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If I give my tithes to someone who is in dire need of money, rather than my local congregation, does that exclude me from the blessing promised in Malachi 3.

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Why call it a 'tithe' if it is not ten percent?
Why limit yourself to just ten percent when God tells us through Paul to give freely?
Why relate it to the Levitical tithe if it is done willingly?
Wasn't Malachi speaking to Israelites who were required to tithe to Levites?
---micha9344 on 9/30/10

"If I give my tithes to someone who is in dire need of money, rather than my local congregation, does that exclude me from the blessing promised in Malachi 3"

The answer is No.

God is not a moron. He knows our heart. Not only that we have that small little voice in our heart that can tell us what to do.

In ALL thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.

God cares for people .

from the very beginning all these money is for feeding people so they won't live in lack
---Sunny on 9/30/10

The salvation Jesus brought was for us to become a family of equal brethren walking in true love for one another where we even share our belongings with those who are needy.

Tithe or alms are always and should be for helping people back then God wanna make sure the family of the Levites who ministers at the temple are taken care of because Levites were not allowed to do other works besides ministering for God

today it is our duties to make sure ministers that had blessed us spiritually have their needs met.

But if I knew that my church are amply provided Surely I can use the money to help others who are in dire needs especially those who are in the family of Christ. Blessings
---sunny on 9/30/10

I give money to others in need. But I try to use wisdom and discernment before doing this. I also give money to my church,as well. Wisdom is in order doing this also. I take money out of my income. I keep it separate from my other money. If someone is in need on the streets or elsewhere, if I feel led to help them, I do. I also give money to the church,out of this same money. I don't consider it a tithe. I just try to be a cheerful giver and share the little I have. I feel this pleases God.
---Rpbyn on 4/10/10

I tithe at my congregation b.c that's what the word of God asks u to do...however, there have been a few times when I've taken that tithe and given it to a family in desperate need...ofcourse that's if u don't have anymore money to give them from ur own pocket..i always think about when the pharasies got mad at Yeshua b.c he healed a sick person on the sabbath..n yeshua replys that why would it be breaking the law if he did something way awesome for someone in need! Now to helen, yeshua followed the laws..he was a jew..why r u so special? When he died...all that changed was that now we r not condemed if we slip.
---danitza on 4/9/10

Preachers who try to place others under the curse of the law violate scripture *1. Tithes were salaries paid only in Israel by Israelites, on comestible crops, and clean domesticated animals (Leviticus 27:30-32). Tithes were not always accepted, Deuteronomy 23:18. Tithes were not paid on money owed, Matthew 5:23-24. A "Tithe" used for other than salaries, or exceeding the median salary, or excluding some workers, is a Malachi 3:9 curse. For the first few centuries, most giving was to the poor *2. Christians give voluntary offerings and alms with joy.
*1 Acts 13:39, Romans 3:20, 28, 8:1-17, Galatians 1:6-9, 2:16, 3:10-13.
*2 Job 36:15, Psalm 12:5, 72:4, Ecclesiastes 7:7, Ezekiel 22:7, 29.
---Glenn on 8/11/09

If I give my tithes to someone who is in dire need of money, rather than my local congregation, does that exclude me from the blessing promised in Malachi 3. (OP)
The real question is is a church that demands a full 10% for itself but yet ignores the 1/3 "poor tithe" in the OT law going to be blessed or under a curse? Those pastors who teach tithing can not have it both ways. And since our form of government today has mandatory taxes that care for the poor, I would ask why a full 10% is required by a church. But if it is, then the poor tithe is also biblically mandated.
---obewan on 8/7/09

In response to titheing, if God never blessed you with a job, then you wouldn't be able to tithe. The bibl tells us the Lord ask for 10%. Off the top before figuring out your bills, or anything else. Give God his first. And He will pour you out a blessing you will not have room to receive. I have done it in my darkest hours, and He has provided all of my needs, according to his riches in glory. Yes, tithe to your church. And read Malachi 3:10
---Trisha on 8/6/09

So if old law is abolished I can now murder, covet, worship idols, etc. I think people misunderstand old and new law. Christians should tithe in my opinion...but I feel it should go to poor, or a church that is very active in helping the poor.
---Baronious on 8/5/09

Paying tithes is not mandatory but voluntary.
If you are paying tithes to only get something back you are giving for the wrong reasons anyway. When we give, we are to give cheerfully, with no thought of a return. Filing income taxes and getting it back at the end of the year is an evil practice also.Actually you are not giving anything, if you file taxes on this money and gets a return on it, at the end of the year.
---Robyn on 11/10/08

The answer is simply NO! There are many reasons for this. But a few of them are:
- You are not obliged to pay tithes in the church age...
-The new testament emphasizes on giving to the poor rather than to the church. No apostle asked for money for a missionary purpose. No commandement on giving to the church. But there are many versus about remembering the poor in the church.Of course people gave to the church during the apostles period and I believe in doing so - other wise no work will be done with out giving money to the church today.
---Alex on 11/10/08

Giving in the New Testament is not tithing. Tithing was abolished along with the rest of the Law.
---Helen_5378 on 9/23/07

I have been searching the scriptures. Jesus said, if you do it unto the least of these you have done it to me. All we have should be used as unto the Lord. I must please God, I can split my tithe between the church and the person. We are not commanded give to the church , but to God. He will get the glory & honor for what I do with HIS money, or I won't do it.The main thing is, be a giver. Give tithes and offerings. God will bless you with the same measure with which you give.
---GLORIA on 3/4/07

Jesus said, i have come to fulfill, NOT ONE WORD WILL BE REMOVED OF THE OLD.
It is not by the law that you are saved but by the love of God, it is a showing of your committment in how you live.
People like to be christians only in thought but when it comes to committment it does not translate into there lifestyle and how they finance that.
I don't want to condemn but it is a showing of committment to give of what you have to the will of God
---john on 2/24/07

#1 Here is the root problem with tithing. Tithing, as defined by the Law of Moses, was not voluntary it was mandatory. When institutions that claim to be 'churches' institute a tithing doctrine they are placing a madatory requirement from God's children. II Corinthians 9 does not set any mandatory rules for giving, it simply says to give with a cheerful heart.
---Ryan on 2/23/07

#2 You cannot give witha cheerful heart if you are taught to give a tithe under compulsion. Tithing doctrines are in direct violation to the word of God, and what is taught as tithing doctrines in pulpits is a bastardization of scripture.
---Ryan on 2/23/07

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Whether or not we tithe it should be between ourselves and God. It is not for us to tell others whether we do or don't or how much we give. I know several Christians who go on and on about tithing and really they are criticizing those who don't tithe. I know one who makes a point or letting others know that she gives ten percent of any monetary gift she received (above her usual tithe). Others neither want nor need to know any of that.
---m.p.a. on 2/23/07

'this is done so that the church you attend may continue to function'
I agree, the church does need to function.
I have been to the vatican and can see the church does not struggle to finance it's electricity bill but there are children of God out there who don't know where there next meal is coming from. We should help those who are poor and innocent. Look at the children in many poor countries and tell me, does your heart feel compassion?
---john on 2/23/07

To--- John; after reading your answer,"I gave my tithe to the church at first but now i give it to the poor. To give to the poor is the will of God." I must ask you, what about jet airplanes? What about large buildings? What about fancy clothes? Also TV programs cost a lot of money? Doesn't the Lord need bigger and better jets airplanes to travel in? Your idea seems very radical to me.
---Mima on 2/23/07

carol, did you know that Israel built a massive Tent of Meeting without the institution of the tithe? As a matter of fact the children of Israel GAVE so much that the builders instructed Moses to tell the people to cease brining material, they had enough. By instituting tithing doctrines upon Chrisit's people it inhibits the Holy Spirit to share the experince of cheerful giving from a rejoicing heart, why do pastors want to rob God's people of this wonderful experience?
---Ryan on 2/23/07

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the bible states bring the tithes and offering into the storehouse so there may meat.this means the church you also says offerings.this is done so that the church you attend may continue to function,it cost money to heat and light the church,it cost money for repairs also without this money how would the church function.
---carol on 2/22/07

I gave my tithe to the church at first but now i give it to the poor. To give to the poor is the will of God.
The church are called to do the will of God, we are apart of the church. It is the work of the church to assist the poor. Even Jesus asked the righteous man He met on the road to give all he had to the poor, not to the church. Although i don't think the church should be left destitute, maybe if the church looked more poor than i would give my tithe to the church then
---John on 2/22/07

1-- to:Jesus did not oppose tithing because Jesus was under the law.
this law is a fullfiled law, that is, love. there is no sin in this fullfilled love. if there is no sin, then there is no need to release sins, that is to say, we are free there. but the fact is we are sinner, we need to release our sins, giving is a way to release our sins.
---dsda on 2/5/07

2-- But if we release our sins to another sinner, what the result will be. so God tells us to give, that is to save our life. and then God tells us to love the others as we love ourselves, that is to save both. if there is love, then will be used by love.
so the best way the money should go to will be love. we should release our sins into love. if the place had no love, i do not think money is better for there.
---dsda on 2/5/07

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Jesus did not oppose tithing because Jesus was under the law, as was everybody until his death on the cross. If you have a debt and I fulfill it for you, then that debt is done away with (fulfill) and you do longer have to fulfill it yourself.
---Mima on 2/5/07

Colossians 2:14 says "having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross". The "handwriting of requirements" is the Law.
---Helen_5378 on 2/4/07

This Scripture also: Hebrews 10:9 says "...He takes away the first that He may establish the second". That speaks of Jesus taking away the Old Covenant and replacing it with the New Covenant in His Blood.
---Helen_5378 on 2/4/07

Mima - In answer to your question. As a baby Christian I tithed because I didn't know any different. It sure was hard work. I tithed on everything, even Birthday money! Then the Lord showed me the truth and now I am free. How wonderful it is to be able to give without letting my left hand know what my right hand is doing!
---Helen_5378 on 2/4/07

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Jesus did do away with the whole of the Law on the Cross. Colossians 2:14 says "having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross".
---Helen_5378 on 2/4/07

"Sorry Helen I cannot agree.Nothing was abolished and certainly not the Law."

Sorry Martin, but its a biblical fact that the Old Covenant has been abolished by Jesus' establishment of the New Covenant.
---Kay6588 on 2/4/07

Helen, Jesus did not come to do away with the law, but to fulfill it.

Ryan, your tithe should go to your church, and helping those in need is your offering to God. However, there may arise a time when it is appropriate to give your tithe to someone, as the Spirit leads. One time, before I found a church to call home, I gave my tithe to a neighbor and it gave me the opportunity to explain the principle of tithing. She now tithes and receives God's blessing for obedience.
---faye4464 on 2/4/07

Jesus did not oppose tithing. Tithing is a way to obey and worship God. To fail to tithe is to rob GOD. period.
---CATHERINE on 2/4/07

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Here is a plain statement that really needs to be considered"
Giving in the New Testament is not tithing. Tithing was abolished along with the rest of the Law."
---Helen_5378 on 2/3/07
Examine your situation do you call your giving tithing?

---Mima on 2/4/07

Of course not. You should always give as the Spirit leads, willingly & cheerfully. He that gives to the poor honor his maker. As I have often said, a man never hurts himself by helping someone else, whether or not, the help is acknowledge or appreciated by the recipient. God loves a cheerful giver & is able to make all grace abound towards that giver, so that in all things he/she having all sufficiency are enabled to give unto to every good work.
---josef on 2/4/07

This is one of the greatest way's to tithe.
Greater than that! Take 10 percent of your time a month doing for someone in need with out getting paid! for example, Visit hospital, shelters etc.
---JEB on 2/4/07

Titheing was not abolished in the N.T. We don't live under the law, is true. We now live under grace. Thanks to Jesus and His BLOOD. So the bottom line is this===We have a BLOOD BOUGHT RIGHT to be led bt His HOLY spirit. His money, His people, His world [HE can have it] pray-obey, HE will BLESS YOU.
---CATHERINE on 2/4/07

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Sorry Helen I cannot agree.Nothing was abolished and certainly not the Law.Jesus is the supreme Authority and He did not abolish anything.See Matthew 5:17-19.Even Satan is ranked(called)in heaven albeit very low.So whoever teaches men to break the least of the commandments is ranked lower than Satan.
---Martin on 2/4/07

Thus saith the Lord -- Matthew 23:23 -- "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone."

I repeat, not to leave the other (tithing) undone. That's New Testament.
---Bulldog on 2/4/07

Tithing is essential.Logic dictates the Church needs funds to survive.Giving to the poor,offering,etc is giving above and beyond tithing.Personal experience has shown me that you need to tithe in order to maintain prosperity.The more you give(above and beyond)the more you receive(blessings not just financial).We have to be faithful in the little things if He is to trust us with the big?
---Martin on 2/4/07

Helen_5378, I believe you're right about that. I think Jesus cared more about our willingness to give rather than the amount we give.
---Kay6588 on 2/4/07

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The first tithe was made by Abram before he was Abraham. To Melchizedek, who represented
Christ. This action is before the law.
Genesis 14:16-18. The first 10 percent is Christ's, and 90 percent is yours. It shows your complete dependence on Christ, Paul writes on giving, Corinthians 9:7. Christ asks many to tithe, His gospel cannot reach the world without reliable revenue. Paul admonishes us repeatedly to search the WORD for answers. When the Holy Spirit asks for you to do something else, do it.
---KAY on 2/4/07

Helen5358, can u supply us with a text to support your statement? I know 4sure there is none. Man's teaching. God asked 4 His portion so why would one hold it back?. I rather give to the church the tithe so it can distributed thruout where its needed.Once it leaves your hands, u r no longer responsible for its distribution.
---jana on 2/4/07

AS I say, pray about everything. IF you have God's blessing you are safe.
---CATHERINE on 2/3/07

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