Many Christian people today are robbing God. Many think they are tithing
when actually they are not. Some think giving to this and to
that, just so it is a good cause, can be considered as tithing.
Others give outside their church for business reasons (hoping
to find favor with a few people.) Let us see what the Scriptures
say about the tithe:
is a tithe?
It is the tenth of one's income. It is associated in the Bible with the
“First Fruits,” which were holy unto the Lord (Ex. 23:19). “All
the tithe of the land is the Lord's (Lev. 27:30). It is the
rent which we owe to the Lord for the use of all material substances
which we hold as His stewards.
When was the tithe instituted?
The first reference to the tithe in the Bible is in Genesis 14:20 where
Abraham paid tithes to Melchisedec, King of Salem and Priest
of the Most High God. The second reference is found in Genesis
28:22, where Jacob vowed the tithe to Jehovah. It was an established
practice by many heathen nations before the time of Abraham,
as secular history originally a Mosaic law, for Abraham gave
tithes five hundred years before the written law was given to
Who should pay tithes?
Every saint and sinner alike (Mal. 3:9), “Ye are cursed with a curse;
for you have robbed me, even this whole nation.”
Where should we bring our tithes?
Into the house of God. The place here God's people come together for worship.
The church is God's house today *(1 Tim. 3:15; Heb. 3:6; 1 Pet.
2:5) “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse” (Mal.
Have we the right to withhold a portion
of our tithes for priests or charitable purposes?
“Bring ye all the tithe.” If one's tithes are diverted for private
or charitable purposes, such as fraternal organizations, community
chests, Salvation Army, etc., we are “robbing God, and His house
Is the tithe binding on us today?
Beyond a doubt. We acknowledge God's rightful sovereignty over us when
we tithe to His house of which Christ is Head.
Did Jesus approve the tithe?
Yes! “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe
of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier
matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought
ye to have done and to leave the other undone” (Mt. 23:23).
What other New Testament passages teach
Hebrews 7:21 says: “Thou (Christ) are a priest for ever after the order
of Melchisedec.” What kind of a priest was Melchisedec?
He was a tithe-receiving priest. “And he (Abraham) gave him
(Melchisedec) tithes of all.” Certainly Christ is a tithe
receiving priest also (Heb. 3:6, 10:21).
What blessing does God promise those
who pay the tithe?
He will “Open you the windows of heaven, and pour out a blessing that
there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Mal. 3:10).
“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes: (Mal.
What does He promise those who fail to pay the
Although not stated directly in this passage, it is implied. He promises
just the opposite. This may be the answer to the epidemic, pestilences,
famines, and personal difficulties, etc., in this and other
lands. God will curse those who own not His sovereignty over
The tithe has scriptural authority.
It is clearly taught in the Word of God, which is more than we can say
of many methods of church finance.
It is fair and business-like.
No one can claim that God is a hard landlord when he a
asks only one-tenth as His share. Then the giving of a definite amount
puts the whole matter of giving upon a systematic and dependable
Tithing removes the reproach that attends
many of the methods used to raise money.
We must always apologize for bazaars, supper, fairs and kindred forms of
raising money, whose appeal is to selfish or worldly motives.
will lift churches out of the attitude of a beggar.
We will stop talking about begging for the church, and the cause of God
will be financed honorably and free from the stain of mendicancy.
removes the necessity for spasmodic efforts and for high-pressure
We have been doing much of our giving under the stress of dire necessity
and under the influence of frenzied appeals. The tithe would
keep the treasury of the Lord with ample funds all the while.
Tithers usually go to the full measure
Those who are giving in a great way to the glory of God almost without
exception, began their stewardship as tithers, this recognition
of the right of God to their money led them to the glory of
has the promise of the divine blessing. (Mal. 3:10-11).
breaks down the wall of partition between the sacred and the
The man who in partnership with God will find the business of the six days
becoming holy like the worship of the seventh.
enables our churches to give themselves to the task of soul-winning.
The energy now spent by preachers and deacons and other active church workers
in raising money and in wearisome appeals for funds to meet
expenses, could then be given without interruption to the
chief business of the churches, that of leading the lost to
Christ and building up the work of the church. -- The Baptist Challenge