Tithing has long been synonymous with responsible Christian stewardship, yet was not a practice of the early Christians. Perhaps the most misunderstood and misapplied doctrine of today's Protestant church, tithing is a cobbled together tradition of men developed over time in the church/state entanglements of the Middle Ages.
Please do not misunderstand --- God does expect the very best from his children in terms of time, talents and material possessions but, from a Biblical perspective, you have never tithed in your life and you never will. You may have gone without your medicine and sent your children to bed hungry in order to give ten percent of your meager paycheck back to God or you may have tipped him ten percent of your abundance, but you have never tithed. Many Christians are shocked to learn that Jesus himself (who paid it all on our behalf) did not tithe, nor did his earthly parents, nor did the Apostle Paul.
Tithing, as instituted by God, served very important purposes for the Israel of history, but not all were required to provide it and it came to an end with the sacrifice of Christ at Calvary. The tradition of tithing in today's church is a distortion of Christian doctrine, blessing some, damaging others and shortchanging the body of Christ both spiritually and financially.
The FREE downloadable book has gone around the world many times since it was offered on the original website in 2009. Not all have been pleased with it but no one to date has attemped a refutation. But, make no mistake, if you are looking for an excuse to be chintzy with God you will not find it here. Jesus is coming! He is coming indeed! The clock is ticking and much of what he has given his church to do remains undone. The statement on the original website in 2009 has proven to be prophetic, that the financial distress that has overtaken America and the world of late will be neither short nor mild. Much of what had once been taken for granted has been lost and will never return, but this is not the time for the bride of Christ to be sitting on her hands. In these difficult spiritual and financial times it is imperative that individuals and churches return to the concept of total stewardship taught by Jesus and the apostles and practiced by the first Christians.
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets," (Matthew 22:37-40). The above passage sums up the lifelong duty of Christian stewards. We are not our own; we have been bought by the precious blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Time, talents, material possessions; all have been entrusted to us by God for use in his service. There are no part time positions in the kingdom of God. It matters not whether we are pastors, theologians, teachers, students, bankers, plumbers, homemakers, soldiers, retirees or welfare recipients -- all alike are called to serve 24-7 (Sorry, no time off).
I have not been a profitable servant -- not of my time, not of my talents and not of my money. My service in heaven might involve a mop and a broom, but I'll bet that I won't have that job all to myself! Anyway, check out the FREE book. Share it, link to it, print it out if you like. It is in Adobe pdf format and downloads in seconds. If you need the free Adobe Reader it is available from their website.
JESUS IS LORD!