I am a big believer in tithing.
There are those who say that the tithe is part of the law, and that it is no longer necessary. However, Abraham paid tithes to Melchisedek, and that happened before Moses received the law from God. So, tithing is before the law, it’s after the law, it exists now and it works.
I could write a lot of various testimonies. In general, I would like to say that if you tithe God fulfills the promise in Malachi 3:10-12…that He will rebuke the devourer. It’s true. A lot of problems that other people seem to have will pass by, just like the death angel passed over the doors of the children of Israel who had put the blood on their doorposts in Egypt, at the command of God through Moses. It is a symbol of the blood of Christ, by which we are saved, though Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross by dying for our sins and shedding His blood. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”
I personally figure out my tithe, which means 10%, on my gross pay, which is my pay before taxes and deductions are removed, so it is the bigger number, but that is fine, God blesses me. Then if I give an offering, it is beyond the 10%.
The particular month before I got a promotion at work (which is a recent testimony to God’s faithfulness and goodness), I had tithed 10% and given about 20% in offering as well, a total of 30%. It was after that that I got a promotion and I had been applying to be promoted at work for several years.
A friend at work told me how at her church they were selling meals to pay for the bills. I told her that they needed to tithe. So she invited me to her church on a Wednesday evening and I gave a testimony that, in part, went something like this. “I gave a tithe and offering and God promoted me from an hourly to a salary.”
I believe that when a person is a regular tither, that the little thorns and thistles of life are not as problematic. We live in a mechanical world and things break down, but there will be a lot fewer problems.
For example, I had to go to another city for training for the new job and went to get my tires rotated. It turned out that I needed new ones. The set of tires, which would have cost over $400, the salesman kept looking for every way he could to save me money, and I ended up paying closer to $250. That is the blessing of the tithe. People look for ways to bless you.
God has blessed me in many ways. People have given me food and clothes. People have given me computers. I have been given, or been blessed with great savings on things I needed in many ways.
I tell people that if they don’t tithe, the money that they would have given to God in the tithe they will end up losing eventually. Things happen. A tire blows out. Someone takes an emergency visit to the hospital. Work is cancelled. Something happens so the money that someone thinks they will save in not tithing ends up leaving their hands anyway. I tell people, give it to God and you will receive blessings, or the devil will take it from you.
From my experience, I believe that is true.
Where should you tithe? You should tithe to your home church where you hear the gospel message of Jesus Christ and his saving grace and how to be born again. If you don’t go to a church like that, then there are some online where you can be spiritually fed.
You can go to:
In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley as a good, Bible based church.
From time to time I mention various churches as I attend a number of online churches. Just be sure wherever you go preaches the Bible as the Word of God and Jesus Christ as the Saviour through his sacrificial death on the cross and shedding His blood for our sins.
And remember, give your tithes and your offerings. Read Malachi 3:10-12. It is God’s promise to you.