I have noticed that tithing today is being handled in churches the way the Jews of old used to handle circumcision. The overall point was to get people to return to the law, but today with money being involved, it’s also used to make those with covetous hearts rich. When some church people see other Christians talk about how with proper understanding and keeping in proper context, tithing is NOT something God requires of anybody today, many people in the church who swear by tithing conclude that person is saying that about tithing because they’re either stingy or rebellious or not even saved. I am so tired of hearing people say foolish things like, “I’ve been tithing for years and it’s worked for me.” “We have to sow (give) a seed (money) for blessings from God” or “Should a man rob God?” or “You’re the only person I hear saying tithing isn’t required by God” or “The Pastor said…” as arguments when told the Biblical truth on tithing. The last argument I hate the most as it shows that person’s faith and trust lies in the wisdom of man instead of in the power and infallible word of God.
NEVER do these people display any information that shows they actually studied this topic thoroughly and sought understanding from God ALONE and not their pastor or theology class instructor, they only parrot scriptures they heard the Pastor say or other tithing church folk say and they say it with such passion and various testimonials of the benefits of tithing that if you were somebody wanting to know the truth you would probably side with them. They present these testimonials in such a way that it reminds me so much of those testimonials people give when trying to get somebody to join a Pyramid Scheme or a weight loss regimen. Sadly, instead of going to the word of God and praying for understanding, many undecided people base their decision on whether to tithe or not on these testimonials.
I refute this lie not because I am cheap, selfish, rebellious, or not saved, or trying to be contentious or divisive, but because I am concerned with people knowing the truth the way God intended it to be understood and no other way. Speaking out against tithing is not about trying to discourage people from giving, it is actually intended to remove incorrect teaching and replace it with the correct teaching on how God wants us to give TODAY. Paul states the correct form of giving God requires today in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
That scripture alone COMPLETELY contradicts the teaching that God (requires) a set amount from us today, it also starts of urging people to give generously. This is what I hold to, and so do many others who teach on this. How can we be stingy or mean when we agree and encourage this very scripture with supports not only giving but generous giving. It’s important to note that this scripture doesn’t specify where to give in regard to a gathering in Church (although Christians are encouraged to put other brethren first when giving) we can give to whomever we chose and see is in need otherwise, not only for the church. Paul said in that scripture we are to give as we purpose (freely choose) to give in our individual hearts. So, why do people keep going to that Malachi scripture about should a man rob God, offer ya tithes and watch the windows of heaven open etc etc etc? Because they are parroting what many Pastors teach on the topic. Careful, prayerful study will reveal the truth on this topic and all others that many do not understand. ” Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15.