COMMITMENT

Tithe and the Storehouse: E. G. White

Ellen White viewed tithe as holy and belonging to God. “ʻBring ye all the tithes into the storehouse’ (Mal. 3:10, NKJV), is God's command. No appeal is made to gratitude or to generosity. This is a matter of simple honesty. The tithe is the Lord's; and He bids us return to Him that which is His own” (Education, p. 139).



Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord God….The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God

Ex 23:17,19, NKJV

In

complete harmony with the biblical mandate to support the church workers with

the tithe (see Num. 18:21, 24) from a central storehouse (see Deut. 12:5-14),

Ellen White counseled, “The time has come when the tithes and offerings

belonging to the Lord are to be used in accomplishing a decided work. They are to be brought into the

treasury to be used in an orderly way to sustain the gospel laborers in their

work…(Mal. 3: 10 quoted)” (Manuscript

Release,
Vol. 19, p. 376).



Central Storehouse Principle

“Three

times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord God….The first of

the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the Lord your

God” (Ex 23:17,19, NKJV). The three times God’s people were to

appear in person at the Lord’s house were at the Passover, Pentecost, and the

Feast of Tabernacles. In

commenting on this Ellen White stated: “Anciently the Lord instructed His

people to assemble three times a year for His worship. To these holy convocations

the children of Israel came, bringing to the house of God their tithes, their

sin offerings, and their offerings of gratitude” (Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 6, p. 39). “By thus assembling and bringing their tithes into the

treasury, they ever acknowledged the Lord to be the giver of all their

blessings. The children of Israel are our ensamples, that while we should

imitate their faithfulness and virtues, we should shun those sins which brought

the displeasure of God upon them” (Review and Herald, July 10,

1879).



One

of the most comprehensive storehouse references from Ellen White’s writings

contains four names for the storehouse in one paragraph thus helping to focus

on the place to which God wants the tithe to be returned.



If all the tithes of our people flowed into the treasury of the Lord as they should, such blessings would be received that gifts and offerings for sacred purposes would be multiplied tenfold [1000%], and thus the channel between God and man would be kept open.”

Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 4, p. 474

“In

the last days of the old year shall we not make our account right with God by

bringing all the tithes into His storehouse? Will any venture longer to rob God in

tithes and offerings? In the

coming holidays, let our gifts be not to one another, but to the house of God, ʻthat there may,’ He says, ʻbe meat in mine house.’ In place of spending our

time and means in getting up something to surprise and gratify our friends,

shall we not turn all our offerings into God’s treasury?” (Review and Herald, December 8, 1896. Emphasis supplied).



What

a unique paragraph. “His

storehouse,” “the house of God,” “mine house,” and “God’s treasury,” are used

interchangeably. Apparently, they

are one and the same. The storehouse is the place from which the pastors are

paid.



Blessings Will Follow Faithful Tithing

“If

all the tithes of our people flowed into the treasury of the Lord as they

should, such blessings would be received that gifts and offerings for sacred

purposes would be multiplied tenfold [1000%], and thus the channel between God

and man would be kept open.” (Testimonies for the Church,

Vol. 4, p. 474).

From

Ellen White's perspective, one of the major reasons for church organization was

so that there could be a qualified and paid ministerial force to carry on the

work of church leadership. Tithe

was to be returned to God's treasury so that the ministry could be supported

and also to provide for a reserve fund to add additional workers when the

providence of God opened new fields (Testimonies to Ministers,

p. 26 and Testimonies for the

Church,
Vol. 9, pp. 249, 250).



For

a concise summary of Ellen White’s counsel on the use of tithe see Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 9, pp. 245-251.

Edward Reid
Elder G. Edward Reid is the former Stewardship Director of the North

American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. He is currently an Assistant to the

President of Adventist World Radio for Planned Giving. He is an ordained

minister and licensed attorney. He is certified as a teacher and counselor by

Crown Financial Ministries and by the Christian Stewardship Association

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