To Tithe Is To Put God First

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Tithing is the practical and consistent way that we put God first in our lives and develop healthy spiritual habits. 

If I say, “Jesus You are my Lord and God; You are first in my life,” and then put Him last in my budget, that’s a contradiction that cannot be justified in light of scripture.

Tithing is the tangible way that we put God first in our lives and clearly establish our priorities and who we are serving.

Bring this tithe to eat before the Lord your God at the place he shall choose as his sanctuary; this applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn of your flocks and herds.”

The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.

Deuteronomy 14:23 (LB) read more

Giving Back

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Tithing is the spiritual practice of giving back to God the first 10% of all that we earn.

The word “tithe” comes from the number “ten” in Hebrew, and means a tenth. So simply put, for every $10 I earn or receive, the first dollar belongs to the Lord.

Here is the most famous verse used to teach and support the principle of tithing, and can be heard in most churches on a regular basis.

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!

Try it!

Put me to the test! Malachi 3:10 (NLT) read more

Is Tithing For Today?

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Here are some of the big and ongoing questions and arguments by those who oppose the concept and practice of tithing: 
“Should Christians tithe?"
 
“Tithing is an Old Testament practice limited to those who are under the law.” 
 
“New Testament giving is under grace, and all by grace, so there are no set requirements.” 

And one of the stronger accusations, 
 
“Tithing is the way pastors and churches manipulate people into giving their money.”
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10 Reasons We Believe In Tithing

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We tithe because the first and the best belong to the Lord.

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We tithe because wisdom cries out that we should.

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 We tithe because New Testament believers gave a percentage of their income consistently and generously.

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We tithe because Jesus never negated or abolished the practice of tithing.

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We tithe because it is a starting point for New Testament giving.

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We tithe because it releases the blessings of God.

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We tithe because of grace, but we are not legalistic!

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We tithe because it all belongs to God in the first place.

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We tithe because it’s remained the established doctrine and practice of great leaders and churches throughout history.

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We tithe because one day we will give an account!

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A Few Common Questions 

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Q: What if I don’t have the faith or desire to give a full 10% of my income? Am I in sin?

A: This is a heart issue, and ultimately between you and the Lord.

I can understand someone who is struggling to pay bills, or brand new in their walk with the Lord, taking a while to wrap their mind and heart around the biblical standards of giving.

I think God looks at each person’s journey, maturity, obedience, and heart motivations. So with that said, only the Lord could say who is sinning and who is simply growing in their giving. read more
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Q: I’ve heard it said that if I don’t tithe, I’m robbing God and under a curse. Does God actually curse non-tithers?

A:  This is where my answer will vary from some of the “hardline tithing preachers”. So, here it is:
Technically, no, God does not curse New Testament believers. Yet, in principle, it does happen but it’s a matter of semantics.

Let me explain. The curse in the New Testament could be explained and experienced as a lack or absence of blessing. The net results may appear the same. 1 Corinthians tells us that if we “sow sparingly we will reap sparingly”.

Proverbs tells us that “the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller”. So whether we call it a curse or absence of blessing, the results are not good.
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Q: My husband does not attend church and forbids me to tithe, so am I disobeying God if I don’t? Should I ignore my husband and honor God anyway?

A:  You should respect and honor your husband. He is the head of the household and will give an account before God.

I would recommend letting him know that you’d like to tithe and honor God according to scripture, but that you will submit to his decision.

God will work in his heart if you will honor and respect his leadership, and perhaps you can give from your personal income or however God increases you personally. read more
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Q: Where do I send my tithe? Does it all go to my local church or can I divide it up as I please (i.e. charitable organizations, my son’s Christian school tuition, my brother-in- law’s missions trip)?

A: The Bible tells us to “bring all the tithe into the storehouse”. This means the local church or place where you are being spiritually fed.

If you do not have a local church, then I guess you could give to the various ministries you’re receiving teaching and encouragement from, but I would strongly recommend everyone get planted in a healthy local church, bring the tithe to that storehouse, and give beyond that amount in offerings as the Lord leads you. read more
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Q: Is it wrong for preachers to tell poor people or widows to tithe?

A:  Of course not! God wants to bless the poor under the same promises that He wants to bless the middle class and the rich.

While it is wrong to put pressure on people to give, it would be cruel to not challenge people to trust God with their giving so they can see things turn around in their life.

In other words, if these promises and principles don’t work for the poor, they don’t work for anyone! God said to “test me in this”, and He always passes the test. read more
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Q: What if I tithe 3% or 5%? Is that okay with the Lord?

A: Well, technically, giving 5% would not be a tithe, as tithe literally means 10%, but I understand the question. I think everyone should start where their faith is and move up from there.

So if you can, in faith, commit to giving 3% of your income this year with hopes of moving it up to 5% next year, I think God will take you up on that. At the same time, I don’t think mature believers who are living under the blessing of God should stop at 10%.

 Remember this is not a legal requirement but a starting point for Biblical generosity. I do not think God would condemn anyone who is attempting to bring a consistent percentage of their finances, but I would encourage you to examine your heart, be honest before the Lord, and do your best to increase your giving as God prospers you. read more

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It's not about the money.  That is all God's.  It is about our heart and obedience.

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