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Tithing Binds Many Christians, Why?

March 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 302

Why are so many Christians bound by tithing? A tithe means one-tenth. It is not sacred, merely a tenth. Why do people refuse to study the Bible to see God's truth on this subject? They insist it is today's biblical standard. Nevertheless, that is an intellectual exercise because the average giving is less than five percent.

After I present the truth about tithing to various groups, they tell me it is a "different way of thinking." These folks agree with the Scriptures that tithing under the Mosaic Law was a tax on farmers alone, designed to serve three specific purposes: (1) provide for Levites Numbers 18:21-32, (2) celebrate and revere the Lord, Deuteronomy 14:23-27, and (3) feed the less fortunate in society, Deuteronomy 14:28-29. Still, they find several dubious reasons to continue to cling to, but not practice that belief.

The issue is beyond a new or different way of thinking. It is a journey to find the truth.

The tithing law ended when Jesus rose from the dead. Read the Scriptures, particularly Hebrews chapters seven and eight; you will see clearly that tithing does not apply today.

Folks, Christians have the Holy Spirit to show us the truth. Tithing does not apply today; this is true. Therefore, decide if you want the truth, and then, look through the Bible, and you will find it. After this, ask the Lord to show you how to adjust your lifestyle. You will have to move from North America's trinity of me, myself, and I, and from prosperity gospel teachings.

When you view tithing as a "way of thinking," subconsciously, you see keeping 90% as the "way of living." When you see that tithing does not apply today as the truth, you will see the right way to handle God's money. After that, the goal becomes a journey with the Lord to adjust your lifestyle to conform to His truth.

If we say God owns everything, we mean we must manage 100% of lifestyle decisions as His steward. This is another way to say tithing would show an inappropriate response to God's ownership of 100%. The real question is this: what does stewarding 100% of God's money looks like? It is the lifestyle of God's steward. That's the essence of managing God's money for His glory.

In North America, we have a major problem because we live in silos. We have a money-life, a church-life, a work-life, and so on. Therefore, we separate handling money from following Jesus according to the Scriptures.

As well, many TV preachers distort the word and tell us that we deserve more and better. These preachers knowingly or unknowingly, take Malachi 3:10 out of context to appeal to people's greed. They ignore the truth that this verse refers to priests who were ripping off God's portion as stated in Malachi chapter one. They neglect to tell you that in Malachi 3:10, God challenged these priests to do what's right according to Deuteronomy 11:26-28. After that, He said He would bless their obedience. It is their obedience that He promised to bless. Instead of teaching this truth, these preachers tell you the lie that you should give, and you will get; the more you give the more you get. Nonsense!

These preachers will have to account to God for this distortion. No doubt, they teach this tithing misinformation because it is a "more certain" way to get funds.How else do we explain the popularity of tithing? People hear this teaching so often that it seeps into their psyche.

Some preachers tell me if they spoke the facts about today's giving standard, many folks would stop giving. What is this standard? Apostle Paul tells us the way to give in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9. Each person should decide to give, and God loves a cheerful giver. We do not have to give, but God will hold us accountable for our actions. His activity needs funding, and Christians should seek Him to know how much to give to His work.

Jesus says when we seek Him, we will find Him. I am confident that people willing to hear God's truth, with a heart submitted to God, will understand that tithing is one of the simplest areas of Scripture to understand, in context. I found this truth as a baby Christian, when I asked God to show me the truth.

Never is tithing taught or mentioned in the New Covenant after Jesus' death and resurrection. I repeat, it was not taught or practiced. In the book of Acts in the New Covenant, we see people presenting all they had. They did not tithe.

After Jesus' death and resurrection, each of His children became priests (1 Peter 2-5-9). Besides, it removed the need for animal sacrifice. That's why tithing cannot apply today. Its purpose ended. However, it existed when He was alive.

I suggest each person considers this in stages. Search the Scriptures for yourself. As you go, look for God's truth. This might be difficult to receive, tough to apply, even a different way of thinking. Nevertheless, ask God to show you what is true. Jesus says, He is truth and whoever seeks truth is his follower whom he will never leave. After you decide that tithing is true, ask the Lord to show you how to apply it. You will be stuck in a rut if you view applying God's ownership of 100% as difficult, instead of as truth.

In my years in ministry, I see nothing that binds people as much as tithing. I pray that you will see God's truth, and it will set you free.

Copyright (C) 2012, Michel A. Bell

Michel A. Bell is an author, speaker, founder and president of Managing God's Money, and a former senior business executive. For more Christian financial advice, and tithing visit:

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