10 Reasons Some Church Goers Will Continue To Tithe
1. Creatures of Habit
Thomas Schreiner has written about seven reasons modern-day believers in Christ should not tithe. Please go to the link and read it in your leisure. I realized that in spite of Mr. Schreiner's insightful article, that many will ignore the truth and feel compelled to give that dime anyway. I asked the Lord to reveal some reasons why and the Holy Spirit has revealed 10. Paul said in I Corinthians 2:10-12: (Berean Study Bible) 10. But God has revealed it to us by the Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11.For who among men knows the thoughts of man except his own spirit within him? So too, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12. We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
The first reason given to me is that many will continue to tithe because people are such creatures of habit. They have been doing it for so long that it has become a routine, automatic and systematic. The truth will not set them free because they will do what they have always done. It’s that simple.
2. Blessing and curse of Malachi 3
Preachers have so pounded the blessing and curses of Malachi chapter three into the psyche of churchgoers that they are afraid of the curse, even though they are not experiencing the blessing, but they hold out faith that it will come.
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.
12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.
This was written to the priests and not the children of Israel.
3. It's something they can manage
Many Christians give a tithe because they know it is the one command they can fulfill. If they don't read their Bibles, pray or attend services as they believe they should they can make sure they give their 10 percent each month with little effort. This makes them feel good about themselves, especially in churches where tithing is emphasized each week.
4. Walk down the aisle to the tithe box
Some churches have tithe boxes in the front and during the offering, the tithers get to strut down the aisle for everyone to gaze at them. I have been told that preachers began using this method to encourage the congregants to give and keep the church running financially. You might consider this the old school version off standing in 100 dollar lines.
5. Believe they are pleasing the Lord
There will also be those who believe that tithing pleases the Lord and they do so from the heart. Reasons one, two, and three also come into play here and no one will change their minds. There is no Biblical command for the body of Christ to tithe but you may hear pastors say we live under a better covenant and should give more. This is a man-made statement based on opinion.
6. Lack of understanding of Biblical context
Thomas Schreiner and others have done a magnificent job of explaining that the tithes were required of the children of Israel, were three times a year, and was food for the Levitical priests. When Jesus spoke to the Pharisees in Matthew 23:23 the people were still under the old covenant. No, money was involved and the new covenant began in the book of Acts We are not the children of Israel and there are no Levitical Priests today. Even so, many will continue to tithe because a pastor said (without scripture to back it up) that money is the currency of our day and he is the priest of his church. In Mark 12:41-44 the widow gave her money at the box on the temple and gave from her heart based on her free will.
7. Hear the pastor call their name
No one would ever admit this, but some churchgoers enjoy the pastor calling out their name as a faithful tither or saying they are one of the few people keeping the building going. Such tactics are manipulation tools and you end up trying to please your spiritual leader rather than your heavenly Father. To add insult to injury many pastors who enforce tithing know it is wrong, but they need those Benjamins to maintain their positions.
8. Traditions of man
For the first 300 years of Christianity, people obeyed II Corinthians 9:7 and gave as they purposed in their hearts. In the book of Acts, some believers gave all they had. Tithing and church buildings were both instituted by Emperor Constantine around 323 AD or Common Era. It is a tradition of man and difficult for many to ever consider stopping. I've had pastors tell me that if they don't enforce tithing, the financial needs of the church won't be met. That's manipulation and not trusting God. The fear is that if II Corinthians 9:7 is utilized the people won't give enough. It's possible however that some may give much more.
9. To have power in the church
The same story is told from far too many congregations. Individuals who try to run the church because they are faithful tithers and or give more than others. These men and women never fail to miss an opportunity to throw their weight around and let others know they are large contributors. They believe their giving offers them special privileges.
10. Guilty conscience
Some people tithe because they have a guilty conscience. They have listened to preachers yell from the pulpit that they are not truly showing their love for the Lord because they don't give that dime. They may have heard that the curse of Achan (Joshua chapter 7) will come upon their family if they do not tithe because they are spending what belongs to the Lord. Someone who gave part of their tithe but was unable to give the rest may feel guilty and that they need to play catch up. Every believer in Christ has the right to give what he or she chooses but, should be led by Biblical truth, rather than man-made church rules.
After my mother died, we had to assist my grandmother financially. I was struggling to give tithes for myself, my husband and two of our three children. Some months I was not able to because I felt it more important to feed my family. I felt guilty sitting on the second row from the front with the deaconess, giving a false impression I was a tither, I was living a lie, and eventually, I stepped out of all of my ministry leadership positions. Churches that force tithing put undue pressure on the members, especially those whose leadership positions hang on that dime.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Cheryl E Preston