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FINANCES. What We Believe

The Truth About Tithing

Colette Toach
Apostle and Spiritual Mother
Apostolic Movement International

I was probably around 9 when I was first introduced to money in the church. I was at a children’s meeting, while the adults had their big meeting elsewhere.

Somewhere after we had sung all of our Sunday school songs, the leaders passed around a bag to take collections. I still remember the feel of the rich velvet cloth as I heard my few little coins make that distinctive ‘clink’ sound as they hit the bottom.

I felt pretty good about myself. It might have been a few cents, but I had given to God! After that experience, I would nag my parents for some money to drop into the collection bag as it came round each week.

I guess back then I was just a child and to me giving was something exciting. I did not think about where the money went or what the church would do with it. My thinking was simple. I gave to God.

Then later on we even had the opportunity to help with the building of a new church. Well my extent of ‘help’ was to tag along mainly as my parents visited the site. It was quite exciting to see that building go up

Because we lived down the road we would go by it every day. I remember going with my parents to visit it once it had been completed, but not open yet to the public. It was beautiful with its lush carpets and new piano.

At the time things were not going well in the economy and my father had lost his job. Things were tough at home. Not only was there no money for the regular stuff I needed, like pens and pencils for school, but we did not even have money for food.

I remember a family member being led to send us a little cash and my memory is so clear. That night we walked to the local café to buy some bread and I will not forget the delight of even being able to get a candy. A rare treat.

We walked past the magnificent church on the way there. We passed the magnificent church on the way back. What a beautiful building. No expense was spared.

What a monument it was. Yet just a few houses up from it, we were starving. It is not like we were faceless members in the church. We were well known. Everyone knew our situation and on Sundays they would ask in serious tones how we were.

They would shake their heads sadly in empathy and say, “Yes times are hard, we pray that God will do something.”

They gave their tithes faithfully to the church each month. Like the 9 year old child I was, they thought proudly of themselves, “I have given to God.”

But did they? Or did they simply fulfill the obligation they thought was expected of them and now they were off the hook?

Years later reading the book of James I understood the man well when he said:

James 2:15 If a brother or sister is naked, and in need of daily food,
16 And one of you says to them, Go in peace, [may you] be warmed and filled; and yet you do not give them those things that their body needs; what benefit [is it]?
17 Even so faith, if it does not have deeds, is dead, being alone. (AMIV)

I will share a little with you later on about what God’s Pattern for Tithing is according to the powerful revelation that the Lord gave Apostle Les. For now though, I want to challenge this strange ‘obligation’ thinking that has seeped into the church.

On the one hand, leaders use the obligation of tithing to ensure that their flock continue to pour into the work. This has created a terrible mindset in the church.

Not only are Christians bound by obligation, instead of love, but they have also locked God out of the rest of their lives.

Smash the 10% Thinking

 

If there is one thing I learn again and again, is that God deserves more than just 10% of my life. Sure, it starts with the money. You commit 10% of your finances to the Lord.

And so you are chuffed with yourself. You gave your 10%, so the rest is up to you to use as you see fit. And so you have the 10% part of your life that you give God and the other 90% that you decide about.

But the Lord wants to be Lord of all your life. When Jesus died on the cross, He did not say to Himself, I shall give 10% of my blood. This is what I owe the Father.

No He spilled all of His blood on that cross. He held nothing back. He gave his whole life. Do we owe God anything less? Not out of obligation, but out of pure love.

When is enough …enough?

When is it that you feel you have given ‘enough’? Did Jesus give up one hand and then say, “Ok guys, that is enough pain. Let us just stop it here.”
No, He gave us all He is and if we want to walk in the true blessing of the Lord, then He must be Lord of all our lives.

Lord of our families. Lord of our finances. Lord over our private times. Lord of our ministries. Lord of our relationships.

Lord of all.

When you put your whole life into the Lord’s hand, you are making an incredible investment into your heavenly bank account. Because as believers we do not make this choice because we have to, we do it because,

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us. (AMIV)

He first loved us. He first gave all for us. Is it too much to give Him all that we are? God does not need your 10% tithe. His heavenly storehouse is filled to overflowing.

But I will tell you who does need what you have to give. It is your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. It is those leaders that serve the Lord and His people with a pure heart, not asking for anything in return.

It is those that have loved you, before you loved them. Those that are the image of Christ. It is these that need your ‘natural things’ as they have given you their ‘spiritual things’ as Apostle Paul teaches.

This goes way beyond that limited little 10% thinking doesn’t it?

Break the Bank

It’s time to break the bank in your life. You see I might be talking about finances, but this thinking permeates your entire life. Consider this passage:

Mark 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (AMIV)

Your heart lies where your treasure is. Consider everything that is a treasure in your life. Your finances or those things that are important to you. You will find that all of your thinking and everything that motivates you revolves around these things.

That is why in the passage just above it Jesus said, “Matthew 6:20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust are corrupting, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: (AMIV)”

If your treasure is in God’s hand, then your heart will be there also and you will be free from the bondage that you find yourself in. Not only does God want to put a new pattern on your heart, but He also wants you to walk in abundant blessing in ALL of your life.

Now I am not going to reteach The Way of Blessing here! If you have not read it yet, go and read it for yourself.

Make no mistake. God does want you to be blessed. In fact the Lord wants you to have more than you could ever need. He wants you to overflow with so much that the abundance splashes off you to everyone around you!

But I promise this abundance is not going to happen with 10% thinking. It is all or nothing with God. Either He is Lord of it all. Or you are Lord of it all.

Scriptural Pattern For Tithing

Even unbelievers know the phrase, “Jesus is Love” so why when someone gets saved, does God suddenly judge them for not giving their tithe?

As a husband or wife, could you imagine your significant-other getting you a gift because you demanded it of them? How special would that make it?

How special would it be if they walked away saying, “Whew, well now I have fulfilled my obligation.” Or even worse “Well I have given you what you wanted, now can I have what I want?”

Does that sound crazy? Well that is exactly how the tithing doctrine is taught in so many places.

You are Cursed With a Curse!

You did not give your tithe this month and God is going to curse you.

You are stealing from God if you withhold your tithe.

You call yourself a CHRISTIAN but you do not tithe?

The first thing a new believer must be taught is tithing. How else will they ever be blessed?

Being a Christian means to give give give! Give that 10% or you are in big big trouble.

Now tell me, how many of these phrases echo memories of your past? Thrown down on the page here, they sound so extreme. Implying that pastors have preached this way for years would be humorous if it just was not so true.

So what is the truth? Why don’t we begin with that age old passage in Malachi 3:

Malachi 3:6 For I [am] the LORD [Yahweh], I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.
7 Even from the days of your fathers you have gone away from my ordinances, and have not kept [them]. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD [Yahweh] of hosts. But you said, In what should we return?
8 Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say, In what have we robbed you? In tithes and offerings.
9 You [are] cursed with a curse: for you have robbed me, [even] this whole nation. (AMIV)     

Wow, those are some heavy words. After reading them through, you cannot help but feel that sinking feeling right in the pit of your stomach.

But look a little closer. I want to draw your attention to verse 3. Take a really good look at it. Do you notice something profound?

It says clearly “You sons of Jacob, are not consumed”

Now tell me something, since when are we believers known as the son’s of Jacob? Do a good study of the Word and you will find that as believers we are known as sons of Abraham. We are known as the children of God and the Bride of Christ.

However not once are we ever known as the son’s of Jacob.

So why did the Lord single out the son’s of Jacob in this passage? Why did he just not say “son’s of Abraham?” The answer is simple:

Tithing Was Never God’s Idea!

You heard me right. Tithing was never God’s idea. It was Jacob’s idea. Check this out:

Genesis 28:20 And Jacob vowed a vow saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and clothing to put on,
21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then the LORD [Yahweh] will be my God:
22 And this stone, which I have set [for] a pillar, will be God's house: and of all that you will give me I will surely give the tenth to you. (AMIV)

Jacob made a covenant vow before God, vowing 10% of all he received. If you understand the concept of covenants, you know also that such a vow is binding to your generations as well.

So when Jacob made this vow before God, He bound his descendants to it also. And so every child that came from Jacob, was taught this principle. It was a vow to God and when the Israelites went back on it, God reminded them of it in Malachi.

Even Joshua, who made a foolish vow with the Gibeonites could not renage on it after it was made. A vow was a vow and was taken seriously.

Keep in mind, that this was a vow of Jacob, binding his descendants. Israel is under covenant because of Jacob.

This is not a vow that that binds the church. For the Word clearly says that we are now redeemed from the curse of the law! We are not the sons of Jacob and what God requires of us is something entirely different.

New Testament Giving

I can imagine that it must have caused a serious ruckus in the New Testament church when gentiles started getting saved. I mean, what laws applied to the gentiles and which did not?

The whole circumcision thing came up and a teaching was going around that the gentiles should now also be circumcised if they wanted to be Christians.

"Here, come and be saved then follow the door to your right where a nice man is standing with a very sharp knife … " Boy, was being a Christian a price in THOSE days!

I can imagine that a good few complaints started coming into the Apostles. So much so that they got together and had a counsel about it. They needed to decide what was important for the gentiles to follow now that they were believers.

Paul being the one making the biggest fuss was summoned and so a decision was made.

Rule #1 All Gentiles Must Pay the Tithe (right after they are done at the chopping block …)

NOT!

Acts 15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, [You must] be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no [such] commandment:
25 It seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26 Men that have hazarded their [psuche] lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who will also tell [you] the same things by mouth.
28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
29 That you abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if you keep yourselves, you will do well. May it go well with you. (AMIV)

Strange.

No mention of tithing. Not even a little in-between the lines. In fact you will not find Apostle Paul speaking of tithing. We can understand no mention of it from Apostle Peter.

Peter ministered mostly to the Jews and they knew of their obligation. There was no need for him to make a point on the subject. But what about Paul?

The gentiles would not have known this doctrine. Why did he spend so much time telling them about dying to the flesh and not even hint at tithing... even once?

You will find him speaking about giving often. This was a man that was not afraid to say exactly who had blessed him. He was not afraid to make it clear that they should give to one another.

So he was clear on giving. But not tithing, because the early church did not tithe. They gave.

God’s Way - Giving, Not Tithing

Acts 4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
35 And laid [them] down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made to every man according as he had need. (AMIV)

Giving takes on an entirely different face in the New Testament. Not only has the 10th fallen away, but the motivation is different too.

Look at how the early church gave. They gave out of love for one another. It was a church where there was no need, because each was moved on behalf of another.

The Apostles did not have to nag. They did not have to ‘curse with a curse.’ In fact they got so tired of people dropping the money at their feet all of the time, that they had to appoint some deacons for the job. All the “dropping at the feet of the apostles” thing was starting to slow them down!

Can you imagine a church like that? A church where every believer is not obligated, but liberated to give?

Well that starts with you now doesn’t it?

Your first realization is that God does not require your 10%

Your second realization is that God requires your 100%

Do not limit God in what He can do in your life. Hold up all you have and all you are and put it into His hands. Allow Him to open your eyes, to give where He wants you to give.

Allow Your Heart to be Moved With Compassion

You know I wondered so many times as a child how people could see us going without food or clothes and not be moved to help.

How they could feel satisfied with themselves thinking that they had ‘done enough.’ Perhaps it is these experiences that have helped change my view so much.

When Jesus walked the earth, again and again, the Word tells us that He was moved with compassion. That He reached His hand out with love and compassion.

If there is one spiritual force that brings the most results, it is the force of love. When we give with a true heart of compassion and love, we can know that we are making a good investment.

It really does not matter what ‘soil you sow into’ or what benefits you think you will get in return. Whether you felt moved with compassion to give someone poor some food or someone you love financial help, you are sowing into your Heavenly bank account.

Sure it is vital that you also pour into your leaders, because the Word is clear on that!

I would also hope that you love your leaders and have a deep desire to see them being blessed.

1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be deserving of double pay, especially those who work hard in word and teaching.
18 For the scripture says, You will not muzzle the ox that treads out the corn. And, The labourer [is] worthy of his reward. (AMIV)

Anyone that has committed to do the work of God has given 100% of their lives to the Lord and deserves to have your natural things. However give out of faith, hope and love and you cannot go wrong.

God wants to smash your limited thinking. He wants to take away your Tithing Thinking and He wants to give you Giving Thinking.

A new door stands before you today. It is a door of abundant blessing and of joy.


The Truth About Money

We all want to flow in abundance and favor, but what will it cost you? What is stopping this from flowing in YOUR life?

Apostles Craig and Colette Toach along with Ronald Jordan all tag-team on this controversial, but MUCH NEEDED to be preached on subject. There is NO DOUBT about it – there is an anointing from God to create wealth. Abraham flowed in it, Solomon breathed it, and Jacob walked in it.. .read more.


Responses Posted For This Page

Response from Maria Victoria Contreras : I was really blesse by this truth about tithing.Praise the LORD JESUS CHRIST for such an enlightenment.At least I could share this topic with the womens group or to our Senior Pastor for the Mens group.Without the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT, we would not be able to understand the mystery of HIS word from the old testament so much so the mystery of the gospel. I really love the part where you clear out that we are not sons of Jacob but of Abraham and it is Jacob's idea about the 10% tithing.
Thank you so much Apostle and Mother Colette, I am blessed!!

Response from mark geier : A very good articular. It puts it all in perspective we all need to have a better understand that we are all in or not at all.

Response from Karla : Great teaching. I am so happy that you wrote this. I listen to Christian talk radio during my drives to and from work and I am so tired of every minister coming on the radio to harp day after day about tithing, including making threats to people who don't tithe. I believe in giving not tithing. I have read the NT numerous times and have not seen anything in there telling me to tithe and nothing in there telling me I will not get blessed by God unless and until I tithe. I truly do not understand why non denominational churches in particular are teaching this and teaching it to the point that this is the majority of what they teach. When I read the NT I see teaching on the love of Jesus..yet the sermons by man are always talking about giving money to the church..they teach this more than the Love of Jesus. Thank you so much for this teaching..I am saving this to share with others..

Response from Ryan Johnson : True! We're not under the Law but under Grace! Christ did not come to destroy the Law but to lay it to aside! The Law was given to lead us to Christ and after Christ came we're no longer under the school master (Law). Which means we are Free from and Dead to the Law having died with Christ. The Law have no more Dominion over us! To be under the Law and to be Justified by the Law while under Grace is to Reject Faith in Christ and to Fall from Grace! Christ shall Profit us anything! That is to "Lean Back On Our Own Understanding" once again! STAY FREE!!!!!

Response from Sam Robinson : Apostles,
We need Apostles to set in the Church order as you rightly divide the scriptures. I subscribe to the doctrine of tithe but in a behind the most holy place veil interpretation; Tithe means first fruit and Jesus is our first fruit offering, so, therefore, when we bring the tithe into the storehouse, we are referring to allowing Jesus to come in our temple; Our body is the storehouse and as an act of our will, we invite his presence in. To those who need a new testament reference, we have Rev. 3:20, behold I stand at the door and knock, if anybody will open the door, I will come in and sup with him and he with me.... When we let him in, he will through the Holy Spirit, open us up as living epistles, known and read by all men....I am Liberated!!!

Response from Irina : ...He gave us all He is and if we want to walk in the true blessing of the Lord, then He must be Lord of all our lives.
Lord of our families. Lord of our finances. Lord over our private times. Lord of our ministries. Lord of our relationships.
Lord of all...Amen
A very good articular. Thank you very much

Response from Geraldine Dowling : I'm so glad that we have people that are real with the
Gospel. And that u and ur ministry u are speaking truth, n many are not
Theses days.
GOD, BLESS U N UR MINISTRY

Response from Deborah : Hello
I would like to start by saying I have learned to agree to disagree on this subject. Sometimes we the people of God waste so much time fighting over tithing, women preachers, speaking in tongues, baptisms, woman wearing pants and so forth. We are called to fight the good fight of Faith. Many have been taught doctrines of men and that is why there is so much confusion on these matters. God is not the author of confusion and the Holy Spirit is the teacher of the Body. Revelation can’t be taught of man… (Blessed art thou Simon, for flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you but my Father which is in Heaven)...Obviously this remark was regarding who Peter understood Jesus to be. Unfortunately in the Body we still have a lot of SOME SAY attitudes on so many issues. My question is, what is your personal revelation on the issue? Now you can share it, but know that what is revelation for one, may not be for another based upon where that person is in their walk. For me tithing is a revelation of a difference. God owns everything anyhow and we are called to be good stewards even with the 90% that remains. He gave us 100% from the gate and so we should give Him our all. He wants 100% of our heart. He gives us this to do before He requires anything else from us. He will work out the rest of the details.
Anyhow, I often hear people say that all the church wants is our money…well from what I can see all anyone wants is our money. The world’s way is to get all you can, can all you get, and sit on the can. It is designed to keep people in bondage of all sorts. Unfortunately, a lot of Saints are in bondage to credit card debt, loans, keeping up with Jones’, etc. etc., therefore, the church should in some fashion/platform address these issues using spiritual principles and more than just on the tithe because I promise you there are some roots that need to be exposed and dealt with or tithing isn’t going to do much good. God loves us and wants to inhabit every aspect of our lives. Again, He wants more than a song, or 10 %, or a Sunday morning, or a casual relationship, or a 911 prayer, or our serving in the church and so on. He wants us, all of us, and to make the Priority, the Priority. Focus on the word and listen for your personal message, and whatever revelation He gives, walk that out and wait for the next word. Last, we must not try to make other people walk in what God has revealed to us…really how long did it take us to get it? Revelation can’t be taught. Stay before the Father and continue to walk in the liberty that Christ has given. All things are ours and He is no respecter of persons. Let us work out our own soul salvation with fear and trembling and not get caught up in opinions of man but rather in Christ. Just my thoughts.










Response from Ryan Johnson : True! We're not under the Law but under Grace! Christ did not come to destroy the Law but to lay it to aside! The Law was given to lead us to Christ and after Christ came we're no longer under the school master (Law). Which means we are Free from and Dead to the Law having died with Christ. The Law have no more Dominion over us! To be under the Law and to be Justified by the Law while under Grace is to Reject Faith in Christ and to Fall from Grace! Christ shall Profit us anything! That is to "Lean Back On Our Own Understanding" once again! STAY FREE!!!!!

Response from Ryan Johnson : True! We're not under the Law but under Grace! Christ did not come to destroy the Law but to lay it to aside! The Law was given to lead us to Christ and after Christ came we're no longer under the school master (Law). Which means we are Free from and Dead to the Law having died with Christ. The Law have no more Dominion over us! To be under the Law and to be Justified by the Law while under Grace is to Reject Faith in Christ and to Fall from Grace! Christ shall Profit us anything! That is to "Lean Back On Our Own Understanding" once again! STAY FREE!!!!!

Response from DARRYL PILLAY : THANK YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL MESSAGE THAT BRINGS CLARITY.IT HAS REALLY CHANGED MY WAY OF THINKING ABOUT TIDING.GOD BLESS YOURLL FOR THIS MESSAGE,I OFTEN MEET NON BELIEVERS WHO ALWAYS SAY THAT THE PASTORS ARE ONLY AFTER MONEY.THIS TEACHING NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT INTO THE SPOTLIGHT,ONLY THING WILL BE IS THE CHURCH WILL CALL IT HERESY.

Response from Geraldine Dowling : I'm so glad that we have people that are real with the
Gospel. And that u and ur ministry u are speaking truth, in
Theses, days when many are not.



GOD, BLESS U N UR MINISTRY

Response from Janice : All I can say is Wow!! I knew that there had to be something more!! To God be the Glory!!

Response from RON : Great article and "I agree." But how would you answer a question about Hebrews 6:20 to Hebrews 7:1-28 in reference to Melchisedec? Some will say tithing was God's idea from the very beginning - way before the Law.

Response from Maureen Kikumu : I am so blessed by this revelation. I have always been uncomfortable with the teaching on tithes. I have always wondered how God would send one to hell because they did not tithe. Many will have to repent because of the way the have created so much fear in people about tithing. I again thank you for sharing and taking us into scripture. I have been saved for 17 years...yet never took a moment and thought about the scripture talking about sons of Jacob...wow, this has blown me away. God Bless your ministry and may you continue to teach the true word of God.

Response from Shari Murray : Thank you for being obedient to the HOLY SPIRIT and speaking the TRUTH!

Response from Claudette : I found this out when studying Genesis one day. It is hard letting believers understand this principle. I am glad this can be taught here without resistance. Keep the word coming. Thanks a lot.

Response from Ben : This is not a personal revelation. This is not even a prophetic Word. This is the doctrine of Christ and of the Apostles and applies to very saint. Please brethren, accept it as truth and be free! There is nothing personal about this word. It belongs to all the Body of Christ, young and old. This is elementary, foundational and fundamental! Enjoy true liberty and freedom. TRUE LIBERTY IS TO BE BOUND TO CHRIST ALL AND ALL!!
Thank you for this clear and liberating truth!

Response from Claudette : I found this out when studying Genesis one day. It is hard letting believers understand this principle. I am glad this can be taught here without resistance. Keep the word coming. Thanks a lot.

Response from Shelia : This was a conformation from the Lord. I thank God for your obedience to the Holy Spirit in posting this doctrine of truth. the Lord opened my eyes to this doctrine in 1994. I first showed this to a Pastor in Oklahoma and he stated, "Sis you would have to come and teach this at my church since the Lord showed it to you because I don't see it. I am at this very moment preparing to teach this at my church because this is what the Lord has put in my spirit to share with whom ever will receive it. Please pray that the Lord will open the hearts and minds of his people to not only hear but also receive and walk in this doctrine that they may be free to give and not be in bondage of obligation to the law.Whom the Son has set free is free in deed. Love you and continue speaking the Truth.

Response from Cindy : I am in agreement with this teaching.

Response from Cindy : I am in agreement with this teaching.

Response from Elisha : I too have taken notice how someone can be in need of help or hurting and it's not a secret but no one has time or seems to really care. Just a lot of talking, but no one really reaching out. I have at times asked God, "What is the purpose of church again?" I've also asked God to let me not miss the ones that get over-looked. I've even sat in church and have seen someone stand up in tears speaking their heart and troubles and all you hear are moans of concern, but that was the extent of it. (then we take offering). I never understood that. I get the greatest joy, when I can hand someone in need an envelope, give them a hug and move on. I've had my personal experiences with the hurting part and even reaching out for help and felt the loneliest when I was around people in church. Then again maybe they couldn't help since my issue was mental illness. But even if so, now being delivered I still see a gap. I know all churches are not the same, and I am seeking God to lead me to one that I can feel part of and have a sense of belonging. But it's not all bad...I have found how loving and near my Father truly is because of those lonely isolated moments. If I can be truthful...seeing such things happening in church, did make me wonder about what I was giving. I don't just see the church building, I see the people in it and the lost and needy on the outside as well. I've even told one leader, I believe if we reach out to others the church will have all it needs. I believe God will see to that. I began not to feel so great about giving all to one place. Thank God for out-reaches as well. And for the churches that do reach out to their members and the needy. I have at times wanted to take my tithe and give it to someone I knew sitting in church who was in great need. I wanted to so bad! But I didn't, so I waited until I had it to give and not interfere with my "tithe." I wasn't sure how God would feel about it. But He, all along could have been putting it in my spirit. I want to read over all I've learned from this lesson again and get in God's Word and seek His heart. I've always paid attention to how loving and giving and compassionate Jesus was and is. He always has a heart for the people and that is what I want. I want to give freely and without fear when God puts it in my heart to give to someone out of what I have.

Response from Elisha : Oh I forgot...God Bless you Mother Colette and your ministry. I thank God for you!

Response from Apostle Mary Nabila Muma : This is exactly what God told me a few years back about Tithing..so coming from a Third world Country Cameroon in WEST Africa, i send a LOT of my salary to the Poor and needy in Cameroon. I offer my Roman Catholic Masses in Cameroon instead of here in USA

In the past 2 months, i have had to send more than i have ever imagined, this message came to my email yesterday 2/14/14 via Chaifa Thai just at the RIGHT time....THANK you so much for this powerful confirmation...READING it gave me so much Peace in Jesus Name.May God continue to bless AMI..THANKS A MILLION

Response from Mae : Thanks for the great teaching. Many years ago I heard of a church that had learned to give 90% in tithes and keep 10% to live off. This mindset blessed me because I see in it the love the people have for God. They are a giving church and in return God has given back to them. While they are using the terms tithing, the point that is revealed to me, they recognize God is their true Source. they have giving bountifully as instructed in II Corinthians 9:6 and God has returned bountifully to them. Your teaching frees us as people of God to freely give and know that our giving is by love and not to be confused with obligation and requirement. God is love, God is a giver and may we learn to be the same. Again God bless you and may we give unto the Lord our all and all.

Response from coy : I do agree in everything that you said about tithing and at the same time i do also agree should give tithe (or even more), there are Christinans who say that tithes is not applicable today but never give. I know this is a hard topic since there are those who went into 3rd heaven testified that there are pastors who went to hell because they teach others not to give tithe. But i do believe if Christ is in you, no need yo teach someone how much to give since giving would be an instinct.

This is also has been a deep burning passion in my heart, why do churches today kept on bragging about multitudes, huge church buildings
and the members generousity yet ignoring the hungry ones, prostitutes, child labors, etc? We need to something.

I hope that you could also write an article about giving first fruit and its application in the new testament, honoring your pastor- by giving your best to your pastor, and finding 12 disciples.

Response from @davidgnewby : Beautiful! Thanks for posting this Apostle Colette. People need to realize that when they don't give...forget about the blessings in Heaven for a second...but more importantly...

**They cause people to end up in hell.**
-The Word does not get spread around the world
-People in impoverished parts of the world die of famine, wars, and pestilence (being unsaved)
-Church workers and leaders become fatigued and discouraged (they do the work, but don't gain the support from the Body). So, many either quit, become less effective at working with the little they have (especially energy), or in some cases commit suicide.

Giving includes much more than money though, as I believe you eluded to. If God could find some more laborers for His harvest, more souls would be saved...and the Church would be blessed even greater. But most people have a me, me, me mindset, and little are ready to give to God. We need to step up and grow up.

Response from Martin : I agree with the Word of God and I've been tithing as long as I can remember because of what was told and taught to me.From what I've seen in some churches some pastors are pimping the people of God and putting them in bondage by saying if you don't give your tithes you're cursed if you do you're blessed (the devil).After doing my own research tithing was something they practiced in the OT.Do your own research and ask the Holy Spirit for understanding cause He is our teacher.

Response from Evagelist Blom : This spirit is not of God test the spirits says John,I pry that your ayes will be open one day u and your Apostle

Response from Dustin : Dangerous ground, open to varying degrees of interpretation...or misinterpretation. No mention of Cain and Abel where tithing was actually first introduced and instituted. You've taken the scripture in Malachi totally out of context and not even touched on Deut 26, as read with new covenant understanding. God has no designs to curse us or see us suffer but the Bible is very clear about the blessings attached to the tithe as well as the consequences of failing to do so; consider that you may just be leading His people astray with this article.

Response from Grant : Genesis 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. 14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

Response from felix s.b harry : thank so much apostle the message was proper taught on tithing which i believe is cmpulsory fOR all christians.if you love GOD AND ONSIDERING ALL THAT GOD DOES FOR YOU.YOU NEED NOT BE TOLD WHAT TO DO.GIVING AND TITHING SHOULD BE PURELY BASED ON LOVE.IT IS THE DUTY OF ALL TENANTS TO PAY HIS OR HER HOUSE RENT TO THE LAND THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE.AS STRANGER WE OWE GOD AN OBLIGATION.WE NEED TO GIVE TO THE PASTORS PREACHERS ,THE NEEDY AND THE LESS PRVILLEGED GIVING BASED ON LOVE AS JESUS CHRIST GAVE HIS LIFE FOR US ALL.GOD IS THE GIVER OF ALL SO WE ALSO HAVE O APPRECIATE HIM IN ALL THINGS. A STANDARD HAS BEEN SET AND IS BINDING STARTING FROM JACOB.MOTHER THIS TEACHING IS GREAT .IT WAS PROPERLY FOR QUICK UNDERSTANDING

Response from felix s.b harry : thank so much apostle the message was proper taught on tithing which i believe is cmpulsory fOR all christians.if you love GOD AND CONSIDERING ALL THAT GOD DOES FOR YOU.YOU NEED NOT BE TOLD WHAT TO DO.GIVING AND TITHING SHOULD BE PURELY BASED ON LOVE.IT IS THE DUTY OF ALL TENANTS TO PAY HIS OR HER HOUSE RENT TO THE LAND THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE.AS STRANGER WE OWE GOD AN OBLIGATION.WE NEED TO GIVE TO THE PASTORS PREACHERS ,THE NEEDY AND THE LESS PRVILLEGED GIVING BASED ON LOVE AS JESUS CHRIST GAVE HIS LIFE FOR US ALL.GOD IS THE GIVER OF ALL SO WE ALSO HAVE O APPRECIATE HIM IN ALL THINGS. A STANDARD HAS BEEN SET AND IS BINDING STARTING FROM JACOB.MOTHER THIS TEACHING IS GREAT .IT WAS PROPERLY FOR QUICK UNDERSTANDING

Response from Rev. Fredrick English : I have been preaching this message for a few years now. I revealed this to the bishop that ordained me as a pastor and it was not well received. I left shortly after and began my own work of teaching pastors, evangelist and every minister and believer who would listen. This has been a hard sell to "traditional Christians", and as a result am not welcome in most "churches" and have had my credentials as a pastor or ligitimacy as a preacher of the gospel for this and other revelations that I teach from the written word but is counter traditional, sanitized, rigid, homogenized, penta-spooky-costal-megla-church. But I digress. I pray The Lord would continue to hold me together and send hungry souls of truth. Thank you

Response from Patrick Imbayarwo : Truth! this is it. God deserves more than 10%. This truth must be preached to many nations especially church leaders

Response from Simplisio : Im confused now. U say it was Jacob's idea,bt it all began wth Abraham not Jacob. Note also that tithing began wth Abraham,way before The Law,or Old Testament! Isnt it tht tithing is God's principle not Law? Confused.

Response from Norma : Ohh..!People of God..!Ispent my most years with the teaching of this kind. But at last and later in lyf I realised that teachingz like this most of the time comes from the emotions , coz when u also look at this article ...u find that it wasalso written under same emotions coz it doesn't even have much basics of tithes. So teaching like these I don't wanna even look or argue about them.

Response from James R. Mbewe : Im confused now.
Tithing began with Abraham the fore father of Jacob not Jacob as such. Abraham did this by faith not law. Therefore if we are sons of Abraham by faith today, we need to continue what the father began. Jacob was just continuing what the fore fathers began but in the period of law.

If you can read carefully with the help of the Holy Ghost, the book of Malachi 3:7-10, tells us the concern God has upon these people. God had the ordinances which these people stopped to practice which their fore fathers were doing before the law. God is asking them to come back ( resume) these ordinances. What are these ordinances according to this chapter?

My understanding would like to agree with you that we need to give more than 10% . This doesn't mean that tithing system will be abolished, no. By giving more than 10% will show that we are not a binding by the law but faith. As sons of Abraham by faith, we need to continue what the father began. If Abraham did before the law and Jacob continued it during the law what about me after the law? He is The Lord, changed not. Not by obligations but by faith and grace of God the Almighty .
Thanks for your views

Response from Metrinah : I believe in giving out of love and compassion. Thank You Lord Jesus for being an example to us. I need more of your character. Help me my Jesus!!!!!!

Response from Ms. Charlie Lowe : Thank you so very much for this revelation on tithing. The Lord spoke to me months ago to give a certain amount every Sunday. It was much above 10% of my income for that week but I always obeyed. I learned from that time to ask "Lord what He would have me to give." Then this peace came over me, a feeling of giving out of Love instead of obligation. My Pastor started teaching "We are no longer under Law but under Grace, Praises to Jesus." From this teaching of yours I understand that Tithing is under the Law, and Giving under Grace. Tithing is bondage giving and Giving is freedom giving AND Because Jesus has made us free, we are free indeed!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!THANK YOU, THANK YOU, I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

Response from David : Be blessed for the wonderful revelation. It has given me new insight about tithing. We are called to be a blessing because God loved us by giving his only son for us.

May God bless you

Response from logossou : thank you for this clarification.my question now is Abraham payed his thih to melchisedek after he came victoriously from war when Jacob was not yet born.I need your clarification on this event.

Response from Norma Newell : Only the handwritten laws were done away with....mans laws that were burdensome to the people. Christ abolished and nailed it to the cross. that book of law was pushed away into the ark of the covenant never to be brought about again to bound His people. Gods laws have not been done away. If you love me keep my commandments. Those who keep the commandments and the testimony of Jesus christ wil have right to the tree of life.Rev.22:14 Fufill means to bring forth.....jesus came to show us how to keep the law because he kept it. you are no longer under the condemnation of the law but Gods grace but you must repent when you break gods laws ....any of them. there is now now condemnation to them who walk after the spirit and not the flesh..

Response from DELE ADELEKE : I am blessed and illuminated by this write up,It has been in my inbox for long,the LORD just moved me to it at this time,I am greatly blessed

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