Does tithing implicitly mean the church? Or to Christian missions? Or even just to the community or some organization bettering it? I used to always think a tithe should be given to some Christian organization, but perhaps that's naive and God wants us to use it to spread his wealth of love.
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I am from the group called Word of Faith. We are Bible Literalist. We believe in giving in volume and quality in which most believers do not understand. There are two main principles with tithes and offerings.
Tithes given to your church fall under the category of 1 Cor 9 and Mal 3 if you receive spiritually from your church through the various gifts in the church you should minister back to the place where you receive. If you are never giving to the church you belong to then you are stealing from that ministry even if you are giving the money elsewhere in the Kingdom. In short it is bad economics as well as spiritual practices. That said if you are consistently and constantly giving to your church you can give of your offerings to any christian minister or the poor see Deu 26:12 Lev 19:9. Not all of your giving should be tithes and offerings. You also should not cut the corners of your field so that the poor are blessed. You can not cut the corners of your livelihood in anyway you like.
As well as the volume of tithes and offerings gifts given to the Lord must be given happily because we know that the gift is going to advance God Kingdom or help someone in need. Moreover we know the Lord is a rewarder and that He leaves no believer unrewarded for their labor of love.
While this is more what Kenneth E. Hagin taught in Obedience in Finances and the like. For further study you can immediately listen to Brother Keith Moore teach on the offerings of the Lord. Brother Keith doesn't teach that you should immediately give your tithes and offerings all the time. He teaches having a separate bank account where tithes and offerings go until the Lord directs you to give it. He does agree with the concept that you should give where you are ministered to consistently and constantly. He does receive offerings at the beginning of every service for the general fund and special church projects.