As we continue our ‘Tithing on Trial’ series, we will evaluate the most common tithing arguments used to defend its practice. So let’s evaluate another argument used to promote tithing.
Argument # 4
Malachi 3:6 States That God Never Changes, so we must continue to obey tithing.
Malachi 3:6-8 “For I am the Lord, I do not change; . . . Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings.”
Anyone who says that tithing never changed because God never changes couldn’t explain these next EIGHTEEN ways that tithing had been changed. These 18 changes are not only examples of how things have changed from the Old Testament to the New Testament, but many of these examples show how tithing was altered and even exempted at times within the Old Testament alone.
From This: Abraham tithed on all the spoils of war (Hebrews 7:4).
→ To This: Later Israel could only tithe from their crops or animals (Leviticus 27).
From This: Abraham gave items made outside the promised land
→ To This: Israel could only give items grown from within the promised land. (Deuteronomy 12:5)
From This: Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils of war.
→ To This: Israel was commanded to give 1/500th of their spoils of war. (Numbers 31:9, 27-29)
From This: FIRST, Abraham gave the tithe out of obligation (Genesis 14:20)
→ To This: AND then Jacob offers it voluntarily (Genesis 28:22)
→ → Then To This: AND then the nation of Israel is required to give it out of obligation (Leviticus 27)
→ → → And Finally To This: Now, we are under grace so we are expected to give it voluntarily? Huh? Really! (Galatians 4)
From This: Israel’s tithe only went towards taking care of the poor, the Levites (Nehemiah 10:38), and national feasts (Deuteronomy 14:22).
→ To This: Today we’ve changed the tithe to be used for much more than that, including building funds, which the tithe was NEVER used for.
From This: Bankers, Lawyers, Doctors, Fishermen, and Carpenters all didn’t tithe in the bible. (Leviticus 27)
→ To This: Today, every single occupation is required to tithe.
From This: In the bible, the tithe didn’t include the best nor the first. (Leviticus 27:32)
→ To This: Today, we’ve changed course and so many tell us that we are required to give the best and first fruits of our tithe regardless of 2 Timothy 2:6
From This: The poor didn’t give tithes in the bible, they received them. (Nehemiah 10:38)
→ To This: Today, we expect the poor to give them.
From This: The tithe was stored in storehouses to be distributed and consumed eventually by everyone. (Nehemiah 10:37-38)
→ To This: Today, there is no storage house for the tithe, and it is rarely seen outside the Church walls.
From This: Only 1% was stored in the Temple Storehouse, the other 9% were stored in Levitical cities
→ To This: Today, the WHOLE tithe is expected to be brought to the Church building. (Deuteronomy 14:28)
From This: The agricultural tithe was only given 5 out of every 7 years (Leviticus 25) (The 7th year was sabbatical, so there was no gleaning or planting. The next year was only planting, and the year after that was gleaning and giving the tithe)
→ To This: Today, we changed it to give tithe year after year without a single sabbatical.
From This: Abraham & Israel gave a tithe while under the Old Covenant
→ To This: We are required to give it even under a completely new covenant.
From This: Other than tithing, there were many other types of offerings in the Old Testament that had requirements also
→ To This: We’ve removed these other offerings and decided their standards are irrelevant.
From This: The preachers declare that we are no longer under the curse (Galatians 3:13)
→ To This: They remind us that we are still under the curse of the tithe (Malachi 3:9)
From This: The tithe was given to the Levites specifically because they couldn’t have an inheritance of land (Numbers 18:24)
→ To This: Ministers today do not have to meet this obligation. They can have their cake and eat it too!
From This: Jesus’ ministry was supported without tithes. (Luke 8:1-3) Jesus also sent the disciples out without tithes. (Matthew 10:8-10)
→ To This: Jesus’ ministries today do not resemble anything like this example. Instead they changed it to Moses example.
From This: Israel supported worship at the tabernacle through ONLY freewill offerings (Exodus 35).
→ To This: We’ve changed it to support only the Church with tithing, and other “outside” ministries with freewill offerings.
From This: In the Year 1 through 566 A.D. the Church did not recognize tithing
→ To This: In A.D. 567 The Church ordered the payment of tithes.
Now that the evidence has been given in this court of law, it is your turn to decide
YOU BE THE JUDGE