Generous Giving: The Trouble with Tithing


Dear Fellow Investors and Friends,

In a book written by my coworker, Guy Burgo, entitled, Free to Give as God Intended, I recently read the following: “…the tendency of our human nature is to assume that if 10% belongs to God, the rest belongs to us. I think this line of thinking can really hinder generosity.” I had not considered this point before, at least not in this way, but I have to say I agree.

This subtle notion has lurked in my past thinking. It’s not that I haven’t given more or less than 10% over the years, but there have been times when my giving target tempted me to declare “mission accomplished.” This leads me away from the truth that God owns 100%.

I am not saying that it is wrong to have giving goals, and I’m not debating the tithe and the surrounding theological arguments; I’m just saying that it is important for us to start with the fact that 100% is God’s, and then determine what God wants us to do with it.

It is so clear in Scripture that everything we can see, touch, and perceive, as well as everything we can’t, belongs to Him: the animals of the forest, all the gold and silver, the mountain peaks, the cattle on a thousand hills, the insects of the fields, the seas that He made, the sparrows, and even the hairs on our heads. They are all in His inventory.

Thank you for seeing the value of investing part of the 100% that He’s entrusted to you in ADF. In addition to your giving to the Alliance, your church, and other worthy places, your savings and investments are building Alliance churches where lives are being transformed and your Kingdom Return on Investment (KROI) is enhanced.

Please share your thoughts by contacting me at They are always welcome.

Lawrence L. McCooey, CPA, PFS, CGMA President

Lawrence L. McCooey, CPA, PFS, CGMA

Larry McCooey