|Hebrews 7:16-22,1-2 |
1 This Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
2 To whom Abraham gave a tenth of all the spoils. His name when translated means "King of righteousness;"and also "King of Salem," which means "King of peace."
16 Who is made, not based on the legality of a commandment relating to the family of Levi, but based on the power of an endless life.
17 For He testifies, "You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek."
18 For there is truly a cancellation of the previous commandment1 [Levitical priesthood with its tithes] because of the weakness and ineffectiveness of it.
19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by which we draw near to God.
20 And since he was made a priest with an oath [from God himself],
21 (For those [Levite] priests were made without an oath; but this was with an oath by him who said to him, "The Lord swore and will not change it, 'You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.'"
22 By so much greater [a promise] Jesus became the guarantee of a better covenant.
1 The Levitical Priesthood was commanded to collect tithes. Upon the sacrifice of Christ, giving his life as a guarantee for all men, he established himself as the new everlasting priesthood. Therefore the Levitical Priesthood was cancelled, abolished, disannulled; and therefore so were its tithes. Tithing died with the Levitical priesthood; the only places tithing is referenced in the New Testament is the claim of the self-righteous Pharisee, and the explanation of its death in Hebrews 7 above.
The Apostle Paul instructed people to set aside funds from their excess, but that was to relieve the poor, particularly the large numbers of poor brothers in Jerusalem. Relieving the poor does not include supporting self-appointed pastors or to maintain an uncommanded temple or building. Jesus, Paul, and Peter all denied those who solicited money for preaching; and as Christ instructed his disciples: Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give."Mat 10:8. Here are the many fallacies of tithes:
The Mosaic Law was cancelled by Jesus, but there is an inner law on every man's heart, which is alive and has never been cancelled; and this inner law of God must observed and be fulfilled in us. Do we then render inoperative the law through faith? Absolutely not, instead we establish the law. The inner law on every man's heart, by which all men will be judged, only ends when a man's selfish spirit has been crucified on the inward cross of self-denial, and Christ Jesus is resurrected in him to totally control his thoughts, words, and deeds with the Law of the Spirit of Life. From the Word of the Lord within: "There are no laws when you are under complete control of the spirit; you walk in love in obedience as prompted — you don't walk in restricted flesh." See the footnote to Rom 3:28 for more understanding on why the moral laws must still be observed and are your schoolmaster until your thoughts, and words and deeds are under complete control of the Holy Spirit. The blind guides of Christendom point to this scripture and claim there is no longer any sin because all law has supposedly been done away with for anyone who believes in Jesus;* they conveniently overlook the New Testaments' many warnings of sin that completely disqualifies you for salvation or heaven, click to see. They also overlook that every man will be judged on his works and words, click to see.
*However, many Protestant sects in error claim that although the Mosaic Law with its ordinances is obsolete, you still must tithe; and tithing was an ordinance of the Levitical priesthood, created to administer the Mosaic Law. They want your money, which the New Testament forbids!