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Hello, I’m the Rev. Ortiz and this is the study: Tithe Testimony.
Some viewers have commented about how God has met their financial needs when they tithed their income. Their testimonies also include the financial struggles they endured whenever they failed to tithe. They end by asking me, “How can you explain the blessings I’ve received through tithing?”
I want to start by thanking everyone that has expressed concerns over my lessons on non-tithing. Your input is very valuable to me. If it wasn’t for your comments I would never have prepared studies like this one. In appreciation I want to give you a tithe testimony of my own. But before I do, I’ll answer your question. So let’s go over why cash-tithing appears to work at times.
Simply stated, the Bible says, “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.” This Scripture is not limited to a percentage of income, so when you give, regardless of the measure, God’s promise goes into effect. So what might appear to be tithe related is really the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise in Luke 6:38.
In addition to this, I must mention that most cash-tithing does not end well. The fact that some folks are testifying about how they miraculously managed to pay their bills after tithing indicates that income tithing is a burden; because if it wasn’t a burden no one would testify about it. No one testifies about common every day occurrences. People testify after they have struggled with an illness, or a marital problem, or (as in the case of the cash-tithe) after they’ve suffered through financial burdens.
Money-loving ministers know that cash-tithing is a burden, [1st Thessalonians 2:9] so they tell us we must pay 10% of our income, and then have faith that God will supply our needs. But that’s the equivalent of jumping off a cliff and expecting God to come to our rescue. Jesus said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” Matthew 4:7. If we have the money to pay our bills in our hands, then it’s not a matter of faith, because God has already provided for our needs. We cannot give it to a money-loving minister and then expect God to give us more money. That’s not how faith works.
To all the tithe burdened folks out there God says in 2nd Corinthians 9:7, “let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not… of necessity.” (NKJV) You’re helping no one when instead of paying your bills you increase the needs of the church by giving 10% of your income to the wrong person. God’s Word is clear on this, “Let no debt remain outstanding.” Romans 13:8a.
That aside, here’s my tithe testimony…
I was raised in the South Bronx. I’m the son of immigrant parents. My father was a factory worker; my mother was a stay at home mom with ten children, and I was a middle child. Even though we relied on welfare to supplement our father’s meager income, there were days in which our meals consisted of oatmeal because that’s all we could afford. Back when I was a little boy, some considered the South Bronx to be the poorest place in America. I got my first job at the tender age of 8. And by age 16 I was living on my own. This is the burden part of my testimony. I was raised in poverty.
Let’s fast forward to today. Now I’m not about to tell you how old I am, but I will say that I am well over 50 years old. And not just do I not tithe, but for years I have taught thousands of Christians around the world that they don’t need to tithe. Let’s put this into perspective. Money-loving ministers are saying that if we don’t pay our tithes we will be “cursed with a curse.” And here I am boldly teaching millions of Christians that they don’t need to tithe and I don’t tithe. Therefore, if what money-loving ministers are saying is true, then out of all the people in the world I should be the one with the greatest curse. If the “cursed with a curse” is applicable to Christians and their income, I should be bankrupted.
And yet God has supplied all my needs. I owe nothing to anyone. My wife and children want for nothing. We’re going on two decades now of being a one salary family. We have never received any kind of support from friends or relatives. We have no mommy or daddy to run to in times of need. We don’t use credit. Our bills are paid on time. We have never received a past due notice. ALL our needs are well covered, and we have funds to spare. We’re counting our blessings. “My cup runneth over!” Psalm 23:5.
So now I ask, how can we explain my financial blessings in light of my actions against cash-tithing?
My financial success proves that the cash-tithe is a scam created by money-loving ministers to exploit God’s children.
Unlike money-loving ministers, I have nothing to gain or lose by telling you the truth. They, on the other hand, want to hide the truth from you because they want your money. But I’ve been preaching the Gospel of my Lord Jesus Christ free of charge since I was 15 years old.
Up to date, millions of minds have been poisoned with the cash-tithe lie. The kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it, Matthew 11:12b. Money-loving ministers love your money; not you. That’s why they get all upset when I upload videos that expose their scams. Therefore, Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. 2nd Corinthians 6:17a.
Take a step of faith. Dare yourself to trust in God’s written Word, and the Word of truth will set you free.
If God’s Spirit has touched your heart through this testimony, please share it with others. So that they too can be set free.
Thank you for listening. Until next time, God bless you.