Many Christians today, I believe, are living in bondage to giving. Let me explain what I mean. The traditional approach taught in many churches is to give 10% of one’s income to the local church. There is nothing wrong with that in and of itself. The problem lies in the motivation behind the giving.

Most Christian pastors and leaders base the teaching on an Old Testament passage in Malachi.
Beginning in Malachi 3:8, here is what it says:
“Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say ‘How have we robbed Thee?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you.”Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house,and test me now in this”, says the Lord of Hosts “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing, until it over flows.”

This passage is emphasized to the exclusion of a New Testament section in II Corinthians 9:7.
“Let each one of you give just as you have purposed in your heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion: for God loves a cheerful giver.”

The choice should be clear. What would you prefer? Giving out of compulsion and fear of being cursed, or giving as you have purposed in your heart to give? One can lead to bondage and guilt. The other results in freedom. Besides, when you really study the Malachi passage in its Old Testament context, you begin to realize how grossly misinterpreted and misapplied it is, to today’s church.

Why should Christians be governed by a particular percentage? Just give generously as you purpose in your heart.

Now what about blessing? Both of these passages mention being blessed as a result of giving but it is not clear what form of blessing that might be. Giving, or tithing, does not guarantee financial blessing. I know there are people who tithe who would disagree with this, but I have also read stories of people who claim they have gone bankrupt due to excessive giving.

Then there is the issue of money management. Will a person who is tithing experience financial blessing if he or she has a minimum wage job, or has excessive debt, including several maxed out credit cards? I think not. Financial blessing comes as a result of a combination of the three elements: good money management, sufficient income, and giving. And yet, I have heard some prominent Christian teachers say that the way to get out of debt is through tithing. In some cases that has worked for people, but to say that it will work for everyone is simply not true. I do not believe that it comes automatically as a direct result of tithing.

How many Christians, however, are taught that a person will be blessed financially just because of tithing? There is definitely blessing in giving, but it may not be necessarily financial.

Whatever the case may be, are you giving in freedom or in bondage? How many Christians believe that if they stopped tithing that God would withhold His blessing upon them and their family?

It really is quite simple. Just be generous in giving, as you “purpose in your heart to give.”
Oh, and since when should be expect to be blessed?
True giving is done expecting nothing in return.

And since when does a person give out of fear of being cursed?

Source: FaithWriters.com

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