Here is why I believe Tithing absolutely necessary and a commandment today.
First of all its clearly in the New Testament by Jesus: Matthew 23:23 (NIV) “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices–mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
1. Here are 4 testimonies of people who met Jesus face to face. Hear what Jesus told them about tithing.
Choo Thomas was told by the Lord, that those who don’t pay tithes are disobedient Christians, and they will not be ready when He comes.
These 7 Columbian youths were shown what happens to people who steal from the Lord.
This lady was told very clearly by the Lord, that tithing was a commandment.
This man was given the message to the Church straight from the Lord, that they must be faithful in their tithes and offerings.
There is a clear pattern of revelation showing that tithing is not an old testament law regulation that passed away with grace.
2. There are MANY people in Hell right now that never heard the Gospel, they never heard the gospel because the church did not send and support missionaries, evangelists, Bibles and teachers to go to them. When people do not pay their tithe, the Gospel is hindered from going out, and the Lord will holds us accountable for this.
Paul says in Romans 10:15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Tithing is the main engine for the Gospel getting out.
3. Tithing is mentioned and reinforced in Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament. Why would the Lord reinforce tithing so strongly with one prophet, yet the very next book, (prophet) He abolishes it. That doesn’t make sense. But in Malachi it says that if you don’t pay your tithe, you are stealing from the Lord, and a curse will be on you.
4. Jesus said it is more blessed to give than receive, so you CAN’T be set free from the burden of Tithing. Just like you CAN’T be set free from the burden of Loving someone. (it’s not a burden, but a blessing) You CAN be set free from the burden of stealing, rebellion and selfishness.
If there is someone who is teaching people that Tithing is good but not necessary, they are making a big mistake and leading others astray.
5. Most people will only wish they gave more to the Lord when they get to heaven. And of course you always want to give your tithes with the right motive, Love.
Will a Christian who refuses to Tithe be disqualified from entering Heaven??
Big important question! In my years as Christian I have mostly tithed (giving the first 10% of our income to God), although Ive had seasons of being very anti-tithing & promoting all the various arguments against it. It was during that time God fully convinced me of its requirement for His people & its eternal consequences. From that background Id like to share what God revealed to me through: A.) 9 amazing testimonies of encounters with Jesus in Heaven & Hell where tithing is raised as an important eternal issue, and B.) in the Word of God.
A.) The 9 Testimonies on TITHING from HEAVEN & HELL experiences
Here are 9 people who testify of meeting Jesus face to face in Heaven or Hell (or both) either through dying & returning or in open vision experiences. They come from many different nations showing God is spreading this warning message about Tithing widely to many.
1) Pastor Brani Duyon – After dying and going to Heaven he was given 6 Messages from the Lord & to tell the Church upon his return
Message 4 – “Tell My children, they must be obedient to give tithes and offerings,” said the Lord Jesus. While Jesus was giving me this message, He said “My child, look there” He showed me beautiful houses which are ready for His children. “My child, these houses are ready, I prepared for all My children that believe and are obedient to Me.” Then He showed me incomplete houses. I asked “Lord, why are these houses not yet completed?” The Lord Jesus said “My child, these houses belong to My children that are not generous giving tithe and offerings. These houses will be ready and completed AFTER My children give more tithes and offerings in My House.”
Read the full testimony here
2.) Ricardo Cid – 8 Hours in Heaven testimony
I started running up and down the gold street and picking up gold dust and sprinkling it on my body. And then the Lord told me to come back and tell you that there are streets of gold in heaven. “All this belongs to my people,” the Lord said. “But, in my church there are many thieves who steal my tithes and offerings! Tell my people that no thief will enter my kingdom in heaven!” We need to straighten up our lives for the Lord (Read the full testimony here)
3. Laura Wanma – Testimony of Heaven and Hell
While on a visitation to Hell with the Lord Jesus Laura testifies – ‘I saw a lot of people being tortured, and Jesus said to me “These people are not faithful with their tithe.”’
(Read the full testimony here)
4.) Choo Thomas – Heaven is So Real book
Choo was told by the Lord: “The only ones who will go there (Heaven) are the obedient and pure-hearted children. Tell my Children to preach the gospel. I am coming soon for those who are waiting and ready for Me.” The Lord added “Those who don’t Tithe are disobedient children”
”Should I tell this to anyone Lord?” Choo asked.
“I want you to tell it to everyone. Write down everything I show you and tell you” said the Lord. And … “Any Christian who doesnt tithe will not be blessed because they love money more than my word. Those who love money more than My Word will never see my Kingdom. You already know where they be at the end” said the Lord (Read the full testimony here)
5.) The 7 Colombian Youths – Revelation of Heaven & Hell
We arrived in a place that looked like a big swimming pool of fire, with thousands of men and women inside of it. Each of them had metal plate on their chest that read: “I am here for not giving tithes and offerings” When I read that, I asked the Lord, “Lord, how can this be possible, that people are here for this reason??” The Lord responded, “Yes, because these people thought that tithes and offerings were not important, when my Word shows it as a command.” In Malachi 3:8-9 it says “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed Thee?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you.” The Lord told me that when His people withhold their tithes, it hinders the work of the Lord, and then the Gospel is not preached. People in this place suffered a thousand times worse than others, because they knew the Word of the Lord and disobeyed. (Read the full testimony here)
6) Queen Dixie – A Gate of Hell (vision a trip to Hell)
The GOD of all ages spoke directly to me, this is what He said to me, and let me just say that He was ANGRY. When He spoke, His voice went through my bones like a massive vibration!!! All I could do is just lay there and hear my master speak. He said: “This is the end of all sin if you do not serve me with your whole heart. I will use you to save others but you will die and go to hell. If you do not serve me with your whole heart, then you serve Me not at all.” Then the Lord of hosts got even angrier and said: “tithes and offerings are a commandment. This is how my word is preached; this is what takes care of my churches!” The Lord said: “You go and tell them….without holiness, no man can enter into my Kingdom” The Lord said to me exactly what was in the bible: “Be ye holy as I am holy!!!!”
7.) Pastor Park Yong Gyu – Visit to Heaven & Hell: 1-1000 Testimony
After arriving in Heaven ….The Lord then asked me five questions. Question 5 was: “Did you tithe properly?”…. I continued with my questions, “What shall I do on Earth to provide more materials for my home?” The angels replied, “There are seven things one must do to build up their materials to build their home. …. Fifth, one’s offering to the Lord. Sixth, their obedience in giving tithes to God….
After visiting Hell …. I then saw many pastors, elders, and deacons in Hell. I asked the angel, “I know them. They had served God faithfully while on the Earth. They had died some time ago. We all had thought they were in Heaven with God. But now, I see them all in Hell and they are crying out that it is so hot! Why are they here?” There were so many pastors, elders, deacons and all other lay believers.
The angel answered, “Pastor Park Yong Gyu, a person can appear to be a true follower of Christ on the outside but God knows the heart. They did not tithe properly (other sins were also named, see full testimony for details) ….On their death beds, they thought they had done a good job so they did not repent of those things. This is why they were thrown in the fires of Hell.”
8.) Angelica Zambrano 2nd visit to Heaven & Hell
Among all those people (in Hell), I heard someone saying, “I ask for your forgiveness now Lord, because I have stolen from you, forgive me for stealing, I stole from you Lord and I do not want to do it again.” I asked, “Lord, who is he and why does he say he stole from You?” “My child I will show you who he is.” We entered his cell and I saw a disfigured man. The flames opened up and I could see that he was being tormented. All those people who are in hell have a plaque on their chest, and 666 on their forehead.
This man extended his hand and said, “Lord forgive me.” I asked, “Why are you here?”… He replied, “I’ll tell you my story. I was a Christian leader, for 20 years I had known Christ, but during the 20 years I said: all that money from my tithing and offerings were just to sustain the pastors, but now I regret it because I understand and I know that it wasn’t for them, it was for the Lord, and that is why I say I have stolen from God. At this very moment there are many people on Earth that are robbing the Lord like I did. When you return to Earth, tell all those people who don’t want to give their offerings and tithes, not to steal from the Lord, otherwise, they’ll wind up in Hell, and no thief will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I knew the Holy Word, now I regret it and realize I robbed the Lord.” (Mal 3,8) He said, “Tell the people when they give to God, give the Lord with true love.” (2Cor 9,7) This man kept pleading, “Lord forgive me”, and the Lord replied, “It is too late, there is no opportunity for you.” (Read the full testimony here)
9. Pastor Yong Doo Kim, The Lord’s Church Korea – Vision of Pastors and Christians in Hell (Video)
Pastor Kim shares what he has been shown in visions of Heaven & Hell during all night prayer meetings regarding non-tithing and other issues that can disqualify believers from Heaven and send them to Hell in line with Matt 7,21-23. He saw christians being tortured in coffins in Hell by demons spearing them with hot sharp spears and hearing them scream in torment. TAKE HEED people!! Obey His word
B.) Tithing in the WORD of GOD
“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say,‘ In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offering. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 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 you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”(Mal 3, 8-10)
Some will say we are not under the law now under grace so tithing is not required. But Tithing is not a sacrificial, ceremonial or temple law that in the NT are clearly explained as no longer required, rather it is a moral law or command (as its defined as stealing in the above scripture) and is a commandment not a suggestion. Moral laws or commands against such things as stealing, lying, adultery, idolatry, will always be wrong & punishable, and moral laws for things like putting God first, honoring your parents & tithing will always be required, as they reflect God’s unchanging righteousness, and are repeated in the New Testament. As Jesus said …
“Do NOT think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, TILL heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called LEAST in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called GREAT in the kingdom of heaven.’ For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5, 17-20)
“Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for [that is what] sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God’s law by transgression or neglect—being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will).” (1John3,4 AMP)
Tithing is also a pre-law principle of putting God first with our money that we see first with Abraham and the Patriarch’s in the book of Genesis. Hebrews says of Jesus “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” (Heb 7,17) referring to the new covenant priesthood. Abraham gave a tithe to Melchizedek who was a type of Christ (Gen 14,20 ‘And he gave him a tithe of all’.)
Tithing is also mentioned in the New Testament seven times (3 times by Jesus, 4 times in Hebrews). Jesus said twice in the Gospel’s “…For you pay TITHE of mint, anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, WITHOUT LEAVING THE OTHERS UNDONE” (Matt 23, 23). Jesus said to do it, and he never said to it is no longer required, and there is no scripture in the Bible that says the practice has stopped. And in His great commission Jesus states regarding disciples that we are teach them “ … to observe ALL things that I have commanded you“, not some, all.
So as He said to tithe and that the moral commandments of God (which include tithing) continue til Heaven and Earth pass away that should settle the issue without trying to look for a theological loop hole as many do in their own deception. Many try to use a scripture by Paul about cheerful giving to disregard tithing (which it does not), but this is in error as Paul’s words (about helping a church in need) are only additional to Jesus teaching they do not replace them. From Paul’s words we need to ensure we give tithes and offerings cheerfully and gratefully, not arguing and grumbling about it. Jesus’s words are the foremost in the church upon which others are built. And as there are no scriptures in the New Testament saying tithing is finished (no not one) then we best obey!
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus which cannot be earned, but God’s word is also clear that many grace saved Christians will not make it to Heaven because of disobedience & continued lawlessness in their lives. His word says those who name His name Must depart from iniquity, and that those who truly love Him are the ones who obey His commandments (1John 2,4-5)
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7, 24-27) … or as the Amplified says “you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].
“This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world.” (1 John 5, 3-4).’
I submit that God’s word is clear that not tithing is stealing from God (Mal 3,8), and it also says that no thief will enter the Kingdom of Heaven (1Cor 6,10). Don’t risk damning your soul over non-tithing or by believing the false anti-tithing teachings. Take heed of these warnings, they are not given in vain.
If you now realise you need to start tithing, confess your sin and repent today, and start giving your tithe (pre-tax 10% of your income). If you are struggling financially, ask for His help, His grace is sufficient to help you find a way out of financial troubles and empower you to live obediently. We must also be willing to make sacrifices of other things to put God first with our money. If your still wrestling with this issue, simply seek God with an open and humble heart and ask Him to reveal the 100% truth on the matter. He promised if you would ask, you will received.
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