“If you don’t tithe, you are under a curse.”
Do you believe that believers are not under the law? In Paul’s word to the Galatians, you’d be foolish to believe that believers are under the law or even some degrees of it.
- The law was not given to Gentiles
- Christ fulfilled the law and brought it to an end.
If the above is true, then tithing as defined by the law does not apply to believers including the curse following those who do not tithe. Believers can tithe in faith, it has to be a personal decision, an act of faith rather than obedience to any law. If a believer wants to tithe, it should be without bias to the laws of the Old Testament.
Abraham is called the father of faith because he lived in faith. The Bible made it clear that God considered him righteous not because he obeyed any law but because he lived by faith. Abraham tithed in faith, he wasn’t trying to obey any law, he only acted in his faith just as he would do other things in faith.
In the New Testament, we live by faith and if one should tithe, it should be a thing of faith and if one doesn’t, he is not cursed for not doing so. When you tithe with fear that you’d be under a curse for not tithing, then you should also meet the other demands of the law else you’d be scared of the consequences.
There is a great blessing in giving, there is a great blessing in putting our faith to work, giving to the needy, giving to the demands of our assembly and giving to the needs of those who teach us the word. Are we under a curse for not giving? No! But we may not access certain things when we do not key into it.
For example, Paul encouraged that those who minister to us with spiritual things should be ministered to with material things. The reason is simple, it makes ministry easier for them, it eases the burden of life on them and in turn, makes them focus more on feeding us with the word. This is a blessing in return because the minister will not be discouraged or distracted.
Paul wrote in his letter “let no one mount pressure on you to give. Don’t give out of pressure, give cheerfully”
Paul also wrote “decide in your heart what to give. Give according to what God has blessed you with”
This is very simple…
If you believe the law applies to believers, to what extent does it apply? Why hold on to the laws of tithing but discard others? Meanwhile, those who teach the law of tithing always skip certain things which the Old Testament commanded about tithing. Let’s look at it
“Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship—the place the LORD your God chooses for his name to be honoured—and eat it there in his presence. This applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn males of your flocks and herds. Doing this will teach you always to fear the LORD your God.” – Deuteronomy 14:23
Should we keep one part of the law and disregard the other? You see, some Pastors always teach what is convenient for them and this is because their belly is their god.
Let’s talk about experiences.
There are Churches that do not teach tithing, they discourage it entirely. These Churches have wealthy members too and none of their members has been living with a curse of poverty. Does this mean the curse of not tithing applies only to members of Churches that tithe? Or what extent does this curse affect people?
There are rich men who aren’t Christians, there are rich Christians who aren’t tithers and there are also poor Christians who are tithers. Are believers the only ones under a curse for not tithing? Must you be a member of a Church that tithes to be under this curse?
Most of the experiences we parade as the testimony of tithing and the curse that follows non-tithing are human-induced. Anything you want to interpret out of a situation is what you will interpret from it. We should not use our experiences to interpret what the Bible says. We should be sincere to teach the word without bias to what anyone including our mentors and role models interprets out of it.
There are people who lost their jobs even after tithing, there are people who got thrown out of their houses because they couldn’t pay house rent even after tithing. There are also people who still became rich despite noncompliance to tithing…
Let’s see what the New Testament giving is like
“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 Corinthians 9:7
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” – Hebrews 13:16
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” – Act 20:35
We do not discourage generosity towards the needy and towards the Gospel. However, we must correctly teach what the Bible says if we are sincere enough.
Believers give cheerfully. It is not Biblical to pressure believers to give, it is not biblical to say a believer is under a curse for not tithing… That is GROSS ignorance or wrong interpretation of the scriptures.