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Tithing under the curse of Malachi

by Theodore Wright

 

WILL A MAN ROB GOD?

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. – Malachi 3:8 (KJV)

No passage in the Bible has ever been misused more than this one in order to threaten and coerce Christians from their money instead of encouraging them to do what God seeks.

Is tithing what God seeks from every Christian? Is tithing required?
Where are the tithes supposed to go to? What is the storehouse?
 

THE CURSE OF MALACHI

Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. – Malachi 3:9 (KJV)

The curse for not tithing was not new in Malachi’s time.  Tithing was commanded under the Law of Moses with curses for not keeping the Law.

Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. – Deuteronomy 27:26a (KJV)

 

FREEDOM FROM THE CURSE

There is good news for Christians who have been wrongfully burdened by the curse of Malachi as placed on by men.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: – Galatians 3:13a (KJV)

This being so, we are no longer under this dreadful curse.  Furthermore, Malachi’s words from God applied to the times of Malachi and the nation of Israel.  We are exhorted by Christ and his apostles to give with a willing heart.

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

The New Testament teaches us that we are to respond to God’s grace.  It is a legalist that teaches that Christians must tithe, and that exclusively to one’s own local church, or else face the curse.  These legalists do not teach the Scripture rightly divided.

 

TITHING NOT REQUIRED

Tithing is not required for New Testament Christians.  It is nowhere commanded in the New Covenant.  However, some may attempt to argue that Christ taught tithing when He spoke to the Pharisees.

But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, 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 (KJV)

They conclude that Christians should not leave tithing undone from Christ’s words.  However, they do not recognize that Christ was speaking to those under the Law of Moses.  He was showing the Pharisees their hypocrisy in how they tithed but passed over judgment.  Are we to skip justice due and not help others with our money which churches claim solely belongs to them?  Also, Jesus had answered this in the previous verse.

But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.  – Luke 11:41

 


WHO WERE THE TITHES TO GO TO?

We are told in the Bible that the tithe is not only to go to the Levites, the ones who are appointed by God to do ministry, but also for the poor, for travelers and strangers, and for the fatherless and widows.

At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.
– Deuteronomy 14:28-29 (KJV)

 

WHERE IS THE STOREHOUSE?

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. – Malachi 3:10 (KJV)

The Bible does not teach that the storehouse is the church.  We give out of our own personal storehouses as the Deuteronomy 14 passage said, “shalt lay it up within thy gates”.  In Biblical times, the Levites had their storehouses in Levitical cities.

 

HISTORICAL EXAMPLES OF TITHING

Abraham tithed the spoils from a battle:

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. – Genesis 14:18-20 (KJV)

Jacob vowed to tithe on a conditional basis:

And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee. – Genesis 28:20-22

 

CONCLUSION

We are not under the Law but we are under God’s grace which God has us freely respond to give.  We do not condemn the practice of tithing or seek to discourage anyone from it.  We encourage, as Christ and His apostles did, to give as God leads which is especially to the needy.

 

LINKS

For further study on this topic, please see these links:

Storehouse Tithing Error… http://tithing-russkelly.com/id184.html

 

 

 

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