Tithing Hypocrites

 

(A song against the sin of tithing coercion.)

 

by James Moore © 2005

Tune is at: http://www.soundclick.com/util/downloadsong.cfm?id=2217586

 

Like the tithing hypocrites

Who could not comprehend

Some leaders in the church today

Teach a false pretense

Justice, mercy, faithfulness

These are what it's all about

Though Jesus spoke those words so clear

They try to drown Him out!

 

Twisting words from Malachi

To make their coffers fat

They're swallowing a camel

But straining out the gnat

 

Second Peter two and three

Warned me of their greed

Paul said to give cheerfully

Not of necessity

 

Like the tithing hypocrites

Who could not comprehend

Some leaders in the church today

Teach a false pretense

Justice, mercy, faithfulness

These are what it's all about

Though Jesus spoke those words so clear

They try to drown Him out!

 

Don’t coerce the bride of Christ

Or you may be accursed

Malachi was preaching to

The priests - not to the church

 

Like the tithing hypocrites

Who could not comprehend

Some leaders in the church today

Teach a false pretense

Justice, mercy, faithfulness

These are what it's all about

Though Jesus spoke those words so clear

They try to drown Him out!

 

History of this song:  I wrote this tune after I got tired of hearing pastors and church leaders coercing people to tithe. The Old Testament (OT) practice of tithing was nothing like the tithe promoted by many churches today, did not involve money, and was not practiced in the ~30 year history of the NT church! Scriptural references for this song include (Matthew 23, 2 Peter 2:3, 2 Corinthians 9:7, Malachi 3).  Here is one of many explanations you can find on the web, and in fact all the answers you need are in God's Holy Word.  Please understand I am NOT saying that you shouldn't support your church...give what you can, and not only to church but to those around you in need!