on what to do with tithe?

Should it be given to the priest or should it be spent as one pleases?

The writer of Deuteronomy thinks one should use it as they please (Deut 14:22-26)

22 “You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. 23 And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always. 24 And if the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, when the Lord your God blesses you, because the place is too far from you, which the Lord your God chooses, to set his name there, 25 then you shall turn it into money and bind up the money in your hand and go to the place that the Lord your God chooses 26 and spend the money for whatever you desire—oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.

or should you give it to the priest, as the priest has ordained it (Numbers 18:25-28)

25 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 26 “Moreover, you shall speak and say to the Levites, ‘When you take from the people of Israel the tithe that I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall present a contribution from it to the Lord, a tithe of the tithe. 27 And your contribution shall be counted to you as though it were the grain of the threshing floor, and as the fullness of the winepress. 28 So you shall also present a contribution to the Lord from all your tithes, which you receive from the people of Israel. And from it you shall give the Lord’s contribution to Aaron the priest.

You know which one the pastor will be preaching the next Sunday, and the next and the next.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

17 thoughts on “on what to do with tithe?

  1. Nan says:

    Perhaps the passage from Deuteronomy should be photocopied and mailed to the likes of Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, etc., etc., etc.

    One of the slickest scriptures these deceptive preachers use is found in Luke 6:38 … and people fall for it hook, line, and sinker — as is obvious by the mansions, jets, and cars that belong to the aforementioned preachers.


  2. renudepride says:

    Rather than giving the tithe to the priest or to the church, it is probably better spent by giving it directly to a reputable charity or directly to a family in need. The priests and churches won’t be happy with this idea but it will force them to be creative in developing a new scam to rob the poor of their money! Naked hugs, my Kenyan brother!


  3. Manish says:

    I still find that its better for one to give directly to a charitable cause than giving to a church since most pastors have proved to us they are not any good in managing church funds.

    Liked by 1 person

    • makagutu says:

      That is if one must give, though the author in Deut wanted people to save and do what they pleased with their savings. She doesn’t command that it be taken to a church


  4. shelldigger says:

    Quite interesting how they scribbled those bits down in their magic book. It’s almost like they were setting up a scam from the start.

    (Hawker)”Afterlife Insurance!” “Get your Afterlife Insurance here folks!” “Only pennies a day!” (bring in the shill) “How about you sir? Can I interest you in some Afterlife Insurance?” (Shill) Why what is this Afterlife Insurance you speak of, how does it work?” You know the rest…

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    • makagutu says:

      To be fair to the first fellow, he just wanted guys to save something to eat at the end of the year.
      The second fellow must have been a member of the thieving class otherwise known as the priestly class


      • shelldigger says:

        Well yeah, but even if that is the case what do they actually offer in return for the pleasure of survival? A symbiosis it is not. Looks more like a parasite o me…

        Maybe not as blatantly dishonest, greedy, and slimy as the other example, but no less devious IMO.


  5. Ron says:

    Isaiah 1:11-14 (NLT) sums it up thus:

    “What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?” says the LORD . “I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle. I get no pleasure from the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. When you come to worship me, who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony? Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts; the incense of your offerings disgusts me! As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath and your special days for fasting— they are all sinful and false. I want no more of your pious meetings. I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals. They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them!”


    • makagutu says:

      Do they read this in any church?
      I think the verdict is out, tithes are out


      • Ron says:

        I haven’t warmed a church pew in many years. But I don’t recall hearing that passage read when I did.


        • makagutu says:

          Neither did I.
          No wonder the likes of Creflo $ make so much money


          • Ron says:

            Isn’t Christianity great? The conflicting texts grant endless opportunity to mold it into whatever you desire. Threats of eternal hell-fire and wailing and gnashing of teeth ain’t your bag? No problem. Try out gentle Jesus, meek and mild. Too staid? Give personal Jesus a spin. Still not satisfied? Test drive make-a-wish Jesus.


            • makagutu says:

              When you think about it, the reason for the many brands of Christianity is because its message is not clear. Anyone can make up their version as they go along. The goal at the end of the day is to make money

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  6. Lander7 says:

    It says right there in Deuteronomy to give it to the Levites (who also are priests) because they don’t have any money to buy the food for the feast with God.

    Some facts from scripture:
    You tithe once a year.
    The tithe is food.
    You eat the tithe in the presence of God.
    Or you convert the tithe to money and buy what you truly want for yourself and then eat before God.
    Feed those without food.
    You rejoice.
    You never give money to someone as a tithe.


    22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.23 Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always. 24 But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the Lord your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the Lord will choose to put his Name is so far away), 25 then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the Lord your God will choose. 26 Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink,or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice. 27 And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own.
    28 At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns, 29 so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.
    22 Thou shalt [f]give the tithe of all the increase of thy seed, that cometh forth of the field year by year.
    23 And thou shalt eat before the Lord thy God (in the place which he shall choose to cause his Name to dwell there) the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstborn of thy kine, and of thy sheep, that thou mayest learn to fear the Lord thy God always.
    24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it, because the place is far from thee, where the Lord thy God shall choose to set his name, [g]when the Lord thy God shall bless thee,
    25 Then shalt thou make it in money, and [h]take the money in thine hand, and go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose.
    26 And thou shalt bestow the money for whatsoever thine heart desireth: whether it be ox, or sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or whatsoever thine heart desireth: [i]and shalt eat it there before the Lord thy God, and rejoice, both thou, and thine household.
    27 And the Levite that is within thy gates, shalt thou not forsake: for he hath neither part nor inheritance with thee.
    28 At the end of three years thou shalt [j]bring forth all the tithes of thine increase of the same year, and lay it up within thy gates.
    29 Then the Levite shall come, because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, and shall eat, and be filled, that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.


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