Bible Study of Malachai 3:10 ~ Blessed Because You Tithe?

A false teaching that is prevalent in many Christian churches these days is one that says, “You will be blessed because you tithe.” That is, give money to your church or pastor. You will hear things like, “You will be blessed beyond anything you can imagine, pressed down, running over, you can’t out-give God! And so on and so on.” But in reality, this is simply not true. It is a lie that is carried forward because people who run churches have been taught to believe that they need you to give them money to run their church building. That is simply a lack of faith on their part as they forget that God is their provider. The idea of tithing is actually an Old Testament law that is not relevant for today’s New Testament church as it was for Jews living under the Law of the OT. Now, don’t get the idea that I am saying that the measure of God’s blessing does or does not depend on how much or how little you do or don’t give…none of that is true! The truth is that you will be blessed if you are walking in the saving grace of Jesus Christ and giving cheerfully wherever you see need that you are able to sow into.

I can hear some prosperity preachers out there right now saying, “Aha! He used the word SOW…Does he not know that if you sow something you should expect to reap a harvest?” Yes I do…but if my reward, my harvest if you will, is earthly riches then I have received my reward! Jesus teaches: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth but rather in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Mat. 6:19-20.

I should note that you might be blessed beyond your expectations if you give to a worthy cause but you should never expect to be paid back for anything you give away whether it is money, your time or your things. This is a teaching that leads you to believe that you are making a financial investment by tithing and that your investment is guaranteed to return 10 times or I’ve even heard 1000 times above your initial investment! That is a lie. If you believe this lie, you are setting yourself up for a big disappointment and maybe even a loss of some measure of your faith. I have seen this happen to people. They hear a testimony of how someone began tithing and then won a lottery the following week so they give a large sum of money to their church. Many times they give more than they can afford. But then, finding themselves unable to afford to buy groceries or put gas in the car, they realised that the pastor lied to them and they decide that the whole Christian religion must be a lie. This is very sad…and I don’t want to see this happen to you or anyone else. The truth of the matter is that God is looking for cheerful givers who will give all they can afford to give and not expect a payback. When you give with a cheerful heart, God is pleased. Personally I tithe to the church that I visit for worship services to help them with expenses of the building and people who work there. That’s not giving. That is helping to pay for the use of the building and the people leading the service. It bothers me to know that the worship team (musicians and flaggers) are not usually getting any of that money as I see that they actually contribute more to my worship experience then the pastor does. But that’s another subject on which I hope to write at a later date. For giving, I sponsor a child through World Vision, give money to various charity organizations, share my skills with others and volunteer my time at a food bank. My reward on earth for those things are that I get to see people grow as I sow into their lives. But my real treasure, what I am really expecting to reap, is a place in Heaven where there is no need.

Here is the scripture that has been beaten to death by pastors all over the world as the one that suggests that we are required to tithe and that we will be blessed for tithing.

Mal 3:10
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
(KJV)

This passage is talking about an Old Testament practice of Jews who were under the Law of Moses since they hadn’t yet received the Grace that was provided at Calvary by Jesus Christ and it was actually more than 10% of their income. In fact if you added up all the monies these Jews were required to pay as taxes you would find that it was about 22 to 23% of their income and it was actually collected in the form of meat and crop products, fruit and vegetables, etc. One of those taxes was paid to the priest who worked in the storehouse (the church) where he made sacrifices of animals to atone for sin. We don’t sacrifice animals anymore. Jesus has paid the debt for our sins. Back then, before Jesus, God required the sacrifice of animals to atone for the sins of mankind. So the blessing that is spoken of in Mal. 3:10 is that of atonement which is forgiveness and grace that man does not deserve.

So, the bottom line is this: Give yes! Pay those who provide a place and a way to worship and give money, time and things to those in need. Do it cheerfully, expecting no payback or reward on earth and you will be blessed beyond your wildest imagination because we know that Heaven a glorious place, beyond anything we could every hope to buy here on earth.

Be blessed!

A source for much of this material was: Steve McVey ~ Grace Walk Ministries ~ Check out his videos on Youtube. The title of the Video is “Lie #66 You Will Be Blessed Because You Tithe.”

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3 Responses to “Bible Study of Malachai 3:10 ~ Blessed Because You Tithe?”

  1. pttyann Says:

    I Love your post!!!! Why do so many preachers lay out those scriptures all of the time,and they cannot or will not see the error of their ways! I always give according to 2 Corinthians 8,I have also witness many that were hurt by these old Testament teachings! It’s sad but true,I hope many others read your helpful and encouraging post.

  2. Lori Says:

    Nicely written Bill! I like that you are reading the whole passage and not being fooled by a small passage taken out of context.

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