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The Why of Tithing

Updated on September 26, 2018
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True Christian Principles are not the property of a faith, but the heritage of ALL true religion, even if not of apparent Christian origin.

Prophetic Promise of Malachi

The words of Malachi in the Old Testament are lamentable as he pleads for a return of Israel to the ordinances of Jehovah. Reading in that book reminds us of the Words of Isaiah and Moroni. Malachi is in the same tradition as Moroni in that his book is the last of a testament and he echoes words of warning and invitation. Malachi invites us to test God.

It seems strange that a prophet promotes this opportunity to verify the creator of all things, but the invitation veritably extends to all believers. Malachi was particularly speaking to his brethren of Judah when he admonished them to return to God, but his words are applicable today as in the past. Malachi challenges,

"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. 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. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts." Malachi 3:10-12

How marvelous are the promise give to those Jews who followed the law instituted among them in olden times of tithing! The same promises apply to all people today who keep this law and honor it. In these last days, Jesus Christ teaches that " those who have thus been tithed shall pay one-tenth of all their interest annually; and this shall be a standing law unto them forever... [T]hose who gather unto the land of Zion shall be tithed of their surplus properties, and shall observe this law...." Doctrine & Covenants 119:4-5.

God is the same forever and in Him, there is no hint of uncertainty about His role in our lives and His relationship to us. He does not have us worship Him out of vanity. We do so out of love and devotion to Him. All things that He reveals to us has eternal purpose.

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Why Tithe - Anciently

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house..."

First and foremost, we tithe because Heavenly Father asked us to do so. He needs "meat in mine house." Of course, the Lord does not need meat to eat, and the house he was speaking of is the Temple at Jerusalem in the reference in the book of Malachi.

The priests did not work while serving in the Temple and needed people to give a tenth of their products to the Temple to continue the rites of sacrifice in similitude of the sacrifice that the Savior would allow of his life. There were several types of sacrifices performed--the foremost to atone for the sins of the people. There also were the individual sacrifices for each patron of the Temple.

Because cultural separation makes such ordinances seem cruel in today's society, I will not bother to detail them here, but tithing funded the ordinances of the Temple in Jerusalem. Temple worship was a large part of Jewish culture and religious life in ancient times. The idea of the Temple was to point the chosen people to God and His eventual glorious triumph over death and hell and their deliverance from the bondage of all their enemies.

The Lord wanted them to remember to support the Temple ordinances through tithing so that he could keep them in remembrance of his covenant to them.

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Why Tithe - Today

"...all those who gather unto the land of Zion shall be tithed..."

The Lord expects the same devotion today for the same reason. While all who are reading this may not worship in temples, most Christian organization use tithing for the same purposes as in ancient Judah I assume. God gives us everything and asks in return that we return a tenth of what he allowed us to have.

We could reason that God gives us nothing because we work diligently for our support and present it as an offering! However, God created the earth and all the souls on it, who in turn, participated in the development of societies that offer employment to people like us.

He, God, also set the seasons and earth in motion and created the laws that allow gravity on Earth to hold so that we may walk and breathe air. He placed the Earth next to a star so that we may have warmth and light. He even prevailed upon the hearts of nations so that where many of us live there is relative peace. For all that, he asks for a tenth of our increase.

Tithing helps to run The Church of Jesus Christ. Temples of the Lord dot the planet in a way unprecedented in the history of God's church. These temples perform ordinances and use all sorts of products and services that cost money. The Lord needs "meat in mine house" still. We call this "meat" electricity, water, laundering, food service, central heating and air-conditioning and more. The Lord wants us to bring our increase to keep the temples going.

He wants us to keep our churches going. All houses of worship need to have upkeep so that the Lord can use the ministers to point the people towards the great sacrifice of Jesus of Nazareth. We tithe to show our support for the Lord's servants who service our spiritual needs outside of home life. The church is an anchor of support for family teachings about Christ and needs support from Christians to keep it running.

The politics of tithing is not the question. What the leaders of churches do with the money after we give it to them matters, but it is a subject to leave to the Lord. We give freely and willingly with hearts pure in devotion for the upkeep of the temple or house of worship so that there "might be meat in mine house."


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    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      6 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Does not say it anywhere that the widow gave a tithe. Again, tithing is not something that is explicitly mentioned in the version of the New Testament that we have today. The closest things come when Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees who He states are paying tithing, but do not acknowledge the love of God. He explains to them that they should not only pay their tithes but also have the love of God reference from Luke 11:42 and Matthew 23:23.

      The early saints during the Apostolic era lived a higher law of consecration where they gave all that they had to the church and it was portioned back to them what they needed. I don't know of any Christian organization that lives that law today outside of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I tend to believe that there are some groups out there, I am ignorant of them, though.

      Latter-day Saints covenant to give all we possess to the Lord and we pay annually 10% of our increase to the church to spread the gospel. We have not been called to give all we possess as in deed our properties over to the church, but if asked, we pledge our support in that manner just like the old saints.

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      AF Mind 

      6 months ago

      But where does it say the widow gave a tithe? An offering of money and a tithe are two different things.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      6 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      AF, you are correct. Tithing as goods to the storehouse is still a practice in places where there is battering due to the lack of money. Where it is possible, I know in my church we encourage people to pay with currency such as paper bills or coinage. Where it is not possible, a tenth of the increase in foodstuffs and products is acceptable.

      I know during Christ mortal ministry the widow gave a mite for her offering to the temple in Jerusalem. The early saints at that time lived a higher form of the law than only a tenth. They gave all they had and then a tenth of the increase from that point. I am expecting that Christ will require that law at our hands at His second coming or some time shortly before.

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      AF Mind 

      6 months ago

      I refer to the modern version of tithing being money rather than a farmers goods as the Old Testament said it was.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      6 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      What do you mean where does the Bible support this?Are you talking of tithing or that God still speaks to prophets who recorded Christ's words? Depending on what you are asking I can answer.

      Also, Doctrine and Covenants is a canonized book and is just as valid as the Bible. I also use The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. These are all books that are scripture and valid: The Bible, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, The Doctrine and Covenants of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Pearl of Great Price. All contain the word of God revealed to prophets.

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      AF Mind 

      6 months ago

      " I used a scripture in addition to the Bible called Doctrine and Covenants which contain the words of Jesus Christ given to modern prophets. Jesus Christ, Himself says as recorded in this book of scripture "And this shall be the beginning of the tithing of my people." Jesus spoke of the building of a temple and the support of the ministry in modern times."

      Where does the Bible support this? I am not saying anything outside of the canonized books cannot be used, but we must be careful. Anything they say must be backed up by the original.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      6 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      AF, thanks for reading and leaving a comment. So that you know where I am coming from, believe all believers benefit from living the commandments of God no matter the religion. There are certain laws attached to certain blessings the God will honor, tithing being one of them.

      Also, I testify that God still speaks to modern prophets, which I mention in the article indirectly. I used a scripture in addition to the Bible called Doctrine and Covenants which contain the words of Jesus Christ given to modern prophets. Jesus Christ, Himself says as recorded in this book of scripture "And this shall be the beginning of the tithing of my people." Jesus spoke of the building of a temple and the support of the ministry in modern times. The church was to receive support by tithing its members. It has been a standing command in these last days for Latter-day Saints since that time.

      I also notice that people of other faiths who live the law of tithing reap the blessing from God, which is why I wrote this article in such a general tone.

      AF, I am not refuting what you say. I am informing you that my basis for promoting and living the law of tithing is based on my testimony of God's continued command for it. My testimony is not based on the Bible. The Bible, however, is a supporting document to the blessing the Lord pours out for living the law.

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      AF Mind 

      6 months ago

      But tithing was for the Levite, the fatherless, the widow, and the stranger during the time when the Levitical priesthood stood. Deuteronomy 26:12-13

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      6 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I have already written an article and several comments. Thanks for engaging.

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      charlie 

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

      The moroni church may teach and believe that but the scriptures do not. Scriptures say as did Jesus that many will come in His name and do not follow them it even addresses the phony book of mormon when Paul states

      Gal 1:6-9 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9

      You are deceived your angel of satan moroni is referenced above. Let God judge between us as you asked, It will not be my first time and probably not my last as I ask God to do this often.

      I have no more to say other than I await the judgment of God, be sure to tell us what happens

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      Rodric Anthony 

      6 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Charlie, you claim that I have my own Jesus that is false, so no matter what I say you will not accept it. I do not believe you have a different Jesus, though. If you do not agree that we can speak to the same God, we are at an impasse. Satan is not pretending to be Jesus to deceive me or people like me. I assume that is what you are getting at.

      God does not allow those of us who want to follow Him to live in deception if we follow His commandments, to love each other as we love ourselves. He also manifests Himself through the Holy Spirit by the only method the devil cannot imitate which is peace that passes all understanding. The devil cannot imitate that gift of the Spirit.

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      charlie 

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

      and does that mean you will do the same? I have no fear but you should be careful

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      6 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Be it to you as the Lord wills, Charlie. I pray it comes swiftly and assuredly and without any doubt. As you ask publicly may your response be just as public.

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      charlie 

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

      you asked for it so I will agree. Lord Jesus I ask you to judge between me and Roderick Johnson and between his false jesus and you the son of God. On the issue of tithing for today and the issue of whether we are disciples of Christ or not.

      Thank you Jesus, amen

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony 

      6 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Charlie, let God judge between us. Followers of Christ are known by our fruit. If I am not a follower of Christ, then He will reckon with me. I testify, however, that I am a true follower of Christ. I also testify that the Law of Tithing is the living will of Christ for all those who follow Him today. It is a matter of asking God directly in prayer if what you say is right or not. God has not stopped answering prayers.

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      charlie 

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

      the problem is you are filled with the false holy spirit and follow the false jesus that the REAL JESUS and His disciples warned us about. You quote the false satanic doctrine of joseph snith which the real Jesus also warned us would come

      you probably are a church christian as most churchman are but you are not a disciple of Christ.

      And also I am commissioned by God to refute false doctrine as are all real disciples of Christ

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      Rodric Anthony 

      6 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I am filled with the Holy Spirit of God, and your interpretation of the Gospel of Jesus is flawed. Tithing is not a part of the law of Moses, but the law of the patriarchs. The reason the Law of Moses exists is that Isreal could not live the higher Law of the Lord which is what Moses would have given the House of Isreal had Aaron not allowed them to be given over to the worship of the golden calf. The laws of God are eternal and existed before Moses. The law of tithing is part of a higher law called the law of consecration. Christ's Apostles instituted that law among the church members. They were to give ALL they possessed to the church which would then redistribute it out among the members as need and ability necessitated. The annual increase following that stewardship would be a tenth.

      Since your faith is based on your personal beliefs and not on revelation from God, it is ungodly for you to say what is or is not scriptural since you have no authority to speak for God. You are not a prophet, and God has not called you to speak on His behalf.

      I am a holder of the Levitical priesthood, which I received under the direction of Jesus Christ. Christ did make it so that any worthy man can become a priest unto Him, but He did not do away with his laws. He fulfilled them. We do not perform the animal sacrifices anymore. That is what changed. If you understood what those ordinances meant you would know that Christ did not change the law nor did He do away with tithing. That is an eternal law. The law of Moses was a schoolmaster for Isreal, but for the purpose to point Isreal to the Messiah. Isreal did not recognize Him as a whole when He came. Only a small number of them did who became the first members of His church in Judea.

      I don't normally speak so bluntly, but you do not understand the words of the Bible according to you own words here. Nowhere in it or other scripture is your view supported. Since I am not only a Bible believer, but also a believer in The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, The Doctrines and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Pearl of Great Price (all scripture) and continuing revelation to modern prophets and my own personal access to God independent of all of this I know you are misguided.

      I usually, in the name of fraternity, stay away from calling out the things that I see as apostasy because we are all at different spiritual levels. You, however, attack all that is good in all religions by claiming it all to be of men or man when your views are based on your uninspired and limited view of God alone.

      If any man or woman seeks earnestly to know if God still wants us to tithe, he or she can go directly to God in prayer independently of any of us and ask Him. The Lord will answer him or her if he or she is sincere in his or her desire to know and is willing to act on the commandments He gives to him or her.

      Read Malachi and ask God if He will not pour out the blessing of heaven on us if we live that law. I have a testimony of it in my own life for the past 25 years of living that law as commanded by Christ Himself. When He asks me to live the higher law, the law of Consecration I will be ready to live that one also because I have proved to myself that God is faithful and will provide for all my needs whether directly or through my industry. I have never gone without what I needed, or a means to get it because I live the law of tithing, never. I can testify in the name of Jesus Christ that the law of tithing is of the Lord and continues to be in effect until Jesus Christ commands us to live the higher law, amen.

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      charlie 

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

      if you understand scripture, which only those filled with and following the Holy Spirit of God can. You understand that the order for the tithe was given only to Israel, only could be received by a natural born Levite qualified to be a priesr and only during their age which ended at the cross of the real Jesus Christ. He, the man Jesus Christ brought in a new and totally different age and way of relating to God as well as making it possible for ANY and EVERYONE to become sons of God. No denomination of the evil church system of man which include over 40000 different groups that have their own way of entering in of which none are the true Gospel of Christ.

      the book of Malachi took place under the Law of Moses and was nullified at the cross.

      This article is 100% unscriptural and is a cult doctrine of man , NOT OF GOD BUT OF SATAN

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