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Tithing
« on: June 04, 2008, 08:14:27 PM »

    Dear LRay,
    I think you missed an important lesson in Matthew 23:23. JESUS said: "...you should tithe"!
    Frank

 
    Dear Frank:  No, "I think you, Frank, missed an important lesson in Matt. 23:23..."  You clearly do not understand the most simple of Christ's statements. And Jesus did NOT say that "YOU" should tithe if by that you think that He was saying "you and I" should be tithing today. If cover this teaching to the lying, two-faced, hypocritical, tithe-paying religious leaders of God's Church:
     

    CHRISTíS ONLY TWO EXAMPLES OF TITHERS

    Paul was inspired by God's Holy Spirit to declare that "God loves a cheerful giver" (II Cor.9:7). Why was not Paul inspired by Godís Holy Spirit to declare that, "God loves a cheerful tithe-payer?" In fact, why does not Paul mention the words tithe, tithes, or tithing in any of His thirteen epistlesónot once? (Paul did not write the book of Hebrews, II Thes. 3:17). Why does not Peter, James, John, or Jude mention tithing in any of their epistles? Why didnít the early Christian Fathers mention tithing as a doctrine of the New Testament Church? Therefore, why are innumerable thousands of evangelists, theologians, teachers, preachers, and clergymen teaching the world that if they donít tithe ten percent of their salaries, that God will curse them with a curse?

    The only two times in the New Testament that Jesus mentions tithing is in condemnation of the Pharisees. At the time of Jesusí ministry there was a temple and there was a Levitic Priesthood, hence tithing was still in effect for the Jews. Hear now the only words ever recorded of Jesus mentioning tithes:

       1.

          "But WOE [deep distress, misery, grief, misfortune, calamity, sorrow, dismay] unto you Pharisees! For ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs [some had farms; some had gardens], and pass over JUDGMENT and the LOVE OF GOD: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone" (Luke 11:42).
           
          And just what kind of a blessing did Jesus pronounce on these Pharisees for their "tithe of the mint and herbs"? No blessing, just a startling "WOE"!
       2.

          "And the Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, GodÖ I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess" (Luke 18:12).

    And just what kind of a blessing did Jesus pronounced on this Pharisee for his "tithe"?

    No blessing, no justification, just a promise that people like him will be "abased" (Ver. 14).

    What does being an utter hypocrite and passing over "Judgment and the Love of God" have to do with "tithing?" Thatís the whole point. These gross sins have virtually nothing to do with tithing!

    Tithing to Jesus was so absolutely insignificant to the gross sins of failing to properly Judge the widows and orphans and fatherless and poor, and to not show any Love of God toward them. Tithing was the smallest most inconsequential thing Christ could think of to show the utter hypocrisy of this Pharisees. They were very meticulous about tithing (a law of virtually no spiritual consequence what so ever), and yetÖ and YET they would do the tithe thing and neglect judgment, love and mercy.

    Now please donít all write me at once telling me that I have missed the whole point of these two sets of Scripture by not realizing that it was their very gross sins that will bring "woesí and "abasements" on them, and not that they are being condemned for what they did do correctly, namely "tithe." That is quite true. However, it appears that most have missed the very reason why Jesus gives two examples of two Pharisees, who were gross sinners deserving the worst possible chastisements, and then says that they were both tithe-payers.

    Christís attention to the fact that they were both meticulous tithe-payers, proved the hypocrisy of these two Pharisees. They would pay strict attention to very miner details of a law, and yet totally abandon a very reason and purpose for the whole existence of the lawóLOVE, MERCY, JUDGMENT.

    The Law of Moses regarding tithing produce from the land was still in effect during Christís ministry, and therefore, all of the nation of Israel who had land were to tithe from their land and give it to the Priests and Levites, strangers, fatherless, widows, poor, and even consume some of it themselves at Godís annual festivals. However, this system with its laws and temple were all part of the original church of God in the wilderness. Jesus, however, did not tithe. Likewise, His apostles, did not tithe. Furthermore, neither Jesus, nor His Apostles, nor Paul, ever taught new Christian converts to the newly established Church of Christ, to tithe to this new church!

    Here then is the bottom line: Neither, Jesus nor His apostles tithed themselves or taught tithing to others. And within a generation God pronounced to the entire world by the total destruction of both the nation of Judah, and their city of Jerusalem with its temple, that the church established in the wilderness, was now superseded by the Church of Christ. The nation of Israel was gone, the temple was gone, the priests were gone, the Levites were gone, and concerning the very Law of Moses containing the law of tithing, we read this:

        "In that he says, A NEW covenant, He has made the first OLD. Now that which DECAYS and waxes OLD is ready to VANISH AWAY" (Heb. 8:13).

    But the Church today doesnít want the New Covenant to replace the Old. They want to put the New Wine (of the New Covenant), in the Old Bottles (of the Old Covenant). And they want to put the New Cloth (of the New Covenant), on the Old Cloth (of the Old Covenant). And what did Jesus tell us would be the result of such an unharmonious and unequal yoking?

        "And no man puts new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled and the bottles shall perish."

    However, in two thousand years, the church is still trying put the Old and the New together as One, and the results are always disastrous.

    God be with you,

    Ray
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