Tithes and Offerings!!! Lets discuss it! Should Christians??

Answer: Friends many Christians struggle deeply with the issue of tithing. In some churches, I DO believe… tithing is over-emphasized. At the same time, many Christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the Lord. Tithing/giving is intended to be a powerful joy and a blessing. Well, Sadly, that is sometimes simply….not the case in the church today. IT SHOULD BE!!! lets look at it!

Ok, Here we go…Tithing IS an Old Testament concept. The tithe was a requirement of the law in which all Israelites were to give 10 percent…10% of EVERYTHING they earned and grew to the Tabernacle/Temple….Right? YEP! (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5). Ok, In fact, the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes which would have pushed the total to around 23.3 percent or so, not the 10 percent which is generally considered the tithe amount in todays churches. Some understand the Old Testament tithe as a method of taxation to provide for the needs of the men of God, the priests and Levites in the sacrificial system in former times. OK, with that…Here we GO….The New Testament NOWHERE commands, or even recommends, that Christians submit to a legalistic tithe system of the old covenant….. Paul states that believers should set aside a portion of their income in order to support the church (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Hold on…stay with me;) Here we go…

The New Testament nowhere designates a percentage of income a person should set aside, but ONLY says it is to be “IN KEEPING WITH INCOME” (1 Corinthians 16:2). Some in the Christian church have taken the 10 percent figure from the Old Testament tithe and applied it as a “recommended minimum” for Christians in their giving today. The New Testament talks about the importance and benefits of GIVING….GIVING…. We are to give as we are ABLE!!!. Sometimes that means giving MORE….MORE!!!!!! than 10 percent; sometimes that may mean giving LESS as well. It all depends on the ABILITY of the Christian and the NEEDS of the/YOUR church. Every Christian should diligently pray and seek God’s wisdom in the matter of participating in tithing and/or how much to give (James 1:5). Above all, all tithes and offerings SHOULD BE GIVEN with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the body of Christ. “Each manSHOULD GIVE what HE has decided in his heart to give, NOT reluctantly or under compulsion, …..now listen…..for God LOVES a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7) and will replenish you!!!! You take care of Gods business and he WILL take care of YOURS!!!

Hang in there now;)

Tithing….lets dig into this. The 10 percenters;)

Tithing is the practice…THE PRACTICE of giving away 10% of your income (tithe means “tenth”), usually to a charitable cause. Some people absolutely swear by the practice of tithing and consider it integral to the process of wealth creation.

True Benefits of tithing do include:

Overcoming scarcity thinking. Tithing helps you develop a greater sense of abundance. By giving away 10% of your income, you’re programming your subconscious to believe in abundance thinking. This can make you more open and receptive to receiving money. If you think abundance, you’re more likely to experience abundance.
Supporting a worthy cause. If the money you tithe is put to GOOD use, you can financially support a cause that’s important to you!!.
Achieve greater wealth. Whenever you earn more money, your tithes increase as well, so your cause(s) receive greater financial support. This can be extremely motivating for some people.

Well, I Personally think some people get too caught up in the specific practice of tithing and lose sight of its real purpose. Too often I see people feeling guilty about not tithing (or not tithing enough). Or they develop a love-hate relationship with the practice, feeling compelled to tithe even though they have mixed feelings about it. They feel they should tithe, but they don’t completely want to tithe.

It’s perfectly OK not to tithe!! here me….ITS OK!. If you don’t feel a desire to tithe, don’t beat yourself up about it. Let go of the guilt, and forgive yourself. Not tithing doesn’t make you a bad person!

BUT!,

Tithing must BE DONE from a state of abundance. If you harbor thoughts of scarcity as you tithe, then tithing will only become a source of incongruence and pain for you.

Consider the true purpose of tithing. The purpose of tithing is to SERVE the highest good of all. But tithing is only one of many ways to serve the highest good, certainly not the only way. There are many other ways to serve the greater good. Here are some ideas family:

Give time. Donate time to a cause you find is worthy. Perform an act of service.
Give information. Write articles or start a blog to share your knowledge freely with others who may benefit by it.
Give talents. Use your skills to help someone who can’t afford to pay for them.
Give acknowledgement. Smile at people. Give someone a kind word today. Acknowledge a job well done.
Give encouragement. Be supportive of those around you. Let others know you care about them.
Give thoughts. Intend the best for other people. Pray or meditate for others if those practices have meaning for you.
Give touch. Give someone a pat on the back, a handshake, or a hug. Give a massage. Give a night of wild passion.

Money is NOT the only way to give. In somes opinion money is actually the weakest form of giving in comparison to the above. I find MONEY and OTHER forms of giving to all be enjoyable.

The intention you put into your giving is more important than the particular means of giving. GIVE!! Give in a manner which makes you feel good, not guilty. And if you don’t currently have a viable outlet for giving that aligns with your values and makes you feel good, then put out the intention for a new outlet for giving to come into your life. Find a GOOD Bible based church or organization and SUPPORT IT through your Giving!:)

Beyond Tithing

As I’ve driven myself to shed scarcity thinking, I eventually dropped the practice of tithing in favor of aligning my entire life with what I perceive to be the highest good of all. I realized that if I’m giving money to a worthy cause, then perhaps I’m also telling myself that my own life is inherently a less worthy cause. This isn’t necessarily true of you, but when I looked within I saw that it was true of me. I felt better about the 10% I was giving away than the 90% I was using myself. I knew I could do better than that.

Instead of tithing to “better” causes, I wanted my life to become a tithe-worthy cause of its own. It saddened me to feel that only 10% of my money was serving the greater good. Sure it’s better than 0%, but why not 20% or 50% or even 100%? In order to reach those higher percentages, I had to transform my work completely, which I consciously did last year when moving from game development to personal development. In this capacity I feel I’m able to serve the greater good more directly and purposefully.

I no longer think in terms of giving vs. receiving. They’ve become the same thing for me.

There is a place where giving is painless and receiving is selfless. Find that place in your own life, and move towards it. As you do this, your scarcity thinking will dissolve, and a mindset of abundance will flow through your reality.

OK….To round up!

There is NO Biblical support for tithing today under the New Covenant, pertaining to us and God, which was made possible by the death and ressurrection of Jesus. Tithing was a system under the old covenant to support the priesthood. Back then, everyone was commanded to give 10% of their increase to the priesthood, so the priests could perform their duties without worrying about how they were going to make a living.
Nowhere in the New Testament do we find anyone tithing under the New Covenant. Yes, there is giving, but that is different. Yes, there is a quote by Jesus to the Pharisees concerning tithing:
Matthew 23:23
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone”.
So He was saying they should have been tithing. Why? Because….He was speaking to people who were under the Old Covenant…those who had been commanded to tithe. It was their duty to support the priesthood. Support YOUR PRIESTHOOD!!
The scripture reference in Malachi was written to those under the Old Covenant, not Christians today;

HOWEVER!!!!!!! …I believe it’s message is valid to us today: God will bless the GIVER!!! GOD WILL BLESS THE GIVER!!!!

Now….having said all of the above….

I have to say that the New Testament DOES teach giving!! DOES TEACH GIVING!!!…..and plenty of it!

Will God be angry with you, if you decide to live under Old Testament law, and tithe 10% of your income….thereby putting yourself under a portion of the Old Covenant? I doubt it, I SAY NOT…because it is still a form of GIVING, albeit that’s being very legalistic, I know. There is no law that applies today, from the Bible, regarding tithing, that we must follow. There is, however, again…plenty of NT scripture regarding GIVING. We ought to learn to give cheerfully, not grudgingly, because the Bible says God loves those kinds of people…
So is it wrong to give 10%? No…it’s not wrong…nothing wrong with that at all. But…you can’t say it’s required either. But, IT WOULD BE FAR BETTER IF YOU GAVE MORE!!! TRUST! TAKE CARE OF GOD BUSINESS AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOUR!!!!!!!!!!! BE BLESSED AND GIVE!

lets talk about it. I hope this helped someone!

Blessing! Give, Stand and be counted! Receive the rewards of a faithful giver! Glory!

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