Why I Quit Tithing

Why I Quit Tithing (And Why You Should Too)!

Most people simply don’t understand tithing.

To many Christians it seems like some sort of country club due. Another bill in the long list of monthly expenses.

Giving is supposed to be an act of worship that draws you closer to the heart of God.

Why I Quit Tithing
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Then why is it that the concept of tithing, giving the first 10% of one’s income, has become so divisive in the church?

Christians debate questions like:

  • Is tithing still even required? Wasn’t it an Old Testament law? Didn’t Christ abolish the law with His death and resurrection?
  • Should I tithe off the gross or net of my income?
  • Does God really expect me to tithe if I’m struggling in my personal finances?
  • I “tithe” my time to the church. Isn’t that enough?

These questions all have the same recurring theme–what’s the least I can give and still receive God’s blessings.

When you debate these questions, you totally miss the point.

To an all-powerful, all-loving God. A God who gave everything in his son Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

Randy Alcorn said it best: “Giving affirms Christ’s lordship. It dethrones me and exalts Him.”

Bullseye.

I used to write checks to my church that looked like this: $112.14.

To the penny. Nothing more. Nothing less.

There’s my 10% God. Hopefully that’ll cover the upkeep in Heaven until my next paycheck. Now bless me.”

I didn’t get it.

God didn’t need my money.

He wanted proof that He was first in my life. He wanted me to trust Him completely. He wanted to grow my faith.

And yes, He wanted to bless my finances tremendously. But only if I trusted Him completely.

As I began to mature in my spiritual walk, it all started to make sense.

EVERYTHING belongs to God (Psalm 24:1). The more I trust Him with my finances, the more He can use me to reveal His glory. The more I get to be a conduit for His miracles. The more my faith gets to be tested and grown.

And that’s why I quit tithing.

Don’t hear me wrong. I still give the first 10% of my income to God through my local church. I think 10% is a great starting point.

But I’ve started asking a different question. A question that’s radically changing my life.

It’s no longer, “How much should I give?”

Instead, I’ve started asking, “How much should I keep?”

And I’m no different from you. I’m an average guy. I’m not a millionaire. I’m not expecting a windfall of cash from a rich relative any time in the near future.

I just recognize that my God is sufficient to meet and exceed all my needs.

I believe God when He says:

Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (Malachi 3:10b).

When the Holy Spirit prompts me, I respond.

It’s simple.

I can’t say it’s always easy. But I can promise you that it’s taking me to spiritual heights I’ve never experienced before. The character of God is being revealed to me in a whole new way.

Is it possible that you’re limiting God with your giving?

Maybe you’re obedient with the first 10%, but completely unwilling when the Holy Spirit prompts you further.

Perhaps God is calling you to do more financially than you’ve ever done before.

Instead of being comfortable, maybe it’s time for you to give in a way that’s going to require FAITH again.

It probably won’t be easy. But it will be worth it.

God doesn’t just want your first 10%. He wants your whole heart.

What “faith step” is God calling you to take right now in your personal generosity?

  • Dawn Epting

    Excellent insight!

  • Jim Price

    With millions now making minimum wage and often getting only 24 to 32 hours per week it just isn’t practical to give even 10% to the church or to any one else. My wife and I have have now for years helped individuals and families whose pay just wouldn’t cover their basic needs. So when we talk about stewardship I think we should go back to the drawing board and have a more realistic look at what people should do with their money, especially those who pay wages to others; they should pay enough so that the working person could give to worth while causes.

    • http://www.discovernorthpark.com Larry Poole

      Hey Jim, to the human mind, the battle plans that God gave Joshua at the Battle of Jericho seem absurd. March around the wall 7 days, blow your instruments, shout, and the walls will fall down. Not a very good battle strategy if you ask me.

      Tithing is the spiritual battle plan that God has given us for our finances. Even when things don’t make financial sense, even when it doesn’t seem logical, God wants us to put our faith in Him.

      When we trust God with our first 10%, He is faithful to bless the rest.

      • Collins Klinsmann

        The doctrine of tithing is mis-thought in many if not all churches. Read Deut 14 vs 22 – 29.(NIV) It’s tells how people should spend their tithe and not by giving it to those pastor-prenuers calling themselves men of God. If you want more clarification or questions, mail me collinsklinsmann@gmail.com. Thank you.

  • elizabeth kasimu

    The best perspective have ever heard about tithing. Surrendering it all to God. i realize its possible to give the 10% and lose my heart / life.. half obedience

  • chessed1

    First, I’m not a professional minister — that’s my truth in advertising before I make my comments.

    Your stand is like the Evangelical stand on law vs grace. There are no rules. There are no baseline guidelines. It’s all sweetness and light up in the sky. But in fact G-d DID give rules. In Acts 15 the church council gave rules for how Gentiles were to live. Jesus himself in talking about tithing mint julips (joking) in Mt 23:23 he confirmed that tithing WAS still in vogue as a STARTING place. Your article serves as exactly the opposite of what you want to do in your professional calling.

    The tithe is the starting place and it funds my local congregation where I’ve been called to serve. Show me someone who doesn’t tithe and most often I find folks who don’t give offerings or help the poor or even their own families. In addition, until they have learned to prime the well they are often in debt over their ears. There is something almost magical (yes, yes, I should say “spiritual”) about people who start tithing and what it leads to.

    For those on this page who say they can’t afford to tithe, I can sit down and give them a total plan on financial success and it includes the tithe. Whether you’re a Dave Ramsey grupie or not, that mean has a handle on finances and it includes the tithe. And the whole point of his teaching is that we get out of debt so we can give away more and more. But it starts with the tithe and being responsible with what G-d gives us.

    So I sure don’t agree with you, my brother. But I love ya. Blessings.

    • http://www.discovernorthpark.com Larry Poole

      I’d encourage you to re-read the article. I couldn’t agree with your comments more. Tithing is the starting point of Christian giving, something all professing Christians should be engaged in. I’ve never met a tithing Christian who regretted it and I tell that to everyone who struggles with giving.

      • chessed1

        Dear Mr Poole:

        You’re correct. I missed it. I give! You did say that tithing is the starting point. I guess I was lost in the headline.

        Blessings.