“Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also”
If you read from 2 Cor 8:1, you’d notice that Titus was sent by Paul to teach the Church in Corinth on giving. Every good bible trainer is meant to do same. This doesn’t take for granted the fact that many might have abused this. The fact remains, you cannot claim to be a mature Christian only because you abound in utterance, knowledge, diligence and faith. You have to grow up in your giving culture.
So, if somewhere behind your mind, your real issue with tithing is the perceived ‘burden’ of giving a tenth every month, you have work to do on yourself. If your issue is with some pastor who you ‘think’ is ‘eating’ all the tithe given to the Church (assuming you can really prove that though), the solution to that will be a better system of financial accountability.
Some also try to put Tithing in lieu of giving to the poor as if it has to be an ‘either or’ situation. How about you give to the poor and give for the propagation of the gospel?
Some have an issue with tithe being a fixed percentage thinking it contradicts the principle of free will giving. But who says it’s impossible to willingly and cheerfully give a tenth of your income every month? I have a fixed percentage of my monthly income apportioned for food, car maintenance, gas and all. It’s fixed, but it’s out of free will. I put that money aside because that’s the responsible thing to do. So I must begin to see myself as being equally responsible for the gospel as I am to other practical areas of my life by being intentional about my giving. How then do I determine how much to give? How do we determine what is fair for everyone. Ten thousand naira mighty be chicken feed to one, and all another has. How then is it feasible to train people to give? Paul’s writing to Corinth gives an idea;
1Co 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as Godhath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
The phrase “…as God hath prospered him” does it for me. Whilst there may be no limit to how much you can give, they is a limit to how low you can give. This is why I believe and teach that the percentage idea is a brilliant way to go about this…not as an ordinance but as something that works. We can all be sure that our giving is fair with percentage as a yardstick.
I imagine the body of Christ approaching the concept of Tithing, not as a doctrine, but simply as a percentage (Tithing simply means tenth) and a fair minimum yardstick for generosity.
Randy Alcorn says and I agree: “Tithing is a spinning wheel to discipline the believer on generosity” (paraphrased).
Financial partnership is still so crucial today. A lot more can be done to see the gospel spread if we all take responsibility. The right question is not if it is commanded, but if it is useful and pleasing to God. This is why while we come against extreme teachings on Tithing (like non-tithers will go to hell, or will end up poor), we must recognize the percentage as an opportunity for fairness in giving to be possible.