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Shotgun Bill is Wrong...

You have not in anyway shown, scriptually, that tithing is not for this testament. The premise from which you argue is incorrect and therefore your arguments are off-point. You argue from the assumption that tithing is of the law. You also argue from the assumption that tithing and paying a mortgage is the same thing. Again both these assumptions are wrong. You start to look at the issue from Moses, but to do justice to the principle of tithing you must go to the period before the law was given, before Moses. That period shows Abel and Cain bringing their tithe of their increase to God. It also shows Mechizedeck receiving the tithe from the king of Salem (Jerusalem).

Also you said, "the law has been done away with." However, as truthful as that statement is, you must acknowledge that tithing was not instituted by the law. And again you must also acknowledge that this statement, "the law has been done away with", does not speak to the law of God - His eternal principles. You will agree with me that the law God gave to Moses must be obeyed now as it was obeyed then in Moses' day. One of those laws God gave to Moses stated that we must not kill (commit murder). So now that the law is done away with, can I commit murder and not be wrong in God's eyes? Can I commit adultery and not be held accountable by God? When we live with Christ in the New Earth will these laws not exist? Can I commit these things then, and not be wrong? You must understand that the scripture you alluded to in your statement that "the law has been done away with" (Colossians 2:14), does not say so at all. It says, "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross." Ordinances does not refer to the law or eternal principles of God. It does not refer to the Ten Commandments either. The Bible says what it means and means what it says, and it says ordinances. So then this passage refers to the things we had to do to make payment for the laws we have broken, the attonement sacrifices, rituals and rites. We no longer have to do these things because sins debt has been paid in full by Christ Jesus. The question now is, is tithing a part of these ordinances of which the passage speaks? Is tithing a payment for sin? Leviticus speaks extensively to these ordinances. It lists out all the various offerings and sacrifices for sins. But it also lists out the various sacrices that were used as a way of sying thanks to God for His blessings. No where in these books, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers or Deuteronomy, is tithing listed as a payment or offering for sin. Remember that tithing was being practiced before these ordinances were instituted by Moses at God's instructions.

So then since tithing is not payment for sin, then there is no similarity between tithing and paying a mortgage. Tithing has more similarities to paying taxes. But that is aother huge story, so I wont get into it. Just know that tithing and mortgage payment has nothing in common. Paying a mortgage is payment for something you owe paying tithe is not.

You did well in your advice, "If you feel you must pay a tithe, then do so totally, completely, unrestrainedly out of a motive of pure love to God...and do not allow it to be tainted with even the slightest tinge of doing so out of law, out of hopes of being justified thereby." This is good advice. But I offer you one such advice. When you look at an issue, let the Bible speak. By that I mean, when you look at an isuue you go through the scriptures and observe what it says and modify your stance on the issue accordingly rather than proving your moot point by using scripture verses. Most times these scripture verses doesn't even speak to the issue at hand. In your comments you have not mentioned one of the passages that speaks specifically to tithing. So your position is not justified by scriptures as you presented them.

Shotgun Bill you are wrong.