Tithing has been a controversial issue and God's word in His holy book gives the final conclusion on it. Ephesians 2:20 says " And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner Stone. Below are my convictions and conclusions based on God's word for man.
1. To Honour God. Proverbs 3:9,10 says " Honour the Lord with your substance, and with the first fruits of all your increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty and your presses shall burst out with new wine'. This is a commandment to Honour the Lord with our substance, which could be money, food, clothes etc inform of tithe giving or alms giving to Honour God. The Bible tells us who to give our substance to in honour of God. Proverbs 14:31 says " He who oppresses the poor reproaches his maker, but he who honour him has mercy on the poor".
2. To do good. James 4:17 says " Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is a sin". Tithing is not a sin, it's a good thing, and good things should be done. It is not mention anywhere in the scriptures that tithing is a sin. Romans 4:23 says " But he who is uncertain ( about a particular thing) is condemned if he eats, because he is not acting from faith. Whatever is not from faith is sin(whatever is done with doubt is sinful)". So giving of tithe must be done by faith being a good thing. Not tithing doesn't make you a sin because we are not under the law but under grace. Matthew 23:23 says " work unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you pay the tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgement, mercy, and faith: these ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone". Here Tithe is mentioned to be done along side other weightier matters of the law which are judgement, mercy, and faith.
3. To fulfill the righteousness of the law. Romans 8:4 says " That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit". Also Acts 10:34, 35 says" Then Peter opened his mouth, and said , Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him". Also Acts 10:1, 2 says " There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, a devout man, and one that feard God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and pray to God alway".
3. To keep God's commandments. Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14 says " Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. The most important thing is to fear God, honour him, keep his commandments. If Tithing is a good thing and you have faith in it, then do it. And if it's alms giving and doing good you have faith in, just do it.
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