The modern concept of monetary ‘tithing’ basically states that “God commands you to tithe your income to your local church as an act of faith, love and obedience. And if you do, God will bless you. But if you don’t, you’re robbing God and cursed with a curse.”
This concept may vary from person to person — for example, some omit the passage from Malachi 3 about robbing God and being cursed with a curse. But nevertheless, the general line of thought is that “tithing is an eternal principle which prospers those who practice it. But those who don’t will miss out on blessings and experience hardship (especially financial hardship).”
There are a number of problems with this modern concept of monetary ‘tithing.’ The main problem being that it contradicts the actual tithing laws, yet it is falsely presented as “Biblical tithing” when it is nothing of the sort.
Monetary ‘tithing’ instills a false definition of ‘tithing’ in the minds of Believers, so that when someone shows them the tithing laws in Scripture, their mind does not compute that their beliefs about tithing contradict what God said about the tithe. For some, the contradictions are too difficult to accept. And so, they suppress the truth and ignore the contradictions for the sake of holding onto a false tradition.
If you believe in monetary ‘tithing,’ I encourage you to re-evaluate your beliefs about tithing and examine the Scriptures for yourself in context. Double check what your leader(s) taught you and scrutinize everything that I share in these articles.
Remember that the standard or measure by which we examine all things is God and His word — not our feelings, personal opinions, denominational standards, church traditions, family traditions, or because “the man or woman of God said. . .”
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
I appreciate you joining me in this series. Stay tuned for the next article, which will lay out the historical background leading up to the tithing laws.
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