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April 20, 2009 / brockbruce

Tithing and the Economy


Do Christian’s still have a responsibility to tithe even when the economic downturn hits home? The Church of God tackles this question in a Faith News Network article. Here is a snippet
“The tithe is an indicator of obedience to all of God’s laws, and He is looking for the right attitude from believers when it comes to our giving. But, what does God expect us to do during tough economic times?
Well, Psalm 24:1 declares, “The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the LORD.” And in 1 Corinthians 4:7, Paul asks, “What do you have that you didn’t receive?”
Scriptures like that are pretty easy to handle when things are financially good. But, how do Christians respond when critical health issues, job loss or worldwide economics have almost bottomed out? During times when mortgage payments and utility bills become due and food is needed for the table, does God expect us to tithe?
Before responding to that, let’s be realistic. Do you tithe? Or maybe, have you ever tithed?
The tithe is not a law, but tithing is one of the first standards of giving found in the Bible. In fact, Abraham tithed four centuries before the Law was given to Moses. However, the tithe is an indicator of obedience to God’s laws, so Christian giving should come from the heart.”
You can check out the whole article here. I may tackle the tithing issue more in depth the next few weeks as well, not promising just saying.

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