MAYBE YOU CAN HELP ME WITH TITHING . . . I AM 63 YEARS OLD AND RETIRED LAST YEAR, MY INCOME IS NOW SOCIAL SECURITY AND A MODEST RETIREMENT CHECK. MY SON IS MENTALLY CHALLENGE AND I HAVE HIM TO CARE FOR.(HE DOES HAVE A JOB WORKING 20 HOURS A WEEK). IT IS VERY HARD FOR ME TO GIVE 10% . . . I AM SEEING A DOCTOR 3 TIMES A WEEK FOR BACK THERAPY . . . I WANT TO OBEDIENT . . . . ONE OF THE ELDERS IN MY CHURCH SAID TO GIVE WHAT YOU CAN WITH A HAPPY HEART AND WITH LOVE . . . THEN I HEAR FROM MY PASTOR WE ARE SUPPOSE TO GIVE 10% . . . CAN YOU HELP ME?
LOVE IN CHRIST
I am including a portion of a letter written a couple of years ago to a friend asking the same question as you are about tithing. I will also include a letter from Norman Grubb addressing it.
You have not taken a set of principles to live by, but a Person…and He will have no other gods before Him. Tithing is simply another “sacred cow” in the Christian world. Tithing is Old Testament. God does not want 10% of you…He wants 100% of you…ALL you have and are. You are under a New Covenant…a new and Living way. ALL you have is His. Give as He freely gives in/by you and do not give as He does not freely give in/by you. Sometimes it may be much; other times it may be nothing. But it will be as God directs, not as an outer Old Covenant law directs!
Do a word study on tithing in the New Testament. In the gospels Jesus never tells the people to tithe. He brings it up in Matt. and Luke only to the Pharisees in order to tell them that although they tithe, they disregard justice and love. He blows on it…on their perfection by tithing! In Hebrews 7 Paul tells us that when there came a change of priesthood there came a change of law also. The former law was weak and useless in comparison to the new and better covenant found in Jesus Christ.
Living in the New Covenant changes everything that we have understood or thought about God, Christ, Christianity, ourselves and the “way” life works. Jesus Christ died in order that we might do so. It is an abomination to Him and His sacrifice that we have little idea what His sacrifice has fully meant for us. It jerks us out of every comfortable place of “I can do it; do better; be like Jesus; live for Him” to a place of meeting Him in the burning bush as did Abraham….where we are consumed by His life, yet fully ourselves in glory!
It will be a BIG step to trust The Life within yourself, instead of your pastor or the Old Covenant Law. But I suspect that since this has so fully come to your attention that the Spirit thinks you are up to this next step in trusting Him and knowing yourself. A new friend recently told me that the way the Spirit had directed him and his wife with the money they used to always give to their church was to now at times take folks to dinner to have really meaningful fellowship and sharing. So now they are free to do either…or any other way the Spirit reveals!
Norman’s letter follows…
Rhonda my dear,
Thank you for yours. Ok, there is “process”. Light that “shineth more and more unto the perfect day”. But we don’t concentrate or even really notice growing. We live as “perfect now”, BEING, and simply confronting the negatives, trials, pressures, as “sufferings” we accept, as Jesus did the cross: then as we accept, we find the resurrection there and others see it in our body form (2 Cor.4:7-12). Be a BE-ER rather than BECOMER! “Hath perfected forever them that are sanctified” etc etc!
As to tithing, you have it right. Babyhood may start by regular “law for” tithing and have its answers, as you had. Maturity is not a thing called tithing, but ourselves, as He, are the tithe, and it takes practical form AS HE AS US leads us this way or that. I tell folks when you have the Giving Spirit, as we have, keep all you can because HE will get out of you what is HIS outpouring to the world of need by you! I liked you paying your tax with your tithe!!
ever with my love and always ever with my love and always glad to hear,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR LETTER, I NOW AM FREE OF THIS 10%. I GIVE HIM FREELY THE 100% OF ALL I HAVE, WHICH IS REALLY HIM.
GOD BLESS YOU
ALL praise!!! It was for freedom that Christ died… walk ye in it!