Thursday, January 5, 2012

Liberty in Christ from tithing

Where does tithing fit into the liberty we have in Christ?  When I was in a denominational church I realized that I had become a prisoner to my mind because of tradition and religion, but that Christ had come to set me free from all that. 

That’s what religion does to you; it makes you a prisoner in your own mind.  But Paul talks about renewing your mind.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

It’s a ‘mind’ field.   For example, any believer who has been taught to tithe has been taught that by a religious teacher, and not the Bible.  Paul doesn’t mention tithing once.  If you believe Paul is your apostle and someone tells you that he doesn’t mention tithing one time – that should make bells and whistles go off!  At least ask, “Why didn’t he mention tithing?”

When you study it out you’ll notice that even the Lord under the law during His earthly ministry only mentioned tithing twice; and it wasn’t a monetary tithe; He was talking about herbs and other things. [Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42]

The issue of not having to tithe today should set a person free.  The religious, denominational church will say you have to be obedient; don’t rob God; don’t walk by sight, if you’re struggling you still have to give.  All that is nonsense.   If you’re struggling financially, today – do you know what God would have you to do?  Don’t give!  Don’t give to the church unless you can.  Take care of your home responsibilities first as a man; do what you have to do; pray for God to prosper you so that you might be a part of grace giving.

I Timothy 5:8

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

There are saints in every assembly that can bear financial burdens more than others.  Paul says:

2 Corinthians 8:15

As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.

But religion and denominational legalism puts this burden on you to give when you’re unable.  No – you give if you’re able.  But if you can’t afford it now, pay your bills.  God has people in the assembly who are able.  If something changes down the line and those people have a financial calamity and are not able to give as much – guess what?  Right when it’s needed, maybe you’ll be the one who has more to give to make up for that lack.  That’s how grace works.

Hopefully this helps! 

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