What about Matthew 23:23 (18/3/11)

This is one of the most common arguments presented in support of tithing today.

A simple examination of the context and what the scripture actually says dispels most  claims or concerns about this referring to New Testament believers

Matt 23:23-24

23 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.  24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!    NKJV

Many have heard the claim..."See, Jesus says you 'ought to not to leave tithing undone"..and.."Jesus here commends tithing"

HOWEVER when we examine the context of the above passage we see that it is part of 7 rebukes which Jesus made against the 'organised religion' of his day. It is addressed to those who are 'under the Law of Moses'

Matt 23:2
"The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat"  
  NKJV......Tithing was a statute under the Law of Moses and ONLY applicable to the nation of Israel (Lev 27:1&34)

Matt 23:23

"Woe unto you"........this is certainly not a commendation

"Scribes and Pharisees"....the address is to religious leaders under the Law...the Old Covenant

"You pay tithe of mint, anise and cummin"....tithes were only ever of the produce of the land (Lev 27:30). The requirement to tithe NEVER applied to income earned by people  (13 scriptures show this to be the case...eg Malachi 3..."that there may be FOOD in my house")   ...and the pharisees certainly had money.   

Note that anyone who changes the Law from tithing being food to tithing being money WILL be LEAST in the Kingdom of Heaven according to Jesus (Matt 5:19)

"You".....yes the Scribes and Pharisees

"have neglected the weightier matters of the LAW".....Jesus here states that tithing IS one of the "matters of the LAW". This means tithing is NOT an 'eternal or spiritual principle' which applied before the Law (or Jesus would have said so as he did about circumcision - John 7:22)

"These"....justice and mercy to the poor....and faithfullness with that which belongs to another

"Ought"....the requirement to do something is because it is part of the LAW

"You".... yes the Scribes and Pharisees again. Note Jesus is saying "you and not me" This is because under the Law tithes were NEVER of the income earned by anyone...ie carpenters, fishermen, tax collectors, doctors, soldiers, etc ... BUT ONLY produce from the promised land...such as the herbs the pharisees tithed on.

"to have done, without leaving the others undone"....the Law is a composite whole....failure in any one small part makes one guilty of breaking the whole Law (Deut 28:1-2 and 15, Gal 3:10 and James 2:10)...and yes under the LAW tithing of produce was required.

"Blind guides"...the Law comes with a veil that blinds people (2 Cor 3:14)

"who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel"....under the Law tithing was fair and easy....and it was a small and insignificant component. The people each received their share of the land which the Levites had forfeited....and the people then gave the Levites the equivalent of the food grown on that share. They then all ATE the tithes together in a celebration of God's blessing on their crops at the festivals.

Today 'storehouse money tithing' is the GNAT....which is still being strained out of the Law (contrary to Acts 15) . It is then dratically changed . It is then totally twisted against God's command.  Note also that very few of the other 612 Laws are taught as carrying over to the New Testament. Such hypocracy and inconsistency cannot be justified!

The poor who are being robbed instead of being supported ......and the 'extortion' of money from the sheep by deception...IS THE CAMEL which is swallowed.

 'Storehouse money tithing' as taught in many churches  today is UNJUST....it is UNMERCIFUL....and it is UNFAITHFUL!


Tithing as taught today is a WICKED SIN!  .....and according to Jesus a VERY COSTLY ONE!


Matt 5:18-20
18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.  19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.    NKJV

Those who teach storehouse money tithing change far more than merely 'one jot or tittle' of the Law...they change it ALL without any authorisation!

1) The Law of tithing applies to Israel only (Lev 27:1 and 34)

2) The Law of tithing applies to crops and animals only (Lev 27:30 & 32) .... income or money were NEVER  tithed!

3) The Law of tithing was that ONLY LEVITES can receive the tithe (Numbers 18:21-23)

4) The Law of tithing required the giver to EAT his tithe at festivals (Deut 14:22-27)

5) The Law of tithing only requires the LEVITES to bring their tithe to the storehouse ...and NOT the people (Numbers 18:26)

6) The Law of tithing ONLY requires the tithe to be given every THIRD year (Deut 14:28-29, Deut 26:12-15)

7) The Law of tithing allowed the POOR to partake of the tithe....and not to give it! (Deut 14:28-29 and Deut 26:12)


This is confirmed in Hebrews also

Heb 7:5
5 And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren,    NKJV

This clearly shows that it is ONLY the Levites who are authorised ...BY THE LAW...to receive tithes ...from their brethren. Tithing NEVER applied to Gentiles under GRACE.


Preacher.....Decide this day if you will serve God (and desist from corrupting HIS LAW) ....OR mammon (and continue to preach this deception)

Decide your future rewards in ETERNITY.....or ALL you have done on earth will be counted as 'wood hay and stubble' and BURNT?...because it was built with illegally obtained money!