My commentaries on the book of Galatians to bring to light the evil of tithing (part 6)
*my commentary on selected verses is written under the verse in brackets*
1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
(This is a call to personal responsibility. You can no longer say that Papa/Bishop/Rev said this, G.O. said that.)
6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
(The flesh here is about what is physical versus was is spiritual. Please refer to verse twelve where Paul goes back to the matter of circumcision. So to sow into the flesh is action taken that emphasises our physical life over our spiritual life. Tithing falls into this category, just like circumcision. Circumcision emphasises earthly relationship with the Jews, which is contrary to faith which has to do with what is not seen. Anything that compromises your faith compromises your spiritual life. Tithing, which has been pushed by many in the so called faith movement is actually anti faith because of the focus on what is physical what is earthly. They say attach your faith to your seed, not knowing that that act actually erodes true faith. It is to follow your fear, it is to declare that when Jesus said it finished, it is to put experience over truth, and with that we erode our faith in God, by sowing to the flesh which we do everytime we pay tithe.)
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
(This verse in the hands of the tithe preachers has meant: continue to pay your tithe, one day you will breakthrough. There is nothing prophetic about the due season. The due season is when Jesus comes to reward each for everything we have done while in the flesh, in eternal rewards. And this verse is linked with the next verse and has to do with doing good to all men, especially to those of the household of faith)
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto allmen, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.
(This is the only letter of such written with Paul’s own handwriting and not dictated. This letter therefore holds a special place in his heart. It is this letter that lit the fire of Martin Luther’s reformation hundreds of years ago. It is very powerful, destroying the most subtle of Satan deception, that if mixing the old testament with the new, making a mess of both in the process. While for Martin Luther, his immediate grouse was the selling of indulgences as money making scheme for the church leadership with the promise of forgiveness of sins. For me my immediate grouse is tithing. While the seeking of indulgences was not mentioned here, the same way tithing is not mentioned, the thrust of the book is enough for both of us to strike death to falsehood in the church. His focus is: the just shall live by faith <Galatians 3:11b>, mine is the previous verse, verse ten: For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed isevery one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Tithing promises to bring you out of a curse but have brought you under a curse. So flee.)
12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
(I want us to pay attention to the word “constrain”. There is no church where they pay tithe where the people are not constrained. So you have tithe envelopes, tithe register, tithe record. The thrust of the preaching is to compel you. The fear tactics is generously used. The people who don’t pay are mocked from the pulpit and ran out of the congregation. They do it feeling justified that they are doing the will of God, just as Paul felt justified in his persecution of the Christians, and the Jewelry felt justified when they killed Jesus. They say that the people who do not tithe are robbing God, so they become God’s policemen to met out the “appropriate repercussions” . A church would only give you contract for it’s project if you are a tither because they say they don’t want your curse to rob off on them. In their unreasoning conclusion, a non tithing believer is worse than a non tithing fornicating unbeliever. They compel you by saying you will not be together some position because you do not tithe. Here also Paul wanted to expose the motivation of these people. He said they want to make a show in the flesh. By compelling you to tithe becomes a token of their spiritual influence. They could go boasting about it with their friends. Compelling you to tithe becomes a means of their self validation. They boast in your flesh. It is indicative of their cleverness, how smart they are. It is a proof that they are carnal, fleshly and not spiritual at all. He also said they are motivated by the need to dodge persecution. If you stand against tithe you will be castigated as being stingy, that is you cannot give God ten percent then you are stingy, you are tight fisted. They make the case as being not about truth or no truth, but by your generosity or lack of it. So to avoid such a conflict you buy into their argument. They have blackmailed you away from the truth. You have transgressed due to the fear of man and have become trapped. Let us pay attention to the word: many. Many want to make a showing in the flesh, so the idea if tithing is appealing to the flesh, to the ego. Some peach it to be acceptable by men, so they avoid persecution. The preach it to belong to a group. They don’t want to be persecuted.)
13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
(Now this is getting interesting. Here Paul delves further into the motivation of the law pushers, and my concern here is the tithing pushers. These people don’t pay tithe. Can you actually pay tithe? Who can verify it that they completely pay tithe. Liars all of them. As far as Paul was concerned, it makes no sense if you pick one item of the law and leave the rest. It makes absolutely no sense to him. It is all or null. These people don’t pay tithe, they are all deceivers. They have come up with all manners of rules. They differentiate gross salary from net salary. If someone gives you a bag of rice, how do you pay the tithe. Okay they say measure the Kongo, but how can you divide the grains properly so that it is tithe? It is confusion galore. So the people of God are living in perpetual self doubt. He said these people want to have you circumcised to glory in our flesh, so that they have us as their trophy, while we are supposed to be Christ’s trophy of grace. Don’t play into their game. Paul has told us what motivates this people who want us to tithe. If they are not motivated by greed, they are motivated by plain ego. Don’t fall for them, otherwise you have become their prisoner, instead of being the “prisoner” of Christ. They want to boast in our external appearance, in the number if people that stand up to receive the blessing of the tither.)
14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
(Paul makes a clear distinction between what motivates him and what motivates these people. They are motivated by worldly, he is motivated by godliness. They want to boast in what they have gotten the people to do, but Paul said he boasts in what Christ has done. These two cannot be mixed.)
15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
(Here we are introduced to the concept of the new creature that we become in Christ. This is not a modification of the old, where tithing comes into the arrangement, rather a completely new creature, which is about spiritual nature not natural observance.)
16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
(Again we have the issue of the troubler, the people who push circumcision in his time and those who push tithing in my time. I say let no man trouble me also, let no one trouble the church of God. “Bearing in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” is an allusion to the false circumcision these people want to push on the people. They want to make a mark on their flesh, but they have already the mark in their heart as the circumcision is of the heart. In the same way they want you to give tithe, when the whole of you have been dedicated to God in Christ who is your life. They want to make your life something natural, physical, but your life is hid in God in Christ. Some say that your money is a measure of your life. It is not. That is a carnal take on what life is. They are very carnal, those who push tithing.)
18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. note
(We are back to the issue of the grace of God, which emphasis on tithing, circumcision, clearly contradicts. If it is of grace, then no man can boast, but with tithing, we have the church populated with boasters, with carnal people, with people who have fallen from grace, with people that Christ is of no benefit to. What a shame.)