Reliance Church

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Service Time??: Sundays @ 10 AM Spanish Service: Sundays @ 1PM (en espanol) Youth Night??: Thursdays @ 6:30 PM Women's Study??: Wednesdays @ 9:30-11:30am (childcare available)
  • 31217 Pauba Road Suite 102

    Temecula, CA 92592

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  • 951-553-1528

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The teaching on Malachi 3:7-18 was not as biblically sound as I would have hoped.

"Will a man rob God?" God does not wait for their response, but states, "Yet you are robbing Me!" In tithes and offerings. The commandment in the Mosaic Law concerning the tithe was a tenth from the herd, from the flock and from the produce of the ground. This verse is used by some as a proof text that Christians should give a tenth of their gross income as a compulsory mandate, only, there was no money involved in tithing to the Levites.

Each tribe of Israel, except the tribe of Levi, was allotted land, a territory as their inheritance from God. The tribe of Levi was allotted a tenth (tithe) from all the other tribes as their inheritance. The tithe was of the produce of the field and from the seed of the ground, Deu_14:22-23. Just as God had blessed the tribes in the produce of the ground and field, a tenth of all that God had blessed, was given to the sons of Levi for their service in the temple, Num_18:21. The herd or the flock would pass under the rod and every tenth would be holy to the Lord regardless of it's condition, Lev_27:32-33. If someone wanted to redeem a particular beast, he would pay the prevailing price for the beast plus a penalty of a fifth and it was still holy to the Lord, Lev_27:12-13. There were no swapping either good for bad or bad for good, Lev_27:9-10. Even the tribe of Levi was commanded to give a tithe, a tithe of a tithe, Num_18:26, and this tithe (tenth) of a tithe was put into the storehouse, Neh_10:38. Notice there is no mention of money in the list of the tithe, it is of the herd or the flock, Lev_27:32, and what is sown, the grain, new wine, oil, Deu_14:22-23. There is only two places in the Law concerning the tithe that involves money, when redeeming an animal, Lev_27:12-13, and there is a penalty of 20%, one fifth, and when the journey to the place where God chooses to set His name, Deu_14:24-27, and the money is to buy of the herd, or the flock, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your heart desires. At the end of every third year all the tithe was to be brought out and deposited in the town, Deu_14:28-29, the Levite, and the alien, the orphan and the widow shall eat and be satisfied.

Considering these facts concerning the tithe to the Levite, here are some questions to ponder:

If a christian is to pay tithes, to which of the tribes would he belong?
God commands that the tithe should be given to the Levites, Num_18:21, where can I find a Levite today?
Where in the New Testament is there a reference to Christians paying tithes?
Where in the Scripture does it even suggest that believers are to use the Levitical priesthood as a model.
When in the history of the christian church did animals from the flock or the herd or the seed of the ground translate into time, talent and treasure (money)?
When in the history of the christian church did the church leaders become the priests and the congregation the laity.
Did the congregation somehow lose or resign their priesthood?
When did the storehouse located in Jerusalem which was destroyed in A.D. 70, become the storehouse of the local church fellowship?
How many fellowships today, who use the Levitical priesthood as a model, empty their bank accounts of all tithes and bring it to their town to feed the Levite, the alien, the orphan and the widow as God commands?
If the gospel of grace is a free gift, why does it cost in tithes and offerings?

Jesus in His teachings, and the apostle Paul encouraged us to remember the poor, Act_2:45, Act_4:35, Rom_15:26, Gal_2:10, Jas_2:15-16, 1Jn_3:17. Paul also warns us that there are many who peddle the word of God, 2Co_2:17. In other words, "give to the needy and beware of the greedy." Paul also warns us concerning the lazy, 2Th_3:11-12.

Another proof text used by some to bolster their teaching on compulsory tithing is, 1Co_9:1-18, especially, 1Co_9:14, that preachers should get paid for preaching the gospel, which it does. They, however, miss, "So also the Lord directed....." an revert to this verse as well as, Gen_14:20. The Lord Jesus did give direction, which is recorded in, Mat_10:1-14, of the twelve, note especially, Mat_10:9-10, and of the seventy, Luk_10:1-11, especially, Luk_10:4-8. With regards to Abraham giving a tenth to Melchizedek, which he did, they fail to mention that Abraham gave 100% of the spoils of war, the booty. He gave 10% to Melchizedek, Heb_7:1-10, of the booty of Chedorlaomer and gave the remaining 90% to the king of Sodom, Gen_14:16-24. Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils to Melchizedek once, with no record of any other occurance.

The offering usually associated with the tithe is the heave offering, Exo_29:27-28, 2Ch_31:10-14, Neh_13:4-5, and was for the priests and their family, Lev_22:12.

Both the tithe and the offering were compulsory under the Law of Moses.

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The teaching on Malachi 3:7-18 was not as biblically sound as I would have hoped.

"Will a man rob God?" God does not wait for their response, but states, "Yet you are robbing Me!" In tithes and offerings. The commandment in the Mosaic Law concerning the tithe was a tenth from the herd, from the flock and from the produce of the ground. This verse is used by some as a proof text that Christians should give a tenth of their gross income as a compulsory mandate, only, there was no money involved in tithing to the Levites.

Each tribe of Israel, except the tribe of Levi, was allotted land, a territory as their inheritance from God. The tribe of Levi was allotted a tenth (tithe) from all the other tribes as their inheritance. The tithe was of the produce of the field and from the seed of the ground, Deu_14:22-23. Just as God had blessed the tribes in the produce of the ground and field, a tenth of all that God had blessed, was given to the sons of Levi for their service in the temple, Num_18:21. The herd or the flock would pass under the rod and every tenth would be holy to the Lord regardless of it's condition, Lev_27:32-33. If someone wanted to redeem a particular beast, he would pay the prevailing price for the beast plus a penalty of a fifth and it was still holy to the Lord, Lev_27:12-13. There were no swapping either good for bad or bad for good, Lev_27:9-10. Even the tribe of Levi was commanded to give a tithe, a tithe of a tithe, Num_18:26, and this tithe (tenth) of a tithe was put into the storehouse, Neh_10:38. Notice there is no mention of money in the list of the tithe, it is of the herd or the flock, Lev_27:32, and what is sown, the grain, new wine, oil, Deu_14:22-23. There is only two places in the Law concerning the tithe that involves money, when redeeming an animal, Lev_27:12-13, and there is a penalty of 20%, one fifth, and when the journey to the place where God chooses to set His name, Deu_14:24-27, and the money is to buy of the herd, or the flock, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your heart desires. At the end of every third year all the tithe was to be brought out and deposited in the town, Deu_14:28-29, the Levite, and the alien, the orphan and the widow shall eat and be satisfied.

Considering these facts concerning the tithe to the Levite, here are some questions to ponder:

If a christian is to pay tithes, to which of the tribes would he belong?
God commands that the tithe should be given to the Levites, Num_18:21, where can I find a Levite today?
Where in the New Testament is there a reference to Christians paying tithes?
Where in the Scripture does it even suggest that believers are to use the Levitical priesthood as a model.
When in the history of the christian church did animals from the flock or the herd or the seed of the ground translate into time, talent and treasure (money)?
When in the history of the christian church did the church leaders become the priests and the congregation the laity.
Did the congregation somehow lose or resign their priesthood?
When did the storehouse located in Jerusalem which was destroyed in A.D. 70, become the storehouse of the local church fellowship?
How many fellowships today, who use the Levitical priesthood as a model, empty their bank accounts of all tithes and bring it to their town to feed the Levite, the alien, the orphan and the widow as God commands?
If the gospel of grace is a free gift, why does it cost in tithes and offerings?

Jesus in His teachings, and the apostle Paul encouraged us to remember the poor, Act_2:45, Act_4:35, Rom_15:26, Gal_2:10, Jas_2:15-16, 1Jn_3:17. Paul also warns us that there are many who peddle the word of God, 2Co_2:17. In other words, "give to the needy and beware of the greedy." Paul also warns us concerning the lazy, 2Th_3:11-12.

Another proof text used by some to bolster their teaching on compulsory tithing is, 1Co_9:1-18, especially, 1Co_9:14, that preachers should get paid for preaching the gospel, which it does. They, however, miss, "So also the Lord directed....." an revert to this verse as well as, Gen_14:20. The Lord Jesus did give direction, which is recorded in, Mat_10:1-14, of the twelve, note especially, Mat_10:9-10, and of the seventy, Luk_10:1-11, especially, Luk_10:4-8. With regards to Abraham giving a tenth to Melchizedek, which he did, they fail to mention that Abraham gave 100% of the spoils of war, the booty. He gave 10% to Melchizedek, Heb_7:1-10, of the booty of Chedorlaomer and gave the remaining 90% to the king of Sodom, Gen_14:16-24. Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils to Melchizedek once, with no record of any other occurance.

The offering usually associated with the tithe is the heave offering, Exo_29:27-28, 2Ch_31:10-14, Neh_13:4-5, and was for the priests and their family, Lev_22:12.

Both the tithe and the offering were compulsory under the Law of Moses.

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This church is similar to a Calvary Chapel. The Pastor, Ted Leavenworth, was the Associate pastor for a mega church for over 15 years. He then felt the call of the Lord to begin a new work in South Temecula which is now Reliance Church. The church is very family oriented and preaches "Simply Jesus." The worship is amazing! Most of the team comes from the Tooth & Nail band, Telecast (better known for the song "Beauty of Simplicity").

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This church is similar to a Calvary Chapel. The Pastor, Ted Leavenworth, was the Associate pastor for a mega church for over 15 years. He then felt the call of the Lord to begin a new work in South Temecula which is now Reliance Church. The church is very family oriented and preaches "Simply Jesus." The worship is amazing! Most of the team comes from the Tooth & Nail band, Telecast (better known for the song "Beauty of Simplicity").

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