Tithing is Not of God

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We all know that when Jesus was crucified at Calvary “The Law” was nailed to the cross.  No matter how you look at it tithing (or the giving of 10% of your income) was part of the law and it is therefore an old testament principal. Yet, why do so many preachers teach that we are FREE from the law yet preach tithing?  It is because they can’t completely trust God or His people to rightly give to the church.  

They operate out of fear – not faith, control – not trust, condemnation  – not freedom.  

If pastors were to truly begin to teach that the tithe is Old Testament half the churches in America would shut down – not such a bad idea considering that many of those same churches don’t have a move of God there anyways. Pastors will even go as far to tell you that according to Malachi 3:10  if you don’t tithe you are under a curse. Not true!  No Christian can be cursed for not tithing or claim blessings because of tithing today. It is an Old Testament principal!

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How much should you give? What should be the guidelines?

Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit would come He would guide us into all truth. Even giving? Yup.  So actually the tithe is the very antithesis of the New Testament principle of allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you as to how much you should give.

When I pastored a church I taught that we are to be led of the Holy Spirit as to how much we are to give – not confined to a percentage or guilt or fear.  We never lacked for anything.  We had excess. We were able to open a Baby Shop where several times a week we gave away everything from diapers, medicine, formula, cribs, baby food, bottles and pacifiers.  It was a very small church and people came from everywhere amazed at what God was doing in our small fellowship.  

During the time I was pastoring it wasn’t unusual for people to tell me how much bondage they had been under when pastors would preach “the curse” that would come on them if they didn’t give 10%. They said that when I explained how God wants us to give freely and cheerfully it made them want to give even more. It broke the demonic spirit of guilt and condemnation. I was often told they felt free – not free from obedience, but free from the bondage of the law.

Yes, the Word of God is very clear that you should give.  Giving keeps the lights on, pays the bills, keeps the church functioning.  It is important to give. But there are too many people who give out of guilt instead of a joyful heart.  

The Word of God gives us a clear mandate about giving

“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God gives a cheerful giver.” 2 Cor. 9:7  

There should be two aspects when you give – joyfulness and desire.  You should give a certain amount because the Holy Spirit is leading you, not because you are feeling pressured.  When you do this you feel joy in giving, not a burden.

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When I began teaching this principle I had several people tell me that they felt freedom and joy in the Lord, not a burden to have to give a certain percentage. Over the years Michael and I have given anywhere from 2% to 70% of our income. No matter how you look at it the giving should not be based on a percentage but on a heart decision of obedience. We always pray about it and ask the Lord to show us how much we are to give. Sometimes there was nothing to give and I would clean the church. There were times the Lord told us that we were to fix a single mom’s car and not give to the church that month.

When Believers are giving as directed by God it will all work out – there will be no lack. 

Gal. 5:18  “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are NOT under the law.”

Even when giving is sacrificial and it is done according to what God tells you to do and not what a pastor has said – there is always joy in it – not fear, guilt or condemnation. 

10 thoughts on “Tithing is Not of God

  1. So how then are we to interpret Luke 11:42 where Jesus says that people ARE TO TITHE but also keep justice and the love of God?

    • Good point! Jesus spoke these words before He went to the cross. The law was still critical at that point but once He was crucified the law was fulfilled. Tithing was nailed to the cross.

  2. Read Malachi 3:10 and on. If the OT law was abolished, then in your opinion a person CAN have sex with an animal or commit adultery or covet because the law was nailed to the cross, correct? Also are you a pastor? read 1 Timothy 2:12–14.
    I believe you’re misleading people on the tithe issue and causing them to miss blessings and disobey God.

    • @Yasmany – It appears you have missed the New Testament teachings.

      Gal. 5:18 18 But if ye are led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

      For those of us who have the Spirit living within, laws are meaningless. The purpose of the law was to bring the Jews TO Christ. Galatians 3:19 What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise hath been made. Romans 7:6 But now we have been discharged from the law, … that we serve in newness of the spirit, and not in oldness of the letter.

      Which is better? 1 – I don’t kill because the law says thou shall not kill, OR 2 – I don’t kill because the Spirit living within won’t let me kill; the Spirit fills me with love.

      Laws have never worked. Just look at our crowded jails and prisons. People brake laws. The Spirit convicts us when we do wrong.

      Be led by the Spirit, and you will do God’s Will. Try to follow Old Testament laws and you are bound to fail.

  3. Very good article!

    May I make one small correction? The OT tithe was NEVER a tenth of anyone’s income. It was always a tenth of assets. God commanded a tithe from His increase of crops and animals, which are assets, not income. The farmer made his income by selling and/or bartering the crops and animals.

    • Good point Gary. Sometimes I try to keep things so simplistic that I don’t get into a lot of details – which is why I so appreciate people like you who can add just what we need for information! thank you!

  4. I was set free from this apostasy in the Church also, and the Lord had me write a small booklet on it and hopefully I will be able to offer it soon. It is so nice to know there are others that know the truth it needs to be taught:)

  5. Great article. Would love to share this on my blog. Let me know if that is possible. This is a message that needs to get out there. Thank you for having the courage to write this.

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