Do You Honor the Lord with Your Tithe?

PROVERBS 3:9 IS sometimes cited among preachers who promote the Tithe Doctrine. The Tithe Doctrine is the belief that Christians must pay God 10 percent of their income. They use Proverbs 3:9 as scriptural evidence to support their Tithe Doctrine. However, as we take a closer look at the verse and place it in context we find that the verse does not support the Tithe Doctrine, and it cannot be used as basis to justify “tithing” among the body of Christ.

Key points addressed in this lesson:

1. Solomon wrote that verse in the context of the Law of Moses.
2. The verse is not a reference to the tithe.
3. First fruits are not the same as the biblical tithe.

Lesson Summary

In the Proverbs 3: 9 King Solomon is reminding his son to keep the Law of Moses, and all its commandments. He tells him to honor the Lord with his substance. This is not a reference to paying tithe. Essentially, Solomon is telling his son to exalt, magnify or glorify the Lord with his material wealth or with the ways he lives his life. Although Solomon does not specify how his son is to honor the Lord it is clear that the word honor is not the same as the word tithe. If Solomon was referencing tithing the verse would have began with “Tithe to the Lord…” So it is clear that tithing is not the subject or focus of this verse.

Moreover, first fruits and the tithe are not the same. While both pertain to crops and livestock, first fruits are a specific reference to the first ripened crops and fruit of the harvest as well as the first born of the livestock. The biblical tithe is the tenth of crops and livestock.

Proverbs 3: 9 is not a decree or command for Christians to tithe in any form or fashion. It does not support the doctrine that Christians must pay God 10 percent of their income.

Certainly, as a Christian you can honor God with your substance (material possessions or life). But you must be clear that the verse does not associate honoring the Lord with the practice of tithing, especially as it is taught in the church today.

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Do You Honor the Lord with Your Tithe?




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3 comments for “Do You Honor the Lord with Your Tithe?

  1. Patrick John
    June 17, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Sir, pls I really want to know the truth about Tithing. God blessed you.

  2. rocko
    April 20, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    they also teach in malachi that you will be cursed or hint to you being cursed if you don’t tithe , I also noticed that they will not put any focus on how you are blessed by just being a born again Christian , the new testament teaches we are blessed , and also Abraham was blessed of god before he ever met melchezedeck , the bible says we are blessed with all spiritual blessings plus heirs , plus eternal life . this titheing false doctrine has a spiritual abuse to it and many of our bros.& sisters are slaves to it and not free . the letter written to the gentile church in acts ch 15 is our emancipation declaration print out your letter and frame it t is to you from the deciples and elders in jerusalem , live free

    • R. Renee
      April 21, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      You’re right on point! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

      Peace & Blessings

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