Seventh-Day Adventists/TITHE IS NOT A DOCTRINE

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QUESTION: I HAVE A QUESTION;
After reading your well presented article about EllEN G. WHITE and TITHING, You have stated that Tithe is not a doctrine of the church. And that it is only in the OT but not in the NT.

"Is this means that as we are in the NT should not practise tithing? especially to where the ordained ministers of God adding His work?

ANSWER: No Tithing in New Covenant

In the Old Covenant, only a small minority of Israelites were Priests.  They were called Levites. The doctrine of tithing supported this Old Covenant Levitical caste.  Both the Levitical system and Tithing were exclusive to Old Covenant Judaism.

In the New Covenant, a dramatic change in the law and the Priesthood has taken place, and so too in the method used to support the Pastors and other Gospel workers.  Unlike the Old Covenant, there are no Levites in the Church, much less a separate priesthood.  EVERYONE that believes in Christ is a Priest of God.  

Thus it is the Priesthood of All Believers that makes moot the doctrine of tithe.   Which is why no Christian practiced or promoted the doctrine of tithe in the early church.  It never happened because there was no such doctrine.  Tithe in the church is Old Covenant doctrinal error.

Heb. 7:11  Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron?

Heb. 7:12 For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.

Heb. 8:13  When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.

1Pet. 2:9  But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

Rev. 5:10    “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”

See also:

http://tifwe.org/resources/the-priesthood-of-all-believers/

The Fraud of Church Tithing
http://www.atomorrow.net/fluxbb/viewtopic.php?id=239


Sharing Replaced Tithing

Sharing among the early Christians replaced tithing to a priestly caste.  All believers in Christ were now equal in the Gospel, with Christ being the High Priest.  Neither the apostles or the Pastors were considered a special priestly group, nor did anyone pay them tithe.

Acts 2:43  Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.

Acts 2:44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;

Acts 2:45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.

Gal. 6:6  The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him.

Heb. 13:16 And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

The issue is not about giving, but about giving within the proper rules and bounds of the Gospel.  Of course the church needs funds to function and survive, but tithing is not the correct or acceptable method in the New Covenant.  It is false doctrine to finance the church with tithe.  To do so is to follow a false Christ and a worthless Gospel.

Here is the proper attitude about giving.  It is the opposite of tithe.  Christians are free to give whatever amount they want.  This is not tithe, which is 10%.  

2Cor. 9:6  Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

2Cor. 9:7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.


No Tithe in Early Church

The early church did not pay or collect tithe, nor did they in any way mimic this OC doctrine that was outdated and non-functional in the New Covenant where all were considered priests.  

Let all understand: while there are spiritual gifts within the church, there is not a separate class of Priests to manage the church, much less collect all the money and own the local church.  Those denominations that have created a separate priesthood, like the RCC, are very wrong and confused about the Gospel.  So too, those like the SDA’s that pretend their pastors are like Levitical priests that must be supported by tithe from the lay members.

It is a fatal mistake to blend the Old Covenant with the New like the SDA’s have done.  They are following the theology of Rome, not the Protestants that correctly insisted on a clear separation between Old Covenant law and the New Covenant Gospel.

Listen to Luther on this point.

"This difference between the Law and the Gospel is the height of knowledge in Christendom. Every person and all persons who assume or glory in the name of Christian should know and be able to state this difference. If this ability is lacking, one cannot tell a Christian from a heathen or a Jew; of such supreme importance is this differentiation. This is why St. Paul so strongly insists on a clean-cut and proper differentiating of these two doctrines."

(Martin Luther, Sermon On Galatians, 1532).

In other words, Luther is saying that unless one can distinguish and separate Old Covenant doctrines from what Jesus teaches in the New Covenant, the Gospel will become useless confusion and legalism.

Listen to Spurgeon make this same point:

"There is no point on which men make greater mistakes than on the relation which exists between the law and the gospel. Some men put the law instead of the gospel; others put gospel instead of the law. A certain class maintains that the law and the gospel are mixed...These men understand not the truth and are false teachers."

(C.H. Spurgeon, New Park Street Pulpit, 1855).

Today, the SDA’s are guilty of “mixing” and blending the Old Covenant with the New, which is why they promote tithing and pretend their pastors are like OC priests.  This is fundamental error from Rome.  

Any Christian today that embraces tithe has proven that they are not Protestant and do not comprehend the New Covenant.  They are not even Christian, because Jesus does not teach tithing in the church, much less a hierarchy like the RCC and the SDA’s have embraced.

In addition to the SDA’s and Mormons, there are legions of Pastors and so-called Gospel teachers in thousands of Community Churches that promote tithe paying.  What does that tell you about these incompetent frauds?  Such do not comprehend the Gospel teachings of Christ.  Tithe in the church is anti-Gospel doctrine.  Period.

2Pet. 2:1   But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.

Tithe in the church is always associated with additional false doctrine.  It never “stands alone,” but rather, it is always part of a complex web of error and myth.  

When the doctrine of the Two Covenants are properly comprehended and distinguished, it will be easily understood how impossible it is for such OC doctrines as tithe paying, Jewish food laws, or Sabbath keeping to be genuine Gospel doctrine.  These are false and diversionary doctrines that should have never been allowed to become church doctrine or practice.

Let all understand:  Tithe is a false, anti-Gospel, blasphemous, doctrine that has no place in the church.   While this false doctrine makes money for those that promote this scam, it is nonetheless theological malpractice and religious fraud.  

Jesus never paid tithe, even as a Jew.  Nor did the early church ever embrace such an Old Covenant, anti-Gospel teaching.  Thus the SDA’s are dead wrong to teach that Jesus and the early church practiced tithe.  This is just wishful thinking for those that prefer Old Covenant legalism to the New Covenant Gospel of Christ.

No Christian should pay Tithe to any person or organization for any reason.  It is against the Gospel teaching of Christ and his Apostles.  Those that embrace this false doctrine are only proving that they do not understand the Word or the fundamentals of Protestant theology.  They have misunderstood the Gospel teachings of Christ and have embraced legalistic error.

If the SDA’s are going to move forward and prepare the church for the 2nd Coming, they must repent of tithe and develop a new, Gospel friendly organizational system that will energize the local church and give it the resources necessary to take care of the members and preach the Gospel. They must also return to the Protestant Hermeneutic, where the Bible alone, and specifically the teachings of Christ, determines all doctrine.

It is time for Old Covenant Adventism to give way to New Covenant Adventism.  There can be no tithing in the New Covenant any more than there can be ritual circumcision or Jewish Food Laws.

2Cor. 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

I hope this helps,

Tom Norris for All Experts.Com & Adventist Reform


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QUESTION: You have put emphases between the OT and NT when explaining Tithing concepts and practising.

Where in God's word, the BIBLE, did God instructs one to makes sure to separate the OT and NT when it comes to "Tithing" or any TRUTH.

He (God) is the same, yesterday (OT) today (NT) and tomorrow (future)
The same God to worship...

Your responds to "Tithing" is partly truth and partly error...."ALL (OT and NT) scriptures is given by the Inspiration of GOD, for doctrines, for reprove, for corrections in righteousness..
When one decides to practise tithing, he just returns what already belongs to God. He acknowledge HIM as a creator and the source of blessings. Tithe is not only in the form of money, it also includes other form of blessings.

When you failed to give tithe, you are robing God as a CREATOR AND SOURCES OF ALL BLESSINGS.

Malachi 3:8 ¶ Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Answer
The Curse of Tithing

I am sympathetic to those that think tithing is a valid church doctrine.  This is what many have been indoctrinated to believe.  Thus legions think they are following Christ by practicing tithe, when they are actually following Moses and the Old Covenant.  

This issue about tithe is telling and important.  It shows who is paying attention to the genuine teachings of Christ and his apostles versus those that are following a worthless Gospel.  Tithe is not a New Covenant doctrine or principle, nor is it part of the teachings of Christ or his Apostles.  Why do so many embrace this false doctrine?  Why are so many blind to the Gospel?

The Two Covenants

Today, legions are very confused about how to read and understand the Bible.  Here is the root cause for the many false doctrines that have entered the church.  No wonder that Jesus, in the pre-advent Judgment of the last church, condemns every denomination as blind, unable to understand the Gospel correctly.

Rev. 3:17 ‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,

The last church is the worst church, having misunderstood most every doctrine possible.  The SDA’s have also been condemned in the PAJ; they are dead wrong about tithe and many other things, and thus they are called not to defend their rebellion, but to repent and reform.

God has spoken to mankind through the Old and New Testaments.  The Old Testament portion represents the words of Moses and Judaism, while the New Covenant represents the Gospel teachings of Jesus, and his apostles in the New Testament.  Both are ancient Jewish writings from God, but they are not equal; Jesus is greater than Moses.

Listen to Hebrews make this point:

Heb. 1:1   God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,

Heb. 1:2 1in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.

Heb. 3:1  Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;

Heb. 3:2  He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house.

Heb. 3:3 For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house.

Heb. 3:4 For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.

Heb. 3:5 Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things, which were to be spoken later;

Heb. 3:6 but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house — whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.

Judaism was a Covenant of Law, while Christianity is a Covenant of faith in Christ.  The former was “abolished” while the latter lives on forever.  These are opposite paradigms, never to be joined.

Gal. 3:12 However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”

As part of the Old Covenant, Judaism had a special priesthood that was supported by tithe from the non-priests of Israel.  However, the Christian faith teaches that all are priests, making tithing moot.  It will not fit in the NC.  Tithe was temporary, and so too was the OC.  The NC replaced the OC.  No tithe in the NC because all were priests.

Heb. 8:13  When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.

The early church did not practice tithe or anything like it.   They shared with one another and gave free will offerings.  This fact cannot be refuted.  

I note that you quoted an Old Covenant text to defend New Covenant tithing.  That will not work.  You must show Jesus teaching tithe as part of the New Covenant, and /or instructing his apostles to collect tithe to finance the Gospel, and /or some Christians paying tithe to the church.  

Alas, there are no such examples in the New Testament because there was no such doctrine as tithing in the church.  It is mythical.  It never happened, which means it cannot happen today.  It also means that any church practicing tithe is showing the world that they do not understand the Gospel.  They are confused fools, the blind following the blind.

Now that you have been informed about the false doctrine of tithe, you have a duty to better understand the Gospel, by which you are saved by faith, not by works of the law.  I suggest you read the previous links about tithe and try to process some of that information.

Here are some Gospel FACTS about tithing:

1.  Tithing was only a doctrine for Jews.  Not Gentiles.  It is not “truth” for the church whatsoever.

2.  Neither Jesus nor his Apostles teach tithing

3.  There are no Christians shown practicing tithing in the NT.

4.  The early church shared and gave free-will offerings, they did not tithe.

5.  The NT is the primary source for Gospel doctrine, not the Old Testament.  The teachings of Christ have replaced the Law of Moses.  Christians follow the NT, not the OT.

6.  God made the OC to be temporary, thus it was abolished at the cross, replaced by the New Covenant, which is eternal.

7.  False teachers promote tithing.  They use Old Covenant law to bring in money to support their distorted view of the New Covenant.  Thus they have deceived many.  


Confusion About the Two Covenants

While many today claim there is a blessing in paying tithe, they are very wrong.  The promise of blessings from tithing was only for the Old Testament Jew.  It was not meant for a New Covenant Christian.

Gal. 4:19 My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you —

Gal. 4:20 but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.

Gal. 4:21  Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not listen to the law?

Gal. 4:22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman.

Gal. 4:23 But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise.

Gal. 4:24  This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar.


The SDA’s have always misunderstood the book of Galatians and the Two Covenants.  Because of their emphasis on the Sabbath, they have foolishly tried to embrace both the Old Covenant and the New Covenant at the same time, just like the Galatians. Both ritual circumcision and tithe paying are OC laws.  Neither can be embraced by the church.


Listen to Paul and understand that his words apply to tithing as well as circumcision;

Gal. 5:1   It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

Gal. 5:2  Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, (or practice tithe paying), Christ will be of no benefit to you.

Gal. 5:3 And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision (or pays tithe), that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law.

Gal. 5:4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

Theologically speaking, Tithing is as false and wrong, as was circumcision in the Galatian church.  Thus when Paul lambasts the Galatians for adding ritual circumcision to the Gospel, the same condemnation applies today for any that practice the OC doctrine of tithing.

Gal. 1:9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

Let all understand: Paul condemns anyone in the church that embraces Old Covenant doctrines, including tithing.  Which explains why the SDA’s are dying.  They have embraced a false Gospel, which is a curse, not a blessing.

God is not for sale, nor can he be bribed.  Eternal life is not the reward for paying tithe or obeying the law.  Tithing is just another form of the “prosperity” Gospel, whereby if we do our part, God will bless us with success.  

The SDA church has deceived millions about tithe.  They make people feel guilty if they don’t pay, even as they try to bribe them with the promise of earthly blessing if they do.  This is not Gospel teaching

Tithe is a theological scam!  It is not a Gospel doctrine.  Tithe is a fraud.  Tithe is false doctrine.  Paying tithe (in the New Covenant) will result in being cursed.

It is time for Gospel Reform and correction in the church.  It is time for another Protestant Reformation where one false doctrine after another is replaced with correct Gospel doctrine from the genuine Christ.

Tom Norris for All Experts.Com & Adventist Reform

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I can answer most any question about church history and theology, starting from 1818 when William Miller articulated the 1st Angels Message that became the foundation of the Adventist Movement. While this first prophetic message terminated in the spring of 1844, it was followed by what Adventists refer to as the 2nd Angels Message, which dates from the spring of 1844 until the great disappointment of October 22, 1844. By 1847, the 3rd Angels Message had been developed and this Sabbatarian theology represents the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Moreover, I can explain the historical and theological development of the SDA denomination from its beginning and on through the great Battle Creek schism that forced the SDA's to retreat to Takoma Park. Here the 20th century church recovered from their internal battles that had erupted at the 1888 General Conference in Minneapolis over the definition of the law and the Gospel. Fearing another repeat of this disaster, President Daniels, determined to hide this debate. However, this policy led to more conflict, especially over the role and authority of Ellen White, a unique and accomplished religious writer that had remarkable spiritual gifts. However, by the decade of the 1970`s, the church once again erupted into debate. The hierarchy settled the turmoil in 1980 with the trial of Dr. Desmond Ford at Glacier View. Here Dr. Ford was exiled because he supposedly disagreed with Ellen White over the Fundamentals. But this controversial action resulted in another major schism that is still in progress today.

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Tom Norris was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist in Takoma Park, Md. He attended SDA grade and High schools, moving on to study Adventist theology at Columbia Union College. He also spent significant time conducting independent research in the General Conference Archives and the Ellen G. White Estate. Over the years he has also interviewed a number of prominent Adventist scholars, theologians, and Pastors ranging from the late Arthur White to the exiled Dr. Desmond Ford. In addition, he has amassed a large private library, which includes numerous rare books and manuscripts about Adventist theology and history. He is presently the online editor of Adventist Reform, and can be found at Adventist for Tomorrow answering questions online about SDA theology and history as well as promoting Adventist Reform. http://www.atomorrow.net/fluxbb/

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Tom Norris attended SDA grade and High schools, moving on to study Adventist theology at Columbia Union College. He also spent significant time conducting independent research in the General Conference Archives and the Ellen G. White Estate.

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