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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.”

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19 thoughts on “TITHING (Under Law & Under Grace)

  1. Pastor Uzoma David on said:

    Thanks for this in-dept message. A well balance message

  2. There is no such thing as Biblical tithing under grace. The scriptures do tell us that Abram gave a tenth from WAR SPOILS (not his income) to Melchizedek, but the scriptures do not tell us WHY Abram gave the tenth. Biblical historians say that it was either custom or law of the land at that time. Regardless, the scriptures do not say that Abram gave the tenth freely. Next, there is no scripture showing that Jacob ever fulfilled his conditional vow with God. Last, the three tithes commanded by God were tithes from God’s miraculous increase of crops and animals. Not money. Not from man’s income.

    Giving a tenth of one’s income today is fine if that is what one wants to do. To relate that giving in any way to the tithing scriptures or to Abram or Jacob is in error. So-called tithing today in no way even resembles any tithing mentioned in the scriptures.

    The New Testament teaches generous, sacrificial giving, from the heart, according to our means. For some, $1 might be a sacrifice, while for others, even giving 50% of their income might not induce a sacrifice. In the Old Testament, ONLY the farmers tithed, and it was a tenth. The New Testament teaches the principle of equal sacrifice instead of a tenth. Equal sacrifice is much harder to achieve, if not impossible, than giving a tenth.

    • Tithing under grace is more of a metaphor, figurative term. For grace always existed since God created the universe. For God is the essence of grace Himself.

      Also, the Bible clearly shows that Abraham and Jacob gave the tithe (or tenth) after God blessed them. That’s the giving freely. Either way any difference we have is minor. Not worth
      dwelling on.

      I agree with you regarding giving cheerfully under the New Covenant however the Spirit of God motivates one to give. That’s with anything – $, service, time, etc. That’s one of the joys of having a relationship with God under grace. That is basically the main point of my blog. Too many abuse Law & Grace and have little to no idea what the New Covenant is and how to apply it.

    • Andrew the beloved on said:

      I was taught about the Tithe in Sunday School, we all doubted, thought the money just went for foolish desires of the leadership, but we asked the Holy Spirit to direct our thoughts. Taste and see that the Lord is good and true. I personally found the blessing of the tithe to be far greater that the hoard or monies held on to by refusing to give.

  3. mandla Sibeko on said:

    Wow that was so mouthfull I love it, now I see why I have been so unhappy with the way pastors preach the Gosbel, they make it so lawful in such a way that u even feel u have done something so so wrong and now I see what is grace and what is the Law…

  4. I am so grateful God lead me to your blog this morning. My husband and I have been faithful tithers and givers for year’s. However I did not know that he at times felt it to be an obligation. My sister in-law over the weekend started to explain the giving under grace. That in it self started to give my husband joy in knowing that he could give freely and not be under the law. However just recently our pastor has made a couple of announcements during service regarding members not tithing. So it seems that he is teaching us to tithe under the law. I thank God for His truth, and allow us to give from a cheerful heart.

    Thank you for your message!

    Have a blessed day 🙂

    Joy

    • I’m so delighted God directed you here and the blog was helpful and confirming what the Holy Spirit has been stirring in you and your husband’s heart.

      It all simply comes down to the motivation of the heart. That is the major difference between living the Christian life – under Old Covenant Law or New Covenant Grace.

      The motivation is in everything we do – not just tithing. In giving under grace, we joyfully and cheerfully give because we love God. No string attached.

      I pray God bless you than you have ever experienced.

  5. lucille peterson on said:

    now i know he love me so much because giving comes rom the heart and that is how he showed me many years ago until my pastor kept talking about is and i asked question but got no answers so thanks for helping me

  6. My problem with Tithing apart from the fact that some are taking us back the Old Testament way of Tithing under Law. “You are cursed with a curse”. My main problem here is, Is there anyone alive today who qualify to collect Tithe. Special set apart people collected it as God instituted it to be. Now every one who starts a gathering “Church” wants Tithe. Even for House fellowships they want Tithe. Please help me with this.

    • Excellent point and question you raise, Toye.
      I believe that is no clear Biblical direction about who and what church to give to.
      The New Testament does say to give cheerfully without compulsion.
      It also shows examples of taking the collection on the first day of the week (Sunday) and even a collection taken for the home church in Jerusalem that Paul and Barnabas collected.

      I would encourage you to give (1) with your heart and (2) as the Holy Spirit directs you too whom.
      The general biblical guideline I would recommend is to ensure the church you may give to is authentically Christian By that I mean to ensure their beliefs are in line with the majority end with. You would usually find it in the Statement of Faith that churches have. Some of these belief points are (1) The Trinity, (2) God being both God and man yet without sin, (3) Salvation through grace alone, (4) the finished work of Christ on the cross, etc.
      I hope that helps you.

  7. Thank you very much.

  8. There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.Romans 8:1.Condemnation ministers death but the Spirit gives life.Thank you for this empowerment.May God richly bless you more and more.

  9. Pastors don’t like to use Jacob example of tithing because is contrary of what they preach. Jacob told the Lord “if you bless me I will give you 10%”. Pastors tell people ” tithe and The Lord will bless you”

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