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In last week’s post, we investigated the crazy interpretations we Christians have brought forth from Malachi 3:8–12. We discovered that we have taught that Christians should bring their tithes into what the Lord through Malachi called the “storehouse,” which we have somehow morphed into the word “church.” However, the New Testament clearly teaches that the “church” is people—not a building. So, the problem we need to solve is, how can we with integrity and honesty instruct people from Malachi 3 to bring their tithes to the church using this passage of Scripture?

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What is one of the crazy things Christians believe?

That their church is a storehouse—you know, like for grain.

Here’s my story and then some common sense Bible refutation of this unbiblical belief.

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Would a Christian pastor or leader ever deceive people in order to accumulate wealth for his church?

For many of those reading this, that has probably already happened.

But what did Jesus and the New Testament authors teach about riches?

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P1030504In the last post, we looked at the giving statement of a well-known mega-church. The opinion put forth in that article was that many Christians have an inaccurate, even unbiblical, idea about Christian giving because the Church has offered very confusing teaching about this topic. In this post, we’ll look at the giving statement of another very large mega-church and try to determine the biblical truths that support their giving statement. As before, the text has been copied and pasted, with no editing.

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In the first post entitled, “Should Christians Tithe to the Church?” we discovered, biblically, that that “principle” is taught nowhere—nowhere—in the Bible. Please note that I just wrote that this is a “principle” that is taught in churches. We call it a principle because we don’t want to call it law. Law puts on the other side from grace. We don’t want to go there, so we call tithing a principle. Even for those churches who teach that tithing is not in the New Testament, they will still require adherence to it—or some other kind of giving—if one wants to become a member, a covenant member, on the council, an elder—whatever we want to call those who are on the “inside.” The thinking may be phrased in this question, or something like it: “How can you say you’re a committed member here if you’re not giving to this church? And I don’t mean $10 a month.”

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pesos What would happen if the tithing system in our churches disappeared?

Just asking.

It’s an interesting question and one that we should consider.

Why should we consider it?

Because tithing to the church is nowhere to be found in the New Testament.

The scripture that churches typically use to encourage their people to tithe to their organization is this passage from the Old Testament:

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