What an outrage! Pure blasphemy, I can almost hear you say. But they are not my words! These are the words on the lips of many preachers and Christians alike. Chances are that you have said this same thing at some point without even realising it.
The covenant that has been established in the blood of Jesus seems to have it’s limitations from what I hear. It only covers your sins and is ineffective in other aspects of your life, if you do not tithe that is. Your inability to feed your children is due to you refusal to tithe. That also explains why your car keeps breaking down. And if you do not keep up to date, your children will continue to fall sick and you stand the risk of losing everything you own.
Doesn’t this sound a bit outlandish? Very, but that is exactly what many Christians say when they promote this doctrine. They invariably suggest that the power in the blood of Jesus is limited and needs the “power” of tithing to augment it.
I visited the blog of a pastor today and felt really scared after reading what he wrote about tithing! According to him, Abraham did not receive God’s promises until he tithed. The tithe was therefore Abraham’s connection to God’s promises. Funny enough, he is not the only one that holds this view. I have heard a few preachers proclaim these very words – surprise, surprise! But is that what the bible says? Let’s Look at Romans 4 to find out
13 Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. 14 If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless. 15 For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)
16 So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. 17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.
If there was any link to Abraham tithing and his receiving God’s promises, I must have missed it and so did Paul.
It really does not matter how you try and dress this subject, anytime you attribute some success or divine provision or intervention to your tithing, you do in fact say the blood of Christ is limited – “What the blood of Christ was powerless to do, tithing was able to accomplish.”
In the book of exodus, the redemptive power of the blood of Christ was foreshadowed by the blood of the Passover lamb.
21 Then Moses called all the elders of Israel together and said to them, “Go, pick out a lamb or young goat for each of your families, and slaughter the Passover animal. 22 Drain the blood into a basin. Then take a bundle of hyssop branches and dip it into the blood. Brush the hyssop across the top and sides of the doorframes of your houses. And no one may go out through the door until morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through the land to strike down the Egyptians. But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the Lord will pass over your home. He will not permit his death angel to enter your house and strike you down. Exodus 12.
If the observance of the Passover was able to save the children of Israel, how much more the blood of Jesus? No where in scripture are we told that giving a mandatory 10% gives protection of any sort to you and yours. That is so insulting to the sacrifice of Jesus!
Here’s what scripture says with regards to the sacrifice of Jesus
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Don’t let any preacher deceive you and tell you otherwise.