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-Is tithing for those in the Christian church today?

Some legalistically inclined Christians, have made laws for themselves, mostly because of ignorance, confusion or spiritual intimidation, such as 'you will go to hell if you do not change'. In this, people get trapped in judgments and guilt, but love can change all that.

Giving was always a thing of the heart. Giving is living. Getting is fretting. Good to give to help. Good to offer to others what's in your heart to give.

Tithing however is a thing of the pocket, supported and perpetuated by those who teach the lie that one will be blessed for following what they say is a presently applicable 'God's law' of blessing, often using Malachi 3:8-12 and of course cursed if one doesn't follow it. This is limiting the all powerful God, by thinking if one doesn't follow a giving of ten percent supposed rule of contribution, God will turn things against him or her. This type of thinking is witchcraft.:

It was a different story when the Old Testament Mosaic law was in effect:.Deuteronomy 14:22; Numbers 18:24. Now, it isn't:.Romans 7:4,6 "Wherefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ...But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held, that we should serve in newness of spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.".Romans 8:1-15.

A churchgoer's concern about tithing and being blessed for it:."I'm a churchgoer who believes in tithing 10% of my income but have been out of work for 2 1/2 years. All savings will be gone by the end of the year. My two kids are already picking out what they want for Christmas, but unless work comes it'll be a strain to have any kind of a decent Christmas. To support the church I continued to tithe even when out of work, except for the last two months when I stopped tithing. I'm still waiting for the blessing of God but going down further each day. I don't want to do what is not pleasing in God's eyes, so what can you tell me about it all?"

Well, at least you finally stopped tithing. The words 'tithe', 'tithes' and 'tithing' such as used in.Malachi 3:8-10 and other places in the Old Testament is 'asar' in the original and used only in combination to make the numbers 11-19.

A tithe as understood back then could have been any amount from 10 to 19 percent, I guess as such that a person back then could choose. It was not a set, but a suggested number. Other Old Testament original words translated 'tithe' are similar and are 'maaser' or 'maasar' and 'maasrah' and means just 10% such as used in.Leviticus 27:30-32 and many other places.

Note the verse in Malachi 3:10 "Bring you all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house and prove me now herewith, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.".God owns it all and is able to do this, but many good hearted sincere tithers of many years never see it. Why? Paul of the New Testament said that if a person decides to keep any part of the Old Testament Mosaic Law, he had better keep all of its over 600 do's and don'ts or he's under a curse.

The early use of the tithe was both an expression of appreciation from the heart.(Genesis 14:20) and a bargaining tool, one as used by the ancient man Jacob:.Genesis 28:20-22. Many religious people today are too fearful to bargain for anything as they lack the boldness based on truth.

Comprised with.Bible Dictionaries: There were three tithes back then; one tithe for the Levites; one for the use of the temple and to be used at the great feasts and one for the poor of the land. Thus there was a yearly tithe for the Levites, a second yearly tithe for two years for the festivals, but this second tithe on every third year was shared by the Levites with the poor.

In the New Testament all words regarding tithing mean a tenth.

Information on tithing is often used to support church 'giving', that is giving of the tithe to the church. All it is, is required 'giving'.(extortion), because sincere believers are being made to think that they would be cheating their Creator if they did not hand over what they have been led to believe is 'God's money' and would be under a curse if they do not comply:.2Corinthians 11:13 "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.".Get away from it; that's why this site:.Galatians 4:5 "To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."

One helpful principle you could consider:.Matthew 12:3-8.

If you don't have any money for clothes it will be difficult for you to comfortably let your light shine:.Matthew 5:16-20.

Heartfelt giving is good. Obligated 'giving' is the curse itself!

It's good to give when it comes from the heart. It's not good to give if it comes from the attitude that if you don't, you're in trouble with God and if you do, your family may suffer. If one wants to give from an unburdened heart, then do. And, how much to give? Whatever is in line with what needs to be left over for all your other needs. Give occasionally or regularly, but always an amount that is comfortable for you at the time; then it's of a willing heart and not a heart that feels obligated to do so:.2Corinthians 9:6-9: Luke 6:38.

Those mixing what they think is still an applicable law from God with what they hope is grace, are headed for hurt

Some Christians may fear giving up what they think is a tithe to God, instead using it for what they decide, such as helping a neighbor in need, buying needed groceries for one's own family or others, times spent doing things with kids, etc., as this would be breaking what they believe to be the law of tithing. Hurting yourself to 'help God', God who owns the universe, is stupid.

The spiritual law of kindness far supersedes giving based on the outdated concept.of tithing, the outdated concept being a required giving:.Luke 21:1-4; 7:44-46. Giving from the heart is good. Giving because of fear is not!.1John 3:21 "Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. Hebrews 10:35 "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompence of reward."

Such are they who believe the tithe is their obligation to God, necessary to keep giving in order to receive blessings from God, fearing to do otherwise because they feel things may get worse than what they presently may be. So others are allowed to remain hurting, so the tither can hopefully be blessed, someday. Makes no sense! Like, hello! Anybody residing in that head?.Matthew 23:23 "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy and faith. These ought you to have done and not to leave the other undone.".'Not to leave the other undone' is because the Mosaic Law was still in effect at this time. Two of the reasons Christ came were to fufil the Old Testament Mosaic Law correctly.(Matthew 5:17).as no one around at the time did and to leave us an example:.1Corinthians 10:11.

Tithing was made part of the Mosaic Law back then, still extant in the time of Emmanuel's short stint on Earth, which law has since become defunct, Emmanuel having nailed it to the cross He was crucified on, killing it:.Colossians 2:14; Hebrews 9:8-15; verse 15 especially.

The ancient Mosaic Law was defective regarding the purpose God has for humanity, but was put in place because it was necessary to show the need for this something that later was to come to help man because man can't get away, by his own efforts, from the nature he has:.Hebrews 10:1-10 "For the law having a shadow of good things to come and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he.(Emmanuel).came into the world, he said, Sacrifice and offering you would not.(God didn't want Emmanuel to have anything to do with the Old Testament various things), but a body have you prepared me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you have had no pleasure.(see at the base scripture listing:.Hebrews 10:1-10). Then said I, Lo, I come, in the volume of the book it is written of me, to do your will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin you don't want because you have no pleasure therein those things offered by the law. Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He takes away the first, that he may establish the second.  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Emmanuel Christ.once for all."

Even David knew the law was subordinate to man:.Matthew 12:1-5.

Often it is an attitude of 'we are the religious right ones and we do not bend our mindset for anyone not of our ilk'. It is the same old broadcasting used today that the invisible world of evil uses to gain a foothold in susceptible minds, as has been done in times past, where even family members, because of religion, felt righteously indignant to hack family members and neighbors to death because they believed differently.

What is this Infinite Intelligence that we call our Creator really like? And does He need your money? It is more likely that it is you that needs what can come from Him, if you only knew the way that would bring it to you.

Some people believe that they are worshipping God by their acts.(do they even know what worshipping God means?), their acts such as say, tithing, believing that if they didn't, they would not be in God's favor.(Romans 8:33).and would be in danger of not being saved. Of course they are not taught that this is a lot of bunk; that the Creator is not worshipped by anything that man's hand has to do with, not taught that it's the mind that worships God and worship means to give attention to:.Acts 17:25 "Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he gives to all life and breath and all things.".And also not taught that they were saved before the universe was formed.
    Philippians 3:3 "For we...worship God in the spirit and rejoice in Christ Emmanuel and have no confidence in the flesh.(no confidence that doing anything physical would get and/or keep us in good graces with God; yes but, some falsies may hold to tithing with sayings such as 'doing physical things to please God shows the quality of one's spirit; read verse 24 below)."
    John 4:23,24 "But the hour comes and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeks such to worship him. God.(the Infinite Intelligence of the universe).is Spirit.(invisible, available everywhere like the air, the wind).and they that worship him must.worship him in spirit.and in truth."

We give attention to this Great Being when we become like Him. We become like God when we are so thankful because we have received so many good things from Him, not because of keeping what has been abolished, but because we have learned to use the laws of the universe established for us to use to acquire them:.2Peter 1:4 "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises that by these you are partakers of the divine nature..."
   Romans 8:8 "So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."
   So, ask yourself regarding tithing, if you are in the flesh or the spirit? If you think that tithing will affect your fleshly living in some negative way, then guess which one you are in?

Those believing tithing is a law of God where one would be out of favor with God for not tithing, need to read what Emmanuel said to the Pharisees about breaking a part of the law that was then in effect. Tithing is not only no longer in effect, but as you will see, can put you under a curse:.Matthew 12:1-7 "At that time Emmanuel went on the sabbath day through the corn and his disciples were an hungred and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, your disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. But he said unto them: Have you not read what David did, when he was an hungred and they that were with him, how he entered into the house of God and did eat the shewbread.(1Samuel 21:6), which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath and are blameless? But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. But if you had known what this means, I will have mercy and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless."

Romans 4:6 "Even as David also described the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputes righteousness without works,"

Many churchgoers today, having been made free through Christ, are, unbelievably, being told in church that they are guilty; guilty of this, guilty of that, such as 'robbing God of his tithe':.Malachi 3:8-10.

Tithing can be reckoned as bargaining with God if one feels that he will be blessed because he or she tithes. Did tithing from Abraham's time, even before the law, make it through the cross?.2Corinthians 5:17

There is no record of Emmanuel paying tithes. No record of Paul, the great apostle, accepting tithes, yet churches collect it today, even obligating their congregations by devious.methods to comply: 2Corinthians 11:8-12.

Paul says the Creator loves a cheerful giver. That's because the Creator is a giver. If one is of the same mind.(*), things can be received:.2Corinthians 9:7. Tithing however, is required giving.(and of course, required by those who teach it).and has no command in the new covenant or the New Testament to back it up.

Emmanuel's opinion of this then prevalent.remnant of the Old Testament Mosaic Law was almost unprintable. Religion has carried forth reprehension of the Old Testament laws into New Testament times:.Matthew 23:1-15 "Then spake Emmanuel to the multitude and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.(they claimed to follow the Mosaic Law). All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe; that observe and do.(they knew well, the Old Testament laws that were still extant at this time); but do not you after their works. For they say and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.(they were hypocrites). But all their works they do for to be seen of men. They make broad their phylacteries and enlarge the borders of their garments and love the uppermost rooms at feasts and the chief seats in the synagogues and greetings in the markets and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not you called Rabbi. For one is your Master.(original for word 'master' is 'one having the knowledge to teach others'), even Christ and all you are brethren.(*). And call no man your father upon the earth. For one is your Father which is in heaven. Neither be you called masters, for one is your Master, even Christ.(what is Christ?). But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself.(exalting the self is of the ego level of existence).shall be abased and he that shall humble himself.(humility is of the spirit level).shall be exalted. But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men.(you don't make truth known to you available to them). For you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer.(allow).you them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses.(was easy for them to take selfish advantage).and for a pretence make long prayer. Therefore you shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you compass sea and land to make one proselyte and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves."

Verses 23-35."Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy and faith. These ought you to have done and not to leave the other undone.('the other' being tithing, as it was part of the Mosaic Law that was soon to be completely abolished). You blind guides, which strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. You blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones and of all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you build the tombs of the prophets and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore you be witnesses unto yourselves, that you are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill you up then the measure of your fathers. You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets and wise men and scribes. And some of them you shall kill and crucify and some of them shall you scourge in your synagogues and persecute them from city to city, that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom you slew between the temple and the altar."

Those who teach tithing as a requirement toward God blessing someone are teaching an alternate gospel from the one Paul received at the hands of Emmanuel the Christ after His resurrection:.Galatians 1:11,12. Those who do work in the name of the Creator should have their minds off money.(Isaiah 45:11-13).and on service to others.(Luke 22:26,27).trusting instead for God to supply:.Philippians 4:19; Romans 8:32,33

2Corinthians 9th chapter talks of the liberality of God's people giving from the heart with no mention of required giving in the form of a tithe:.2Corinthians 8:12; 9:6-8. Tithing was not taught in any way, not as a 'law of God' that one should do so that 'God blesses him' or anything like that:.3John 1:7
   From Easton's Bible Dictionary:."It cannot be affirmed that the Old Testament law of tithes is binding on the Christian Church....." 

There was no hard fast.('God requires this of you' and all such crap).rule requiring the same standard of giving for everyone:.2Corinthians 9:7,9.

Paul says it is the heart.(and not your wallet and what is in it).that has to do with righteousness through belief.(not righteousness of any tithing):.Romans 10:10. Paul does not say that 'with the heart man believes that he will be blessed if he tithes'; does not put it that way at all, does he? You are blessed because you have Emmanuel's loving nature in your heart

I have heard some preach that "if you fail to tithe, you'll fail of being blessed by God". Maybe they never read Ephesians 1:3 where it says that we are already blessed with Christ's nature of love in us. 

We continue to look at ourselves the way God sees us and move from guilt, believing instead what God says about us as to righteousness, holiness and perfection, even if we still have sin in our lives. Tithing is choosing to be blessed by what you do that you feel that you had better do in order to be blessed by God instead of by and through Christ's sacrifice:.Galatians 5:4

Hebrews 7:5,12,18 shows that you don't give God what is already His! That is unprofitable. 

Tithes became part of the old covenant.Mosaic Law. If one chooses to tithe.(perhaps was talked into it thinking some false minister represented God in this).he had also better keep ALL the Mosaic Law or he's under a curse:.Galatians 5:3; 3:10. More.
 


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"Left unchecked you will often find yourself to be the product of other people's habitual way of thinking."....James Arthur Ray
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