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John 17:13

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The church we attend emphasises how important it is to give tithes if you do not want to be cursed. In June and December they ask for more and my husband has decided to give his whole salary including his bonus. He is always borrowing money from the neighbours or my family to make up, but says I am disobedient and rebellious if I speak out.


Two principles of Scripture are important for your family to take note of. First, the importance of being good stewards of God’s resources and handling our finances ‘His way’.  Tithing is a God-given principle – before the law, during the law and after the law – and gives us the privilege of fully sharing in His Work according to our resources (Matt 6:33).

Careless, impulsive giving and/or spending not sanctioned by the Spirit of God will always lead to problems. God has given us ‘sanctified common sense’ and expects us to use it. Obedience is always better than sacrifice.

The second principle is the importance of taking care of our families. “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Tim 5:8. We are to be lenders and not borrowers (Deut 28:12), avoiding debt whenever possible.  “Pay all your debts, except the debt of love to others.” Rom 13:8 NLT.

What is true spirituality that results in blessing? In essence - obeying the Word of God and not the word of man.


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