Tithing and Christian Stewardship: Time-Honored Error

                             

Tithing has long been synonymous with responsible financial stewardship within the family of God, 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.

Make no mistake--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.

You may ask what the above pictures of grain, an olive grove, and sheep have to do with tithing. Good question. Tithing served very important purposes for the Israel of history, but not all were required to provide it, and it came to an end at Calvary. The tradition of tithing in the church today is a distortion of Christian doctrine, blessing some, damaging others, and shortchanging the body of Christ both spiritually and financially.

Time-Honored Error. Please don’t be misled by this pronouncement (which is also the title of the free downloadable book). If you are looking for an excuse to be chintzy with God, you will not find it here.

There are other websites and books devoted to correcting the fallacy of tithing, and I have provided links to some of them. My own free downloadable book is short and to the point, not only presenting proper interpretation of misused portions of Scripture, but illustrating the negative impact of the doctrine on many individuals and churches. God is not honored when his Word is distorted, and there is a better way.

Jesus is coming. He is coming indeed. The clock is ticking, and much of what he has given his church to do still remains to be done. The financial distress that has overtaken America and the world of late will be neither short nor mild. Much of what has been taken for granted will never be the same again, 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 neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets," (Matt. 22:37-40).

The above passage sums up the entire 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, factory workers, office workers, students, home-makers or plumbers; 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. At any rate, I invite you to 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, I have provided a link to it on the book page. Do not use it as an excuse to give less, but as a reason to give your very best. God put me up to this, and hopefully it will help both to correct a longstanding problem within the church and encourage others to put Him first in their hearts and in their lives. Jesus is Lord!