongyou; (8) 
Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing; but wrought with 
labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable 
to any of you: (9) Not because we have not power, but to make 
ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. (10) For even when 
we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not 
work, neither should he eat. (1 1) For we hear that there are some 
which walk amongyou disorderly, workingnot at all, but are busy- 
bodies. (12) Now them that are such we command and exhort by 
our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their 
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Does your church leadership imitate Paul in this Scrip- 
ture passage? 

Do you have any verse where Paul took tithes for the 
clergy to imitate ? 

Paul did receive gifts to minister to the needy saints in 
other churches, but never ft)r a building program or church 
building furnishing. 

In the New Testament, where do you find the collec- 
tions, gifts, and contributions going ? 

Are we to allow error and withhold truth for fear that 
a brother will stumble? (Rom. 16:17-18) ''Now I beseech you, 
brethren, mark them that are causing the divisions and occasions 
of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which ye learned (author s 
note: Paul never taught a doctrine of tithing); and turn away 
from them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Christ, but 
their own belly; and by their smooth and fair speech they beguile 
the hearts of the innocent? 

Is it not amazing that Paul wrote fourteen books of the 
New Testament addressed to churches and individuals and 
there is absolute silence in regard to paying for giving a tithe to 
Paul or his associates ? 

When Paul Went Full Time 

This came when Paul was supported by the provision 
of God through believers. As Jesus had experienced in the last 
three years of His life and ministry, Paul's needs were met. He 
no longer worked with his hands as he ministered, nor did the 
other apostles when they forsook their craft in order to pray and 
study God's Word. (Acts 6:2,4) ''Then the twelve called the mul- 
titude of the disciples [unto them], and said, It is not reason that 
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There is no mention of being supported by the tithes 
here. 

In Phihppians 4:15-17, Paul had a need and wrote to 
them in the matter of "giving and receiving" again, a perfect 
place to mention a tithe if he wanted to do so. "[Wjhen I de- 
parted from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as con- 
cerning giving and receiving, hut ye only. (IS) For even in Thessa- 
lonicaye sent once and again unto my necessity. (17) Not because 
I desire a gift...." 

This passage, quoted earUer, reflects Paul's view of God's 
provision for His workers. (1 Cor. 9:6-12) ''Or I only and Barn- 
abas, have not we power to forebear working? (7) Who goeth a 
warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, 
and eateth not oftheftuit thereof? or whofeedeth a flock, and ea- 
teth not of the milk of the flock? (8) Say I these things as a man ? or 
saith not the law the same also? (9) For it is written in the law of 
Moses, though shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth 
out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? (10) Or saith he [it] 
altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, not doubt, [this] is writ- 
ten: that he that plow eth should plow in hope: and that he that 
thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. (11) If we have 
so wn unto you spiritual things, [is it] a great thing if we shall reap 
your carnal things? (12) If others be partakers of [this] power over 
you, [are] not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; 
but sufler all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ" 

Here, Paul made the case for God's ministers partak- 
ing of the fruit of the vineyard in which they labor (without 
mentioning tithes, quoting Malachi, or referring to Abraham's 
tithe). 

Another place Paul mentions his needs being met (again 
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posed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and 
companion in labour, andfellowsoldier, but your messenger, and 
he that ministered to my wants. (29) Receive him therefore in the 
Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: (30) Because 
for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his 
life, to supply your lack of service toward me" 

David Eells writes in Chapter 19 of Sovereign God For 
Us and Through Us : 

"Early in our discipleship, we began to walk by faith for 
God to be our suppher so that when we went from part-time 
to full-time ministry it was natural to continue these methods. 
We have never taken up offerings (an oxymoron), told people 
our needs, preached gimmee sermons, borrowed money, taken 
government benefits, or worked at a secular job. I am not say- 
ing this to brag, but to show God's power to provide without 
these methods. I also had to go this way to be qualified to teach 
on this subject. The Apostle Paul said, (Rom. 15:18) 'For I will 
not dare to speak of any things save those which Christ wrought 
through me, for the obedience of the Gentiles, by word and deed, 
(19) in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Holy 
Spirit'. 

"Years ago the Lord told me, 'I am sending you through 
a wilderness so that you can tell my people that I still supply in 
the wilderness.' As you can imagine, this lifestyle put us in many 
situations to prove His promises. The Lord wanted me to be 
able to speak from experience about His sovereignty to 'supply 
your every need, according to His riches in gloryl without resort- 
ing to the legalistic manipulations that Christendom normally 
resorts to. He said, 'Freely ye received, freely giv el 

"We have received only freewill offerings sent from God 
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wilderness experiences for anything, for they have totally im- 
pressed me with my Father. We have worked diligently in the 
Lord's service, and He said the 'laborer is worthy of his hire'. My 
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True Authority 

1 astors and ministers have no Biblical authority to 
receive tithes in the New Testament, as contrasted with the 
Levites, who were commanded under the Law to receive them! 
Hebrews 7:5 is explicit on this point. No pastor or minister 
holds the Levitical priesthood office, hence, no tithes. The same 
passage in Hebrews 7: 1 1 says the priesthood was changed. "If 
therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under 
it the people received the law,) what further need [was there] that 
another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not 
he called after the order of Aaron? (12) For the priesthood being 
changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law" 

If you still want to tithe, your church and minister 
should openly be accountable to you for their tithe, for they are 
not above the Law they teach. 

Have you asked why just the pastor is collecting the 
tithes? The Bible gave a five-fold ministry of apostles, proph- 
ets, evangelists, teachers and pastors. (Eph. 4:11) "And he gave 
some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and 
some, pastors and teachers; (12) For the perfecting of the saints, 
for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." 
Compare this again with Nehemiah 13:5, "and the tithes of the 
corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded [to be 
given] to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters" 

In our church, only the pastor collected the tithes (which 
was mentioned from the pulpit almost every week). If there is 
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(apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers, pastors) all take their 
share of the tithe? 

Do you see how far from Scriptural Christianity we have 
fallen? There is no Biblical model of the pastor-CEO style of 
leadership, as we observe so commonly Pastors have not a sin- 
gle verse of Scripture giving them authority to take tithes from 
anyone. The world would be a lot better off if Christians exer- 
cised the authority Jesus gave His disciples in Matthew 10:1. 
"And when he had called unto [him] his twelve disciples, he gave 
them power [against] unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal 
all manner of sickness and all manner of disease? 

The real travesty is in the number of churches exercising 
power and authority over other people s money, rather than over 
the works of the devil! It is painfully obvious we have created a 
kingdom of paid ministers, while not bringing baby Christians 
to maturity so that they walk in the authority and power of the 
Word Christ gave believers. 

Remember, there is a role model, an example from Scrip- 
ture for one man taking the ten percent. (1 Sam. 8:15) "And he 
will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give 
to his officers, and to his servants. (17) He will take the tenth 
of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants." His name was King 
Saul. He started out as a Godly, humble, servant of God. 

Am I saying every tithe-taking minister is like that cor- 
rupt Saul back in 1 Samuel? No, not everyone of them, although 
I have met quite a few over the years and the majority were cor- 
rupted to one degree or another. I have known some sincere 
ministers, who really did care for and want the best for their 
flocks, but, honestly, they were in the minority. The system, like 
the Old Testament people of God who wanted a king, has a way 
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Ministers who take tithes and salaries without the clear 
example or command of the Lord are not living the Christian 
faith they teach. (Mt. 10:8) "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, 
raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye received, freely give. (9) 
Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses!' We have 
it backwards; we give ministers the gold and silver while most 
of them fail to heal the sick, cast out devils, etc.! If a man is sent 
by God, God will see that he is provided for. If a man cannot 
walk by faith, he is not sent by God. But when you look at the 
church world around us and give consideration to God's Word 
regarding the matter, you get a vastly different picture of church 
giving. 

Under the tithe-salary system, the pastor becomes an 
employee, as he is paid for his services. This is contrary to the 
New Testament, and the shocking statistics of ministerial burn- 
out and failure is testimony that something is seriously wrong 
with the church system around us. Because the typical evangeli- 
cal church is incorporated, owns property, and has departments 
and staff, the typical pastor becomes the manager- administra- 
tor-CEO of an organization. What if the average pastor sim- 
ply worked, as Paul admonished the elders and overseers to do, 
and had church meetings in homes without the complexities 
of a church-business ? Can a man honestly minister effectively 
to 100 people from a pulpit in a building, or could he minister 
more effectively in a home with five to twenty people? Given 
the current mass exodus out of big-box churches into home 
churches, the answer may be self-evident. 

It is an unscriptural authority ministers use to teach 
tithing to the Church. If you have God's Word, you speak with 
His authority. Tithing has no such word or authority in the 
Church. That is why every man who teaches the law or rule of 

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tithing has already been corrupted, whether he knows it or not. 
The tithe corrupts the ministry by subtlety with the expectation 
the people need to tithe and contribute to their church. 

Neither does the Bible say "tithing is a starting place for 
giving." This is human reasoning and apostate, meaning fallen 
away from the truth. God's Word is truth and authority. 

Paul speaks the shocking truth to the Corinthians when 
he compares his ministry, in which he preaches the gospel with- 
out charge, to the false apostles and ministers, who take pay for 
their ministry. (2 Cor. 11:7) ''Have I committed an offence in 
abasing myself {2iUi\\ovs note: by not taking pay) that ye might 
he exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely? 
(8) I robbed other churches, taking wages [of them], to do you ser- 
vice. (9) And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was 
chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the breth- 
ren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all [things] I 
have kept my self from being burdensome unto you, and [so] will I 
keep my [self]. (10) As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall 
stop me of this boasting in the regions ofAchaia. (11) Wherefore? 
because I love you not? God knoweth. (12) But what I do, that I 
will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occa- 
sion (author's note: meaning opportunity, from Strong's num- 
ber 874); that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we 
(author's note: unpaid ministers of the Gospel). (13) For such 
(author's note: ministers who take opportunity) [are] false apos- 
tles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of 
Christ. (14) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into 
an angel of light. (15) Therefore [it is] no great thing if his min- 
isters also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose 
end shall be according to their works" This is the system God is 
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Blessings and Curses 

1 estimonies abound of tithers who are blessed finan- 
cially, of that there is no dispute. However, may we add that 
tithers tend to also be givers, for whom God has indeed directly 
promised His blessing. Could it be that they are indeed blessed 
through the open window of giving, and not because of obedi- 
ence to a church ordinance of tithing? 

At the same time we see many tithers experiencing bless- 
ing, we also see a great number of tithers in debt and many 
tithers living in poverty. Credit cards, car payments, housing, 
and personal debt abound in the Christian church today. Ap- 
parently, many tithers have no reservations about borrowing to 
finance abundant life, yet Scripture says borrowing is one of the 
curses of the Law! (Dt. 28:44) "He shall lend to thee, and thou 
shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the 
tail (45) Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall 
pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou 
hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his 
commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee: (46) 
and they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon 
thy seed for ever" 

Debt is one of the curses of the Law in operation accord- 
ing to Deuteronomy 28. How many tithers have debt? How 
many churches with a tithing rule have corporate debt? The 
borrower is still bond servant to the lender, according to the 
Law. And yet they borrow to finance a building, organization, 
and kingdom that appears successful to man. But not God. 

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Another reason we have been taught to tithe, is that, in 
order for God to bless us, we needed to be faithful in our tith- 
ing. Yet among the church-goers, and those we knew were tith- 
ers, sickness and accident were just as common (in some cases 
more so) than those of the non-tithers. Sickness is specifically 
mentioned as a manifestation of the curse in Deuteronomy 28. 
Have you ever wondered why so many Christians are plagued 
with sickness, which, according to Scripture, is part of the 
curse? 

One woman complained of her husband's $900 month- 
ly drug bill that the insurance would not pay. Was the blessing 
or curse at work, was the devourer being rebuked? Yet, they reli- 
giously taught in their church the tithe-to-be-blessed doctrine. 

Another elderly couple was routinely given the respon- 
sibility of speaking to the congregation, encouraging them to 
tithe, yet, they were some of the most ill and afflicted people we 
knew. 

Some time ago, a Christian left this world. At the fu- 
neral, he was remembered as a "faithful tither." But he left his 
wife with debt, underinsured, and unable to keep their home. 
What was the weightier matter, a faithful tithe or providing 
for his own? At his funeral it was said how he faithfully kept 
his church's teaching on tithing. But he missed the voice of the 
Shepherd in making sure his spouse was provided for. He had 
learned to keep a teaching on the tithe, yet, never learned the 
faith to believe God for healing (for which the New Testament 
abounds in promises). They missed the blessing that he was 
taught tithing would bring him. The devourer was not rebuked, 
even though he faithfully tithed. 

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ship of those churches who emphasized the need to tithe. 
(Dt. 28:60) "Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of 
Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee. 
(61) Also every sickness, and every plague, which [is] not written 
in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until 
thou be destroyed." (Gal 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" 

It is error and deception to say we do not keep the Law 
because of grace and Abraham tithed before the Law, so we 
should tithe Ukewise. God put tithing in the Law, and the fact 
that the diseases of Egypt prevail in God's people bear witness 
to the curse at work, just as Paul told the Galatians. Can anyone 
connect the dots here ? 

Tithing • Law • Sickness • Christians 

Indeed, Scripture says the Law severs us from Christ 
{^'making Christ of no effect"^ in Galatians. Church rules, legal- 
isms, and ordinances make it easy to fall from grace, which is 
unearned favor with God. God never promised the Church a 
blessing if they tithed, He promised His blessing on those that 
give willingly, as a man purposes in his heart, and/or when the 
Lord directs. 

It matters not which rule of the Law we observe. Wheth- 
er tithing. Sabbath-keeping, dress codes, etc., we have fallen 
from grace regarding that matter because righteousness is not 
of the Law. It becomes a snare, and our giving may then become 
moved by human emotion, fleshly recognition, feelings, good 
intentions, greed, fear, clergy manipulation, or other motives 
from the soulish realm and not from God. No wonder Chris- 
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and no wonder so many clergymen are corrupted by financial 
desire. 

In 1991, when we were still members of a highly legalis- 
tic Pentecostal group, the Word of the Lord came in some of the 
most profound words the Lord has ever spoken to me: 
''The paint on Jezebel's face is nothing compared to the paint of 
mans righteousness with which you have covered over the face of 
God" 

Those words both frightened me and directly challenged 
my Christian belief system which followed our denominational 
statement! He was speaking of the religious practices that we 
thought were holy, righteous, and God-pleasing, but they were 
leaven, full of legalisms, and I trembled to think of how we had 
misrepresented God to others. 

Our own church experience also bears witness to this. 
We have tithed about 98% of the time over the last twenty-four 
years. About fourteen years ago, while we were members of that 
highly legalistic organization, we had tithed ten percent and five 
percent offering consistently. During this time we were given a 
new home, debt-free. But because of the church requirement of 
tithe and offering, we mortgaged our home and paid a $16,000 
tithe and $8,000 offering to the storehouse. Twelve years later, 
we have mortgage debt. Has God been good to us? Absolutely! 
We have been healed, blessed, and provided for; however, debt 
has nagged us the whole time. 

Borrowing and debt are among the curses of the Law 
and even though we kept the law of the tithe, we were guilty of 
not continuing in all of the Law, so the curse of debt was freely 
able to operate, even after we became part of a grace church. 
(Gal. 3: 10) ''For as many as are of the works of the law are under 
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in all things which are written in the hook of the law to do them'' 
If you are a tither, you need to re-read that verse because tith- 
ing is in the Law, as we have abundantly shown from Scripture. 
Please read Deuteronomy 28 and see what the curse is: you owe 
it to yourself and your family 

If your church teaches tithing, they must of necessity say 
the early Church did also, yet there is no Biblical record of any 
church or saint tithing. So how can anyone still affirm the prac- 
tice of tithing based on the lack of Biblical record? 

It is a dilemma: if you say the early Church believed in 
tithing when there is no Biblical command to do so, you have 
added to Scripture, which is forbidden in Revelation 22 under 
the penalty of the curse for adding to the words of His books. If 
you admit there is no Biblical record of Christians or churches 
tithing, then you are creating a rule or legalism for which God 
gives you no authority in Scripture. Jesus called this ''leaven of 
the Pharisees" You are guilty of adding to the New Testament 
Scripture if you say the early Church tithed with no verses to 
back it up. 

After receiving this understanding from the Lord and 
repenting for keeping the law that Christ set us free of, we be- 
gan to ask God to specifically direct us in giving. A remarkable 
thing immediately began to take place. The Lord spoke a specif- 
ic amount to give to a ministry, then after a few days. He spoke 
another amount to give to another ministry, each time giving 
my wife and me the same dollar figure without prior thought, 
discussion, or consultation. 

There were times when God specifically directed us to 
give an amount, and on several occasions, our vehicle. One year 
we gave away two cars to needy Christians, and God, in turn, 
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to our family. '' Give and it shall be given.." operated wonderful- 
ly in our lives and we were blessed, indeed, and gave joyfully 

If that were not enough indication we were on the right 
path, the Lord gave us each yet another matching amount to 
give to yet another ministry, again, without prior thought, or 
discussion. For this, we praise and magnify the Lord, our Joy. 
This pattern is now repeating itself in our giving; God speaks 
where and how much, and we respond from the storehouse over 
which we are stewards. 

One morning God impressed me to sow into Eastern 
Europe. We have no connections there and didn't know any- 
one from that part of the world. Amazingly, an hour later when 
talking to my Christian friend, J.L, in another city, he told me 
they just had dinner with a missionary to Lithuania who worked 
with orphaned children. The place is so poor that parents aban- 
don their children to orphanages and there is a very high sui- 
cide rate. We gave to that work the amount He told us to give. 
Praise God! This is the fruit of the truth. He has directed us in 
giving, to whom and how much, and we are so blessed to hear 
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A Better Covenant 

It is a distinctly human trait to cling tenaciously to long 
held conceptions of truth and once challenged will eventually 
relinquish these beliefs only by passing through three separate 
phases, known as the three stages of truth. During the first stage, 
the issue goes unnoticed and is ignored. Everyone accepts and 
goes along without question. The second state is characterized 
by a period of vehement denial, argument, and challenge. The 
third stage witnesses the clear certainty about the issue being 
finally recognized as self-evident. 

While writing this book, afi:er prayer and study, as we 
slowly realized there is no directive in Scripture for Christian 
tithing, we personally experienced those three stages. As we be- 
gan to search the Scriptures, we asked ourselves over and over, 
"How can this be?" Afi;er all, we had been taught tithing and 
practiced the same for more than two decades! How could our 
good pastor and other church leaders be wrong ? But as the truth 
emerged from studying Scripture, we realized again the church 
teaching was wrong at best, and put us back under the curse of 
the law at worst. 

The negative effects of tithing are numerous: 

• Tithing teaches Christians that God gets ten percent; they get to 
keep the rest and are stewards over ninety percent. 

• Tithing brings believers back under the law and the curse. 

• Tithing tends to corrupt leaders and gives many an expectation 
that the tithe is owed to their ministry. 

• Tithing takes from the poor whom the Church is called to help. 

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• Tithing diverts and perverts Scriptural giving into church corpo- 
rations. 

• Tithing brings condemnation and defiles the conscience of Chris- 
tians. 

• Tithing is not givingfiom the heart; it is an act ofi obedience to an 
erroneous and unscriptural New Testament teaching. 

• Tithing fosters a judgmental attitude toward those who do not 
tithe. 

• Tithing veils the spiritual vision of the believer. 

For well over a year the Lord has added line upon line, 
precept upon precept, to this study. He is the One Who called 
and anointed us to write this, for "it is the honor of kings to 
search out a matter," and again, 1 John 2:27 says, ''But the anoint- 
ing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not 
that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you 
of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught 
you, ye shall abide in Him7]o\\n 14:26 speaks of the Holy Spirit 
teaching us and bringing Scripture to our remembering. Not to 
rebel, not to undermine, not to divide, but to establish truth in 
the Body of Christ and destroy yokes. 

The ongoing exposure of extravagant, worldly minis- 
terial lifestyles bears witness to the fact that the institutional 
Christian church system is corrupted nearly beyond hope. The 
mass exodus away from the institutional church is justified and 
God is doing it. In fact, George Barna recently wrote Revolu- 
tion, a fascinating book about this movement away from the 
institutional church. 

In our case, we had to leave the church in order to find 
the Church! It is remarkable that the largest growth of Chris- 
tianity is to the house church, and that is where God has led 
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love and fellowship without overhead, fundraising, tithes, staff 
meetings, or dry, repetitive, formal orchestrated services. 

Several weeks after beginning this book and receiving 
this understanding from God's Word, I heard David Eells in- 
terviewed on Christian radio. The host mentioned Christians 
need to support the ministry and tithing. However, as I listened. 
Brother Eells gently corrected the program host on his tithing 
belief I called my wife and said, "Hey! This guy is talking about 
the same thing God has shown us!" 

Another tactic is to put God's people under the Law to 
support them (the clergy) when the Scripture clearly states that 
our giving is "not of necessity" (2 Cor. 9:7) "[Let] each man [do] 
according as he has purposed in his heart (authors note: not ac- 
cording to Law): not grudgingly, or of necessity (authors note: not 
according to Law): for God loveth a cheerful giver" In the New 
Testament, God wants an offering from the heart from those 
born of His Spirit. God made the Old covenant with the Jews, 
not the Church. If a doctrine, such as tithing, is not in the New 
Covenant, then it was never made with you! 

Jesus, rebuking those under the Old Covenant, said in 
Matthew 23:23, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! 
for ye tithe mint and anise and cumin (author's note: even their 
seasonings), and have left undone the weightier matters of the 
law, justice and mercy, and faith: hut these you ought to have done 
(author's note: past tense in all ancient manuscripts and the Re- 
ceived Text), and not to have left the other undone" 

The purpose of this book is to prove Scripturally the 
truth that tithing is not for New Covenant Christians as has 
been commonly taught. The New Testament promise of bless- 
ing is according to Scriptural giving as expressly written to the 
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(Lk. 6:38) "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good 
measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, 
shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye 
mete withal it shall be measured to you again" 

(2 Cor. 9:7) ''Every man according as he purposeth in his 
heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God 
loveth a cheerful giver" 

Simply put, the Old Testament with the law of the tithe 
was done away with as it was fulfilled in Christ. The ''better cov- 
enant" of the New Testament gives us the grace of the higher 
and better way through our giving. The true giving to Melchize- 
dek, a type of Christ, is not when you tithe or give to the church 
institution; it is when "you have done it to the least of these, your 
brethren, you have done it unto me," as Jesus said. 

Yes, we have robbed God, but not as some ministers 
teach. We have robbed God by not giving as the Bible speaks. 
By denying the ministry "to the saints" in giving, we have not 
only robbed God but by our ignorance literally caused people 
to perish. "My people perish for lack of knowledge" (the Scrip- 
tural knowledge of true Biblical giving). In the church system 
all around us and in the media, the vast majority of funding is 
swallowed up by church programs, overhead, salaries, and tithes. 
Only a fraction of total giving to these institutional churches 
goes where it is Scripturally directed. The tithe is Old Testa- 
ment Law. We are no longer owners of anything, but stewards 
of that with which our Father has blessed us. We now give as 
God directs, give willfully by choice, and give as we "purpose in 
our hearts" 

These stories and experiences related are not written to 
hurt, rail against, or accuse anyone. These illustrations are part 
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We are all in a battle with the flesh and easily led astray. The ex- 
amples given are principle-driven illustrations of how lucre can 
influence, corrupt, and deceive even the elect in good churches. 
As such, they are now working to the good in our lives and we bear 
no ill-will or malice toward anyone from our former churches. 

As we read His Word, we have noted how different the 
modern church is from the ministry of Jesus and the book of 
Acts. Every week has brought Scriptural insight and revelation, 
much of which we were never taught or heard from a pulpit. 
God has shown us hidden manna regarding the error of teaching 
tithing to Christians. We found that the corollary to the church 
and money was found between the institutional church, which 
cries out for money to build buildings and organizations, versus 
the Biblical Church in Acts that encouraged work, giving, and 
supporting the poor and needy while meeting in homes. 

Scripture also shows Paul working and teaching Chris- 
tians, including ministers, to work and help support the poor 
so that there would be equality. The tithe-taking churches 
and ministers take from the poor in the name of "you will be 
blessed." We are personally convinced the system of the institu- 
tional church corrupts many good, sincere, and Godly people 
who are called to be leaders, turning many into a type of King 
Saul. 

The mainstream of today's establishment Christian- 
ity parallels the time of Jesus and the Apostles, when the Lord 
came to call His sheep out of the apostate (fallen away) church 
of His day. It was a similar era of religious sectarianism and de- 
nominationalism under the umbrella of Judaism. The Babylon- 
ish harlot of 2,000 years ago is still among us, and she has taught 
and seduced many of God's servants, turning them into ''the 
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the modern Babylonish reUgious system so He can teach them, 
lead them, and bring them into unity outside the camp of the 
institutionalized corporate church. 

You see, there are zero verses telling the Church to tithe, 
but many, many verses that speak about giving to those in need. 
And is giving to the building overhead or buying a $5,000 cam- 
era the same as giving to the poor? That is the difference be- 
tween truth and leaven, what God said and what He never said. 
''[A] little leaven (authors note: law) leaveneth the whole lump" 
said Paul to the Galatians. 

Some of you will fall on your face and repent because 
you now see the truth and are accountable. Others will repent 
for supporting an institutional temple, rather than God's tem- 
ple — His people. 

To those who still somehow disagree, or are afraid to 
disagree with your church leadership, we pray for you. We are 
not your enemies because we speak the truth in love. 

To the rest, we say, "God bless you; may this book bring 
you liberty and the restored joy of true giving." 



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Messages In Dreams From The Lord 

KJn the way home from a home group gathering, I 
was having doubts regarding leaving our mother church after 
so many years and if what we were doing was the right thing 
for us spiritually. In my mind, I told God we were willing to go 
back to the xyz church and humble ourselves if we were wrong 
in leaving. I did not want to be lost or cause anyone else to be 
lost. We had agonized over leaving the fellowship of our mother 
church after so much time. A dream was given from the Lord 
that night, December 9, 2004, and the Lord has graciously 
shown much of the meaning of the dream. 

In this dream, I was riding as a front-seat passenger with 
two ministers dressed in black. The man driving was like two men 
blended into one: his features were like my first Pentecostal pastor 
and our last non-denominational pastor, somehow made into one 
man. I recognized both mens facial characteristics in the driver, 
and his voice was that of my last pastor. 

We were traveling on a road that reminded me of Florida. 
This main road took us out of the developed area into a desert- 
like area that had fewer buildings. The black-suited driver and 
his minister fiend in the back seat talked admiringly about Rev. 
P.M., a successful big-church-ministry pastor who had been well- 
paid to speak in our assembly a few years back. With relief, I was 
glad to leave the humidity and thought I could handle the dryness 
better and this was a better place to do something for the Lord. 
However, the road continued and changed into a dirt track road, 
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then ahead was a mountain. A short way up, the narrow track 
went over a knoll on the face of the mountain and the car stalled 
out. We hacked down and said, ''Take a run at it" hut we failed 
again to climh the road. "May he if we got out and pushed," we 
said. Then the dream ended. 

The interpretation: In the past, I had been assistant pas- 
tor and elder exercising prophetic and spiritual gifts (the front 
seat next to the driver). The black-suited ministers represent 
past and present leadership driving the Church in darkness. 

We rode in a late eighties' model sedan, which repre- 
sents the common corporate church model where I was saved in 
1980. It had traditional meetings and ft)rmats, church programs 
and structure. We were driving through an uncomft)rtable, hu- 
mid climate. Church had become very stifled with little fresh 
wind of the Holy Spirit to refresh us, though we longed for it. 

The paved highway is the traditional, smooth and com- 
mon-way church routine. Strong's defines pavement in Scrip- 
ture as a place ofstumhling. The desert-like area was a spiritual 
dry place we were driven to. Fewer buildings represent the end 
of the church-building paradigm. The road ahead to the future 
takes us to the wilderness and away from the past church envi- 
ronment. 

The black-suited driver, and his minister friend in the 
back seat speaking admiringly about Rev. P.M., represents high- 
paid ministers, the model of big corporate church success, hav- 
ing men's reputation in admiration. The wilderness road is where 
the Church is going. The typical church, led by leaders in dark- 
ness (the black suit), will find the road slow and difficult. Then 
they will see the change of direction God has ordained and try 
to take people up the narrow way of the kingdom of God, but 
the old model corporate church will stall and falter backwards 

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in spite of human effort pushing it. The institutional church as 
we know it cannot take up to Mount Zion, the Kingdom of the 
Lord. 

In another dream given from the Lord, / was driving a 
car through a downtown area. At a red light, I stopped behind a 
car with several young women riding in it. 

While stopped at the light, two women panhandlers 
walked up to the passenger side asking for money. The panhan- 
dlers were sort of aggressive and demanding and the passenger seat 
female became flustered as she fumbled to give one of the panhan- 
dlers some paper money. At one point, while she sorted through her 
cash, the panhandler saw a $10 bill and grabbed it. The passenger 
cried out for her to give it back and there was a brief scuffle, then 
the $1 bill was caught by a wind gust and before the passenger or 
the panhandler could grab it, the $10 bill was blown away. 

The interpretation: The young women in the car are the 
church-goers, and the panhandlers are the churches that are 
continually asking for money, aggressively demanding funds. 
The $ 1 bill is the tithe that the panhandler church grabs. There 
is no Scriptural authority for the panhandler church to take the 
ten(th) as it has been blown away by the Holy Spirit in the New 
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Rory O Moore was born in Modesto California on July 
12, 1951 - a true Baby-Boomer. His father, Cecil, was a WWII 
US Navy veteran and his mother Helene, the oldest daughter of 
the Russell family who were literally tossed out of San Francisco 
in the quake of 1 906. Raised in the small farming community 
of Los Banos, California, Rory was a child of the turbulent 60's, 
and grew up without Christianity. A typical 60 's-70 s sinner's 
lifestyle finally brought him to a place of surrender and a dra- 
matic conversion to following Jesus Christ. Three years later he 
met and married his wife Linda and three wonderful children 
followed: Savanah, Jetrey, and Dustin. 

He was a faithful member of several local churches be- 
ginning with a Baptist group, then thirteen years as a United 
Pentecostal (ordained and licensed), followed by eleven years 
as a founding member and elder of a local non- denominational 
church. He and Linda are currently members of the greater 
Body of Christ and fellowship with other believers in homes 
apart from the institutional church. God has graciously worked 
through their faith in bringing physical healing to many as the 
Lord continues to confirm His Word with signs and wonders. 



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Illustrations 



p. 13 - This early mosaic from the Santa Maria Maggorie Basil- 
lica in Rome depicts the biblical account in Genesis 14:18-20 
of Abraham's tithe to the high priest Melchizedek, before the 
Law was given to Moses. 

p. 85 - The Widow's Mite illustration by Gustave Dore. 
(Mark 12:41-44) And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and he- 
held how the people cast money into the treasury: an many that 
were rich cast in much. (42) And there came a certain poor wid- 
ow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. (43) And 
he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say 
unto you. That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they 
which have cast into the treasury. (44) For all they did cast in of 
their abundance; hut she of her want did cast in all that she had, 
even all her living. 



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