Jesus our High Priest, did not
call it tithing, he described giving as "bringing our gifts to the altar.
we practice freewill offering, spirit-led giving, or tithing, there is a way of
giving that pleases God. If we follow His principles, we will be truly blessed.
principles of giving include:
a heart of love (includes forgiveness) before giving
what’s in your heart to give
giving because you have a need
boasting about your giving
22 But I say to you that whoever
is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.
And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But
whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother
has something against you; 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go
your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your
But love your enemies, do good,
and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you
will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
6 But this I say: He who sows
sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap
bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound
toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have abundance
for every good work.
2 And he kept back
part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain
part and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to
the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? 4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your
own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not
lied to men but to God.”
3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly
Jesus speaks out against
prosperity preachers; especially those who love to use Malachi 3:8-10
to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple,
it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold
of the temple, he is obliged to perform it. 17 Fools and blind! For which
is greater; the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold?
3 If anyone teaches
otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord
Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud,
knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from
which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless debating of men of corrupt minds
and destitute of the truth, who suppose
that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. 6 Now
godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry
nothing out. 8 And having food and
clothing, with these we shall be content.
9 But those who desire to be rich
fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts
which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is a
root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in
their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
God looks at the heart of giving;
not what we give.