TITHING (Under Law & Under Grace)
If you are in Christ, you are no longer under a curse. You must clearly see this because many Christians (including ministers) tell Christians they are under a curse for not doing “certain” things, especially tithing.
If you encounter this, I only ask you to take to heart Galatians 3:10-14 especially “Jesus redeemed you from the curse of the law by becoming your curse on the cross.”
Whose words would you believe? God’s words or a Christian’s opinion?
Have an open, humble heart so the Holy Spirit can reveal all this in the proper context – for Jesus alone and what He accomplished for you is the ONLY context. Otherwise, you wind up back “under the law” and into legalism.
Tithing is a beautiful concept that God initiated for His people, Israel. However, today tithing has been twisted from its original context (grace) into a condemning context (law). Yes, there is “tithing under grace” and “tithing under law.”
I personally “tithe under grace” because God has blessed me so much that I cheerfully give (tithe). Abraham and Jacob are excellent examples of “tithing under grace.” For there was no law yet that required tithing.
“Tithing under grace” is giving cheerfully to God (as Abraham and Jacob did) when you FIRST see the many blessings and love that God has for you. You only respond with love from your heart to give (tithe) to the Lord. You don’t feel obligated, under compulsion, or under condemnation that God is not pleased with you.
On the other hand, “tithing under law” is a requirement that must be fulfilled. There is limited joy, if any, in tithing when it is required. Therefore, to tell Christians that they must tithe (under law) or they are under a curse for robbing God of His tithes (Malachi 3:8-9) is totally inconsistent with Jesus becoming a curse for us by redeeming us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13).
This is a conflict of “law and grace.”
HOW CAN ONE BE CONDEMNED (LAW) AND UNDER A CURSE WHEN CHRIST HAS BECOME OUR CURSE (GRACE)?
Impossible! See how easy it is to fall back “under the law?” Again I ask you to consider – “Whose words would you want to believe?” Jesus’ words or a Christian’s opinion? So place tithing in the proper context (under grace) and don’t be duped into the “Malachi mindset” of legalism.
Tithing is beautiful when used in the proper context (grace).
Remember: The issue with “law and grace” is the motive of our hearts on how the Christian life is to be lived.
If I am required (If I must) tithe, then that is “tithing under law.” If I choose (desire) to cheerfully tithe because of what God has blessed me with, then that is “tithing under grace.” The motive of the heart is what makes the difference. I pray you do see it.
- Law says “I must, I have to tithe.” And there will be punishment, guilt, and condemnation when I don’t. And, of course, don’t forget curses.
- Grace says, “I want to, I desire to cheerfully tithe because I see how much God blesses me and loves me.” Remember Abraham and Jacob.
So for anyone telling Christians they are under a curse by not tithing or not tithing properly (according to Malachi 3:7), he better make sure he applies tithing in the proper Biblical context – “under law” or “under grace.”
It is unbiblical to tell someone they are under a curse for not tithing (law) or not tithing properly, when Jesus has redeemed that person from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for him (grace).
In other words, they are preaching a different gospel.
This is very serious – as Paul shows Galatians 1:6–9. “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
They are the ones under the curse for preaching a different gospel. And that is clearly Biblical.
This reminds me of Jesus stating in Matthew 7:5 “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mole out of thy brother’s eye.”