Answers to Key Tithing Questions – Reason to Refrain?
Key Bible Verse: They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. – 2 Corinthians 8:2
Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 8: 1-8
Q: Is it okay to refrain from giving to the Church if you don’t agree with where the money goes? I disagree with how my Church leaders handle the money; therefore I choose not to tithe.
A: No, it is not okay. When you give your money to the Church, you are actually giving to the Lord. God will honor your obedience to him, regardless of what happens to the money once it leaves your hands.
Yes, God expects you to give responsibly, and you should want to plant in good ground. Here’s my first question for you: Are your concerns for real, or is this just an excuse to hold on to your cash?
If you really don’t trust your church leaders with God’s money, then ask yourself, Do my Church leaders need to repent of their greed (which is possible), or do I need to repent of my own attitude toward them (which is also likely)?
If you are truly concerned that your church leaders are living in willful financial sin, then approach them about it (Matt. 18: 15-17), instead of just withdrawing your money. If you can’t get answers you can live with, then find another Church you can trust and start tithing.
—Lee Jenkins in Lee Jenkins on Money
My Response: How should I respond when I feel my church is making poor or unethical financial decisions?
Thought to Apply: The purpose of tithing is to secure not the tithe but the tither, not the gift but the giver, not the possession but the possessor, not your money but you for God.—Source Unknown
Adapted from Lee Jenkins on Money (Moody, 2009)
Prayer for the Week: Heavenly Provider, speak to my heart about giving more generously and cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7-9); even during difficult financial times, may I learn from the example of the poor widow (Mark 12:41-44).