A Personal Matter
by Ronald W Robey

Ever hear one who says he doesn’t believe in tithing say, “The Bible says that if you sow sparingly, you will reap sparingly. If you sow bountifully, you will reap bountifully. You should give at least ten percent.”?

I have. There’s only one problem with that. It ain’t Biblical.

To the poor, three percent of their money might be considered bountiful giving. Paul reminded the Brethren in 1 Corinthians 8 that he did not mean for them to give in such a manner that others are eased, and they themselves burdened. If giving at least ten percent of his or her monoey will put that person in financial duress for the rest of the month, if it means they will not have needed medications, if it threatens their ability to keep their homes, then they should not be giving it.

Even three percent God can use mightily. Was He not able to feed a crowd of more than five thousand with just a few loaves and fishes? Is He not the same today as He was then? God has the power to take three percent, and do with it what an hundred percent can do. Is there yet faith in the Earth?

There is no need to try to guilt or shame people into giving more than they can afford to give by telling them they should be giving at least ten percent. In Acts 4:32ff, it was only those who owned land and houses who contributed. Are we to believe the ones who lacked were made to look like cheapskates because they were not giving at least ten percent? I don’t.

In the same chapter that speaks of bountiful giving, we are told that each must choose for himself what his giving measure is. They should not be bullied into giving “at least ten percent.” Rather, their giving should be a personal matter between them and the Lord.

Bottom line… You who are insisting that others should be giving “at least ten percent,” worry about your own giving. Stay out of other people’s pockets. The amount they choose to give is none of your business.

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