I never have tithed and refuse to. Why? I do not believe in it. I believe in giving as God leads, but a 10% "church tax" demanded by the hirelings is NOT biblical.
Endless manipulations are part of the hireling program to get your money:
For some in America scraping off the top 10% would mean no money for rent and food, and if an American becomes homeless one of these mega-churches will be more busy sending the money to Haiti or upgrading the sound system, rather then helping the poor right in the church. Why isn't there more personal giving among Christians? Well because the preacher is raking it all in, and using it to build a bigger church building or take another missions trip [cough...vacation...cough] to Jamaica. The 10% off the top "DEMAND" often means many poor people stay away from the church house, knowing they can't afford it. Also don't write checks to charities, where the money vanishes into the abyss of "administrative" costs, give directly. I haven't done a post about this yet, but the corruption of so many well-known charities is extreme.
These false preachers are abusing an Old Testament verse Malachi 3 to demand that Christians all give them 10% of their incomes.
"Malachi 3:8Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10Bring 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.
11And 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.
12And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.
13Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?
Where do they all get the 10% number from? The 10% number comes from Leviticus:
King James Version (KJV)
30And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD's: it is holy unto the LORD.
31And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.
32And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.
33He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.<
Anyone wonder why these preachers are all using OLD TESTAMENT LAW to try and get your money?
Think about that one. Where did any of the apostles demand a 10% cut? They did not, but the hirelings do.