Yes, Father gave me a simple key to financial freedom by changing the way we handle our tithe. It also changed our scrambling to pay for unexpected expenses and ending up in further debt. No, we didn’t win the Lotto or gain an unexpected inheritance. At the time, we were suffering financially and desperate.
Because we’d been financially faithful according to the teachings of most churches, we were sure the windows of heaven would open up.
But it didn’t happen. Year after year it didn’t work. Now in despair, it was time to let Father out of the box and listen only to Him. He is a good Father and we simply don’t believe this is an example of His good plan.
Right off the bat, He stressed the fact that we are The Temple of the Living God. So the first thing we had to do was accept who Father says we are and then agree with Him. We are The Temple and there is no other temple in existence.
Yes, it was difficult not to think of our church as a temple. And we worried that we were on the edge of unforgivable heresy. But it’s still a fact that the church is not the temple. No matter how popular that perception.
Next, He pointed out that the 10 percent tithe is for the temple and had always been so in the Old Testament. This made me wonder what Jews were doing with their tithe these days.
So, I asked a Jewish friend how they handle this scenario today and he said that Jews pay no tithe simply because there is no temple. Paying the tithe to the synagogue would be sacrilegious to God, who made that law.
He also explained that his local synagogue sold pews to the congregation. Each family bought the pew where they would sit all year. It’s a fairly simple solution to acquire the support they need.
Old Testament scripture says that the Jews bought food with their tithe in order to celebrate the goodness of God with their families in the temple. They had a big thanksgiving meal. They also used it on the journey to the temple, not only for needs but also for wants.
Some part of the tithe supported the Levites (ministers) because they had no other source of income, but it wasn’t for making them wealthy. They lived inside the temple and traveled the countryside. They didn’t need houses or servants.
The Old Testament Jews and New Testament Christians believed in supporting their orphans and widows, or those financially struggling. There was no Welfare Assistance or SSI. However, this support came from free will offerings garnered from financial surplus. It did not come from the tithe.
We began to realize that the tithe is not a hardship promoted by guilt and fueled by fear of a curse. The scriptures so often quoted from Malichi are actually an urgent plea on behalf of rebuilding the temple so they could celebrate the goodness of God again. It was meant to wake up the lazy who’d forgotten what it was like to have a temple.
Now that we embraced our identity as The Temple of God, we opened a savings account and began putting our tithe into it. We did it with all the faithfulness and diligence we had used when we’d given it to churches and ministries before. Father also pointed out that we are ministers unto the Lord and the tithe was not put there to make us wealthy.
It was a mighty paradigm shifting in our life.
Something miraculous began happening almost immediately. While we had previously struggled, we now seemed to have extra money even without touching the savings account. If there had been a curse connected to tithing, then it’s evidence was fully obvious now. We had been living under it before we made the shift.
Now, when unforeseen expenses arose, the funds were available in our savings account and it became a blessing we celebrated each time. The goodness of God was finally obvious and apparent.
This simple shift turned our finances around and for 12 years we’ve been doing it this way. And Father has proven Himself constant in His blessing.
We believe this was the key to financial freedom He intended for Believers. His plan was to keep us out of debt and free from the guilt of forced obeisance. We are His temple, and His kings and priests. We now accept that identity and honor it.
It’s not about self-absorption, greed, or foolishness but about respecting His great Love toward us.
Thank you for sharing our journey. Blessings on yours.