After examining the Scriptures, it is obvious that the modern teachings on tithing are nothing more than falsehood. They are teachings of men that have been handed down to us for the purposes of men.
This tradition has robbed many widows and poor people by extorting money from them, money they often could not afford to pay, by preachers who falsely teach that they must obey the "law," or they will be cursed.
Sadly, many dear souls who struggle to make a mortgage payment and feed their children are under the same false impression that they must give 10% of what they earn to the church or a ministry.
This false teaching has resulted in many feeling guilty or fearful of being cursed as well as coming under condemnation for feeding their children and paying for their home first, when they did not have enough left over to pay the 10% to the church. This modern teaching on the tithe is outrageous and a great lie!
Here is another point about pastors and tithes. Often pastors judge their members by whether they pay their tithes or not. I know of a case where a pastor billed an absentee member for his tithes like it was an accounts receivable in a business. I know of another case where a pastor would not visit a critically ill member of his church at the hospital, because she had not paid all of her tithes. I know of another case where a pastor would not allow a godly, poor church member to teach a Bible study because he was behind on his tithes.
I also know of a pastor who first checked the church records to see if a certain member was current with his tithes when that member began to have some type of crisis in his life. When that member was found to be late on his tithes, the pastor then blamed him for the trouble he was having, saying it was because he had not paid all of his tithes to the church and that the curse was on him.
How many widows' houses and poor people's limited and needed incomes have been robbed by the tithe teachers? Why do pastors preach law and grace at the same time? The tithe is of the law and grace is of Christ. The law brings a curse and Jesus delivered us from the curse of the law on the cross.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You devour widows' houses and for pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive the greater condemnation" (Matt. 23:14).
For all who rely on the works of the law are under the curse. For it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the Book of the Law, to do them." Now it is evident that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, for "The just shall live by faith." But the law is not of faith, for "The man who does them shall live by them" (Gal. 3:10-12).
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