Tithing and Financial Freedom

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A few Sunday’s back, instead of the usual scenario where I follow up my kids to bring their tithes to the Lord, they proudly came to me prepared.

I have been instilling to my children the value of tithing and how this should be handled.

A tithe is giving back to the Lord the 10% of your earning as a sign of respect. It’s not about the amount, rather the act of worship.

It’s NOT an Old Covenant requirement but a biblical practice long before Moses set up the Old testament worship rules. Abraham gave a tenth of his loot to God even before the nation of Israel was established.

The principle of tithing was established during the creation, in the Garden of Eden, God gave Adam and Eve everything but gave strict instruction not to touch the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil (that’s the tithe).

Everyone who wish to prosper and or be financially free should look at this principle seriously. It’s not a quick rich scheme, but PART of a lifestyle that will bring wealth.

The curse of a thief

Malachi 3:8-9
“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings.9 You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me.

Zechariah 5:3
And he said to me, “This is the curse that is going out over the whole land; for according to what it says on one side, every thief will be banished, and according to what it says on the other, everyone who swears falsely will be banished.

Benefits of Tithing

Malachi 3:10-11
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the LORD Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the LORD Almighty.

  1. Open heavens– opportunities to earn will come your way.
  2. Protection of your sources of income.
  3. Increased earnings.
  4. People will recognize that you are amazingly blessed.

You may ask if this principles worked for me, we can sit down for a cup of coffee and I will gladly share with you my journey.

This principle has been maligned, criticized and ridiculed. But one can not and will not understand this fully unless he respects God. Again, tithe is not about your money, but recognizing his role in your life and submission.

Where does the tithe go? It should be brought to the church WHERE YOU BELONG. It’s not for the evangelist or TV Minister. The tithe is to finance the church operations, including salaries, ministries and outreaches. Churches are not exempt from paying utilities and other cost to sustain it’s operations.

In conclusion, everyone who wish to be financially free should involve God in the equation, and follow his principles. Tithing is an act of submission and worship.

Job 28:28
And he said to man, ‘The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.’

Psalm 111:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 9:10
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 15:33
The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

Fear in the original language connotes respect.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



SONNIE SANTOS is the Chief Equipping Officer of WSPH Training and Consulting, his group specialises on Social Business and Employer Branding, Digital Strategy, Corporate Improvement and People and Organizational Development.

He is also the pioneer advocate of cyber wellness- giving talks to promote (1) digital parenting, (2) data privacy, (3) social web for social good and (4) bullying prevention.

10 Comments

  1. Many thanks.

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  2. @Roger Bovee

    Tithes is intended for church operations and for the pastors. In this way, if church is established and members are faithful tithers, the pastors need not to have a daytime job or business.

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  3. i wish to have Financial Freedom in the next 5 years or so. i was able to establish a small internet retail store last year. i am hoping to gain enough profit from this store.

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  4. I know local churches need tithes to keep going. I wish I had more to give.

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  5. it is everyones dream to have Financial Freedom but it takes hard work to achieve it. i am blogging and making websites in the hopes that it could lead me to financial freedom someday.

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  6. Hello, Sonnie. I have a little challenge for you. Do you think you have heard all of what God has for us to understand on tithing. I have at least ten scriptural points that I am sure you have NEVER HEARD. Would you go for a challenge like that? YOu can say yes or no on every point and then say yes or no on their validity for the discussion on tithing.

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  7. That word in Malachi 3 that is translated ‘rob’, is used in only one other place in the bible. It is in Proverbs 22:23. God says He will spoil (rob) the soul of them who spoil (rob) the poor. Those who collect so called tithes from the poor are the ones who are cursed by God. Remember, under the Old Covenant, the poor received relief from tithing. Under the heretical teachings of modern tithe teachers, the poor are oppressed.

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    • Hi Stephen,

      IMO, tithing is the one of the ingredients that will deliver the poor from their poverty. It works for me. Besides, to tithe is a personal decision, nobody should force someone to tithe because unless it is done freely, it’s useless,

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  8. Hi Faith,

    I go to Cathedral Of Praise, the one beside Manila Science High School and Emilio Aguinaldo College.

    See you soon

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  9. Hey Sonnie…which church are you affiliated with? Btw…how is the magazine coming along?

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