In this life, lots of sincere Christians are stagnant in life; some are wallowing in abject poverty while others are going round in circle going nowhere for years. The major reason for this is the result of what Psalms 82:5 gave which says, “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course”
In other words, ignorance is the bane of many sincere Christians because they reject knowledge and therefore are proudly walking in ignorance that made them walk in darkness.
Because they are walking in darkness, the bible said that the foundations of the earth are out of course. Also in Hosea 4:6, GOD lamented “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:
One area of our life that God needs to do a permanent damage to our ignorance as a Christian is the area of tithing. When it comes to the issues of tithing, so many Christians wallow in ignorance as a result of allowing the devil to rub them with adequate knowledge of this great mystery of the kingdom.
Jesus speaking on Mark 4:11 said,” And he said unto them, unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables”:
Christians who have adequate knowledge of this mystery go beyond to pay more than 10% and they don’t see tithe as expenses but as a covenant obligation which it is while those that lack the understanding see it as expenses be paid out from limited resources.
Those who have adequate understanding never feel pleasure at all in paying their tithe and some has risen to pay tithe in millions while those lack the understanding, paying tithe to them is like parting with their blood and they have to be coaxed before they pay their tithe.
It is highly unfortunate that some men of GOD, even notable men of GOD lack adequate knowledge of the mystery of tithing and that is the reason why they have to coax their members before their members pay tithe.
Moreover, it is those men of GOD that lack adequate knowledge of tithing that sees it as an avenue to raise money for their selfish end. As such, their members feel so much pressure in paying their tithe.
I wish to ask you, as a man of GOD or as a Christian, do you have an adequate knowledge of the issue of tithing? Are you waiting to be coaxed before you pay your tithe or are you willingly paying your tithe as a covenant obligation?
Personally, I was struggling to pay tithe sometime ago until I had an adequate understanding of tithing. So if you want to gain maximally from tithing, you must first to seek to have a personal encounter with the word on tithing otherwise you will be wasting your resources in the name of tithing.
Problem with many folks is that they have head knowledge about tithing instead of heart knowledge while the bible said in 2Coritians 3:6 “Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life”
As said problem with some men of God is that instead of giving their members thorough teaching on tithe as to impact true knowledge, they are busy coaxing their members to pay tithe. That is the reason their members struggle to pay tithe.
However, another reason is that there are many unbelieving believers in the church. No matter the level of teaching, they can never believe and the bible said in Hebrew 11: 6 but without faith, it is impossible to please him: for him that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Moreover, the bible talks about a time when many will have itching ears. 2Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables.
As long as they have itching ears, no amount of teaching the truth, they will never understand. That is why instead of listening to the wise counsel of anointed men of GOD like pastor Adeboye, https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/11/tithe-controversy-adeboye-counsels-christian-faithful/ they prefer to listen to words of a chronic unbeliever of so-called Daddy Freeze https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/11/tithe-daddy-freeze-replies-adeboye-says-bible-one-drink-beer/
For more reading on the issue of tithe, visit http://www.wordofhisgrace.org/wp/tithing-giving/. Also, listen to what Bishop Oyedepo said on tithing https://gossip.naija.ng/1137077-if-dont-pay-tithe-permanently-a-beggar-bishop-oyedepo.html#1137077
Again, you should be careful of whom you listen to and follow his or teaching because the bible warned in 2Timothy 3:7 of people who are “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”.
Never should it come a time that it will appear that you have itching ears that you will be among those “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”.
Finally, who is your teacher? Tithing is a spiritual matter and you should be wise to listen to men and women who are spiritual to guide you rather than listening to people without the spirit of God in them. See Isaiah 53:1 “Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
As a Christian, it will be foolish of you that instead of going to God to get understanding of a spiritual matter or some spirit filled men of GOD, you preferred to listen to a chronic unbeliever who doesn’t have the spirit of God in them.