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Are Alms and Tithing the same thing?

Matthew 6:1-4 and Malachi 3:7-12
Tuesday July 24,2007

So, what do you think, is the giving of alms the same thing as tithing? The answer to that question has been the source of more than one debate amongst Christians. But the truth be known, alms and tithes are not the same thing.

Alms are charitable giving above and beyond the Scriptural demand of tithing. Now yes it is true, God does love a cheerful giver, but cheerful or not, your tithe is not voluntary. It is demanded by Scripture and to ignore that demand is not to ignore me, but it is God you will be ignoring.

In Malachi three, verses 1-12 we see God both asking and answering questions. He is making an accusation, and then, because He reads the heart of man, giving man's answer and/or a follow up question.

Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from Mine ordinances, and have not kept them! Return unto Me, and I will return unto you. saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed Me, even this whole nation.

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightful land. saith the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:7-12)

No, my dear brothers and sisters, tithing is not voluntary, it is mandatory. For to not tithe is to steal from God, and woe unto that church that ignores God's command and does not give it's congregants the opportunity to tithe. Want to stop the ongoing wrath of God and the more severe upcoming wrath. Stop stealing from God and start obeying Him.

Now, what are alms? That question is best answered by looking at what God the Son had to say on the subject:

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly. (Matthew 6:1-4)

Let's look at the word alms: eleemosune, pronounced el-eh-ay-mos-oo'-nay means compassionateness, i.e. (compassionate giving as exercised by giving to the poor) beneficence, or (concretely) a benefaction:--alms(-deeds). So, the giving of alms is not the mandatory giving of tithes, but the voluntary helping of those less fortunate than yourself. It may even be the helping of someone much better off than yourself but in need of help.

Tithing, as we saw in Malachi three, is the giving of money or something equivalent to money. Yet alms can be something other than money or a money equivalent:

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, "Look on us." And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

Then Peter said, "Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk."

And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. (Acts 3:1-9)

Jesus tells us to do our alms or charitable giving not looking for praise from mem. Peter and John show us that our alms giving should lead to the direct result of the receiver and those around him or her giving praise to God. And God's word teaches that tithing and alms giving are two separate things.

You can write a check for either, it is not the writing of checks that is prohibited, it is the giving to receive praise of men that is forbidden. Remember when Jesus was at the temple watching as men and women tithed? He didn't criticize the open giving, He criticized the amount of giving by some and applauded the public giving of one. Just don't cheat God. Remember the reward in Malachi 3:11&12? Couldn't the world use a little of verses 11&12? There is nothing wrong with using a check to pay your tithe with, contrary to what I said a few years back (christianpatriot.com/01_23_2004.htm) for back then I was, like many, still confused and not separating tithing and alms giving. Tithing is the 10% or more that you give directly to your church, alms giving is the charitable giving you do over and above your tithing. Let me give you an example, tithing is the check you give to your home church in the amount of 10% or more, alms giving would be the check you send to ChristianPatriot.com or the food package you arrange to be given to a needy family, or the helping hand you give or pay for to paint or help paint a neighbor's house.

You should not be giving, looking to receive praise from men in either case. In tithing, look to see God openly reward you for your giving. In the giving of alms, your reward will, if done correctly, result in rewards from God. But in neither case should the reason for your giving be rewards from God. For Scripture does teach us that God does indeed love a cheerful giver. But cheerful or not, you had best tithe.

Lord Jesus, give us a cheerful heart, help us to understand that since You created all things, all things are Yours and that You only entrust things to us, but they all remain, as do with, Yours.
And Lord please bless Bob and Joan tenfold for that which they have blessed us with.

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