HOLY JAMZ
Posted August 20, 2015 by HOLY JAMZ in COMMUNITY, PUBLIC, Education, Inspiration, Ministry
God's word on Tithes and Offerings... Knowing the difference according to God's word biblically. Know for yourself.
If the tithe came into the store house and was always a wisely stewarded, the church would never lack abundance for the work of God's kingdom.A wisely steward is a extremely important factor.

Everything we own and everything we have comes from God. So, when we give,we simply offer him a very small portion of all the abundance he has already given to us. Giving is an expression of our thankfulness and praise to God. It comes from a heart of worship that recognizes that everything we give already belongs to him regardless of our form of giving. Doesn't always necessarily have to be in the form of money. Don't let man deceive you in telling you different.

God instructed Old Testament believers to give a tithe, or a tenth,because this 10% represented the first, or most important portion of all that they had. The New Testament does not suggest a certain percentage for giving, but simply says for each to give. We are blessed when we give.
Acts 20:35
... remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' (NIV)
God wants us to give because he knows how blessed we will be as we give generously to him and to others. Giving is a kingdom principle—it brings more blessing to the giver than to the recipient. We give in many ways, we give our gifts and talents, our services, our love, serving in the Community, even in money but again does not necessarily always mean in the form of money.

Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

The 10% tithes is commanded in the Old Testament. But according to New Testament, We each give independently as the Lord directs, to other ministries, special works for the Lord, needy families or to even help out our own families within the assembly. This does not only or always mean money. It also includes giving of your gifts and talents and give of your time. This giving is to be sacrificial. There are many churches today that have their members believing that if they don't pay their tithes and offerings they are robbing God and that is not true at all. They are causing their members to feel guilty or worse yet, leave the church. My heart goes out to those lost individuals.

The guideline for our giving to God and His work is found in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7: “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Friends please do the home work first, and not to be guilted into this false practice of always tithing in money. Understanding and knowledge is the key. Knowing and understanding God's word is knowledge.
We today are not under a tithe system as the Old Testament spoke of we no where of the Jesus system where we do out of love for him, wholeheartedly. And we are to love thy neighbor as thy self, feeding him ,or what ever he is in need of. Tithes and offerings are not necessarily in the form of money.

God has commanded us to pay tithes unto him of money, talents and what ever else we have to offer the Kingdom of God.
Remember, that a tithe doesn’t have to be strictly monetary. Give your time: join the choir, help in the nursery, teach Sunday school, get involved in church activities, outreach, Evangelize, serve the community, etc.
Churches are teaching that tithing and giving are one in the same, and they’re not. Some may not agree with this but there is so much biblical debate that goes on today it really makes me wonder, I solely trust God's word more than man's. If you are tithing money, then you are being fleeced. You should give any amount of money to your church that God places on your heart to give or you can actually afford. Church leaders know that their congregation is ignorant when it comes to Bible interpretation, so they know they can get away with the false teaching of tithing money. Church leaders don’t have the faith that their congregation will give enough money to the church to support the church, so they continue to teach that one should tithe 10% of their income and can make the church feel guilty if they don't give a proper amount.
Don’t be guilted into tithing. God does not need money, he wants you. We as believers are the church. Even though yes the church building needs finances to function as a whole and our giving in money supports the church building though we give an amount from the heart because of our love for God and being a faithful steward. Though whatever amount is given should be sufficient enough because God will always provide for his church. However if the church is failing financially then that is a much deeper issue.

2 Corinthians 9:7
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
According to the dictionary the definition of tithe is : a tenth part of "something" paid as a "voluntary" contribution or as a tax especially for the support of a religious establishment.

This is always said in churches today,
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.'
This passage from Malachi Chapter 3 seems to be many pastor's favorite Bible text. Especially when church giving is at its low. If you have spent any time in the modern church, you have heard this passage thundered from the pulpit on numerous occasions. I have had it pushed down me so many times I have lost count.
Consider some of the rhetoric that goes with it:
"God has commanded you to faithfully give your tithes. If you do not tithe, you are robbing God Almighty, and you put yourself under a curse."
"Let's repeat the 'Tither 's Creed' together shall we? `The tithe is the Lord's. In truth we learned it. In faith we believe it. In joy we give it.The tithe!'"
"Your tithes and offerings are necessary if God's work will goon!"("God's work," meaning of course, means salarying the Pastor, his staff and footing the monthly rent, electric bill to keep the building afloat.) Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit.

Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, `How do we rob you? ' In tithes and offerings. You are under curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.'
What is the result of this sort of pressure? God's people are guilted into giving one-tenth of their incomes every week. When they do, they feel they have made God happy. And they can expect Him to bless them financially. When they fail, they feel they are being disobedient, and a financial curse is over them.
But lets take a few steps backwards and ask the real question:"Does the Bible teach us to tithe? And ... are we spiritually obligated to fund thepastor and his staff?"
The answer to these two questions is shocking. (If you are a pastor, you may end up debating this subject. Though God's word is specific and very clear.)

Now, let's get some true understanding shall we,
Is Tithing Biblical?
Tithing does appear in the Bible. So yes, tithing is Biblical. But it is not Christian. The tithe belongs to ancient Israel. It was essentially their income tax, in the Old Testament. Never do you find first-century Christians tithing in the New Testament. Why do you think we pay taxes to our government?
Most Christians do not have the least idea about what the Bible teaches regarding the tithe. So lets research it. The word "tithe" simply means the tenth part.' The Lord instituted three kinds of tithes for Israel as part of their taxation system. They are:
· A tithe of the produce of the land to support the Levites who had no inheritance in Canaan.'
. A tithe of the produce of the land to sponsor religious festival sin Jerusalem. If the produce was too burdensome for a family to carry to Jerusalem, they could convert it into money.'
. A tithe of the produce of the land collected every third year for the local Levites, orphans, strangers, and widows.'
This was the Biblical tithe. Notice that God commanded Israel to give 23.3%of their income every year, as opposed to 10%.6 These tithes consisted of the produce of the land—which is, the seed of the land, the fruit of the land,and the herd or the flock. It was the product of the land, not money.
A clear parallel can be seen between Israel's tithing system and the modern taxation system present in America. Israel was obligated to support their national workers (priests), their holidays (festivals), and their poor(strangers, widows, and orphans) by their annual tithes. Most modern tax systems serve the same purpose.
With the death of Jesus, all ceremonial, governmental, and religious codes that belonged to the Jews were nailed to His cross and buried . . . never to come out again to condemn us. For this reason, we never see Christians tithing in the New Testament. No more than we see them sacrificing goats and bulls to cover their sins!

Paul writes, "And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross . . . Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day—things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ."'
Tithing belonged exclusively to Israel under the Law. When it comes to financial stewardship, we see the first-century saints giving cheerfully according to their ability—not dutifully out of a command.' Giving in the early church was voluntary.' And those who benefited from it were the poor,orphans, widows, sick, prisoners, and strangers.

Many will be objecting right now: "But what about Abraham? He lived before the Law. And we see him tithing to the high priest Melchizedek." Does this not overturn your argument that the tithe is part of the Mosaic Law? "
No it does not. First, Abraham's tithe was completely voluntary. It was not compulsory. God did not command it as He did with the tithe for Israel.
Second, Abraham tithed out of the spoils that he acquired after a particular battle he fought. He did not tithe out of his own regular income or property.Abraham's act of tithing would be akin to you winning the lottery, a mega jackpot, or receiving a work-bonus, then tithing it.
Third, and most important, this is the only time that Abraham tithed out of his 175 years of life on this earth. We have no evidence that he ever did such a thing again. Consequently, if you wish to use Abraham as a "proof text" to argue that Christians must tithe, then you are only obligated to tithe one time!

This brings us back to that often quoted text in Malachi 3. What was God saying there? First, this passage was directed to ancient Israel when they were under the Mosaic Law. God's people were holding back their tithes and offerings. Consider what would happen if a large portion of Americans refused to pay their income taxes. That would be Jail time! American law views this as robbery.Those found guilty would be punished for stealing from the government.

The tithe under the old testament law...
In the same way, when Israel held back her taxes (tithes), she was stealing from God—the One who instituted the tithing system. The Lord then commanded His people to bring their tithes into the storehouse. The storehouse was located in the chambers of the temple. The chambers were set apart to hold the tithes(which was produce, not money) for the support of the Levites, the poor, the strangers, and the widows.

Notice the context of Malachi-3:8-10: In verse 5, the Lord says that He will judge those who oppress the widow, the fatherless, and the stranger. He says, "So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be a quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me."
The widows, fatherless, and strangers were the rightful recipients of the tithe. Because Israel was withholding her tithes, she was guilty of oppressing these three groups. Herein is the heart of God in Malachi 3:8-10: Oppression to the poor.

How many times have you heard preachers point this out when they harangued you with Malachi 3? Out of the scores of sermons, have you heard on tithing, never you once heard a whisper about what the passage was actually talking about. That is, tithes were for the purpose of supporting the widows, the fatherless,the strangers, and the Levites (who owned nothing). This is what the Lord'sword in Malachi 3 has in view.

The Origin of the Tithe and the Clergy Salary. Today, the Levitical system has been abolished in the New Testament. So if a preacher demands a tithe, then all Christians should tithe to one another! Christian leaders began to advocate tithing as a Christian practice to support the clergy. My friends,please study God's word and know what he says. God's knowledge is so essential in the world today because unfortunately in the world we live in today we are even being deceived by the churches. Not saying all but many, we must know God's word for ourselves. Let God speak and teach is through his word.

Don't be deceived..... Be wise and knowledgeable. But just don't take my word for it, Study Gods word for yourself and let God speak directly to you. Ask for him to give you wisdom and understand according to his word and not man's interpretation.
You are blessed by your servant-hood in God's Kingdom, the sowing of yourself is far worth more.
God Bless
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