“We teach Biblical tithing principles” is heard from many pulpits.”
“Do you really?” I ask. This chapter has been carefully written to assist those who want to follow the tithing
principles found in God’s Word. Although I am sincerely not aware of any Christian Church that observes ANY of them,
God’s Word commanded that His Old Covenant people obey ALL of them.
PRINCIPLE #1: Only pastors (elders, bishops) can function as priests and minister
all aspects of spiritual reconciliation.
Replace 1 Peter 2:9, 10; Revelation 1:6 and with Numbers 18:1,
5 and .
PRINCIPLE #2: Tithes must go to only one family in the assembly which alone
can perform all of the duties associated with worship and the construction and maintenance of the worship building (Numbers
PRINCIPLE #3: Only the patriarch of this family and his sons can mediate for
the congregation as a priestly family. They are the only ones allowed inside the worship building itself. They are also the
only ones allowed to approach God and ask for forgiveness in behalf of the congregation.
Num 18:1 Then the LORD said to Aaron, You and your sons and your father's
house with you shall bear the iniquity related to the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you shall bear the iniquity associated
with your priesthood. NKJV
PRINCIPLE #4: Important! The first whole tithe must go only to the servant-Levites,
brothers of the leaders.This principle is always ignored!
Num 18:21 Behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tithes
in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work which they perform, the work of the tabernacle of meeting. [not the priests]
Num Hereafter the children
of Israel shall not come near the tabernacle of meeting, lest
they bear sin and die.
Num But the Levites
[not the priests] shall perform the [non-priestly] work of the tabernacle of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity;
it shall be a statute forever, throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel
they shall have no inheritance. NKJV
PRINCIPLE #5: The congregation must allow the Levites (both servants and priests)
to live on land provided for free for ever but remains in the ownership of the ordinary members.
Num 35:2 Command the children of Israel
that they give the Levites cities to dwell in from the inheritance of their possession, and you shall also give the Levites
common-land around the cities.
Num 35:3 They shall have the cities to dwell in; and their common-land
shall be for their cattle, for their herds, and for all their animals. NKJV
PRINCIPLE #6: The whole tithe which belongs to the servant-Levites must be
brought, not to the worship building, but to the Levitical cities where all of the Levites must live most of the time at their
farms with their herds. (Num. 35; Josh 20, 21).
Neh. …to bring the tithes of our land to the Levites, for the Levites should receive the tithes in all
our farming communities.
Neh And the priest,
the descendant of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive tithes …NKJV
PRINCIPLE #7: The servant-Levites who receive the whole tithe must not minister
as pastors (elders, bishops, priests) and must not enter into the worship building. The tithe-receiving servant-Levites
must only function as fabric-weavers (Num 3:25, 26), builders of interior household items (Num 3:31), builders of tent-poles
and outside cookware (Num 3:36), soldiers (1 Chron 12:26), builders and artisans(1
Chron 23:4), supervisors and judges (23:4), guards and doorkeepers (23:5), choir members and musicians (23:5), bakers (23:29)
and political employees (26:29-32)
Num 18:2 Also bring with you your brethren of the tribe of Levi, the
tribe of your father, that they may be joined with you and serve you while you and your sons are with you before the tabernacle
of witness. NKJV
PRINCIPLE #8: Only the pastors (elders, bishops, priests) can enter the worship
building. All others, including the servant-Levites who receive the whole tithe, must be put to death if they attempt
to worship God directly.
Num 18:3 They [Levites] shall attend to your needs and all the needs
of the tabernacle; but they shall not come near the articles of the sanctuary and the altar, lest they die — they and
Num 18:4 They [Levites] shall be joined with you and attend to the needs
of the tabernacle of meeting, for all the work of the tabernacle; but an outsider shall not come near you.
Num 18:7 Therefore you and your sons with you shall attend to your priesthood
for everything at the altar and behind the veil; and you shall serve. I give your priesthood to you as a gift for service,
but the outsider who comes near shall be put to death." NKJV
Num Hereafter the children
of Israel shall not come near the tabernacle of meeting, lest
they bear sin and die. NKJV
PRINCIPLE #8: The pastors (elders, bishops, priests) must eat their portions
of the offerings inside the worship building (Num 18:8-18). They must eat the first-born of clean animals and the first-fruit
offerings inside the worship building (Neh. -37). These cannot be taken home
and shared with their families. Tithes are not the same as first-fruit.
Neh 10:35 And we made ordinances to bring the firstfruits of our ground
and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, to the house of the LORD;
Neh 10:36 to bring the firstborn of our sons and our cattle, as it is
written in the Law, and the firstborn of our herds and our flocks, to the house of our God, to the priests who minister in
the house of our God;
Neh 10:37 to bring the first-fruits of our dough, our offerings, the
fruit from all kinds of trees, the new wine and oil, to the priests, to the storerooms of the house of our God …
PRINCIPLE #9: Pastors (elders, bishops, parents) keep all items presented as
vows and all redemption money (, 15, 16).
PRINCIPLE #10: The servant-Levites who assist the leaders cannot own or inherit
Num But the Levites
shall perform the work of the tabernacle of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity; it shall be a statute forever, throughout
your generations, that among the children of Israel they shall
have no inheritance. NKJV
PRINCIPLE #11: When the tithe is paid to the Levite-servant class, they must
give only one tenth of the tithe which they receive to the pastors (elders, bishops, priests). This tenth of the tithe
cannot be used for any other purpose. (This is an ignored concept today.)
Num 18:26 Speak thus to the Levites, and say to them: 'When you take
from the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them as your inheritance, then you shall offer up a heave
offering of it to the LORD, a tenth of the tithe.
Num And your heave
offering shall be reckoned to you as though it were the grain of the threshing floor and as the fullness of the winepress.
Num 18:28 Thus you shall also offer a heave offering to the LORD from
all your tithes which you receive from the children of Israel, and you shall give the LORD's heave offering from it to Aaron
Neh 10:38 And the priest, the descendant of Aaron, shall be with the
Levites when the Levites receive tithes; and the Levites shall bring up a tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to
the rooms of the storehouse.
PRINCIPLE #12: In exchange for receiving their tenth of the tithe, pastors
(elders, bishops, priests) cannot own or inherit hand. Be careful not to ignore this principle.
Num Then the LORD said
to Aaron: "You shall have no inheritance in their land, nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your
inheritance among the children of Israel. NKJV
PRINCIPLE #13: Pastors (elders, bishops, priests) do not pay tithes. They offer
back to God the very best from which they receive from their tenth of the tenth ().
Num 18:29 Of all your gifts you shall offer up every heave offering
due to the LORD, from all the best of them, the consecrated part of them.'
Num Therefore you shall
say to them: 'When you have lifted up the best of it, then the rest shall be accounted to the Levites as the produce of the
threshing floor and as the produce of the winepress.
PRINCIPLE #14: Priests can eat the tithe anywhere (,
32), but they must eat the first-fruit and offerings only inside the worship building.
Num You may eat it
in any place, you and your households, for it is your reward for your work in the tabernacle of meeting.
Num And you shall bear
no sin because of it, when you have lifted up the best of it. But you shall not profane the holy gifts of the children of
Israel, lest you die.'"
PRINCIPLE #15: Both pastors and their Levite-servants normally will only work
in the worship center one week out of twenty four. They must spend the remainder of their lives either raising and feeding
(tithed) animals or learning trades needed for the maintenance of the worship building and ruler.
PRINCIPLE #19: Spoils of war gained by church members may be distributed following
any of the following Biblical examples: (1) 10% to the local priest-king and 90% to a designated king of Sodom (Genesis 14:16-24);
(2) .1% to the priests and 1% to the Levites according to the 1 of 10 ratio of the Law ordinance of Numbers 31:21, 27-30)
or (3) unlike regular tithes, spoils of war may be dedicated towards the maintenance of the church building (1 Chronicles
PRINCIPLE #20:Tithes must not
be used for evangelism of non-church members.
34:12, 15; Deut. 7:2
PRINCIPLE #21: A second tithe must be brought to the city where the church
headquarters is located. This second tithe must be consumed by worshippers in the streets during celebration. If travel distance
is too far, this tithe may be turned into fermented beer and alcoholic wine for consumption during the church celebration
calendar. It is not for salaries.
PRINCIPLE #22: Every third year a third tithe for the poor must be kept available
in the homes of church members to feed the poor which includes the Levites and priests. This third-year tithe is not for salaries.
14:28, 29; 26: 12, 13
PRINCIPLE #23: Every seventh (7th) year and every fiftieth (50th) year no tithes
of food from the fields shall be brought to the Levites.
Ex ; Lev 25:4, 11
PRINCIPLE #23: Pastors (elders, bishops) functioning as priests and ministering
all aspects of spiritual reconciliation in the church must bear full responsibility for the failures of the church.
As such the curses of Malachi are directed squarely upon them should they in any way abuse the tithe. (See Malachi 1:6 to
Mal 1:6 Where is My reverence? Says the LORD of hosts To you priests
who despise My name. Yet you say, 'In what way have we despised Your name?' Mal 1:14 But cursed be the deceiver Who
has in his flock a male, And takes a vow, But sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished — For I am a great King,"
Says the LORD of hosts, "And My name is to be feared among the nations.
2:1 And now, O priests, this commandment is for you. 2:2 If you
will not hear, And if you will not take it to heart, To give glory to My name," Says the LORD of hosts, "I will send a curse
upon you, And I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have cursed them already, Because you do not take it to heart. NKJV
3:3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify
the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the LORD An offering in righteousness.
PRINCIPLE #24: Garden spices must be carefully weighed and counted in order
to insure tithes are paid correctly.
Matthew ; Luke (ignore Matt 23: 2, 33; Luke )
PRINCIPLE #25: Contrary to Malachi 3:9, some New Covenant tithe-payers who
are modern Pharisees may receive woes, or curses, even though they tithe.
23:23; Luke ;
Southern Baptists and Tithing:
I consider myself to be a true Baptist in agreement with the spiritual heart of their published statements from 1644 to 1923,
I do not agree with the shift which has taken place in recent years. Moreover, I believe that events very similar to those
found among the Baptists are taking place in many other conservative churches. I encourage each reader to research his/her
own church to discover exactly when it firstbegan teaching tithing. I believe that most denominations which have emerged
outside of the European church-state environment, like the Baptists, did not begin teaching tithing for many years. If this
is true, then it is self-incriminating.
to the Encyclopedia of Southern Baptists, tithe, a tax placed on
American colonists to support state church was especially opposed by Baptists. It says that they paid little attention to
voluntary tithing chiefly because “In the middle of the 18th century all other concerns were engulfed in a vast and
quite successful period of revival which added great numbers to the churches, but which laid much greater emphasis on
evangelical fervor than on systematic benevolence.” Evidently, when the fervor of successful evangelism slowed, it was
time to focus more on giving principles.
an implied admission that tithing had not been a standard of giving since the first confession in 1644, the article continues,
“Many churches, in fact, were definitely opposed to what they considered a ‘hireling ministry,’ and paid
their preachers nothing. Preachers who were supported at all usually received food or farm products such as tobacco,
or occasionally whiskey, which could be exchanged for money. At least until the beginning of the 19th century,
most Baptist ministers worked at secular jobs in addition to preaching.”
instead of being an eternal moral principle, tithing had to very slowly evolve among Southern Baptists. Their Encyclopedia
recounts that a layman initiated a tithing position in the 1890’s and that it was proposed and rejected
by the Convention in 1894. After World War I, “various promotional movements” were launched by several denominations
to convince the laity to tithe. Although a strong campaign began among Southern Baptists in 1921, it failed to place tithing
or tithing texts in the 1925 Faith and Message. Since the Convention has
very aggressively promoted tithing again, beginning as far back as 1947, the 1963Faith and Message revealed some progress in its evolution when it, for the first time, listed major tithing
texts, but still did not include the word, tithe.
Southern Baptist’s official statement of faith, The Baptist Faith and Message,
is widely distributed for all to read. This document still does not contain the word, tithe! However, behind this outward
statement is the controlling, yet almost unknown (to most parishioners) Stewardship Position
Paper, adopted in June 1997. ThePosition Paper is the current
leadership’s interpretation and application of the general stewardship statement. It is clearly an effort to usurp the
local church’s authority to determine its own doctrinal stance in matters of giving principles.
is the Position Paper, and not the Faith
and Message statement, which MUST be followed for all stewardship-related teaching and publications such as
Sunday School literature. Since partial quotations are forbidden, I shall summarize what it says. The first of seven paragraphs
says that tithing is the clear biblical stance which must be used as the basis for all denominational employees who
write denominational literature on stewardship. (You will have to go out of your way to read this for yourself.) In other
words, hidden behind the officially distributed Faith and Message, the
Position Paper compels employees who produce the unofficial literature
to teach tithing. However, while tithing is “fair game,” the Convention leadership would not dare issue position
papers on other current divisive issues such as the inspiration of the Bible, prophetic interpretations, biblical hermeneutics,
or hierarchy-controlled leadership.
to tithing, the fifth paragraph of thePosition Paperuses the word, standard, six times and the sixth paragraph uses the word, expectation, once. Denominational
employees are thus ordered to teach tithing and they “must not” replace it with any other approach to giving.
Therefore, unofficially, tithing is the only acceptable standard and expectation of giving.
person who has read the introductory pages of The Baptist Faith and
Message will see in the Position Paper a forcing of the conscience
contrary to the very nature of Baptist churches. Although there have been many Baptist statements of faith since the
first one in 1644, it took over 300 years for merely the tithing texts like Genesis 14:20, Leviticus 27:30-32 and Malachi
3:9-10 to first appear in the 1963 The Baptist Faith and Message!
Why? The previous Faith of 1925 did not include any tithing texts! Again I ask, “Why?” Although brochures
on tithing overwhelm the literature rack inside most Southern Baptist Churches, the word, tithe, still does not appear
in the 1998 revision of the Faith and Message! Why? Yet an Internet search
on the S.B.C. site produces articles about some of their churches which already require church members to “tithe.”
tried unsuccessfully to engage any S.B.C. leader in a dialog about tithing. As I said before, I suspect that similar events
are presently occurring in too many conservative churches today. I know that other Baptists groups have adopted strong pro-tithe
statements and I personally that the Assemblies of God, the Church of God and many Pentecostal churches are being challenged
by sincere members seeking dialog. Why, why, why are conservative Christians afraid to come out into the open and discuss
to the Position Paper, first, tithing was never the “standard” for the poor and for craftsmen and
traders—only landowners and herdsmen. Second, the original tithe to the Levite priest-helpers was never the “best”
or “first”—it was the “tenth” (Lev. 27:30-32). Only the Levites gave a “best” of
their tenth of the tithe (Num. -28). Third,
the New Covenant demands different better “standards” of grace giving since the priests had changed from the Aaronic
priests to the priesthood of every believer (Heb. 7:5, 12, 18). Fourth, again, since tithing was never the minimum
“beginning” point in Old Covenant giving, then it should not be such in the New Covenant. Fifth, tithing
is clearly not an “expectation” from the poor or Gentiles in the New Covenant church (2 Cor. -14; 9:7; Acts 15:5, 10, 19, 20). Sixth, the very definition of tithe
to include non-food income is not biblical.