Q. I see there has been a number of questions relating to what to tithe. My problem is this: I am deeply in debt, not including my mortgage (yes, I know borrowing is unscriptural). Although I want to give, I don’t have enough unemployment benefit to pay my creditors, let alone feed myself. Am I still expected to tithe?
A. I appreciate your position, but your attitude about tithing is wrong. We don’t tithe because we’re expected to, but because we’re grateful that the Lord has saved us from eternal punishment. Once you begin to feel truly thankful, you’ll find a way to express your gratitude, and the Lord will respond by helping you out of the mess you’re in. In Luke 6:38 He promised this, saying, “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured to you. “