Tithing is For Liberals

hillary's logo used for liberal tithingI love politics and philosophical debates about it, so right off the bat, i am NOT apologizing – this will offend many of you (Republicans & Democrats, Liberals & Conservatives). If you are a pansy and can’t take logic and reason, then go suck on a pacifier.

Laws Are For Thee But Not For Me

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Liberals want to put the people under a set of laws while they themselves would be under a different set. Take the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for example. They rammed that junk down our throats, made a bunch of promises they couldn’t keep. Heck, they didn’t even keep the most appealing and obvious promises to us. our healthcare costs went up and we lost our doctors.

They also put on restrictions for small business and threatened them with fines and fees. Of course, they exempted themselves and their staff from particular laws because they couldn’t afford the costs of it. Such a liberal thing to do!

Let’s transition to tithing. Particularly, those who preach about tithing. They stand behind a pulpit and quote bible verses calling out pestilence and destruction if they don’t give exactly 10.000% on the dot. I always gave 10.50% because i was worried i may have missed something and the tithing boogie man was going to come out of the closet and tear up my valuable baseball card collection.

Anywhoooo. So um. yeah back to tithing preachers . . . Here they are preaching about your requirement to tithing and how you need to support the pastor and the Church because it’s an obligation. While on the other hand, they have not once been under an obligation to serve God as a requirement. They are completely free to start a ministry and preach by the grace and freewill Spirit of God. No one pointed a gun at their head and told them that they must minister to these people otherwise the boogeyman will come and get them.

The church ministry itself is under the leading and calling of the Holy Spirit. If the church wanted to minister downtown, it can. If it wanted to minister to the homeless, it was free to do so. If the Church wanted to minister to rich people, then by all accounts and measure it was up to the leaders and the Holy Spirit to guide in that direction.

No one threatened the Church to minister here nor there. There was no obligation to do such and such. We also know that because, in all honesty, the Church is doing jack squat anyway. I put myself in that category as well. I am hardly doing anything to impact those around me.

Tithing Enables Jacka_ _ _ _

donkeyTithing could be why there is so much Christian fraud out there. We are gullible sheep going into the slaughter house. Our motivation is fear, not joy. Obligation, not grace. Duty, not love.

Thre are televangelists who get on TV and demand your penance. They promise things that they have no authority nor power to promise. They fly in jets have huge mansions and pretend that your sacrifice is bringing glory to God and not making their wallet any fatter. They are not the only examples. Only the obvious ones.

All they have to do is declare themselves worthy of the office they tell you they were called to, and in return, you have no choice but to support God’s anointed.

Liberals Love Taxes

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Tithing is a tax and we all know that liberals L.O.V.E. taxes. If you study tithing  in the Old Testament, you will know that it was a tax for Israel. Tithing was used to pay for the bureaucratic side of things as much as it was to pay for the religious.

The way i see it, there are three categories of people when it comes to taxes and tithing.

  1. The Enforcer: Responsible for setting the rules and enforcing them upon others. This would be a congressman or your pastor
  2. The Receiver: Those who are privileged enough to receive the benefits of the tax or tithe. This could be the enforcer or it could be the receiver and would resemble the poor and lower class.
  3. The Payer: These guys foot the bill. They aren’t in charge or setting the rules and neither do they benefit from them. This would be the middle class or it would those sitting in the pews.

The ultra rich have no problem paying their taxes. They have the resources and capabilities to hedge against losses. They either have large tax write-offs or can protect their assets in other ways. In the same way, the ultra rich love tithing. Only 10%? This would be a tax write-off anyway and they get to look so benevolent and great for donating hundreds of thousands or millions. Must be nice to donate a small percentage of your salary and get the most credit.

In 2008 a study on Giving Statistics was done on church spending to show that 85% of the money went to internal operations. Want to know something very ironic about a current liberal friend? The Clinton Foundation (a non-profit) raised 500 million dollars between 2009-2012 and consumed 85% of their donations on internal operations (source)? How do you like that my conservative, evangelical friends who abhor anything Clinton? The Church is using their donations no more wisely than the Clinton Foundation is. Just think about your own Church budget next time you criticize the Clinton Foundation.

Taxes are a mandatory burden and so is tithing. No matter how many different ways i hear it spun in sermons. IT IS STILL A TAX! Pastors will try to put some new age spin on it saying that we tithe under grace instead of under the law, or that the New Testament always raises standards, or that we get to tithing but we don’t have to. All of these statements are just placing the sheep’s wool over the wolf to trick you into believing that a rule that looks like the Law, smells like the Law, and acts like the Law, somehow is not the Old Testament Law.

Tithing = Anarchy

AnarchyAny individual has the ability to stand up and say, “God is calling me to start a ministry”. At that moment, believers then would be required to tithe. Why? Because of the simple fact of their existence. Doesn’t this seem absurd? If you have not seen John Oliver’s example on Comedy Central, the absurdity of what I’m saying is not far off

Levites were required to serve due to their bloodline and in turn, the Israelites were required to give to them because of their own bloodline. Each were bound by the same authority, same set of laws, and the same stringent legal system. The Levites were bound by the law to serve while being supported by a structure that also bound the givers.

Let’s take an example – The Constitution. The laws commission and give authority to congress and also binds the taxpayers to support the congress and the laws they pass. You can’t give anyone the freewill to serve in congress, write any law they wish, and then finally demand that the constitution requires enforcement of their ideas. It doesn’t work that way. And neither does the gospel.

The bible says that the apostles lived from the Gospel because they preached from the gospel. What does this mean? Does it mean that they lived off the tithe? Did they invoke the Priesthood and Levitical covenant and then expected that they receive the same compensation that they preached upon? Maybe it just means they ate the paper from their scrolls? Or could it mean that they lived off the gospel in the sam way in which they were called by the Gospel. A levite was commissioned by the Law and lived by the law. The Church is no different.

Allowing the Spirit to call ministers and allowing the Spirit to call supporters will promote accountability and deter anarchy.

Conclusion

I apologize to all my liberal friends. I congratulate you if you’ve gotten through this post without having an anxiety attack. Go hug a tree and see a social worker for counseling services. You should feel better some time tonight after you’ve eaten your dairy-free, meat-free, gluten-free dinner. For my conservative tithing friends. I congratulate you as well. You are now considered the thing you abhorred the most – a LIBERAL!!! you’ll feel better after watching a few episodes of Hannity tonight. Keep applying the rules to everyone but yourself, allow the jackasses to rule the media, and keep promoting anarchy since tithing is for liberals.

If you’re bored and want to read the other “Tithing Is For” Series. Here are the links

Jared Bartholomew is the author of www.tithing.com. There are over 300 articles written on research and reviews about tithing information.

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5 comments on “Tithing is For Liberals
  1. AJay says:

    Hi Jared and others,
    Would you classify preachers who are pro-tithing as false teachers?

    I do. Therefore, we’re to avoid them (Romans 16:17). I see this as not attending a church which teaches tithing. I no longer do. I have gone back to the Baptist church.

    My question is do you think this avoidance extends to not being involved with a Christian group who uses the tithe teaching church’s administration premises to meet on a weekly basis and is also under that churches insurance? This is a dilemma I face. I know many of my friends wouldn’t understand my discomfort with meeting there and would consider it ‘no big deal’. My group would not be owned or controlled by the church whose building we’d use, but the bible says we’re to avoid false teachers….

    In anticipation of a considered reply.

  2. Andrea says:

    Hi Leonard (couldn’t seem to put this on other page on this website so hope you get this message)

    I wanted to get back to you a while ago. I apologise it’s taken me so long to get around to purchasing your book. I ordered it through Fishpond several weeks ago and it arrived from England today (I live in Australia). I’ve just read the introduction and like the candid way you write – easy to read and flows. Will get back to you again (hopefully within weeks this time) after I’ve finished it. Then will be lending it to people I know who tithe! God bless, Andrea

  3. EDWARD Bolduc says:

    Well I am a LIBERAL and who really cares there no such thing as pro life or pro choice. Just pro Christ. The only thing I am going to hug is my wonderful wife that the Lord gave me. And I heard there is safety in the counsel of many it is written somewhere. With all that I have not believed in tithes since I got saved although I did pay them for awhile. So with that I ended up church-less since not able to find a group of believers that believe in not paying Tithes. So I started a home bible study and prayer seems to be going find. As far as the government welfare system could use some adjusting but living in the bad lands of Philadelphia it is needed because the church is not there for them, and event if it where it wouldn’t be able to deal with the need so the gov. ain’t doing too bad for real unless you watch fox fake hate news then you would believe something else. One thing for sure it is what it is and God is in control. Oh America was never a christian nation and never will be God did not die on the cross for a kingdom of this world He died for His Church period which is global. Just saying.

  4. Andrea says:

    Edward, how concerning that you found only Christian groups who believe in tithing…believers who should place their faith and trust in Christ alone – not in also trying to also be justified by works (such as tithing). I think it could be spiritually dangerous to think one has to tithe to please the Lord/be acceptable to him. In a sense, this undermines their professed faith. We are saved by grace through our faith in Christ alone.

    I tried leaving a message on the other page for Leonard, but will leave it here. Leonard, I finally bought a copy of ‘The Tithing Dilemma and the Triumphs of Love’ (sorry it’s taken me a year to get back to you). I’ve just started it and enjoying the read so far. It will be a good resource to lend to others when I’ve finished with it. If I can, I’ll leave a message on this website after the whole read.

    Andrea

    • Edward says:

      I agree it is sad that once God opens your eyes to a truth such as tithes. It makes it hard to sit in a church that practices it. Like I said can not find a congratulation that does not practice tithing. So I started a small home group and it is doing well we teach to give to those in need instead of paying tithes.

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