6 Ways Preachers Trick You into Tithing

IN THIS EPISODE of The Tithing Hoax Podcast, I reveal 6 ways preachers trick Christians into believing and accepting the false Tithe Doctrine.  Nowhere in the Bible are Christians commanded to tithe.  In addition tithing, as it is practiced in today’s church, it not biblical.

The practice of “paying God” 10% of their income is a false doctrine that Christians have been tricked into accepting as true.  This is what we call the Tithing Hoax.

A hoax means to trick into believing or accepting as genuine something false and often preposterous.  Synonyms for hoax include bamboozle, beguile, con, delude, fool, deceive, hoodwink, mislead or trick.

The premise of The Tithing Hoax book is that, when it comes to the practice of tithing, many Christians have been tricked, fooled, deceived, mislead, etc.  I have identified at least 6 ways that Christians are tricked into tithing, and they include:

  1. Instilling Fear
  2. Manipulating Faith
  3. Using the Lure of Material Riches
  4. Employing Supernatural Testimonies
  5. Playing on Your Emotions
  6. Confusing the Voice of God

Let’s talk about what the Church doesn’t want you to talk about on The Tithing Hoax Podcast.


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10 comments for “6 Ways Preachers Trick You into Tithing

  1. Jon
    August 7, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    You’re an idiot. Read the bible good. Fool. Don’t teach false doctrine to medicate your disobedience.

    • R. Renee
      August 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      Chill out, Jon. No need for name calling. The bottom line is this: When people read the Bible and in read it in context, it’s clear that Christians were NEVER commanded, encouraged or expected to tithe. Christians are encouraged to GIVE free-will offerings. This is not false doctrine. It’s biblical FACT.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

      Peace & Blessings

    • Elaine
      August 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Hi Jon,

      I read your reply and it was a bit ‘harsh’ to say the least. I’ve noticed whenever the ‘truth’ tries to approach the scene, there is ALWAYS opposition and it’s usually from people who don’t do any research on the issue. They go off strictly what they’ve been taught. About 20 years ago, I was one of those people who argued with people about mandatory tithing until one day I was prompted to study upon it. I couldn’t find ‘mandatory tithing’ in the bible for the New Testament church.

  2. Theologian Expert
    January 7, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    The practice of Tithing in the Church has its origin in what is known as Replacement Theology. Replacement Theology is one of the very worst doctrinal deceptions to ever creep into the Chruch. It is a Satanic ploy to confuse, mislead, and deceive. What it teaches is that the Church REPLACED ancient Israel in God’s economy. Another way of saying this, is it teaches that God is utterly and permanently finished with Israel due to their rejection of Jesus as their Messiah. Well, nothing could be farther from the truth. This teaching is first class heresy and those who subscribe to it either haven’t read the entire Bible, have been mislead by what someone else told them and they are too lazy to seek Truth on their own before God, or they are simply full of the Devil. What is missed here by “Tithing Christians” who have been deceived by their deceived pastors, is that the Church and Israel are two distinct creations with different purposes. They are mutually exclusive in God’s economy. The Church is composed of both Jews and Gentiles (The Body of Christ aka: the Bride of Christ). However, Israel is God’s Inheritance. The scriptures specifically state this so many times, you would need a catalog just for the references. Here are just a few: Ex 34:9; Dt 4:20, 9:26,29; 1 Kg 8:51,53; Ps 33:12, etc. Not only this, God’s Word in the NT very clearly declares “ALL of Israel SHALL BE SAVED” (Rom 11:26), and this event WILL occur AFTER the Rapture during the period known as Jacob’s Trouble aka: The Great Tribulation, which is the last 3.5 years of world histoy immediately preceding the physical return of Jesus Christ to earth to establish His earthly Kingdom presiding over the nations in Jerusalem. It is less than dishonest and spiritually ignorant for anyone to take the position that Israel either became the Church or the Church replaced Israel. Both of these notions are inspired by the Devil. With this root false doctrine (Replacement Theology), the Levite Priests were replaced by Church Pastors, and in like manner, the “Storehouse of God”, was replaced by Churches non-profit status bank accounts. The Bible says “that which is not of Faith is Sin”(Rom 14:23). All things in God’s Word arise from the Spirit of Truth in the fullness of the meaning He intended. This requires the Holy Spirit to give understanding. Some individuals in the Church resist God’s Word in some areas either willfully, out of ignorance, or deceitfully because they have a personal agenda to fulfull. The fact is, those who teach that Old Testament Tithing is for the Church are committing sin, AND, they have to do A LOT of scripture twisting and ignoring numerous things that went along with OT Tithing practices to uphold their hoax. Importantly, OT Tithing was NEVER monitary, not everyone tithed, and the Tithe was specifically to be brought to the Levite Priests. Here’s where the greatest hoax finds its mark in this entire fiasco, i.e. Church pastors have gotten their congregations to actually believe that they are the equivalent of the Levite Priests. The entire notion of Tithing for the Church is based on rank ignorance coupled with wholesale deception. The fact is, most people are gullible especially when it comes to “authority figures.” In closing, the NT command very clearly is GIVING as one purposes in their own heart (spirit), NOT of necessity (tithing was necessary and required in the OT), but from a cheerful heart. Tithing is LAW, Giving is of the Spirit. People who Tithe are being unknowingly deceived and dragged back under the Law which condems. The entire purpose of the Law by the way, was to direct people to receiving the free gift of Eternal Life by Faith in Jesus Christ, and begin living a life of liberity, freedom, and security that could come no other way. People who live by Faith in Christ Jesus, have that liberty and freedom, and it’s not based on anything that one does or doesn’t do to possess that Life. It was a FREE GIFT with no conditions. Now, if someone chooses to abuse their free gift of Salvation and do things that are inconsitent with a life directed by the Spirit of God, then that is between them and God, and there are always consequences, so as not a license to commit sin. The practice of Tithing is an example of one committing sin. In closing, I recently asked a jewish friend of mine who ris a devout Jew who regularly attends synagogue if he Tithes? He look at me like at me as if I was playing with him. He took my question seriously but for a moment thought I was being ficious. He said to me, “Tithing is a Jewish ceremony that no longer exists, it was associated with the Jewish Temple and altar sacrifices that went out of existence.” Then he said, are you “kidding me?”

    • R. Renee
      January 9, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Well said. Your comments are insightful and helpful.

      Thanks for visiting us.

      Peace & Blessings

  3. September 3, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    I have a question: I joined a mega-church that preaches tithing. I have studied your issue on this website. I examined the membership booklet, and according to them thithing is required. I joined the church so i can serve as a volunteer for their homeless minstry. Is it ok to pay them a tithe of my net spendable income after expenses to keep peace?

    • R. Renee
      October 15, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      As you say according their “membership booklet” tithing is required, but the Bible doesn’t require it of Christians. Now if you want to give there’s nothing wrong with that. Yes, you can give from your net spendable income. Keep in mind, the Apostle Paul encouraged the saints to give “according their means.” In other words, you give only what you can afford. Giving should not be a burden and it should not place you in a financial bind.

      Thanks for the question.

      Peace & Blessings

  4. Rob
    October 26, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    I just stumbled across this site so please forgive me if I repeat info from other posts/pod casts. I’ve always grew up in church hearing about tithing and I thought too that it was required. But now I just give from my heart as the holy spirit prompts me. I’d like to mention those scriptures others even in my church use as examples that “command” us to tithe. The first I believe has already been mentioned is (Matthew 5:20) about our faith exceeding that of the Pharisees. This is used a lot to push us to give more than 10% since that was what the Pharisees gave. But I believe that Jesus was talking about their heart and motivations. We however should give cheerfully and not under compulsion (2 Corinthians 9:7). When you are “shamed” into tithing then you are breaking this commandment.
    The last one is a little more tricky and that is Matthew 5:17-18. Some say since Jesus said that not one letter will disappear from the Law then we must still tithe. I think Galatians 3:10-11 & 3:23-25 clears this up. Jesus came to redeem us from the Law (Galatians 3:13). In fact all of chapter 3 should be read just to get the whole context. Other verses to consider are Hebrews 8:13 & Romans 7:6.
    Finally, since about 100% of churches preach tithing you “are” going to get persecuted from within (personal experience) if not thrown out or at least looked down upon for not “obeying” Jesus’ command. We do need though to pay our preachers who make a living from the Gospel (Galatians9:7-14, especially verse 14). However, we don’t need mega churches (Act 17:24). It seems the drive for tithing is for these “mega churches” and sometimes the lavish lifestyles of those in the ministry. I would end with these final scriptures. James 4:17 and 1 John 3:17 regarding doing good and giving to those in need keeping in mind it should be from the heart. Also, don’t let a disagreement over this issue to cause divisions with a brother/sister/church (Romans 14:1). Live with peace with everyone and just agree to disagree.

    • R. Renee
      November 15, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      I’m glad you found us. Your comments are insightful and on point. Thank you for sharing.

      Peace & Blessings

  5. Rob
    October 26, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Sorry, I got one of my verses wrong. The Galatians verse (9:7-14) should be 1 Corinthians 9:7-14.

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