March 17, 2016

FAQ on Giving


What is a tithe?

The word tithe means 10%. In the Bible God tells us that we are to give the
first 10% of all we earn back to Him. Giving less than 10% is not tithing.
“The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first place in your life.”
Deuteronomy 14:23 LB

When I calculate my tithe, should it be on my net or gross income?

Proverbs 3:9-10 says that God has asked for our first fruits, which is the first and best of all that we receive. Whether you feel that is net or gross is between you and God.

What is more important is that the Bible makes it clear this should be a planned and consistent act of worship. “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with His income.” 1 Corinthians 16:2

Where should I give my tithe?

The Bible makes it clear that God expects the tithe to be given back to Him as an act of worship at the place where you worship.
“Bring this (tithe) into the Presence of God, your God, at the place He designates for worship.”  Deuteronomy 14:23

Could tithe money be used to support secular or para-church organizations?

The tithe is given in God’s name and should be used specifically for His work. Tithing to my church helps me say no to all the secular and Christian appeals without feeling guilty because I know I’m doing what God desires.

What is the difference between a tithe and gifts or offerings?

The tithe is the first ten percent of income given as an act of worship to support the general ministries of the church. (Malachi 3:10; Proverbs 3:9-10)
Gifts or offerings (generosity) are special gifts which are beyond the tithe given to express one’s desire to help a specific ministry or cause.

Doesn’t tithing limit one’s generosity?

Again, the principle of God’s ownership comes into play. God doesn’t own just 10% of our money; He owns 100%. That’s why we should never tithe with the view that the remainder is ours.

After giving our tithe, God may impress on us to give an additional amount to a mission fund, building fund, or other good work being done outside the church.

What should I do when my spouse disagrees?

Because tithing involves money, it is a prime candidate for controversy between a husband and wife. However, if both spouses are Christians, they should have a desire to please the Lord. Talk about it. Explore the Bible and pray, asking God how you should give.
The problem becomes more complicated when one spouse is not a Christian. God is more concerned about our faith than His money. If tithing becomes a negative issue in a relationship and that controversy is diminishing a person’s desire to get to know Jesus, then do not tithe.

Should I tithe if I am in debt?

The tithe helps us to honor God, which is the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 1:7) If there is anybody in the world who needs God’s wisdom in the area of finances, it is a person who is already in debt.

Should a person tithe on an inheritance, insurance or legal settlement, or salary bonus?

Because these are all part of our income, we should give a portion of it back to the Lord to honor Him.

Should I tithe on alimony or child support from my ex-husband?

Alimony is part of your income from which a tithe should be given, but child support belongs to the children and isn’t part of your personal income.