Question on Tithing

Discussion in 'Doctrinal Discussions' started by CoffeeDrinker, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. Say you tithe every payday on a regular basis, but one day you are thinking of giving your tithes to a person instead of where you normally give your tithes. Is that considered tithing? Should you still tithe the same as always, but then give the person something different, is that an offering?

    What if you don't have any other money and when you go to give your tithe you feel led to give it to a person.
    Is that right / wrong? Is there no answer? Is it a personal decision between a person and God?
     
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  2. Then one must be sure it's the Holy Spirit leading you to give your Tithe some place else and not feelings or emotions or what looks like a need.

    Blessings
     
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  3. Greetings Friends,
    There seems to be a lot of confusion about Biblical Giving and the Tithe.

    Tithing was around from the beginning, even before the law of Moses.
    Being redeemed from the curse of the law or not being under the law Does Not Excuse, Throw out or destroy the Tithe.
    The tithe has Not Ever been apart of the law.

    Now with that said, I am going to clear the air as they say and Distinguish the Different Biblical Giving.

    1. Tithe
    2. Offerings
    3. First Fruits
    4. Alms

    1. Tithe has and always will be 10 percent of your earnings.
    The tithe carries a different promise with it. Malachi 3:10-12

    2. Offerings are an additional form of giving and have nothing to do with the tithe.

    Offerings carry different promise all together separate from the Tithe Promise.
    Such As Luke 6:38
    Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

    Scriptures such as 2 Corinthians 9:7
    Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

    This Does Not Say Anything about Taking away the tithe nor Does it Say It is Ok to Determine if you want to give 10 percent or not.

    This is Dealing With Offerings
    However........Giving Tithe out of duty or a heart grumbling is Not Acceptable either.

    3. First Fruits.
    This is Not the tithe as many believe
    No the First Fruits are to be Given Once A Year. It is of your Increase.

    Example.
    Starting January 1st you are getting a 1 dollar an hour Raise.
    So on a given 40 hour work week you would now be making 40 dollars more each paycheck.
    First Fruit is simply taking the First Extra 40 Dollars (just once) and Adding it with your giving that week.
    This does not cancel out your tithe.

    Folks act like this is too much.
    Let's think about this for a moment,
    For the prior 52 weeks you lived with out the extra 40 dollars a week.
    So why would one more week hurt you?

    The next 51 weeks you keep the 40 extra dollars each week.
    The thing I want you to see is this.
    Do You Love and Respect God so much that You Will Keep Him First in your life including Your Finances.

    If you think God does Not Notice.....
    You are not thinking correctly.

    4. Alms....
    This is totally separate from the other three and Is The Only One You Are Giving To Man. The other three are unto God.

    Example giving to some one in need.
    Helping out some one etc.

    Matthew 6:3
    But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

    This is the only Giving where God tells us to keep it quiet and do not make a big show of it.
    It's not about the giver but Protecting the ones in need. Why draw attention to them or their need.

    This is only a simple example of True Biblical Giving. One can dig deep into this.

    I pray this has helped some and brought a clearer understanding of True Biblical Giving.

    Blessings
    FCJ
     
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  4. @ Fish Catcher Jim

    This is exactly why I joined a Christian forum, so I could see viewpoints and information that I would not otherwise come across. You bring up several points, that while I can't say I have never come across, are presented in in a way I don't think I have ever seen. I am going to have to do some prayer and study on this point because I honestly think I have been putting some of this into practice wrong in my life.

    Back to general topic:

    I think FCJ's second post has broken this down in a very specific way that is great for day to day considerations but his first post is very much to point on the specific question. I would have to agree that there may well be a reason that the spirit is leading you to take your tithe and apply it elsewhere but I would personally want to be certain that this is coming from the Spirit and not personal desire or emotion.

    Personally I think Christ made it clear that God's law was not meant to be an unbearable burden on his people. The apostle's reaped grain on the Sabbath and he defended them, siting David's taking of the priests bread, out of necessity, when he was on the run from Saul. (I didn't fact check that so I hope I am remembering right, call me out if I am wrong here).

    Certainly I don't know your finances, it may be that you are being called to help someone and the only way you can do that is provide from the money you would normally tithe. I would definitely be very prayerful for spiritual discernment on that. It may help to pray with Jim's second post in mind that giving to an individual is not tithing, is that what you are being led to do?

    I spent years not tithing due to some bad advice from a dear loved one. The advice was well intentioned but I know now was based purely on this world. I took the advice because it made my life easier and the source of the advice made me feel better about the decision. I never spent any time in prayer on this and know now that it was an earthly decision and not spirit led at all.

    I pray for guidance and understanding for your decision.

    HeIsOnFirst
     
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