Disclaimer: I did not agree with his name mentioning(pastors still have reverence and should be respected), but I believe Tithes should not be over emphasised in churches, giving should be out of love and not compulsion, and it is for a purpose, to help our neighbours, the poor among us, Christians who tithe but don’t care about people around them are missing the purpose of tithing and this article elaborates on that~cknaija2012
Writer :Adeline Odubanjo Olanrewaju
For those who seek biblical truth on tithes, go through this sketch that covers the issues.
As a sequel to my last article debunking Mr. Enoch Adejare Adeboye’s claims about tithing, Believers are not subject to the Tithe, I hereby present a court scenario in which the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God stands before the Great Judge of all the earth, the Lord Jesus Christ, on this subject. Enjoy the conversation:
Jesus: Enoch, you have been charged with multiple counts of extortion. Your crime spree covers 20 years and thousands of victims. You have defrauded people out of their money with fear and manipulation, telling them they had to tithe 10% of their income to your church and that God would bless them if they did. You also told them that if they didn’t tithe they would go to hell. How do you plead?
Pastor Enoch: I plead not guilty, sir. I have done nothing wrong. I have only preached what the Bible says. In the Bible Abraham tithed to Melchizedek and God blessed him for his faithful giving. The Bible even says he was rich in silver and gold.
Jesus: Is it not true, Enoch, that in Genesis chapter 13 verse 2 the Bible says Abraham was rich with livestock, silver and gold?
Pastor Enoch: Yes, you are exactly right, that’s what I just told you.
Jesus: Ok, we read about Abraham being a rich man in chapter 13. But it is not until Genesis chapter 14 that we read about Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek. So Abraham was already a rich man before he tithed to Melchizedek, wasn’t he?
Pastor Enoch: Yes, I suppose you are right.
Jesus: So his riches were not the result of his tithe to Melchizedek?
Pastor Enoch: No.
Jesus: Enoch, you also say God blessed him for his faithful giving. How many times is it recorded that Abraham gave tithes to Melchizedek?
Pastor Enoch: Well, just once.
Jesus: So the Bible never said that he gave week after week?
Pastor Enoch: No; it does not.
Jesus: Where did Abraham get the things that he gave to Melchizedek?
Pastor Enoch: Well, the Bible says it was from the plunders of war.
Jesus: So you are telling me that he gave from the plunders of war?
Pastor Enoch: Yes that’s what the Bible says.
Jesus: So he basically took things that were not really his in the first place and gave them as the tithe?
Pastor Enoch: That is what the scripture seems to indicate.
Jesus: Is it recorded that he ever took anything from his own possessions and tithed them to Melchizedek or anyone else?
Pastor Enoch: I guess not
Jesus: You guess not! You pastor one of the largest denominations on the planet and you are only guessing? Is it or is it not written that he ever gave any of his own possessions as a tithe to anyone?
Pastor Enoch: No; it is not written anywhere that I have seen.
Jesus: Is it recorded as to what exactly Abraham did give Melchizedek?
Pastor Enoch: I believe it says plunder?
Jesus: So plunder could be any number of things?
Pastor Enoch: Yes, I suppose.
Judge: It could have been food, cattle, sheep, the people’s possessions or any number of things. It does not say it was all money; correct?
Pastor Enoch: Yes; sir. You are correct; it does not say just money.
Jesus: As a matter of fact, money is never mentioned in that account at all; is that correct, Enoch?
Pastor Enoch: Yes, sir; money is never mentioned; just goods and food and people.
Jesus: So there is no way you can say with any certainty that Abraham in fact gave Melchizedek any money at all?
Pastor Enoch: That is right.
Jesus: I only have one last question for you, Enoch. Did God command Abraham to give this plunder as tithe to Melchizedek?
Pastor Enoch: No; it appears that he did this voluntarily.
Jesus: So are you trying to tell me that because of this voluntary, one time gift by Abraham, that may not have even consisted of money, all Christians everywhere are obligated to bring 10% of their monthly salary to a local church?
Jesus: Considering all the evidence, I would say you are beyond any shadow of a doubt guilty of deliberately trying to make the scriptures says things they have not said for financial gain.
Pastor Enoch: Sir, I can see how foolish I was to try and use the story of Melchizedeck to try and get the people to tithe money. But there are many other verses that will support my belief on tithing. Jacob said he would give God 10% of everything. I think we should follow his example.
Jesus: Let’s see what Jacob said. Please read the verse you are talking about for me, Enoch.
Pastor Enoch: In Genesis chapter 28, starting at verse 20 it says, ‘Jacob vowed a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and clothing to put on, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, and Yahweh will be my God, then this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, will be God’s house. Of all that you will give me I will surely give the tenth to you.”‘
Jesus: You said people should follow Jacobs’s example, is that right, Enoch?
Pastor Enoch: Yes; that is right. He vowed to give a tenth and we should too.
Jesus: Let me point out one thing for you, Enoch. Jacob said he would Give God a tenth, ONLY if He blessed him first. So as you said previously, we should follow Jacob’s example and tell God that we will only give him a tenth if he blesses us first. Is that right?
Pastor Enoch: That is not what I meant.
Jesus: What did you mean then?
Pastor Enoch: That we should give God a tenth also.
Jesus: There you go again, trying to make the scripture say what you want it to say for your benefit. I would also like you to tell me the scriptures that say that Jacob kept his vow with God. I would also like to know where he gave the tenth to because there was no temple or levites to give it to at that time.
Pastor Enoch: I can not think of any scriptures that say where or if he ever tithed after his vow.
Jesus: It is obvious that Jacob made a voluntary and conditional vow to God. This in no way can be used as a reason to demand others to bring their income to you or any other place.
Pastor Enoch: I do have a few more scriptures that I believe will show that we are supposed to tithe.
Jesus: So far, all you have done is taken scripture and misapplied it to your beliefs and for your gain. But in order to be fair to you I will allow you to present more evidence.
Pastor Enoch: In the book of Malachi chapter 3 starting at verse 8 it says, “Will a man rob God? yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, In what 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 store-house, that there may be food in my house, and prove me now with this, 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.” So you see sir, we are commanded to bring the tithes into the storehouse or God will curse us.
Jesus: Answer me this, Enoch, were you aware that I never required anyone to tithe money?
Pastor Enoch: No I didn’t know that.
Jesus: The tithe spoken of here was always edible products never money.
Pastor Enoch: Sir, that is because they didn’t have money at the time so God had them tithe food instead.
Jesus: Not true, money is first mentioned in Genesis – and Malachi was written hundreds of years later. God had them bring food in so that the levites, the fatherless and widows may eat and be satisfied. The tithe was used mainly to take care of people. Also notice it says in the verse you quoted, that there may be food in my house. How do you completely overlook the word food in those verses?
Pastor Enoch: I don’t know.
Jesus: I also want you to know that these verses speak to people under the Old Testament law. As you may or may not know, I fulfilled the law while I was on earth. The Law is no longer binding. Tithing was part of that law that has been abolished.
Jesus: And once again, you have tried to completely take a scripture out of context and apply it to others for your benefit. Can you give me a single scripture where God changed the tithe from food to money?
Pastor Enoch: I do not know of any.
Jesus: So if God never changed it from food to money who did?
Pastor Enoch: Man must have.
Jesus: So far all you have done, Enoch, is take Old Testament scriptures out of context and try to apply it to believers under the New Covenant. Is this all the proof you have?
Pastor Enoch: I do have a New Testament scripture that will show that You told us to tithe.
Jesus: Ok; let me hear it.
Pastor Enoch: You said in Matthew 23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faith. But you ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone.” Surely, You were saying there that we should be tithing.
Jesus: Let me ask you a question, who was I talking to in that passage?
Pastor Enoch: The scripture says the scribes and Pharisees.
Jesus: Are you and your members scribes or Pharisees?
Pastor Enoch: No sir; God forbid!.
Jesus: I also said in that passage, “You have left undone the weightier matters of the law“. Are we under the law, Enoch?
Pastor Enoch: No.
Jesus: Why not?
Pastor Enoch: Because You fulfilled it, and it passed away.
Jesus: When did I fulfill the law?
Pastor Enoch: When You were crucified.
Jesus: So the law was still in effect until My death?
Pastor Enoch: That is correct sir.
Jesus: I think you know where I am going with this; don’t you?
Pastor Enoch: Yes; sir. Since You had not yet been crucified and the law was still binding, the Pharisees were required to tithe because it was part of the law. Once the law ended, tithing ended also.
Jesus: I want you to take a look at that verse again. Also tell me, what were they tithing?
Pastor Enoch: The scripture says it was mint, dill and cumin.
Jesus: Was money mentioned there?
Pastor Enoch: No sir; it was not.
Jesus: Once again it was edible products that they were tithing, not money. Do you have anything else you would like to say?
Pastor Enoch: If people only tithed edible products like the scripture says, then how would the church survive? We had to build that million-seater cathedral to accomodate the people who come for Holy Ghost Festival yearly, the salaries of other pastors have to be paid. So many other things. We depend on the money from the people.
Jesus: The need does not justify the means. In other words, just because you have all these debts does not give you the right to twist and manipulate scripture and cause people to give under fear of being cursed by God to meet your needs. Not to mention that all those items you listed are problems you created for yourelves. They are not My agenda. You were pursuing your agenda.
Jesus: Now to the more greivous consequences of your enforcing the tithe on believer. What did Paul write in Galatians 5:4 about attempting to follow the Law?
Pastor Enoch: That if they obeyed any part of the old Jewish law, including the law of circumcision, in order to be right (justified) with God, they have fallen from grace, or lost their salvation.
Jesus: Do you admit that like circumcision, tithing was part of the law?
Pastor Enoch: Yes, sir
Jesus: Now if obeying the law of circumcision would cause gentile Christians of Paul’s day to “fall from grace”, one would have to conclude that obeying another old law; “The law of tithing” would have the same results on them today; that is to say, it will cause them to fall away from the grace of God.
Pastor Enoch: [Swallows hard] I suppose so.
Jesus: In other words, you are admitting that your teaching the tithe is actually sending people down the road to hell?
Pastor Enoch: That was not what I intended, sir.
Jesus: Nevertheless, that is the result of your actions – your ministry. How many of those one billion members (not counting the non-members who heard you and believed you) do you suppose have been turned aside unknowingly this way?
Pastor Enoch: [Swallows hard] I have no idea, sir.
Pastor Enoch: I never realized all these things, I have always been taught that we had to tithe money to the local church and that is what I have always taught. Yes I am guilty. I will not teach this error anymore. Infact, I will go and take my words back. As many people as possible must hear this.
I have given the narration a good ending. I hope that someone close to Mr. Adeboye loves him enough and has enough balls to bring this issue to his attention. You will be saving not only his soul but the souls of millions of others who believe his grace-defying, grace-denying doctrine of tithing.
This narration was crafted and adapted from my previous article, Believers are not subject to the Tithe, and from materials put up at http://tithing.christian-things.com/articles.html
Source: Pressing for the Crown