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Tithings during Pandemic

Are we obligated to give tithes even during a pandemic crisis? Is the pandemic a wake-up call for tithers? What is the truth about tithes?

Tithes or not to tithes, does it matter these days anymore?

What is the truth in giving to rich people, playing church, and denying ourselves the opportunity to enjoy life and do good things directly to unfortunate people? Does hearing false teaching and not rebuking it make us an accessory and commit the same sin? Why was giving tithes for many years second to salvation when it came to preaching?

Fear becomes part of our upbringing in the church, and salvation is at the front. You sin, go to hell, give, and get back many folds in return; you give more, and you receive more. You help in fundraising; it doesn’t count on giving tithes. Giving pledges is the same thing that is like giving on the side.

Why are church leaders, if not most, scared to take advantage of other people’s money? Even seniors who are not making enough money to buy what they want are being taken for granted. Why are they not getting advice from the leaders to keep their Social Security money and buy what they want?

Seniors are vulnerable and easy to give up with fear-implied preaching. Prosperity preaching has been losing ground for a few years now, and they are back to salvation preaching. But, unfortunately, it’s too late, as the followers made them rich and some super-rich and left them behind when the promised prosperity did not happen. Some remain struggling to make ends meet, some are probably still paying their debt, and maybe some go bankrupt.

Going to a big church doesn’t mean receiving more attention from Heaven. Attending a fully decorated church doesn’t mean more abundant blessings. But, listen to your heart and the conviction of your conscience, and your soul will humbly submit to His Holy Spirit, and you might find the truth about tithing.

When it comes to asking for a donation, that’s the job of the second-ranking member, and when it comes to bringing more new members, that’s the ministry’s job, which involves the members they delegated to lead. So, more members they encourage to join the possible collection will be more.

Only a few know it when it comes to financial matters, but they are very transparent when planning to solicit something involving money. The church’s role is to help the poor and widows, as the Bible states. One of the golden rules of the church is that when the church has the financial capacity and ignores it, the members can ask, why?

Suppose the church reports that they are helping by giving financial aid to others. In that case, it’s either a half-truth, or some go only to their favorite ministry and not directly to proven missionaries with integrity.

Giving is part of our godly work, and it doesn’t need to be a brain scientist to figure out how you can do it. The Bible said to help your relative who is in need before anyone else, or you are worse than unbelievers.

Relatives help their relatives; that is the main point. Imagine when you help a relative finish school, and that relative gets a job and does the same thing; that is godly work.

There is a saying: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” If you give a man food for his hungry stomach, he will be hungry again, and you may see him again. Feeding people experiencing poverty as a mission will not change their world, but teaching them how to acquire some skills is smart.

Many lost their jobs due to this pandemic. Does your church extend its helping hand to members in need? The purpose of the tithes in the Old Testament’s Law of Moses is to bring the first fruits of the land to the storehouse as their tithes. It has nothing to do with the money given to God. It’s called the law of the harvest.

Before Moses, Abraham and his grandson Jacob promised to give tithes, but with conditions. When we give our tithes to our Pastor or Priest, is the church ready to help members temporarily when tough times strike like this pandemic of 2019 and other challenging times?

Abraham was losing the war; he vowed to give 10% of the spoils if he won. Jacob asks for food and clothing. “All that you will give me, I will surely give the tenth to you.” The tithe was carried over to the church generation (Christian era), preaching “that Christians are not under the Law of Moses but under grace and yet tithes never ceased in preaching.”

How can someone justify the church not taking any money out of the savings to help the members in this crisis or give up their salaries, one of their mansions, and luxury cars? Why, with this crisis, are some churches still asking for donations? Why are churches even bringing lawsuits to the states for distancing policies when they are only protecting the safety of their citizens? Is it about money?

Maybe they fear losing members when they feel quieter and more comfortable and experience God’s presence in one.
How would our earth look like when we help one another?

Does fear of going to hell be the preaching of the past, and it may come to pass, and we would not be able to remember what hell means, and salvation is as assured as before?

The absence of sadness is happiness, so the absence of hell is the presence of Heaven. Money cannot buy our salvation, and our relationship with our LORD, our Almighty Father, who created us in His image and likeness, does give us the gift of salvation.

Our Lord Jesus Christ will be our brother, and from his word, he said: “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Therefore, when we all live together in one accord and one spirit, the kingdoms established by the King of kings and Lord of lords will be one United Kingdom, in the new Heaven and new earth under the government of God.

May we all pray that this pandemic is defeated sooner and that our lands are healed. Acknowledge Him as our all-in-all, and He will acknowledge our prayers.

Let us pray:

Father, into your hand, we submit to you the pain brought by the fear of this pandemic; we are sorry for offending you and ask you to forgive us and strengthen us for all these challenges. Let our politicians move by your power to have unity for the good of the country. Protect our loved ones, relatives, and friends; we include all health responders for others. Heal our land, oh LORD of Host. You alone are our God and no one else besides you. Thank you for everything.

To God be the Glory.

Amen.

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