Tithes and tithing in the Kingdom of God – The obligation of Believers in Christ
Do it God’s way – obedience. Disobedience to the word of God is sin. Wilful sin is not forgiven Hebrew 10: 26). If one wilfully refuses to give his or her tithe to God’s Kingdom work, that person is living in sin and disobedience (Malachi 3: 8-10). Every word of God must be obeyed before you go to heaven. Paying Tithes is a non-compromising command of God that must be fulfilled just as other commandments. Tithe is 10% of all your incomes.
Remember few people will make it to heaven; do not love money more than your soul Luke 13: 24; Mark 8: 36; Matt 7: 14; Matt 22: 14.
Among many other bible instructions, read here about tithes and offerings.
(A). What do you pay Tithes on? (Your incomes)
You should pay tithes from any money that represents an income, reaching you anytime of the day, week, month or year. These include:
Wages and Salaries from paid work (temporary, part-time or full time jobs of any type).
Pay tithes on weekly, monthly or yearly profits from your business (not the capital).
Profit income from your mortgage after you had paid your mortgage to the bank. After all your expenses for the week or month on your commercial mortgage you pay tithe on the profit (if it is a commercial mortgage).
Profits from sale of mortgage (It was an investment which you made profit out of it whenever you sold it. The profits represent an income outside capital investment.
If you sale cars, the profit from each car sold should give tithes from it.
Pay tithe on Insurance claims and profits from shares that came through. They represent also an income.
Pay tithes on Tax rebates.
Pay tithes on PPI from banks (because they all represent additional income)
Pay tithes on Social Security benefits of all kinds; they are income (do not pay tithe on your council tax and housing benefits because they are fixed amount given to pay the exact amount to the landlord).
If you are a business person and do not know what your tithe should be, seek a professional accountant to determine your profits; then 10% from your profits as tithe. If you are not convinced, then pray to God to tell you what you should be paying as tithes.
1. Personal causes
Do not use your tithes for any personal issues. Any money due to God is a Holy thing.
2 Chronicles 31:6 And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated unto the Lord their God, and laid them by heaps.
Tithe belongs neither to the ordained servants of God or members personally; though it is used to run His Kingdom on earth in various form including taking care of Ministers. How it is spent is not the content of this teaching. That will be taught in a separate heading.
2. Personal donations:
Do not share your tithes to different churches, neither can you share it as gift donation to charity organisations (except the Lord instructs you personally to do so for a particular time and reason). Your tithes and offerings must go to your local church (where you attend service regularly, where you are taught the word of God, and fed spiritually, prayed for, cared for when necessary; provided it is the church you chose to go to or where the Lord directed you to be, in spite of the proximity.
If you need to give donations to other charity work or organisations, use other money and not your tithes. If you are under self-compulsion to use your tithes for charity donation, then you must seek permission from the owner of the Church – Master Jesus. He may permit you once or more times for reasons that glorify Him (1 Corinthians 10: 31); in that case it will not be seen as disobedience and sin on your part- because God is not the author of confusion but of orderliness.
If you use your tithes for donation without His permission then you must have used your tithes for what you personally desired, your wish. Accordingly, you did not pay your tithes in that case. You have robbed God, and need to make it up with additional five percent on the tithe you should have paid previously; as required by the bible. Leviticus 27:31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.
3. Absent from Church not an excuse.
Do not pretend over your tithes wherever you are while earning income God sees your heart and knows all our thoughts and actions (Jeremiah 17: 10). If you become absent from church due to holiday or travel and could not come to your church and give your tithes; bring all the tithes and offerings from income you received during the period of your absence from church, into the church coffers whenever you come back. Travel and absence from church is not excuse to evade tithes as long as you received income during the period of your travel. So it is yet your personal duty to calculate all the tithes and keep it till you return; even if the money was paid into your account in your absence. Alternatively you can give someone you trust to put your tithe on your behalf if you are away provided you know what your incomes for that period of travel is.
3. Membership to Multiple church localities
Do not attend different churches every time because you want to evade paying tithes and making you self-visitor to different churches. Heaven knows everyone’s motive of doing things.
Tithes in New Testament.
Some lovers of money in Christendom will argue that tithes are of the Old Testament; and so many people would say, ‘Pastors that tell believers to pay tithes and offerings to run the Kingdom of God on earth are thieves’. What a misconception. Read the scriptures of the New Testament below and draw your personal conclusion; whatever you decide is what you will reap. Read what Jesus said in these New Testament scriptures below
Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgement, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Jesus was the person speaking in this scripture.
Luke 11:42 but woe unto you, Pharisees! For ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgement and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. In the first two scriptures above (Matt 23: 23; Luke 11: 42), Jesus was not rebuking the hypocritical Pharisee for paying tithes, rather for not fulfilling other aspects of the law. Jesus was speaking to people of his time, the New Testament. So people of the new testaments (even the Pharisees of Jesus’s days paid tithes) paid tithes.
Luke 18:12 I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I possess. This man was speaking to Jesus Christ during the New Testament days when Jesus Christ was on earth.
In this context (Luke 18: 12) the tither was boasting of fulfilling righteousness by paying tithes, and that paying his tithe appropriately was one of his bargaining credentials. He was true that he paid tithes, and he was also a man during the New Testament and he was speaking to Jesus, the Author and finisher of our faith. But he made the mistake of condemning another person (self-righteousness of a religious judgemental man). Jesus disagreed with his condemning attitude, but did not disqualify the fact that he rightly fulfilled the obligatory duty of paying tithe.
The above scriptures are self-explanatory( all in the New Testament) and confirms that tithes are required from all believers in Christ. Who then is right to says tithe is not obligatory in the New Testament? So anyone who says tithes are not paid in the New Testament is a liar, deceiving himself until he suddenly comes to judgement where there is no appeal made or granted, Romans 3: 4; Hebrew 9: 27; I John 1: 7-9.
We must not deceive ourselves; everyone that bears the Name of the Lord: if you intentionally refuse to pay tithe, you register disobedience – sin; and every un-confessed disobedience and un-repentance leads to hell.
Revelations by people whom Jesus has taken to heaven and hell and sent them back to earth to warn us about the reality of hell and how and why people end up in hell; showed some Christians in hell including pastors who intentionally refused to pay tithes. What would a true believer be doing with God’s money (tithes) and obstructing the furtherance of His Kingdom on earth? Be Warned!
Pay 10% of all money that comes your way as income including social benefits. They are source of income to millions of people. For salary, after the tax man had taken his share, pay on your net, and 10% to God, the same 10% from all other incomes. You do not tithe on money you have not received, so do not pay tithes on gross work pay: give tithes only from your take home pay. However when at any time you get a rebate, then it becomes another income requiring tithe. Not paying tithe is greediness and covetousness, the love of money is sin. 1 Timothy 6:10 for the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Other New Testament scriptures about tithes.
And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham
Tithes in Old Testament
The Scriptures are full of instructions to pay tithes both in the Old Testament Please read on below.
And blessed be the Most High God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.
But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the Lord, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the Lord, even a tenth part of the tithe.
Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the Lord of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and ye shall give thereof the Lord’s heave offering to Aaron the priest.
And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:
Then there shall be a place which the Lord your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the Lord:
When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;
2 Chronicles 31:12
And brought in the offerings and the tithes and the dedicated things faithfully: over which Cononiah the Levite was ruler, and Shimei his brother was the next.
And that we should bring the first fruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.
And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.
And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the first fruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited.
And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.
Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
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.
9 TESTIMONIES on TITHING from HEAVEN & HELL visions. Posted 11 July 2013
Dont damn your soul over non-tithing or by believing false doctrine. Here are 9 people who testify of meeting Jesus face to face in Heaven or Hell (or both) either through dying & returning or in open vision experiences. They come from many different nations; showing God is spreading this warning message about Tithing widely to us all.
1) Pastor Brani Duyon (May 2006) – After dying and going to Heaven he was given 6 Messages from the Lord & to tell the Church upon his return
“Tell My children, they must be obedient to give tithes and offerings,” said the Lord Jesus. While Jesus was giving me this message, He said “My child, look there” He showed me beautiful houses which are ready for His children. “My child, these houses are ready, I prepared for all My children that believe and are obedient to Me.” Then He showed me incomplete houses. I asked “Lord, why these houses are not yet completed?” The Lord Jesus said “My child, these houses belong to My children that are not generous giving tithe and offerings. These houses will be ready and completed AFTER My children give more tithes and offerings in My House.”
2.) Ricardo Cid – 8 Hours in Heaven testimony
I started running up and down the gold street and picking up gold dust and sprinkling it on my body. And then the Lord told me to come back and tell you that there are streets of gold in heaven. “All this belongs to my people,” the Lord said. “But, in my church there are many thieves who steal my tithes and offerings! Tell my people that no thief will enter my kingdom in heaven!” We need to straighten up our lives for the Lord
3. Laura Wanma (24 April 2013) – Testimony of Heaven and Hell
While on a visitation to Hell with the Lord Jesus Laura testifies – ‘I saw a lot of people being tortured, and Jesus said to me “These people are not faithful with their tithe.”’
Read the full testimony here.
4.) Choo Thomas (28 March 2013) – Heaven is So Real book
Choo was told by the Lord: “The only ones who will go there (Heaven) are the obedient and pure-hearted children. Tell my Children to preach the gospel. I am coming soon for those who are waiting and ready for Me.” The Lord added “Those who don’t Tithe are disobedient children” ”Should I tell this to anyone Lord?” Choo asked. “I want you to tell it to everyone. Write down everything I show you and tell you” said the Lord. And … “Any Christian who doesn’t tithe will not be blessed because they love money more than my word. Those who love money more than My Word will never see my Kingdom. You already know where they be at the end” said the Lord.
5.) The 7 Colombian Youths (12 Jan 2011) – Revelation of Heaven & Hell (vision trip to Hell)
We arrived in a place that looked like a big swimming pool of fire, with thousands of men and women inside of it. Each of them had metal plate on their chest that read: “I am here for not giving tithes and offerings “When I read that, I asked the Lord, “Lord, how this can be possible, that people are here for this reason??” The Lord responded, “Yes, because these people thought that tithes and offerings were not important, when my Word shows it as a command.” In Malachi 3:8-9 it says “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed Thee?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you.” The Lord told me that when His people withhold their tithes, it hinders the work of the Lord, and then the Gospel is not preached. People in this place suffered a thousand times worse than others, because they knew the Word of the Lord and disobeyed.
6) Queen Dixie (7 Mar 2009) – A Gate of Hell (vision a trip to Hell)
The GOD of all ages spoke directly to me, this is what He said to me, and let me just say that He was ANGRY. When He spoke, His voice went through my bones like a massive vibration!!! All I could do is just lay there and hear my master speak. He said: “This is the end of all sin if you do not serve me with your whole heart. I will use you to save others but you will die and go to hell. If you do not serve me with your whole heart, then you serve Me not at all.” Then the Lord of hosts got even angrier and said: “tithes and offerings are a commandment. This is how my word is preached; this is what takes care of my churches!” The Lord said: “You go and tell them….without holiness, no man can enter into my Kingdom” The Lord said to me exactly what was in the bible: “Be ye holy as I am holy!!!!”
7.) Pastor Park Yong Gyu (24 June 2005) – Visit to Heaven & Hell: 1-1000 Testimony
After arriving in Heaven ….The Lord then asked me five questions. Question 5 was: “Did you tithe properly?”…. I continued with my questions, “What shall I do on Earth to provide more materials for my home?” The angels replied, “There are seven things one must do to build up their materials to build their home. …. Fifth, one’s offering to the Lord. Sixth, their obedience in giving tithes to God… After visiting Hell …. I then saw many pastors, elders, and deacons in Hell. I asked the angel, “I know them. They had served God faithfully while on the Earth. They had died some time ago. We all had thought they were in Heaven with God. But now, I see them all in Hell and they are crying out that it is so hot! Why are they here?” There were so many pastors, elders, deacons and all other lay believers. The angel answered, “Pastor Park Yong Gyu, a person can appear to be a true follower of Christ on the outside but God knows the heart. They did not tithe properly (other sins were also named, see full testimony for details) ….On their death beds, they thought they had done a good job so they did not repent of those things. This is why they were thrown in the fires of Hell.
8.) Angelica Zambrano (2nd) visit to Heaven & Hell 8 Oct 2012)
Among all those people (in Hell), I heard someone saying, “I ask for your forgiveness now Lord, because I have stolen from you, forgive me for stealing, I stole from you Lord and I do not want to do it again.” I asked, “Lord, who is he and why does he say he stole from You?” “My child I will show you who he is.” We entered his cell and I saw a disfigured man. The flames opened up and I could see that he was being tormented. All those people who are in hell have a plaque on their chest, and 666 on their forehead.
This man extended his hand and said, “Lord forgive me.” I asked, “Why are you here?”… He replied, “I’ll tell you my story. I was a Christian leader, for 20 years I had known Christ, but during the 20 years I said: all that money from my tithing and offerings were just to sustain the pastors, but now I regret it because I understand and I know that it wasn’t for them, it was for the Lord, and that is why I say I have stolen from God. At this very moment there are many people on Earth that are robbing the Lord like I did. When you return to Earth, tell all those people who don’t want to give their offerings and tithes, not to steal from the Lord, otherwise, they’ll wind up in Hell, and no thief will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I knew the Holy Word, now I regret it and realize I robbed the Lord.” (Mal 3,8) He said, “Tell the people when they give to God, give the Lord with true love.” (2Cor 9,7) This man kept pleading, “Lord forgive me”, and the Lord replied, “It is too late, there is no opportunity for you.”
9.) Pastor Yong Doo Kim, (22 Jul 2013) The Lord’s Church Korea – Vision of Pastors and Christians in Hell (Video)
10.) Pastor Kim
shares what he has been shown in visions of Heaven & Hell during all night prayer meetings regarding non-tithing and other issues that can disqualify believers from Heaven and send them to Hell in line with Matt 7,21-23. He saw Christians being tortured in coffins in Hell by demons spearing them with hot sharp spears and hearing them scream in torment. TAKE HEED people!! Obey His word.
As you can see, it takes obedience, humility, and faith to serve God in true holiness. From this point of view you can easily imagine millions who had been in church, seeing visions, dreams, prophesying accurately and still miss heaven; as we all read in the revelations of heaven and hell where The Saviour Himself was speaking to those He talked to. We are all running individual race. PLEASE RUN IT WELL AND GOD BLESS YOU. Jeremiah 3:
11.) Do not love money (the root of all evil), Love God.
By Pastor Chrisyngle Ekechi