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Tithes vs. offerings

Submitted: 10/6/2004
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Question: Which is more effective in blessing, tithes or offerings?

Answer: The word translated “offerings” in the Old Testament is korban. Its root meaning is “to draw near.” While tithes are a basic responsibility like good citizenship, offerings are what bring us closer to God. Some people are very faithful in their tithes but never give anything beyond tithes. What they fail to realize is that tithes just keep us at ground level; offerings are what move us skyward. I believe that this is because our offerings are the best indicator of the true generosity of our heart.

I have known many people over the years who have been faithful financially and many who have not. I can tell you that those who are faithful in bringing their tithes into the storehouse and who give generously with a good spirit are prospering in the Lord. Those who obey the letter but object to it in their heart are struggling just as much as those who are not faithful at all. In the end, it is the heart that counts, not the dollars.

God rebuked the people of Malachi’s day for robbing him. When asked how they were robbing God, He answered, “In tithes and offerings” (Malachi 3:8).

For a more detailed answer to your question, please read our article titled The New Testament Tithe. It can be found on Shelf 4 of the Apostolic Free Library.