Rick Warren on Tithing
“The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your lives.” Deuteronomy 14:23 (TLB)
Tithing is the spiritual habit of giving back to God the first 10 percent of all I make.
If I make $100, I give $10 back to God; if I make $1000, I give $100 back to God. I get to keep 90 percent, but I give 10 percent to him.
Why do that? Because God says so, and that’s reason enough. If you don’t do it, you’re disobeying God. But there’s another reason. Jesus says, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be” (Matthew 6:21 NLT). …
… Today’s verse explains that “the purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first” in your life (TLB). If I say, “God, I want you to be number 1 in my life,” but he’s last place in my budget, that’s a contradiction.
The issue here is where you place God in your list of priorities. Your finances simply reflect what those priorities are. What do your finances reveal about the priority of God in your life?
The first obvious blasphemy was using the TLB translation (if you could call it that) of Deuteronomy 14:23. Let’s read the difference between the NIV and the TLB
NIV – “Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.”
TLB – “The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your lives.”
The Living Bible is suppose to be a paraphrase of bible passages. This isn’t a paraphrase, this is a flat-out lie. The author of the living bible wanted to rewrite the bible to fit his own version of how he saw God. In other words, he created his own God. Could you imagine what our lives would look like If we translated scripture into a bible that fit what we wanted God to be?
On another note, Rick Warren is completely ignorant about what the bible says on tithing. First error is Rick Warren says tithing is giving back the first. Hmmmmmm, sorry Rick, the tithe was not given from the first, nor the best of the increase. Please read Leviticus 27. Next, Rick Warren states that the tithe comes from “ALL” that you make. Really Rick, Really – “All?” This certainly wasn’t the case for Israel. Only the tenth of increase from the fruit of the land and the animals were to be given. No. Carpenters did not tithe from their income. You can exclude any other occupation that did not include growing food or raising animals.
Rick goes on lying some more. He gives false reasons to why tithing is required. The first reason Rick Warren states why we should tithe is that “God says so“. God said a lot of things Rick, one of them being that you should stone your children, require circumcision, worship on Saturday’s, and beat your slaves. No Rick, i don’t think it’s the fact that God said so, i think it’s the fact that you said so. God never required tithing for gentiles, never required tithing outside of Israel, never required tithing from anything but food, and most blatant of all, God never said tithing was required in the New Testament for the Church.
The second reason Rick Warren states why we should tithe is that “Jesus says, wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be”. What does Jesus statement have to do with a 10% standard? What’s ironic to me is that we are talking about putting your treasure where your heart is, and Rick’s example is giving a measly 10%? How does giving 10% an example of putting your treasure where your heart is? Are we only devoting 10% of our heart?
The final error is that Rick Warren says tithing teaches us to put God first in our lives. I’d like to know how well that worked out for the pharisees since they were so good at tithing?