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 We will search the scriptures, and rightly divide them to know the truth concerning “Free Will Giving and Tithing”.
The main key point to understanding all the points of New Testament doctrine, is to remember that the church is only in one place in the earth, and that is in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Head, and the Church is his Body, who are his obedient born again believers. The church obeys Christ’s teachings only for the New Testament Salvation. Which is known as the “Faith of the Son of God” or the “Apostle’s Doctrine”. Which also means this, God taught Jesus Christ, Christ taught the Holy Apostles, and the Apostles taught the New Testament church. Remember this when we learn of the church’s way of giving.

*(BEFORE THE LAW)*
We can start with the “Old Testament Time Period”. Many like to teach that God always wanted man to give a tenth (tithe), way before there was a law of giving by Moses, by using Abraham, and Jacob. Their first argument is, “They gave a tenth before the LAW”, but they miss the fact that it was FREE WILL! This is what they wanted to do; they were willing to share and to give. Both men used their INCREASE that was received, and pleases God with it through giving. Since there was no law, then they were not in sin, neither was it required of them to do so. Neither did the scriptures say that from that point on they began to always pay or give tithes. Neither did the scriptures say that they taught their children to practice tithing. Let’s take a note to Adam and his children. Adam taught them to give, but it did not say that it was a tenth, and so as with Noah and his sons. Again, all was from the heart, free will giving of thanksgiving, and gratefulness. Abraham gave a 10% of his spoils to King Melchizidek.
(GEN.14: 17-20)(HEB.7: 1-4)
Jacob gave 10% of his pledge blessings that he had received (GEN.28: 20-22; 35:10-15)The record shows only a one-time act.

*(AFTER THE LAW)*
Now under Moses we have the law of tithing. (LEV.27: 30-33)(Num.18: 20-32) (DEUT.12: 5-6,11-28) In which God explains in detail on how the children of Israel, as a nation, a one people under God, are to give to him, to his priest, to the needy, and to one another. Now since there is a law, then it is a requirement they must do to please God. So by Moses they are taught how and when they are to give the tenth (tithe). Which also means they did not have a choice in the amount to give, it was commanded by God, that it was a tenth, so they could not give a ninth, or an sixth and still be obeying and pleasing God. The Lord God commanded the 11 Tribes of Israel to give up a 10% of the land, and of the animals unto the Levites. These were their God given rites and their portion among the 12 Tribes of Israel. All of the other 11 tribes could not receive tithe from the people. The Levitical priesthood gave up a heave tithe to the High Priest (order of Aaron)                                            (Numb.18:21,23)-behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation. But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.

Every 1,2,4,5,6 Year Tithe. –This was that all of the tithes were to be brought to the city of the Holy Temple for all to enjoy, given once a year.
Every 3rd. Year Tithe. - This was for the support and fellowship of those that were poor and needy, widows, fatherless, strangers, and the Levi. The tithe was also required to be kept at home land, to help keep the oneness of a nation unto God.
Every 7th. Year Tithe. - This was “Holy Sabbath” unto the Lord. There were NO TITHES RECEIVED for that whole year.
Now as you can see, it was not set up on a money, salary, or income basis, and as far as the money was involved, it was by the tither. He could redeem part or all of his tithe with money, (also adding 20% more to it) a fifth. Then using it to enjoy himself with his family at the fellowship of the Temple. *(key note)- the Old Testament dispensation time period did not end until the book of Acts. That would make the Four Gospel books the last time period of the Old Testament. Jesus was under the law when he came and died.
The day of Pentecost in (Acts 2:1), is the beginning of the New Testament dispensation time period, which we are a part of today. Now let’s see what the church must do, concerning giving, by the Lord Jesus Christ and his Holy Apostles.

*(END OF THE LAW / BEGINNING OF  GRACE AND TRUTH IN CHRIST)*
"Will a man rob God?" How many men will give account one day for teaching this verse in (Malachi 3:8) totally out of context for their own sordid gain. Please read
(LUKE16: 13-17)(II.COR.4: 1,2)(GAL.5: 13)(I.Thess.2: 3-5)(I.PET.2: 16) I couldn’t count the times I have heard self-appointed ministers of the gospel berate their congregations and listeners for "robbing God" in tithes. Here’s another thought- tell me why it does not matter what type of "Christianity religion denomination" you are, that they all agree on this one point of teaching, and that is TITHING. All have no problem in taking your money; all of them have some form or reasoning about how & when you must pay your tithe. This verse in Malachi certainly means what it says. Someone was defrauding God of tithes and offerings, at this time period the children of Israel, and the Levi priesthood. On any given Sunday, men and women will be bellowing out over the air waves, or on their high raised pulpits with their chief seats that looks like they are Kings that sit on a throne. You know, like pastors who LOVE that one BIG, BIG chair, which is bigger than the rest, to represent this one is MY CHAIR. (MATT.20: 25-28; 23:2-7) Paul also warns us, concerning this type of mind (I.Cor.4:8). Then they tell that people are being "cursed with a curse" because they have failed to pay God ten percent of their paychecks. And should such a gullible listener decide to repent and give God ten percent of his salary? (PROV.14: 15) Do they have a right to quote these Scriptures to you in this manner? No they do not.
 
Malachi 3:8-10 is used as the favorite scripture to promote tithing. Why? Because it has both fear and blessing together, so men love to beat you down with the fear of the curse mentioned. Then they encourage you to give, looking and hoping for the blessing, but the truth of the matter is, the book of Malachi deals only with these major issues of its time period.
#1. Despising God’s name and Tabernacle. #2.Committing Idolatry. #3 Committing Divorce. #4 Committing Covetness and Robbery. This is not a commandment address to the church of Jesus Christ, remember in Malachi, the Levi priest office is STILL OPEN and NOT YET CLOSED! God here in Malachi is talking to the Children of Isreal, who are still under the law of Moses. This promise is addressed to them for forsaking his commandments *(remember)- The New Testament church is only in Christ Jesus. Jesus was the LAST PROPHET to be used by GOD to give the dispensation of "Grace and Truth".(HEB.1: 1,2) This also means that Jesus and his holy apostles, gave all the instructions or ordinances that are needed for you to live right by, and to be holy before the Lord. God's word does not lie, it has said that those prophets that dont obey Christ, serves their own bellies!(ROM.16:17,18/JUDE 1:10-13)  What does that mean? Well it means that they treat the ministry, the people that attend, any and all work they do, as any ordinary job, "I am here to make money", " I am here to support and take care of my belly, my livelihood, my gain in this life only", and I’m doing it all in the name of God has called and sent me to have this nice salary, to open up this church, and to get this big nice house and this nice luxury car, and all the burden of the cost of this is on YOU, by GOD.They do not truly serve God.Tell me this, did not the teachings of Jesus say, "beware of the Pharisees", "beware of the leaven bread of the Pharisees",(meaning the teachings and the lifestyles of the self-righteous religious prophets) Yes, today they still do exist, and are in all forms of religions in the world. Jesus taught that his disciples were greater than he was in that Jesus was their servant, "he came not to be served, but to serve them. Then if you have a servant, which today is supposed to be the "minister", then can someone please tell me how your servant the minister out lives you! Why is it that his house is the best and yours is not, his car is the best and yours not, his bank account is bigger, and you don’t even have one at all, but he is supposed to be your servant?
 
The minister should be liken unto the spirit of Moses, remember, he preferred to suffer with and serve the people of God, rather than to have kept his authority and riches, and to have his own servants serving him, fearing him and worshipping him, he refused it all. He esteemed the oneness of Christ, and the reward he will receive from him in glory. Otherwise he would have been living as today's TV, Radio, every city false prophet, with a so-called church or ministry. (HEB.11: 24-29) Sounds the same as Jesus, when he was offered the riches, and kingdoms of this world, BUT turned it all down. (ST.MATT.4: 8-11) Yes, Jesus is the Son of God, but he did not feel that he needed the richly Arabian Stallion horses of Kings, but on an ass, the lower breed and horse of the poor Jesus rode upon into Bethlehem. (ST.JOH.12: 14-16) Jesus came and always represented the humble way of life. The people of God were always warned never to adopt the error practices of other religions.
(DEUT.6:12-17; 12:30-32)(COL.2:16-23)

Notice in the four gospel’s record, no teaching of tithing and no practicing of tithing by Jesus or his Apostles. Only paying taxes. Why doesn’t the church have to pay tithes? Because Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness,and ONLY the Levi Tribe of Isreal had rites to recieve them!. Now the church or people of God are in Christ, or under Christ’s leadership and rule. The son of God now has given us “grace and truth” to live by.(ST.JOH.1:17)(DEUT.18:18,19) So for us not to keep the law for righteousness,all the ordinances, and the customs and the holidays,which are now a shadow. The saints are now justified in Christ(ACTS13:38-41) We keep and obey what Christ has given us to do, and notice PLEASE, that there is no tithe paying mentioned by Christ for the church to obey, BUT rather we see him REBUKING the Pharisees of their hypocrisies of paying tithe.(ST.MATT.23:23-25) Pharisaic- "a self righteous,hypocritical person". It’s like you are paying for a membership to be a part of a club. If you don’t pay, then we don’t want you around here. If we cant get anything out of you(covetness) then don’t come here. Christ taught the church to “GIVE”. To become a willing giver.(LUKE6:38)(MARK12:41-44) If he knew by God that it should be a “TENTH or TITHE”, then Jesus would have taught it, and gave it unto us about the when and how of the New Testament tithing.

Jesus gave to the Gentiles or the all nations church a  Apostle named Paul.(GAL.2:8)(ROM.15:16-18)(TITUS 1:1)
The apostle Paul received his teachings from Christ and taught it unto the churches that he established. Paul said in Rom.15:18- "For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed". Paul also said “every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him GIVE;not GRUDGINGLY, or of NECESSITY: for God LOVETH a cheerful giver.”(II.Cor.9:7) Christ and Pauls teachings are the SAME. One that will love and have faith in God will love to GIVE. The church of Acts showed us how, by loving and giving and wanting to share so all will have all things common.(ACTS.2:42-47; 4:32-37)(I.COR.12:25) They were concerned about the welfare of others, but today it’s sad, because most all of these so called servants of God, live better than Jesus did on earth and they are sinners. I’ve always said, there is only one man that could have said, “I deserve to have this”, because Jesus obeyed his father God. He was an obedient son, not a sinner. But today, we have all these preachers saying they are a “joint heir of the King!”, so right now they are going to live like one , at your exspense! Paul showed us that the office of LEVI was closed, Christ ended the office order of Aaron, who were the only collectors of tithes.(HEB.7:5-19; 9:6-15) That the church now has one HIGH PRIEST, who is Christ. Who does not collect tithes from his members. So if Paul knew that we the church must tithe why didn’t he teach us Gentiles how to? He never took the church back under the LAW, and said by Christ you have to continue giving by tithing. But he taught “from the willingness and love from the heart, GIVE. Give to be a blessing and not how can I get a blessing. Sounds just like that false Christmas spirit of December,”WHAT CAN I GET!, OR WHAT YOU BETTER GET FOR ME!”. God is not pleased with this way at all. Remember we have no New Testament church of Acts record of the early church paying tithes. Notice in (ACTS 5:1-11) Ananias and Sapphira did not lose their lives because they refused or kept back a tenth or didn’t pay tithes to the Apostle Peter. They lost their lives because they “lied” and didn’t want to give at all. The saints gave to benefit one another, not for one man’s GAIN! Many preachers and especially pastors will tell a sinner the truth on how to be saved, but when that person becomes saved, and naturally trusts the preacher, they will lie to put you in bondage and rob you of your LIBERTIES.(ACTS15:1-29)(II.PET.2:10-19) If you do not live in the Liberty of Christ then you are under some man’s RELIGION. It was the Catholic church that instituted tithing in the Christian religion church. Notice this admission in the New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. XIV, pp. 174-175:("The early Church had no tithing system. The tithes of the Old Testament were regarded as abrogated by the law of Christ.... But as the Church expanded and its material needs grew more numerous and complex, it became necessary to adopt a definite rule to which people could be held either by a sense of moral obligation or by a precept of positive law. The tithing of the Old Law provided an obvious model, and it began to be taught.... The Council of Macon in 585 ordered payment of tithes and threatened excommunication to those who refused to comply.")

*(CONCLUSION OF FREE WILL GIVING AND TITHING)*
We will now sum up the matter by these key points.
Notice that there are many laws that were under Moses, but the only and most favorite of religions, is to pick just the tithing laws to keep. In reality they don’t even keep the tithing laws because if they did, then you would see and hear about the church today doing the 3rd year tithe. Ever heard of them, for a year, doing this for the poor, etc. Ever heard of the church today doing the 7th year tithe, and telling their members “there,s no tithes you have to pay all this year, so keep and enjoy your money”, yeah right ,and you won’t! Because they want you to keep up the exspenses of what they have created. The bottom line is they only pulled out the money part of tithing of the law, changed it’s meaning(sounds like satan), and then opened their lying mouths and said ,”the LORD said don’t rob me, give me your tithe!” A key reason for promoting the money only Tithing system, is so that these ministers can have a set monthly amount to come in so that they can use most of it on themselves and the costly building exspenses, that they by themselves can't afford , but if they can teach you into paying for it in the name of tithe, then they can look good amoung others, while they watch others suffer and be without. Some self appointed ministers teach YOU MUST give 20% tithe, instead of 10%, because you are given money instead of tithing from the land, this is not doctrinal truth at all. Do the bible speak on false teachings from false prophets concerning the money and the possessions of others, the answer is yes , II.Pet 2:14-"Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children".
 
Tithing was part of the Levitical system to support the Levite Priests and temple activities. Israel was a theocratic nation. The Levitical system was destroyed when Christ was crucified. The temple veil was ripped from top to bottom, meaning this office is closed,now we are under the spirit access to God.(Eph.2:15-18).  Have you ever wonder why your being taught ,every time you get a paycheck or any outside money that you must give a tenth of it to the "Lord" as they say you are doing, by giving it to them and their ministry. Where is that written in scripture, who changed the laws of tithing, and how do you know that your not giving in vain. They try to use the scriptures in I.Cor.9:9-15, but here is the first thing to consider" Who said that their ministry truely is of God". Who said that they are really true prophets, telling you the truth.  There are so many different religions , and all are claiming to be the truth, all are welcoming you in and then teach you to began to tithe in their religion.  I understand the reason to have a church building, so that the saints can assemble and benefit from the fellowship and spiritual gifts share, but it also can be a deception, that those that attend would believe that this is God`s preacher and ministry building and it very may not be. He can be a false preacher with a false ministry and you are there supporting it by his demands and teachings. If a true preacher is to preach and teach the truth in love, and if he does not do that ,should he be paid? Did he do his job lawfully? Should you sow into his lies so that he can continue to spread his lie unto others.(Prov.29:12) Should you help a man or woman to deceived the followers. Well, the bible saids this in Jerm.23:14- I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. Also in Ezek.13:22-Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:
 
You should help those that do good and that  preach and teach the truth. If they teach the truth then they openly show that they have honesty with integrity and walk in love.( II.Cor.4:1,2 / Col.3:9 / I.John 2:27) Even in the natural life , when your working on your jobs, if you are not truthfully and honestly doing what your boss has hired you to do , and you accept payment checks from him then that is called "stealing". You are not worthy to receive payment, then we should not be deceived and confused when it comes to those who claim God call them to pastor and you should take care of them and they are worthy to be a burden. The word of God says this in I. Tim.5:17,18-"Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. For the scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. Please, notice that the scripture says "elders that rule well" that means true and real elders that teach and preach the truth in love and by exampleship, this is what makes him worthy. One of the signs of the false prophets is that they love to compromise the scriptures for their gain and for to please the people who they are deceiving. Apostle Paul says in I. Cor.8:13,14-For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:

Also, many teachers are not properly descerning -Matt.23:23-Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Now, to explain, first ,who is Jesus talking to?  The scribes and pharisees of Isreal. He was not addressing his chosen 12 apostles. The apostles always represented the future “church” after the glorification of Christ and the beginning of the church. Jesus was not teaching for tithes to be  in “his church”.  Jesus’s  ministry was under the Law of Moses dispensation time period. Everyone of Israel was still under the ‘Law of Moses”. This is why Jesus is able to address them concerning tithes, because his church did not began until the day of pentecost.  But note even in this matter, God does not show us that Jesus taught his apostles to tithe, neither again any record of Jesus giving tithes unto Isreal’s priest and high priest. So if anyone thinks that Jesus here in Matt.23:23 is condoning and affirming tithes into the “New testament” is incorrect.  Jesus judge these men ,because he was given the ability from God to descern the thoughts of men, through the spirit of wisdom from God. We must remember, that the church of Jesus christ, is an “all nations church”, not a “all Israel church”. Therefore the order of tithes could not continue into the hands of Gentiles nations, because it was not given unto them, only to “Levi tribe” of Isreal. Isn't it interesting that the church world have been program condition to look at tithes as of a “money giving issue”, when that wasnt even God reason for establishing it. But these so-called men of God, whom are covetous, teach it as a money given issue. If you have a covetous spirit, you will search the scriptures to munipulate them into a ‘doctrine for tithes”.

 
 In the Old Testament under the law, we see that in the book of Malachi that when the people failed to give tithe unto the Levi Priest, this was called “Robbing God”. But in the New Testament under Christ Jesus, the Levi’s office is closed, so how do one rob God now under Grace. God has made Jesus, the Head, Bishop and High Priest over the Church of God, which is the Body of Christ.. God does not need money, neither does Christ to exist. Money has its purpose under the sun, by means of to support, to trade, to exchange, and to help. When one “gives unto God”, what does that mean? We can not see God , God is every where and he’s not in one certain dwelling place, so how do we give unto God. God has “given” all things unto his Son, Jesus. Jesus has taught us how to be a giver by his teaching, like as in(Mark12:41-44). When you give unto God in the New Testament,it is also received in respect to giving unto Jesus. He takes your giving and lifestyle personal as unto him. Jesus said in (Mark3:35) that these are his true brethren. When we help take care of one another, when we show love and share what we have with one another “we are giving unto God!” Giving to help your brothers and sisters in Christ is giving unto God. (I.John3:17;4:20/James2:15,16/Prov.28:27) How is this?, Because we are all of One Body, one family. The church abides in Christ, Christ abides in God, which makes us all one. This is what Jesus meant and how he takes it personal by what he said in(Mark9:37-42).How Jesus addressed Saul in (Acts9:5) by telling Saul that he was persecuting him, when Saul was on the earth persecuting the Church of God. And in Judgment by telling those that did not obey the commandment “to love another” by this in(Matt.25:34-45), and notice Jesus again takes the saints that abide in him, “personal”, by saying “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”. When you give to bless the saints , you have Given unto the Lord. This is the way you can rob Christ , by not giving unto HIS brethren when they are in need. Jesus said in (St.John13:35)by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if you have love one to another.
True saints give from the heart because they give for a cause, and according to the scriptures the cause was for all saints to have ALL THINGS COMMON. Which means we all work and share together so we all can have the same NEEDFUL THINGS. (EPH.4:28,29)

There were some shameful instances about tithing such as, making  paying tithes an assembly participation requirement, to use or play musical instruments. A pastor once said, not to reveal the truth concerning tithing to the members. He suggested I be silent and anyone inquiring on the subject should be sent to him. Meaning, he was going to lie about the truth of tithing to the members. I was told  by someone that was offened away from the church,about a Pastor’s wife going around at the church collecting tithes from the female members, pocketing it and there’s no log of their giving. This cause an offense,that discourage the saints to want to give. Also giving tithes and then being charged for food to eat at the assembly, being charged for useing the facilities, being charged for support or for counseling. It's known that the tithing system promotes respect of persons, by separating to respect the "good saints" and the "whatever saints" by how much money they all give. The worst shame of all is after these people have been giving for years, when they are in need they are easly rejected, given various reason on why they cant recieve money to help them in their lives,but at the same time watching the pastor and his family lavishly spend the money that he claims he`s WORTHY to spend. You see we are taught that when we assemble together bring and give your tithes and offerings and place them in the offering pan, and then walk away from it , believing you have given unto the Lord. But, who is the steward over the money, who is the one concern about the saints welfare with the money that is given. Do the saints know that they can come for help, and believe all the same way concerning the way we give through loveing one another. The Apostle John saids if you have this world's goods and SEE(understands) your brother is in need, and refuse him, your not in the Love of God. How concern are we for one another, or is it always how can we get this false doctrine of the "Prosperity Gospel" to work in our carnal lives, when we forget that Jesus taught that God is a Father that TAKES CARE of all his beloved children. For the Lord will not forsake his saints.Psa.37:28

When will people stop living under the INTIMIDATION of MEN! When do you stop living in FEAR, and UNBELIEF and live in the LIBERTY of Christ. Practicing dissimulation is a sin. A dissimulator is a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives. So if I teach the New Testament church the scriptures of Malachi 3:10 as doctrine, let the people read it for themselves. They will then think and believe it is for them to obey ,just because they can see it and read it. So the false teacher lets you believe that, instead of telling you one simple thing. Which is, Mal.3:10 does not apply to you today in Christ, you are reading the history of Israel, and the promise that God gave unto them. In Christ`s body,  he has made his promise which apply to us today in Luke 6:20-38. This is what the church lives by. Luke6:38-"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." And NO!, he`s not talking about tithes, the book of Acts shows us that very clearly.  Dont ever forget, the church is in Christ Jesus only for salvation, Christ`s ministry is not after the order of the High Priest Aaron, Life is in God`s son.  God is good. When he blesses his children, he wants his children to bless one another, not ROB ! Some people will still not believe nor receive these teachings on tithing because they can’t believe they have been lied to and a preacher is making merchandise of them , for his selfishness, or they are still stuck on religion that everybody else is paying tithes so i better keep on doing it too. It’s like being in a relationship and you are all “heart” involved, but then you find out, you were being lied to. Yes, it hurts, and it’s very sad. There is NO MAN ALIVE, that is greater than the Lord Jesus Christ. YOU are not in sin when you obey HIS WORD, you are in ETERNAL LIFE.
Some pastors, and even church or mission boards, are also guilty of intimidating their congregations. Knowingly or unknowingly, they too use the Word of God deceitfully. By misinterpreting the Scriptures, they urge their people to do something contrary to sound doctrine. A perfect example is the manner in which the Biblical account of the “widow’s mite” has long been applied. Misinterpretations of Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 20:45-47 and 21:1-4 create guilt and persuade individuals and entire congregations to give beyond their means. This approach, giving motivated by guilt and fear, is a direct contradiction to Paul's doctrine of giving for the Church of God in II Corinthians 8:5-15.
What God requires of you is what’s important in this life. Not the dreams, fantasies, teachings, and sinful lust of ungodly men and women. They say that God called them, and told them this is the truth of tithing, inspite of what God’s word is SHOWING YOU WHAT IS THE TRUTH !
God is my witness, you would be surprise of the preachers or pastors, I`ve privately talk to about the teachings and practice of Tithing.  While they admitt to the truth about tithing or argue their reasons for not changing their teachings, they then go out before their congregations and teach tithing as if this is the Apostles doctrine for the church.   In II.Pet.2:2-And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
Remember God’s commandments of the New Testament are by Jesus Christ and the Holy Apostles. If God commands you to do or not to do something,then he will also make it plain and clear, so that you may please him. I believe in and on the word of the Lord Jesus Christ . I believe Christ commanded the church(members of his body) to GIVE(free will offering)

“GIVE, and it shall be given unto you;good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men GIVE into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it SHALL be measured to you again.”(LUKE6:38)
“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him GIVE;not GRUDGINGLY, or of NECESSITY: for God LOVETH a cheerful giver.”
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” (II.COR9:6,7,8)
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."(PHILI.4:19)  
  I.Tim.6:17Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;  19Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Min.Timothy Irby Sr.