Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Can I tithe To Another Ministry And Not My Church?
Question: As seniors on a fixed income who would like to help a church that is basically seniors like ourselves. They need young people and therefore a student pastor part/time. Could we give our tithe to help rather than give it to where we attend?
A church family is precious. With your gift of self, service and financial support (I still believe in the tithe or even tithe plus) you get to help your local church worship, disciple through teaching missions and ministry and do your part to evangelize.
Ministry does cost money. The principal of the tithe is every one gives an equal type portion.
The storehouse is then full. If the whole church tithed and the church the church bills and supported all worthy ministries and missions, the problem would be how to use the surplus of money.
I firmly believe your tithe needs to go to your church.
The storehouse cannot bless others if the shelves are empty.
This is what the government tries to do-write checks with nothing in the storehouse.
1 )You can give gifts to the special ministry or another church.
2) You can also ask your church to support a weaker church. This is biblical and commendable. The plan of the tithe maximizes such church to church blessings..
Our local church cannot function with empty shelves.
Our local church can be a powerhouse of blessing for the Lord if all members did their part and tithed.
Malachi 3:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.