Ask Your Preacher
Currently, I am not attending a church. I stay in my Bible and study The Word as much as possible. I love learning about the Lord and am excited about my journey with Him for the rest of my life! My question is: are there other ways to tithe my money other than giving to a church? I listen to a Christian radio station daily and would love to send an offering, but from what I have been told, this is not tithing. What about giving to the Salvation Army or another Christian organization? Please help!
A Generous Heart
Dear A Generous Heart,
It is a common misconception that studying our Bible at home is a replacement for attending services. Heb 10:24-25 states that forsaking the assembly is a sin and that without the church, we won’t be the kind of people that we ought to be because the church provokes us to love and good works. It is an admirable thing that you want to give, and it is an admirable thing that you faithfully study your Bible. Now is a great time to fulfill even more commands by finding a faithful church and doing what every New Testament Christian did – become an active member. We’d be happy to help you find a congregation in your area that is faithful to the Word in every way. If we can help, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our preacher says that not attending church is a sin and that you are NOT able to worship Him without going. Am I not always in His presence and can worship and praise Him anywhere? Thank you.
Worship Where I Want
Dear Worship Where I Want,
You can worship God on your own, but the Bible commands that we shouldn’t forsake the assembly (Heb 10:24-25). God designed the church, so each individual would be strengthened by the power of the whole (Eph 4:16). God never wanted Christians to try and serve Him without the support of a local church; that is why He commanded the church to assemble. It is impossible to do God’s work without being a part of a local church.