Questions for God?

wpadmin
January 16, 2017
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  • There is so much controversy on tithing. Some preachers say 10% tithe and some say it is grace giving it is between you and God. What does God say

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    • Hi Karen!

      Thanks for your question! The whole 10% thing comes from the Old Testament practice, where Jacob states in Genesis 28:22 that out of gratitude, he will give God 10% of all his wealth. It also comes up in Deuteronomy 14:22-26, where God commands the Israelites to tithe. However both of those passages have very specific Old Testament contexts; we are not under the Jewish Laws if we are in Christ.
      Today, the New Testament affirms that we should simply give as we are able, and give cheerfully. We can see God telling us this in 2nd Cor. 9:6-7;
      “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

      God, through Paul, here makes it clear: Give what you have determined is best in your heart. He is much more concerned about your state of heart in your giving, than the giving itself. Give whatever you can cheerfully, for “God loves a cheerful giver.” It does leave us with this exhortation though: Those who sow sparingly, reap sparingly, and those who plant bountifully, reap bountifully. This kind of thinking should influence us when we tithe.
      We hope that helps!

      -Pastor Alex

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