“A PASTOR REBUKES A NON-TITHER” is a 9-part teaching series inspired by a letter received from one of our YouTube subscribers. Our YouTube subscriber does not practice tithing, as it is taught in the Christian church (paying 10 percent of your income).
Our subscriber attends a church in which the pastor believes in and teaches that they should tithe in the form of paying 10 percent of their income. The pastor wrote our YouTube subscriber as letter outlining why he believes in tithing. In the letter the pastor cites biblical scriptures to support his belief in the monetary tithe.
Each lesson in this series addresses a major point the pastor makes in the letter. Each lesson contains actual quotes from the letter. The purpose of this teaching series is to help clear up any confusion or misunderstanding surrounding the topic of tithing for both clergy and parishioners.
Quote from the Letter
In Malachi 3 God reminds us that he doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Therefore, if he honored our financial contributions to the churches in the past do you think He has changed His mind now? In chapter 4 of Malachi God says “remember the Law of Moses.
Key points addressed in this 1st lesson:
1. God does make changes.
2. God changed from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant.
3. God honors faith – not works of the Law
4. Remembering the Law of Moses is not directed toward Christians.
The Book of Malachi is the one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted books of the Bible as it relates to the topic of tithing. What we see here is that the Prophet Malachi is specifically addressing ancient Israel and the Levitical Priests. At this time, the Levitical Priests, in particular, were not following the Law of Moses. A consequence of this disobedience was that God would curse them. The Prophet Malachi is admonishing their disobedience and reminding ancient Israel of the importance staying true to the Law of Moses.
In this lesson we see that while the essence of who God is does not change. However, according to scripture, God does change the way things are done. The greatest example of this is when God replaced the Old Covenant with the New Covenant. The New Covenant was introduced through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.
What does this have to do with tithes? Everything, since tithing is part of the Old Covenant so it too is obsolete.
Furthermore, the Old Covenant was based on works. The New Covenant, that Christians are under, is based on faith. God honors your faith. “Now it is clear no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous one will live by faith (Galatians 3:11).” God promises blessings to those who under the New Covenant. Therefore, Christians receive blessings through faith. When preachers impose so-called tithing on their congregations and use the Book of Malachi to justify it they are actually blocking the blessings of the believer because by practicing so-called tithing they are returning to the Law. In Galatians 4:8-12 the Apostle Paul emphasizes that heirs of promise (Christians) are not to return to Law.