For those interested in knowing and understanding the truth on why it is we are not required to pay a tithe of our money to Church, here is some information a brother in Christ, Ronald Ward Robey shared.
“When preaching on the topic of tithes, pastors often begin their sermon at Malachi 3:8. But why start at Malachi 3:8? They should instead start at Malachi 2:1. Then they will have proper context for the command in 3:10.
Malachi 2:1 says, “And now, O ye Priest’s, this commandment is for you.” What commandment? There is no commandment given in the entirety of that chapter. Read on.
In Chapter 3:6, we read, “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
So, we see thus far that God was speaking to a specific people, Priests who were descendants of the patriarch Jacob. Read on.
When we arrive at Malachi 3:7, we see the commandment referred to in the previous chapter,…
“Return unto Me…”
Remember, God is addressing the Priests. They ask, “Wherein shall we return?”
God’s reply through His Prophet Malachi reveals that the Priests had robbed God. He then instructs them, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be meat in my House…”.
Nehemiah 10:37-38 reveals to us that the tithe was to be given to the levites
The commanded tithes were agricultural, as revealed in Leviticus 27:30-33. They were not money.
By taking the tithes from the storehouse chambers, the Priests robbed God. But they not only robbed God, they robbed the nation as well. For, their act of thievery brought a curse upon the nation, robbing them of rain from Heaven an also of food from their gardens and orchards.
So, now we have the whole truth. The command of Malachi 3:10 is not a command for a tithe of money. Nor was it a command for the congregation to bring tithes to the storehouse. It was a command for the Levitical Priest’s to bring the agricultural tithes that they had stolen to the House of God, to the chambers. “Return to Me.”
The Priest’s had stolen the tithes from the storehouse, and God wanted them back. (“O ye Priests, this commandment is for you”; “Ye have robbed me, even this whole nation”; Bring ye all the tithes…”)
Pastors have deceitfully handled the Word of God for too long. They have twisted the truth of Malachi 3:8-12, and used it as a tool to rob church members of their money.
We are to be faithful stewards of all that our God has given us. That includes being faithful with our money as well. Giving our money to thieves is not wise stewardship.
In 2 Corinthians 8:13, the Apostle Paul wrote that he did not want the Corinthians giving to be such that others were eased and the Corinthians themselves burdened. Many tithe teaching pastors place unnecessary burdens on Church members through the monetary tithe requirement. The result is the poor remain struggling while the pastors themselves are living in comfort.
Time for Christians to wake up… stop feeding the Thieves.”