posted on Jun, 24 2014 @ 09:48 PM
Im a Christian...a Dispensationalist to be exact. I try to follow as closely as possible to the theology outlined in the Madoretic Texts (cross
referenced with the Septuagint when needed), and the Greek New Testament. I believe in a clear distinction between the Age of Israel and the Church
Age: Israel was bound to the Levitical Laws, and the Church is released from the Levitical Law to serve under the Law of Grace.
With the above statement in mind, I'd like to know why do pastors like to push the out-dated system of tithing on their congregations? Secondly, why
are the congregations so willing to fork over 10% of their monthly earnings to these people?
No where in the NT, will you find the command or mere suggestion of tithe collection as a valid Church function. Tithing was an OT tax that was given
to support the Levitical Priesthood, since they had no inheretance in the Land. It often was as high as 20%, and usually involved crops and livestock,
but rarely money.
Now I do undetstand the principle of offerings, and I do give according to my own volition, but to ask for tithes is just legalistic coercion.
The reason Im so disgusted by this, is that tithing seems to spoil Pastors and congregations. Pastors begin to feel comfortable with the steady influx
of cash and often the money goes to ridiculously expensive musical equipment, fellowship halls, remodelling, etc. Before you know it, you find members
going to church for entertainment value and free lunches. What happened to the message? How did we allow 99% of our worship gatherings become a
"lonely hearts club"?
I just recently found a church that I enjoyed. The preacher taught straight from the bible, but he asked for tithes like the rest of the Southern
Baptist Bible Belt. It was just announced that 6/29/14 will be the final service before that church closes. Just like that, they didnt meet the
budget, so they throw in the towel. Meanwhile, in countries like China, Iran, parts of Africa, Christians have to meet in secret. Often times, there
is no budget to keep, and people have no money to give.
The American Church has become another corperation, like any other fastfood chain or department store. Its customer service, and you never get what
you pay for. This is very depressing.