Legalism Part 1- Tithing

 

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. –Col 2:8

imagesThere are many traditions that our modern-day church follows teach that were never taught by the early church. These traditions are made into laws and enforced throughout many denominations. This is known as legalism. One of these legalistic traditions is called tithing.

Tithing as taught today basically means ten. It basically means that you take one tenth of your gross income before you pay taxes, and give it to God by giving that income to the church. It is taught that if you do not do this then you are robbing God of what rightfully belongs to him. Therefore you are a thief. This belief is part of the foundation behind the prosperity gospel. As we will soon discover, there is no biblical principle found in the scriptures that support this belief.

There are no examples of this anywhere in the Old Testament. Any scripture that is used to support this has been taken out of context. It is important to note that you won’t find one example of this doctrine among the early church. In fact, you won’t find tithing at all in the first 500 years of church history. So if this is the case then where did tithing come from? Why is it taught today? And what scriptures are used to support it?

Tithing in the Old Testament was always based on the harvest of crops. It was never based on money. Money was used in the Old Testament, but it was never tithed. Tithing is only found under the law. It was done to help the poor. It was also done because the Levites had no inheritance. It was a means of support for the priests. To accomplish all this there where actually four separate tithes from the harvest not one. Many scriptures are taken out of context to try to prove that tithing existed outside of the law found in the Old Testament. I am going to cover just a few of them.

stop tithingThe first claim of tithing by some modern-day ministers is found in the story of Adam. It is said that when Adam ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he was robbing God of the tithe. This erroneous teaching goes on to declare that the original sin was actually stealing the tithe from God!

First and foremost there is no scripture to back up this claim and proper hermeneutics is never used to support this belief. You cannot add meaning to the scripture and make it say something it was never intended to say. There is nothing about the tithe ever taught with the original sin found in scripture. In Fact, God told Adam he could eat from any tree except that one tree. I happen to believe the Garden of Eden was a big place and it had a lot more than ten trees! This false doctrine originated from so-called ministers who rob the poor of their money then they turn around and buy multi-million dollar jets to fly in!

The next scripture used to try to prove tithing outside of the law is found in Genesis. The claim is that Abraham paid tithe.

Gen 14:18  And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

Gen 14:19  And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

Gen 14:20  And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. –KJV

A little study into this will reveal many things. First Abraham did not give a tithe from his own personal harvest, possessions, or money. Abraham went to war on behalf of his nephew lot. There were five kings that were conquered and Lot was carried off. When Abraham defeated those kings he took most of the spoils from that battle and returned them to their rightful owners. While he did give Melchizedek 10 percent, he gave the other kings 90 percent. He gave everyone back their stuff.

Gen 14:22  And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

Gen 14:23  That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:

Gen 14:24  Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion. –KJV

The next scripture used in a feeble attempt to try to prove tithing outside of the law is also found in Genesis

Gen 28:20  And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,

Gen 28:21  So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:

Gen 28:22  And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee. -KJV

This is a scripture used to claim that Jacob paid tithes in spite of the fact that there is no record in the bible that Jacob ever paid these so-called tithes. This is Jacob bargaining with God. He is trying to make a deal with God, and he places conditions on this tithe

  • 1. If God is with me
  • 2. If God will keep me safe
  • 3. If God will give me bread to eat
  • 4. If God gives me Clothes, (Raiment)
  • 5. If I come to my father’s house in peace.

Then I will give God 10 percent. All this happened 20 years later with no record of Jacob ever giving this tithe.

This is a much different attitude then what is taught about the tithe. Jacob is saying if God blesses me and meets these conditions then and only then I will give him 10 percent. That is the direct opposite of the way the tithe is taught in the church. The church says give ten percent to God and you will be blessed. Jacob says If God blesses me I will give ten percent.

It is important to note that Jacob is not talking about taking 10 percent of his money or crops and giving those things to a priest. Jacob is talking about making an animal sacrifice to God. In Abraham’s example he gave ten percent to someone else who was a king and a priest. In this example Jacob is talking about sacrificing 10 percent of his animals to God. He never did this. This is not the tithe as taught by the modern day church and this example is invalid.

That means that the tithe can only be found under the law and it suffered the same fate as circumcision. It was never practiced by the early church. Under the law there were 4 tithes. The first was 10 percent of the harvest. It went to the Levites because they had no inheritance. The second tithe was 10 percent of the first tithe. It went to the family of Arron. They were priests and they received ten percent of the ten percent or one percent. The third tithe was another 10 percent of the harvest. It was meant to provide for the feasts and holiday festivals. An additional tithe of the harvest was taken every three years and it was for the poor. It was distributed by the Levites. We see a grand total of twenty three percent, not ten! In addition to this the farmers could not harvest the corners of their land. They had to leave that for the poor. So in total you see anywhere from twenty five to thirty percent of the harvest gone from the land owners. And in addition to this every 6 years they had to let the land rest.

Just how does this relate to giving ten percent of your gross income to the church today? The obvious answer is it doesn’t! If you attend a church then it is important to support that church financially. Their mission is to spread the gospel and they have physical needs. That is a noble thing to support, but you are not robbing God if you do not give ten percent of your gross income to the church. That is a legalistic and false doctrine. It places undo condemnation upon those who cannot afford to pay 10 percent and it brings bondage and separation from God! That is why this teaching is so dangerous. If you want to read the detailed research behind all of this, then click on the link below.

Tithing Part 1

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Just Where Did The Bible Come From?

open_bibleOver the years I had several people approach me and try to debate the validity of the bible with me. I did not seek these people out, they engaged me in an effort to shame me for believing in what they considered to be fairy tales and myths. Some of these people have even been family members.

The typical question I always get is this, How can you trust a book that was written 2,000 years ago by a group of men? The frequency of this question surprises me and it is painfully obvious that this has come from someone’s talking points. It is also obvious that this question is always asked in ignorance. If they knew where the bible actually came from they would not ask this question.

My response is always the same. I first ask them if they have ever read the bible, The answer to that is usually no, although some have claimed they have. I press the ones that claim they have read the bible for more information. I want to know their opinion about certain things I find in scripture. Eventually they admit they know little about a book they so harshly judge.

scrolls2At that point I begin to explain that the bible is not one book, but many books. The bible is a collection of books. This collection contains 66 books that were written over a period of 2100 years, on three different continents, with over 39 different authors, in three different languages. I break it down further. I talk about time periods for certain books and go into details on history. I talk about Rome and the rise of the church. Then I talk about how all the books were gathered together in the fourth century AD for what we know as the bible today. It was not written 2,000 years ago!

By the time I am done the person that asked the question is staring at me with eyes glazed over trying to absorb the information, It is at that point I have a certain look in my face with a matching body expression that says ask me another question! I dare you, I DARE YOU!

You see the reason for the question was to make me look like an idiot and to mock me for my belief in scripture. Here are people who know little about scripture and they want to make fun of me for putting my faith in what I strongly consider to be God’s word. A lot of times these critics have not thought their actions through. Then every once in a while I will get one brave soul that asks yet another question. Why do we need so many different versions anyway? I think to myself, ok you asked for it.

deadseascrollI respond by going into the history of the persecuted church and talk about how the scriptures use to be in latin only. The Catholic church outlawed translations in other languages. Then I go into details about the different translations in germany during the 15 century and the Gutenberg press. I talk about those who were martyred for the translations they made and how many reformist fled England during the reign of Bloody Mary. No not the drink, the tyrant ruler who wanted to return England back to Roman rule. Then from there we get into the Geneva version of 1599 and then the King James version of 1611. I talk about the people involved in the process of these translations and give reasons for them. I go into details about manuscripts and scholars.

By now their eyes are really glazed over and there I am with my body expression which is saying, ask me another question! I dare you! I DARE YOU!

7q5Every once in a while one very brave soul will ask me yet another question. Some people never learn. What proof do you have?! It is at that point I begin to explain what the dead sea scrolls are and from there I go into biblical archeology,  I also explain the thousands of fragments that were found like Magdalen papyrus, Fragment 7Q5, Fragment P52, and other writings from the early church fathers. I talk about the way written recorded church history coincides with early Roman records.

Of course by this time they realize they have bitten off more than they can chew and I have never received a fourth question from any of these people. What started out as an attempt to shame me for my beliefs has turned into them realizing they don’t know much about the bible and they don’t have the full picture. The main reaction I get is TMI overload. (Too Much Information)

MagdalenAbout a month ago I am watching a History Channel propaganda piece called Mankind The Story of Us. I have learned a long time ago that it is not wise to get my theology from the History Channel. They always come up with the strangest stuff. But they said something during the course of this series that I could not ignore. This statement not only offended me, but the stupidity of it was more than I could personally bare. During one of the episodes they claimed that the bible was written in Babylon.

No No No! How could they say something so blatantly stupid! I think I was mad because I knew that a lot of people would hear that dribble and think it was from a credible source. It was at that time that I decided to write an apologetics section on this website for the bible as a whole. This is not a defense for any topic in the bible but rather the book as a whole. I will explain were it came from and supply resources so people could gather information on their own. This is how it breaks down.

Bible Origins

This page breaks down where the bible came from and it even talks about some of the books that were not included in the bible. If you have ever wondered how the bible came to be and why it is reliable then this section is for you

Resources

This page provides free resources for anyone who wants to read or study scripture. Included in these resources are commentaries, dictionaries, concordances, and study guides. early church writings, and other books that did not make it into the bible are also included for you to read. Everything is free!

Biblical History

This page covers 2,000 years of church history. It also covers traditions that were added to the church in later years. It gives you many important archeological discoveries that back up the stories that are told in the bible.

Proof for Moses

This section talks about myths regarding Moses and the children of Israel while they were in Egypt. We also cover possible locations for Mount Sinai and the Red Sea Crossing.

Follow The Money

Follow The Money

economicsRecently I spoke with my good friend Jerry Robinson about the Iraqi dinar and the Global Currency Reset. For those who don’t know, Jerry runs a Website/Media company called Follow The Money. They offer investment strategies and many of these strategies are available in a lot of area’s of finance. Help maintain debt or learn some of the best ways to invest money.

As this site is designed to explain how economics work, Jerry’s site is designed to take everything a step further. His book called “Bankruptcy of Our Nation” is a fantastic read. This book is very insightful and I highly recommend it. Watch the interview here.

Jerry has a weekly podcast and he interviews many interesting guests. He has even interviewed Ron Paul a few weeks back. I listen to his weekly Podcast and I think you would also enjoy it. You can also listen to past shows too. Here is a link

Follow The Money Podcasts

Ever since I have brought back this website my goal has been to release parts of this newly revised site in sections. Each section has a head page with a main topic and several pages beneath it that are designed to be subtopics.

I just finished another section and it was a lot of work! The main topic of this section is all about Monetary History. In fact, It is even titled Monetary History. This section about monetary history is broken down using several subtopics.

Early Monetary History

This section covers the use of gold and silver as money. It covers when gold and silver began to be used as money and it covers where the early coins came from. It talks about inflation and other problems that ancient civilizations had when they debased their coins. It also talks about the rise of the early banking system.

America’s Monetary History 1

This page covers America’s monetary history from the revolutionary war on up to the civil war.

America’s Monetary History 2

This page covers America’s monetary history from the civil war all the way up to the 2008 melt down. It picks up where America’s monetary history 1 leaves off.

The Global Economy Emerges 1

This page talks about the emerging global economy and the emerging One World Government. it shows the early stages of this emerging New World Order.

The Global Economy Emerges 2

This page picks up where the last page leaves off. It contains a sequence of events that lead up to the global government and its global economy.

A New World Order In Iraq

This page deals with the future of the global government. If you are familiar with biblical prophecy then there are many things that should sound the alarm on this page.

I have also added a comment section to all the pages. Ask a question or leave a comment. Tell me what you think and tell me what you would like to see. speak your mind!

Finished With The Economics Section

I found researching the history of economics to be very interesting and compelling. When you look at numbers economics becomes very boring, but this whole section deals with events a lot more than numbers. The overall story being told will keep you on the edge of your seat as you soon discover that fact is indeed stranger than fiction!

Now I am finally done with the economics section of this website. There is much more information in this section then there has ever been in the past. The information is also better organized so you can find what you’re looking for quickly.

New Direction

As always a big thank you to all of those that subscribe and read this site. I appreciate all of those who read and all of those that comment. Your Opinion matters so feel free to express your views on anything you read.

Now I will start working on the biblical views section of this site. The overhaul of this site is still going on but a major portion has been completed. Once all the pages are done I will do blog posts on a regular basis. I have strived to put together the most factual data I can find. I have also strived to arranged this data in a logical way. I will let you know when another section is complete

BVAWE Returns

imagesCA933IB8I have decided to bring back my site “Biblical Views and World Economics” or BVAWE. I closed the site down for a while because I wanted to take a break and I wanted to do a different kind of site regarding economics and bible apologetics. I was not happy with the way the site was structured, but after looking at this the stats on this site I saw that It still had 97 subscribers and it was popular at one point.

It is my opinion that the neglect of the site not only led to lower readership, but it also kept me from watching current events. There is just something about reporting what you witness that makes you pay closer attention. I also wanted a different kind of look and feel, but I was not sure what I wanted.

Taking a break for a while allowed me to focus on my music and other interests. It had the effect of clearing my mind. Some would argue that there is not much to clear up there, but it does get cluttered sometimes. Now I want to bring the site back for good, but I want it to be better than it was before. So I have made it more of a web page with an attached blog. In the past it was just a blog site with a current post and a few pages.

So I divided this site in sections by topic and got rid of the table of contents page. The topic sections are at the top and the sub pages are underneath. This allows you to quickly find the information you are looking for without the need to surf through blog posts.

I will release everything in sections. The first section is already done. It deals with economics and it explains the system we are in. It goes into detail about some of the geo political problems we have with an analysis of what happened in the 2008 meltdown.

The next section I am working on is called Monetary History. This section deals with the history of money and the events relating to it. It talks about the evolution of the American monetary system and it talks about all the conspiracies about money. Our monetary story is actually more interesting than one might think. The political struggles and the way money was used to buy influence is intriguing to many people.

So let me invite you to come back to Biblical Views and World Economics. (BVAWE) take a look around and learn how entertaining it can be to actually learn the truth about money, politics, and history.