Asking, “Do I have to tithe” is like asking “Do I have to change the oil on my car” or “Do I have to take a bath?” etc. Some things you can avoid temporarily but the long term consequences will eventually catch up with you. You will have a breakdown, not because of a one time decision but because of a pattern of refusal.
The tithe was a part of the Old Testament culture. It was not an offering. It was not charity. It was a gift that was to be brought into the temple even when the temple was corrupt. The simplest and most familiar verse is this,
((Malachi 3:10 KJV) Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.The tithe was the beginning point of giving. Understand that the word “tithe” means ten percent. You cannot tithe five percent. You either follow the directions or you don’t.
If you don’t tithe will you go to Hell? Not because of that. Will there be people in Hell who tithed. Yes, but not because of that.
Some people will say that the New Testament does not teach tithing. That is a half truth. Look at these words of Jesus:
(Luke 11:42 KJV) But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.The subject is tithing on even the small things. The problem is that they were substituting tithing for other acts of obedience. Notice the words of Jesus: “these ought ye to have done.” Please don’t tell me that Jesus did not believe in the tithe. He approved but is trying to keep it in context and not let it be a substitute for deeper obedience.
Should you be concerned about this issue? I know of some people who give away more than ten percent to people in need. I can accept that they are giving out of obedience to God. They are not the ones God is cocking His eyebrows at. I believe that most people who reject the tithe do so because they don’t want to let go of the money, not because the principle is flawed. They try to hide behind “we are not under law, we are under grace” when the real issue is selfishness and obedience.
God doesn’t want you to give out of guilt or fear. What He wants is a heart so full of praise and a mind so aware of blessings that the tithe becomes the beginning point of response, not a goal you hope you never must reach.
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