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How To Properly Tithe

How exactly should one tithe if they can't manage to attend church service due to unavoidable circumstances?

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Find a person in need! Matt.25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Sadly, churches, fellowships, & congregations have reached the apostacy! DON'T give to THEM!
---J-Marc on 12/7/12


In Matt.23:23 the Lord Jesus taught us,"Tithe but do not neglect judgement, mercy and faith, do all together". Why should we now argue on not paying?
---Adetunji on 12/7/12


jidia_gasana: Does your church have a bank account?
---Adetunji on 12/7/12


Q: How exactly should one tithe if they can't manage to attend church service due to unavoidable circumstances?

A: Can you get the address of your church?

Can you all them on the phone and ask them to send an offering envelope to you?
---jan4378 on 12/6/12


This was a middle eastern social custom, and does not directly correlate to the Hebrews tithe, or to God^s expectation that his children be generous.
---Glenn on 9/29/12

Since tithing concerned certain domesticated clean animals, and most crops, and was done by Hebrews (only) within an Israel with a operating temple,
---Glenn on 9/20/12


Genesis 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

Can you explain why Abraham "paid a tithe" to the king and PRIEST of Salem, but did not " PAY A TENTH" to the king of Sodom also?
---francis on 9/30/12




Francis: the word tithe can certainly be used in its general sense to mean a payment of 10 percent, like a VAT tax. Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils that he captured to King Melchisedec, that which did not belong to Lot, or the King of Sodom. This was a middle eastern social custom, and does not directly correlate to the Hebrews tithe, or to God^s expectation that his children be generous.
Leviticus 27:30-32, 1Corinthians 16:2, 2Corinthians 9:7, Galatians 2:14, chapter 3, 5:18-25, Hebrews chapter 7.
---Glenn on 9/29/12


Since tithing concerned certain domesticated clean animals, and most crops, and was done by Hebrews (only) within an Israel with a operating temple,
---Glenn on 9/20/12


Genesis 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he [was] the priest of the most high God.

Genesis 14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed [be] Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

Genesis 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

1: There is no temple here
2: Melchizedek is not a Hebrew
3: This tithes was not agricultural in nature
---francis on 9/28/12


good post, glenn.
---aka on 9/21/12


Since tithing concerned certain domesticated clean animals, and most crops, and was done by Hebrews (only) within an Israel with a operating temple, one would need at least some sort of time machine.
If your question concerns giving, please read the following verses, and ask God for direction as to where, and whom, to give to.
Exodus 35:5..., 2Corinthians 9:6-8 (concerning impoverished brothers in Christ).
---Glenn on 9/20/12


good post, duane.
---aka on 9/20/12




I would hope we as Christians would NOT tithe. We are now led by the Spirit. If the Spirit says give nothing, we give nothing. If the Spirit says give all you have, you give all you have.
---duane on 9/20/12


attending church has nothing to do with tithing. Tithing is a word that means 1/10th. Tithing 1/10th of all income each time you are paid, if paid daily, weekly, or bonuses etc. If your income (after you have paid the government, and before benefits are taken) is $100.00 this week, give first all that belongs to God. That would be $10.00. If you give during service and don't attend write a check and present at the next service or mail it to your organization.
---Follower_of_Christ on 9/20/12


Good observation Gary.
---Rod4Him on 6/12/12


If we had say 40 to 50% of people tithing we could accomplish a lot much quicker and move onto God's next will (task).
---Scott1

That the problem, Scott. If WE had........ Maybe God doesn't want your church to expand so quickly. You see, right there you are trying to take it out of God's hands. If things don't go the way you want them to, you blame the people for not giving enough.

God will provide the funds when God knows the time is right, if ever.
---Gary on 6/11/12


-Gary, I agree and believe that God will do that (and he has) but God is NOT going to just drop a ton of cash in our lap without working and preparing us for it. God keeps growing us. We currently have 8 campus across SC. Currently 4 of these campus need to be expanded or the lease runs out in this year and the others will need to expand a year or two later. Current estimates range between 70 to 80 million dollars (not including current expeditures). We obviously do not want to limit people coming to NewSpring (NS) so that means bigger facilities, parking, kids area, staff, etc. If we had say 40 to 50% of people tithing we could accomplish a lot much quicker and move onto God's next will (task).
---Scott1 on 6/11/12


Then why does the average church only have 20% of the people give money at all.
---Scott1

If the pastor has faith that God will provide for His church, and the pastor is doing the will of God, God will put it in the hearts of enough members to give what is needed.

Fact is, every church I have attended shows me the church leaders are not good stewards of the money donated.
---Gary on 6/11/12


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Wrong. Jesus praised the widow for GIVING all she had. A tithe is a tenth. Did the woman give a tenth, or all she had?

Then why does the average church only have 20% of the people give money at all. Sorry for the confusion I usually say tithe as a regular amount of money given to church not emphasis on the number 10% sorry.
---Scott1 on 6/11/12


the church will be sure to come get it.
---aka on 6/11/12


---Gary on 6/9/12
1 Cor 9:4 Have we not power to eat and to drink?
1 Cor 9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?

1 Cor 9:6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?

In verse 6 we see that the apostle have the right / power to stop all work except preaching the gospel. Which is an endorsement for fulltime pastors

1 Cor 9:13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live [of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
1 Cor 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
---francis on 6/9/12


1 Corinthians 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
---francis

That means practice what you preach. Live your life according to the gospel.

Nowhere in the Bible does it support having full-time pastors. All born-again believers are priests and called to spread the gospel.
---Gary on 6/9/12


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---micha9344 on 6/9/12

Yes, if your fulltime job is preaching the gospel you should get paid:

1 Corinthians 9:7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?



1 Corinthians 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
---francis on 6/9/12


"So today, just like back in Moses days tithes goes to those who preach the gospel"
--francis on 6/8/12
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Does this apply to everyone?
If yes..then francis statements should.
Some of you may be wondering "where is my ten percent, I prech the gospel"
It will not come, because or misinterpretation and pisreprestantation of tithing as was prescribed to Israel...
What we call tithe today is nothing like the Sinai Covenant tithe.
The tithe for Israel and for her Levites are in no repsect applicable to followers of Christ.
---micha9344 on 6/9/12


Jesus praised the poor woman who gave a tithe even though it was a small amount it was not small to her. The money chargers were selling stuff like a marketplace especially "perfect sacrifice" animals and such for profit.
---Scott1

Wrong. Jesus praised the widow for GIVING all she had. A tithe is a tenth. Did the woman give a tenth, or all she had?

The money changers were selling Temple money AT A PROFIT - exchanging the King's money for Holy Temple money.
---Gary on 6/8/12


1 Corinthians 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

the ONLY reference where God ordained tithes to those who preach the gospel has to do with the tithe given to the levites for their services

Numbers 18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

So today, just like back in Moses days tithes goes to those who preach the gospel
---francis on 6/8/12


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Gary:

The Hebrew word "eretz" can mean various things: land, earth, etc., just as ours can refer to a clump of dirt ("a pound of ground earth"), the surface below us ("fell to earth"), dry surfaces ("land and sea"), or an entire planet ("heaven and earth") etc. It is used in Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth". To assume that it ONLY means "the promised land" in Leviticus 27:30 is pure conjecture, and is reading something into the text that is neither written there, nor directly implied by the context. In Deuteronomy 12:1, "land" IS specifically qualified, but not so in Leviticus 27:30.
---StrongAxe on 6/8/12


scott, Nobody can buy God, nor his grace, nobody. "Freely you all have received, freely give." Jesus did not say to the sinners and ministers that he whipped out of the church, "Well done you good and faithful servants." No, instead he sharply yelled at them, and he whipped them out, for it was prophesied, "For there I hated them, I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more."
---Eloy on 6/8/12


why Jesus made a whip and whipped the money chargers out of the church, for them robbing the sheep
---Eloy
The money chargers were not there to stop tithes. Jesus praised the poor woman who gave a tithe even though it was a small amount it was not small to her. The money chargers were selling stuff like a marketplace especially "perfect sacrifice" animals and such for profit.
---Scott1 on 6/8/12


Numbers 18:26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, [even] a tenth [part] of the tithe.

Numbers 18:27 And [this] your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though [it were] the corn of the threshingfloor, and as the fulness of the winepress.

Numbers 18:28 Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the LORD of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel, and ye shall give thereof the LORD'S heave offering to Aaron the priest.

---francis on 6/8/12


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// Gary on 6/8/12 "The land" refers to the promised land. Read the verses in context with the rest of the chapter.//

Amen
---michael_e on 6/8/12


Could you please elaborate on how that follows? I can see nothing in those verses that even remotely distinguishes people in any way by geographical location.
---StrongAxe

Leviticus 27:30 - "And all the tithe of the land..."

"The land" refers to the promised land. Read the verses in context with the rest of the chapter.

Leviticus 27:34 (KJV) These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.

Deuteronomy 12:1 (KJV) These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.
---Gary on 6/8/12


There is no scripture showing that any priest ever tithed.

Today, ALL born-again believers are priests. ALL of us are called to be deciples of the Lord. No one of us is higher than another. Our bodies are the Temple where the Spirit dwells. According to the scriptures, priests do not tithe.
---Gary on 6/8/12


michael_e:

You said: Jews living in Gentile lands were exempt (Levi 27:30-34).

Could you please elaborate on how that follows? I can see nothing in those verses that even remotely distinguishes people in any way by geographical location.
---StrongAxe on 6/8/12


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Jewish farmers in the land could (buy back) the tithes of their crops with a one fifth penalty. a farmer wanting to keep his grain tithe worth $1,000, could pay the cash equivalent of $1,200 (Levi 27:31) Livestock couldn't be bought back, they couldn't exchange a good animal for a bad one. to substitute an animal other than the tenth which passed under the rod was penalized by forfeiting the tenth and its substitute (Levi 27:33).

God ordained the Levites to recieve the tithe (Numb 18:21). They had no land inheritance. The tithes of the 11 tribes was their inheritance, used for the tabernacle (later temple) (Numb 18:20-28).

It was unlawful for anyone but Levites to receive tithe, ( prophets, preachers, evangelists).
---michael_e on 6/8/12


Francis, As I have corrected you for sinfully following the abolished old testament which is proven to be enmity against God, and is wholly done away with in Christ. The old testament commands to kill disobedient children and witches, and says it is the sin of robbing God for not tithing: But this is the complete opposite of the New Testament which says to love the disobedient and the enemy and to pray for them who hurt you, and that it is robbery to demand tithes in the church, the whole reason why Jesus made a whip and whipped the money chargers out of the church, for them robbing the sheep: Read it, accept it, and move on.
---Eloy on 6/7/12


Wages are received on work done...very big difference than being blessed with a bountiful harvest.
No matter how much work you put into planting..it's ultimately up to God for the increase...Same with animals...
Now people are saying the main monetary source was cattle and crops...not so...
Even francis pointed out Abraham well before Israel's law.. and what about joseph sold into slavery(Gen 37:28), and his brothers purchasing grain(Gen 42:25)...
You are deceiving yourself to believe gold and silver were not the standard, even back then...
So, why did God tell Israel only to tithe the crops and cattle then?..find the answer to that and you'll better understand tithing as a whole, not this corrupted version we now see....
---micha9344 on 6/7/12


"it was all and only about crops and cattle...whatever God gave as increase...never about money...."

Micha, are you saying then that God does not give money or bless people with increased wealth? Money was not the same back then. I know they had money, but people also traded goods and used their live stalk and crops like we use money today. How is monetary wealth any different than live stock possessions?
---Jed on 6/7/12


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Under the law only agricultural products were tithed. They included grain, fruit, and livestock. Only products produced within the boundaries of the land of Israel were to be tithed. Jews living in Gentile lands were exempt (Levi 27:30-34).

Others exempt from the tithing law included the hired hands, fishermen, miners, lumber workers, construction workers, soldiers, weavers, potters, manufacturers, merchants, government workers, and priests. In short, all who were not farmers were exempt.

A farmer with only 9 cattle did not tithe because the law specified the "tenth which passeth under the rod." Likewise a farmer with 19 sheep paid only 1 sheep to the Lord's tithe.
---michael_e on 6/7/12


//God let's you conquer someone and take the spoils, you can give God back 10%//
---micha

But he did he gave me a great job, family, church friends, etc, a great increase.
---Scott1 on 6/7/12


My church has an auto-pay option for giving our tithes and offerings. There is also mailing your check to the church. But, I think that stamps now cost more than 32 cents. I could be wrong, but I think stamps now cost 35 cents. Ask your church secretary if the church has an auto-pay option for your tithe.
---Trish on 6/5/12

Haha, one first class stamp is 45 cents. They haven't been 32 cents for like ten years. Lol. That auto-pay thing sounds kinda weird if you ask me. Tithing should be a concious thing that you do. I don't have nay scripture for that, I just think it should be responsibility for the individual. It just sounds like your church is a little too wrapped up in the money.
---Jed on 6/7/12


So, the next time God let's you conquer someone and take the spoils, you can give God back 10%...no less, no more...
Concerning the Law prescribed to Israel, the nation the God brought out of Egypt, it was all and only about crops and cattle...whatever God gave as increase...never about money....
It surprises me that one so devoted to the law does not know or even live by it.
Another one of the 613 you choose if and how you obey it?
Blasphemy!! I encourage you to quit following false prophet(esse)s.
---micha9344 on 6/7/12


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Tithing is not money...
---micha9344 on 6/6/12

Genesis 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

That included goods / money


tithing is sin.
---Eloy on 6/5/12
God NEVER commands anyone to sin:
Leviticus 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, [whether] of the seed of the land, [or] of the fruit of the tree, [is] the LORD'S: [it is] holy unto the LORD.

---francis on 6/7/12


Tithing is not money...
---micha9344 on 6/6/12

No, tithing is based on what you live on. In an OT Israel economy based mostly on sheep, wine, and crops thus if you have 10 sheep give the first and best sheep to God. In today's world we live in a monetary system thus most people give money. However, in thrid world countries people still give animals and crops.
---Scott1 on 6/6/12


Tithing is not money...
---micha9344 on 6/6/12


tithing is sin.
---Eloy on 6/5/12

yet Jesus and the Bible talks about the love of money or economy than any other topic combined. Tithing is the greatest weapon against the love of money. Tithing is not sin.
---Scott1 on 6/6/12


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tithing is sin.
---Eloy on 6/5/12


James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

When the elders of the church come, give it to them to take to church for you
---francis on 6/5/12


Reasonable question.

I have arranged to have my tithe check sent first thing every month from my account.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 6/5/12


I don't think is is going to be delivered for 32 cents. Try a forever stamps and you will have chance of delivery.
---Blogger9211 on 6/5/12


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The following tells you EXACTLY how to tithe:
Leviticus 27:30-33, Numbers 18, Deut. 14:22-29.

There is NO scripture to support tithing for Christians. But if you want to tithe, do it per the scriptures I listed above. Any other way would not be tithing per the scriptures.
---Gary on 6/5/12


It's interesting what some people would call "unavoidable circumstances". This can mean things that people choose to call unavoidable.

But, in the earlier scripture . . . Deuteronomy 14:22-29 . . . here is the tithe which was held until it was delivered to the priests. It seems to me this was not given, right away, but when practically possible and obedient.

Not to mention . . . why would you limit yourself to ten percent? "And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God." (2 Corinthians 8:5) So, God had them give themselves to leaders whom God trusted and had them trust > "by the will of God" > Hebrews 13:17.
---willie_c: on 6/5/12


My church has an auto-pay option for giving our tithes and offerings. There is also mailing your check to the church. But, I think that stamps now cost more than 32 cents. I could be wrong, but I think stamps now cost 35 cents.

Ask your church secretary if the church has an auto-pay option for your tithe.
---Trish on 6/5/12


32 cent stamp?
---aka on 6/5/12


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a visit to the local post office and a 32 cent stamp should work. Also many churchs have an online giving option.
---Scott1 on 6/5/12


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