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Should You Tithe Off Your Gross or Net Income That is the Question

Sometime ago a friend asked about tithing “Are we supposed to tithe off our gross income or net income?”

“Why do you ask.” I responded? “Because someone in church said tithing off your gross income is not biblical."

“I tithe off my gross income, since it is my “increase.” It is the amount I physically receive in my bank account.”

"I don’t consider the “net” amount a part of my increase since I did not received it, the government did."

Some may not agree but that’s O.K. since giving is based on one’s faith.

If you have faith to give off your net income, go for it! 

If you have faith to give off your gross income go for it?

Just give! 

God really doesn’t care whether you give off your gross income or net income as long as it comes from your heart. (2 Corinthians 9:7) 

He cares if you give willingly. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Paul said we should give as we have purposed in our heart. He encouraged believers to give cheerfully and not out of grudging obligation.(2 Corinthians 9:7)

He also instructed us to give from what we have and not from what we don’t have. (2 Corinthians 8:12)

Tithing and offering from what you don’t have may be presumptuous and perhaps puts the Lord to the test (something even Jesus would not do during His temptation).

Satan was correct when he said God would give His angels charge over Jesus to keep Him in all his ways, that they would bear Him up if He dashed His foot against a stone. (Luke 4:10-11)

But that did not mean Jesus should go around jumping off buildings to see if God would keep his 
word or not.

The Promise

God said bring all the tithes and offerings into the storehouse and see if He would not open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing that their would not be enough room to receive it. (Malachi 3:10)

The promise is based upon tithing and offering from what we have and not from what we hope to have or presume to have or have faith to have in the future But according to what we have in in our hands.

This method of giving will help us become “cheerful givers” since we are using wisdom to give instead of presumption.

God also said “test me” in this (Malachi 3:10). But, if we give or pledge beyond our means or what's in our hands, are we tithing or offering out of a presumptuous attitude? Are we trying to force God’s hand?

Google says, presume means "to suppose that something is the case on the basis of probability." says, presume means "to undertake with unwarrantable boldness."

God gives seed to the sower, so we should give according to the seed He has given to us. And when He gives us more, we should give more.

Not only will we not rob God but we will not give grudgingly or under compulsion and fret against the Lord if He doesn’t respond as we have presumed.

Let’s cheerfully give tithes and offerings with wisdom and see if He will not open the windows of heaven and pour us out a blessing!


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