God’s Thoughts to Me
The early church had no tithing system … But as the Church expanded and its material needs grew more numerous and complex, it became necessary to adopt a definite rule to which people could be held either by moral obligation or by precept of positive law.
The tithing of the old law provided an obvious model, and it began to be taught… The Council of Macon in 585 ordered payment of tithes and threatened excommunication to those who refused to pay (The New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol.XIV, pp. 174-175).
Blessings for Sale
As a child, I often had the privilege of riding on a steam train. How I enjoyed the sound of the locomotive picking up speed.
When it was well on its way, the whistle would tell the whole world of its pride and glory.
I remember how we and all our luggage used to be covered with a thin layer of soot. It even found a place to hide behind your ears or between your teeth and toes! Today, the steam train is just a fond memory.
Nowadays, there is another train; the one driving on the railroad tracks of the monstrous, cruel religious teaching of tithing.
This train is driving through a thick, dark and scary forest of deceit, straight to the Kingdom of darkness.
This train’s thick layers of soot has crippled many of our Pappa’s children; not just financially, but also spiritually and emotionally.
When the Catholic Church started this teaching in the year 585 AD, they, at least, refrained from violating the famous verse on tithing in Malachi 3:8.
Their trump card, which was already an abomination in itself, was excommunication.
Looking at the origins of tithing in the Old Testament, we find Israel being under a Theocracy. Their president or prime minister was none other than our Heavenly Father Himself.
He instituted the tithing as His income tax system for the upkeep of the nation. The people had to “pay” three tithes.
The first tithe was brought to the Levites in the seventh month of the year. The Levites and the priests were the cabinet responsible for the upkeep of the nation.
The Levites had to give a tenth of this tithe to the priests who attended the altar (Numbers 18:25-32).
The second tithe was brought to the temple for the feast that took place in the seventh month.
Sort of their public holiday to honor their monarch where they all feasted and had a good time together.
The third tithe was only paid every three years and this one was given to the strangers, the widows and the orphans.
All in all it amounted up to 27,9% of their income, spread over a period of three years. This is as far as my mathematical abilities go!
Today another trump card is being played by the drivers of the tithing train. They play on the insecurities and greed of the human race and promise wealth and prosperity to those who fill their coffers with their hard-earned money.
I wonder if they are the descendants of the Judaizers pestering the first Galatian believers and the priests at the time of Malachi?
Actually, our Pappa was chiding the Levites and the priests who cheated on their income tax and even the widows and orphans of their daily bread. They were also an adulterous bunch, divorcing their wives left, right and centre.
I will never forget how an old black gentleman told me once the reason why he COULD NOT go to church: a lack of money.
After giving a tithe to their church he didn’t have much left for even just a decent meal. We all know what our Lord Jesus did to those who turned His Pappa’s House into a den of thieves.
Another wagon that has been hitched onto the tithing train, comes from the Beatitudes, “Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom (Luke 6:38,NKJV)”.
Could it perhaps be that our Lord Jesus was speaking of forgiveness like He did in verse 37?
This wagon also sport the Seed-Faith compartment.
I remember the time when I met my own set of “Judaizers”, telling me that I can line my own pockets through giving as much as possible, waiting for my sevenfold return.
I recall an incident when I was given a choice of receiving a nett or gross return on my salary, all depending whether I tithed on my gross or nett income!
They reckon the more you give, and that to them of course, the bigger your return will be!
This deceptive teaching is based on Galatians 6:7 where Paul chided the Galatians for lending out their ears to the Judaizers who added onto the simple Gospel of Jesus, which was no Gospel at all!
I am so grateful for Pappa’s protection against this tithing madness that has been the spiritual ruin of many.
Whenever I needed discernment on this matter, He abundantly supplied all the wisdom I needed.
In my own life I have found that as I allowed our Lord Jesus to become my life, I started to give more and more and more!!! Giving and sharing just seem so natural. It gives me so much joy for our Pappa has written the law of love on the tablets of my heart!
I cannot do otherwise and truly understand now why the first Christians were commended by all because of their love for one another.
It does not really matter what percentage I give, whether it is 10% or the widow’s mite. The truth is that one actually wants to give way above one’s means for the sole reason of love!!!
Dear Ones, let us listen and heed our Lord’s advice and not allow our left hand to know what our right hand is doing and be surprised one day when we are invited into the eternal Kingdom for clothing, feeding and visiting with our Lord Jesus.
Much love XX