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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
Pro-tithing arguments are predominantly based on emotional presuppositions. There is no scriptural mandate for Christian Tithing. It is not a biblical practice. No passages exist teaching Christians to tithe, or showing Christians tithing. Nor is there an example of Jesus tithing, or an Apostle tithing, even while they were under the Old Covenant. Christian tithing is abusive and used by the Institutional Church to manipulate members to give more. Protect yourself against false doctrine and spiritual abuse, and stay as close to scripture as possible. This glorifies God and protects the Gospel as handed down from the Apostles.
If one wants to live by the Spirit, one has to submit every aspect of life to the Holy Spirit including giving. Let the Spirit guide you in what to give, when, how and to who.
Furthermore, if a principle is valid it should be able to be applied by a variety of people no matter the age, race, social condition etc. for example, can a child be saved at a very young age, yes. Can a child pay 10 % of an income, no. Yet can a child be taught and contribute to the principle of giving, yes.
Giving goes far beyond money it includes, time, love, talents, food, advice, etc.
It is the principle of giving that should be honored as the Bible teaches us in 2 Corinthians 9.
What I have seen since I came to Jesus by His grace is that many pastors know the truth about tithing but they don't want to discuss the topic because they may affect their income. But that is not fair because they are not preaching the truth and the church is THE PILLAR AND FOUNDATION OF THE TRUTH. 1Tim. 3:15.