FROM TITHING TO GRACE GIVNG: A SEMINARY-TRAINED MINISTER
I wanted to take some time to share with you a
personal testimony regarding how the LORD has indirectly used you, your website
and your book over the last 10 years in my journey with Christ. It is my
Biblical hope that what I am sharing below will help encourage you in your work
and strengthen your spirit.
Like most individuals in the ministry, the Biblical training which I
received in school, while well-prepared and though-out, was woefully inadequate
for actual ministry work in the field. A fact which I am sure you are well
acquainted with. This is also true in the area of tithing. As with most seminary
training, I was originally instructed with the common views on tithing, as
well as the common views on Malachi and the rest, which I did not question as I
was still new and being schooled.
Over the years, as I grew in the true Grace of God (which I was taught
surprisingly little about in Bible school) I struggled with reconciling the
truth of the New Covenant with what I was taught in the seminary.
Whenever the issue of tithing would be brought-up, the Holy Spirit would
whisper softly in my spirit, letting me know that something was not right --
and over the next few years, that whisper would become louder and more urgent.
I became increasingly uncomfortable with the message of tithing as it is
commonly presented. This drove me to research deeply the issue with a fresh
pair of spiritual eyes and a renewed mind, and also required a willingness
to forget everything that I thought I knew about the subject. I believe that
this is one of the reasons that the truth about tithing is so vehemently
resisted -- because it necessitates that people who have spend the greater part
of their lives studying the Bible to admit that they have been wrong on a
fundamental issue... that requires humility, and many today are too proud to
admit such a thing.
My search led me to many websites, one of them yours, which at first I must
admit, I had read before, and dismissed it outright earlier because I was still
entrenched in my original schooling. However as I encountered your website
again and this time re-read it with a fresh mind prepared by the Holy Spirit, I
saw the truth for the first time. As I then read your book, I found it to
be a wonderful resource into a topic that very few are willing to touch.
I have since changed my position on tithing and realize that what I have
come to call New Covenant Grace Giving is actually proper and correct -- and
the ministry which God has given me has actually prospered tremendously since
I have passed this information onto my network of pastors (many of whom
are as closed-minded as I once was, but the seeds are still being planted.
In recent years I have since taught several messages on how Grace Giving is the
correct way to give in the New Covenant, and those messages are some of my
most popular. Eyes are being opened to the truth.
So please do not become discouraged in your ministry. Your message is not in
I am one minister who God has used you to help change and free from the
bondage of tithing. I will not be the last.
Blessings in Christ Jesus.