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, and so we receive donations and offerings but not tithes.
God says in Malachi 3:10, “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, and Pastor Prince’s heart is for local churches to be supported and not be shortchanged with respect to the tithe.
However, if you are not yet part of a local church and are looking for a digital church to attend, we would like to share that the ministry launched Grace Revolution Church (GRC) Online in the spring of 2021 with the purpose of providing an online, grace-based community for believers living in the US and Canada. If you would like to join GRC Online for its online church services and make it your online church, you may choose to tithe digitally to GRC Online.
We believe that God desires 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, our first priority and recommendation is for you to continue looking for and attend a local church regularly. The GRC Online option is to serve those who are currently unable to find a local church in the area where they live.
We also believe that tithing is something we do 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 four 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 20). 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).
Last, because tithing is such a personal matter of worship, we encourage you to take the decision about your tithe to the Lord and allow Him to direct you regarding where you tithe. Alternatively, you may wish to consider making a donation or an offering to the ministry to support the preaching of the gospel.
If you wish to do so, please visit the Donate page on our ministry website.