I have visited many local churches, but have not felt any desire to attend or join one as my home church. Can I tithe to Joseph Prince Ministries?
Joseph Prince Ministries, Inc. is a broadcast ministry and not a church, hence we do not receive nor accept any tithes. In Malachi 3:10, God says, "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house". We believe that the “storehouse” mentioned here refers to the local church or a church in the area where you live. In the natural, the storehouse holds the grain that the people feed on. Similarly, the local church is the place believers go to to feed on and be nourished by the Word of God. Hence, we believe that we are to bring our tithes to the local church.
We believe that it is the heart of God for every believer to find, belong to and thrive in a community where they hear and are encouraged through the preaching and teaching of the Word (Hebrews 10:25). As such, we encourage you to continue looking for, and to attend, a local church.
Additionally, we believe that tithing must be done out of a revelation. The Bible tells us that God gave up His only begotten Son, Jesus, for us, and with Him, God has also freely given us all things (Romans 8:32). When we understand that God is the source of all our provision, and that Jesus is the reason we are blessed, tithing becomes our response of worship. As we tithe out of such a revelation, our tithes honor our Lord Jesus and testify that He is alive today (Hebrews 7:8). Such a revelation also enables us to tithe "not grudgingly or [out of a sense] of necessity (compulsion)", but as the cheerful giver that God loves (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Tithing was first mentioned in Genesis 14:18–20 when Abram gave a tithe to Melchizedek, the king of Salem and priest of God Most High. Abram had just returned victorious in a battle with five kings and through his tithe, was acknowledging God as the one who had given him the victory and the spoils in that battle. This happened way before the law was given through Moses at Mount Sinai (Exodus 34). Thus, tithing did not begin as an old covenant law.
Today, we tithe not to keep an old covenant law or tradition. We also do not tithe out of fear. Neither do we tithe to be blessed. We tithe because we know that we are already blessed through Christ's sacrifice for us (2 Corinthians 8:9).