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Liberation From Tithing: It's Freedom, Not a Fad

Liberation From Tithing: It's Freedom, Not a Fad

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Published by Patricia Backora
Preachers take advantage of believers' lack of scriptural knowledge. They yank a select few scriptures out of context to prove their lies, while ignoring many other scriptures that prove they're lying and deceiving God's people for gain.
Preachers take advantage of believers' lack of scriptural knowledge. They yank a select few scriptures out of context to prove their lies, while ignoring many other scriptures that prove they're lying and deceiving God's people for gain.

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Liberation From Tithing: FREEDOM, Not a Fad
One website criticizes believers for getting all excited about a “new fad” that’s goingaround: “Christians don’t have to tithe!” What’s so new about that? Christian libertywas not considered a passing fad in Paul’s day, it was considered one of thefoundational principles of the New Covenant. In the Book of Galatians Liberty inChrist was viewed by Paul as an endangered species under threat from “Judaisers” who tried to pervert (distort) the Gospel with legalism. Whenever some preachersays “That’s binding on you” it should set off alarm bells because if you’re BOUND byanything, that means you aren’t walking in liberty because some man won’t allow it.What would Paul’s attitude be toward those who burden God’s people with tithing orany other “binding” doctrine Paul never taught the church?Gal.1:6: I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into thegrace of Christ unto another gospel:VERSE 7: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and wouldpervert the gospel of Christ.* * * “Pervert” as used here comes from the Greekword “metastrepho”, which means to “transform into something of an oppositecharacter”. Certain false brethren had crept into the church to try to change theGospel into something the polar opposite of what it actually was! The “Judaisers” wanted Gentile Christians to be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses. Theywanted to take the grace out of the Gospel of Grace and transform it into a gospel of works.VERSE 8: But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel untoyou than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.VERSE 9: As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospelunto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed (cut off from Christ andcondemned to hell).Unless there is ANY solid evidence Paul explicitly taught tithing, preachers risk God’swrath by burdening His people with it. The apostles who convened in Jerusalem didNOT bind the Law of Moses or any part of it on the disciples (Acts 15:24-29).Obviously, the apostles did not require tithing or even recommend it as a voluntaryact! Tithing is a work of the Law, and to impose it upon God’s redeemed people is toimpose “another gospel” (a mixture of Law and grace) on them. Paul pronounced aterrible curse on such preachers.VERSE 10: For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.* * *Brethren, we can either“submit” to men and their false traditions or we can submit only to Christ and to thetrue Word of God. We can’t be both men-pleasers and God-pleasers. Even if wetithe to “keep the peace”, it’s a peace won at the expense of truth. People who takethe Mark of the Beast during the Tribulation will also follow the crowd in order toavoid upsetting those in power. Bad doctrine must never be given legitimacy bywhat we do.Tithing teachers appeal to Matt.23:23 as proof text that tithing is still required,although in that verse, Jesus was addressing corrupt Jewish Pharisees who still livedunder the dispensation of Law (the period before Christ’s crucifixion cancelled out theOld Covenant). Jesus okayed the Pharisee’s tithing of mint, anise and cumin, but
 
NOT ONCE did Jesus ever command His disciples to tithe! They couldn’t have owedany tithes anyway, since only agricultural produce was tithable. The disciples werealways on the go. They weren’t farmers. They didn’t even have time to grow alfalfasprouts for their barley bagels! Jesus never asked Peter to tithe on his smellysardines. Just bring the preacher a can of tuna if he thinks Peter was required totithe on fish (he wasn’t). If you’ll read Matt.23:23 more closely, you’ll see that Jesusclassifies tithing as being a “matter of the law”, not a part of the New Covenant of grace!Heb.8:13: In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now thatwhich decayeth and waxeth (grows) old is ready to vanish away.* * *This word“decay” reminds me of a corpse fit only to be buried. Which reminds me of thispassage:Romans 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) howthat the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?VERSE 2: For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husbandso long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of herhusband.VERSE 3: So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, sheshall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law;so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.VERSE 4: Wherefore, my brethren, YE ALSO ARE BECOME DEAD TO THE LAW by thebody of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised fromthe dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.VERSE 5: For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law,did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.VERSE 6: BUT NOW WE ARE DELIVERED FROM THE LAW, that being dead whereinwe were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.The Old Law is dead and buried. We aren’t married to the dead Law. Instead we arespiritually joined to Christ (I Cor.6:17). Many preachers are determined to marry theBride of Christ to the Law once again, even if it means getting out that old shovel of condemnation and digging that law back up themselves. Any preacher who tries toreimpose any part of the dead Law back on the Church is a Frankenstein ghoul whosalvages parts from a corpse and places dead flesh between Christ and His Bride.That is a terrible spiritual sin being committed against the Body of Christ today! Lustfor illicit tithe money is only a small part of what is making God mad. Thisabomination has gone on for most of the Church Age, and the fullness of His gloryhas been veiled from the Church and the world as a result. God’s very Throne Roomwithin the believer has been held under siege by money-hungry preachers. God’sclose fellowship with His Church is being torpedoed by tithe teachers! Not only isJesus unjustly being painted as a panhandler always begging for money, preachersare making His own people scared to approach Him because they can’t afford theprices at the meat market called the Institutional Church.If we were to go back 2,000 years, I doubt we’d find the apostles dunning Christiansfor ten per cent of their wages! There is no record of any such abomination beingtaught in the New Testament, and not even in the Old! Some sites criticizeChristians for LOUDLY proclaiming that believers are not obligated to tithe on theiroverstretched paychecks. Christians are making a joyful noise about being set freefrom the preacher’s favorite Law. Now is that so bad? Who wouldn’t rejoice at such
 
great news? Christians have just discovered that God is good, and He isn’t the hardtaskmaster profiteering preachers paint Him to be.It really hacks modern Pharisees off that God’s people are rejoicing in their liberty.They say it’s because Christians are greedy and don’t want to give to God anyway.But true Christians have ALREADY surrendered themselves to God. God ALREADYowns us and everything we have (I Cor.6:19). It isn’t just about being able to keepmore money to meet family expenses. The truth sets God’s people free on theinside, where it counts (John 8:32). Knowing the truth liberates the spirit and allowsthe kind, loving nature of our Heavenly Father to shine, to His everlasting glory.The church has been lied to for way too long. God can’t honor lies or endorse themwith rewards. You can’t fool God with un-Biblical doctrines anymore than you canfool a good pawnbroker with a fake diamond. Did preachers really think that God’speople would forever be fooled and remain content to stay cooped up in their cagesof bondage? Even an animal knows when it’s been set free! Any dog locked up in akennel for 1500 years will jump for joy and make a joyful bark when it’s finally letout of its prison. If it’s so wrong to make a little noise about being set free by Christ,then why is it okay to yell at football games?Let’s put the shoe on the other foot now. Who’s been yelling and screaming at US toturn loose of our filthy lucre ever since Christ got commercialized by christendom?Why is it okay for the preacher to yell religious curses at Christians for non-tithingbut Christians have to keep their voices down when they discover preachers havehad their hand in the cookie jar since the dawn of the Dark Ages? Does that stringof degrees on the wall entitle a professional preacher to holler for dollars and telleverybody else to zip their lip? Isn’t the Holy Spirit just as good a Teacher as thatcemet…I mean, seminary, your local tithe-collector went to?Really, now, if you caught somebody pinching your wallet out of your back pocket,you wouldn’t give a hoot if the thief was the Grand Poohbah of Purdue or just a poorwino from the park. You’d get hoppin’ mad and show no respect of persons about it!Regardless of his place in society, wouldn’t that thief want you to keep the revelationof his sneaky theft under your hat? Even if the pickpocket wore a black satin clericalrobe it wouldn’t whitewash his crime! Fishers for funds count on your reverentsilence (or was that “submission”)? All this noise about being set free from tithing isChrist’s collective voice shouting “Stop, thief!” Tithe teachers raise a ruckus about how YOU have to pay tithes. But who’s got theright to TAKE them? Do “pulpit ministers” have that right? When you pay taxes tothe government, your employer doesn’t withhold the money and send it in to justany Tom, Dick or Harriet that happens along. Only an official tax agent is dulyauthorized to take taxes out of your paycheck. If some bright guy impersonated anIRS agent to take gullible tax payers to the cleaners, he’d end up in the slammer tillthe Final Judgment. If you think every living soul, even welfare recipients down totheir last food stamp, must “tithe”, then at least investigate the credentials of the“representative of God” collecting your tithe. Is your preacher a descendant of thepriestly Tribe of Levi? Perhaps he IS….IF his last name is Levi, Levine, Cohan orCohen (“cohen” means “priests” in Hebrew). Only the sons of LEVI received anexclusive license from God to take tithes ACCORDING TO THE LAW (Heb.7:5)! Itdoesn’t say the sons of Box Car Willie are commanded by God to take tithes underGrace! If your local tithe collector isn’t a direct descendant of Aaron the High Priest,then that preacher is collecting tithes without God’s authorization and you don’t owe

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