The PLAIN TRUTH Behind — “CHURCH CORPORATION” TITHING!
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
“Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33
The Ekklesia began its “official” start in Acts 2, on the day of Pentecost. In a very short period of time an organization with leaders appeared. This organization was comprised of the 12 Apostles, disciples and newly baptized people on that day of Pentecost. Later, more came along.
As we see through reading more in the book of Acts internal decisions were made which affected all the membership. One part of this organization included the method of “financing” the work of spreading the Evangel both inside and outside Jerusalem. In fact, during the immediate situation presented by the Feast of Pentecost, many disciples gave of their belongings to help others. Especially for those who had traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast. They stayed over and ran low on their funds. So, the members gave abundantly to help everyone with their needs. Some even sold their property and gave it to the Ekklesia for dispersing among the brethren. Now, here’s the question:
“Which government was called upon to give the Ekklesia non-profit status? Which government was called upon to approve the donations in order to receive sanctioned tax deductions?
With which government did the Apostles file incorporation papers to gain State approval and sanction in order to receive “corporate tithes?”
And, WHEN did the Ekklesia have to become a “corporation” instead of a “living body?” That is, the “body of Messiah?” His “body” is a LIVING BEING not an artificial “corporation,” right? Or, do you who claim to be a Believer, not believe what the Scripture says?
These are just a few questions every Believer in the Messiah and His Ekklesia should be asking, and answering! There are more!
Let’s Mention TITHING — Did the Ekklesia receive tithes?
A little history never hurts, right? So, let’s look at a little early history from the book of Acts. You do read and accept that book, right? That is, if you claim to be a Believer, right?
Today, it is not unusual to listen to sermons, or read articles, booklets and books, plus study Bible courses, that tell everyone they should tithe to the Ekklesia today. Why is that? Is this “tithe to the [church] ministry” correct and true? Where and when did this teaching come about? Is it Biblical?
OK, a quick history from Acts.
1. The Messiah ascends and leaves His followers on earth.
2. His followers begin to meet after that as a group. “About 120” of them, including 12 of them who were called and ordained as apostles. By the way, “about 120” means 114 of them. Read the True Messiah book for an explanation.
3. On the Day of Pentecost the disciples presented the Messiah and His teaching to the pilgrims who had arrived in Jerusalem for the Festival.
4. Several thousand individuals accepted the Messiah and became disciples.
5. This mass conversion caused a temporary financial problem for all those who came to the Feast. They had planned for the trip and a very short stay in Jerusalem. Not knowing they would stay much longer they ran out of funds and had to be helped financially.
6. The disciples solved this by raising funds, some even sold their homes to give for this emergency.
7. Others gave to the Apostles and disciples what they could to help these pilgrims in their hour of need.
That’s a simplified and quick history of the beginnings of financing within the group of disciples who were left when the Messiah ascended to heaven. Now, here’s the next question. Did those disciples tithe to the Apostles? Could they legally do so?
Unlike today, there was a temple standing in Jerusalem in those days. In fact, it was within the temple grounds that the disciples taught on the Day of Pentecost. In the temple. And, there was an active priesthood, with all Biblical regulations regarding the temple and priests still in effect. So, could the disciples legally tithe to the Ekklesia instead of to the temple priesthood? And, where is the Scripture telling those early apostles and disciples to take tithes from the people? Remember, the New Covenant had not been written yet!
The simple truth is, it would have been against the Law of YHWH at that time to tithe to anyone except the priesthood. Now, reread the events in the book of Acts and see if you can find the command to tithe to the Ekklesia with a temple still standing and the legitimate priesthood still functioning. Neither stopped until circa 70 A.D. So, were the disciples breaking the law of tithing for 40 years, from the death and ascension of the Messiah till 70 A.D.? Ya’ think?
With that in mind, what do you think changed to make it OK to take tithes after 70 A.D.? Or, have the ministry of the “world’s” churches taken upon themselves what the Bible does not sanction? And, even those organizations that claim to be the “true” assembly?
Where in the New Covenant are the laws telling us that there were two sanctioned sets of tithing laws. One for the “Jews” and one for the “Ekklesia?” And, both to be done at the same time?
Or, has the pagan ministry that came down through history to us today taken upon themselves, and claimed falsely for themselves, what is only reserved for and sanctioned for the priesthood and for the function of the temple?
What is Actually Said?
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Set Apart Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilæans?
8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judæa, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of Elohim.
12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judæa, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;. . .
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yahshua Anointed for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Set Apart Spirit.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as YHWH our Elohim shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 Praising Elohim, and having favour with all the people. And Master added to the ekklesia daily such as should be saved.
There you have it. The very first description of how the disciples handled the situation at hand. That is, how to feed, house and care for 3,000 people, just converted, and how to help them make the return trip home. By the way, read the verses listing where they came from. You will see how they returned home and began spreading the message over a vast area. This is one of the reasons the story of the Messiah traveled so widely and rapidly after the Day of Pentecost. It was not all done by the Twelve.
Now, finally, after reading the above, where is tithing taught to the disciples? Yes, I know there is more history to come. But, where can you prove the very first major action financially of the Ekklesia was from tithing? Today the call is, we must reach thousands, and need your continued support and TITHES. Well, what about the thousands in those days? What was the cry? Those verses above tell us. Do you get it?
Did you notice in verse 44, “had ALL things in common?” What part of ALL is a tenth? Did you notice the second verse I quoted in the beginning of this post? What did it say?
Did you notice verse 45, “sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to ALL men, as every man had need.”? What part of that sentence is describing tithes? How does that statement apply to Luke 14:32, quoted at the beginning? Are you beginning to see?
So, where is the Biblical law for the LIVING BODY of the Messiah to lower and demean itself in order to become a worldly “incorporated” artificial person for the purpose of corporate tax deductions for tithing? And, under any excuse, where is the Biblical mandate to become a worldly “church corporation” to be used by the “spiritual assembly?” Can you not see? What is the truth? The truth is, millions of sincere and dedicated people are breaking the Law of YHWH, by falsely assuming to themselves the money reserved and sanctioned for the priesthood to run the temple. The temple is not standing, or hasn’t anyone noticed? It soon will be, and that will change the story.
[Obviously, this is a topic that needs further explanation. That is on the way. In the meantime, please READ YOUR BIBLE to see “whether these things are so.”