I’ve been getting messages from people informing me that social media pastors are telling members, even those who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic “remember to tithe your stimulus check.” Shouldn’t there be enough “meat” left in the “storehouse” from years of collecting tithes and offerings from parishioners to be a blessing to THEM during times like this?
Those who teach “storehouse-tithing” teach that the local church has replaced the Old Covenant Temple as the expected recipient of tithes. Therefore, the most-often mis quoted text, Malachi 3:10, which commands “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse” is appropriate for them.
It is assumed that the ordinary people were commanded to bring all tithes of the nation to the Temple in Jerusalem AND It is assumed that the Temple contained a storehouse large enough to hold the tithe of all Israel and that it was part of David and Solomon’s original Temple, AND It is assumed that the Church is called a storehouse in order to establish and justify a reason for bringing tithes to the church. All of these assumptions are wrong.
The overwhelming majority of the tithes of the nation were taken not to the temple but to the Levitical cities.
Neh 10:37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.
The Levitical cities are not hidden in Scripture. They are mentioned or alluded to in Leviticus 25:32-34; all of Numbers 35; all of Joshua 20 and 21; 1st Chronicles 6; 2nd Chronicles 11:13-14; 31:15-19; Nehemiah 10:37-38; 11:3, 20; 12:27-29, 44; 13:10 and Malachi 1:14. At first there were 48 Levitical and priestly cities. Later Judah had 13, including Hebron and Jericho. Jerusalem is not listed.
Neh 10:37 … and the tithes of our ground [bring] unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.
Neh 10:38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes …
Only the Levites and priests, not the people, were commanded to bring tithes into the Temple.
Neh 10:38 … : and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house. Mal 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse …
Considering the countless numbers of innocent people who are now without jobs, incomes and homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and people having to bury loved ones with no life insurance or money in savings, for ANY PASTOR to ask for a tithe or any portion of YOUR stimulus check or any other form of your income is greedy, pathetic and shameless!