Tithing: Answering a few questions

Its Friday! Did you get paid today?

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If so are you going to tithe any of it? Will you give any of it to charity? This makes me think of a conversation that I had with a friend of mine. She is getting close to making six figures so she asked me:

Do we really have to tithe 10% or is that just something made up at church?

This is a great question! I knew a little bit about this subject,but not a ton mainly from my pastor so I immediately started doing some research. The scripture that always comes to mind is this one from Malachi.

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. Malachi 3:10

My pastor always uses this one but it makes sense, its the only scripture I know that God says to test me on this. Pouring out blessings?! Yes please!

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Why do we tithe?

Tithing is showing God we trust him with our money and finances. There are lots of scriptures to back this up. People always start making distinctions between Old Testament and New Testament when we start talking about tithing. From my research it doesn’t look like the New Testament gets into amounts as much as the Old Testament. It still talks about giving though.

Giving encourages a grateful and generous spirit and can help steer us away from being greedy or loving money too much.”-Dave Ramsey

Do we really have to give 10% or is that made up?

Did you know that tithe literally means 10th in Hebrew. I never knew that.

Does God care how much we tithe?

In reading the New Testament, it doesn’t seem like God cares how much you give. I think he cares more about your attitude while you are giving. God doesn’t technically need your money. Its already his anyway, he just wants to see you give back to him what was his in the first place. Don’t hold onto your money like Dave Chappelle in this gif.

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You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:7‭-‬8 NLT

Does it have to be 10% to the church or can I give to charity?

The internet seems to be split on this. Some sources said it should be the church because the “storehouse” that is referenced in Malachi is the church, while others say giving is giving, it doesn’t matter where you give it. Dave Ramsey says if you aren’t giving to the church its not tithing, but I can’t find enough research to support either one of those views.

Final thoughts:

I would say give to the church first that way you can see where your money is going.

Give what you can and feel comfortable with. God is always happy about small beginnings. The longer you give the more you are going to eventually want to do anyway


Resources

https://www.openbible.info/topics/giving_10_percent

https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/daves-advice-on-tithing-and-giving

2 thoughts on “Tithing: Answering a few questions

  1. This is such an important topic. Its inspiriting me to do further study and research myself. I hope you will continue to do more study in the scriptures about it and write even more blog post. I say study the scriptures because I wouldn’t trust the internet. lol. It would be so cool to see your understanding of this develop over time. I found that the topics that I applied a careful study of using the scriptures and prayer to the Lord and stuck with for a long period of time God gave me so much revelation on. As far as tithes my mind is pretty made up about giving it to the church or at least a ministry since we aren’t gathering in buildings as much any more but even a designated t.v. ministry in my estimation could count and be considered as God leads. I’ve been tithing to a broadcast, The Jewish Jesus and have been extremely blessed ever since. I’ve heard all kinds of teachings now even coming from Christians against tithing but as stated because of the personal revelation the Lord gave me, my mind is made up so I don’t care what they say. I’ve seen the differences in my life as far as access to resources, finances, etc based on how I handled the tithe. I don’t believe in coincidence that the two incidents would always coincide. So if its not broke then don’t fix it. The other part to that is I know its not just tithes that made the difference but my walk with Christ overall, tithes is just one small piece of the overall relationship. One way that God broke it down to me before, that I share in my 3rd book, The Marriage Purpose is that giving tithes along with sowing seeds shows God that we put Him over money. He is first and most important. We worship God, not money and the tithe is a symbol of that. Just some of the things He’s revealed on the topic. Thanks for sharing this post. God bless

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