If the Bible doesn't teach you have to pay tithes any longer under the New Covenant in Yeshua the Christ but the church does then who are you paying tithes to and why? God doesn't require it of you but the church does?? This means the church has laid upon you a "necessity"which is an obligation that is contrary to the Scriptures.
2nd CORINTHIANS 9:7; "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." #GIVING #TITHES #TITHING
Notice the scripture says "as he purposeth in his heart" and not "as the church purposeth for you". When YOU purpose it then it is a freewill offering that can be given cheerfully, but when the church purposes it for you it is not an "investment" or offering but a "bill" that is a 10% tax on a free salvation they didn't pay for accompanied with the threat of a curse taught in error out of Malachi 3:9. You are also falsely labeled as one who robs God to put a guilt trip on you which is manipulation. In effect, the local church put a toll booth on the "straight & narrow" road that leads to Heaven after Christ paid it ALL. So now you go from being a "cheerful giver" to being a "fearful debtor". This too is contrary to scriptures because God doesn't threaten you to make you give or that would make him a terrorist and a pimp which is completely contrary to his character. Salvation does not put you in financial debt to God; it frees you.
For over 500-years after the Church began nobody taught or paid tithes until the Roman Catholic church brought it back to tax the people by falsely teaching the clergy was the new priesthood instead of all believers were priests as the scriptures say in 1st Peter 2:9; "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people....", and in Revelation 1:6; "And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father...." Churches that teach tithing can never show from one New Testament scripture where tithing was taught as an ordinance of the church by Christ & the apostles, and when researching it historically & biblically they ignore the facts in search of proving their bias & tradition over truth. You would think there would be clear evidence in New Testament scriptures instead of silence wouldn't you?!? Many of today's churches are teaching dead ordinances and even witchcraft unawares that actually produces results via the doctrine of "sowing seeds"; meaning money.
The "seed sowing" teaching made popular by prosperity preachers is a form of witchcraft called "conjuring" where money is used as a medium to acquire financial favor, but YAH is not the power or source of these false "blessings". The results produced draw one further into its deception to change your affections from spiritual things to material gain which leads you further away from the LORD like the church of "Laodicea" in Revelation 3:14-19 (please study this for yourself so you know it and won't be deceived). It causes a person to base their state of blessings on their financial prosperity and not solely by faith in the righteousness of Christ for their spiritual prosperity. Material wealth becomes the measure of their salvation and faith while creating envy, strife, comparisons, and competition in the Body of Christ. That is the Devil, not YAH. God doesn't need or require your money to bless you; he only wants your heart.
JAMES 3:15-16; "This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16) For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work." #FalseTeaching
Keep in mind Abraham only gave tithes once his entire life as did Jacob, and when he gave the scriptures say he paid once and for all for the entire tribe of Levi as the priesthood which exempted them from paying tithes. The scriptures state plainly the priesthood & high priest have changed to the order of Melchizedek which is greater than that of Levi & Aaron. Melchizedek was a "theophany" of Christ as the high priest of YAHWEH manifest to Abraham in the Old Testament (a physical manifestation of GOD prior to the incarnation of Christ). When the priesthood changed from Aaron to Melchizedek so did the law of tithing and those in Yeshua Messiah also became exempt under the New Covenant as was Levi under the Old Covenant. We, the born again believers of the New Testament, are now the priesthood and also children of Abraham by faith in Christ who himself paid for us once and for all with his blood. If Christ paid it all then you don't have to pay at all. Give freely and generously as you are able.
HEBREWS 7:9-12; "And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. 10) For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him. 11) If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? 12) For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law."
Christ mentioned tithes only once in Matthew 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....", and in Luke 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...." Yeshua was scolding the Pharisees while they were still under the law before his death, burial, and resurrection to begin the Church. Also note that money is never mentioned as tithes because it was always agriculture and things that could be harvested or grown for food. We got the tithing thing wrong and need to admit it and then quit it. If you have to choose between your bills & necessities versus paying your tithes you should take care of your bills & necessities because the church will not no matter how much tithes you have paid. If we teach proper giving and financial stewardship we'll be even better off than we are now because we'll free the people to give cheerfully rather than keep them in bondage to giving fearfully. Shalom. ~ I.J. West aka "The Hitman"