My position on tithing has been made clear in previous posts and published books. In this post the focus is on the effect of accepting blood money through tithes, offerings and seed sowing.
In general, it is dangerous to collect tithes and offerings from unbelievers. It has serious spiritual implications. Mammonism teaches that you can buy anything with money.
Unbelievers have more faith in mammon the god of money than in the word of God. It creates for them a false assurance of salvation. Only few of such people ever surrender their lives to Christ.
Most of those I have interacted with over the years consider themselves to be Christian. They have become immune to the gospel of grace of God. They assume they have already been accepted in the beloved by reason of their zeal for church activities and their tithes and offerings and generosity in contributing to the financial and material needs of the local assembly.
If such people die in that state, God may require their blood at the hands of ministers who unknowingly but tacitly encouraged them to substitute salvation with tithes and generous offerings. Let no one take away your crown. Do not allow the power of money to crowd out the principles of the doctrine of Christ. God is unmoved by traditions of men, popular public opinion or what is expedient. God is immutable.
When believers and unbelievers join hands to pray, it becomes an abomination before the Lord. God is holy. He accepts only holy hands in prayer. Besides, the prayers and other activities of unbelievers can be counterproductive to the program of the church “A little leaven leavens the whole lump” (Galatians 5:9). God is perfect and insists that we must be the same.
Another issue is the danger of unwittingly accepting blood money into the treasury of the church. Agents of darkness are very crafty. “For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light” (Luke 16:8). Agents of darkness deliberately sow blood money in the form of tithes and offerings for the purpose of weakening the fire-power of the fellowship. In the Old Testament temple worship Gentiles who were regarded as ‘dogs’ were not even allowed to enter the inner sanctuary of the chosen of God. There was a wall of partition.
In his unrelenting warfare against the church of Jesus Christ, it should not surprise any careful observer that Satan can send his agents to fellowship centers with evil dedicated money to give as tithe and offering for the purpose of polluting the altar of God. It is a regular occurrence. Undiscerning ministers term it blessing from the Lord. The denomination grows in the wrong direction; the power of prayer dwindles without it being noticed until a major scandal erupts to scatter the assembly or disrupt the performance of the assignment given to the local assembly.
Sometime ago when I was pastoring a church I encountered one of them. If you challenge them they claim they have come to sow a seed of faith for one thing or the other. “Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.’ And they said, ‘What is that to us? You see to it!’ Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, ‘It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood’” (Mt 27:3-6).
The righteousness of New Covenant ministers must exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees and Scribes under Judaism. This is one of the dangers of Levitical tithing.
It should be easy to identify a polluted altar: quarrelsomeness among the workers, lateness to meetings, disrespect for pastors and elders, sexual immorality and neglect of prayer meetings. A polluted altar needs cleansing and rededication before the fires of revival can fall.
The church must arise and do the needful. Time is of the essence. Jesus is coming soon!