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Sermon: The importance of tithing


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The importance of tithing

Introduction

Since you must have listened to similar sermons many times before I wont blame if you are not expecting anything out of the ordinary. There are two reasons why I picked this topic however. First, those who are new to faith need to be educated on the practice of tithing. Secondly, towards the conclusion of this sermon I hope to deal with the right way of tithing than reasons for tithing. Do note this sermon is not intended to condemn any of you but to give hope. So please relax and let the Holy Spirit of God to speak to your hearts.

1. The key to financial freedom

Read Malachi 3:8-9

A. The act of claiming ownership over some one else’s property is known as robbing.

B. When I don’t tithe I rob God by claiming ownership over what is rightfully His.

C. Consequently it escorts the curse of poverty into my life. Where as start tithing again is the only way to break the curse.

2. The key to fill God’s house

Read Malachi 3:10

A. In tithing I support those who serve in God’s house.

B. In OT the tithe served a 3 fold purpose. Sacrificial purposes, the domestic needs of the Levites, and for what ever emergencies faced.

C. My tithe helps to improve the ministries of the local church, supports the pastor, workers, their families and provides for emergencies.

3. The key to heavenly blessings

Read Malachi 3:10b

A. In Tithing I operate a spiritual law which works like the law of gravity. It has to work.

B. I don’t have to ask God or even pray for blessing after I tithe.

C. I have stopped praying for the tithe and the offerings in my church. God will bless the Tithe!

4. The key to financial security

Read Malachi 3:11-12

A. Tithing triggers Supernatural provision and protection over my earnings.

B. What sort of protection: Protection from thieves, natural disasters, inflation etc.

C. In failing to tithe the opposite becomes true because God doesn’t protect anything not His.

5. Application – The right way to tithe

A. Treat it with respect

I. I set apart the 10% before I do anything else with the money I receive.

II. I can’t use the tithe in time of need and pay it later.

B. Bring the whole tithe:

I. The word “tithe” literally means tenth or 10%. Therefore anything less than 10% is only a tip.

II. If you are tithing from crops offer the best unto God. Not what is left behind.

III. The Church is God’s only authorized storehouse. Giving to any other ministry is not tithing; it is offering.

C. Tithe with the right attitude:

I. This is Very important. The attitude matters as much as the act. 3 unhealthy attitudes:

II. Tithing out of obligation: Wrong attitude. Remember, Abraham tithed out of free will, long before God even commanded tithing,  (Genesis 14:18-20).

III. Limiting God: All I have is God’s, not just the 10%. (When I give the 10%, God blesses the 90% and multiplies it.)

IV. Conditional tithing: When I tithe God will meet my needs. God is not obliged to do however. I don’t tithe to meet a need, but to obey.

D. Practice it starting from today

I. Tithing is a spiritual discipline I must develop.

II. Do it consistently and systematically.

III. If you neglected to pay tithes in the past forget what you owe God (You can never repay God anyway). Obey God starting from today.

Conclusion

The blessings mentioned in the Bible are not just financial however. After all there’s more into life than money. Each time you tithe carefully observe how God blesses you in every other area of life as well as finances.

Image by: Kevin Krejci

Adopted from a message by Rev. Michael Dissanayake – General Superintendant, Assemblies of God of Sri Lanka.

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14 Responses to “Sermon: The importance of tithing”

  1. Gary Arnold says:

    Why not start with Malachi 3:7 (KJV) “Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ORDINANCES, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?”

    God said they had gone away from His ORDINANCES. Those ORDINANCES are in Numbers 18 which no one follows today; thus, everyone must be robbing God.

    However, now read Colossians 2:14 (KJV) “Blotting out the handwriting of ORDINANCES that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;”

    When God gave the Israelites the promised land, he RESERVED, for Himself, a tenth of the crops and every tenth animal. They NEVER did belong to the Israelites. In other words, the tithe was from God's increase of FOOD, not from man's income. It was a way to distribute FOOD to the Levites and priests who did NOT inherit any land.

    No one, not even the farmers, tithed on their income.

    The farmers made their income by SELLING and/or barter-exchanging their crops and animals but did NOT tithe on that income.

    Today, ALL born-again believers are priests. ALL of us are called to be deciples of the Lord. No one of us is higher than another. Our bodies are the Temple where the Spirit dwells. According to the scriptures, priests do not tithe.

    • Yohan Perera says:

      Gray,

      Usually I don't bother replying ignorant comments like this. In this occasion however I am compelled to return yours so that others shall not be MISLEAD.

      The prophet Malachi is very specific about the issue of not tithing. He establishes that people who don’t tithe are accused of robbing God indeed. It seems by mentioning that no body wants to follow the ordinances of Numbers 18 today, you want to impress the word of God is out dated and not relevant to today’s culture. Remember, God’s word always remains relevant regardless of time factor (Matthew 24:35) . Sin is always sin and you can not justify it just because the majority is doing it (Matthew 7:13). Besides the latter part of the verse you have quoted says, “Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.” God is calling His people to repentance.

      Do note that Colossians 2:14 doesn’t say that the law was abolished. It rather says that the law was fulfilled through the redemptive work of Christ. In the other hand Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17).

      In the Old Testament it was the sole task of the priests to intercede between man and God. When Peter speaks of the priesthood of the believer he is seeking to explain that every believer is an intercessor between God and sinners. Therefore the priesthood of the believer is not a reason for not tithing. I regret the fact you have twisted so many verses of scripture to fit your views and prove your excuses for not tithing.

      It seems to me you have not read the complete sermon before expressing yourself. Towards the end of the sermon I clearly mentioned we no longer tithe out of obligation but out of free will. Remember Abraham tithed long before God even tithing (Genesis 14:18-20). I delight in the law of tithing because of what Jesus did to set me free, in the cross of Calvary.

      In conclusion God is the exclusive source of financial blessings and security and tithing is the key to release those blessings. I have no doubt about it because I have experienced these blessings my self. See that my sermon already addresses most of the issues you have raised. Sadly you are missing the point of the entire sermon.

      • Gary Arnold says:

        I didn't miss the point of the sermon. What I am saying is that no one can tithe Biblically today.

        Abram gave a tenth of war spoils that didn't even belong to Him. There is not even one example in the scriptures where Abraham ever tithed on his regular income or wealth.

        Why must you insist to call your giving, tithing? That infers that it has something to do with God's tithing commands even though you do it by freewill, and it does not.

        THE FIRST TITHE

        Leviticus 27:30-33 defines this tithe as a tenth of crops and animals in herds and flocks.

        Numbers 18 gives the ordinances, or instructions, for this tithe, and commands this tithe be taken to the Levites.

        Purpose of this tithe: to support the Levitical Priesthood.

        SECOND TITHE

        Deuteronomy 14:22-27: aka The Festival Tithe – a tenth of crops, plus add to that the firstborn animals, and take for the yearly feast.

        Purpose of this tithe: “that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always”

        THIRD TITHE

        Deuteronomy 14:28-29: aka The Three-Year Tithe aka The Poor Tithe – a tenth of crops, kept at home, and invite the Levites, widows, orphans, stranger to eat.

        Purpose of this tithe: to feed the poor.

        Do you "tithe" by your freewill using ANY of the examples of tithing in the scriptures?

        Why not call it giving, which is what it is. In all three tithes commanded by God, the tithe came from God's miraculous increase of food from crops and animals and never from man's income.

        Church leaders added to and changed God's Word when they added tithing on one's income in 1870. To call a tenth of your income tithing to God is an insult to God. God's tithe came from HIS increase, not man's income.

        Unfortunately, as usual, man has tampered with God's Word and now teach the false doctrine of tithing on one's income.

        All it takes is a little research on tithing in the Christian Church to see how man has twisted the scriptures to come up with this false doctrine.

        I am all for giving. The more one can give, the better. But calling it tithing is misleading.

        • Yohan Perera says:

          You are indeed missing the point of the entire sermon, when you say no one can tithe biblically today. Therefore I advise you to go through this sermon again and again with an open attitude before even replying to this comment.

          Now to Abram and his tithe. In OT times war plunder was considered a part of the victory over one’s enemy, (Proverbs 13:22). Melchizedek clearly mentions that God gave Abram the victory. Then Abram becomes the rightful owner of the plunder and it was permissible for Abram to tithe.

          Like I said before I tithe out of free will and obedience. Hence I don’t need thousands of examples on Abram and tithing.

          Now to the issue of the word tithing. “ma ’aser” the Hebrew word used in Genesis 14:20 and Malachi 4:10 means “a tithe” or a “tenth” of everything. You see here that tithing has a mandatory standard while giving isn’t. Therefore You can’t mix “tithing” with giving. Whether the usage of this term infers that it has something to do with God’s tithing commands or not is the least of my concerns unless I am looking for an excuse for not tithing.

          Now to the three types of tithes mentioned in scripture.

          The first tithe, (Leviticus 27:30-33, Numbers 18): This is indeed the type of tithing I am talking about in the sermon. The second main point deals with this. (Now the first tithe can’t be replaced by second and the third.)

          The second tithe, (Deuteronomy 14:22): The purpose of this tithe was to promote unity among God’s people and teach them that God should be the top priority. Today this is unintentionally fulfilled through regular fellowship of believers as they seek to keep everything they have in common, (Acts 2:44).

          The third tithe, (Deuteronomy 14:28-29): Needless to say this is a common practice in the church today.

          Now to the issue of “income” and “increase”. There’s no difference between income and increase. In the OT a person’s wealth was measured by the size of the live stock he possessed because it was the source of his income. Thus they surely tithed out of the source of their livelihood. In present one’s income is his source of livelihood. Therefore it’s not wrong to teach the congregation to tithe out of each person’s income. Hence promoting tithing out of one’s income is not tampering with God’s word. I never mentioned tithing is a doctrine. It’s a command to obey in which I delight to walk because of all things God has done for me. After all God is my provider and the owner of everything I have.

          It’s not misleading to call it tithing because tithing is a more disciplined pattern for giving. In conclusion my own personal experience in tithing defeats all the odds related to this valuable practice. I know tithing works because seeing God’s miraculous provision in return to my tithe is a regular experience of my Christian walk with God (Proverbs 11:24). Remember a man reaps what he sows, (Galatians 6:7).

          • Gary Arnold says:

            You said, “There’s no difference between income and increase. In the OT a person’s wealth was measured by the size of the live stock he possessed because it was the source of his income. Thus they surely tithed out of the source of their livelihood. In present one’s income is his source of livelihood. Therefore it’s not wrong to teach the congregation to tithe out of each person’s income. Hence promoting tithing out of one’s income is not tampering with God’s word.”

            Now you are mixing apples with oranges. First, Abraham’s wealth was also measured by the amount of gold and silver he had. But, IF in the OT a person’s wealth was measured by the size of the live stock he possessed because it was the source of his income:

            1 – then you just admitted that the source was not the income, and

            2 – then today a person’s wealth is measured by the value of his assets which in some cases is the source of the person’s income.

            All income can be considered increase, but all increase is not income. Do you tell Christians to tithe on the increase in value of their home when home prices are going up? What about the increase in value of stock when they go up? The income only comes when the item is SOLD or exchanged.

            You are missing the point that in the OT wage earners did not tithe. The Biblical tithe always came from GOD’S increase of FOOD from crops and animals and NEVER from the income the farmers received from selling the crops and animals. The tithe NEVER came from anyone’s income. God NEVER commanded anyone to go out and work and give back to Him a tenth of those earnings.

            God, not me, specified what He wanted to be tithed. He didn’t want a tenth of the fish, or a tenth of animals that were not in herds and flocks, or a tenth of one’s wages, etc. God was specific.

            Let’s look closely at Abram’s tithe. First, the goods that Abram gave the tenth from didn’t even belong to Abram:

            Genesis 14:21 (KJV) – And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.

            Notice in verse 21 the king of Sodom didn’t ask Abram if he would give back to him the people, but rather said GIVE ME the people and keep the goods for yourself. The way that is worded indicates that the king of Sodom was claiming that the people and the goods belonged to him, but he offered the goods to Abram.

            It would normally have been the custom that the victor owns the spoils, but normally the spoils would have belonged to the enemy. In this case, Abram was RECOVERING goods belonging to the King of Sodom.

            NOTE: The king of Sodom had an original right both to the persons and to the goods, and it would bear a debate whether Abram’s acquired right by rescue would supersede his title and extinguish it; but, to prevent all quarrels, the king of Sodom makes this fair proposal (v. 21).

            –Should the Church Teach Tithing by Dr. Russell Earl Kelly, pages 24-25

            Genesis 14:22-24 (KJV)

            22And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

            23That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:

            24Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.

            Notice in verses 23 and 24 Abram also acknowledges that the goods belonged to the king of Sodom. But the king of Sodam offered that Abram could keep the goods for himself. Abram declined the offer. He didn’t want man to take credit for his wealth. By not accepting any of the goods for himself, Abram was putting all his faith in God to provide for him rather than man.

            Therefore, it is clear that both the king of Sodom and Abram acknowledged that the spoils of war did NOT belong to Abram, yet he gave a tenth of the spoils to King Melchizedek. This would seem that Abram did something wrong, if not even illegal, but Biblical historians agree that it was custom in Abram's day to give the king a tenth of the war spoils. Had Abram not given the tenth, he would have gone against custom.

            Conclusion: Abram did NOT give a tenth of his income, or his wealth. Abram gave a tenth of the spoils of war that didn’t belong to him and declined to keep the goods offered to him. That is NOT an example of tithing for Christians to follow today. By declining to keep any of the goods for himself, Abram showed his faith that God would provide. That is the example of faith that Christians should be following. Furthermore, the law did NOT require a tenth of war spoils to be given, so to say that tithing was before the law and then in the law is not true. What Abram did was NOT even codified into the later law.

            When you teach tithing on one’s income, and teach it as something God had commanded, you are just flat out wrong. You are changing God’s Word.

            How can you changed God’s definition of His tithe, and change His ordinances in Numbers 18, and then claim you are being obedient? Obedient to what? You are taking God’s Word, changing it, and then have the nerve to say you tithe to be obedient!! That is sinning – trying to follow God’s commands by changing them to satisfy yourself.

            Being a retired accountant and tax auditor, I very well know the difference between increase, income, and assets. The Biblical tithe ALWAYS came from assets and never from income.

            • Yohan Perera says:

              The live stock was the source of their income because they sold an animal or more when they wanted to buy something not payable in means of exchange, (Ex: Abraham paid 400 shekels of silver for Sara’s burial ground). At the same time the livestock (or the “asset”) became the income itself as there were times they exchanged an animal or more as a price for another service or good. The logic is the livestock was both the source of income and income itself at the same time. Then it’s wrong to conclude they tithed only out of their increase.

              In the other hand I never said all increase is income. But in the modern era there are many occasions where increase becomes the income. Each time I get a salary increment it’s an increase as well as an income. If I was working for 100 USDs I would tithe 10USDs. Consider my wage was increased by another 100USDs which adds up to a total of 200USDs. Then I would tithe 20USDs. So I am tithing from both income and increase at the same time.

              Suppose I have a house and God increases it by giving me another house. If I am willing to earn some extra money I can rent it out and tithe from the rental which is practical. However I will not break my head trying to figure out how to do something practically impossible, like tithing on the value of the house each time its value increases.

              It is foolishness to wait for God to issue a specific command that I should go out and work and give back to Him a tenth of my earnings, while the prophet Malachi clearly says I will be blessed if I tithe and I can test God on this. Well, so far God has passed the test.

              True, God specified what to be tithed. You see some times the practical application of God’s word deals with bringing what was “then” and “there” to “now” and “here”. I don’t have livestock, hence I tithe in cash. (I never said God want a tenth of the fish, or a tenth of animals that were not in herds and flocks.)

              Now regarding Abram and his tithe. If you have a question with the rightful ownership of the loot I have already addressed it in my previous comment and I am not expecting to repeat. You are welcome to read it thoroughly before drawing any conclusions.

              Don’t forget that Melchizedek was a kingly priest. When Abram tithed he tithed taking Melchizedek’s priesthood in to consideration.

              Frankly speaking I have not changed God’s word or his definition of tithe to fit my benefit. I am practically applying his word instead. God is not blind to reward my tithe if I am twisting scripture. It’s you and the sources you have quoted so far that twist the scripture as you are hunting for excuses for not tithing. Why not admit your lack of will for tithing instead.

              I worked as an auditor for a private firm long before I entered into pastorate and I am fully aware of the difference between increase, income and assets. I noted that modern principles of finance don’t agree with biblical principles all the time. As a Christian it’s my responsibility to sort out the best method to obey God’s word. So who has mixed Apples with Oranges now?

              • Gary Arnold says:

                You said, “At the same time the livestock (or the “asset”) became the income itself as there were times they exchanged an animal or more as a price for another service or good. The logic is the livestock was both the source of income and income itself at the same time.”

                The problem with your reasoning here is that the farmers didn’t tithe on the crops or animals they received as income. They tithed on the increase that God placed in their fields, not what was received in an exchange.

                You said, “Then it’s wrong to conclude they tithed only out of their increase.”

                I agree. They tithed only out of GOD’S increase.

                You said, “It’s you and the sources you have quoted so far that twist the scripture as you are hunting for excuses for not tithing. Why not admit your lack of will for tithing instead.”

                Of course I don’t tithe. I believe it is impossible to tithe today. However, I am a generous, sacrificial giver. I give much more than a mere tenth of my income. I am all for giving whether it be 1% or 100%. I am against false teaching.

                • Yohan Perera says:

                  Gary,

                  If a farmer pulled out 100 potatoes from the earth that becomes his income (because he used a part of it to purchase service and goods) and out of the 100 potatoes he would tithe 10. Therefore you are wrong when you say the farmers of the OT didn't tithe out of their income, which in turn proves it's not wrong for me to tithe out of my monthly wage.

                  By the way God placed increase in their fields only after they tithed out of the current crop. If they were unfaithful to the tithe God allowed decrease to take place.

                  In my previous comment I used the illustration of the salary increment to explain that tithing is done on both increase and income.

                  If you don't tithe and believe it's not possible today that's not my problem. I know it's possible because I am already doing it and blessed. I know it's not a false teaching because the Bible says so and God continues to bless my tithe.

                  I already explained the difference between giving and tithing. You may check the previous comments in case you missed it.

                  • Gary Arnold says:

                    Comment removed by Administrator. The commentator is advised to carefully read the original post and the previous comments before commenting further.

                    • Gary Arnold says:

                      You said, "If a farmer pulled out 100 potatoes from the earth that becomes his income (because he used a part of it to purchase service and goods) and out of the 100 potatoes he would tithe 10."

                      You are making the assumption that during this time bartering was the common way of doing business but there is no scripture to support such an assumption.

                      According to the International Bible Encyclopedia, the days of mere bartering ended before the days of Abraham. There is scripture to back that statement.

                      Abraham purchased land with money. Where did the money come from if not from doing business using money? Genesis 23:15-16

                      Jacob purchased land with money. Genesis 33:19

                      Joseph was sold for money. Genesis 37:28

                      In order for money to be an exchangeable equivalent for other commodities in today’s society, there must be a standard in place. Likewise, the Old Testament also had a set standard both prior to the law and during the law. A reference to a pre-law standard is in Genesis 23:16.

                      Merchants in biblical times traveled from place to place conducting business. According to the written law, the standard weight for metals was set according to the sanctuary shekel (See Ex 30:13, 24; 38:24-26; Lev. 5:15; Num. 7:13-86; 18:16).

                      Money was also used throughout the law. For example, God’s people gave money to support the tabernacle (Ex. 30:14-16; 38:24-31). There are many other examples that illustrate money’s place within the written law and indicate that money was indeed a part of everyday life. Exodus 35 provides such an example.

                      The tithing law itself proves they had both money and a marketing system for buying and selling their crops and animals (Deuteronomy 14:24-26).

                      To use the example of digging up potatoes and use some of them to purchase something is not realistic and not shown by scripture.

                      While the tithe could not be money, the Temple Tax (tribute in the KJV) had to be money.

                      Conclusion: The crops were not income, and were not used as money for normal day-to-day transactions.

                      If you are serious about teaching truth, you will respond to the above.

                    • Yohan Perera says:

                      So you need a response very badly and here it is. First let me tell you about the target audience of this sermon.

                      1. Christians who already believe and practice tithing
                      2. Christians who believe in tithing but afraid of practicing it due to financial and emotional insecurities

                      Now you see this sermon doesn't concern you or the rest of them in the no tithing camp at all. If you don't believe in tithing that's fine by me. After all it's between you and God.

                      As much as my sermon or my arguments can't change your views about tithing neither your views can't change those who are serious about it. You can call me a false teacher but that doesn't change anything either. I am not bothered if any one takes your word and stop tithing. At the end of the day I have done my part and I am standing blameless before God.

                      I found many loopholes in your last comment but I am not going to expose them. I have more important things to do for the kingdom of God than wasting my precious time in continuing an argument that leads no where. That would be the last thing I want to do.

                      In conclusion I wish I said all these before. It could have saved me a plenty of time. I am not expecting to continue this useless argument anymore.

  2. Esther says:

    The Word of God is eternal, it is final and no one can take out of it or change it. We have been encouraged to hold on tight to what we believe.

    I am a Tither, because I delight in obeying the word of God and I stand on Malachi (simple commandment). Abraham did not ask me to pay tithes but God commanded me.

    If we are children of God, why do we find it difficult to obey His instructions. There has been enough Bible battering in this argument and sorry that I don't intend to add more refs.

    SIGNS OF THE END TIMES!!!

  3. Tony Isaac says:

    I once heard someone use this term “applying elasticity to scriptures” and that is exactly what you are doing. You are twisting scriptures to support you warped view. Who told you Malachi 3 was addressing the New Testament church? We might as well take on the mandate of going to preach to Nineveh since that too is in the bible.

    We can tithe out of freewill? Do you also encourage people to get circumcised out of freewill, offer burnt offerings out of freewill, observe the Sabbath out of freewill etc. Sounds silly doesn’t it? That is exactly how we sound when we stealthily promote the law.

    If you are trying to prove that we can observe tithing out of freewill, the book of Malachi is not the place as this was clearly written to the Old Testament Jews. They were being reprimanded for disobeying God’s law; offering diseased animals, divorcing their Jewish wives in favour of younger gentile ones, withholding their tithes and the list goes on. Malachi 3 was simply a reminder of Deuteronomy 28. If you line both verses of scripture together you will see they are nearly identical.

    Tithing out of freewill does not exist anywhere in the bible. Since tithing was a form of Old Testament taxation, it was compulsory whether you liked it or not. And this is quite similar to the taxation system employed by most countries today; it is compulsory. On the other hand freewill giving which the New Testament encourages is never compulsory and this is in keeping with Paul’s charge to the church in Corinth; anything we give is acceptable as far as it has been given willingly and cheerfully.

    So, before you go around labelling everyone who does not agree with you ignorant search scriptures properly and stop spreading your personal opinions as God’s word.

  4. Jenny Ubi says:

    I am so happy to see the sound arguments in this fora. I am not biased against tithing, I am biased against the way it is taught. Go to any modern church the tithe is presented before the Cross, as if the tithe pays for our salvation. That for me is the greatest falsehood God will judge us by.

    The biblical Jews tithed, first fruited, circumcised and it never got them saved, only the blood of Jesus. I cannot believe that believers who have a heavenly hope would place the tithe and law oriented offerings before the greatest gift God ever gave mankind, salvation through the sacrificial blood of his only begotten son, someone so precious to him that I and you may be saved, have life and have it more abundantly. Ever wondered why the curtain in the temple tore apart as Christ was on the cross? May God rid us of foolishness and falseness.

    Christ emphasized freewill offering, sacrificial freewill offering like that of the widows mite, but Pentecostalism is all about tithing. We have gotten it wrong I think, if the emphasis is placed on free sacrificial giving there would be more funds in the church than tithing can bring in. So because of tithing and first fruits we would nail Christ on the Cross many times? God forbid.

    Where Christ and freewill offering represents grace, God's unmerited favour, tithe represents the law, and an unmerciful God who cannot forgive. God forbid. Live in grace brethren not in the law, it is free and priceless, the law is sin, nothing, no animals or tithe can save you from it. Christ has already saved and redeemed you.

    I have read Malachi several times and I know the Lord was angry with the people of Israel over many issues, their attitude to worship was chief among the issues God was angry about, but tithing seems to be the center stage. God is not a liar. Grace for me is greater any day and time than the law. I rather live by grace not the law. If tithing could guarantee salvation, then the cross was un-needful. God forbid.

    I would never have had enough tithe to pay for my salvation. All manner of falseness. Serve God not mammon. Seek ye first his kingdom and everything else shall be added unto you. May God continually open our eyes of understanding, may we allow the Holy Spirit to teach us all truth, that we may be saved by the loving grace of Jesus Christ. Amen.