I have to comment on this!
In Georgia is a little church. In that church is a 92-year-old woman that has been a member for 50 years. Her name is Josephine.
Recently she received a letter from the church that started by saying she was no longer considered a member of the church.
The reason given is because she “has shown non-support” towards the church in the areas of “constant and consistent financial and physical participation.”
It was signed by the senior pastor.
Josephine has missed church because of health reasons and has been a shut-in. She’s not the only person to receive such a letter.
I was shocked when I saw this story. This is the kind of thing that gives the name of Christ a black eye.
I believe in giving. I believe in tithing. I believe that a church does need funding in order to operate. It takes money to pay the electric bill, phone, cleaning, mowing, insurance, and perhaps the staff.
But I would never kick anyone out of church for not giving.
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Cor 9:7
Giving doesn’t come by demand – it comes from the heart.
The Pharisee’s were tithing but still got a rebuke from Jesus.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” Matt 23:23-24
Jesus did not deny their tithing. He acknowledged it. Then He rebuked the uncaring attitude they had.
Though not specifically about tithing, Jesus also taught about giving.
Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Matt 5:23-24
It’s good to give. It’s necessary to give. It’s healthy to give. It’s godly to give. But the greatest gift any can give is love. So give a tithe of love to someone today!