Tithing and Still Broke by Niral Russell Burnett

Tithing and Still Broke by Niral BurnettI was going through my bookshelf the other day and reorganizing some things and i noticed this book. I knew i had read it but found out i haven’t written a review yet about it. It’s been a while so hopefully my memory isn’t too blank. I purchased the book because the title intrigued me, “Tithing and Still Broke”. Niral Russell Burnett is the author and basically spins the idea of the book off of people’s doubts about tithing’s financial return. Of course most of us are familiar with the Malachi 3 statement, “I will open up the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing so that you will not have room enough to receive it.”

Before i read this book, i remember using this exact phrase as a pundit to get my point across. Many people were tithing, but they were still broke. Supposedly, if that’s the case, God is either punishing you for that one Sunday you missed five years ago, or your faith is not strong enough, or your heart is not right. Although you have been faithfully giving the tithe, one of these three issues is what is keeping you from God blessing you right?

I write a lot of comments on other blogs that talk about tithing. I try to add my 2 cents, but the one type of blogs that i do not add comments on are the personal testimonies. I’m sure many of you have heard testimonies that portray a couple that gives their $127.67 tithe check to the church and then God doubles or even gives them 10x the amount to the exact penny. Some things to note on those people. One, that only happens once. Two, for some reason it doesn’t happen to everyone. Three, it never happened to me.

I have no doubts that God purposefully blessed them with that exact amount, but i have no doubts that it wasn’t because they obeyed the tithe. Why? Because those situations happen to those people who give freewill offerings as well. I forget to mention above, but the reason why i do not comment on the testimony blogs is because the ability to convince them that their blessing didn’t come from an old testament law is similar to convincing you that you are not real. That tithing testimony is so real to them, that scripture will not convince them otherwise.

You see, God blesses the faith and the sacrifice. He does not bless us on our performance. Let me ask this? What do you think God would bless more – A person who makes a decision to pay a bill of $200 to get out of debt, or a person who gives $200 to his church? What is the greater spiritual need? Who determines that the building fund is a greater need than someone paying off debt? I don’t know? You tell me. I’m sure the question follows, “Well why can’t we do both- Pay off some of the debt and give some to the church”? I’m not saying he can’t. My point is that God does not judge man on how much he gives, he judges man on how good of a steward he is.

Giving can be part of stewardship, but for illustration sake let’s refer to the master who left 3 of his stewards some talents. Two out of Three had taken the talents and invested it, and had more in the end. The third one actually gave 100% of his talents back to his master, but was still considered a bad steward.

I appreciate Niral Burnett’s challenge to bring more faith and sacrifice into tithing, but tithing + faith is not the only equation to God’s blessing. Yes, i do think finances can be a blessing for those of you who think money is a curse. I don’t know about you but i appreciate material things. They are not a curse until they become an idol. An idol is not exactly something you bow down to. It can be a material possession that God’s Spirit asks you to give up but you hold onto.

First, I think people are tithing and still broke because they lack the financial discipline to say “no” to their idols. Second, i think people are tithing and still broke because they put themselves under the requirement of a law that had been fulfilled. I think people are tithing and still broke simply because they can’t afford to tithe.

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

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99 comments on “Tithing and Still Broke by Niral Russell Burnett
  1. Walter says:

    Which is better to take my 10% tithe to the church or to give that tithe to my poor neighbour is on death bed seeking financial aid for the doctors to continue the required treatmens?

    • Daniel says:

      Giving to the person in need just pray on it. Or if possible give the 10% for tithe inform your church of the person in need and see about starting up fund raising. If you cant help with the doctor bills you could help in other ways praying, provide food etc.

  2. Lucy Rametse says:

    I have been tithing & giving with all of my heart.I never had financial breakthrough. Please pray with me , coz I need a revelation from. Whenever I get my salary, that’s the first thing I will do. The day I tithe it’s like I released a demon of lack/poverty. I can’t really take care of my family & my mother.

    • Anthony Mobley says:

      It’s simple
      Stop doing it because it doesn’t work nor did it apply to non Jewish people.
      Jesus died to free us from the curse of the law.
      You live through Jesus works; not your own.

      • Doug W says:

        I did stop doing it. I said that in my post. However, not doing it, and being able to persuasively convince a pastor who is dead set that it is Biblical and has a multitude preaching points / arguments that he has used over the years to promote it, are two different things.

        I know with all that’s in me that I have no business in a theological debate with him, because I would get creamed.

        So I just keep quiet, and I just don’t “do what he says.”

        Too many questions. For instance, I’m living on a social security check. So I worked my whole life. That means my income is not really “income” from working every week, ongoing. Taxes and tithes were taken out of it years ago. That also means if I tithed way back then, God should be prospering me off of that. I should be doing pretty well by now if He opened up the windows of heaven back when I was a working man. But the reality is that if I had been THAT prospered, I shouldn’t really need social security now. I should be kind of rich now, no?

        So some would say it’s still “income” or INCREASE, and I should tithe out of it, but I sort of think that is shaky ground.

        And I’m trying to start my own business. Now the first usually five years in business are supposed to be “in the red.” You don’t expect to turn a profit on a new business for three to five years. So if I get a gig, and someone pays me a hundred bucks, is that considered “increase?” I mean, how can it be increase when you are putting yourself in the hole?

        It’s these kind of gnarly, nagging questions to which the Bible offers no clear, definite answer that brought me to really doubting that the whole tithing teaching for NT believers is valid.

        I mean, it’s pretty cut and dried, right? If you tithe you are blessed, and if you stop tithing you bring back the curse. So it’s that simple? You can turn on and off the spout of God’s blessings simply by paying or not paying money? And when does the curse take effect?? Is it like the minute I miss one tithe payment? I really have that much control? Then how come when I tithe faithfully it takes forever for the blessing to come? But the curse comes INSTANTLY the moment I miss a payment!!

        That would put me in fear. Fear of making a mistake and bringing a curse from my Father in heaven, who apparently needs to be payed for His blessings.

        • Anthony Mobley says:

          The Bible has been misunderstood by many people. The the answer on paying the tithe ( 10%) is explained. Read Galatians 3, Hebrews 7. If we think we are financially blessed through one of the 610+ laws of the Old covenant than the works of Christ are null and void. He came to redeem man from the curse of the Law. In Hebrews it also states that we’re under a better covenant because the Old covenant couldn’t redeem man. We’re under grace through Christ Jesus who promised to supply all of our needs according to His riches and glory. If you give Apostle Paul stated to give according to the way you’ve prospered. His explanation on giving was for the less fortunate ( poor ). I believe this is in Corinthians.

          In the Old Testament you can find how tithing was done. It wasn’t money although they had money.

          Please look up “ Should the church teach tithing “ on YouTube.

          This Dr. gives scripture to explain every concern of tithing.

          If you live by God’s Spirit and daily crucify your flesh, Jesus will meet your needs. Needs that are not met quick are just delayed to get your faith up.

          • Doug W says:

            I have no doubt of what you just said, but good luck disputing it with my pastor.

  3. Doug W says:

    I have tried to come to a definitive answer in the subject of tithing for many YEARS. I have read and saved HUNDREDS of books and articles (on both sides of the argument) to find the holy grail of an answer but it’s just not there. It is as elusive as a wil-O-the wisp.

    I’ve concluded that the ONLY time I am going to get an answer to this conundrum is to be able to bodily stand face to face before Jesus Himself and directly ASK HIM what He thinks. I’d sure ask him to PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE settle the issue once and for all.

    Until that day comes, I will continue to daily wrestle with it. And AGONIZE with it.

    I attend a church that teaches tithing, by the way. Our pastor preaches the virtues of it frequently, but I am a Berean Christian. I’m just simply not convinced.

  4. Anthony Mobley says:

    He’s a man just like us.
    God said there shall be no other god before Him.

    Some of them have more faults than the members.

    If he’s humble and not depending on human provision, he should hear.

    If not, come from under the curse and leave.

    Jesus is liberty

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