Who is Dave Ramsey?
Dave Ramsey is the most popular Christian voice today offering stewardship and financial advice. Ramsey is a NY Times Bestselling author and has currently written five books. His most notable book is The Total Money Makeover. According to Wikipedia, The Dave Ramsey Show is broadcasted to over 600 radio stations.
Ramsey focuses much of his attention on debt. Many families have changed their lives and vanquished their debt due to the highly popular Financial Peace University program.
What does Dave Ramsey believe about tithing?
RamseySolutions.com states, “The Bible explains that tithing is an important part of faith for those who follow God and that your tithe should be money you set aside first.” Dave Ramsey believes that Christians should be giving a minimum tithe of 10% of their income to their local Church.
Dave Ramsey believes tithing must go to your local church
Ramsey says, “Giving 10% of your income to anything other than the local church isn’t really a tithe.” I don’t know where Ramsey gets this declaration from because it’s not found in scripture. Tithing was explained in the Old Testament but there’s nothing in the New Testament that states where or how to give a tithe to your local church. During festivals, the Israelites traveled to far places to have feasts and celebrate using a tithe.
He believes tithing should go to the local church due to the interpretation that the Old Testament storehouse equates to the New Testament local church. This belief is in error because the bible makes no correlation between the Old Testament storehouse and the Church. The storehouse at the temple stored grain. Our church stores nothing. The storehouse in the Old Testament correlates to our storehouse in heaven, not the one on earth. 90% of the tithe never even made it to the temple storehouse. The Jews in Israel had synagogues much like our worship centers, yet, they didn’t bring the tithe to their local worship building.
Dave Ramsey believes you should still tithe while paying off debt
“Even if you’re in debt or walking through a rough financial season, tithing should still be a priority.” This statement from Dave Ramsey’s site is shocking to some. It’s very difficult for many people to make ends meet. I have read numerous stories of those struggling in debt while advancing further into debt because of their tithe. There are other ways to give back while getting out of debt. God looks at your stewardship practices as a whole. If you are in debt because of poor financial decisions then tithing does not make a wrong a right. If you are in debt because of economic circumstances such as expensive medical bills while living on social security, then you can find peace in knowing that the poor in Israel received tithes. You can read more about this in the article, Should I Tithe While in Debt?
Dave Ramsey believes tithing is 10% and anything above that is considered an offering
Many people equate tithing and offerings. Offerings are considered a very general term for giving to God, which includes tithing. Tithing is considered a subset of offerings and is the act of giving 10% to God to fulfill an Old Testament command.
Dave Ramsy states, “A tithe is a specific amount (10% of your income) that you give first, and an offering is anything extra that you give beyond that.” It may sound confusing that tithes and offerings are separate when I just explained that tithes are a part of offerings. It really comes to semantics. Many Christians like to say that anything above 10% is a freewill offering. Yes, tithing is a type of offering to God but that’s how many differentiate the two.
Dave Ramsey believes tithing is a firstfruit offering
Here’s a quote from his website. “Firstfruits is just a biblical way of saying that you should give first—before you do anything else with your money.” Dave Ramsey believes in setting your tithe away first before you spend your income on anything else. He also quotes Proverbs 3:9, which states “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.”
The Bible was very clear in Leviticus 27:32 that the tithe was to be taken from the tenth one, not the first, and that it didn’t matter if it was good quality or poor. I am not arguing against honoring God with the best of what we have. What I am stating is that tithing and first fruits are not synonymous. The first fruit offering is a representation of Christ. The tithe, which was given at a separate time, was not.
Dave Ramsey believes tIthing can be from your income either before or after taxes
After reading about Dave Ramsey’s beliefs about first fruits, I was surprised to read from his website, “Whether you tithe from your gross pay or your take-home pay is totally up to you.” This seems to deviate from his belief that our tithe should come out first. Nonetheless, why this question can get complicated is because tithing was used in Israel for civil duties, much like a tax, which paid for judicial matters and such.
If you are paying more than 10% of your income towards the government in taxes, then technically speaking you are paying tithes much in the same way that Israel was.
Mr. Burrell says
“Christians” (Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28 and 1 Peter 4:16)…it is an apt title for those belonging to Christ, for they’ve accepted Christ as the Messiah and personal savior. Furthermore, they are marked in him with a seal, the Holy Spirit (2nd Corinthians 1:22 & Ephesians 1:13). Sealed with the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30).
Well, some of today’s pastors will say they hear the voice of God and God commanded Christians to tithe, and they will use Malachi 3:8-10 from the Law in the Old Testament times as their proof.
In Joel 2:28-32, the Hebrew prophet spoke of the day of Pentecost as the beginning of Christianity. And on the day of Pentecost, Peter and others received the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 2:1-4). Then Peter relayed the same message of the Hebrew prophet to the crowd in Acts 2:16-21. In other words, there were no Christians in the Old Testament times. The people were godly, perhaps, but not Christians since the nation of Israel rejected Christ as their Messiah (cf. Isaiah 53:3; John 1:11 & John 12:37-40) and picked Barabbas over Christ (cf. Matthew 27:16; Luke 23:18; John 18:40 & Acts 3:14). So, there were no Christians before Christ died on the cross at Calvary, and that mean the Israelites (the Jews) in Malachi 3:8-10 were not Christians. Hence, God did not command Christians to tithe.
Hmmm…some pastors believing that God commanded Christians to tithe is not matching the Bible.