Monday, November 30, 2009

Tithe

I have more to say on a subject touched on below.

Sometimes tithing can be the hardest thing to work into a budget and it took my family quite a few years of church attendance to get to the full 10% of gross per paycheck every single month. In fact it was 2007 that my husband and I made this firm commitment to give unto God his due. I've been challenged by this from my boss who nosily asked if we tithed 10% and I said yes. He then brought in newspaper articles of Christians who had decided tithing was really not necessary. To this I quote scripture:

Leviticus 27:32
And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.

Deuteronomy 12:17
Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand:

Malachi 3:8
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Malachi 3:10
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.



Tithing is how the ministry does what it's called to do. In basis semantics, how would a church even keep it's lights on if the church refuses to tithe?

I'm fortunate that I grew up with parents who tithed without question every week and it was a great basis of understanding and acceptance.

Questions to answer - what ministries does Calvary chapel cover with tithe money? I understand we are commanded to tithe but what does obedience gain us as Christians?

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