From: James and Mary Puz
My wife has been sending a tithe to a local church until very recently. Upon receiving the latest monthly church bulletin, we were stunned to see several local business ads in the bulletin. We therefore decided to send the tithe to another local church.
However, we received a call from that church, asking if the check was a “donation.” I said it was our tithe to the church (we aren’t members). The person replied, “Tithe?” puzzled at the term. I said yes, to which I was told the money would be put down as a “donation.”
Don’t churches teach about tithing anymore? The Bible says in Malachi 3:8, “Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me.” But you say, “How are we robbing thee?” “In your tithes and offerings.” As you can plainly see, tithes and offerings are not an option; it is an obligation for the sustaining of the church. Remember, much of what was tithed in Old Testament times went to the Levites, the ones who maintained the temple (their church) and oversaw the various ceremonies and rituals ... it’s what they lived on.
I’m aware that some churches leave tithing up to the individual members. However, in Judges 21:25, “In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.”
Christians don’t have that problem; they have a king in Jesus Christ and the Bible (Old and New Testaments) is God’s revealed word. There can be no mistake about what the children of God should be doing, especially when it comes to supporting churches, regardless of doctrine or denomination.
I grew up with an Assembly of God background many years ago. Tithing was fundamental to its basic tenets. Therefore, the idea of tithing as a Christian obligation is not foreign, at least not to certain Protestant churches.
For churches struggling with financial problems (and maybe their congregations as well), and they don’t have tithing as an integral part of their teaching, perhaps that’s the problem.