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Is failing to tithe a sin?

Submitted: 2/21/2008
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Question: If you say it is liberating, then it is counted as righteousness and reward is at hand. However, you also say, 'But even if they purpose to give nothing, they should still bring in the tithe.' Do you not consider this as robbing? Even the person who doesn't want to give must still give at least the minimum? I am just wondering what happens if someone fails to give it? Is he sinning? This is my question and has not been answered?

Answer: 'To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin' (James 4:17). If a person knows to tithe but does not do it, to him it is sin. We, however, are not interested in heaping condemnation upon people for their spiritual failures. Instead, we strive to build up people's faith in God. To us, the issue is not money, it is trust. There is no one who cannot afford to tithe; it's just that some people are not able to trust God to provide for them, even though Jesus said, 'But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you' (Matthew 6:33). If we really believe that, tithing will not be an issue at all.