Why We Tithe


Jackie began to tithe when she had a deeper conversion at age eighteen. She recognized that everything she had came from God anyway, so what’s ten percent for the God who will not be outdone in charity?

The Gospel of Luke tells us:

“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” (Luke 6:38).

Furthermore, the fifth precept of the Church says the faithful shall provide for the needs of the Church:

“The Christian faithful are obliged to assist with the needs of the Church so that the Church has what is necessary for divine worship, for apostolic works and works of charity, and for the decent sustenance of ministers” (Canon 222, see also Catechism of the Catholic Church 2043).

And St. Paul writes:

“The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).

What is it that God is asking of you? Search the intention of the heart.

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38 Comments

  1. Fauntleroy M says:

    Amen

  2. Francisco Napoleon says:

    Give %10 but don't put your name on the envelope. God knows you gave it you don't have to tell Him.

  3. Evutey xoxo says:

    Thank you. God bless you.

  4. Michelle A says:

    This message is so important for me and I believe this is a prophetic word for the church. Preach it sister.

  5. Piotr Kowalczyk says:

    I wish christian kingdoms back with charity schools, hospitals controled by saint people of Church instead of overwhelming state. 10% selftax for Church would be then no problem for almost everyone.

  6. Marinielle says:

    Generosity is not about just giving. It’s about what is left for you.

  7. neha ravindran says:

    Beautiful❤️

  8. It’s Abednego says:

    Catholics pray to the spirits of the dead, also known as necromancy

  9. ولقد كرمنا بني آدم says:

    u r amazing thats why i wish u read about the last message of God, Islam. with ur pure heart that seeking for God side

  10. ولقد كرمنا بني آدم says:

    u r amazing thats why i wish u read about the last message of God, Islam. with ur pure heart that seeking for God side

  11. ولقد كرمنا بني آدم says:

    u r amazing thats why i wish u read about the last message of God, Islam. with ur pure heart that seeking for God side

  12. Dale Lemaster says:

    Is it ok to give your tithe to other Parishes or only just your own

  13. Try for the Sky says:

    You say "I think it's a control thing." And, sure.

    It's also an "I don't want my money to be accidentally wasted on lawyer fees and multimillion dollar payouts if a priest abused someone" thing.

    I don't know what my money will ultimately be used for if I put it in the basket in the Church. I do, however, know what my money's used for if I turn it into food that I give DIRECTLY to a homeless person, or donate to a specific ministry that's out there teaching the ignorant or feeding the hungry.

    As a recent convert, I don't think I could get comfortable putting my money in the basket as a mindless RULE (just to check a box), as opposed to using my money to directly help people in tangible ways without risking it being sidetracked by someone else's hideous abuse. At least not unless some kind of MASSIVE transparency (and policy) is set up to keep that money safe for its intended use (e.g. providing BASIC shelter and food for a priest (that's what my job pays for, for me), and then going to ministries (evangelism, feeding the hungry, even beautifying the Church). And I don't know that any such policy exists or could exist, if the law could just come in and say "a Church clergyperson abused someone (and scandalized his flock in the meantime), therefore ALL funds (from his flock! and even those funds earmarked for feeding the poor!) must now be redirected into legal defence for an abuse case, and then multimillion dollar payouts to victims." Obviously, abuse victims have suffered something horrible (and NO amount of money will ever change or repay that). And at the same time, it does seem like even though NO amount of money will fix the situation, ALL the money is drained out of the Churchgoers' pockets for something they didn't do, when abuse happens. And why would I just throw my money into a pile that occasionally catches fire like that?

    And sure, I think I should give to these other more direct ministries with more regularity than I do. I'm shoddy in this area, you're 100% right that it's ALSO a control thing and a personal failing of mine. But that doesn't mean that the other thing doesn't exist.

  14. Stephen Golden says:

    I was struck by Jackie’s comment that she fell in love with the Church early on in her life. What must that be like, I wonder?

    The Church in the abstract, especially as a teaching entity of doctrine, that Church has been nothing but a thorn in my side for my entire adult life.

    However, this is balanced by the truth that the every day reality of the Church, its Mass, it’s sacraments, particularly at my principle parish, that Church has been a source of stability in my life during periods of crippling pain.

    For better or for worse, this is a spiritual home. I seriously doubt there can be any other. Follow my lead: Critical of the Church? No great love for it? Think of the smaller picture. Give to the Church to sustain it, so that you might be sustained by it in turn.

  15. Wairua Tapu says:

    If you've ever visited the Vatican you'll know the cc does not have a shortage of it

  16. Adriana Zea-Smith says:

    In Germany, you are forced to tithe. The government takes the money based on your income even if you are retied. It's called a Church tax but it you are not religious, It's a social tax, which goes to other charities. I don"t agree with that. What if you're poor? I know a woman who found herself unable to feed her family and yet they still took her money and she gor no help from Church or state.

  17. MrSven3000 says:

    i`m in a country, where i am forced to give to the curch. 1% of my yearly net income, set by state.
    but thats ok. the only way to avoid that is officially becoming an atheist, but i think, the service of the church is worth that 1%.

  18. EEL YEOJ says:

    Not biblical. You are doing docrines of men. The Tithe of the old testament days was always about bringing your first fruit crops. It is a metaphor for JESUS coming. Today tithe is BAAL worship. Yes you should help the poor, but do not give money to a church organization to donate to the poor for you. This is the same type offering of Cane.

  19. Blake Denenny says:

    I totally believe in tithing, but does that 10% all have to go to your parish/diocese,? Or just to various Church organizations in general?

  20. Matt Blaise says:

    Thank God for creating Jackie. She's super pretty and a role model for Catholics. May God bless her and her family 🙂

  21. Nigel Butt says:

    It is either brave or foolish to encourage people to give money to an organisation that will use some of those funds to support and defend known pedophiles. When you stand before your god and are asked why, whilst I am sure you can give many excuses, your god will know the truth and judge you accordingly.

  22. Stacy Stalstone says:

    Tithe is 10% and it goes entirely to the storehouse. Anything above the tithe is an offering, thats for missions, sacrificial giving, special funds, charitable contributions, etc. The tithe protects the 90%. With good stewardship the 90% will always be more than enough if the tenth is given with a full heart and good will

  23. Mr.Shadow says:

    Sounds like a waste of money.

  24. Sue M says:

    Ummm tithe literally means a tenth. Malachi 3:8,10 talks about tithing

  25. Maarten Henning says:

    What about the satanic indulgences teaching of the catholic church?

    One particularly well-known Catholic method of exploitation in the Middle Ages was the practice of selling indulgences, a monetary payment of penalty which, supposedly, absolved one of past sins and/or released one from purgatory after death. In the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, an indulgence is "a way to reduce the amount of punishment one has to undergo for sins"

  26. Trav Wilson says:

    It’s also in the words of Jesus – Matthew 23:23.

  27. Sean McConeghy says:

    I hate to bring this up, but I see the Church spending hundreds of millions of dollars on settlements around the scandals. I know of a particular situation in which a pastor gave money from the parish to a sex partner. I'd be interested in getting your thoughts, but I don't really feel comfortable giving to the Church with the money being used in those ways.

  28. Syrup and Bacon Homestead says:

    I've tithed for many years but this video still spoke to me. I need to trust the Lord to provide for me. All money and all other things I have are the Lord's.

  29. Carmencita Vettori says:

    By the way, when I went to Rome and Vatican City, I saw some Catholic Orders, nuns and priests, giving feeding programs to the people. There are many "eating halls" one can go to, they are unadvertise. The people who can "afford" to pay can also get in and eat and their donations can go feed more people. In England, there are Franciscans who provides sleeping bags and dinner for homeless people free. In Scotland, they also give food and even hair cuts to the homeless. Maybe, there are bad eggs in the Catholic Church but there are people who really touched my heart to give more. They do not advertise. They just rely on the food donations from groceries and local farmers. Everytime I see these people of God being selfless, I am motivated to give more. So touching.

  30. Carmencita Vettori says:

    Since I came to the Charismatic Renewal at 22 years old, I tithe. I also support 2 charities consistently – in good or bad times. Now I am 50. I am really in a bad situation now because of a bad divorce, I indirectly incurred debts that I could not imagine I will ever have in this lifetime. I decided to consistently give — even if our CHURCH IS RICH, AS I MIGRATED TO A RICH COUNTRY, from my "treasures". I know that if I start being greedy about my money, it will not help me anyway. I chose to remain faithful. I know that I will be able to pay these debts even if I am alone. I will. The Lord is faithful to fulfill all his promises.

  31. Anisa Duaa says:

    I love this episode , thanks for reminding people.

  32. Clare B says:

    This past Sunday at our parish as everyone was leaving from mass there was a family of five with the father holding a sign saying they had no money for rent or food. It was hard to see that kind of poverty in our city, however, it encouraged many of us leaving the parking lot to give to the family. Hopefully it will inspire those in our parish to give back generously to the parish and community.

  33. Kevin J. says:

    I never know if I should give 10%. Tithe, "according to your means," has already been a thorn in my side. I'm guessing not, but that doesn't mean I don't want to nor does it mean that I feel I should. My car is braking down (repairs are slightly less then a new used car), I can BARELY afford an apartment (renting a cheep room from a strange couple), student loans abound (like everyone else), I don't feel this is unique. I want to give more. I don't give 10% now but still more then when I had a higher wage. Hmmmm…. Yeah, it's always up in the air, always a confusing struggle, ….always a pain.

  34. Mary Jordon says:

    Thank you for this Jackie! For myself, the story in the bible of the woman giving everything she had in the church poor box is always at the back of my mind whenever I am in a church! Our catholic church needs to be built up as we are always there to help in missionary work. I offer it up at the Offertory for Jesus who helps me always!

  35. jflores85 says:

    I live in Texas, I don't make much but I try to donate $25 a paycheck to the Cathedral of the Miraculous Medal in Philadelphia.

  36. KM says:

    I've watched a number of the Jackie & Bobbie messages. Some are pretty good and then there are others. Regardless, I want to know what qualifications these two have? Sure, anybody can create a youtube channel and post videos … but these guys are on Ascension Presents. So they must have some expertise. Can somebody tell me their background and their qualifications? I also looked on their website and, evidently, they're professional Catholic speakers (again, which is fine) … but their site didn't say anything about their education or practical training (yes, Bobbie had been in the seminary … but I'm not sure that's sufficient). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  37. Bu Bu says:

    Thank you for your message. There is no tax exemption in some countries for tithing. I will try to understand that it is challenging but it is all His anyway.

  38. Priscilla Michelle says:

    great timing to knowing about this since I just stared working for the first time