Hans Christian Anderson told a powerful story called “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. I think every adult in this day and age should be familiar with that story. The story is about an emperor who is deceived by con men pretending to be tailors, who offer to make him beautiful clothes that only the wise can see. Of course, the vain emperor is intrigued, and when finally presented with his imaginary clothes, he couldn’t show them that he was a foolish man by claiming not to see anything, so he paid for his clothes, and delighted in their beauty.
He decided to parade his beautiful clothes through town, and everyone tried to prove themselves wise by not only keeping silent about the fact that they suspect that the emperor was in fact naked, but actually pretending to admire clothing that was not there! It eventually took a little child to point out the obvious – THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES!!! The damnable conclusion is, despite this child’s cry, and the other citizens’ realisation, the emperor, in his pride, struts on as though nothing was said…as though the truth was never revealed.
This is the situation we are facing in Christianity with the fallacious doctrine on tithing! It is a gross mass SELF DECEPTION that tithing continues today, despite the lack of Biblical or historical evidence to substantiate its practice. Despite the abundance of Scriptures against its continued practice in the New Covenant, the emperors propagating this doctrine continue to strut on, and their followers, who for a moment considered that they could be wrong, are yet again deceived by the audacity of these wicked people in IGNORING and denying the truth!
In Anderson’s story, the gripping factor that meant that no one could speak up was PRIDE. They were too proud, too worried about their status to admit that they could not see any clothes. By pretending, they maintained their positions in the kingdom, and everything went on hunky dory. Who did the lie hurt? Why be a hero and say what NOBODY else wants to admit? Why embarrass their revered emperor with the truth? What benefit would that do?
One of the driving factors in propagating the tithing doctrine is the promise of BLESSING. Many a Believer are deceived by this promise to TRY this spiritual giving to obtain a blessing from God. They keep trying and believing, even when they do not see any special blessing, assured that their faithfulness in this practice will eventually bring about their blessing!
The doctrine goes that when you tithe, you open up a spiritual bank account with God that you top up every time you tithe. So that without tithing, you would have no blessing to withdraw from your bank. Of course, they are not in control of their account, so they can’t withdraw the blessing when they want it! What’s the point of a bank account that you cannot withdraw from when you need it? But the teaching is so strong that people will rarely test NOT TITHING, in case it affects their blessing by postponing it or even subtracting from their account.
There is also that dreaded curse they are afraid will befall them if they do not obey and tithe faithfully! Tithing is a bargaining chip with God, which assumes that you are not already blessed by God, and that you need to do this religious act of giving in order to be right with God and obtain His blessings. Though some now deny that they give this offering out of coercion, but from a responsive love towards God and a belief in a ‘higher spiritual principle’, it is the Law – particularly Malachi 3:8-12 – that they use to keep their members in line! Their giving of the tithe is never without the fear of condemnation if they desist, and as such can neither be said to be of faith nor of love because THERE IS NO FEAR IN LOVE (1 John 4:18).
The practice of tithing is heretical in Christianity because, not only is it done unlawfully but, if you are not FREE INDEED, then you are not saved at all! And in the Kingdom of Heaven, we give because we ARE blessed, not so we can be blessed. Everything we do from the point of our salvation, whether to love, give or live holy, is BECAUSE we have been made righteous by Jesus Christ’s blood, and are in right standing with God. We don’t and can’t do anything to get in right standing with Him. We only abide by continuing in His word (John 8:31-32).
“We love Him, because He first loved us…” (1 John 4:19).
“Freely you have received, freely give…” (Matt 10:8).
“Whom the Son sets free is free indeed” (John 8:36).
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all… So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty” (Jam 2:10-12).
This dual hook of blessing and condemnation works so well that if one should desist from tithing for a while, maybe because of being financially strapped or unbelieving, anything that happens to them that could be considered bad will be seen as a JUDGEMENT on them for not being faithful tithers. Never mind if that same thing happened when they were giving dutifully! When they are tithing dutifully, they are COVERED! Their insurance plan is working for them, so when bad things happen to faithful tithers, it is simply a case of bad things happening to good people. But if it should happen when they have been unfaithful with it, it becomes a VALIDATION that they should have been faithful in tithing, otherwise, it wouldn’t have happened!
It is not a spiritual practice at all, but a SUPERSTITIOUS one! So, no matter what happens, the doctrine of tithing which promises to bring special blessing, ABOVE that of other true Believers in Jesus Christ, who believe they are free from the Law, tithing included, will stand! Blessing or no blessing! It is their covering, their FAITH and their hope. That is why trying to tell them the truth is like pulling the ground from under their feet. They are comfortable in their deception, so leave well enough alone!
It’s a bit like those who gamble. Even though they know that the House always wins, which is why gambling houses exist in abundance, they will still try their luck, because one day, it could be them. Like they say, “if you don’t play the lottery, you can NEVER win the jackpot”! So, just as any failures or mishaps reinforce this belief, every win also reinforces their belief that tithing evokes the blessings of God.
The truth is, tithing is a religious lottery and actually an evidence of a LACK OF FAITH in the free Gospel of Christianity, in that they think they still need to bribe or pay God for blessings!!! They are not acting like FREE children of the King, but like conniving and distrusting servants. And just like gambling, the emperors of this crafty doctrine are the real winners! Check their bank accounts. Running a Church is BIG business! As I have said before on Instagram, the diabolical combination of the prosperity gospel and the tithing doctrine work together to make gods of men (link)!
Do the pastors know that they are deceiving their congregation? Of course! Just as the emperor and his noblemen all knew in their hearts that the emperor was naked, they know their doctrine is unfounded. But their delusion and their hook is even stronger!
Their hook is manifold. It isn’t simply about their ‘special’ blessing from God for being faithful tithers themselves. They’ve got their own pockets to line with gold and status to keep in their kingdom! To admit that they are wrong on this doctrine would cost them way too much. Even when people know they are lying through their teeth, they will keep it up long enough for the wool of deception to fall back on the eyes of those who doubted them.
Ultimately, for these, the real loss is in seeing themselves as they really are. Depraved deceivers, who once came in to save, but have become the slave masters of the people they sought to liberate with the Gospel! For them, losing faith in Jesus is easier than admitting how far they have fallen.
Instead of repenting and falling on their faces before God, many choose to remain willfully deceived and self-condemned. That is why many will not face the truth until they come face to face with Jesus and He tells them – “I never knew you! Depart from Me, ye that work iniquity!” (Matt 7:21-23).
It’s a real real sad shame.
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