A lot of churches seem to be jumping on this tithe challenge bandwagon and to what end? Do you become a better Christian at the end? Does it help you know God better? Or is it simply to increase your material possessions?
Something about this stinks to the high heavens as it is clear that the motive behind these challenges is not pure. God appears to be treated like a minion that can be manipulated to get what one wants and that is certainly not Christianity but more like paganism.
It is quite possible to take aspects of Christianity and turn them into pagan rituals. And this usually happens when we take Christ out of the equation or appear to manipulate aspects of it to provide specific results we are after. This is no different to spiritualists and the like who have to chant specifics words to get a desired outcome.
These challenges are indeed quite ludicrous as it is clear that those who initiate it are not doing so as a result of a specific instruction from God. God is God regardless; His word never fails as It always accomplishes whatever He sends it to do. Unfortunately, in the case of the tithe challenge people are being encouraged to put God to ‘test’ or hold Him to ransom as it were and He’s being given 90 days to respond. What a pity!
The major thing lacking in all of this is a relationship! You wouldn’t want to do a thing like this if you truly had a relationship with God. God is not a tool you manipulate to get what you want and you do not call the shots, He does.
Malachi 3: 10 has been taken completely out of context and is being touted as the proof that God has asked that we put Him to test in the area of tithing. To get a proper understanding of this verse one has to look at the entire book as well as understand the historical facts behind it.
This event takes place during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah when the Jews returned to Jerusalem after their exile in Babylon. Aspects of the law were no longer being observed or were forgotten. The law gave specifics on how sacrifices were to be handled and chapter 1 tells us that the priests were actually slack in that regard. Instead of offering up animals without blemishes they were offering up diseased animals which was against the law of Moses.
The priests were not the only ones at fault; some of the Israelites had divorced their wives in favour of younger foreign ones and had also begun to withhold the tithes and offerings commanded under the law. So the call to test Him actually meant they should investigate so as to better understand Him. As clearly those who came out of Babylon had forgotten God and the law.
This so called tithe challenge has no scriptural basis and if it was aimed at improving your personal relationship with God or helping you know God better that wouldn’t have been so bad. But it seems this is aimed at getting some form of financial or material reward by manipulating God through tithing. It is not right.