Should I Leave a Church that Teaches Tithing?

THAT’S A COMMON question we receive. The following is a response to that question and we hope it helps you if you’re struggling with this issue.

First, we won’t tell anyone whether to leave, remain or join a church because that’s a deeply personal matter. However, here are some things worth considering when making that decision.

Seek Spiritual Guidance

Pray and seek guidance from The Most High

Visit Churches

Some churches/denominations don’t teach tithing as part of their doctrine. So visit and research different churches/denominations before choosing a church home.

Consider the Church’s Culture

Does the church overemphasize tithing of your income? Do you feel pressured to tithe? Does the church make you feel guilty or condemned if you don’t tithe or don’t tithe as much as they say you should?

If you answer yes to any of these questions you may want to consider finding another church. Ideally, the church is a place that nurtures and empowers you. It shouldn’t have you feeling stressed out over anything especially so-called tithes.

Consider Tithing Alternatives

There’s nothing wrong with supporting your church financially. However, your voluntary financial contribution should not be a burden or a hardship for you (2 Corinthians 8:11-14). Also, your support of the church is not limited to giving money. You can always volunteer your time, skills or talents.

If a church does not respect your financial circumstances and pressures you for more money or so-called tithes then you should consider seeking a new church home.

A Final Thought

Keep in mind that no matter what church you attend you may find that you don’t agree with all the teachings. Churches and denominations have differing views and interpretations of scriptures. So it’s important that you read and study the Bible for yourself and remain open to guidance from The Most High.

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8 comments for “Should I Leave a Church that Teaches Tithing?

  1. August 15, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Wow! Thank you! I constantly wanted to write on my website something like that. Can I take a portion of your post to my blog?

  2. fran
    September 24, 2011 at 11:13 PM


    • R. Renee
      September 25, 2011 at 10:55 AM

      You’re welcome. Thanks for visiting.

  3. May 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Preachers are VERY selective about what Old Testament laws they’ll hang onto. You hardly ever hear a sermon on Acts 15, where the apostles said Gentile converts are NOT to keep any part of the old Jewish Law (that includes tithing). I guarantee ya, if preachers enforced circumcision as literally as they do tithing, you’d see every male in the church run to the next county like the devil was after ’em!

  4. Guest too
    January 2, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    You mean it is easy to find a church that does not teach tithe or be cursed, even when Galatians 3:13 said Christ has redeemed us from the curse? Where is such a church that does not teach tithe or be cursed with a curse as in the Old Testament said to a whole other nation?

    • R. Renee
      March 16, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      It may not be easy to find a church that does not impose tithing on its congregants. However, there are pastors who preach the truth about tithes.

  5. February 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Very often, a church that teaches compulsory tithing for members are also guilty of many other false teachings such as Rick Warren and Steve Furtick. So for a combination of these reasons, yes FLEE!

    • R. Renee
      February 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your comments.

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