Sold Out To Jesus:
A few months ago I published a hub titled, "Is Tithing Necessary? (My Tithing Experience)...sharing my story with other hubbers. It was merely my individual opinion about tithing.
That being said, I do not personally believe you are cursed if you do not tithe. I believe any Christian that tells you that is way out of line. I do not feel anyone has a right to be judgmental regarding this subject.
I tithe every bit of income that I receive. It's my choice. However, my husband does NOT tithe. It's his choice. He is fine with me being a tither. I am fine with him not tithing.
Also, alot of Christians...especially evangelists, not only say Christians SHOULD tithe but they should tithe their GROSS income. I do not agree with this. I tithe any NET income I receive. The reason? Because I have not RECEIVED the gross amount. I only tithe what I receive.
In my hub article I talked about negative and positive experiences I have had with tithing, plus why my husband and I quit tithing, and why I started doing it again years later.
I began to tithe again because God put it on my heart. But I DO NOT believe that the years I did not tithe that I was cursed. I do not believe when challenges arose during the time we were not tithing that we were being punished for NOT tithing. Please don't let ANYONE try to tell you that.
I LOVE your Username: Sold Out To Jesus! It is phenomenal. Just that user name speaks volumes about your heart. I can see that Jesus is your LIFE.
IF you ever did decide to tithe, I believe you would do it if Jesus did put it on your heart. (not other people) ....Right now I don't think He has...and I do not believe it is anyone's business whether you tithe or not. I cling to Ecclesiastes, where it reads there is a time for EVERYTHING.
I went YEARS without tithing. It was not my time to do so. However, now that I am tithing, I DO place my finger on Malachi 3:7-12, and I do claim it, because God never lies and God is faithful to His word.
However, Christ died for us, and the Bible promises He WILL take care of you! You have every right as a Christian to stand on EVERY promise in His Word.
I hope this helps. However, please know this is just my thoughts on this subject, for what it's worth.
Blessings always, Sparklea :)