Pay The Tithe Or Help the Family?

Q. Thank you so much for you for helping us to understand the bible better. Something that is worrying me is about tithes. Is it a sin if your immediately family is financially not able to cope and you help them instead of giving your tithes?

A. The failure to tithe is not a sin. We tithe as a sign of our gratitude to the Lord for saving us, not because some law requires it. But Paul said if anyone does not take care of his own relatives, especially his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1 Tim. 5:8). Help your family. When the crisis is over and your help is no longer needed resume your tithing.

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