I understand that this is a contentious subject, but it is only a coward who avoids controversies. Last month, I wrote an article on this website about three reasons why Christians do not pay tithes. I promised to provide a balanced viewpoint, and I intend to deliver on that promise with this piece. It is now up to you to compare the two competing viewpoints and choose the one that you are most confident of. Remember that there are repercussions of any step you take. This is not meant to scare anybody. I am neither a priest nor the son of an overseer. I simply believe in stating facts and assisting people in making informed decisions. I consider Christians to have moved on from the age-old debate about whether or not to pay tithes. Throughout Jesus' earthly ministry, he was never caught up in this diversion. How is it that we can be so preoccupied and yet be at ease? Is this generation aware of the gospel's significance? The only way to know for sure is to wait and see.
Now for the main topic: tithing. There are several reasons, in my opinion, why Christians should pay their tithes without a doubt. People should argue endlessly about why they should not pay tithe because they have no idea what it is used for. Financial stability is needed for a ministry to be effective. If this is the case, the funds must come from among the brothers. Begging gentiles for financial assistance is an insult to the body of Christ. Would they doubt the God we pretend to worship? A tenth of a percent is just too small a percentage to ignore God's work.
Judas Iscariot also presided over the treasury department of our Lord Jesus Christ. The tax collector, Matthew, finally boarded the train. This indicates that he had a well-balanced group of financial experts on his staff. Despite the fact that money was never an issue in his dealings with them, their needs were met. If you're close to your church's leadership, you'll be able to see how much money the church is investing to keep growing. Giving also makes it possible for us to receive God's blessings. We can't ask God to bless us more if we keep being selfish for what we have. The church engages in evangelism, pays employee wages, prints handbills, feeds the hungry, and participates in other community activities. How are all of these things possible without your tithe? Are you asking God to accomplish all of this through a non-member? The church must remain true until Jesus returns for the second time.
I used to believe that most pastors live off of the generosity of their congregations, but closer examination revealed that this is not the case. If our money is being used to purchase jets and lavish rides, the wonderful things that are happening in church and the regular expansion will not be possible. Much of the time, we blame them for getting things that were given to them by members like us. This is not to absolve them all of blame, but merely to state the facts.
The following are some biblical explanations why every Christian should tithe to God:
Tithing had been in existence before Mosaic law: Opponents of tithing sometimes argue that it is an Old Testament principle that does not extend to us. This is a naive statement. Genesis 14 contains the first mention of tithing. In Genesis 28, Jacob also promised to pay tithe. According to some historians, Jacob and Abraham were merely following the rules of the land in which they found themselves.
When you read Gen 26:5, you'll notice that this isn't the case. Abraham, God said, followed God's commandments and rules rather than the laws of the people. As a result, tithing has God's blessing and is not merely a ritual. God kept the first family accountable for the kind of offering they made as early as Genesis 4. Cain and Abel is a well-known tale. Bible scholars have discovered a way to relate Abel's offering to tithe, claiming that this was the basis on which it was appropriate to God. The importance of tithing is stressed in the Old Testament. I understand that some of you would say that the Old Testament does not bind you, but that is a callous claim. Why would you want to avoid the obligations that come with it if you can happily say the blessings that come with it? The Bible is incomplete without the Old Testament.
God is the rightful owner of your tithe: When you pay your tithe, you recognize God's majesty and sovereignty over your body; when you pay your tithe, you recognize God's majesty and sovereignty over your life. You're clearly expressing your acceptance of Him as the Provider. It shouldn't be a concern if He gives you a hundred percent and asks you to return just one-tenth of it. This truth does not need to be taught to us by Bishop David Oyedepo, Pastor E. A Adeboye, or Pastor W.F Kumuyi before we accept it. It is, in this sense, a rule that must be followed. Leviticus 27:30 demonstrates this. Although we will abandon the ritual aspect of tithing after Jesus' arrival, the fundamental need to pay our tithe remains in place to this day. This is the most important direct assistance we can provide to the Kingdom. Malachi 3 backs up this viewpoint. It's important to remember that tithing is the absolute minimum that any Christian can offer. We are also encouraged to help the needy and other actions that will bring honor to God's name in II Corinthians 8 and 9. The simple tithe, however, must be paid to the church. Also, as a way of demonstrating that tithe belongs to God, Malachi 3:6-12 expresses the damage we cause Him by not paying tithe. Non-tithers are referred to as "robbers" by him. That is a powerful term! In the same passage, God says we should tempt Him with it in an odd way, and then promises to shower us with blessings. If you don't believe in it, there's no point in calling people names. You still need further revelation from God's word!
Tithing was never condemned by Jesus: Some people I know have always said that when Jesus was on earth, he did not approve of tithing. A quick look through the Bible reveals that he was aware of tithing but never condemned it; he only requested that it not be the primary concern of a Christian. You will find these verses in Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42.
The opponents of tithing will argue that the Master was only referring to the scribes and Pharisees, but I can assure you that he was speaking to each and every one of us. He would have said it explicitly if the law was not binding on us. You will find proof in Mark 7:19.
I wasn't sent by anybody, but I felt compelled to disagree with reality and biblical truths. Don't condemn those who practice seed sowing and harvesting if you don't believe in the idea.
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