Watch the video below by Steve McVey, Christian Religion Lie #66 “You Will Be Blessed Because You Tithe” and my crazy comments follow as always…
It doesn’t matter what you think, what you’ve heard preached… if you believe this lie… then you’re wrong!
The idea that tithing will get you God’s blessings is an old testament idea.
I think Steve McVey makes a great point by saying that we all read scripture with a certain “lens” over our eyes. And that Churches and Church leaders CERTAINLY read scriptures about tithing with the lens of…
“We need some money!”
Don’t you think?
I’m not accusing any one church or church leader of being unscrupulous, it’s just 99.9% of Christians treat scripture study like this:
- Form an opinion (or have one formed already) about a certain issue
- Go to scripture to find support for their opinion (this is the “lens” I was talking about — their viewpoint is what they view scripture through)
- Don’t consider what the scripture actually means, but only look for support for their viewpoint…
(And we’re all guilty of it at one time or another, it just seems that the tendency for church leaders to do this is strong when there’s money on the line.)
The common lie you hear is…
“You owe God 10 percent of your income!”
When really if you go back in the Old Testament where the tithing laws are found for the nation of Israel, and you add up all they’re really giving you find out it was more like 22% (According to Steve McVey, I must admit I haven’t researched this myself)
But preachers, teachers, and leaders love to beat people over the head with these verses from Malachi 3:8-10:
“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’
“In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
In an effort to get people to “dig deep” and give money to the Church.
So do you owe God money?
I’ll say it straight out. You don’t owe God a dime. He gave everything to you as a GIFT!
But… In truth, you owe God EVERYTHING.
It’s called Grace for a reason!
But no one tries to pay back God for everything He has given you. You can’t. That’s why it’s called “GRACE” because you can’t DO anything to get God’s favor.
You can’t DO anything to get God’s blessings.
You are blessed simply because God is totally and completely powerful and UNILATERAL. Which means God gives for no reason, He gives only because He IS love, He doesn’t care what you do — He’s going to be God regardless.
So then, is it ok to tithe?
Of course, it’s always ok to GIVE. Because it’s ok to love. And part of loving is giving. Giving your gifts. Giving your time.
Giving out of LOVE though is the key.
So, keep in mind the reason that you are tithing. You’re NOT tithing to “get God’s blessings”.
NO! You’re tithing in response to how much Love… how many blessings… how much grace… how much mercy God has given you that you honestly feel you can’t contain it all. This is the TRUE meaning of “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
God does not respond to you. You respond to God…
The Bible says that we Love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19) EVERYTHING we do is a response to God. It doesn’t work the other way around — God does not respond to us.
So don’t believe this lie anymore that God will bless you because you tithe.
Instead, believe that God loves you… believe that God blesses you… believe that God pours out His love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, goodness and everything else that is pure and noble and awesome. (believe all this because it is true)
And then, in response, because you are so thrilled with what you’ve received — give generously with no care as to what you’ll “get in return”. This is the way you tithe fora great Christian life!