Is it possible to be a Christian and not tithe?

Malachi 3:8-10

New King James Version (NKJV)

Do Not Rob God

8 “Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.
9 You are cursed with a curse,
For you have robbed Me,
Even this whole nation.
10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.

Mark 10:21-22

New King James Version (NKJV)

21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

1 Timothy 6:10

English Standard Version (ESV)

10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

 

It is very clear that money is the root of all kinds of evil.  Money has some kind of hex on us…. don’t get me wrong I am not saying that we don’t need it or that it’s not ok to make a lot of it.  We do need it to live and it is ok to make a lot, but it is how you and I manage it that makes the difference.

First of all, it is ALL 100% God’s money.  He is entrusting us to steward/manage it.  Imagine if the OWNER of Pizza Hut called you up and said I am going to give you a store to run.  It’s yours.  What is your job?  You are a Manager!  In return, He asks to give back faithfully 10%… sound familiar. The word tithe means tenth.  This is a practice that has been practiced since Abraham and is affirmed in the New Testament in Hebrews 7….

Genesis 14:19-20

English Standard Version (ESV)

19 And he blessed him and said,

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 and blessed be God Most High,
who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”

And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

 

Let me encourage my fellow believers out there…. GIVE and GIVE GENEROUSLY!!!  A tithe (10%) is the starting point, not a get to point.  10% is bare rock bottom obedience.  What did you do to earn/deserve that Pizza Hut job anyways…..

 

 

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