He thought he had me, but lo and behold, God anticipated the straw man argument.
Let’s look at a passage used to teach tithing from the
He quoted from the passage "indeed men here receive tithes". And then he shouted "Show me where they are taken out!"
The answer was right there in the very passage he used.
It is in Hebrews 7, and the verse says:
Heb. 7:18 For
there is a disannulling of a foregoing commandment because of its
weakness and un-profitableness.
WHAT WAS THE "FOREGOING COMMANDMENT” only a few verses before?
7:5 And they indeed of the sons of Levi that receive the priest's office have commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law
That was where tithes were zeroed out. And he never responded.
I went on to ask how many verses can prove that any of Christ's apostles ever commanded monetary tithes from income, wages, or sales? Again, ZERO!
This is why every pastor should repent of this false doctrine and teach people giving by the Holy Spirit and not a law. ESPECIALLY to the needs of others.
Here is another truth: we are not to add, twist, or diminish from what the apostles wrote, as they delivered the New Covenant.
A Covenant is a legal document, a contract, and contains the wishes and directives of the Testator. –That is His Will.
And regarding those monetary tithes, they are not established in either Testament as God's commandment, and they are not included in any form in Christ's Testament. If anyone here has a will, you know it gives your directives to those that will inherit your promises. It will stand in court if challenged as it has your expressed terms and conditions for your heirs because you are writing what you want done for your loved ones.
Heb. 9:15... And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament ..
As Testator, Christ never directed the apostles who wrote His Testament to take any form of tithes from anyone and never gave command for his apostles and ministers to take them.
Monetary tithes are therefore *illegal* when imposed on New Testament saints. The New Testament has NO WITNESSES for them. If tithing on income, sales, or wages was apostolic doctrine, has anyone considered none of the apostles commanded, taught, or testified of 10% tithes even once?
In Acts people worked, gave, sold property, and ministered. Where did the disciples in Acts tithe or get them from others?
Pastors are NOT Levite priests and pastors do not have any command to take a dime of tithes from anyone. When God wanted the Levites to get the tithes from the land, it was written for them to get them. But ministers do not have any scripture authority to take any form of tithes from anyone.
Does this resonate? Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
Here is the percentage Jesus required, see if 10% was
Luke 14: 33 So therefore whosoever he be of you that does not renounce (i.e. disavows) *** all*** that he has, he cannot be my disciple. ..
There it is my brethren, disavowing ownership of 100%
is the measure Jesus gave, and if we do not do THAT, (and it includes our mind
and religion) we cannot be HIS disciple...
Let’s seek to be His disciple and no longer a follower of men, creeds, and "Doctrinal Statements of Faith".
The choice is yours. Renounce "all" and become HIS disciple and you won't be looking to man for teaching, you will become a steward of the Lord's goods when you give "ALL".
Jesus is returning to his temple and chasing
out the money changers.
The changing of an Old Covenant agricultural law and a one time event from Abram’s life into New Testament doctrine is tantamount to "transubstantiation", the RCC doctrine that teaches the cracker and wine are changed into the literal body and blood of Christ in the Catholic Mass.
Changing the lawful tithe into a money tithe from income and calling it an act of worship is extortion when the tithe is subject to:
“a disannulling of a foregoing commandment because of its weakness and un-profitableness. “