SHOULD CHRISTIANS KEEP PAYING TITHE?__Dr. Frederick France (apostle of DIVERSITY)

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By: Dr Frederick France

 

The subject of tithe payment by Christians is one issue which has attracted so much controversy and arguments in the body of Christ in these contemporary times. While some are of the opinion that Christians should continue with the payment of tithe, others believe tithe payment ended with the law.

 

To thrash out the controversy surrounding this subject, it is important we visit Malachi 3:10 which happens to be one of the main scriptures dealing with this subject, to find out the reason God demanded for tithe payment from His people. It says “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it”.

 

The above scripture reveals two reasons tithe payment was demanded. (1) That there may be meat (substance: meaning money) in God’s house, and (2) God will open the windows of heaven and pour us blessings. In other words, when tithe is paid, God releases lots of blessings in into the life of the believer. I want to however focus on the first reason; that is for money to be in God’s house. Why will God want money to be in His house? Of course to run the business of His house. So as tax is for the smooth running of a nation’s economy, so is tithe for the running of God’s kingdom on earth; bearing in mind that almost every transaction which goes on here on earth comes with a financial demand.

 

DID TITHE END WITH THE LAW?

Many are not just arguing but are also teaching that tithing ended with the law. Their argument is that all the practices of the Israelites during the law era ended when Christ was crucified. Their reference scripture for this argument is Galatians 3:13-14 which says “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith”.

 

What is worth noting in the above scripture is that, Christ redeemed us from the law so that we will enjoy Abraham’s blessings which is by faith. I will like to therefore state that tithe payment did not start with the law so it could not have ended with it. Tithe payment started with Abraham’s faith-works (Gen 14:17-20). If we are to enjoy Abraham’s blessings, it also goes to mean that we are to continue in His faith-works. Nobody told Abraham to give tithe, he did so by faith because he loved God. Obviously, Abraham’s faith-works pleased God (Heb 11:6,8).

 

Unfortunately, when the Israelites migrated to Egypt, they forgot all about Abraham’s faith works. Remember, God had earlier mentioned that He knew Abraham will teach his descendants His (God’s) ways (Genesis 18:17-18). When they stopped doing Abraham’s faith works, God got angry with them and made Abraham’s voluntary faith-works, law for them.  So the law came not because God wanted them to serve the law per say, but because they were transgressing in following Abraham’s faith steps. Galatian 3:19 explains this. It says: “Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions…” The law was added because they were transgressing in Abraham’s faith-steps. This is what made ‘Tithe Payment’ a law. Tithe payment did not begin with the law, it began with Abraham’s faith works. We are Abraham’s seed by faith, so we are expected to continue in his faith works.

 

DID JESUS APPROVE OF TITHE?

Our Lord Jesus approved of tithe. Hear Him in Matthew 23:23 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone”. Jesus said do the weightier ones, and do not leave “the other” (tithe payment) undone.

 

All believers are expected to pay tithe. If you are a believer, it means you have received the witness of Jesus Christ that He lives. If that is the case, then know that you are expected to pay tithe. Hebrews 7:8 says “And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth”.  In other words, “here” on earth, mortal “men” who are operating in the office of priests receive tithes from believers (those who have received the witness that Jesus lives), while over “there” in heaven, Jesus Himself receives it in spirit.

 

Obviously, the payment of tithe is fast becoming an issue of debate because money issue are serious issues! Most believers find it so difficult to part with money for kingdom work. They prefer to give God their left overs. Tithe therefore seem to be placing so much of a demand on their income (especially since it goes with percentage) hence they are finding “the tithe thing” uncomfortable.  If tax payment is good for the smooth running of our nation’s economy, then we Christians should not find it difficult paying our tithe for God’s kingdom business.

 

Let me quickly add that tithing does not reduce you! On the contrary, it increases you. As you get committed to the advancement of God’s kingdom on earth through tithing, God also commits Himself to your financial freedom. Matthew 6:33 says “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.  Our God adds good things to those who seek His kingdom and walk in His righteousness. Tithe payment is God’s righteous course. Psalm 35:27 says “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant”.

Beloved, God takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants who have embrace His righteous course of tithe payment. Tithing did not begin with the law, so it could not have ended with it! Tithing began with the faith works of Abraham. If you want Abraham’s blessings, then you must also want his lifestyle! Embrace tithe payment and enjoy Abraham’s blessings!

 

By: Dr Frederick France

 

The subject of tithe payment by Christians is one issue which has attracted so much controversy and arguments in the body of Christ in these contemporary times. While some are of the opinion that Christians should continue with the payment of tithe, others believe tithe payment ended with the law.

 

To thrash out the controversy surrounding this subject, it is important we visit Malachi 3:10 which happens to be one of the main scriptures dealing with this subject, to find out the reason God demanded for tithe payment from His people. It says “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it”.

 

The above scripture reveals two reasons tithe payment was demanded. (1) That there may be meat (substance: meaning money) in God’s house, and (2) God will open the windows of heaven and pour us blessings. In other words, when tithe is paid, God releases lots of blessings in into the life of the believer. I want to however focus on the first reason; that is for money to be in God’s house. Why will God want money to be in His house? Of course to run the business of His house. So as tax is for the smooth running of a nation’s economy, so is tithe for the running of God’s kingdom on earth; bearing in mind that almost every transaction which goes on here on earth comes with a financial demand.

 

DID TITHE END WITH THE LAW?

Many are not just arguing but are also teaching that tithing ended with the law. Their argument is that all the practices of the Israelites during the law era ended when Christ was crucified. Their reference scripture for this argument is Galatians 3:13-14 which says “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith”.

 

What is worth noting in the above scripture is that, Christ redeemed us from the law so that we will enjoy Abraham’s blessings which is by faith. I will like to therefore state that tithe payment did not start with the law so it could not have ended with it. Tithe payment started with Abraham’s faith-works (Gen 14:17-20). If we are to enjoy Abraham’s blessings, it also goes to mean that we are to continue in His faith-works. Nobody told Abraham to give tithe, he did so by faith because he loved God. Obviously, Abraham’s faith-works pleased God (Heb 11:6,8).

 

Unfortunately, when the Israelites migrated to Egypt, they forgot all about Abraham’s faith works. Remember, God had earlier mentioned that He knew Abraham will teach his descendants His (God’s) ways (Genesis 18:17-18). When they stopped doing Abraham’s faith works, God got angry with them and made Abraham’s voluntary faith-works, law for them.  So the law came not because God wanted them to serve the law per say, but because they were transgressing in following Abraham’s faith steps. Galatian 3:19 explains this. It says: “Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions…” The law was added because they were transgressing in Abraham’s faith-steps. This is what made ‘Tithe Payment’ a law. Tithe payment did not begin with the law, it began with Abraham’s faith works. We are Abraham’s seed by faith, so we are expected to continue in his faith works.

 

DID JESUS APPROVE OF TITHE?

Our Lord Jesus approved of tithe. Hear Him in Matthew 23:23 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone”. Jesus said do the weightier ones, and do not leave “the other” (tithe payment) undone.

 

All believers are expected to pay tithe. If you are a believer, it means you have received the witness of Jesus Christ that He lives. If that is the case, then know that you are expected to pay tithe. Hebrews 7:8 says “And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth”.  In other words, “here” on earth, mortal “men” who are operating in the office of priests receive tithes from believers (those who have received the witness that Jesus lives), while over “there” in heaven, Jesus Himself receives it in spirit.

 

Obviously, the payment of tithe is fast becoming an issue of debate because money issue are serious issues! Most believers find it so difficult to part with money for kingdom work. They prefer to give God their left overs. Tithe therefore seem to be placing so much of a demand on their income (especially since it goes with percentage) hence they are finding “the tithe thing” uncomfortable.  If tax payment is good for the smooth running of our nation’s economy, then we Christians should not find it difficult paying our tithe for God’s kingdom business.

 

Let me quickly add that tithing does not reduce you! On the contrary, it increases you. As you get committed to the advancement of God’s kingdom on earth through tithing, God also commits Himself to your financial freedom. Matthew 6:33 says “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.  Our God adds good things to those who seek His kingdom and walk in His righteousness. Tithe payment is God’s righteous course. Psalm 35:27 says “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant”.

Beloved, God takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants who have embrace His righteous course of tithe payment. Tithing did not begin with the law, so it could not have ended with it! Tithing began with the faith works of Abraham. If you want Abraham’s blessings, then you must also want his lifestyle! Embrace tithe payment and enjoy Abraham’s blessings!

 

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