Should I Tithe?

There’s been a great controversy with regards to tithing recently and in this post I’m going to share my thoughts on this topic.

What is a Tithe?

According to Google, a tithe is “one tenth of annual produce or earnings, formerly taken as a tax for the support of the Church and clergy”.

The first time we came across this in the bible was in Genesis 14:20. In this verse we see Abram, bringing his tithe to Melchizedek who was the priest at the time, when God gave him victory over the King of Elam.

Jacob in Genesis 28:20-22 promising to give God a tithe when he encountered God as he was running away from his brother Esau.

We also see the children of Israel giving and being asked to pay tithe as seen in;

Numbers 18:21,26

Deuteronomy 12:5-6

2 Chronicles 31:4-5

Nehemiah 10:35-37

Leviticus 27:30-34

And of course the famous Malachi 3:10

There is so much argument as to whether we should tithe as Christians or not. Those who say yes, use Malachi 3:10 as an anchor scripture. Just in case you have never read it, it says;

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!”

Those who are against it, say we are no longer held bound by the doctrines of the old testament as Jesus came to set us free from that. They also support their claim with the fact that Jesus Christ didn’t really teach or make emphasis on tithing either.

So what did Jesus say about tithing?

“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens,[a] but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.”

Jesus Christ didn’t speak for or against tithing. In the above verse, He draws our attention to the things that truly matters. The things that have eternal value. He reveals that using tithing as a camouflage to mask how we neglect more spiritual matters is wrong. Note how He rates justice over tithing. Yea i found that bit very interesting.

So with the above debate, what is my take on it?

Tithing isn’t a gateway to salvation.

Our salvation is a matter of faith and not works. As a matter of fact, there is no amount of tithe we can ever give to repay God for the salvation of our soul. Tithing won’t take you to heaven neither will it take you to hell.

Acts 16:31 “They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household”

Ephesians 2:8 “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.”

Romans 10:10 “For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”

Tithing alone won’t make you prosperous.

Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people.”

Proverbs 6:10-11 “A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
    scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

There are a lot of scriptures but these are the ones I choose to highlight. Hard work, discipline and diligence have a huge part to play in how we succeed. If we are to go by the literal meaning of the kind of blessing referred to in Malachi 3:10, there are a lot of people, Christians and non Christians who don’t tithe but are very successful and they have good health as well. In the same way, there are a lot of Christians who tithe and are very poor.

Tithing can be a test to show what we are willing to let go off for God.

As humans it can be difficult for us to let go of our money. Remember the story of the rich man who asked Jesus what he needed to do to have eternal life? Jesus answered him saying,

Matthew 19:21-22 “Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me. But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.”

If we are willing to let go of one tenth, it shows that we aren’t allowing money control us.

Tithing is an act of total trust and dependence on God.

It takes trusting in God to still tithe when the money you earn isn’t even enough to take care of your bills. Tithing in this situation goes to show that you trust God’s ability to use the left over to meet your needs.

Tithing is another way of acknowledging our Source.

1 Corinthians 4:7 “For what gives you the right to make such a judgment? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?”

As for me, I tithe for the aforementioned reasons. I love the peace that comes with tithing. I see it as a seal covering my left overs. I believe there is blessing attached to tithing. But I won’t sentence anyone to hell for not tithing because God won’t. Neither will i make anyone feel guilty for not doing it.

Never tithe because you’ve been forced to. If you aren’t sure of what to do regarding this, pray and let the Holy Spirit lead you. And with regards to the argument going on about it, there are more serious things for us to be bothered about. Don’t tithe grudgingly. Tithing should be done out of our love for God and not out of guilt. Tithe with understanding.

Thanks for reading!

Do you tithe? What is your reason for or for not doing it?

What do you think about it? Let me know in the comment section.

God bless you!

52 thoughts on “Should I Tithe?

  1. Thank you for clarifying tithing. It is an act of dependence and truth. It is not an action that delivers salvation. It is grace through which we are saved. As you stated, it is not works and we certainly cannot pay our way into heaven. Well said.

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  2. Very strong and truthful thoughts there. It’s exactly as you put it, “Never tithe because you’ve been forced to. If you aren’t sure of what to do regarding this, pray and let the Holy Spirit lead you.”
    I don’t tithe because I have been asked to do so. I tithe because I know what tithing can do. It’s my way of presenting what I have gained before God to bless what I have left.

    This is one of the doctrines I’d always prefer that we don’t argue about. Because, truthfully, it’s not this that will bring us salvation. And the Church itself if not careful could neglect the more weightier matters (continuing in the teachings of the apostles, breaking bread together and bringing what we have in support of all the believers) and put a burden on believers (this can even stop some from coming to Church because they don’t have anything for tithe).

    Thanks once again for throwing more light on this. I personally agree with you on this. Tithing must not be out of compulsion.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. And I like this you said “and put a burden on believers (this can even stop some from coming to Church because they don’t have anything for tithe).” Very true indeed. We need more of God’s wisdom in the body of Christ.


  3. Well written and very well explained….when someone is in a financial difficulties people tend to ask the person are you sure you are paying your tithe or they say pay your tithe to come out of financial difficulties…i pray that God give us understanding .

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  4. Oh wow. I’ve been thinking about tithing for a few days now so imagine my surprise when I saw this. Our God is indeed real.

    I like what someone commented about us not able to pay our way into heaven.

    I am of the opinion that rather than tithe grudgingly, don’t tithe at all. I also agree about working hard, God blesses the work of our hands but if we choose to be lazy, what is he going to bless?

    There is no right and wrong here. Like you said, pray and get a leading. Regarding all the debates, waste of time if you ask me. Let everyone find their own way and judgement should be left to God. Thanks for sharing sis. God bless you.

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    1. Wow I thank God that you found this post timely. I totally agree with everything you said. The debate certainly is a waste of time but sadly it’s causing a lot of confusion especially to the ones still young in faith. It’s a topic I feel churches shouldn’t shove under the carpet as many are beginning to question the relevance of this practice in the church. Spiritual leaders shouldn’t leave their followers in confusion. Guidance with the help of the Holy Spirit should be provided. And as you said, judgement is of the Lord and we shouldn’t judge others for not having the same convictions that we have. Love and blessings to you Joan. Thanks for reading and commenting❤️


    1. Amen to following His leading!!!! I will read your post certainly. Thanks for stopping by🙂.

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  5. Someone asked a question and agreed I post it on here for her in order to know what everyone think.

    My question is, according to your up, since God demands justice and love from us, can we use the our tithe to support a cause or somebody who needs it?
    If someone is in need but the only money you have to help is your tithe, do you give? If you say no, then, the person is not different from the one who says ”go and pray about it” when you know u can assist with your tithe. I’m just creating a scenario to explain.


    1. I believe our tithe should be given to the church primarily, but we can definitely give above and beyond that to other causes or people you might meet or know are in need. The church then divvies out what’s gathered to other missions or needy individuals as they’re able, after paying the staff.
      I think that if someone is in dire need and the only money you have left is your tithe (which doesn’t make sense because the tithe should be the first thing paid out from the gross amount of your income, and the remainder used for bills, etc) then you should follow the Holy Spirit’s leading as to whether to give part of your tithe to that person or lead them to the right resources to help them or whatever the case may be. God knows your heart and if your heart is right with Him, then He will be pleased with whatever you choose to do because you will be obeying His lead.

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    2. Like Mia said, I believe the tithe should go to the church. It is then the church’s responsibility to do the work of God in bringing justice and love. Maybe this person can bring the person in need to the church and see if they are able to help them because they would (or should) have access to more resources. Also, is the person’s need only financial? I have found that if I don’t have money to give I can give of my other resources like time or talent. God has blessed me with a dependable car. I can give rides to job interviews, grocery stores, etc. I can cook a meal for them. I think it’s great that this person wants to help someone else in need because at one point we’ve all been that person and there will probably come a time when we will be that person again in some capacity. I trust God will see this person’s heart in wanting to put action to the call for help. I would brainstorm about the other needs that may be connected to that bigger need and get creative about how to help. Ugh, I wish I had some advice that was a little more concrete, but in not knowing the full situation that’s what I came up with. Hope this helps!

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    3. I also agree with what Mia said about the tithe going to the Church. That’s exactly how it should be. But on the matter of helping someone in need you should consider what you have left after the tithe. The tithe is what we give out first before any other spending, so when we have gone before God with that and received His blessings we can be assured of having enough to sustain us and also to help others.

      On another side, you could still give your tithe and put aside some amount just for those in need (this might sound too much to do, but if you have, and trust God you can do it)

      To the substance of the question, I think this would probably be a situation where you’re on your way to pay your tithe and then encounter such a needy person on your way. I only believe in what God wants me to do, so even before I plan to present my tithe I pray. In the cause of praying God can reveal anything to you. And at the point where you encounter such a scenario God will be there to show you what to do. It all boils down to prayer. Pray and be obedient to what God tells you to do. That’s my take.

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  6. I tithe as a way of honoring God with money (an important part of life) and exercising my faith. I feel like it’s ultimately His money anyway (kinda like how I tell teenage clients when they argue about ‘their’ money that they earned from their parents by doing chores…yea it’s ‘yours’ I guess). Being faithful in my finances keeps me connected to ‘my life is not my own’ type…continual surrendering (if that makes sense). My job (which He blessed me with) is my resource, but He is my source. I believe God has honored my faith in this area. I can’t tell you how many times I have been amazed at when my ‘little’ amount of money has been either just enough or more than enough. With everything else in the Christian lifestyle, it’s faith (tithe) plus works (budgeting, responsibility in making sure I pay my bills). I don’t buy a lamborghini (on a Social Worker’s income) knowing I have bills and think I’m going to be fine because I’ve tithed. And ultimately, it’s a spiritual conviction for me.

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    1. Doing an amen dance to this!! I can testify to it as well. And I agree it should be a spiritual conviction for everyone. God bless you for this.

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  7. I certainly agree with the findings above. Thank you.
    I also believe why we hear about tithing shouldn’t be anymore is certainly because we are living in the last days. Paul tell us in 1 Tim 4 in the last days there will be many false teachings.

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  8. Very insightful take on this issue Efua. I’ve also enjoyed the comments from your readers. Clearly, tithing leaves so many tantalising questions unanswered. Personally, i tithe because i respect the principles of the old testament and i find it a helpful place to begin in my giving (although i recognise my imperfection and i continue to pray for grace and consistency).

    However, like you rightly pointed out Efy, our financial obligation to the church is over-emphasised and seem to be taking priority over our divine obligations which simply is: living as those who await the soon coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to establish his kingdom on earth.

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  9. Tithing is Scriptural. If you want to serve God then you must serve Him with a substance. There must be a financial obligation to God if you are a believer whether it is called tithe or not.
    The government demands that you pay tax and you pay without arguing. They said it will be used for development but when it comes to the issue of tithing in the church it becomes an argument. How will the church run the things of the church without money?

    The truth still remains that tithing doesn’t guarantee salvation. Your spiritual life is also needed.

    If someone says paying tithe is outdated then that is his or her own cup of tea.

    My conclusion of the whole matter is – give God His due and walk in salvation.

    God bless you for sharing this. You made this post sensitive.


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    1. Thanks for your input. Malachi 3 tells us the reason to tithe – “that there may be meat in my house”. I agree that the church needs finance to function too. God bless you!


  10. Tithing is a good starting point in giving to God… It is the way we place God first in our lives and acknowledge our dependence upon Him for all things. In and of itself, it can do nothing. It’s more about our heart attitude toward God and our possessions/finances. 🙂 Love this post, Efua! You do a super job with your discussion of this! God bless you big time! ❤ and hugs!!

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  11. I agree with you sis.For me, I am not losing anything giving God a little from what he has given me. Whether we ought to stop or to continue as long as I give willingly and cheerfully , I am satisfied.I agree with you when you say that we should tithe with understanding.!!!

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  12. I tithe at 10 percent as a place to start. I do that because if it’s not part of my regular outlay, I might tend to not do it. Then, I provide offerings and help whenever needed. I don’t think we tithe today quite like then, but giving is clearly taught, and as you pointed out, God’s work does take financing. Good post.

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    1. I appreciate your comment Wally. I like how you said it’s a place to start. When we start we God, we are committing the rest into His hands. Thanks for sharing. God bless you


  13. When it comes down to it the reasons for why we do stuff matters. God knows our hearts.

    I liked the way you have covered this Efi

    I liked it when you said “He reveals that using tithing as a camouflage to mask how we neglect more spiritual matters is wrong.” That’s pretty important stuff right there. We can also use tithing to camouflage our brokenness in a way as well I reckon.

    I will be honest, I haven’t always tithed and that’s more out of laziness really, but I do now but I reckon I could be more intentional about it. What we have is not really ours anyway right? so why we hold on to stuff, especially money,
    is kinda crazy.

    Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Evad. I like when you said “What we have is not really ours anyway right? so why we hold on to stuff, especially money,” Very true. Thanks for your comment. Always highly appreciated.

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  14. I used to tithe slavishly but I have learned that God only asks us to give as we are able. I am happier with giving without being slavishly held to a specific percentage. Giving frees me to honour God as he blesses me rather than to have to fork out what I cannot afford. Nevertheless, I appreciate the points you made in the article.

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    1. Thanks for sharing you view about this. God will never ask us to give what we don’t have. I agree giving shouldn’t be a burden on anyone. It’s not acceptable to God when done grudgingly. I really appreciate you taking time to share your view on this topic. Thanks again and blessings!


  15. Great insight Efua, but just a reminder Galatians 6:9
    9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, paying our tithes is an act of doing Good.Thank Efua.

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  16. You’re making a lot of people think and I love it 🙂

    I think this perspective is perfect because you look at Christ, and that’s where our eyes need to be. ❤ Tithing is beyond money, and absolutely about trust. Thank you for sharing this! I'm going to add this to the community spotlight. It appears at the end of the month.

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