• What Is the Kingdom Tithe?

    What Is the Kingdom Tithe?
    by Howard B. Rand

    In the Parable of the Talents (Matt. 25:14-30), Jesus made the fact clear that all that we have comes from God and He placed emphasis upon the responsibility of the individual to multiply his talents to the best of his ability. In so doing Jesus established a principle that should have its greatest impact upon the Christian. In the parable each man was given a sum to invest in the Lord's service. Those funds are our tithe.

    It stated in the parable that the allocation was made to "every man according to his several ability" (Matt. 25:15). To a certain number the Lord's tithe (10% of his increase) is a substantial sum because of their wealth or earning capacity; to others it is a moderate amount; to some it may be quite small indeed (e.g. those on pensions). But in all cases the tithe is the tenth of his increase, whether one is rich or poor.

    There is an aspect of the tithe that is largely overlooked but which is no less applicable today than when the instructions were originally given. To the Levites the directions from the Lord were: "When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it to the Lord, even a tenth part of the tithe ... and ye shall give thereof the Lord's heave offering to Aaron the priest." (Num. 18:26-28).

    The Levitical order of priests included the governmental administrators, while the priestly order of Aaron officiated only in the tabernacle or temple. Therefore, the division of the tithe (tenth) is given as it was to be apportioned: the "heave offering for the Lord, even a tenth part of the tithe" was one tenth for tabernacle or temple (or church) purposes; nine-tenths of the tenth were for Kingdom functions.

    Because the Kingdom of God is not as yet re-established upon the earth, many apparently suppose that this apportionment is not now applicable. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is the epoch during which the proclamation of the Gospel of the Kingdom is to go forth and the Kingdon tithe, all of it, should be devoted to this work. When it is withheld, or any part of it, the extension of the Kingdom evangel is correspondingly hindered.

    Today there is a stirring among the people, evidenced by a greater desire to know the meaning of these days in which we live. There is a rising demand for information and this must be met in the only way which is truly effective, and that is through the written word. That involves the production of books, pamphlets and other literature, which is the work to which we and others are committed. We are the only source of the kind of literature, properly presented, that will supply the need for factual information. Our literature has brought enlightenment to a great audience of people, in many places of the world, but many more doors of opportunity are opening now, particularly in our land. To meet this heightened demand, books and booklets must be prepared, for the written word will go where the spoken word is not or cannot be heard. Furtheimore, this form of witnessing will continue long after the spoken word has receded into silence.

    The matter of the use of the tithe, particularly the Kingdom Tithe, is of paramount importance to the overcomer, for the dividends which accrue from its investment will denote the place of each citizen, according to his heavenly wealth, in the restored Kingdom of God upon the earth. Let no man turn an indifferent ear to the warning of the Prophet Malachi (3:8) that to withhold the tithe is to rob God. Surely those who are fully cognizant of the importance of the Gospel of the Kingdom will not risk such a severe condemnation. Rather, let us see to it that the Kingdom work of the Lord benefits by our tithe. By so doing we will be assured that our reward in His Kingdom will be in the proportion that the Lord has promised.