Tithing: The Church’s Greatest Lie?
Christianity as a whole is based on myths and rituals of a nomadic Middle Eastern tribe who wandered around in a desert a few years too many so it’s difficult to classify what is truth. However, even within this construct, is an embedded lie called tithing (giving 10% of your income to “God”). Even if we assume for a moment the Bible is truth, it would still be illogical to say tithing is a requirement for the church.
In Matthew 23:23, Jesus referred to tithing as a part of the law. In the book of Galatians, Paul the Apostle makes the case that Christians are no longer to follow the law. In Acts 15, the council at Jerusalem listed 3 things from the law that should be followed. The rest – not so much. Tithing was NOT included in this list.
However, many churches insist that Christians are required to tithe. There are even petty arguments on whether it should be on gross or net pay. In certain churches, a person cannot hold a leadership position if they are not a tither.
This teaching is one of the most hypocritical tenants of the church. To openly preach freedom from the law on one hand then require Christians to tithe on the other is negating the very gospel they believe (per Paul in Galatians).
One of the funniest reasons I’ve heard to justify tithing is that Abraham tithe before the law therefore tithing is above the law. Huh? First of all Abraham didn’t even tithe from his own possession but he gave 10% of his conquests. Abraham also made animal sacrifices, practiced polygamy, and a host of other things before the law. Should Christians be required to follow those practices also?
I should also point out that Paul, in writing letters to young churches, NEVER once instructed them on tithing. Instead, he said:
“You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Why then are so many Christians duped into thinking, even within the construct of their own religious teachings, that they are suppose to tithe?
Even if Christians are not willing to walk away from their faith, they should at least stop allowing themselves to be controlled, manipulated, and ripped off by their spiritual leaders. It’s such a shame that so many allow themselves to be slaves to these evil environments where they are threatened:
“Giva your 10% or God is gonna send Tony and Guido to breakka your legs” (Malachi 3:11, dC version).
- The de-Convert