I Won’t Beat Around The Bush in This Blog.

A recent poll indicated that only around 10% of Christian church attenders tithe. That’s . . . sad.

Tithing is giving 10% of our increase to God (by giving to the local church). A Christian should (and often will song songs about) complete surrender to God. Everything we have ultimately belongs to God, but God says we need to give him 10% of it. Malachi 3 says that if you are not tithing, you are robbing God. I doubt any Christian church attender would even consider stealing something of value from another person — yet roughly 90% of them steal from God on a weekly basis.

“But I cannot afford to tithe!” Psh. You can’t afford not to. Malachi 3:10-12 says that when God’s people tithe, he will bless them! The inverse of that would be that if God’s people don’t tithe, he will not bless them. Do you trust God’s Word? If he says he’s going to bless you if you tithe — he will. You can take that to the bank.

If you are not giving 10% of your increase (i.e. your paycheck or allowance) to your local church – you are robbing God. Knock it off. Start giving to your local church. Like . . . now. God says so.

New Hope just introduced an online tithing program where you can electronically donate money to the church. If you consider New Hope your church home and you’re comfortable with “online payment” methods, I encourage you to check out New Hope’s Online Giving. It’s been tested for several months and it works great! I’ve used it myself and I’ve found it to be completely safe. Just visit NewHope.in and click on the Online Giving link in the bottom left corner.

23 Replies to “I Won’t Beat Around The Bush in This Blog.”

  1. Did it ever occour to you that there are curch goers out there that don’t even have the money to put food on their table? Did you ever think that there are MANY other ways to tithe than to give money directly to a curch? I am of the opinion that there are various ways to tithe and that tithing to the church is not the best way to do it. The church is a group of people…not a building. New Hope is a fine example of a church that appears to the outsider to be showy almost. No offense is meant by this comment, it is just an opinion.

  2. So, if you expect me to give 10% every week, is the church going to pay for me to live in my rundown shack, buy my food and necessities? What if everything I make just pays the bills? Does this mean that I am a bad chrisitan? What about the churches that have lied to it’s members and embezzled from the church? What if the church is using the offeing to pay for something that I don’t agree with? Does my opinion not matter? I feel that you are judging me, and what does the Bible say about judging? THOU SHALT NOT JUDGE!!!! iT IS NOT YOUR PLACE TO JUDGE!!! There are several ways to worship and tithe.

  3. Everyone that reads this blog is entitled to his/her opinion. The author respects that; it’s why he accepts comments. But my opinion, or yours, for or against something does not negate the Truth.

    Adam Diehl did not make up the concept of the tithe. God did. It is a clear Biblical principle and not meant to be optional for Christians. I believe, and I’m sure he will correct me if I am wrong, this is what Adam is pointing out here. There are certain things that God requires from us. Being a Christian means obeying the things God asks of us. Frequently He asks us to sacrifice, but He also promises to take care of not only our needs, but bless us beyond measure. Sadly we often shoot the messenger, as is happening here. When we experience conviction in our heart (based on the message passed to us from our brothers and sisters in Christ) it is not unusual for our flesh to respond with defensiveness. But if we would see it as edification and an opportunity for growth instead of judgment, how much more God could bless us and bring us further in our sanctification! I needed encouragement again in this area and appreciate this blog for bringing the Truth to me plainly. Test God and the principles in the Bible (specifically the one raised in this blog). God is Faithful and will not let you down!

  4. “For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” -Luke 12:23-25

    We Americans are such worriers! If we could only learn to trust God. That’s what He really wants.

    Do you think that when God told Abraham to kill his son, Isaac, that he questioned God? God wasn’t interested in seeing Isaac sacrificed, He was testing Abraham’s trust in Him. And, Abraham passed!

    Abraham understood something that many of us have forgotten: He is merely a steward of that which God entrusted to him. Every single thing we have is already God’s! It should all be used to constantly further the Kingdom of God. But, God wants to know the attitude of our heart, so He gives us a test: the tithe. The tithe is fair to everyone. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you have, you give 10% back to God. And, if you are concerned about putting food on the table, trust God. He won’t fail you.

    Now, having said all of that, I want to point out two things:

    1. Tara is right, don’t shoot the messenger.
    2. Big Kahuna and Age both have a point about not trusting the church to handle the money properly. However, we could sit and argue until the cows come home, and not come up with a way that we are all 100% happy with. It’s not my place to tell you where to give your tithe, but I can say that if you put your faith in God, you’d better be tithing! If you don’t trust your local church, find another one you can trust, or maybe you should have a talk with your pastor…

    Well, I’ve rambled on enough!

  5. One addendum — I was speaking with an elderly gentleman several weeks ago. He said something that I thought was awesome, “I may go without — but my church never will.” This is a man who has lived his entire life under this Godly principle and has seen God hold true to his promises. This man has experienced the grace and provision of God even when he gave in his poverty. Anyone who argues against the provision of God will never be someone who has actually consistently tithed.

  6. OK, I’m going to change my perspective from my earlier comment…that comment is three months old, and I’ve done a lot of soul-searching and thinking about this very subject since then!

    So, here’s my new perspective: God has not called us to tithe, He has called us to a life of generosity. I wouldn’t ever want to be caught doing the bare minimum, i.e. the tithe, I want to cheerfully give everything to God! If you are attending a church, and using its resources, then you had better be supporting it financially. But, everything beyond that should be cheerfully given to the place, or places, you have prayerfully considered.

    Don’t be stingy and just tithe, connect with God and become joyfully generous!

  7. Yea! That’s what I meant when I used the phrase “Tithes AND Offerngs” (the number 9). That’s exactly what I’m talking about. Thanks for clarifying it.

  8. There are many ways to WORSHIP, but only ONE way to tithe. Of course it hurts to tithe! But the thing about tithing, it means 10%. That’s equally as much of a pain for one as it is for another, yet people think one can afford it more than the next, when the bottom line is no one can afford to NOT tithe!
    That’s like the lady who ate all her corn seed and left none for the next spring to plant another crop. She could have had so much more, had she not been greedy and ate it all. You could starve to death with that attitude!
    And, if you don’t trust your church with the finances, then you’re attending the wrong church, because you should always feel comfortable with giving to your church.

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