THE TRUTH ABOUT TITHING (Part III)
Prophecy Unveiled...The Last Days
New Testament Believers are not called to be tithers, they are called to be
"generous givers."  We are no longer under the old Law, but are partakers of a new
covenant.

Galatians 2:16: "...Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of
the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ,
and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law shall no flesh be
justified."

Galatians 2:21: "I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through
the Law, then Christ died needlessly."

Galatians 3:10-13:  "For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse;
for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book
of the Law, to perform them.'  Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is
evident; for the righteous man shall live by faith.  However, the Law is not of faith; on
the contrary, He who practices them shall live by them.  Christ redeemed us from the
curse of the Law, having become a curse for us - for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone
who hangs on a tree.
"

Galatians 3:23: "But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law being
shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed."

Galatians 5:18: "But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law."

If one wants to practice living under the Law, then he must abide by the whole Law
or you are guilty of all of it.  Christ died because we could no longer keep the Law,
yet there are pastors today who insist on doing so.

Hebrews 9:15 says that Jesus is the mediator of a new covenant, a new
agreement.  Verses 16 and 17 goes on to say that
“for where a covenant is, there
must of necessity be the death of the one who made it.  For a covenant is valid only
when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives."

So when Jesus lived, the old covenant was in force and that is the  covenant under
which the Pharisees lived.  But, after Jesus died, a New Covenant kicked in, the
Covenant under which we live.

In the book of Acts, chapter 15, during the formation of the early Church, there
were Pharisees who had been converted to Christianity and were a part of the
leadership council at Jerusalem.  These leaders wanted the new Gentile converts to
be circumcised according to the Law of Moses.  (In Judaism, Gentiles are those who
are not Jews).  Peter then stood up and asked why should the Gentile converts be
required to be circumcised when God had already bestowed the Holy Spirit upon
them just as He had upon the Jews?  The Gentiles were doing as greater miracles
as they were.  After listening to Peter and James, the Council then agreed that the
only requirement for Gentiles who would become Christians would be to abstain
from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled
and from blood.  

So they sent Paul, Barnabas, Judas, and Silas to take the message to the Gentiles
that
no greater burden would be laid upon them other than to abstain from
things sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from fornication.

There was NO mention of the tithes!  The Apostles did not tell the Gentile converts
to tithe.

If religious leaders today are so bent on following the Old Testament Law of Moses,
then why are they not requiring every male in their congregation to be circumcised,
just as they are requiring everyone to tithe?

So what did the New Testament Apostles preach about giving?
Paul says to the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 9:7 of the New Covenant, the New
Testament:

“ Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under
compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

The Lord God is not so much concerned with how much you give as He is with your
attitude in giving.  He would rather you give a nickel and be happy and joyous
about giving that, than to give one tenth of your earnings and hate every minute of
having to do so.  

However, Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 9:6 that if you sow sparingly you will
reap sparingly, but if you sow bountifully, you will reap bountifully.  That is the New
Covenant principle; to
sow bountifully.  

As New Covenant Believers, we are called to be generous givers, not tithers.  And,
if we are generous givers, our giving, whether it is in a church, or to an orphanage,
or to a mission, or to assist someone in need, will often go beyond the tithes!

Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:18 to instruct the people of God to do good, to be
rich in good works, to be
generous and ready to share…

In 2 Corinthians, chapter 8, Paul talks about the
great generosity of the Corinthian
people.  How they gave liberally in spite of their poverty and well beyond their
means and gave of their own accord.

Proverbs 11:25 says:
“The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.”

Proverbs 19:6 says:
“Many will entreat the favor of a generous, and every man is a friend to him who
gives gifts.”

Proverbs 22:29 says:
“He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some his food to the poor.”

The question that pastors should be asking is how do I get the people of my
congregation to be
generous givers?  

It is all about “
love.”  If you would take the clue from Jesus, Himself.  He said that
the two greatest commandments, (and neither of them dealt with tithing), is to love
God and to love your neighbor.  Don’t you get it?  The key word is
LOVE.  

Galatians 5:14: "For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, "You
shall
love your neighbor as yourself."

If these are the two greatest commandments, why preach about anything else?  
For surely, love covers it all.  When you teach the people to love God, who is the
greatest giver of them all, then they will give.  Why?  Not out of necessity, but
because they love the Lord; therefore they love to give.  

When people learn to truly love God, their attitude about giving changes.  Not only
giving in the church, but giving freely to others; knowing that it all belongs to Him
anyway.

God is the greatest giver of all.  Because of LOVE, He gave to us His only Son to be
the sacrificial lamb that would atone for our sins.  

Has the Lord Jesus been tugging at your heart lately?  Jesus says in John 6:44 that
no one can come to Him unless the Father draws him.  Do you feel yourself being
drawn today?  If so, don’t resist.  

The time is short.  The world is reeling out of control and has already begun to
experience God's wrath because of man's disobedience.

Make no mistake about it.  There is life after death and there is one of two places
where it will be spent; either eternally in heaven or eternally in hell.  If you want to
be assured that you are on the path to heaven; if you want to know Jesus Christ in
an intimate way, won’t you repeat this prayer after me?

“Dear Jesus, I am a sinner.  Forgive and cleanse me of my sins.  I want to be
born again.   I want to be born of your Spirit.  I confess Jesus Christ with my
mouth, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.  Come into
my life Christ Jesus and become the Lord of my life.”  Amen.

1 John 1:9 says that God is faithful to forgive you of your sins and to cleanse you
from all unrighteousness.  Welcome to the family of God!