This is a controversial topic for many christians (especially pastors who depend on it in some cases) but I want to look at the doctrine of tithing. Please don’t stone me as I believe this is what the Holy Spirit taught me:
I think I read recently that about 10% of christians tithe to the church. (Ironic as tithe means 10%!) Could this low number be because tithing is not actually a grace doctrine? People say, well Abraham tithed and he wasn’t under Law. Please apply that interpretation consistently: I hope you get circumcised this Sunday! Ouch!
Again, people say: “if your don’t tithe then God won’t bless you!” Wrong, you are already blessed. (Ephesians 1:3). If you feel that you are not experiencing blessing however, then start operating in faith because that’s how every blessing in the Bible is received.
Anyway, if you want to teach on giving, the church, charities and such like, do need resourcing. They need your help. God doesn’t need you to give; not to him (He has no need of money) – the church and ministries do! You are blessing the saints! (2 Corinthians 9:1) By the way, there is no difference in the New Covenant between tithes and offerings!
Its good to give!
In fact, this is the scripture to preach from if you want to encourage giving in the church because it clearly shows that giving is a grace gift – its good to give! We have received abundantly so let’s give abundantly. That’s the first principle. That’s our motivation.
2 Corinthians 9:15 “Thanks be to God of His indescribable gift”
Secondly, there is a link between our prosperity and our generosity. If you want to stay poor because your mean like scrooge – go ahead; It doesn’t take any faith to stay there!
2 Corinthians 9:6 “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully”
Thirdly, the amount you give is what YOU decide: 2 Corinthians 9:7 “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver”
Therefore, if you want to give a tithe (10%) then great! However the principle is that under grace you decide and it must be done with joy – else you might as well not bother! If like me, your in business, then your income may vary each week; it may even be quite difficult to work it out anyway, so giving under this kind of grace freedom is a blessing.
2 Corinthian 9: 8 “An God is able to make all grace abound towards you, that you always having all sufficiency in all things may have abundance FOR every good work”
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