Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TITHE HOAX: ⑤ Did Jesus Endorse Tithing?

Dear in Christ,

This is the 5th article in the series on tithes. you may read the previous articles by clicking on these links: .

Apart from the reference to Melchizedek in the epistle to Hebrews and the prayer of the Pharisee, the word “tithe” appears in only one context in the New Testament:
Mat 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.
Luk 11:42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Those who have invented the theory that Jesus was endorsing tithes through these words have conveniently ignored the fact that the passage mentions agricultural products as tithe and not money!

How many of the money hungry pastors have noticed that the above mentioned passages are from Jesus' final reprimanding of Pharisees and high priests?

Did Jesus say that Christians who are under the New Covenant have to tithe? Pastor John Doe, shall I hope that the seminary where you studied your theology has taught you the concept of “audience relevance”? While Jesus told Pharisees and high priests “these ought ye (you) to have done”, which rule of hermeneutics allow you to apply it to the New Covenant Christians?

Pastor John Doe, Jesus didn't endorse or even suggest Christian tithing!

How about paying taxes, Pastor John Doe?

Just because Jesus uttered the word “tithe”, you want the whole world to tithe you, but you don't want to pay taxes, though Jesus has explicitly said that we need to do.
Mat 22:17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"
Mat 22:18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why put me to the test, you hypocrites?
Mat 22:19 Show me the coin for the tax." And they brought him a denarius.
Mat 22:20 And Jesus said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?"
Mat 22:21 They said, "Caesar's." Then he said to them, "Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
As long as you use money that has the sign of a government, you need to pay taxes, just like every other citizen. If you were to tell me that this passage is not applicable to us, what in the whole world makes the previous passage applicable to us? Yes, your nation's government may have exempted religious institutions from paying taxes, but, isn't it likely that such provisions are made because religious leaders like you demanded for such provisions?

In Christ,
Tomsan Kattackal