Tithing was never abolished. You can never find any scripture it was. The reason it was hardly mentioned in the New Testament its because it was never a controversy during their time. Christians understood that tithing is still applicable. We are not under the law anymore but tithing predates the Law. The reason when Paul mentioned tithing, he referred back to Abraham and never on the Law. The principle of giving a tenth is still carried unto the New Testament the only difference is how it was carried out today which is different during the Old Testament.
Jesus said that he came to fulfill the law. Tithing was given before the Mosaic law. Adnh68 are you against everything in the Old Testament? Should we delete the Sabbath day and make everyone work seven days a week?
The Lord created the earth and gave us many blessings. Why should we not be thankful for His gifts by giving Him a tenth. If the Kingdom of God on earth is to be built, it would be cheap of us not to not to support it with our income.
The above lame excuse about using money is ridiculous. Are we to pay in chickens etc.
The principle of giving to God does extend to the Old Testament. However, God still tells us to tithe. The Church does need money, but God still commands us to tithe. Giving according to what he has is another term for tithe, since tithe actually means one tenth. I personally think the Church would be better off if more Christians tithed.
Tithing teaches people to have concern for others and to be responsible in their religious beliefs. It does cost money to run a church and be able to help church members in trouble, but it also does give a sense of community when church members realize they have contributed money to help build another church for another parish or in another country.
At first this seems like a difficult topic to agree on, and it is. However, Churches can not offer as much without funding. The Church cannot afford to feed the poor or to spread the gospel on words alone. They need financial assistance to provide to the needy and to those without.
Tithing is a great way to teach people to always consider a portion of their income as not theirs. While tithing is actually no longer required under the new Law put into place through Jesus, it's still a really good principle for people of faith to live by and to adhere to the idea that their belongings are not their own.
Yes, the Church should teach tithing, because the Bible teaches that tithing is Christian and a good thing to do. It is also a matter of practicality for the church, because they depend on the money from tithers in order to survive. This is like any other nonprofit wanting users to contribute to operations.
The Bible is clear about honoring God by giving HIS tithes. And nowhere in the bible believers were told not to tithe. The Pharisees were reprimanded for giving tithe with wrong attitude. If God did not prohibit it, who are we to prohibit it?
Some say that we are no longer under law but under grace.True! But what is grace? Grace also means giving more than what is required. If we live under grace then we honor God by giving more than the 10% that has been required. When a believer tithe, he has not yet given anything to God. He is simply taking off his hands from what belongs to God.
Some say, we are now under the dispensation of LOVE. Yes! But how do we understand love? When the one you love asks you to bring even just one chocolate when you visit, in reality you bring two or three because you want to tell her you love her so much. Now, can we really say we really love the Lord when He says in His Word to bring the whole tithe into the storehouse and simply give him less than 10% of your income? Love is giving more than what is being asked.
We tithe not to brag God for blessings. We tithe because we simply want to HONOR Him by our OBEDIENCE.
This debate against tithing is like chasing shadows. If our church leaders have been using the tithes as ordained by God all of these arguments won't come up. Tithing is Biblical and must be taught by Church Leaders. The problem is not tithing but the extravagant and sometimes the frivolous lifestyles of the church leaders at the expense of the obedient followers. In Nigeria, despite the issue with bad leadership and corruption, we still pay tax. That is our civic duty. Why not come up with debate of eradicating tax payment because of the reckless lifestyles of some of our leaders? Stop chasing shadows. Face the reality. You cannot invent another gospel. What has been written has been written. We pray for our Political Leaders to be able to manage our resources well. So also must we pray for our Church leaders. And mind you, not all of them because God will definitely have His remnants...
Jesus said Himself in Matthew 5:17, "Don't assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill." Jesus did not come so that we can debate about whether the Old Testament Law was still valid. He came because the Law is impossible to fulfill. We are still held to the standard of the Law, but since we cannot possibly fulfill it, we have the blood of Christ to compensate. We are made perfect through Christ.
Jesus scolded the Pharisees in Matthew 23:23 about paying a tenth of spices and neglecting the "more important matters of the law - justice, mercy, and faith." Many people teach Jesus is dismissing the tithe right here, but in the rest of verse 23, Jesus clearly upholds the law. "These things should have been done without neglecting the others." In other words, justice, mercy and faith should be implemented WITH your tithe.
Jesus never waters down the law. He actually enhances it. Many times during the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, Jesus uses the phrase, "You have heard that it was said..." followed by "But I tell you..." Each instance, Jesus quotes a matter of the Law and then enhances the Law, making it more difficult to keep, not easier.
Not tithing 10% is equivalent to purposefully sinning knowing that you can be forgiven. It's taking advantage of grace. Paul addressed this attitude in Romans 6:1-2. "What should we say then? Should we continue to sin so that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it?"
God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7), but this does not mean that we should lower our standards of giving. It means that we should realize the blessing it is to give to God and give abundantly, thankfully, and cheerfully!
Rather than a legalistic demand on tithing, Christians should excel in the grace of giving as an enablement by the Holy Spirit and out of sincere love for our Lord Jesus Christ. The 10% tithes were meant for the support of the Levite priests in the Old Testament law who had no possession of land and who depended entirely on other Israelite tribes for support. It is also interesting to note that tithes in the Old Testament were mainly in the form of agricultural produce rather than in silver or gold. Most pastors in churches today, at least in the the Western world, have access to national health care, insurance and many other benefits. They also have material possession and properties just like any lay person. Thus, pastors today are not equalled to the priests in the Old Testament in as much as the system of governance in churches today are different from the Old Testament Temple. In this regard, the legalistic requirement of the 10% tithes are not required of Christians today. This however, does not by default free Christians from the freewill offerings in which they are encouraged in the New Testament to excel in. Freewill offerings should be given cheerfully, generously, and proportionately according to our abilities as we have decided in our hearts to give. The use of this fund should also be tightly regulated by the church authority in order to prevent abuses. Pastors, church elders and others who are supported by the freewill offerings should lead their lives according to the pattern in Bible following the examples of Paul and Jesus Christ. They should not accumulate wealth and live carelessly and in indulgence so as to incite the anger and suspicion of those who give and to stumble their congregations, especially new believers.
EL Tan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
At no time were first-century Christians commanded to pay tithes. The primary purpose of the tithing arrangement under the Law had been to support Israel’s temple and priesthood; consequently the obligation to pay tithes would cease when that Mosaic Law covenant came to an end as fulfilled, through Christ’s death on the stake. (Eph 2:15; Col 2:13, 14) It is true that Levitical priests continued serving at the temple in Jerusalem until it was destroyed in 70 C.E., but Christians from and after 33 C.E. became part of a new spiritual priesthood that was not supported by tithes.—Ro 6:14; Heb 7:12; 1Pe 2:9.
As Christians, they were encouraged to give support to the Christian ministry both by their own ministerial activity and by material contributions. Instead of giving fixed, specified amounts to defray congregational expenses, they were to contribute “according to what a person has,” giving “as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2Co 8:12; 9:7)
New Covenant Disciples were never instructed to tithe. There is no new covenant change from tithing agricultural resources to money. God says in Malachi 3 "so there be food in my house not money." Christ repeatedly instructed the rich not to tithe money but to sell their possessions and give to the money to the poor.
Most people over-complicate the answer to this debate with analysis, exegesis, but i've found the simple answer is that if it looks like the law, acts like the law, smells like the law, then guess what, it's the law. 10% is a standard that cannot be responsible for equally teaching both a rich person and a poor person stewardship.
A tithe does not answer the problems to either the receiver or the giver's financial situations. A church can operate without a requirement to tithe. Many churches operate their ministry today without requiring a 10% minimum. Jesus did. Paul did. How do you think many missionaries operate their ministry?
Our giving should be liberal, sacrificial, cheerful and led by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is there to convict, control, and convince us of God's will. If we do not obey, then we are neglecting the will of God.
If a pastor, missionary, or even a Sunday school teacher can launch their ministry without being enforced by a standard, then why can't others be obliged to support them financially without being placed under the burden of a minimum obligation? To me, giving is a much easier task for the Holy Spirit than asking a person to give up a part of his life to start a mission. Yet, none of us are not instituting Levitical/Priesthood laws forcing people to serve.
No. Tithing was part of the tax system in Israel under the Mosaic Law. There is no obligation for Christians to tithe to their church. Giving is encouraged, but no obligation to give a specific amount. And the rest of this is just so I have enough characters to post my answer.
This is an Old Testament function. It has no place under grace. People should be encouraged to give of their heart and self as they are able to. The idea of tithing is today tied in with guilt and law (which we are not under). There are many who simply can not afford to give in such a system, but could give as they are able and should not feel that it is required.
Show me where tithes were silver and gold (our U.S. Currency) and I'll show you that you are sadly mistaken. God never accepted a gold/silver coin as the tithe. It has always been animals and crops; that's why it's really stupid to even try to teach it as a principle.
This is that "replacement theology" crap; those teachers teach that:
Israel was replaced by the Church
The storehouse was replaced by the church (buildings)
The priests were replaced by the modern-day pastors
The tithes were replaced by silver and gold (promissory notes/dollars)
It is indefensible in both testaments. OT HOLY tithes were always only food from inside Israel and non-food-producers did not tithe. Jesus did not qualify. The post-Calvary NT does not teach tithing to teh CFhurch. Hebrews 7:5, 12, 18 annul it for church workers. NT giving is sacrificial, freewill, generous and not by commandments. I plead for dialog. Russkellyphd@yahoo.Com
You can note make a doctrine based on what is recorded before law, notice Abraham was blessed already of God before the melchsedec encounter.It does not indicate that tithe was used to support religious funtion, also why not perform animal sacrifices as they did before law, besides we are in a new and better way now, what went on before law doesn't matter it was a different dispensation, let me ask you , why do you tithe? To be blessed? You are blessed because your name is in the lambs book of life, your are forgivne, have been given eternal life etc. That's why you are blessed not titheing, so let's go to the heart of the titheing doctrine, malachi, many churches are teaching you are robbing God and cursed if you do not tithe, notice malachi was a man under law , I am not a man under law, evin Paul said though I am not under law , yes he did, .New testament teaches giving ,it's a better way, face it friend you are not free from false religious doctrine of tithes, I can produce a letter from the deciples in the book of acts that does not instruct, the converted gentiles to tithe , acts 13, ,, really ask yourself why you tithe , for some it's hell insurance, for some they believe they would be cursed and robbing god,, some Think it's mandatory to be blessed , enough for now ,
How many times have you seen a need identified around you in your life, work, family etc but you did nothing to help? But your excuse is "I pay tithe at church." Well maybe your ten percent would be much better spent by using it to helps those in your immediate environment. Giving and receiving gifts is a blessing that should be embraced and shared by loving people and your ten percent can be in many different forms, not just monetary. And one more point...Some use the argument that the church "needs" your tithes. Hmmm...So God couldn't get his work done without my money?