Okay...I know the preachers in here may go off on me but I am personally tired of being beat over the head by otherwise solid men of God who use this passage to impose tithing on the church in the present age of grace and slam their people as being God robbers from the pulpit.I love my own pastor dearly but I do disagree with him on this.For years I just accepted what I was told on that subject and tried my best to faithfully tithe....even bounced checks trying to do it. In another thread in this forum I posted a subject seeking the rules of proper biblical interpretation.One of those issues is definitely "context" and this passage,if I read my bible correctly,is specifically addressed to the nation of Israel..right or wrong????Comments on this????As a matter of fact,Malachi himself clearly establishes this in the very first verse of the very first chapter of the book when he says,"The burden of the word of the Lord[TO ISRAEL](emphasis mine)by Malachi." I will state for the record that I no longer practice storehouse tithing as taught and preached on by probably the majority of Baptist preachers today.It grieves me somewhat to hear people put under and Old Testament curse(vs.9) when we should not be.I believe that we are under a higher principle in the New Testament dispensation...and that is that we have been "bought with a price...."Everything that we have belongs to God.While I don't believe in "tithing" I do believe and I do practice that we should seek to glorify God in all we do and give as much as possible to futher the work of God in our day and age.The local church is NOT a biblical "storehouse" in the old testament sense.I do believe that as God prospers me(and you) we should support the ministries of our local church with our time and our money and also support whatever our works of God he directs us to support.He OWNS 100% of us.We should prayerfully give as He directs us.We will be held accountable for it at the Judgement Seat of Christ. I just don't think preachers should legalistically put their "flocks" under an Old Testament curse to "fund" the church today.To do that jerks that whole passage out of the "context" in which it was given.JMHO To quote what I have told my own preacher...and I mean it sincerely from the heart...I WANT to give...generously...I just wish I had MORE so I could do that.I think it is wrong to not meet the needs of your family or your financial obligations in order to "obey" the law of the tithe in this dispensation.The balance to that is that God does indeed own it ALL...it is His...so we should be wise and good stewards of that which God gives us. Greg Sr.