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Enforcing Tithing Indicates a Lack of Faith

Updated on February 27, 2020
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Cheryl is a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, poet, licensed/ordained minister and founder of two outreach ministries.

Fear is not faith

It is common today to hear pastors enforcing tithing from the pulpit. I have personally heard tithing pushed more than salvation , and there is a reason why. It’s called fear. Preachers push church members to tithe as a way to ensure they have enough money coming into the building. If the money slows up the church doors might close and the pastor will be out of a job. I am thankful I did not grow up attending such a church. Our members gave as they purposed in their hearts. (I Corinthians 9:7). A system was in place to obtain extra funds and it worked pretty well. The various organizations would celebrate their anniversaries by having afternoon programs and inviting a guest preacher and choir. The offering that was taken up was used for whatever was a pressing need. In August and November church members were asked to give what they could for the church homecoming and anniversary. Because these were annual events everyone had an entire year to prepare. The church always had money and if anyone tithed it was between them, God and the finance committee. Neither of the two pastors I had for the first 35 years of my life ever tried to control how much money the parishioners gave. Begging parishioners to give 10 percent and threatening them if they don't, indicates the leader is afraid of what will happen if he or she cannot keep the cash flowing. No pastor will admit to this and they will say they emphasize tithing because they want the people to be blessed.

When the dime becomes more important than salvation

In many churches, the Sunday service is more about tithing than leading souls to salvation through Christ. Entire sermons are based upon Malachi 3:8-10, with emphasis on the curse of not tithing. I've listened to pastors say that tithing is a debt we owe God and if the tithe is spent on something else that God's favor would lift and bad things would happen. I've belonged to churches where members could not serve in leadership if they were not tithers. I recall a man who was accused of lying because the amount he gave did not appear to be a tenth of a decent wage. He was accused of lying about his income. This same man was later unemployed and without any money coming. He was removed from his leadership positions because he was not able to tithe. The focus of church services should be about lost souls and not giving a tenth of your income.

Pastors used to tell the congregants not to leave the building without accepting Christ because they may not get another chance. Now many spiritual leaders tell parishioners not to leave without giving God His dime, These preachers count on the fact that church folk will believe what they tell them and not research scripture for themselves. This is why they quote Malachi chapter three and say "It's in the book."Yes the scripture does say"


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Context of Scripture

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.

What many believers don't understand is the context. They will argue until the cows come home that God requires us to bring all the tithes into the storehouse. Gilbert Tripp, the founder of Tripp Bible Institue once told me that when reading the Bible, keep the context in mind, He said we must always be mindful of who is speaking and whom they are talking to. This is why there is so much controversy related to third John 2. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

John wrote a letter to a friend named Gaius. One man's greeting in correspondence to another. God is not speaking yet countless preachers have told congregants and television audiences that this God is speaking and the beloved is the reader. This verse is utilized to push the prosperity gospel and validate that we are to prosper financially.

Malachi chapter 3 was written to the priests and Levites AKA the preachers

There are several websites that explain how Malachi 3:8-10 is directed at spiritual leaders. It was the priests and Levites who were robbing God. Therefore instead of pastors and bishops beating church folk over the head with this scripture, they need to take a look in the mirror. I actually had the leaders of two different outreach ministries I was associated with to tell me that I owed them my tithes. One went so far as to say that the state where he was living mandated that I give him tithes or disconnect, so I disconnected from both. These men did not even have buildings they were trying to maintain. They were running a Ponzi scheme, where they would line their pockets with money by getting everyone connected to them to give tithes.


Holiday manipulation

I heard a pastor say that churches suffer a decrease in income during the holiday season. He then began emphasizing the importance of tithing and telling the members not to steal God's money. I have been told of other preachers who enforce tithing during the Christmas season. I have been in churches and watched television ministries where the preachers tell people to tithe and not shop for Christmas presents. If a spiritual leader resorts to manipulation, he is in fear and not trusting God. If the blessing of tithing was automatic and systematic then the church members would be seeing the promised overflow from giving a tenth and they would happily be giving more. If a pastor has to manipulate you into giving, then he is relying on your income and does not truly believe God can bless.

He loves a cheerful giver

I can understand a pastor being concerned that a monthly budget cannot be met, but frightening churchgoers into tithing is not trusting God, II Corinthians 9:7 indicates that he loves a cheerful giver. How cheerful can you be when every week you are being told you are cursed with a curse and may lose your leadership position? In this day and age, people have tools that were not available to past generations. There are Bible commentaries in book stores as well as online. Believers can now Google information and find out the truth.

Any spiritual leader teaching His body to take Malachi 3 literally, and not explaining the context, is manipulating the people. They are afraid if they don't push at least ten percent they will not have enough money, which will affect their salary. This speaks loud and clear that the preacher is in fear and not trusting God while telling others to do so. Will a man rob God? Yes, the priests and Levites did and preachers today do so out of fear, by robbing his people. Merry

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

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    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      4 months ago from Roanoke

      Yes the spiritual eyes need to be opened.

    • OGUNDARE OLUSEGUN profile image

      OLUSEGUN 

      4 months ago from NIGERIA

      Until our (believers) eyes of spiritual understanding are opened, there would always be manipulations. Good one!

    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      5 months ago from Roanoke

      Amen so true. You are preaching.

    • celafoe profile image

      charlie 

      5 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      when they decide to follow the doctrines of apostate man instead of the doctines of the Christ they are sent a spirit that binds them to scriptue truth, and become those false ministries that Jesus warned us warned us would come. There fore since that are antichrist they must supply heir own money any way they can, They do not follow the risen Christ but evil men like themselves.

      NO MONEY CHANGES HANDS IN THE REAL CHURCH OF cHRIST, THERE ARE NO CHURCH BUILDINGS, NO CLERGY AND NO MAN IN CHARGE OG ANYTHING. The church system introduces them to a false ho;ly spirit and false christ. Onlu real disciples of Christ, filler with and FOLLOWING HIS HOLY SPIRIT can make a real disciple of Christ all others impart false spirits.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      "Pastors used to tell the congregants not to leave the building without accepting Christ because they may not get another chance. Now many spiritual leaders tell parishioners not to leave without giving God His dime." You got me there! Leaders who do this ought to reconsider. It always meddles with the spirit of worship when they begin begging for money. Having said that, no one should beg for tithes. Tithers usually return tithe in response to God, not in response to somebody begging.

    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      5 months ago from Roanoke

      Thank you Brenda. So many are in bondage. I’m glad you are not one of them.

    • Brenda Arledge profile image

      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      5 months ago from Washington Court House

      Amen! Cheryl, so glad you wrote this article.

      It is so sad when a church does this to its' people.

      I love this, "If a spiritual leader resorts to manipulation, he is in fear and not trusting God. "

      He must be a leader and show the people how to trust in God.

      The church I attend boldly states church is for sinners...not just ones who are saved.

      I know some people who won't attend a church for they have little to nothing to give.

      God knows what we can afford...others should not judge us.

      Great write.

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