Tithing is a Form of Worship

In the past few weeks I have grown to notice (mostly through writing on my blog) how “controversial” the topic of finances is. So far, I only have two posts in the finance section (not including this one). These posts have generated more views and comments than any other post I have written.

To be honest, I was slightly disheartened by some of the responses I was reading. It was not that people were offering another opinion, it was more that people seemed more focused on arguing than actually reading what I had written. Instead of letting the enemy weigh me down with the feeling of being offended, I began marinating on why this topic generates so much interest. People do not want to hear about tithes and they certainly do not want to read about wealth.

I said it on my post about tithing (read it here) and I will say it again. Tithing is an act of worship. I will add that it must be done out of faith and love for God.

  • Love
  • Tithe out of your love for God, not because you have been pressured to do so or because the church “needs your money”. You must choose to obey God in all areas of your life because you love Him.

    He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21 NKJV)

  • Faith
  • You must realize {this applies not just to tithing} that God is not moved by your wants and needs. He is moved by your faith. That does not mean he does not care about your wants and needs because clearly He does:

    Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:30-33 NKJV)

    Notice He says he cares about your needs but He instructs you to seek the Kingdom first and your needs will be supplied.

    But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)

    Your faith is what pleases God and is what will lead you to manifestation, which in tithing, will be the blessing of increase and the protection against the devourer (Malachi 3:9-12). Don’t get confused, I am not saying you “earn blessings”. The Kingdom still operates by grace, but that grace is accessed through faith (Ephesians 2:8).

    Click here to read more about faith.

    Trust God that what you give through tithes and offerings will not only return to you, but will multiply. Worship Him with all that you have, including your finances.

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    10 Comments Add yours

    1. biblebelieversbaptism says:

      I don’t want to seem critical, but we are not under the law. God commanded only Israel to tithe. They tithed food, crops and their herds, never money. If a person wants to tithe, I hope it is the person, not the person being pressured by a pastor or priest. No one in the NT was ever made to tithe. Relief was sent from assembly to assembly and used for believers. People only gave what God prospered them to give. Thanks!

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      1. ReignofFaith says:

        Please read my posts in their entirety before commenting. Your points do not seem to indicate that you have done so.

        Thank you for visiting and commenting!

        God bless

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        1. biblebelieversbaptism says:

          I did read read your post and answered appropriately. Romans 12:1-2, Hebrews 13:13-16, 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, Colossians 3:16

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        2. ReignofFaith says:

          Hello again!

          It seemed as though you hadnt. Thank you for taking the time out to read! These are all great scriptures. I am very familiar with them. I wrote two posts on Romans 12:2 actually.

          https://reignoffaith.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/be-not-conformed/

          https://reignoffaith.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/be-ye-transformed/

          If the Spirit so moves you, take a look.

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    2. raymon nelson md says:

      I agree that tithing is mandatory for those who have faith. There is no controversy on the subject of tithing.

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      1. ReignofFaith says:

        People have created controversy but this confusion shouldn’t exist. I choose to worship God with everything, including my finances!

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    3. Roger Tharpe says:

      I agree tithing is a form of worship. The disagreement found in the tithe (10%) of ones income comes with such ambiguity as to gross/net income or gifts as candidates for the tithe that when I hear 2 Corinthians 9:7, I am overjoyed that God has chosen to simplify the process. “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7).” I understand my giving will be in compliance with my desire to see God glorified in my life and am also made aware that I reap what I sow. So sowing bountifully will only lead to receiving bountifully and the opposite is true sowing sparingly and reaping sparingly. The specific tithe (10%) becomes more difficult to discern, as the prevalent appearances are relegated to the Old Testament. Another difficulty that surfaces is volunteering church members who clearly do jobs that should earn monetary value. Should they deduct the value of their work from the proverbial tithe (10%)? God is more interested in believers walking in righteousness or light (good works) that lead others to worship God.

      *You cannot use testimony to justify understanding of scripture, we use sola scriptura to justify scripture.

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      1. ReignofFaith says:

        Thank you for reading and commenting! You must be led by the Holy Spirit in all that you do, including giving! It’s an individual choice and shouldn’t be an area of judgement. As far as the person who volunteers at the church, he/she would have to consult the Holy Spirit on what to do. I think that is more of an individual thing. The Holy Spirit will instruct us in all we should do! I also enjoy what you said about sowing bountifully…this is very true. I really was trying to emphasize that it is an act of love and faith. Hope that came across!

        Thanks again for reading!

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    4. joliesattic says:

      Interesting the responses you got here. Good post. @Biblebelievers… Yes, because the law was fulfilled in Jesus, we are not obligated to adhere to it any longer and yet, Mark 12, Luke 21, Jesus still teaches about giving through the illustration of the widows mite and how “she gave out of her want” vs the wealthy man who “gave out of his abundance” perhaps the amount was disproportionate to their income and how because of that, hers was more precious to him. Although it was a lesson in giving, not in order to show off but of having a willing heart, that in of itself reveals that it was one of those practices that would continue on. There was no mention of an exact percentage. Still many hold onto various laws more so because it gives them a guideline. Something to go by. Like the center line on a highway. What and how much is for us to decide. What we ourselves are compelled out of love to give, whether to the church or a charity is what your conscience dictates. The word “tithing” however does mean 1/10th and tithing benefits a congregation in many ways. It helps maintain the facility, pays pastors, furthers the ministry and at times helps a needy one in the congregation. So, why not?

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      1. ReignofFaith says:

        The parts of the law we no longer practice are those areas Jesus already fulfilled such as animal sacrifice and consequences for sin, like stoning for example. He already shed His blood for our sin so there’s no reason for punishment nor continual sacrifices of repentance. But when people say we don’t have to abide by the law the waters can get muddy. It’s more so that we submit our love and will to God and through our obedience we inherently would perform that which is written in the law. Rather than us trying to seek righteousness through adherence to rules, we seek true righteousness through obedience (which is driven by a personal relationship).

        Nonetheless, tithing was practiced before the law. Jacob and Abraham are examples (Genesis 28:22; 14:20 respectively). I also find Hebrews 7:1-3 interesting because it says that Melchizedek was made like Jesus, thus it would further suggest that a tithe would be given even now.

        Thanks for reading and commenting! I love to hear people’s reflections. I also enjoyed your politics post as you probably could tell by my responses.

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