Three Taverns Church

Keep Our Home Or Keep Our Faith?

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My wife and I are facing a moral dilemma: Keep our home or stay true to our faith. Let me explain.

Between July 2010 and December 2011 I was unemployed. During most of that time I was a full-time student at Northwest University and my family survived off of my GI Bill housing allowance. We paid our mortgage as long as we could but eventually our savings ran out. My parents helped for a few months but that well dried up, too. Long-story-short: We have not paid our mortgage in over a year and our house is in foreclosure.

Today my wife and I met with a representative of our bank in a mediation preceding and he made us an offer that would allow us to keep our home. However, in order to make the monthly payments we would have to stop tithing. Should we make a deal with the bank that would let us keep our home but prevent us from tithing, or should we stay faithful to God with our finances and lose our home in a foreclosure sale?

The red-blooded American husband and father in me knows the responsible choice is to keep our home and tithe in the future when we are able. God isn’t short on cash and He knows where our heart is; maybe He will let us slide for a while.

The Christ-follower in me remembers a widow in Scripture who gave two copper coins, all her worldly wealth, to God. Maybe a foreclosure sale is God’s way of moving my family where He wants us.

At the end of the day I want to accept God’s will in my life and do as He commands. Please pray that my wife and I will be open to hearing God’s voice on this issue, and that we will have the courage to do as He asks.

Thank you.
Rabid Mongoose

15 thoughts on “Keep Our Home Or Keep Our Faith?

  1. Intuitively, you already know what to do. The spark of God is in everyone. Luv n light! 🙂

  2. Keep the home. You can always tithe down the road. Or if you really want to…. get out from under the home, get a cheaper home or place, and keep tithing.

  3. OLD TESTAMENT
    Proverbs 3:9 (KJV) “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:”

    NEW TESTAMENT
    2 Timothy 2:6 (KJV) “The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.”

    1 Timothy 5:8 (KJV) “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

    Using the above principles, the New Testament makes it clear that we are to use the FIRST of our income to take care of ourselves and our family. We are talking about needs, here, not just anything we want. Then we should give generously from what is left.

    The ONLY people in the Old Testament that were commanded to tithe were those who INHERITED THE PROMISED LAND WITH EVERYTHING ON IT. They got the land, house, animals, crops, etc. ALL FREE AND CLEAR. No mortgage payment or rent to pay. And THEY were commanded to tithe on the crops and animals and take it to the Levites who INHERITED the tithe INSTEAD OF the promised land with everything on it. No one else tithed. Wage earners did not tithe. Jesus did not tithe as a carpenter. Paul did not tithe as a tent maker. Peter did not tithe as a fisherman.

    The New Testament teaches generous, sacrificial giving, from the heart, according to our means. For some, $1 might be a sacrifice, while for others, even giving 50% of their income might not induce a sacrifice. In the Old Testament, ONLY the farmers tithed, and it was a tenth. The New Testament teaches the principle of equal sacrifice instead of a tenth. Equal sacrifice is much harder to achieve, if not impossible, than giving a tenth.

    Tithing ended at the cross according to Hebrews 7:5,12,18.

    • I LOVE this response because of the way you quote Scripture to support your argument. However, I disagreea a bit with your interpretation because of the original contexts.

      For example, 1 Timothy 5:8 seems to refer to those who don’t support widows in their family (thus creating a burden for the church). 2 Timothy 2:6 appears to be a metaphor Paul uses when discussing discipleship with Timothy.

      I don’t know enough about the Old Testament land rights to comment on tithing of farmers vs. laborers, though your logic does make sense. I also like the fact that you point out that sacrifice, not tithing exactly 10%, is the point of giving.

      Thanks for reading and for the insightful comment!

  4. Tithing does not necessarily mean tithing money. Although that is a big part of it, tithing also means time and gifts. Sharing your gifts and your time is just as important as money. Serving those less fortunate in your own time of need is crucial. I pray that the Lord will provide for you and your family. I also pray that you are comforted in His plan.

  5. I totally disagree with Gary Arnold’s explanation about tithing!!

  6. Here are the three tithes commanded by God:

    THE FIRST TITHE
    Leviticus 27:30-33 defines this tithe as a tenth of crops and animals in herds and flocks.
    Numbers 18 gives the ordinances, or instructions, for this tithe, and commands this tithe be taken to the Levites.
    Purpose of this tithe: to support the Levitical Priesthood.

    SECOND TITHE
    Deuteronomy 14:22-27: aka The Festival Tithe – a tenth of crops, plus add to that the firstborn animals, and take to the yearly feasts.
    Purpose of this tithe: “that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always”

    THIRD TITHE
    Deuteronomy 14:28-29: aka The Three-Year Tithe aka The Poor Tithe – a tenth of crops, kept at home, and invite the Levites, widows, orphans, stranger to eat.
    Purpose of this tithe: to feed the poor.

    Notice the tithe was NEVER money. The tithe NEVER came from anyone’s income. The tithe was ALWAYS crops and animals that came from GOD’S increase, not man’s income.

    All this teaching that you give back to God a tenth of all your income is a false doctrine invented by church leaders around 1870. All you need to do is research tithing in the Christian Church and you will see the lies being taught about tithing in the organized church today.

    When God gave the Israelites the promised land, He RESERVED, for Himself, a tenth of the crops and every tenth animal. They NEVER did belong to the Israelites. In other words, the tithe was from God’s increase of FOOD, not from man’s income. It was a way to distribute FOOD to the Levites and priests who did NOT inherit any land.

    No one, not even the farmers, tithed from their income.

    The farmers made their income by SELLING and/or barter-exchanging their crops and animals but did NOT tithe on that income.

    Today, ALL born-again believers are priests. ALL of us are called to be deciples of the Lord. No one of us is greater than another. Our bodies are the Temple where the Spirit dwells. According to the scriptures, priests do not tithe.

  7. RM, is this necessarily an either/or situation? Keep our home OR keep our faith? Can you keep your home AND keep your faith?

  8. RM – I have faith that God will take care of me and my needs, no matter what. I can’t earn or buy God’s favor. Giving a tenth of your income doesn’t impress God. There is nothing we can do to impress God.

    Just like you would not want your own children to give to you while not taking care of themselves and their family first, God doesn’t want you to give to Him without taking care of yourself and your family. We are God’s children. He is our Father. What God wants us to give to Him first is OURSELVES. He wants our hearts.

    Ephesians 1:3 (KJV) “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”

    Colossians 2:8 (NIV) See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

  9. God wants us to honor and obey Him FIRST and then HE will take care of us! Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, then all these (temporal needs) things will be added unto you.

    • Mary – Just HOW do you believer one should honor and obey God first when it comes to finances? And obey what? Old Testament commands which were nailed to the cross, OR His Holy Spirit? Be specific.

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