Malachi 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.

The above verse is one that should open the eyes of all Christians. In that verse, God makes a promise that if the tithe is brought into the storehouse, He will open the windows of Heaven and pour out an abundant blessing.

This verse, and its promise, must be addressed. God made a promise that He would pour out a blessing upon the tither. He did not say He might pour out a blessing, He said He will pour out a blessing.

Is not God faithful to His promises? Over and over in Scripture we find that He cannot lie and that He is faithful in keeping His promises. This raise a serious question that the preacher who tells his congregation that they are to tithe their money needs to address. If God is faithful, and we know He is, why are so many struggling after tithing their hard-earned money?

Now, some preachers might claim, “If you were not mishandling the 90% you have left, you would have enough money to last til the end of the month!” True, but that does not answer the question. God said He would pour out a blessing on the one who tithed. So, even if the 90% were spent wisely, there is still the promise of the blessing for tithing… if indeed God required the Church to tithe.

The fact that many do not receive those “blessings” after giving 10% of their paychecks to the Church proves that Malachi 3:10 was not written to the Church at all. If it were, God would be true to the promise therein and bless in abundance over and above what the tither already has.

Of course, there is also the inconsistency in the claim by some that we are under a curse because we don’t tithe while they themselves are blessed beyond measure because they do tithe. The truth is, if they are “blessed beyond measure” it is not because they tithe. That is easily proved with the two preceding verses in Malachi that says the whole nation is cursed because the tithe was not brought into the storehouse.

If the whole nation was cursed because some were not tithing, then it stands to reason that if Malachi 3:8-10 applied to the Church, then all would be cursed today because some were not tithing. We can only conclude that those that are “blessed beyond measure” are thus blessed, not because they tithe, but because God wanted to bless them.

One might argue, “Oh, but you just said that if we tithed, God would bless in abundance and now you say He doesn’t bless in abundance for tithing? Well, He would bless in abundance for tithing if Malachi 3:10 applied to the Church. But it does not.

Malachi 3:7 states that tithing was an ordinance. It was an ordinance that was given to the children of Israel according to Leviticus 27:34. It was given to no other nation, tribe, or tongue. Tithing was an ordinance, but not for us.

According to Colossians 2:14, the handwriting of ordinances that was against the children of Israel were taken out of the way and nailed to the cross. When the Apostle Paul used the word “us” in Colossians 2:14, he was speaking of the children of Israel, who were bound by the ordinances of the Mosaic Law prior to the cross.

Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances (found within the Mosaic Law) that was against us, (the children of Israel) which was contrary to us, (the children of Israel) and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

If only God’s people could grasp the truths about the tithe, they would not be submitting themselves to a doctrine that is not of God, but of man.

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