Giving FAQ
Frequently asked questions about giving

I have heard that tithing is an Old Testament law and not applicable to Christians today.
Tithing is a principle that pre-dates the Law of Moses and is independent of the Mosaic legal system. It is applicable to Christians today as the basic starting point of New Testament giving.
I live by the Holy Spirit and He tells me when and what to give. Aren’t you interfering with my spiritual freedom?
We are free in as much as we do what the King of kings tells us through His word. The Bible, which the Holy Spirit always agrees with, includes both the discipline of systematic giving (tithes) and spontaneous free-will giving (offerings).
Do I have to tithe on my gross or net income?
That depends on whether you want to be blessed on your gross or net amount. The size of your measure determines the size of your returns. Besides which, we should tithe on all our income. Taxes are what we pay out of our income as we would any other debt. Giving to the Lord’s work should be at the top of our list from our gross income.
Do I have to pay back-tithes?
It is better to make a fresh start now. Don’t be held back by your inability to pay-back. On the other hand if you can pay back-tithes, then do so.
I tithe to another ministry, not my local church. Is that wrong?
Yes. Tithes are for the ‘storehouse’ of the local church. Many ministries rob local churches by accepting tithes that God has provided for regular church life. Offerings to other ministries should be over and above your tithe and offerings to your church.
I don’t agree with prosperity teaching. It is not Biblical.
What kind of prosperity teaching do you mean? If you are talking about twisting God’s Word to justify human greed and lust of wealth, then it is unbiblical, but Biblical prosperity is when the whole of your life, in submission to the Lord, comes under His blessing. Material and financial blessing is included in that. The real purpose of prosperity is to resource the work of God in the world through the local church.
Why are you always talking about money? I think it is unscriptural.
Jesus frequently spoke about money. The apostle Paul taught on the practical issue of giving as readily as the great doctrinal themes of the gospel. One of the devil’s most effective tactics is to prevent finance from reaching God’s work. Negative and apologetic attitudes to money in God’s work play right into the enemy’s hand. We must be positive about investing in the gospel.
How can I be sure my money is going to be used correctly?
One role of leadership in the church is to prayerfully and wisely oversee all aspects of finance. Church accounts are also subject to charity law, which ensures regular auditing.
Does my giving really make a difference?
Yes, without a doubt. Your individual tithes and offerings may seem insignificant when compared with the significant needs of the church, but God’s provision flows into the church as everyone plays their part. Your giving, whether little or much, is honouring to God as long as it is sincere and genuinely consistent with your ability to give.
I can’t afford to tithe - there are too many bills to pay. What should I do?
You can’t afford not to tithe! Your commitment begins with the Lord. Don’t let financial difficulties stop you from honouring Him in your giving. Make sure that your giving flows from disciplined financial management. Keep your expenditure in line with your income through careful budgeting. If necessary, do this with a financial counsellor. But most of all, trust the Lord fully to meet your needs as you honour Him with your tithes and offerings. He will not fail you.

Action:
  • Decide to invest in God’s work through the local church
  • Begin tithing and giving offerings today
  • Obey the Lord in all your finances
  • Find out about the tax benefits that can be added to your giving by gift aid




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