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Tithing, and What It Really Means.
What Is a Tithe?
A majority of people would argue that it is when you give 10% of your money and give it to the church as an offering. Why is that? Better yet, are they even following the law of tithing properly?
What, And Who Was The Tithe For?
According to the Bible, tithing was about food. The Bible debunks money tithing because tithing is commanded in the scripture from agricultural increase in Leviticus 27:30-33, Deut. 12:17, Duet. 14:23, 28, 2 Chron. 35:1-6 Nehemiah 10:37 and 12:44, Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42.
Deuteronomy 26: 12 says the tithe was for the Levites, the stranger in the land, the fatherless, and the widows. It was to go to everyone of those categories, not just one particular person or group of priests. This means that not only is the pastor using tithes to get money when the scriptures say that is wrong, but they aren't even giving it to the ones it was supposed to go to. As evidence shows it was for the less fortunate and was a practice of showing love for your neighbor as both the Old and New Testament commanded.
LEVITICUS 19 18'
- "Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD."
- 37 "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."
- 38 "This is the first and great commandment."
- 39 "And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
Note: I am not saying giving money to ministries (so long as they aren't selling the Gospel) or the less fortunate is wrong. There is nothing wrong with that. But if we are going to do that we need to know what we are doing and what to call it.
What About Reaping What You Sow?
- "The money seeds of God’s children are most precious when they are scarce. When the money seeds you want to put into God’s work are very scarce, take comfort and let your faith grow by what God says about your precious seeds. Psalm 126:6. Now, that verse should give you comfort, and boldness to give to God’s work, even in tight financial times. God absolutely guarantees that precious seed will produce a return; His Word says that he who sows it “shall doubtless come again with rejoicing.” Your precious seed has a guarantee of success and harvest." Dear Zoe Partner, by Creflo Dollar.
That is not exclusively about money. Reaping and sowing is about putting seeds into the ground. Whatever seed you plant will determine what fruit you get. The Bible uses it as an example of how when we do something it comes back upon us, whether it is good or bad. For example, Noah and his family were saved because he was righteous. But everyone perished. They reaped what they sowed. These pastors will often use this only in an economical and financial example. Let's look at a passage about reaping what you sow.
Galatians 6 1-7
- "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."
- "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."
- "For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself."
- "But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another."
- "For every man shall bear his own burden."
- "Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things"
- "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
- "For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."
I hope this article has provided some insight into tithing. Peace and blessings, and all praises to the Most High.