Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.Galatians 6:7
The concept of giving 10 percent to churches as a form of offering to God, where ideas were borrowed from the Mosaic Laws given to the Israelites as stated in Leviticus 27, Numbers 18:25-32, Deuteronomy 14:22-29 & 2 Chronicles 5. In fact, the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes; one for the salaries of the Levites, one for feast and temple uses, and a third one for the poor, totaling to a whopping 23.3 percent of an individual’s income.
However, the Mosaic Laws should not be misconstrued as part of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17) that specifically restrain certain actions in its absolute connotations. Most of these strict, prohibitive laws in the Ten Commandments start with the phrase “You shall not …” indicating the level of seriousness to it, and once broken, it immediately results in sin. Whereas for the rest of the Mosaic Laws reading from Exodus Chapter 21 onward, these are the regulations given to the Israelite that are relevant during their times and serves as a form of persuasive authority to our present generation of Bible believers, including the rule to give the best of our first fruits to God.
Jesus also spoke against the Pharisees, warning them in Matthew 23:23-24, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” Christ highlighted that more important matters of the law, are those concerning justice, mercy and faith, rather than the tithes and the offerings.
As persuasive authority, the Mosaic Laws were the series of rules laid out to enable the Israelite community to thrive and prosper. The concept of tithing, therefore, is a good practice that allows the house of God to function and at the same time the interest of the poor are also being protected. Tithing is not a one way street meant only to benefit one group of people. Clearly stated in Leviticus 27:31, a tithe contributor has the right to access and to redeem what he has given as offering, which technically infers that tithes that are collected by any church are supposed to be given back to the people during times of need.
This returning concept is also clearly practiced by Joseph, the Prime Minister of Egypt, where the Bible recorded how as a wise governor, he taxed the people during the initial 7 years of bountiful harvest and gave it back to them during the following seven years of famine in the land of Egypt (Genesis 41:46-49 & Genesis 41:55-57). When the people cried out for food, the Pharaoh directed them to Joseph, and he opened up all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians and to people living in surrounding countries affected by the widespread famine.
Likewise, the function of the church is also to act as storehouses, to tax and collect from the people during the good times and returning it back to them during difficult times. Any church that is managed and inspired by God Himself, will take on this characteristic of good governance and equitable tithing; because God does not steal from His people, and He always has the welfare of His people in mind, and close to His heart. If your church does not give back to you in times of need, technically you may have a far greater problem than you think; whether God is really in charge over the affairs in your church.
Due to obedience, a believer who understands how the concept of biblical tithing works, is a person who prospers in the days of his life. Because this person does not forget God’s laws and has kept steadfast to His commandments, so his days shall be lengthy and peaceful (Proverbs 3:1-2). While many others believed that they have been tithing correctly, but only to find out later, that they have instead given away their money to wolves, thieves and robbers. When they are in trouble, the false preachers could only do as much as assuring them that if they pray hard enough, God will listen to them and will answer their prayers.
Technically, what these preachers are supposed to be doing as shepherds of the flock while the Owner is away, they did not do. Therefore, when big problem surfaces, they’ll look for God to pass the baton back to Him.They are described by Christ as hirelings, the ones whom are not doing the shepherding, and when they see bigger wolves coming, they flee and leave the sheep (John 10:12). Although, false preachers may not be seen physically leaving the sheep, but practically that is pretty much what they are doing in essence; they leave the sheep on their own to fend for themselves, because these preachers have no idea or solution for the immense problems they created for the sheep.
You will reap what you sow. To the disobedient, the Lord will allow them to be delivered into the hands of evil men, who will strip them naked of what they have, leaving them high and dry. Likewise, to the obedient, the Lord will protect them against harm, and bless them during both the good and bad times. However, inside churches, this message of sowing and reaping is not preached in this way. Rather, false preachers will tell you that the more money you sow and put into the offering bags, the more money will rain down from the skies to you from heaven. As if there’s life in money, and it can grow like seeds.
Seven years of famine is a long wait. Therefore, if you have chosen the wrong company and learned the wrong doctrines, then get ready and be prepared to be polished under the fire of God’s wrath. That is, if you still wish to call Yahweh your God. Otherwise, the calamities won’t reach you so soon, until the seven bowls (Revelation 16:1-21) are poured down from heaven.
If by now you still cannot see that God hates sin, and He meant serious business when He called His people to be holy, the only thing left you could possibly do is to pick up your Bible, read it and start understanding what it says. Going back to your false preachers again and again, won’t be of much help, because even if they know what is written in the Bible, they won’t be telling you the truth, because their ways are not God’s ways and there is no honesty in their motives.
Up next after this article, “The Big Bad Wolf Is Coming”. Stay tune and read in full detail, the economic devastation that shall soon sweep the nations, in a scale that has never been seen before in human history.