If you have been following the ministry of God's servant Kenneth Copeland, you would have known that right now, he is hosting a mega program, where a lot of ministers from the word of faith movement have come to minister the word of God to the people.
In one of the sessions, Kenneth Copeland made a statement which we would be examining today for scriptural accuracy. He said that we don't have to tithe, rather, we are privileged to tithe. Let's begin our analysis of this statement.
First of all, this article would not be about the never ending debate of whether or not tithing is an obligation for the christian under grace. I am of the opinion that 10% of your increase should not be a problem for you to give, if you consider all that God has given up for you. I believe that the reason why we give is because God gave to us first. The Bible says in 1 John, we love because he first loved us.
With that premise, I am reminded of the word of God in the book of Psalms. There, David announced that the earth belongs to God and everything in it. In fact, God made this statement clear when he said that the cattle upon a thousand hills belong to him, and if he got hungry, he wouldn't even tell us. I think it's an established fact that God owns everything in the universe.
If God owns everything, then what about us? What can you say about the resources that we have? You know, Jesus told several parables about how faithful servants are rewarded. Top on the list is the parable of the talents, where the man who was given 5 talents traded with his and made more, and was rewarded for his efforts, while the man who was given only 1, did nothing with it and was punished. Furthermore, I can remember in 1 Corinthians 4:2, that Paul said;
"Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful."
The truth is this: if God owns everything in this universe, then anything we have was given to us by him. And that makes us stewards of his resources.
So, what makes it a privilege for us to give to God?
I believe it is a privilege to tithe because it was a privilege to receive some of God's resources in the first place. You know, God doesn't have to give us anything. In fact, judging from our many terrible sins, God will be justified in leaving us alone. But that was not the case. He chose to rain his blessings on us, and that makes it a privilege.
Kenneth Copeland is scripturally accurate in what he said. If it was a privilege for us to receive from God, then it is a privilege for us to pay our tithes to him.
I believe David properly expressed all these in the book of 1 Chronicles 29:14, where he said;
"But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee."
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