Sunday, November 27, 2011

Why Tithing Is UN-American

Numbers 18:14, "Every thing devoted in Israel shall be thine."

Deuteronomy 14:22, "Thou shalt truly tithe all of the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year."

Note: When the author renders the word 'Church' as shown, he is referring to Man's Main-Stream, Corporate Entity, Business Driven Institutional 'Church' we are all familiar with today. When he renders the word church in all lower case letters, he is referring to Christ's Authentic, Legitimate Home Based church, which He continues to build.

In Numbers 18 the LORD addresses Aaron and his household. He tells him that he shall be in charge of the tabernacle and the sacrifices. His brethren, the Levites, are given to him as a gift from the LORD to help minister in the tabernacle. Every heave offering and every hallowed thing of the LORD's from the children of Israel shall be his (verse 8) by an ordinance forever. In verse 14 the LORD tells Aaron that every thing devoted in Israel, shall be his. Devoted is used here in the sense of keeping a vow. This is to be a solemn consecration by God to Aaron and his sons. These offerings are all derived from the seed of Israel and are set aside and blessed (or made holy). They are the best of the best from the land. No imports were allowed in. Why? Because they were consecrated to the LORD. Anything from the outside world would defile the offerings and sacrifices to God. It would become a matter of blasphemy. 

Deuteronomy 14:22 mentions for the first time the Festival law on tithing for the children of Israel. Everything written about this law concerns Israel and only Israel. No other nation was allowed to tithe to the LORD God. No other land was to Produce a tithe from their seed and brought in. No other nation was involved. Israel was totally sanctified by God to tithe in a special way. Money was not the focus of the tithe. Food to be eaten for a celebration was.

I submit to all that, Tithing is UN-American!

Why can't it be American? Because it was never written into Israeli law that America was included to participate. As a matter of fact, no other nation was permitted to tithe because tithing was a law instituted to celebrate the Harvest in Israel ALONE! The tithe was from their seed. It was food locally grown and harvested. "Hometown USA" was never included! The only place USA shows up in the Bible is within the spelling of Jer-USA-lem! That's as close as we get! Tithing is UN-American!

Tithing in Israel was never given to Produce a tabernacle or a temple. It was to feed the Levites, priests and those selected by God to participate. The only foreign people permitted to receive part of the tithe was the stranger. A stranger was someone who was born a gentile, but converted over to Judaism. This person lived in the land of Israel. He was counted as one of them. I'm sorry, but the average American does not qualify! Since tithing was never intended to pay for a building (Temple) and a priest, neither does this apply to our modern day, 'Church' buildings and the support of their Professional pastors. Tithing is UN-American!  

Even if America sent all their food tithes to Israel each year, it could not be accepted. Why? Because it would be an import; and for an import to be used as a tithe in the land of Israel would be considered a blasphemous act. We would be asking for God's curse to be upon us as a nation. Why? Because we'd be transgressing against His law! Tithing is UN-American!

We as American should not be tithing for many reasons. First on the list is that it doesn't apply to us as Christians. Second, tithing was never meant to be given as money to pay for a 'Church.' Not even in Israel was it given to pay for the tabernacle or temple. Third, it was never given to be used as a salary for a priest let alone a pastor or a staff. I can go on for awhile, but to encapsulate the reasons why we as Americans shouldn't tithe, let me just say that, it's UN-American!

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