Why Tithe?

This is a very important topic that often is overlooked. It’s important for the health and capability of the church and it’s also important for the well-being of the individual. It is a sad statistic to see that only about a third of church goers tithe on average. Of course there are churches with exceptions that bolster a majority of people that tithe. I’m here to explain the reluctance of Christians tithing and also why it is very critical that we all do so.

As I have mentioned before in my most popular post “Religion Weakens The Relationship,” the state of American churches these days is mediocre for the most part. There are far too many churches that have that going through the motions dead feeling. They lack a sense of focus and ambition to help communities and grow the church body. With that being said, it is no wonder that many Christians are turned off from churches all together and therefore do not tithe at all. That is a large contributing factor. The second would be that those who do attend a church like that feel that their money will not be used effectively or, even worse, corruptly. Part of this reluctance is understandable, but only for a temporary period of time. You must proactively seek a church that you enjoy, however hard it may be to find, and tithe to that church with good intentions regardless of what does happen to the money. Fortunately for my church they are very transparent and let us know where most major money goes towards weekly.

Why I feel this is a necessity is because if all Christians tithed, the power we would have to change the world would be immeasurable. Local churches starting programs for the poor nationwide and across the world would further the kingdom of God in so many ways. The tithe that you entrust to the church affects you the most, even though many people are blind to the blessings. This verse sums it up entirely as to how big of a deal tithing is to God:

Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

The Lord said the floodgates! If you are wise to trust the Lord with the first 10 percent of your finances, He will surely bless you beyond belief. The Lord also does not exaggerate. When He says the floodgates He means it. This is not to say that you will experience some miraculous lucky fortune in a month or something, but that over time you will prosper. When you look back on your life in the end you will see that the Lord was faithful to you in this promise. Even if you do not belong to a church you enjoy right now, simply tithe at any church to show your faithfulness to God with your finances.

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  1. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. -Luke 6:38 KJV

    I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” -Acts 20:35 KJV

    Most Christians have been taught that it is our duty to give one-tenth of our gross income to the church. Under this teaching, not doing so is thought to be robbing God of what is His. However, according to Bible scholars like Dr. Arnold Fructenbaum, what we have been told is a good example of what happens when people pull certain verses out of context and then misapply what they have pulled out of context. Dr. Fruchtenbaum goes on to explain,

    “First of all, the actual Mosaic tithe was not 10 percent, but 22-23 percent. That is because there were two annual tithes of 10 percent each and a third tithe every third year. The total averages out to 22-23 percent.

    Second, the tithing itself was aimed strictly at the farming community, which most Jews were a member of at that time. They had to tithe from what was grown and what was raised such as flocks.

    Anyone else outside the field of farming would simply pay the annual half shekel at Passover.

    Third, tithing was part of the Mosaic Law and therefore was only in force as long as the Mosaic Law was in force. The Mosaic Law came to an end when Messiah died on the cross.

    Fourth, the biblical principle for today’s giving is not based upon tithing, but based upon giving as the Lord has prospered. From week to week the percentile might be different depending on the obligations we have.

    Fifth, the Bible nowhere says we are to give our entire offering (not tithe) to the local church. On the contrary, we are told that we should lay it in private deposit and strictly distribute our giving as necessary.

    The certain things we are required to support would include the local church, but that does not mean they get the entire amount of our offering.

    There are other ministries we are obligated to support such as whom we learn the Word from (Galatians 6). Jewish ministries (Romans 15:25-27), and others we give to as we are led.

    There is no need to feel guilty if somebody tries to get on your case for not tithing specifically to the church. The verses they use are verses that deal with the Mosaic Law. The storehouse was in the Temple Compound where the food was stored and not the church treasury.”

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    1. lptrey says:

      That is interesting! Thank you for the comment since it adds a great deal of additional information. I know there are tithes and offerings which can both go to one’s respective church or elsewhere. I guess we just have followed the standard of our ancestors of 10 percent in America, then give offerings as we feel appropriate. I consistently tithe and occasionally give offerings to different things.

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  2. By the way, years ago, believe it was in the 70s, the church we were attending openly admitted in a congregation meeting that they were giving to communist Angela Davis. That was the end of that church ever receiving another penny of our hard earned money. It is important to know where the money you donate is going, and for what purpose it is being used…many organizations the American church gives to are pro-abortion…so one needs to be wise over where the funds donated are actually going.

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    1. lptrey says:

      For sure! My pastor is very transparent about where all money goes. He talks about each investment in the local community and around the world.

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    1. lptrey says:

      Thank you! Hope you have a blessed Friday.

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  3. hoojewale says:

    Having to teach tithing is a proof of the dearth of scriptural information in Christendom. Some pastors teach the danger in tithe collection using Pauline Galatians 3:10 “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse…..” Tithing took place in the Abrahamic dispensation of ‘the promise’. Abraham gave in honour of God. The Bible says of Melchizedek in Gen 14:19, “And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth.” In an agreement with the truism that God owns all, he gave, not out of compulsive or an obligatory decree, a tenth of his possession. He actually gave more than 10%. Let’s say the booty was 10,000grms each of: gold, silver, bronze and two others totalling 50,000grms and Abraham gave 5,000grms all in gold; just as he’d had given out of US$10,000, £10,000(sterling), €10,000, ¥10,000 and 10,000 naira, a tithe of 5,000 all in pound sterling, he’d definitely would have given more than 10% of all. As a New Testament saint anytime I make money I decide how much tithe I’ll give. It’s between the LORD and me.

    Abram taught his children how to please God so in Genesis 28:22, Jacob, his grandson said, “And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.” God deemed it fit to provide for the Levitical office à la tithings. When they defaulted He asked them, “Will a man rob God?” And He categorically told them, “Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings”; Jehovah made it crystal clear in the book of Malachi 3:8.

    The words of Solomonic Proverbs are that of everlasting truisms, one of which catechises, “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
    (10) So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine” in Proverbs 3:9-10. It’s really up to God’s children how they want to be prospered. My post “TITHING” explains better.

    Paul says in 1Corinthians 15:36-38 36) Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37) And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 38) But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.” What one puts in God’s storehouse (the Church) dies and God, through a certain mechanism, gives it what one desires. If the pastor misuses the Church’s funds you can do one of two things: try not to dwell on it (the money is no longer your’s -it’s God’s) or better still take the matter to Jesus and ask Him to give you another Church. Amen.

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    1. lptrey says:

      Amazing comment sir! You are a man well versed in the fundamentals. Wonderful verses to add on to the evidence I present from Scripture. Would you please visit my church website coastalchurch.tv. Click on the watch online tab and listen to my pastor preach. It will bring joy to your soul to see a church modeled after the book of Acts! Blessings.

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      1. hoojewale says:

        You’re most welcome, dear Lptrey. Thanks for the comments. Yes, I’ll visit your website. And…well-done!

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  4. Unidentified Believer says:

    Awesome post! As you, I too also see the importance of tithing. Why not bless the house of God? I actually read a quote and it says, “The attitude of one’s heart is significantly more important than the amount of offering in one’s hand.” Not only is tithing important but the intention is just as important. Scripture says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”. (Psa. 100:4, ESV). Not only should we tithe but we should tithe with a grateful heart. God bless!

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    1. lptrey says:

      Amen! Thank you for visiting Th3 Platform! Welcome to the community.

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    2. lptrey says:

      Get ready for another great post right now my friend called vengeance!

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      1. Unidentified Believer says:

        I look forward to reading it! I will also be posting on my page as well! Please stop by read and comment!

        https://unidentifiedbeliever.wordpress.com/

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  5. Joseph says:

    Very true

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    1. lptrey says:

      Hey Joseph! Thank you for visiting! Welcome to the community. Please check out the most popular tab!

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      1. Joseph says:

        Thank you..yes i will and definitely right articles related to yours..thank for following 🙂

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      2. lptrey says:

        Of course! I’ll read through your material sir.

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