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CORRECT AND PERFECT INTERPRETATION WITH RIGHT UNDERSTANDING OF MALACHI 3: 8 – 10 : “MONEY TITHE”

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CORRECT AND PERFECT INTERPRETATION WITH RIGHT UNDERSTANDING OF MALACHI 3: 8 – 10:

“MONEY TITHE”

Malachi 3: 8 – 10 KJV “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

The above scripture has been used by many pastors to manipulate and enslave Christians who have the ignorance of correct and perfect interpretation with right understanding of it. Those Christians who cannot rightly divide the word of God – who lack the right understanding of Malachi 3: 8 – 10.  Many die-hard gullible Christians and deceived members of the denominational churches have fallen prey to the twist and manipulation with the wrong interpretation of Malachi 3: 8 – 10.

Many pastors have used the passage of the verses of this Scripture to bring and introduce fear with curse into the lives of their church members. And many Christians in Nigerian/African churches give their tithes out of the fear of the curse of devourers or going to hell if they fail/refuse to pay their tithes which their pastors have told them all the time – they are not paying the tithes out of the genuine love from the bottom of their heart they have for God due to all what the Lord Jesus Christ did for them at the cross of Calvary by giving Himself (all) to us.

This scripture has been twisted and manipulated by many pastors to their own benefits at the detriment of the church members. This scripture has been used to brainwash people by the prosperity gospel pastors/preachers to fund their flamboyant, opulent, affluent, lavish lifestyle. It has been used to scam, cajole, swindle, defraud church members of their hard earned money! Generally, uninformed Christians are being consistently manipulated and brainwashed with the misinterpretation and misapplication of this scripture to scam, cajole, defraud and swindle them of their hard earned money through the payment of tithes.

Payment of tithes is a money making industry in prosperity gospel church. It is highly profitable and lucrative for every prosperity gospel pastor/preacher! They have used this scripture to create many Jesus industries (business centers) for money making!

This is possible because of the Christians’ lack of sound knowledge and deep understanding of the word of God. Their ignorance has caused them pains, burden and yoke of wrong and unchristian practice of tithing (tithes) in the church age under the dispensation of the Holy Spirit.

However, this publication never condemns the payment of tithes but is against doctrinal error on tithing (tithes) and wrong use of tithes under the New Testament. As you read, it will be revealed to you scriptures by scriptures how it is in the Lord Jesus Christ that all the Laws of Moses under the Old Testament including the laws of tithing and firstfruits were fulfilled – Matthew 5:17 KJV “Think not that I (Jesus Christ) am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”

Through this publication by the Holy Spirit and the word, you will have revelation knowledge and understanding that everything in the Old Testament is moving in the direction and pointing to the New Testament to be fulfilled in Christ Jesus. As you rightly divide the word of truth by careful study, you will discover scripturally all what your pastor will never tell you on the payment of tithe and correct use of the money from the tithes. All the hidden truth on the tithes payment is exposed and revealed. And this known truth will surely make you free from the pains, burden and yoke of tithing (tithes). This stops the abuse of tithing.

With the revelation knowledge of ONE TRUTH of Malachi 3:8 -10 in this publication now, the true scriptural meaning is exposed to all! If you fail to take this responsibility of having good knowledge of the word of God upon yourself on money tithe, your pastor will take the advantage of your ignorance, and the consequence is that you perish with everything concerning your life. Do forget that God says my people perish for lack of knowledge -– Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge….”  And Proverbs 11:9 with Proverbs 4:7 said “but through knowledge shall the just ((genuinely born again Christians) be delivered. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”  The word of God says it is not good for a soul not to be without knowledge – Proverbs 19:2 NKJV “Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge…”

Many Christians are too scripturally lazy to rightly divide the word of God! God commanded every Christian to rightly divide His word – 2 Timothy 2 :15 KJV “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

From Malachi 3: 8 – 10, let us rightly divide this scripture by asking these questions from it (Malachi 3: 8 – 10):

(1) What is the storehouse?

(2) Who is the tithe really met for? The purpose of tithing (tithes)

(3) Who is God addressing in this scripture?

(4) Are you ( Christian) going to be cursed or under a curse in the New Dispensation of the New Testament if you don’t pay tithe?

All these questions are correctly and scripturally answered as you read.

The storehouse in the Bible:

Storehouse – read Genesis 41: 56 (national storage) , 2 Chronicles 32: 27 – 28 ( individual/ family storage) , Deuteronomy 28:8 (individual storage) – in the Old Testament, every individual is expected to have a storehouse.

The word “storehouse “ in the Old Testament is a common concept; it does not mean church as many pastors refer to the storehouse as church that all the tithes should be brought to the church!

The tithes are meant for the widows, orphans, strangers, Levities ( as they have no land inheritance – they were landless for farming as they were to serve in the temples) – Deuteronomy 12:12 – 13

Now in details, let us study carefully Malachi 3:8-10 with the help of the Holy Spirit who is the best teacher because many pastors have used the passage of the verses of this Scripture to bring and introduce fear with curse into the lives of their church members. And many Christians in Nigerian/African churches give their tithes out of the fear of the curse of devourers or going to hell if they fail/refuse to pay their tithes which their pastors have told them all the time – they are not paying the tithes out of the genuine love from the bottom of their heart they have for God to appreciate Him (God) for all what the Lord Jesus Christ did for them at the cross of Calvary by giving Himself entirely to us.

Malachi 3:8 “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.  3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.  3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

Going by the verse 8, if you are to pay your tithes and offerings today in the church, it is not the ten percent in cash/money but thirty percent as clearly explained in my published book (“Money Never Paid As Tithes In The Bible Unless Redeemed: What My Pastor Has Never Told Me Concerning Money Paid As Tithes”) since you need to redeem it (to redeem it in the Old Testament means to buy it back with money/cash), you also need to pay twenty percent addition to your offerings as trespass offering – all these are under the law of Moses in the Old Testament in the Bible.

In today church, that ten percent tithe is not right since the church members have redeemed their services and productions with money; and also the church members have to pay additional twenty percent as trespass offering for the forgiveness of their sins committed as it was written in the Law of Moses in the Old Testament in the Bible. Remember that the Lord Jesus Christ had paid for our sin at the cross of Calvary under the grace (the finished redemption works of Jesus Christ).  Therefore, this verse 8 of the chapter three of the book of Malachi is not for us the church of our Lord Jesus Christ under the grace today (in our day)!

Now verse nine (9) of the chapter three of the book of Malachi: this verse mentioned “this whole nation” (singular) – it did not say these whole nations (plural). Therefore, “this whole nation” is referring to the nation of Israel only in the context. It is referring to the Jews alone when you read the book of Malachi in the context in the Bible. For that reason, this verse is not for us the church of the Lord Jesus Christ today that is under the grace. If any preacher is trying to take us back to the law and asking us to pay ten percent tithe, what of the thirty percent for redeeming our services and productions with money /cash? What of the additional twenty percent payment for the trespass offering which is to be added to the normal offering?

And if you read the Law of Moses under the Old Testament with understanding, it is yearly – it is neither weekly nor monthly. If any pastor is to use the Law of Moses as it is written in the Bible, he should obey the whole law by collecting thirty percent tithe year by year and twenty percent for the trespass offering. It should not be just ten percent tithe since the tithe has been redeemed with money /cash as it is written under the Law of Moses in the Old Testament in the Bible. But you see how most pastors are trying to force the system of tithing under the law into the church today which is under the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This Scripture (Malachi 3:8-10) cannot work in the church today; but why is it most pastors are saying if you don’t pay your tithes and offerings under the law, you are robbing God in tithes and offerings?

As per verse ten (10), it is referring to the God’s blessing for the people of Israel if they obey the law as they give their tithes and offerings. This is what the Bible is saying about tithing in the time of the law in the Old Testament of the Bible. And if you read down to verse twelve (12) of this chapter three of the book of Malachi, you will see that God was addressing (talking to) the nation of Israel alone – Malachi 3:12 “And all nations shall call you (the whole nation of Israel) blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.”

Still on verse ten (10), what is the meaning of the storehouse? Storehouse means storage – it does not mean church as most Nigerian pastors misinterpret it (Malachi 3:10) because of the money they want to collect from their church members: Genesis 41:56 “And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.” To buttress this point that storehouse means storage – and NEVER church, read also Deuteronomy 28:8 “The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”

Ninety percent (90%) of the tithes is not for the Levites (pastors and church) but just ten percent (10%) – Nehemiah 10:38 “And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.” The TITHE of the tithes in this scripture (Nehemiah 10:38) means ten percent (10%), that is, “tithe” means ten percent (10%). The ninety percent (90%) of the tithes is meant for the orphans, widows, destitute, strangers (foreigners or aliens) and the poor. All these categories of people are the most vulnerable in the society.

Tithe is the welfare system of God for His people to take care of everybody who is poor or in need in the society. Government cannot do it but church can – the reason the church should not pay taxes. Tithe is a tool to execute the weightier matters of the law – Justice (judgment), mercy and faith: Matthew 23:23 “………. the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith……….” Behold, justice (judgment) always speaks of the truth which is the pure nature of God.

IN THE LIGHT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

From Romans 10:4, the word of God made us understand that the Lord Jesus Christ is the end of the law (the law of Moses that included Malachi 3:8-10): Romans 10:4 “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.” The  Bible goes on to say that the law came through Moses but grace and truth came through our Lord Jesus Christ and as a result of this,  the Lord Jesus Christ had removed us (the genuinely born again Christians) from every form of curses under the law of Moses in the Old Testament in the Bible: John  1:17 and Galatians 3:13  “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ…….Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”

Since the Bible says grace and truth came by the Lord Jesus Christ, it means that if you know this truth that Malachi 3:8-10 which is under the law of Moses in the Old Testament in the Bible is not for the genuinely born again Christian, you have known the truth that makes you free – John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Having known this truth, and then it is left for you (not your pastor) to take responsibility of acknowledging it that you are not under any curse as it is written in Malachi 3:8-10, because you are not operating under the system of the law of Moses of the Old Testament in the Bible but you are under the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are not entangled with the yoke or bondage of tithing that was under the Law of Moses in the Old Testament. This is contained in the complete redemption works of the Lord Jesus Christ at the cross of Calvary.

Knowing and acknowledging this Biblical truth that you are neither operating under the law of Moses of the Old Testament nor under any form of curses under the law, then you have understood the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ at the cross of Calvary: John 19:30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” 

The death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ had made you free; understanding this revelation knowledge of the word of God (RHEMA) has made you free, why should any pastor bind or put you under the yoke or the bondage of the Law of Moses in the Old Testament in the Bible? Why are we not celebrating the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ at the cross of Calvary which provided us the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ for this church age? No pastor is greater than the word of God because God Himself magnifies His word more than His name: Psalms 138:2 “……for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

 Therefore, don’t let any “man of God” (pastor) force you into the Law of Moses that was in operation in the Old Testament – into the system of tithing of the Old Testament because no pastor or man of God is greater or bigger than God Who had made you free through the complete redemption works of the Lord Jesus Christ at the cross of Calvary.

Don’t ever allow any prosperity gospel preacher force you or put you under the yoke of Old Testament System of tithing because no pastor or man of God is greater or bigger than God Who had made you free from the curses of the laws of Moses through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus and His grace.

And apart from that, the system of tithing in the Old Testament is for the Jews (the whole nation of Israel) alone under the Law of Moses. Many pastors tied God’s blessings to Malachi 3:9-10 that if you don’t pay your tithes and offerings, God will not bless you and also you are under the curse – capital “NO”; it is just a wrong teaching and practice – Malachi 3:9-10 is for the whole nation of Israel – it is not for you under the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t let any pastor despise the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ upon your life. Remember that the law is curse under the Old Testament dispensation.

To study in details for a better understanding, at Amazon (KDP), read for free my book (“Money Never Paid As Tithes In The Bible Unless Redeemed: What My Pastor Has Never Told Me Concerning Money Paid As Tithes”) for further knowledge on the absolute truth on doctrine of tithing (tithes) .

 

 

 

About the author

onetruth

Olusegun Ibikunle has devoted his entire life to the service of his Master Lord Jesus Christ since 2003, greatly adding value to lives. He is into the propagation of the gospel of Christ of righteousness and holiness on the earth. By the grace of God, he is the founder of the Holy Army of Christ (HAC) Ministries. The ministries God has used to bless the children, the teenagers, the youths and the adults.

He has a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering. The Holy Spirit inspired him to write this book for the edification of the Body of Christ and the benefit of Heaven-bound Christians in the last days (end times).

He is a great life coach. He holds seminars across the globe.

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