I will like to answer your question with a few key words and questions.
Who is tithe really meant for? It is meant for the widows, the poor, the orphans, and the underprivileged – Malachi 3:5, Acts 4:34-37.
What is a storehouse? A storehouse is not just the church – II Chronicles 32:27-28, Genesis 41:56, Deuteronomy 28:8.
To whom should the tithe be given? Tithes should be given to the Levite, strangers, fatherless and widow – Deuteronomy 26:12-13; 12:6-7.
How much should be given to the church? Only tenth of your tithes – Nehemiah 10:38. All the rest (90%), needs to be given to the strangers, fatherless and widows, Deuteronomy 14:22.
Can you use the tithe to take care of your own family needs? Yes. – Deuteronomy 12:11-12.
Is the tithe compulsory in the New Testament? No. Jesus never commanded it and the Apostles never commanded it. But it is only permitted in the New Testament – Matthew 23:23.
Is there anything more important than the tithe? Yes. The weightier matters are more important, which are love, kindness, justice, truth, mercy, faithfulness. These are value systems of the Kingdom of God. They are more important than tithes.
Are you cursed if you don’t pay your tithes? No. Jesus has become a curse for us – Galatians 3:10. In Malachi 3:8-10, the curse that is talked about here does not relate to Christians, it is relating to the nation of Israel; the priests and the elders, politicians of the land.
What should the money collected in the church in tithe and offering in the New Testament be spent on; what should it be used for? It should be used to take care of the needy members of the church and the needy people of the society – Acts 4:34-37.
Is seed sowing about money? No. In Luke 6:36-38, the seed sowing it talks about here is about mercy, justice, forgiveness, not money.
Is it right to give your last in offering? It is wrong – II Chroncicles 8:12. God only accepts when you give only what you can afford.
Is tithe to be given in money? No. Tithe in the Old Testament was given in produce, agricultural produce – Luke 11:41-42
Pastor Sunday Adelaja (Founder, Embassy of God Church, Ukraine)
Culled from Punch Newspaper