It is important that we examine what the bible says concerning tithing rather than follow after every wind of doctrine and lies that are spread throughout the church. Everyone has a responsibility to search for truth by themselves because on the day of judgement, everyman will give account. You cannot blame a pastor for making mistakes (knowingly or unknowingly) that caused you to live the rest of your life not knowing the truth.
Acts 17:11 tells us that the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica because they searched the scriptures to see whether what they had been taught was true.
First Things First
The new covenant does not require the believer to pay tithe, however, there are benefits to paying tithe. You can choose to receive it or not to receive it. It is a choice. Every word in the bible has its purpose so the fact that we do not live in the old covenant does not mean the law does not matter anymore. You can either do it for a return or forget about it and live without noticeable increase. It’s simple. De facto, the same bible says that Jesus is the law and the end of the law (Romans 10:4, Matthew 5:17)…so when you have questions about the laws of the book, you know who to go to: Jesus.
It is error to think that every time someone preaches about Tithing or giving, they are trying to take your money. There are still some true prophets of God out there. Irrespective of what many false prophets are doing in the church of God, God remains the same yesterday, today and forever. God can never change. This means if He promised to bless you in the old testament and you take that word He has spoken and run with it, He will do as He has spoken. He will indeed bless you. Not by your own works, but by faith in Him & your actions that reflect your believe in what He has said. The scriptures cannot be broken.
The Principles of Tithing
Tithing simply means 10th and throughout the bible we see men and women paying their tithe to God. Even Abraham paid tithe (10th) as a King of righteousness and Peace. This means Abraham did this to fulfill righteousness. He did the right thing in the sight of God. Now if Abraham did it to fulfill righteousness, why do we have a problem doing it?
To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; -Hebrews 7:2
Clearly God has said that when you “Tithe” He will open the windows of heaven to pour you out a blessing. So whether you live in old testament or new testament, it doesn’t change what God has said He would do if you do good by this simple act.
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in. Malachi 3:10
Where is Your Seed?
Beyond what God can and will do for His ministry with Tithes, there is a personal blessing for the giver. This blessing comes from the heart of a compassionate God who wants to give away all that He has to His children. God’s giving is without measure:
- “For God so loved the world that He gave…” (John 3:16 NLT)
- “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave Him up for us all…” (Rom. 8:32 NLT)
- “Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned…” (Gal. 1:4)
Tithing shouldn’t be a mindless action. It should not be done in order to get God to pay you back but the heart of the giver should be humble, to know they owe their very existence to the One who holds their life in the palm of His hand.
Mal 3:8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ’In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation.
Pro 3:9 Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the first fruits of all your increase; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
Jacob promised a tithe to the Lord Genesis 28:22
Lev 27:30 ’And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the LORD.
1Co 16:1-2 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: (2) On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.
Mat 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The Tithing Principle in Grace
The above scriptures show that Tithing is A Principle that holds true even in grace. The same way we use scriptures in the bible as a firm foundation when we pray is the same way we use these scriptures to understand how and why God would acknowledge and appreciate your Tithe. Clearly there is a reason why God asks us to Tithe – even to cause us to flow in abundance.
There is No Harvest Without Planting!
Many people are eating what they are supposed to plant. Your seed is your tithe. It is the same way a farmer eats what he would, invests or sells what he would, and then puts away his seed for the next planting season. A farmer harvests crops for the family/to eat, then he has what he sells in the market, and then he keeps seed for next planting season. The same applies to you, you eat some of your income, invest, save, or give (another way of investing) and then you keep the seed aside (tithe). If the farmer eats his seed, he would have nothing to plant, and in turn, have no harvest. Eventually, he would go hungry, broke, poor and nothing to look forward to, in fact, he may ‘ve to beg to survive.
Many are constantly eating their seed, and then they find themselves in a place where they have to beg, borrow or use credit cards to pay for something, etc; …but before long, things would only get worse. Why? Well, if a farmer begs for seed to plant, how would he pay back the seed he borrowed? Either he hands over all of the harvest or makes a deal with the lender to keep a portion of the harvest. He would never be able to repay the same exact seed he borrowed/collected from the lender & there is no guarantee he can pay back unless there is a harvest. Simply put, if you eat your seed, you ‘re on your way to borrow, lack & want; and if you do not plant a seed, you are not entitled to a harvest. This obviously applies to giving in general, which also includes Tithing.
What Do I Pay? Is it NET or GROSS?
It is according to your heart. If you can give more than 10 percent, great!! …but don’t give because others are giving. Purpose in your heart and understand what the book says. Whether you pay net (before taxes are taken out) or gross (after taxes), it is between you and God and should be out of your heart with Joy. You do it knowing that God sees your heart.
This is not a matter to debate over, you can choose to accept it or decline it, but the proofs will always show in the life of those who obey God’s word.