STUDIES ON THE "TITHE"

"THE TITHE" SAYS THAT ONE PERSON HAS THE RULE OVER OTHERS WITHIN THE CHURCH. THE TITHE LIMITS MINISTRY. THE TITHE UNDOES SPIRIT-LEAD GIVING AND GIVING TO THE POOR WITHIN THE CHURCH. THE TITHE, BIBLICALLY, WAS THE AMOUNT OF THE SIN OFFERING THAT GOD COMMANDED ISRAEL TO MAKE IN THE OLD COVENANT. BIBLICALLY A TITHE WAS ONLY PAID TO THE HIGH PRIEST OF JERUSALEM, AND ALWAYS CONSISTED OF ANIMALS OR GRAIN (BREAD AND MEAT)--THE SIN OFFERING. THE CHURCH IN THE BIBLE DID NOT PAY TITHE. HEBREWS 10:18 SAYS IN THE NEW COVENANT THERE IS NO MORE SIN OFFERING--JESUS IS OUR SIN OFFERING. HE OFFERED HIS BODY--AS MEAT AND BREAD--THE TITHE.

Here is a short video that explains the major points about tithe from the Bible.....What was tithe Biblically?....What was the purpose of tithe?.......Who Had the Biblical right to receive tithe?........and Malachi chapter 3?.....that is a prophecy about Jesus....and the new testament tithe, which is Gospel witnessing!


 

2 Corinthians 9--all about giving in the NT.......x534........This area of scripture talks to the new covenant Christian church in the area of giving. Only one thing is out of place--NO TITHE!! Open your Bibles and your hearts and honestly study all that the Bible says about the tithe. Read it all--in the context that God set it in. The tithe was the amount Israel had to pay the high priest of Jerusalem, as an offering for sin. All the giving in the new covenant church was toward the poor--for the needs of any who ministered--not just to the "leadership". Open your Bibles and your hearts and honestly study all that the Bible says about the tithe.

Study on Hebrews 7:8...........Do you know the new testament tithe? In this simple verse the Bible tells us that the old covenant tithe of physical goods (money) is replaced by a new tithe.

Hebrews 10---No more offering--no more tithe........x439........In the book of Hebrews, chapter 10, the word of God states that there is no more need for an offering for sin. Well, we all understand this--we all understand that it is the blood of Jesus which makes continual offering for all our sins. But do we realize that the offering which was eliminated from the Old Covenant--was the tithe? 1/10 of Israel's grain and herd was considered Holy unto God--and made as the offering for sin. Jesus called Himself meat--and bread--offered freely to all to partake of Him (this means we are all priests--since only the priests of Israel could partake of the meat and grain of the sacrifice--therefore all are ministers unto God). Jesus offering for sin eliminates the need for more offering--therefore no more tithe.

Things That Are Omitted From Tithe Preaching......X109F.....Here is a list of Biblical concepts which are ignored (conveniently!) by those who preach tithe. Make a copy of this study and post it on the door of your church (hey that's how Martin Luther got things going!)

Tithe--Something You Ought To Do?..............It's very clear that tithe was a practice of old covenant Israel. So do we realize that we are teaching the new covenant and practicing the old?

Tithe, Not A New Covenant Form of Giving.........God wants us to give--but He wants to direct the giving! We ought to be giving to the needs of the Gospel and not to ourselves.

The "ooops" of Tithe Preaching......X109G.....Here is a list of Biblical concepts which are ignored (conveniently!) by those who preach tithe. Ooops! Pastor never preaches this stuff! Make a copy of this study and post it on the door of your church (hey that's how Martin Luther got things going!)

Jesus Is My Tithe........x200801..........Jesus called Himself everything that was "tithed". He said He was blood and meat and bread and oil and wine--all the stuff that Israel had to offer for sin. So, why should "tithe" be a money-plan for the Christian church?

X0608.........Selective Tithe Teaching........."Tithe" is taught very selectively. The tithe teacher ignores what the Bible truly says about tithe, and fits it neatly into his idea of "church"

Study on the Book of Hebrews .........X109D.pdf......The book of Hebrews is very important for all Christians to study, since it tells us many of the changes from the old covenant and the new. Do you realize that this book tells us that we should not operate the church by tithes and offerings, and preistly/pastoral authority? Study the Bible for yourself.

Malachi, Prophet of Jesus.........x200803.........Poor Malachi! For centuries Christians have taken his prophetic book and made it into a money law! When Malachi was talking about rebuking the devourer, and pouring out blessings, He was prophecying about the blood of Jesus.

The True Christian Tithe.....X109A.......The book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus is the high priest of the new covenant. But what tithe does He receive? "He receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that He liveth"--in other words Jesus' tithe is the souls of those who are saved! Do you want to pay tithe? Then go get someone saved!

X0609..........The Unanswerable Tithe Question..........Tithe is hammered into the minds of many Christians. The question asked is "Why is tithe in he Bible?" The answer provided is that it is meant to be the way Christians give money to the church leader. This is the wrong answer. This is the right answer.......TITHE IS IN THE BIBLE, BECAUSE IT IS THE WAY PEOPLE HAD THEIR SIN FORGIVEN BEFORE JESUS WENT TO THE CROSS.

X0611............Why The New Testament Church Did Not Pay tithes and make offerings.......They did not do this because Jesus was their offering. "Offering" Biblically, means to make a due payment for sin. "Tithe" was the amount of the sin offering. Read the Bible for yourself and see.

X04.10...........Giving to "Every man"--What a Concept!!..........The example of the new covenant church was to give to the needs of "every man". This makes perfect sense, considering their non-authoritarian structure, and the fact that ministry was a function that anyone could do at any time. Jesus ruled the church--not money!

X04.21..........Does Your Tithe Really Rebuke the Devourer??.........What do YOU do when Satan comes knocking at your door? If you know anything at all as a Christian, you rebuke the devil with the blood of Jesus--right? Okay, go back to the old testament. Israel did not have the blood of Jesus--right? So God in His mercy gave them something else--the blood of animals--as a sin offering, and He honored this blood to rebuke the devil. The blood of these animals, came from the tithe. You don't need to pay tithe to rebuke the devourer, you have been given the blood of Jesus, the lamb of God, by grace, not by works

What About the One-Sixtieth Offering?.....X109I....Tithe, tithe, tithe, lot's of folks like to preach the tithe at Christians. They make it seem as if the Bible has a law that says 1/10th of everything belongs to them! In Ezekiel, God asked Israel for a1/60th offering why don't we go by that rule?

Jesus Did Not Have Altar Ministry......X109L...The book of Hebrews makes a point to tell us that Jesus was not born to the tribe of Levi--He was not a priest--an "altar-minister". So, why is it that "altar ministry" is so overwhelmingly prevalent in the church? Is it possible we are missing Jesus' ministry in our functioning together?

X04.14..............The Life Is In The Blood..............Do you tithe? Wow! Where do you kill the goats and rams and bullocks? Do they really allow you to kill animals in your town? Oh, wait, if you really were going to tithe, you would need to do it in the temple in Jerusalem. Have they re-built it? I haven't heard about that! If you don't kill animals and offer grain--you're really not tithing. "Tithe" was the amount of the sin offering in the Bible. But we Christians don't do that--since Jesus made His offering--"once for all"---right?

X04.22.............What TO DO With Your Money...........Give to the poor. Let the Lord lead you. Use your resources to directly further the Gospel in every way you can. Don't give to yourself!


Feeding the Poor which are Our Brothers........x492...............WE have a concept of giving within the church that usually goes something like this: We all give our money to the leadership--and God leads them to use it for His purposes. Is this Biblically correct? The simple answer is no--at least if we look at the new testament. In the old testament, there was the need for a Levitcal priesthood--a group of specially chosen ministers--who operated in the temple--with the purpose of taking the tithes (the 1/10th Holy offering of Israel) and making sin offering to God for Israel's sin. The new covenant specifically annuls the Levitcal priesthood (see Hebrews ch 5-10)--and the need for this type of offering. So, how did the new covenant church give? The plain answer was that they gave to the poor within the church. The offering and collection of money was for "the saints" NOT for the leadership. It was Spirit-lead--not lead by the law of the tithe--and it was direct to the needs of the poor within he church. In fact, Jesus says we will be judged on this specific point!.

WE Pay--Do They Obey?.....x367............The church in the Bible gave all of their money to the poor within the church--for any one who had lack. the leaders did not receive a tithe, nor did they use the money that they distributed for their own welfare. or just for their own ministry. They did not use the money to build a large building--the collecting of money was "for the saints" for all---not to pay the leadership who was the "full-time ministry".

X0619...........Jesus Says NO Storehouse............Folks in tithe-teaching churches are told that the church is the "storehouse" that Malachi refers to. They probably never look up the other reference to storehouse found in the Bible!

Jesus Gave Opportunity..........x200806.......I don't even have to do this Bible study--you know it! Jesus didn't just teach--teach--teach. He gave real opportunity to His followers, to do all the same "stuff" He did. To really serve God and spread the Gospel. The church in the Bible worked the same way. Where has this idea gone in our churches of today?

X04.17.......Spoils Is Grain.........One way the new testament is said to teach "tithe" is found in the book of Hebrews. Yes, the word "tithe" is found in these verse--but the new testament is speaking about the old testament! Hebrews is speaking about how the Levitical priesthood is done away with in the new covenant (a very important point in itself!). And, when Abraham paid a "tithe of the spoils" to Melchisedec, he was making a sin offering, not paying money--since "spoils" is grain

The Opposite System........x394...........In the Bible, the money was NOT given to leadership to build and operate a church building. It was Spirit-lead giving--to the poor in the church--so that no one had lack. All the houses of God were cared for, they did not exalt one man's house over another.

X04.01............Not Tithes and Offerings--Distributions and Collections..........The New covenant church did not have "tithes and offerings"--Jesus did away with these at the cross. Instead they were Spirit-lead in their giving, with collections for the poor, and distribution to "every man" who had need

No Accountability In Leadership With Regard To Money!.........x410..........."The money was laid down at the apostles feet". This quote is often taken out of context and used to teach that the giving of Christian money is meant to be to the leadership of the church. Can we read the rest of the verse please? "distribution was made to any man as he had need"--the truth is that the giving of money in the New Covenant was to the poor, to those who had need--100%. This is the root of the evil which stops the ministry gifts from being the operation of the entire body of Christ--and not just for "some"

X04.09.............Giving in an organizational way.........Old covenant "typology" operates the new covenant church. Why? Because of money corruption from the dark ages

Partakers Of the Altar.......x413...........All Christians may partake of the Lord's supper. Yet in the Old Covenant. only the Levites--only the priests--the ministers --could partake of the bread of the altar. If all are now invited to he altar, why is it that all are not considered ministers? The collecting of money within the church was for the needs of all the saints--specifically for the poor within the church. In the Old Covenant, only the Levitical priests received the tithe money for their ministry. The bible church understood the priesthood of all the body, and supported the weakest members so they also could serve the Lord.

Jesus Teaching on money--and ministry.......x525......In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus delivers a simple teaching on money. He tells us plainly that we cannot serve God and money. These two things are at odds--they are in direct opposition to one another. If we minister and serve others freely, we will be avoiding the pitfall that the Lord is describing. It's the description of simple and pure ministry (probably all of us have done it at one time or another--it's great and completely effective!!!). But, where does our idea of church organization and operation come into this picture?.

Hebrews 7-10---the offering done away with!........x438.........This is a detailed study of these 4 chapters of the book of Hebrews. These chapters tell us plainly, that in the New Covenant--there is no more offering for sin--we have a greater priest--we are all to be priests under this new high priest (Jesus). He has made the one time offering--the one time tithe--for sin. There is no more need of offering of animals and grain--which was what the tithe consisted of


READ THIS CHART--This chart gives a "visual description" of the concept of the Levitical priesthood within the Christian church. It illustrates many of the old covenant ideas which have been clearly and specifically done away with (please read Hebrews chapter 7-10!) in the new covenant.


WE Pay--Do They Obey?.....x367.........The church in the Bible gave all of their money to the poor within the church--for any one who had lack. the leaders did not receive a tithe, nor did they use the money that they distributed for their own welfare. or just for their own ministry. They did not use the money to build a large building--the collecting of money was "for the saints" for all---not to pay the leadership who was the "full-time ministry"

The Opposite System........x394.......In the Bible, the money was NOT given to leadership to build and operate a church building. It was Spirit-lead giving--to the poor in the church--so that no one had lack. All the houses of God were cared for, they did not exalt one man's house over another.

The Tithe Is Holy Unto The Lord.........x347............These words are often taken out of context, and taught to mean that 1/10th of your income is Holy unto God. If we dare to read these verses in context, we will see that Israel was told that 1/10th of their herd and their crop was considered "Holy" by God, and needed to be offered to forgive their sin. Next read about the better offering for sin which we have as New Covenant believers. The tithe limits our giving. in the New covenant there was no law of tithing. Giving was Spirit-lead--and to the poor within the church so that none had lack--what an easy, direct and blessing-filled system this would be--if only we would be obedient to teach it in our churches!

Tithing Is Of The Law.........x348.......The tithe was the Old Covenant offering for sin. In the New covenant we have a better offering, the blood of Jesus, which is better than the blood of animals, or the offering of grain. The tithe is a legalistic doctrine and stand against the simple New Covenant teaching that ministry is a gift given unto every one of us. It singles out one person who is "the minister" and therefore limits the move of God in our churches.

Tithing---what does the Bible say?--really!..........x349.............The tithe was the 1/10 of Israel's herd and crop that God considered as Holy unto Him. It was Holy for the purpose of being made an offering for sin. It was also used to pay the Levites--the priest of the Old Covenant, who had a full-time ministry, preparing the meat and bread and making the daily offerings properly. It was all necessary in order to forgive sin. In the New Covenant we have a better sacrifice--the blood of Jesus. In the New Testament, there simply was no tithe--all the giving of money and possessions was Spirit-lead--and to the poor--to those who had lack--NOT to a special group of people who were priests--instead all Christians were considered to be priests unto God--they all understood they had a ministry to fulfill for the Lord--and did not need to make sacrificial offerings of meat and bread and the blood of animals---the tithe

Doing the Opposite With Our Money...........x411.........In the Bible church, the money was freely given to anyone who had need. It supported the ministry of anyone who had need. The "church " which they were building consisted of people, not a large assembly hall. The building and operation of a building takes up most of our time effort and money in our church of today---Why?.

X04.04..........Summation...........This is a summary of the major points brought forth in this website. This is real, practical advice that the Bible gives us on how we ought to live out our ministry. Ministry is the "stuff" to do. Authority and tradition and format are the things not to do. Here are some of our ideas on how it could be done--what the church could really look like, and what you can do as an individual to find and operate in your gifts and truly serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

X04.06..............A Short List of things that the traditional plan of the church STEALS..........The tradition of church was devised by Satan to steal from believers and so rob God. He is a thief, and he wants to steal your time, effort and money

No Accountability In Leadership With Regard To Money!.........x410........"The money was laid down at the apostles feet". This quote is often taken out of context and used to teach that the giving of Christian money is meant to be to the leadership of the church. Can we read the rest of the verse please? "distribution was made to any man as he had need"--the truth is that the giving of money in the New Covenant was to the poor, to those who had need--100%. This is the root of the evil which stops the ministry gifts from being the operation of the entire body of Christ--and not just for "some".

Controling The Money......X109C.....The traditional system of "church" gives all the control of money to a few people. Is this Biblically correct? Scholars have been working for centuries to hold this idea in place. Look at the Bible yourself and see if this is the correct way for the church to work.

Collosians says it All.........x496......The book of Collosians chapter 2 states some very interesting things when we read it carefully. It tells us all to walk out our ministry--and then it warns us that certain specific things could possibly beguile us. They are Sabbath worship and tithing! These specific old covenant law operations are stated as being the things which are worldly--the tradition of men--not God's high calling upon a church body--and could draw a church away from the fullness of what God intends--which is Christ the Head in complete authority over the body.

Partakers Of the Altar.......x413.......All Christians may partake of the Lord's supper. Yet in the Old Covenant. only the Levites--only the priests--the ministers --could partake of the bread of the altar. If all are now invited to he altar, why is it that all are not considered ministers? The collecting of money within the church was for the needs of all the saints--specifically for the poor within the church. In the Old Covenant, only the Levitical priests received the tithe money for their ministry. The bible church understood the priesthood of all the body, and supported the weakest members so they also could serve the Lord.

Hebrews 7-10---the offering done away with!........x438.......This is a detailed study of these 4 chapters of the book of Hebrews. These chapters tell us plainly, that in the New Covenant--there is no more offering for sin--we have a greater priest--we are all to be priests under this new high priest (Jesus). He has made the one time offering--the one time tithe--for sin. There is no more need of offering of animals and grain--which was what the tithe consisted of.

The Christian Pastor--High Priest?.............We believe in and teach the Jesus is our High Priest. But do we see that the position and function of the Christian pastor follows many of the Biblical aspects of a high priest? Who really has the authority?

WE Get the Blood---But What About the bread and Meat?........x508.........Most Christians understand about the blood of our Savior Jesus. We understand that He shed his precious blood for the forgiveness of all our sin--it is the blood which saves us and heals us ("with His stripes we are healed"). But--do we understand that Jesus also called Himself bread and meat? Do we understand the significance of the offering of Himself--His body--as bread and meat? We celebrate the Lord's supper--and know that "all are called to the table"--but do we realize that the bread and the meat are the release that Christ brings--for all--to ministry?!!.

Real Stuff About the Tithe........x514........Open your Bible with us--and study some of the concepts often taught which supposedly speak of tithing as a necessity for Christians. Let's look at these teachings in context--and take the Bible for what it says--instead of what our dark ages traditions say!

X0615...........Handwriting.........The book of Collosians states that Jesus, in His work on the cross, eliminated the "handwriting" that was against us. The word "handwriting" in the Greek means "money debt". In other words, Christians do not "owe" God money.

Acts 20----Give To The Weaker!!.........x533..........The Bible instructs us to give to the weaker among us. The church--as the Bible describes it, is a body of individuals--all who are unique--yet all have a function. Our tradition tells us that we should give to the strongest member--to the "person in authority"--exactly the opposite of what the Bible asks us to do. The question we humbly ask is this: what if--we gave to the poor within our churches? The Bible says we would be glorious if all ministered --and if all had the support needed to operate in ministry. What if?.

Jesus requirement--NOT money--ministry!.....x524......Jesus made a requirement to His followers (one that is soften overlooked by our traditional way of reading the Bible!)--that was to serve God--to minister--to walk out a priesthood in the earth. We in our tradition of church have a requirement---MONEY. Isn't this true? Can you "get ahead" in your church without giving money to the leaders? Can you attend your church without giving "properly"--as tradition ordains? Jesus' system will get more people saved--if only we would adopt it in place of what we are so sure is "RIGHT"!!.

Demanding Tribute..........x529...........Jesus paid tribute to the ruling authorities in His day--and this is a true Biblical command--we all ought to pay our taxes--in the world. Yet at the same time, Jesus makes the statement that we shouldn't operate by the same rules as the world with regard to money. We are free when we do NOT pay tribute amongst ourselves. When we demand tithe--we absolutely do operate in the wrong kingdom.

What Have I got Against Tithing?......x454.......Answer: it limits ministry. When we operate the church by the tithe, we are singling out the leadership as the "true ministry"--and ignoring and subverting the ministry which is meant to flow through all the church. Therefore we limit God--we ignore the poor which are among us--and the end result is that people go to hell, since we are not all working together to get them saved, the way we should be!

The Pastor's Kid's Shoes.......X109B......Why is it that the poorest person in the church paid for the pastor's kid's expesive shoes? It's not anyone's fault--it's wicked, corrupt tradition that if we are unaware of, we will follow.

Why The storehouse?........x450...........If we take the Bible out of context--we can make it say whatever we want it to say. Have you ever been taught that "if you don't tithe you rob God"--or that "you need to bring your tithe into the church--which is your local storehouse"? Do you dare to read these verses in context from the book of Malachi?

worldly system and kingdom of heaven--w/regard to tithe........x449...........In the world, the person who can convince others to give them their money, rules with authority over others. This is the basis of a successful business plan. Money is the "bottom line"---the leader controls all of it, and commands it's uses in the company. Should we really have the same system in the holy church of God? Is this God's highest call for us as Christian brothers and sisters?.


1st Century Jewish perspective..........x108..........The church which is our example from the Bible consisted largely of Jews. This is the perspective which God chose to bring us the New Testament. They understood clearly what the tithe was--what the temple and the offerings consisted of--and they clearly understood what Jesus had freed them from in the New Covenant which they embraced.

X0604.............The Poor Ministers......."Ministry" according to the Bible, has the right to ask for help from others, including monetary help. The big point we miss is that ministry is for all of us to do at different times, as God decides. Not, "full-time--paid--professional" ministry.

No "Office" of priest--No tithe........x118........In the Bible only a priest collected a tithe. The Old Covenant had a specific priesthood--this priesthood is specifically done away with in the New Covenant and we are all made priests unto God--therefore there is no Christian who has the Biblical right to collect a tithe

Spirit-lead Giving--Better than tithing.......x309........The 1st century Jews who were the first Christians would have felt foolish if they paid a tithe. The tithe they had paid as jews was a sin payment--an offering for sin. It was clear that their Savior had paid the penalty for sin by offering His blood--once for all. They gave in a far better and effective way--by the leading of the Spirit.

Purpose of the tithe//(((money at apostles feet)))..........x346.......The purpose of the Old Covenant tithe was as the offering for sin. God needed blood to be shed, on a constant basis, in order to hold Israel's sin in forgiveness. It was therfore necessary for 1/10th of the herd of Israel to be made Holy--to made clean before God as sacrificial offering. The book of Hebrews speaks about the Levitical priesthood--declares it to be done away with in the the New Covenant--and then makes the clear statement that there is no more need for an offering in the New Covenant--we have the perfect, precious and pure blood of our Savior Jesus--amen!.

Study on hebrews--"Assembling Together" Explained in context!-- X539........."Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together" What does this mean? Most think it means "meet together, on Sunday, under the authority of the pastor--make your offering--and be quiet most of the time in church." Study Hebrews chapters 7-10 for yourself--read this verse IN CONTEXT! The Bible tells us exactly what "asembling should and should NOT be about.

The Tithe Is Holy Unto The Lord.........x347........These words are often taken out of context, and taught to mean that 1/10th of your income is Holy unto God. If we dare to read these verses in context, we will see that Israel was told that 1/10th of their herd and their crop was considered "Holy" by God, and needed to be offered to forgive their sin. Next read about the better offering for sin which we have as New Covenant believers. The tithe limits our giving. in the New covenant there was no law of tithing. Giving was Spirit-lead--and to the poor within the church so that none had lack--what an easy, direct and blessing-filled system this would be--if only we would be obedient to teach it in our churches!

Tithing---what does the Bible say?--really!..........x349......The tithe was the 1/10 of Israel's herd and crop that God considered as Holy unto Him. It was Holy for the purpose of being made an offering for sin. It was also used to pay the Levites--the priest of the Old Covenant, who had a full-time ministry, preparing the meat and bread and making the daily offerings properly. It was all necessary in order to forgive sin. In the New Covenant we have a better sacrifice--the blood of Jesus. In the New Testament, there simply was no tithe--all the giving of money and possessions was Spirit-lead--and to the poor--to those who had lack--NOT to a special group of people who were priests--instead all Christians were considered to be priests unto God--they all understood they had a ministry to fulfill for the Lord--and did not need to make sacrificial offerings of meat and bread and the blood of animals---the tithe.

What Have I got Against Tithing?......x454.....Answer: it limits ministry. When we operate the church by the tithe, we are singling out the leadership as the "true ministry"--and ignoring and subverting the ministry which is meant to flow through all the church. Therefore we limit God--we ignore the poor which are among us--and the end result is that people go to hell, since we are not all working together to get them saved, the way we should be!.

Why The storehouse?........x450.....If we take the bible out of context--we can make it say whatever we want it to say. Have you ever been taught that "if you don't tithe you rob God"--or that "you need to bring your tithe into the church--which is your local storehouse"? Do you dare to read these verses in context from the book of Malachi?.

NT church by OT Rules....x261......We operate ministry within our churches based largely on old testament ideas. We have a Levitical priesthood within the church. We build temples to God. Just these 2 concepts steal the ministry that the new testament says in supposed to be in all the body--and steals the priesthood that every Christians is supposed to be operating in. The clearly abolished old covenant ideas were placed in the church hundreds of years ago, and have been stealing the ministry and preventing Christ from being the Head of the church--and continue to do so today!.

Colossians 2--Jesus spoiled the authority........x498............This area of scripture says that Jesus openly spoiled a certain authority. We have often been taught that this is referring to Satan--but if we read this in context--and in context with the rest of scripture--we see that the authority that was spoiled openly by Jesus was in fact the old covenant authority of the Pharisees and priests. Jesus is to be the Head of the church--not a group of tithe-collecting priests or Pharisees who rule with authority over others!.

Roman Emperor Says........x494.........1700 years ago, a Roman emperor--who considered himself to be the head of the church--made it illegal to be anything but a Christian. He literally declared everyone in the world (at least the then know world which Rome ruled) to be a Christian--and made it illegal not to be in church on Sundays. This changed the operational plan of the church. There was no more need to operate in the apostolic method--reaching out to he lost and needy. Rather, the church was held under the authority of the tithe-collecting priest--and babies were baptized into the church so that everyone was now a Christian!.

Jesus Spoke destruction to the Temple--Why do we still rebuild it?........x484.......Jesus spoke against the temple--He spoke against the ruling Pharisees--and the new covenant clearly says that the levitcal priesthood is not necessary since Christ is our high priest and we are all now made priests directly unto God. Yet, we continue to get operational plans for the church from the book of Haggai--we search the Bible to find what we want it to say!!.

NT church by OT Rules....x261............We operate ministry within our churches based largely on old testament ideas. We have a Levitical priesthood within the church. We build temples to God. Just these 2 concepts steal the ministry that the new testament says in supposed to be in all the body--and steals the priesthood that every Christians is supposed to be operating in. The clearly abolished old covenant ideas were placed in the church hundreds of years ago, and have been stealing the ministry and preventing Christ from being the Head of the church--and continue to do so today!

Spirit-lead Giving--Better than tithing.......x309.............The 1st century Jews who were the first Christians would have felt foolish if they paid a tithe. The tithe they had paid as jews was a sin payment--an offering for sin. It was clear that their Savior had paid the penalty for sin by offering His blood--once for all. They gave in a far better and effective way--by the leading of the Spirit.

Clericalism--Look It Up In Your Dictionary Some Time!.........Have you ever heard of the term "clericalism"? This study takes a page out of a common dictionary, and studies the history of the idea of "clergy" within the church. The church operates through a type of Levitical priesthood---only problem---the Levitical priesthood is abrogated in the new covenant!

The Tithe Is Holy Unto the Lord/ /must be destroyed-- ..........x345..........when we preach tithing we are denying the ministry of the entire body of Christ. We are saying that we have certain people in the church who are in fact the Levites--the priests of the church. Only a priest collected a tithe in the Bible--it was his payment for serving God. Yet in the New Covenant, we are all made priests unto the Lord (Revelation 1:5-6). Jesus called Himself bread and meat, and invited all of us to eat. The Levites were the only people in the Old Covenant allowed to eat the bread and the meat of the sacrifice--they lived off the meat and grain of the tithe. We are all priests--all invited to eat of the sacrifice--all ministers unto the Lord.

Purpose of the tithe//...... ....x346.......The purpose of the Old Covenant tithe was as the offering for sin. God needed blood to be shed, on a constant basis, in order to hold Israel's sin in forgiveness. It was therfore necessary for 1/10th of the herd of Israel to be made Holy--to made clean before God as sacrificial offering. The book of Hebrews speaks about the Levitical priesthood--declares it to be done away with in the the New Covenant--and then makes the clear statement that there is no more need for an offering in the New Covenant--we have the perfect, precious and pure blood of our Savior Jesus--amen!.

the Roman emperor Says "build" and we Still Obey!.........x435..............The Bible church was selling what they had, to give to the poor within the church--so that every member could operate effectively in serving the will of God on a daily basis. 1700 years ago, the Roman emperor declared himself the head of the church, and introduced the Roman building plan to the church--conquer by building and ruling over people is the basis of Roman empirical growth--and the same plan of most of our churches today. why not the Bible plan? It's much more cost-effective!

Power--but not to take money!.......x517........Take a look at this area of scripture, one which is often taught out of full context--which might lead us to believe that the"ministers" of the church have God's right to collect money for their "ministry". Our first problem is that we don't have the right definition of what ministry is--we say it is rulership with authority over others--rather than a gift which is given unto every one of us. What the Bible says is that it is alright for money to be given to someone's ministry (which could be anyone--NOT just the "official" people!!)--but it is much better if they work for themselves and pay their own way. Ministry is supposed to be free--and freely released and encouraged in all of us. Doesn't it just make sense that we could accomplish more for God if we did it this way??.


Purpose of the tithe.......x282......The purpose of the tithe was a sin offering. God considered 1/10 of Israel's herd and grain as "Holy". A Holy thing had to be offered to God in order for Him to forgive sin. Holy blood had to be spilled for forgiveness to come. Of course we know that we as Christian do not offer grain nor animals (which is what the tithe consisted of!!) in order to have our sin forgiven--Why? Because we have the once-for-all sin offering of the blood of Jesus. No more sin offering needed--therefore no more tithe. The church in the Bible recognized this--it freed up their giving, so they gave to the poor and the lack within the church--for any needs-----why don't we do it this way?

Roman Money Tradition.......x466.....The Roman empire operated by building buildings and taxing people to death. These two plans are still powerfully in operation in the church of today. We dont' realize that we continually build and rebuild the Roman church--instead of the glorious church of the Bible.