Is tithing really putting God first?

Quite recently, I discovered that I have been blogging on tithing quite a lot. Just when I think that there is nothing more to say about the topic since it seems all has been said about it some new thoughts cross my mind.

It is really a pity that a lot of Christians would rather starve, put their families at risk and run into debt in the name of putting God first through tithing. Their minds have been conditioned to believe that spending their money on themselves first and “giving to God” from what is left is a sin but is that what scripture really says?

The way I see it, I think that these believers have a very hard time reconciling the New Testament to their Christian beliefs and tend to model their beliefs after the Old Testament by introducing elements of works instead of relying on faith alone.

How does tithing indicate that you are truly putting God first? Can we substantiate this with any scriptural evidence? The answer is a resounding no. This is another man-made doctrine. Tithing does not in anyway show that you are putting God first rather it is the way you live your life that reflects if you put God first in everything.

What choices do you make in your everyday life? These choices indicate if you love God or not. Before you embark on any activity, do you seek God’s opinion on the matter or would rather have it your way? Would you like to receive God’s guidance every step of the way or are you scared that if you ask Him, you might not like what he tells you to do. Aha! This is when the tyre actually hits the road and the journey really begins. Obedience is tough! Total obedience to every single precept of God is putting Him first!

Why was God not impressed at the initiative shown by Saul when he decided to spare the choice livestock in order to offer them up as burnt offerings? Lets look at it from scripture

And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15: 22.

If this scenario was to replay itself in today’s church run by pro-tithers, what would be their response? They will most certainly commend Saul’s actions and sing his praises from the pulpit.

What is indeed putting God first? Would you wait for His choice of a spouse for you or would you rather go it alone? Would you turn down that lucrative job offer because you did not receive a release in your spirit to take it or would you shun the still small voice by promising a tithe? How about the way you treat your neighbours, your colleagues and people you meet daily. Do they see the evidence of a life of Christ in you? How about when you are offended? Do you retaliate? Do you press charges? Do you sue? Would you cheat on your spouse if given the chance? What are your thoughts about others? Are you compassionate or judgemental? Do you readily forgive?

It is so easy to give a tenth but total obedience to God’s precepts is the difficult bit but that is actually putting Him FIRST!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Russell Earl Kelly
    Aug 18, 2009 @ 23:05:55

    New ideas abouit tithing? For 173 articles opposing tithing see http://www.tithing-russkelly.com

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  2. W^L+
    Jan 19, 2010 @ 19:34:09

    It reminds me of the time when Jesus chewed out the Pharisees for telling people they could give whatever they would have used to support their parents to God as “a gift”. By their traditions, they allowed people to violate the scriptural requirement to take care of their family members.

    We do need to support the work of the Lord, and we do need to moderate our consumption. But we don’t need to let “tithes and offerings” become so oppressive that families suffer.

    Another thing. I heard this (don’t know for certain) but in certain situations, courts can go after churches and non-profits if someone’s high level of giving caused them to be unable to pay legitimate debts. It is better for a church to teach people to consume less and pay their bills than it is to try and get them to give so much that the legal system has to get involved.

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