Tithing Is For Dummies

We already know that Tithing is for Pagans and it is also for Sissies, but the practice of Tithing is also for Dummies too. Hopefully by the end of this enlightening article I’ll take you to school to wise’n up and then you’ll finally realize that being a sacrifical, Spirit-led giver is much smarter than being a tither.

Tithing is a No Brainer

No BrainIt almost takes no forethought to be a tither. Once you get your paycheck, move the decimal two places to the left and viola! You have your 10%. Sign your check, lick the envelope and place in the offering plate. Paying your utility bill isn’t even this easy. God gave his son, who sacrificed his life to seek a complex relationship with us, and we find it acceptable that worship with our possessions is this effortless.

Some people view tithing’s ‘no brainer’ as a positive thing: It’s simple, straightforward with no gray lines. You would have to be stupid to mess tithing up. Sometimes simplicity can be attributed to wisdom, but God did not develop the concept of a tithe because he distrusted our capability to navigate through more complex matters.

With tithing, churches have very little concern about congregational funds being delegated to more deserving charities. While the dogma of tithing reigns supreme over financial stability, liberty is thwarted.

The minute that dictators see the people think for themselves is when they get nervous. Mass brainwashing is imperative if you seek control over the finances of a group of people. Sheep are stupid and so are people, so pulpit preachers relish the idea of a basic, straight-forward instruction to command the people to perform. No questions are usually asked about what to give, where to give, and who to give it to; so this ‘no brainer’ mentality is extremely convenient.

Why is Simplicity Bad?

5663001_mThe problem is two-fold.

First, is that the leaders desire control more than they desire faith. Those who give, are exercising faith because their finances are tested due to the strain on their budgets; but the leaders, the ones who set the examples, are the beneficiaries of a law requiring a minimum 10%. This was a fine law in the Old Testament because the ministers (Levites) were under the restrictions of the Law as well. They were equal participants with the legalities of tithing because they could not own land, nor have an occupation. By law, they were required to serve in the office of a Levite. Levites never felt led by the Holy Spirit to start a ministry since the law required them to serve regardless. Naturally, the same code of laws that the Levites were assigned to serve, were the same laws that the Israelites were assigned to provide. Today we’ve implemented a hybrid system of Old Testament laws that are imposed on God’s children, but that are not imposed on the leaders. This is bad for our leadership.

The second problem is that givers miss out on the pursuit of God. I alluded to this earlier by illustrating how simple tithing is. It’s just a simple 10%. There is no need to pray about how much, where, or who to donate to. Just sign your check and forget about it. For those who can easily afford their tithe, than their contributions are hardly beneficial to their spiritual well being. Their tithe is simply a gesture, rather than something more meaningful. As i stated before, God is seeking a complex relationship with us. This does not include worship that requires almost zero interaction.

Tithing is for Gullible People

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Tithing is not an exclusive Christian doctrine. Many other religions practice tithing or some form of a minimal requirement for giving. In reality, I don’t need to be born again in order to tithe to my God. Many will give for their religion if they are forced to, or if they feel there are benefits for their giving. I’m sure you pay taxes, but does that mean your relationship with your government is the same as your relationship to your God?

Godly giving is done right when it is in response to love and grace. I can portray a loving, generous heart through my tithing because i feel there is no other choice; but when i am not required to give, and yet  i give sacrificially – now that shows i am genuine and not counterfeit. Most gullible believers feel that our generosity is what separates us from other religions, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. What separates us is our ability to give without any obligation, and to use love as our law instead of ordinances. Before you think i’m trying to throw out the bible, let me remind you that most of you reading this practice generosity towards a spouse or your children the way i’m encouraging you to give to God. You don’t need an ordinance that dictates your obligations to your loved ones; more than likely you are giving to your loved ones out in response to your love for them. If we don’t need ordinances dictating our generosity towards our horizontal relationships, then why would we need these ordinances if we truly are in love with our vertical relationship?

Enforced giving cloaks the true intentions of why most people give. I’ll be the first to admit when some people realize that they are not required to tithe, they stop giving altogether. Does this mean that they will be blessed for their tithe in the past, but now going forward God will be displeased? What makes you think that God blesses an obedient, although reluctant, giver? So, why in the world would God value tithing as a minimum requirement?

I know that individuals are capable of tithing with a good heart. I’m not saying these people are counterfeit. I’m talking about those who cloak themselves behind the self righteous act of tithing. Tithing can incubate artificial love.

If you think tithing is protecting your finances, or if you believe its saving you from the devour, then you are dumber than i thought. Tithing doesn’t do any of that.  Do you think the Pharisees were under the blessing of God because of their tithing? Jesus called the Pharisees many names, but to put it in modern terms, they were just a bunch of dummies.

Believe it or not, you can be under the curse of the law for tithing. Some of you think you are saving your finances, but in turn you are destroying them. How could you be so gullible? Galatians states, “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse”. If you don’t think tithing is a command under the law, then you are even more gullible than i thought.

{ABD30A6A-EFC4-401F-82E9-721385E04A63}Tithing is for These Dummies Too

Have you ever had a conversation with a dummy? I’m not talking about a real person. I’m talking about a doll or manikin that is controlled by someone? Unless you are sitting in a psyche ward reading this, then I’m sure your answer is – No. U can’t have a conversation with a dummy because they are not living beings. They may appear living by their appearance or because they are being manipulated by another source but they are still dead objects.

An individual that is dictated by tithing is the same as this manikin. Let me explain. Gods purpose in tearing down the veil was to establish a relationship and personal communion with himself. Originally Israel’s worship and obedience was mandated through the law and prophets. Israels worship was basically spelled out for them. Just like a puppet All that was needed was compliance. There was no praying or consultation about what the right thing was to do. They didn’t need to wonder how much money the Levites needed this week or how much the poor needed. Israel didn’t need to pray about how much to give or to seek out those who needed help. All this guessing work was already done for them. They just needed to show up and do their duty. Israel’s job description is the same job as a dummy since they didn’t have much control over what they were suppose to be doing.  The most complex function of tithing was taking the time to count out the tithe each harvest.

A dummy (puppet, manikin) does not consult with their master about their daily activities because a dummy does not communicate. In the old testament Israel did not have direct or intimate communication with God. The Holy of Holies was their direct line of communication, and only a priest could enter. The good news is that Jesus died to provide us a line of communication to the father through him. The veil was torn, and as soon as it did, the strange communication barrier that once separated the master to his followers had vanished.

Not only had the veil been torn and a line of communication established, but on top of that God also sent us his Spirit to guide us. He would guide us to serve, give, pray, worship, counsel, and teach. The law’s purpose to lead God’s people into worship had been fulfilled, and the purpose of the Holy Spirit guiding and directing the Church began. We no longer were puppets being dictated by the strings of the law; we became children of the master and walked side by side to help us understand his will in real time.

I’m not saying that tithers are dead or not born again. I’m saying that worshiping God through tithing is preventing them from more communication with him and hindering a more intimate relationship. As i said before, dummies don’t communicate with their master because they don’t have the ability. We are given the ability, through the Holy Spirit, and the means, through the torn veil to communicate with God in the most most ideal way; but here we are satisfied with worshiping God with the automated task of tithing. We’ve stitched back the two pieces of the torn veil because we’ve become scared to liberate generosity in the Church.

Conclusion

Spirit led giving takes prayer, fellowship, and dedication. It is the most radical way to give. Because of the focus and energy required to exercise Spirit led giving, it is not a simple task. Although tithing is a no brainer, i can see that it may be impossible or difficult on the budgets, but when it comes to seeking God’s will tithing takes no thought or prayer. If you want to remain gullible, Be my guest.  Just remember that tithing doesn’t fool God about your heart, and neither does tithing protect you; actually it’s the opposite. Lastly, tithing is for dummies who find comfort in the strings of law, and who also wish to keep their distance from intimate relationships with God.

Jared Bartholomew is the author of www.tithing.com. There are over 300 articles written on research and reviews about tithing information.

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2 comments on “Tithing Is For Dummies
  1. Vicki says:

    This was a wonderful article. It confirms my belief that the tithe doesn’t protect my finances and it is not required. God provides my needs because He loves me.

    I didn’t grow up in church. Therefore, as a new believer back in the day and still today, I study the word and listen to His spirit. When I question the belief or doctrine of a church, people look at me like “Why don’t you believe.” I always feel like other believers go along with everything that has been passed down through generations. They don’t “study”, think for themselves,or rightly divide the word. We need to be like the Bereans.

    In my experience, I have left churches, where I tithed, because they kept insisting on giving more. It was about building extensions and the latest technology to reach people for Christ. What I witnessed was mismanagement of funds.

    The last church I attended for well over one year and participated in a home group. When I left, no one reached out to see if I was okay. But, I keep receiving mail asking for more money esp since it’s Christmas.

    The women’s ministry was ran by a controlling woman. She wanted the twelve leaders to be financially responsible for the holidays, funeral meals, monthly meetings, etc. As I single woman, I complained I cannot afford to support all the ministries I wasn’t a part of.

    In closing, I do not give out of guilt or compulsion. I feel free to draw closer and depend on God for all my needs. He is Our provider. I am no longer a dummie. :0) I am a cheerful giver.

  2. Mike says:

    If our money is cursed for not tithing correctly, why do church leaders not return the money to all those giving less than 10%? Why would a church take in cursed money? If a person gives 5,7, or 9%, the church should immediately return the money, lest they take on a curse!

    I guess churches that espouse tithing, but collect anything really don’t believe in it either!

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