Top 10 Reasons People Don’t Tithe!

Reader, what reasons have you heard people use to justify not giving or tithing? As a child I learned a dime out of every dollar should be given to God. Do you tithe to your local church? 

Tithing is a spiritual discipline many Christians practice. In its simplest form, it means giving back to God 10 percent of what you make. I’ve practiced it for years as a regular part of my giving. I tithe ‘plus’ to my local church and I give to other causes on top of that. However, throughout my 35 years of ministry.  I’ve seen 10 common reasons that church people give for not tithing. They are listed below with a counterpoint below each.

1).It’s all mine anyway. Why should I give? Counterpoint (CP): Everything we own is actually God’s (Ps 50.10, Ps 24.1). 
2).I give elsewhere. This is the person who counts his giving to secular causes, his time or paying for his child’s Christian school tuition as his tithe. CP: Do causes around the purposes of God get the lion’s share of your giving? 
3).Tithing is not in the New Testament. This is one of the most common. CP: When Jesus fulfilled the law, He didn’t revise spirituality downward. 
4).God will provide through other people. This person believes that other people will give to support the cause of Christ in their church. CP: God chose to release His resources through all believers. 
5).My gifts don’t really count. This person thinks that because he can’t give much, his giving really doesn’t matter. CP: Don’t minimize the size of any gift (recall the story of the poor widow in Mark 12.41-44). 
6).I don’t trust preachers. This is understandable due to the few high profile ministers who misuse God’s money. CP: If you lead a church, make sure you instill the highest standards of stewardship and accountability. 
7).I only give to projects I like. This is the control freak who only gives to projects he or she can designate funds to. Some people in this category even hold back their giving in their church because they haven’t gotten their way. CP: Trust your church leadership to wisely manage God’s money. 
8).I have no control over my finances. My husband does. In this case (and it’s almost always a wife in this position) her husband controls the finances and although the wife wants to give, he prohibits it. CP: Rest in the Lord, He knows your heart. 
9).I will tithe when I can afford it. CP: If you wait, you probably never will. Research shows that contrary to what we might assume, the more money a person makes, the less percentage they give. 
10).I’m afraid to. These people honestly fear what might happen to them or their family if they give. 


  1. JEWS don't Tithe and I personally don't know not 1 that's suffering from the lack of anything. I grew up in a multicultural society and household. So for years and years I did tithe. But several years ago I stopped. Why ??? Cause I got tired of the church that I was going to not doing nothing to help anyone but the pastor and his wife and there Kids and out of wedlock grandkids. Folks in the church needs help they tithe and can't get no help cause they don't have a benevolent fund. Tell them to go to an agency to get help. But you are a 501 (3c) . Also there's no mention of tithes in the New Testament. I just believe that these preacher's and ministries use tithes cause that's there guarantee income. It's not about you being blessed it's about them being blessed.

  2. Biblical tithes are agricultural NOT money. Tithing was for Israel not the gentiles.

  3. Miss Ann,

    The reason for the tithe was because the Levites had no inheritance in the promised land. Their portion was the LORD and God ordained that they would eat of the fruit of the land from the giving of their brethren (ref. Leviticus). In Malachi, God warns the Israelites not to stop giving for it was a requirement. The Israelites had ceased bringing to the house of the LORD because the Levites were like the pastors/bishops of today, taking advantage of the sheep (ref. Ezekiel).

    Right now we have one high priest and his name is Jesus (Hebrews 4:14). Therefore, we are not required to tithe.

    In the early church, believers gave that none would be in need (ref. Acts). However, still some wanted to take advantage of the system just like today (1 Thessalonians 3:10). They wanted to eat without putting in work.

    In today's churches, people are encouraged to give in order to expect an overflow from God, sow seed and wait for the harvest. However, evidence shows that the overflow has been skewed to the pastors/bishops and they are the ones enjoying the harvest while church members are in need.

    Are we as believers required to tithe? No. But we are encouraged to give to those who are in need. If the pastors/bishops are driving Bentleys and my neighbor needs a ride to work, I would rather carpool with my neighbor and pay extra for gas.

    The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall NOT want...

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    1. So if the priesthood of Levi, on which the law was based, could have achieved the perfection God intended, why did God need to establish a different priesthood, with a priest in the order of Melchizedek instead of the order of Levi and Aaron? And if the priesthood is changed, the law must also be changed to permit it. For the priest we are talking about belongs to a different tribe, whose members have never served at the altar as priests. What I mean is, our Lord came from the tribe of Judah, and Moses never mentioned priests coming from that tribe. This change has been made very clear since a different priest, who is like Melchizedek, has appeared. Jesus became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed. And the psalmist pointed this out when he prophesied, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” Yes, the old requirement about the priesthood was set aside because it was weak and useless. For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
      Hebrews 7:11‭-‬19 NLT

    2. Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.
      Romans 14:1 NLT

    3. So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith. But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.” So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying the law that a person has life.” But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.
      Galatians 3:9‭-‬14

    4. But Abraham tithe before the Law. Tithing was before the law, during the law (in Jesus days as well). AND even Proverbs says honor the Lord with the first fruits. Jesus corrected the pharisees about the new covenant about things like adultery (in the heart now), hate, and many such matters, but when they said they tithed..he said that's what they ought to do...IJS..

    5. “Woe to you, [self-righteous] scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you give a tenth (tithe) of your mint and dill and cumin [focusing on minor matters], and have neglected the weightier [more important moral and spiritual] provisions of the Law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the [primary] things you ought to have done without neglecting the others. You [spiritually] blind guides, who strain out a gnat [consuming yourselves with miniscule matters] and swallow a camel [ignoring and violating God’s precepts]!
      MATTHEW 23:23‭-‬24 AMP

  5. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
    James 1:5 NLT

    1. The priests who collect tithes are men who die, so Melchizedek is greater than they are, because we are told that he lives on. In addition, we might even say that these Levites—the ones who collect the tithe—paid a tithe to Melchizedek when their ancestor Abraham paid a tithe to him. For although Levi wasn’t born yet, the seed from which he came was in Abraham’s body when Melchizedek collected the tithe from him. So if the priesthood of Levi, on which the law was based, could have achieved the perfection God intended, why did God need to establish a different priesthood, with a priest in the order of Melchizedek instead of the order of Levi and Aaron?
      Hebrews 7:8‭-‬11 NLT

  6. “Two men went up into the temple [enclosure] to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood [ostentatiously] and began praying to himself [in a self-righteous way, saying]: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men--swindlers, unjust (dishonest), adulterers--or even like this tax collector. ~‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing at a distance, would not even raise his eyes toward heaven, but was striking his chest [in humility and repentance], saying, ‘God, be merciful and gracious to me, the [especially wicked] sinner [that I am]!’ I tell you, this man went to his home justified [forgiven of the guilt of sin and placed in right standing with God] rather than the other man; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself [forsaking self-righteous pride] will be exalted.”
    LUKE 18:10‭-‬14 AMP

    1. My question was if I believe in tithing and the blessings of it..When I cannot not tithe because of old age does the curse come..Can I have the blessings and not have the curse because in my old age I may not have access to continue to tithe? If so why does the fellowship where one belong let the curse come without warning me that if I walk in this Law I am subject to this Law as long as I live...Knowing that Jesus died to redeem all from the curse of the Law...Please help me understand...Thank you!

    2. If I am out of order for asking this question on your blog Ms. Ann.. Please delete it and forgive me...

    3. I work in long term care facility that treats people who cannot take care of themselves, because of strokes, Parkinson and traumatic brain injuries among other things.

      These people will never be able to take care of themselves, let alone earn money in order to tithe.

      But to hear some preachers, these people are cursed because they don't tithe.

      That type of thinking is total blasphemy as far as I am concerned.

      I think WE ARE THE ONES CURSED if we expect them to tithe and don't help those people who can no longer care for themselves.

      Not sure if I totally address your question but, tithing isn't for everyone, nor does it seal your fate good or bad.


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