BEING A CHRISTIAN IS NOT DIFFICULT, JUST FOLLOW THE RULES !!!
Based upon certain blogs and comments, it seems necessary to explain again that tithing is not a Christian requirement… There is absolutely nothing in the New Testament that speaks of tithing as a rule for Christians. Some believe that tithing is a way of demonstrating faith, but in a way, it is actually against the teachings of Jesus. Jesus tells that when we give, we should do it in private and we will be rewarded openly. Tithing is not a private gift although there is nothing wrong with giving money to the church, in fact, more should do it, but it is not to be considered tithing. The only mention of tithing in the New Testament is when Jesus is confronting the Jews concerning their obligations !!! When Jesus died on the cross and redeemed us from the Law, the redemption was not selective. It is not as if He redeemed us from certain obligations but others remained in effect. His death cleared us of all Jewish Laws which included tithing. A demonstration of faith is to believe in the words of Jesus and the rules for our behavior that are given to us in the New Testament. However, there are some that feel that they should do something for their church and they are correct. But, if it be an offering of money, it should not be considered tithing because there is no such obligation to a Christian !!!
There was a small church in the Midwest that had a bus to pick up the congregate for Sunday services. Well, the bus finally broke down and could not be repaired and so the pastor prayed during his sermon for a new bus… The elders of the church confronted him and told him that they did not think it appropriate to pray for material things. A few days later, the local Rotary club in this small town purchased a new van for their own use and gave their old, perfectly good, bus that they were using to the church… Not surprisingly, the elders did not see this as an answer to the prayer of the pastor !!! What the pastor did was to demonstrate his faith by believing that God will always give us what we need. This is faith !!!
It is true that the Bible tells us that God loves a cheerful giver, but He also explains the different types of giving. Jesus was upset with the Jews because they had corrupted their tithing and the same problem exists to some extent today. There are some that do not tell the truth about their income in order to give less to the church, as well as other problems of this nature. It is human nature, as we are shown in the Old Testament, to “adjust” certain aspects of the requirements when it is convenient for some people. And, we must never forget or underestimate the influence of Satan in these instances.
Of course, it is necessary that the church has sufficient funds to continue, but having faith that God will provide those necessities is showing true faith. We should all give whatever we can for the benefit of all the members, whether it be money or painting the building or mowing the lawn. Tithing was and is a Jewish requirement, but it is not a Christian requirement. We know this because the Bible tells that to us. If the Bible that a person is using says that tithing is a requirement for Christians, that person better get a new and true Bible !!!