Paul's Passing Thoughts

Yep, In Regard to Tithing, Pretty Much

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on June 23, 2017

I have been extremely busy of late resulting in little time to post anything, but I stumbled across this comment while doing some research on the internet. The comment pretty much sums up the historical truth about tithing, and I couldn’t resist using it as a made-to-order post. Enjoy.

Eric Hale January 5th, 2016 02:39 AM

Edited by PPT.

Did Jesus tithe? Did those in Israel that did not make their living off of the land, (the butcher, the baker, the candle stick maker and Omar the tent maker) tithe? No, they did not. They paid the temple tax. We like to twist actual scriptures out of context and make them relevant for today and use them as a tool/club to control people. The only verse applicable to modern day Christianity is 1st Corinthians 9:7 (cheerful giver) not cheerful tither…. the church went for the tithe in the 3rd Century when Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the day, and introduced Santa Clause, The Christmas tree, and the Easter bunny to Christianity. The Church became an institution, cathedrals are expensive, and Malachi 3:10 became the weapon of choice out of the Old Testament to build big church buildings [because infrastructure displays authority]. The modern day church spends the majority of its funds on buildings, thus neglecting its main responsibility: widows and orphans. That is why the government takes care of widows and orphans; because the church is too busy making mortgage payments. How many church buildings did Jesus build? Go ye therefore and build buildings? NOT! How many church buildings were constructed during the book of Acts? They met in facilities already built [private homes to be exact]. Churches could rent a vacant building, everyone bring their own lawn chair, have a small leased office space, etc…[or just simply meet in homes as intended] low overhead means more funds for ministry.
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  1. lydia00 said, on June 25, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    I wish I could link to this but I actually read up on the background and co text of the temple tax in Roman occupied Palestine in the 1st Century. The tax was collected by Jews and given to Roman Government who maintained the Temple. It was a controversial issue with the many Jews, especially the zealots. That is the context for Jesus telling Peter the “son’s are free”. The Romans did not pay for the upkeep. Only Jews.

    It really turns the conventional interpretation on it’s head. Jesus wasn’t saying what most people think. He only paid the the tax because Peter said He did and not to cause offense. He was actually teaching Peter that they were free from the tax.

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  2. Susan said, on June 25, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Teaching about “tithing” is a litmus test as far as I am concerned. If it is taught I take it as automatic false teaching. Tithe = they make merchandise out of you. Knowingly or not.

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  3. Susan said, on June 25, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    I am sure tithing is lucrative for someone. Now who could that someone be? So why doesn’t God direct these church plants into the poorest of poor crime ridden neighborhoods? But instead God’s calling is mostly in the wealthy upper middle class suburbs? Don’t poor minority folks need God too?

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    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on June 25, 2017 at 9:48 PM

      Missionary societies do not invest where self-sustaining ministries cannot be established which necessarily require infrastructure like church buildings.

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    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on June 25, 2017 at 9:50 PM

      …and FYI, ACBC does not have one counselor in a zip code with an average income less than 55,000 per year. No, not one.

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      • Susan said, on June 25, 2017 at 11:00 PM

        So “go therefore and make disciples of all nations …. ” only applies under x, y, and z financial conditions? My bad. I forgot to read the study Bible footnote and cross references that would have told me that.

        So “well done, good and faithful servant …. ” will be heard by the head of the Missionary Society that establishes the largest mega-church in Africa? That’s how this thing works? I learn something new every day.

        So, the only reason Jesus overturned the money changer’s tables in the temple was because he didn’t get a cut of the revenue stream? For a 10% kickback, the scam could have continued? Good to know.

        And the Lord weeps.

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      • John said, on June 26, 2017 at 9:27 AM

        Yes, and that’s why ACBC is as evil as they come. Mmm, some interesting “counselors” on that thing and with some very interesting pasts…some things that would and should immediately disqualify one from “counseling” or have ANY position of “service’ in a church. Oh, but we’re talking about a Reformed/Calvinist institution, so anything goes…like in a strip joint or a whorehouse. No difference.

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