The Plain Truth Restored
Tithing Today - The Blessed Alternative
PT: Tithing is an ancient scriptural law that 10% of everything you earn, over and above expenses, belongs to your Creator and that He requires it to be used to support His ministry (not just any religious effort, but that of the pure truth specifically).
Kelly: True biblical HOLY tithes were always only food from inside Israel which God had miraculously increased from inside His holy land. Although money was required for sanctuary worship, money was never a tithing item. Jesus could not tithe and neither could anybody who lived outside Israel.
PT: His blessing of abundance is promised to those who obey Him, yet today most ignore or misapply this law (by supporting heretical religions and ministers, pastors, etc.), and the results are rather obvious.
Kelly: You ignore and misapply the plain biblical definition of holy tithes. God only commanded Old Covenant Israel to tithe and not the New Covenant Church.
PT: Some think this Law is "antiquated"
Kelly: The fundamental underlying moral law which is the character of God applies to all creation. The Old Covenant law only applied to national Israel.
PT: Others accuse anyone who chooses to live by that Law of "inventing" it
Kelly: Most preachers and bloggers cannot correctly define the word “law” and tell what it includes and what it does not include.
PT: Tithing is just such a Law you must learn, know, and follow if you want to truly prosper!
Kelly: You have changed the biblical definition of a HOLY tithe to include income from outside Israel. Our God is now dealing with His Church through purely New Covenant principles given to the Church after Calvary.
PT: Prosperity, of course, doesn't necessarily mean rich
Kelly: Except for many prosperity preachers who fleece their flocks.
PT: Tithing is giving a tenth of your increase (what is left after taxes and work-related expenses are deducted) from the fruits of your labors back to your Creator
Kelly: This definition is not found in the Bible.
PT: Some may wonder if tithing is still required today, since there is no Levitical priesthood in place to receive such tithes.
Kelly: The tithe of food from Israel was the only inheritance of the Levites and priests. Today dishonest so-called “tithe-teachers” own and inherit property contrary to the tithing statute of Numbers 18:21-28.
PT: Such thinking is short-sighted and perhaps deliberately obtuse.
Kelly: Redefining the true biblical holy tithe is deliberate dishonesty to rob the flock.
PT: The ministry of pure truth is your means of learning about the Laws and Commandments of your Creator,
Kelly: The Church does not obey ANY of the OT tithing laws today.
PT: Those who teach you these things are worthy of "double honor" in terms of financial support (cf. I Timothy 5:17)
Kelly: From the context of 1 Timothy 5:1-17, “double honor” refers to discipline, not to salary.
PT: "'Test me in this,' says Yahveh of hosts, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough to receive it'" (Malachi 3:10).
Kelly: The tithe in Malachi 3:10 is still only FOOD 1000 years after Leviticus and Numbers. The definition never changed.
PT: What is the sole condition for you to receive such a blessing? "'Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse, so there is food in my house'" (op. cit.), is all He requires of you.
Kelly: The whole law was a test, not merely tithing. Obey all to be blessed; break one to be cursed. See Gal 3:10.
PT: A storehouse, in modern terms, is actually the ministry that feeds you strong and healthy spiritual meat in due season (cf. "Matthew" 13:52)!
Kelly: The OT tithe was first brought to the Levitical cities and not the Temple because most of those who needed it for food lived there per Neh 10:37-38. The early church owned no legal buildings for over 300 years.