Finances - Tithes and Offerings

My husband and I are considering tithing. Could you just talk about the benefits of tithing for believers?

I strongly encourage you and your husband to follow through with tithing. There are a lot of benefits in the Bible that come from tithing. Let’s talk about them.
Number one, the Bible says in Malachi chapter 3 that “God will open up the windows of heaven through our tithing and He will pour out a blessing that there will not be room enough for us to receive.” It goes on to say, “He’ll rebuke the devourer.” Those things that devour our finances and devour our money, the Lord will rebuke the devourer for our sake when we tithe.

In Genesis chapter 4, tithing was used as an act to honor God so tithing helps us to show God that we honor Him.

In Proverbs chapter 3:8-9, when we bring the tithe into the storehouse, God will fill our barns with plenty. Our barns will be filled with plenty and our presses will burst out with new wine. So, we will have plenty and we will burst out with abundance and prosperity.

The Bible says in Luke chapter 6, “Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.” The Bible says in Acts 20:28, “You’re more blessed when you give.” You’ll be happier when you give than when you receive.

So, those are some benefits of tithing. There are so many and I could just go on and on. I hope that that begins to help answer your question.

Finances - Tithes and Offerings

I moved to a new neighborhood and visited new churches. On the offering envelopes, there was a field where you could enter your credit card number. And on one of the envelopes, it even had the VISA and MasterCard logos. So my question is is that suggesting that members should use their credit card and essentially go into debt to make their tithe and offering?

No. Absolutely not. It should not be suggesting that. It’s inappropriate to try to suggest that. But I believe that you should try to make things convenient for people and using credit cards is a way to make things convenient for people. A lot of people use debit cards because that comes right out of their checking account. That’s a convenient way to give your tithes and offerings to the Lord. But no one should go into debt in order to give a gift to the Lord because the Bible says a gift is received according to what a man has, not according to what he does not have. If fact, he shouldn’t go into debt over anything. If you can, by all means avoid it as much as possible. Now if you buy a house or something like that and borrow money for that, I think that is okay. But we should stay out of debt as much as possible. We shouldn’t use our credit card unless we know we have the money at the end of the month to pay for whatever we’re buying. It should be done out of convenience, not because we can’t afford it or don’t have the money.

Finances - Tithes and Offerings

I have a friend who tithes and is now in charge of their parents’ money as well because of dementia of the parents. The parents were not tithing when the parents were mentally there. Should this person tithe on the parents’ money?

If the parents have made the son or daughter legally responsible for that money, then that person now has the responsibility to do what they believe is best with that money. And if they believe that they should be tithing off of it, then they should have that freedom if that stewardship has been entrusted to them.

Finances - Tithes and Offerings

Can you tell me where in the Bible in the New Testament it talks about tithing? I know it talks about tithing in the Old Testament but where does it talk about tithing in the New Testament?

Excellent question. Let’s talk about that. First of all, we’ve got to go back to Genesis 14 to remember that even though Abraham is written about in the Old Testament, he’s not an Old Testament believer, because Abraham lived before the Old Testament was written. He lived before the Law was even given. And he tithed to Melchizedek before the commandment to tithe ever came in the book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. He gave out of love for God, out of honor for God, out of appreciation for God. We can go back even further to Genesis when God put the garden of Eden in, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden, and God said, “Don’t eat from that tree.” That was the tithe. He wants to be honored.

How about Cain and Abel? Abel brought the first of his fatlings, and Cain, in the course of many days, after much time had passed, he brought some fruit from his vegetable garden. God honored Abel’s offering. And God did not honor Cain’s offering. Why? Because Cain brought what was left over, but Abel gave God the first. Now that’s something that was in their heart to do. I think it’s in every person’s heart that they want to honor God. And we need to understand that we honor Him with our tithe. Because our money represents our time, our heart, our affection, our loyalty. And where we put our treasure there is our heart also, Matthew chapter 6 talks about. So it’s a heart issue. It’s are we honoring God? Matthew 6:19, “Where your treasure is, there is your heart.” And he’s talking about money there. He said you cannot serve God and money at the same time. So the way we prove that we’re serving God rather than our money, is that we honor God with our money. That’s Matthew chapter 6.

Also, it talks about tithing in Matthew chapter 23. He said, “You guys, you tithe but you don’t have compassion and mercy. You ought to do both.” New Testament, Matthew 23:23, 24. You should do both, you should tithe and you should have compassion and mercy on people. Hebrews chapter 7, New Testament, “That we bring tithes to a greater one, one who is greater than ourselves. And that is, Melchizedek was a type and shadow, but Jesus is the high priest that we bring our tithe to in the New Testament in Hebrews chapter 7. Also, Acts chapter 4, they went beyond the tithe. “They took all that belonged to them, and they laid it at the apostles’ feet.” Okay, so people that wonder is tithing in the New Testament, maybe it’s just the Old Testament, if we really step into New Testament giving, it means we give everything. We don’t hold anything back. And everything belongs to God. All right? So there you have some Scriptures and I hope that helps to answer that question. It’s a great question. I appreciate very much that you having the boldness to ask it.

Finances - Tithes and Offerings

I have a question on tithing. I am a college student and I am in debt. I have always been a tither ever since I started walking with the Lord. Recently I got into a little bit bigger debt. I have stopped tithing for a month already. I was just wondering what you think of me not tithing right now and what you think about giving your tenth of every check.

I know that a lot of people deal with that. We get into situations where we’re troubled financially, where we get into some debt that we weren’t expecting and it seems that one thing adds upon another and often we do things to alleviate the pressure. Where does stress come from? Stress comes from pressure. And one of the things that we do to alleviate pressure and to alleviate stress is we make a decision to get rid of the pressure. And the quickest decision financially to get rid of the pressure is to stop tithing and to give that money to pay your debt.

But the problem is we end up causing more problems by not tithing because though you might attack the debt in one area, you open the door to other problems by not honoring God with your money and putting Him first. I believe that the Bible is true that when we give our tithe to God, when we give our fist tenth to Him, that He rebukes the devourer for us. He rebukes the enemy for us and so by not tithing and using your money towards paying your debt, you’re rebuking the debt. But by not tithing, you’re not rebuking the devourer. So, it’s the better of two evils. I’d rather get rid of the devourer first than to get rid of the debt.

I’m not saying to be irresponsible, but I’m saying we have to put God first. I really believe in any situation that you have to put God first. If it’s a life-threatening situation, then I’m sure that God would understand if you weren’t able to tithe because your baby was sick and you had to get formula or you had to get medicine. God doesn’t want your children to die, but at the same time, we’re hardly in life-threatening situations where the first tenth is concerned. We’re usually just making bad decisions and we’re getting into debt that we should not have incurred. But why rob God to pay something that was a bad decision on your part? Instead, get the extra job. If you have to take less classes and work, whatever you have to do, make sure you put God first. That’s my belief. I find that in the Bible and that’s what I would do if I were you. I hope that that doesn’t discourage you. You can do it and God will honor His Word. He will be faithful to open up the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive.

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