Tithing

Tithing – is this still relevant today? I know plenty of denominations who tithe but do the scriptures preach we should.

On my journey with SDA this has always been an issue for me and one that ultimately meant i stopped going to bible study.  My husband is a non believer . He doesnt mind me pursuing my faith but when the issue of tithing came up he was opposed.  I am the sole earner in my family due to my husband being disabled.  I don’t earn very much and we live month to month.  Sometimes not making it through the month without help.when i explained about sda tithing i can understand that he was opposed.   So i made the decision to stop my studies.  BUT i still watch sda TV and enjoy the various sermons on the internet
Last night while watching lets pray on my roku box i wondered which is more important to God . Me paying or not paying tithe or me accepting Jesus and paying what i can afford when i can afford it.  Surely the adventist life isnt all about tithing. Can you get kicked out for not tithing. What do adventists with non believing partners do.  If you do not get baptised are you duty bound to still tithe?

I feel alone trying to work through this but I will contibue to pray and hope God will give me an answer.

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3 thoughts on “Tithing

  1. Hello, to your question about tithing. Tithing is not in effect for new testament Christians. Hebrews 9:16&17 speaks that once Jesus died the old law was void. The tithe was never money but agricultural as stated in Leviticus 27:30-33 and Deuteronomy 14:22-29. The tithes was for 11 tribes of Israel only to give off their land, fruit, vegetables, and cattle. The Levites and Levite priests didn’t tithe because they received the tithes. So you don’t have to tithe, but you are to give according to what the Holy Spirit has put in your spirit 1 Corinthians 9:7. I hope this helps you and continue speaking to your husband about The Lord’s. Be blessed.

  2. To find out if tithing is relevant for God’s people today we need to understand what it is and why it was instituted. Deut.14:23 tells us it was instituted “that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.”(i.e. to reverence the Lord) when God created man, he put him in charge of the earth as a caretaker or overseer. Man was the Lord’s steward. A steward is an official appointed by the ruling monarch to govern in his stead, or a chief servant of an estate. The steward doesn’t own the property. He just manages it. God says “every beast of the forest …the cattle upon a thousand hills … the wild beasts of the field… the world” are His. (Ps. 50:10-12) 1Cor. 6:19-20 reminds us that we are not our own for we are bought with a price. So God owns the world and he owns us. He doesn’t need our money because it already belongs to Him.

    So why does he ask for tithes and offerings? A faithful steward will return all the increase of his master’s property and then will receive a small portion as a fee. God allows his stewards (us) to keep all the increase of His property and give him a small portion as a mark of our faithfulness to Him. In Leviticus 27:30 God says “all the tithe …is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD.” God does not abolish that which he has made holy. Jesus talking to the Scribes and Pharisees berated them for paying tithes of the smallest things (mint, cummin and anise) but neglecting the weightier things of the law, judgement, mercy and faith. Then He says “these ought ye to have done and not leave the other undone.”

    Jesus, far from abolishing tithing is saying we ought to tithe. In fact God says if you neglect to tithe, you are robbing Him. Mal 3:8 “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.”

    According to the law, robbery is worse than theft or burglary. Theft is simply taking someones property when they’re absent. Burglary is breaking/entering with intent to commit a crime. Robbery only occurs when the owner is present and the robber has the ability and intention to do harm that person by taking through force that person’s property. When we appropriate the tithes, we are forcefully taking God’s property in His presence. One writer has said “To defraud God is the greatest sin of which man can be guilty and yet this sin is deep and widespread.

    So what should you do if you’ve been neglecting to give God what is rightfully His? The advice given to those charged with a property crime is “speak to a criminal defence attorney as sion as possible”.
    Luckily, we have the best defence attorney in the universe. “And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” 1John 3:1 The times of our ignorance he winks at, but now “commandeth all men every where to repent:”

    And God has promised blessings for those who tithe faithfully. Mal.3:10-11
    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.
    And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.

    I can testify to the faithfulness of God because I have done what He asked and proved Him. My husband is not a believer and at one time I was going through tough times so I withheld the tithes. I can tell you I felt the curse. Things went from bad to worse. Then I decided to take the Lord at His word. The blessings poured out like rain. Not just on me but also on my unbelieving husband.’ For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband:” 1Cor. 7:14

    So then we are not at liberty to ‘ give according to what the Holy Spirit has put in your spirit’ as a tithe. That is an offering and is discretionary and asked of everyone who gives it willingly with his heart. Ex. 25:1 The tithe is mandatory because it does not belong to us but to our maker. As faithful stewards we must return what is rightfully our employer’s.

    In 1Cor. 9 Paul is not advocating we ignore the law. On the contrary he is advocating as Moses commanded, that the ministers of God be remunerated by the people. (See v 14 but read the whole chapter.) and that is the purpose of the tithes. It is to be gathered to a central place or storehouse to pay the workers off God. In the OT they were the Levites.Today, the ministers. The offerings on the other hand, pay for the work itself – building the temple, church, evangelism etc.

    It is not true that “The Levites and Levite priests didn’t tithe because they received the tithes.”
    Numbers 18:26 “Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the Lord, even a tenth part of the tithe.” see also verse 28.

    Apologies for the length of this post. But bear in mind when you refuse to tithe you not only rob God but you rob yourself of all his promised blessings. And in the SDA I know the tithes do not go directly to the minister. It goes to the conference from where the ministers receive a salary.

    Remember man is fallible, but God never fails. God’s blessings.

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