I know this is going to upset a lot of people. Ok, here comes the name calling! I am in trouble. I know tithing is taught in churches all over the world. Heck, I taught it at one time. And believed it wholeheartedly, just like others do. Ministry is hard work and we have to depend on people giving to the ministry. And everybody knows that it is a hit or miss situation at best. The real issue is not the giving (tithe) in itself. The issue is whether or not we have to. Does God command believers to tithe. I can get into the old covenant commands and recall how Israel tithe so that the Levites can live and a whole lot of others things. But we are not under the law anymore, we are under grace.
You will find nothing in the new testament about tithing. But we are not left without instruction concerning giving. Oh, one more thing I failed to mention.” According to the bible the tithe actually was not just 10 percent? There were additional tithes throughout the year. So if you add up all the tithes that they gave, it amounted to around 22 percent” (From the book 52 Lies Heard In Church Every Sunday, by Steve McVey).
Grace giving goes way beyond tithing. We give in response to His love (1John 4:19). We give because He gave to us. Grace giving is gracious. 2 Corinthians 8:7,8 says Therefore, as ye abound in every thing in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all diligence and in your love to us see that ye abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment but by occasion of the forwardness of others and to prove the sincerity of your love. The motive behind giving should be out of love. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says every man according as he purpose in his heart so let him give; not grudgingly or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.
See there is a difference from the command to tithe with curses and blessings. There is no specific amount Christians are told to give. Its between you and God.
I will leave you with these words from Paul. Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness which causes through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God: While by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men.
It is a blessing to give, if you are giving out of faith and love for the Lord. So I have announement to make. You will not be punished or cursed if you don’t tithe. This is not how our FATHER operates under the new covenant.
GIVE BECAUSE YOU WANT TO, NOT BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO!