Free to Tithe

by Creflo Dollar | 17 Feb 2020

Summary

There is widespread misunderstanding about how money and giving affects our lives as Christians. Wrong teaching on these subjects has kept people in bondage and caused them to dismantle their relationship with Jesus. Religion teaches us that we have to perform works through our own efforts in order for God to love and bless us, and many churches have mistakenly bought into that way of thinking. This philosophy has seeped into what is taught about money, namely that we must tithe a certain amount or God will curse and punish us. One of the most controversial issues in the church today is over the issue of tithing. The truth is that because of what Jesus did we are now under grace and no longer under the law; therefore, we are no longer under the threat of punishment or condemnation. God wants us to give freely and from a grateful heart, not out of a sense of obligation.

  1. Our giving should be according to the covenant of grace, not the Law of Moses.
    1. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much (Luke 16:10).
      1. In the context of the entire chapter, “the least” is money. When we use our faith in financial matters, we are using it for the littlest thing in the kingdom of God.
      2. This is not so that God can do something for us; under the covenant of grace, He has already made everything available to us that pertains to a life of godliness (2 Peter 1:3).
      3. Under grace, we have been given every spiritual blessing in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3).
      4. When we give, it is no longer just giving money; it is authenticating our trust in God. This is why we must choose between serving God and mammon. We cannot serve both (Matthew 6:24).
    2. But this I say, he which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift (2 Corinthians 9:6, 7, 15).
      1. We give because we want to, not reluctantly. It is with the mindset of giving, not paying. Giving is a way to express our thanks for what Jesus did for us by His grace.
      2. The “unspeakable gift” for which we are grateful is his righteousness and grace. It is so awesome we cannot put it into words.
    3. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing (1 Corinthians 13:3).
      1. In light of this, the issue becomes the real reason why we do what we do. Regardless of the church-related actions we perform, if it is not done in love, we will see zero profit.
      2. True giving the way the Scriptures teach us has nothing to do with our works and everything to do with our motives and the state of our hearts.
      3. Some churches focus on the curse that not giving would bring (Malachi 3:9).
      4. Under the covenant of grace, the curse has been lifted. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree (Galatians 3:13).
    4. Jesus has blessed and delivered us, and what God has done cannot be undone.
      1. In the Old Testament, Balaam refused to speak against God. How shall I curse, whom God has not cursed? Or how shall I defy, whom the Lord hath not defied? (Numbers 23:8).
      2. When God settles something there is no reversing it. For us to say that anything we do can reverse His blessing is to say that whatever we do is greater than God. But, when sin abounds grace abounds much more (Romans 5:20).
  1. Abraham gave out of thanksgiving and appreciation. We can too.
    1. And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all…That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take anything that is thine, lest thou shouldst say, I have made Abram rich (Genesis 14:20, 23).
      1. God is not angry with us even if we do not tithe, although not to give is unwise.
      2. Some people may rationalize that the tithe was in the Old Testament, and therefore no longer applies. Abram tithed out of gratitude and thanksgiving even before the Law established tithing as a requirement. The Old Testament was written for our learning.
      3. By giving, Abram acknowledged that God, not the king, was his supply source (Genesis 14:21, 22). Money cannot buy what grace has made available to us.
    2. After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward (Genesis 15:1).
      1. God promised Abram what money could not buy; a son (Genesis 15:2-4). For us, everything boils down to an issue of trust, not money.
    3. Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I shall rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts (Malachi 3:8-11).
      1. By comparison to the old-covenant law, we tithe today out of appreciation for the finished works of Jesus and to prove to ourselves we trust God.
      2. The motive for our giving should now be a cheerful heart.
    4. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, the just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, the man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree: that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Galatians 3:10-14).
      1. The tithe has been reconciled with God’s grace.
      2. The “works of the law” are our efforts to perform to try and meet the demands of the Law of Moses; we do good to get good. Under the law, the focus is on what we do; under grace, the focus shifts to what Jesus has already done.
      3. The law focuses on demands; grace focuses on supply.
      4. We do not receive blessings simply by the act of giving money; we receive them through our faith and trust in Jesus.
  1. Giving is spiritual, not natural. We will not understand this in the natural realm.
    1. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).
      1. We can use the analogy of the parent raising a young child unable to think rationally at first. The law was given so that the people would have boundaries to keep them safe until they automatically chose the things of the spirit.
      2. We see fallen mankind under the old covenant, natural men who could not receive spiritual things. Until they were ready to receive them, they needed laws and boundaries to keep them safe. Now we are spiritual people with Christ living in us.
    2. And God is able to make all grace, every favor and earthly blessing, come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient, possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation (2 Corinthians 9:8, AMPC).
      1. God causes the increase in our lives so that we can have over and above what we need in order to bless others. The prosperity He brings is not just for us.
    3. Let each one give as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves, He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or do without, a cheerful, joyous, “prompt to do it” giver whose heart is in his giving (2 Corinthians 9:7, AMPC).
      1. We can stop calculating our tithes down to the penny and give according to what we are led to give. One tenth is just the starting point.
    4. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again (Luke 6:38).
      1. The issue is not about giving in order to get back. We must give in the right spirit. The reason for the return is that the motivation behind our gifts is more important than the gifts themselves.
      2. Tithing out of fear has zero results. We plant our financial seeds with cheerful hearts because our gifts are ruined if we give with the wrong motives.

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Scripture References

Luke 16:10

2 Peter 1:3

Ephesians 1:3

Matthew 6:24

2 Corinthians 9:6,7, 15

1 Corinthians 13:3

Malachi 3:8-11

Galatians 3:10-14

Numbers 23:8

Romans 5:20

Genesis 14:20-23

Genesis 15:1-4

1 Corinthians 2:14

2 Corinthians 9:7, 8, AMPC

Luke 6:38