Try That With Your Creditors!
by Ronald W Robey
Many times, we hear the argument from others that we are to “Give your Pastor God’s tithe. What the pastor does with it is between him and God. You have done your part.”
Oh really? What if the Pastor used that money on himself, Purchasing a new Jaguar? or Paying his monthly instalment on a personal loan?
Have you truly given the money to God? No! You foolishly gave it to a man who used it to satisfy his own greed.
Try that with your landlord, or with the company that has a lien on your vehicle. Tell them you gave your monthly payment to your neighbor across the street. Tell them that the current month’s debt now belongs to your neighbor and not you. After all, you paid the debt. What your neighbor did with the money is between your creditor and him, not you.
See how that flies. You may be walking next month. You may be looking for a new house..
But there is good news! You don’t owe God that 10% tithe. That’s right… God never commanded you to tithe your money in the first place. He said in His word that the tithes He commanded were agricultural crops, flocks and herds, and that they were only required of those who are living in the land of Canaan.
It would be best to pay your debts and to meet your responsibilities. Then, if you have money left over and wish to “give it to God,” do so. Use it to purchase groceries for a person in need of food and drink. Use it to purchase medicine for a person who is sick. Use it to purchase clothing for a person who has lost their clothing in a fire or accident. Don’t foolishly give it to a man who will resort to telling lies in order to garner it. God is not pleased with that type of giving.
Proverbs 22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.