Answers to Key Tithing Questions – Tithe to Friends?
Key Bible Verse: “Bring to the storehouse a full tenth of what you earn so there will be enough food in my Temple. Test me in this,” says the LORD All-Powerful. “I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out all the blessings you need.” – Malachi 3:10, NCV.
Dig Deeper: Malachi 3: 6-12
Q: Is it okay to give some of my tithe money to family and friends who need financial assistance?
A: God says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house” (Mal. 3:10, NASB). In the Old Testament there was a storehouse in the sanctuary, built for depositing the tithes and offerings of the people. The New Testament counterpart of this principle is that the Church members give all their tithes to the local Church.
“Storehouse tithing” means to bring your tithes to the Church where your membership is established, your spiritual life is nourished, and your Church privileges are enjoyed.
However, if you absolutely have no other funds from which you can help, say, a sibling in dire straits, I believe it’s okay to use some of your tithe money to assist them. The assistance, though, should only be occasional and not a lifestyle. You could actually be hurting them by always bailing them out financially.
Sometimes, giving people money is not the solution to their problems. However, I do believe that God blesses us so we can be a blessing to others. Just be careful not to substitute what belongs in God’s house by putting it in someone else’s house.
—Lee Jenkins in Lee Jenkins on Money
My Response: What various charities and needy causes am I giving to? What percentage of my gift money goes directly to my Church?
Thought to Apply: The world asks, “How much does he give?” Christ asks, “Why does he give?”—John R. Mott (Nobel Peace Prize winner)
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).