Episode 16: Should I Tithe Even If I’m Struggling?

Ordinary Radicals
Ordinary Radicals
Episode 16: Should I Tithe Even If I’m Struggling?

In this episode of the Ordinary Radicals podcast, Jonathan Hayashi and Brandon Boatner speak on money, money MONEY!?

What is a tithe? Is that even a New Testament idea? Why is this even a topic to be talked about? is this even an issue? Is this even a problem within churches worth covering within the podcast?


Some highlights from today’s episode;

• Unfortunately, money ties into the homelife, many people who get divorced cite financial issues as the reason why they get divorced.

• Average person is living with an incredible amount of debt. Statistics says the average is $90,000.00.

• Time is a daily treasure that attracts many robbers.

• Jesus is not looking for the quantity of our giving, he is looking for the quality of our hearts in giving.

• The very act of giving is an act of faith. God loves you and He wants to take care of you like any good parent will do that.

• Money is not evil. The love of money is evil. When we cherish money more than Jesus, that is evil.

• Young people are giving; they are just not giving to the church.

• Money belongs to this world and we are not taking it with us.


Here’s an outline from today’s conversation;

COVID19: Churches are struggling financially.

– Why people don’t talk about it?

– Millennials/Gen Z: Growing up not learning to give.

– “American dream” People who are living in det.


1. “Should I give even if I am broke?”

– “Abram gave a tenth of everything” (Gen 14:19-20).

– “Give the first fruit” (Prov 3:9-10).

– “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:6-7).

– “Storing Treasure in Heaven” (Matt 6:19-24).

– “People selling their goods and possessions” (Acts 2:42)

– “The Widow’s Offering” (Mark 12:41-44).


Giving as an Act of Worship

Why? For stewardship of time, talent, treasure.


2. Is a tithe supported by the New Testament?

– Tithe 10% from OT (Gen 14:20).

– “Give the first fruit” (Prov 3:9-10).

– “Storing Treasure in Heaven” (Matt 6:19-24).

– “The Widow’s Offering” (Mark 12:41-44).

3. Does my offering have to go to the local church? Or can I support missionaries?

– “Double honor” (1 Tim 5:17).

– Local mission, global missions (Acts 1:8).

– Churchgoers say they tithe, but not always to the Church.

– The average tithe of a regular churchgoer is 2-4% of regular income.

– “Do not muzzle the ox” (1 Tim 5:18).

– Pastors, who serve as bi-vocational? Paul was a tentmaker (Phil 4:14-16).

– “The LORD gives, and the LORD takes away” (Job 1:21).


Jesus Models Giving Tithe

– “Whose face and name are this? Caesar” (Mark 12:16).

– Jesus endorses tithing (Luke 11:42).

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

COVID 19 Rap: Ken Copeland’s Wind of God REMIX

Average Debt in America

Churches and Religious Charitable Giving Statistics

Churchgoers Say They Tithe, But Not Always to the Church.

Christians and Conspiracy Theories


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