My commentaries on the book of Galatians to bring to light the evil of tithing (part 5)
*my commentary on selected verses is written under the verse in brackets*
1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
(Why do you think you need to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, if there won’t be an attempt made to push us down? We are supposed to watch and pray so that we do not fall into temptation. The whole church has fallen into the lure of law practice via tithing. We were not watchful enough. It is the garden of Eden, all over again. And Paul said he does not want a church to be moved away from their simplicity of devotion to Christ, as Eve was beguiled. Tithing adds complications. God has made Christianity simple, but the Christians have added complications to it. Stand fast is the marching order. We should stand fast against “fellow believers” who are intent on dragging us back to the law, back into bondage, coming up with all manners of explanations. We should stand firm again legalism and lure of the law, whatever that is. Stand fast is your responsibility not mine. Nobody is responsible for your standing fast. You owe yourself the truth to fight off deception. Are you going to stand firm or not, allowing yourself to be taken captive? The choice is yours. Paul warned against the law as the little leaven that leaveneth the whole lump when talking about the law <Galatians 5:9>. A little romance with the law, corrupts your faith in Jesus. No wonder he asked: when the son of man returns, would he find faith on the earth. Faith is based on the word of God. It the word of God says that the law is fulfilled in Christ, we step away from faith when we act contrary to that and that is what we do when we tithe. We reject the completed works of Christ to establish our own works; we take some glory to ourselves, not giving any glory to God. It’s a shame, a real shame. Christ has made you free but you can sell your freedom, sell yourself into slavery just as Esau sold his birthright. When you tithe, you have sold your birthright. Tithing is an entanglement in the yoke of bondage. And tithing is a grievous bondage because it comes covered with bible verses, with altruism. It is a cover for a most terrible evil- the pride of man, pride of life. Because with tithing, you have something to boast. You have yourself to blame if you are entangled in the yoke of slavery.)
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
(In this verse Paul drives home all he has been saying since. Borrowing his words, I Kayode Crown, say unto you, that of you tithe, Christ shall profit you nothing. It means Christ will be of no use to you. It means Christ will be worth nothing to you. It means Christ will be of no benefit to you. Do you think Paul was joking? Do you think he was just trying to scare them, threaten them, as some have accused me of doing? Do you think Paul does not know what he is saying? If you continue to tithe after reading this, it means that you think that Paul was joking. Do you know what it means for Christ to not be of benefit to you? May you not know what it means in Jesus’ name. You stance with the law determines your stance with Christ. That is what Paul was trying to say. This book of Galatians is an anti law book, and therefore anti tithing, those it approaches things from the angle of circumcision. With circumcision, the Galatian Christian tried to be like the Jews, just like with tithing, the modern day Christians tried to be like the Jew. Paul in this letter was trying to knock sense into the church, show how stupid it is to think they are incomplete, except they obey a particular point of the law. How it is not progress as the deceivers want to paint, but actually a regression, like a son become a slave. “Christ shall profit you nothing” means to make meaningless for yourself the sacrifice of Jesus. The sacrifice of Jesus was meant to lead you to more freedom, full freedom, liberty, but with your own hands you have knocked the handcuffs back on your hands and feet.)
3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
(Here Paul feels he needed to repeat himself. This is similar to Jesus saying: verily verily I say to you. He said he testifies. He uses a legal term. He wants to absolve himself of any repercussion for the future. He does not want anyone to say: I did not know what I was doing when I embraced a small part of the law. So I want to once again borrow the words of Paul: I testify to every man that tithes that he is a debtor to do all the law. This verse for me is the greatest indictment against tithing practitioners. With this verse, there is no where to hide. Here Paul said that circumcision is the law. So those who want to hide under the fact that, according to their narrative, tithe was before the law, have no roof over their heads, because circumcision was also before the law, but Paul refused to regard it as such, but rather something given a force of the law, so for all intent and purposes, it is a law. Can we stop deceiving ourselves and face the truth that if you tithe you are a debtor, you have the obligation to obey all law. Where then can the tither hide now. Tithing is immoral, it makes meaningless the sacrifice of Jesus to give us liberty from the law. To be a debtor to do the whole law means you have to keep all the law. That is what the Bible says, not me. It means you are obligated to obey the entire law without exception. This is because, since you have rejected freedom, you have to be properly in slavery, there can be no mixture. This verse should mean deliverance for the hitherto tithe. You can walk away from tithing now and go back to your redeemer.)
4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
(Paul had said that circumcision and by extension tithing means Christ is meaningless to you, it means you have to obey all the laws in the “glory” of their details, now he strikes another match to burn down the false romance with the law. He said to seek to be justified by the law, means you have fallen from grace. This is plain and simple. There is no alternative way of reading this except to declare that tithing is bad for your health, for your spiritual health, since your spiritual health is tied to grace. To tithe means you have fallen from grace just as Adam and Eve fell from grace. To tithe is to ear the forbidden fruit of the law, and to believe cut off from the life of Christ, which is grace and truth. These are not matters we play with. Though Paul loved this church, he needed to warn them of the implication of what they were doing. If you tithe, Christ is meaningless to you, you have fallen from grace and you are obligated to obey all the law. It is very simple, let’s not make it complicated. To fall from grace means to turn away from grace. The devil did not do this you, you did it to yourself when you tithe. So for you to with one hand hold on to grace and with the other hand hold unto tithing is the height of spiritual self deception.)
5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
(The introduction of tithing is an hindrance to the body of Christ. It might have brought seemingly tangible gain, but it is an erosion of the truth of Christ on a monumental scale, beyond what we can calculate in the now. Tithing is disobedience to the truth; to tithe means you have been hindered. It means a limit has been put to your spiritual progress. Truth needs to be obeyed not played with. With tithing you are in disobedience to the truth. By seeking to fulfil the law, you make yourself a transgressor, put a ceiling to your own spiritual progress. You need to repent. This verse is a call for soul searching. “Who hindered you” means some human agents aided your false embrace of tithing. Identify them, and though you respect them, you stop lying to yourself that they cannot be wrong, because they are surely wrong on this matter. With that you start to be cured on the worship of man and you start to see more clearly as without holiness no man shall see God. Tithing is sin, because whatever is not of faith, is not based on the word of Christ, is sin. And without holiness, without holding only to Christ, no man shall see God. You cannot hold to your self righteousness and see God, it has to be Christ and Christ alone. He is the author and finisher of our faith. Right? Start obeying the truth from today. Stop tithing.)
8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
(That word “persuasion” should attract our attention. It reflects a certain pattern of reasoning. Paul is faulting the pattern of reasoning which accommodates circumcision for believers and by extension tithing. In the previous verse, he establishes the fact that someone or some people hinder them from obeying the truth. He now shows them that this cannot be God. It might have felt like God since a whole lot of Bible verses were invested in it, but Paul wanted them to know that it is not God. Isaac thought the person he blessed was Esau, because he felt like Esau and smelled like Esau. But in the final analysis, it is not Esau.)
9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
(A little leaven here means the pattern of thought in one area that corrupts the thinking in other areas. One small embrace of the law that compromises the whole of out spirit life. It colours your perception of God, what Christ stands for, and who you are. It is what the English people call, slippery slope, the domino effect, the downward spiral. This church might still be speaking in tongues casting out devils, but with the embrace of the law, like we embrace tithing, they have fallen from grace, and are obligated to keep all the laws. How sad. We have exchanged our birthright for a bowl of mean. Tithing gives you a false emotional boost like Esau eating the meal from Jacob, but with each payment of tithe, we eat away at our spiritual birthright, our inheritance in Christ, because the inheritance is for sons. It is time to stop.)
10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
(The person who preaches tithe is a troubler of Israel. And Achan, who was described as a troubler of Israel in the time of Joshua was judged. The troubler is the one through whose action, the nation of Israel did not progress, but suffer much casualty, unnecessary casualty. Just as Achan was found out, we need to identify and isolate those who preach tithe and their tribe. As far as Paul was concerned, the judgement is sure on the person who preaches circumcision, and the same for the person who preaches tithing. These are not words we joke with. Understand the thrust of this book. It is to show that obeying one item of the law makes it compulsory to do the rest and the result is terrible for the psyche of Christians, making meaningless the work of Christ. It is a terrible thing. He said whoever troubles them with these teaching on obeying a point of the law will be judged. That is the truth. As far as he was concerned, who they are, their clout, the miracle they perform, is not important. Once they push law, they will be judged. Those who push tithing will be judged, regardless of the size of the crowd that follow them, or how sincere they claim they are, or the revelations they claim to have seen, the visions and confirmation of prophecy.)
11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
(As far as he was concerned, the offence of the cross should be maintained. To try to mix grace with the law is to remove the offence of the cross, how the cross contradicts everything else, commanding undivided attention. If he preached circumcision, he has a truce with the the Jew and so would no longer be persecuted. But we have not be called to have truce with the law, accommodate the law, but stand firm against. He would not compromise, and would not be compromised. He wants to be found, not having his own righteousness. He was to fight for truth so that the future generation can benefit. He refused to be quite, bury his head in the sand. He felt he had a responsibility to people beyond him. He did not care for hero worshipping. He cared for Christ and his truth alone.)
12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
(Again he goes back to the issue of those who push observance of the law in the “small” issue of circumcision. He called them troublers. Again. Can you feel his anger now? Not for himself, but for the cause of Christ? Can you? He wishes that those people, irreversibly wound themselves, because, really, they have wounded the body of Christ and it is hemorrhaging of its life. These tithing pushers have done that.)
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
(The first phrase should not be muddled up with the rest. It should read. For brethren, you have been called to liberty. Full stop. That is our calling. The tithing preachers are making a contrary call. They have come up with all manners of justification for their making that call, even saying, “the Lord said”. But if they say our liberty is something that is in the future that we need to tithe to get to, then we know that they are antiChrist. Anti means opposite. If in Christ we are called to liberty, and someone is calling us to tithe, to bondage to the law, observance of the law with the implications as have been shown in this book, then he is anti Christ. He may wear a collar and bear a title, but he is anti Christ. He may feature prominently on Christian TV, he is anti Christ. It is not about clout, it is about truth. May our eyes be opened.)
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. note
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.