As I contemplated this post for our Controversial Christianity series, I was reminded of a time when a dear friend was walking through a voracious financial valley. Her and her husband were going under and there was no end in site.
It was during that time when I heard a maybe not-so-well-meaning friend pipe into a conversation about their circumstances with the statement, “They’re most likely not tithing or they wouldn’t be going through this.”
Really? Is that what the Bible really says about tithing? Does it say that those who tithe don’t experience financial difficulty? Or have we somehow sunk our spiritual teeth into something that isn’t completely true?
We’ve all watched faithful people go through life’s wringer. Men and women who are devoted to God, yet they seem to experience financial hardship month after month and year after year.
And then some well-meaning brother in Christ would come along and say something like my not-so-well-meaning friend. The truth was that my precious friend who was going through such a difficult financial season was giving above the tithe.
So, let’s look at the Word and see whether it is fact or fiction that tithers never suffer need.
BELIEF: If we tithe, we will not go through financial seasons of lack.
- 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. “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the Lord of hosts;” Malachi 3:10-11
- “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.” Matthew 23:23
- “ Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christa]”>[a] who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13
- “We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings;” 2 Corinthians 6:3-5
- “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we who live are always being delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-11
He has rebuked the devourer of your health, the devourer of your marriage, the devourer of your children’s purity, the devourer of your home, the devourer of your job, the devourer of your peace, the devourer of your joy, the devourer of your character and the devourer of your testimony.