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     "To Tithe or Not To Tithe" Part 1 
            Rev Shaun G Robinson.

    The great English playwright William Shakespeare posed this question in the opening line of his play Hamlet” “to be or not to be that is the question”. 

    Tonight my message to you is “To Tithe or not to Tithe that is the question?”  For eight and a half years out of the almost nine years that I have been apart of this Church, I have firmly believed that “Giving a Tithe” (10% of one’s income) to the Church was the scriptural thing to do, and I believed that people that did not believe in “Tithing” were just making excuses because they did not want to Tithe at all.  Over the last few months or so the Lord has I believe, give me some revelation on the subject of tithing that has convinced me that tithing for the New Testament Believer is unscriptural.
     
    I realise that many of the other Churches that we visit may not agree with what I am going to teach tonight because they think that I am wrong and “Tithing is for today”, or they may not want to lose all the Financial Income that they get from the tither’s in there Churches. What ever the reason may be, all we can do in the Leadership of this Church is teach what we believe is true and correct according to the Word of God. 

    We have always said “We will teach the full Word of God even if people don’t like it, or we as Ministers don’t like it, or even if it does not benefit the Church itself. This message will have a huge financial effect on the Churches Finances and not for the better, so we have to realise that the Church still need’s money to continue to operate and to for fill the calling the Lord has given “Faith In Christ Ministries”. 

    Abraham is often quoted as starting tithing by giving a “tithe of all” to Melchizedek (Genesis 15:20) but Abraham did not give Melchizedek anything from his own “substance” he gave Melchizedek a tithe from the plunder that he had taken from the Kings who had kidnapped Lot. This plunder or the “spoils of war” had been taken the by the Kings when they destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. 

    Another scripture that is quoted is Genesis 28:22 where Jacob promises that he will “give a tithe of all that thou shall give me”. What did Jacob requested? In fact everything Jacob requested is available to New Testament believers under the “Better Covenant” (Hebrews 13:6) which we live now under. Also it is not recorded in scriptures that Jacob ever gave a tithe at all only that he said that he would. As for Abraham scriptures only record that he gave this one single tithe which was not from his own wealth.  Based on these scriptures we are expected to take 10% of our income each and every month from now until the Lords returns and to “give it willingly” even though we are commanded to give according to the Old Testament Law.? 

    In the book of Malachi in Chapter 3 the Bible tells us “that we are cursed with a curse” if we do not tithe to God. This scripture has been used to make people tithe through fear that they will “upset God” so they tithe not because they want too, but so that God will not curse them for not tithing. On the other hand Galatians 3:13 say’s “Christ hath redeemed from the curse of the law”, and verse 14 tells us why we have been redeemed from the law is so “that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles” (that is us) Which blessing is God talking about? The one in Genesis 12:2-3 “And I will make thee a great nation,  and I will bless thee and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curse thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” 

    Abraham prospered ever before he tithes to Melchizedek in Genesis 13:2 the bible say’s that “Abraham was very rich in Cattle, in Silver and in Gold”. This was because he was obedient to God’s leading and he was willing to go where ever God lead him.

    The most important part of all of this is that the “tithe” was a gift to the Levites from the people because the Levites did not have any Land given to them by God so they could look after the Temple and do God’s work. The people brought them a “tithe” of all they had grown in the last year and a “tithe of the livestock which was born to them. They gave this “tithe” to sustain the Levites for the rest of the year until their next year when they would “tithe” again. 

    The “tithe” was never money even though money was used. The Levites did not need money but they did need food and cattle.  To try to claim that these verses teach tithing on a monthly basis  when the scriptures clearly show that money was never used for tithing,  is in my opinion at best scripturally unsafe and at worst a misrepresentation of the scriptures to get financial gain which the Word of God does not teach. 

    My prayer tonight is that churches that tithe will look at this with an open mind and look to the Lord and His Word for their guidance.  In many churches they, like us may not have had a revelation of how we should give as New Testament Christians so next time I will be sharing how we should give as New Testament Christians. 

    May God Bless us all Pastor Shaun.
                                                                                                  


    "To Tithe or Not To Tithe Part 2"


    It seems such a long time since we held a meting of our own I thought I should welcome you back.

    No! only kidding but it has been very nearly two months since I first preached the first part of this message on Tithing.

    Over that period I have realised how different we are compared to the main Faith Ministries that we have supported for so many years, but I truly believe that we are preaching what the Word teaches which as a Pastor is all that I can do. I am reasonable for this Church and that is how Jesus will judge me on what I have taught here. So the question is if it is unscriptural to tithe should we give at all?

    I want to make this VERY CLEAR we believe in giving into the Kingdom of God and supporting ministries both locally, nationally and internationally and that will not change, but we have to give according to the Word of God and not according to what Man say’s.

    It is clear that the Apostle Paul having written two Chapters about giving as a New Testament believer in the 2nd book of Corinthians did not give any instructions about tithing to the local Church or anywhere else. However he did give instructions about giving which included giving a willing gift not grudgingly or because of pressure from someone else. This verse goes totally against tithing where we are cursed with a curse if we do not tithe.

    As I said before we do believe in giving into good ground so we can reap a harvest and in that way as God blesses our willing offering He will increase us and in that way we can increase our giving to the Church once again.

    All giving to the Kingdom of God is only acceptable to God when it is done with a heart full of love for and towards God. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 say’s "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing"

    In God’s Kingdom everything has to be motivated by Love, God’s kind of Love, unreserved love and our giving has to be done in the same way not because of an Old Testament law which ended when Jesus was raised from the dead and the New Testament according to the book of Acts began.

    God Bless you all Pastor Shaun