Tithing / Did Jesus and His Apostles Teach Tithing?

Money Tithing Plate

Have you ever noticed that your tithing has not produced the financial abundance that your church said that it would?

Are you ignorantly operating in a system that was nailed to the cross? (Colossians 2:14)

“Does the New Testament teach Christians to tithe – Yes or No?”

The answers may surprise you!

Many Christians struggle with the issue of tithing.  In some modern day churches tithing is over-emphasized.  At the same time, many Christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the Lord.  Giving is intended to be a joy and a blessing.  Sadly, that is sometimes not the case in the church today.

Tithing is an Old Testament concept.  The tithe was a requirement of the “Law of Moses” in which all Israelites were to give 10 percent of their livestock and produce to the Tabernacle/Temple [One Temple as opposed to the many we see today.] (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5).  In fact, the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes which would have pushed the total to around 23.3 percent, not the 10 percent which is generally considered the tithe amount today.  We need to understand that the Old Testament tithe (The tithes of the Law of Moses) was a method of taxation to provide for the needs of the priests and Levites in the sacrificial system because these men had no inheritance in the land. 

The New Testament nowhere commands, or even recommends, that Christians submit to Moses’ legalistic tithing system. Paul states that born again believers should set aside a non-specific portion of their income in order to support the “church” i.e. the fellowship of born again saints, ministers and apostles (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).

The New Testament nowhere designates a percentage of income a person should set aside, but only says it is to be “in keeping with income” (1 Corinthians 16:2).  

Some in the Christian churches have taken the 10 percent figure from the Old Testament tithing system and erroneously applied it as a “recommended minimum giving requirement” for all Christians.

The New Testament talks about the importance and benefits of giving. We are to give as we are able.  Sometimes that means giving more than 10 percent; sometimes that may mean giving less.  It all depends on the ability of the Christian and the needs of the saints in the Body of Christ.  Every Christian should diligently pray and seek God’s wisdom in the matter of how much to give (James 1:5).  Above all, offerings should be given with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the Body of Christ.  “Each person should give what he/she has decided in their heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Godly giving is a matter of the soul and not of percentages.

Another Christian principle of giving that is often overlooked by the modern day churches is secrete giving.  Most churches keep a running ledger as to who gave and how much they gave.  They use this information for various reasons some of which are not honorable nor holy.

However, God gave us a commandment to follow when giving. He said:

Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. (Matthew 6:4)

Give in accordance with God’s way and He will honor your gift.

May The LORD be Glorified.  

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10 responses

  1. I know that this is controversial and goes against the mainstream Christian belief system. However, I don’t believe in the mainstream Christian belief system. I believe in God’s Holy Ever-living Word.

    I will retract the above commentary if anyone can provide me with one New Testament Scripture verse that says that Christ and His Apostles advocated for tithing.

    Keep Looking Up!

    • I tithe not because I am under the law but rather for sake of the believers I have been sent to. I believe it was Paul who said,” to give customs who customs are due.” That if it is customary to give in the church I go to that I should not get caught up in indisputable matters. I believe that God (the Holy Spirit) will bring to light that they are making profit of the oppression of the people through religion. Similarly how a drug dealer makes money off of the oppression of the addict. But God, who is rich in mercy, shows us His lovingkindness in order to bring us into His light! That’s what is important; that we allow Christ’s love to enter our hearts then, there will be no need to tell the people to give because, they will give cheerfully from an obedient heart to our creator!

  2. I’ll add one to this. If anyone tries to bind tithing on you, then they are a debtor to the whole law (Old Testament Law). According to Paul in Galatians 5, if you bind any of the Old Law (seeing as it has been done away with) then you have fallen from the grace of Christ (Galatians 5:4). Paul uses circumcision as an example, but all of the Old Law is what he means. The question then is, if you bind and keep tithing, have you been to Jerusalem to worship? Have you sacrificed an animal lately? If not, why not? You must bind all the law if you are to bind any of it. Give as you have been prospered is New Testament giving (1 Corinthians 16:1-2)!

  3. I know this post was a while back..I have a a thought or two I’d like to hear your thoughts.

    It’s my understanding that the temple is a pattern or the spiritual that is in heaven.
    So, I’ve been looking at the tithe as a pattern and have been seeking to understand what it was a pattern of.

    It seems as if the Levites, who did not receive land as an inheritance from the Lord was provided for by the people at large. They were given a tithe from the people as well as town and lands surrounding the towns for their livestock. Now it seems the Levites were to work in the temple just as believers are living stones ( we are the temple) who are called to employ ( work) our gifts in service one to another. So we would be as the Levites. It keeps coming to my mind that in the end times there will be a transfer of wealth to establish the Kingdom. That the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous and that we are given the power to create wealth to establish the KIngdom in the world.

    Now the levites were to give a tithe to Aaron as the high priest. Now, Christ is our high priest. So how do we in this day and time give to Him? He said whatever you do unto the least of these you have done unto me. So therefore whenever we give to the least of these we are giving to the High Priest.

    Now there is also another offering that was to be given every 3 years, I believe. It was much less and was stored up for the levite, alien, widow and orphans that they could take from it when needed. Which to me is also giving food to the least of these as well as the worker in the temple.I know that we are also told not to muzzle out the ox while he is threshing and I think it was Timothy that Paul told the laborer is worthy of his wages.

    I’m not sure that I’m remembering all tithes, offerings , so please feel free to add to what I have left out.

    Paul taught that giving was by way of equality. One person meeting someone’s want with their abundance that at another time the ones who received the gift might have abundance for someone else’s need.

    I know that I have rambled on.. but what I’m trying to say is.. If we are stewards of all of that God has given us then aren’t we to steward the fullness of what He has put in our hands. If I were to give you a bushel of cucumbers and asked you to watch over it and increase my assets for me.. would you give me a 10th back? If I already owned all the cucumbers on the earth? Why would i need it back? I would want you to take and trade with those cucumbers and make me more than what I gave you.. I would want you to use it the best way to be about my business. That may look like feeding the kids down the road who have no food. It may look like selling some to help support the one who is laboring in your fields..it may look like handing some out to the one who is begging for food down near Walmart.. and It might mean selling it all to pay off your debt so that you can give to all of these places. The idea is to get an increase on what has been put into your hands with the goal of using it to establish His kingdom in the world.

    I don’t see where tithing plays into this.. I believe we are to honor God with our firstfruits and from our wealth. Honoring God means obeying the next thing that He tells us to do. For some it’s to pay off debt, as we are commanded to owe nothing to anyone but the love of the brethren. For another it may mean giving a tremendous amount to ministries or the poor, For some this giving will be a constant way of doing things, especially if God has placed the gift of giving in them. For others it may be less frequently. It seems as if tithing to receive back… eeks of works.. God has given us everytihing we have..it all comes from Him…don’t we give back by stewarding everything He has given us for His glory?

    Please feel free to speak to this. Have a blessed day!

    • Good Day and Praise the Lord.

      Dear Missy Berry:

      Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment.


      It appears to me that you have begun to see the true nature and Spirit of giving that comes from being born again (Acts 2:38) and filled with the Spirit of the supreme giver.

      I wouldn’t add anything to what I have already said in my post on tithing except that the Spiritual Storehouses of the Lord – where the tithes really belongs – are not made of brick, mortar, iron or clay but of flesh and blood. It belongs to those who have been born of the Water and of the Spirit, those who God have Called, Sent, Anointed and Appointed to Work in His Temple – The Body of Christ – as laboring in Word and Doctrine. (Ref. Galatians 6:6)

      “In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.” (1 Corinthians 9:14)

      Of course, this revelation is spiritually discerned from Holy Scripture but I maintain that it is consistent with the teachings and practices of the Apostles of Christ.

      Be blessed and keep looking up!

      ~Bishop O.W. Prince

    • I agree! Although, I do tithe at my church because it is customary for them. I do this in hopes of bringing them into Christ’s law of love. That if the love of Christ is in them that they will give due to their love for God our Father! Remember, Christ came to fulfill the law, not do away with it. Love fulfills His law because, if we see a need we won’t be negligent to that need but rather fulfill it as we are able! Thanks for your post!! Very, very good!!!

  4. Should Christians order their lives to minimize taxes owed to the “kingdoms” of this world? While civil government is ordained of God and is entitled to be supported financially in its ministry to “punish the doers of evil” and to “praise the doers of righteousness,” much of the taxes collected goes to finance wickedness and depravity.
    One of their own (he was a political “Liberal”), Learned Hand:
    “Any one may so arrange his affairs that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which will best pay the Treasury; there is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes.”
    Gregory v. Helvering, 69 F.2d 809, 810 (2d Cir. 1934)

    “There is nothing sinister in so arranging one’s affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everybody does so, rich or poor; and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands: taxes are enforced exactions, not voluntary contributions. To demand more in the name of morals is mere cant.”
    Commissioner v. Newman, 159 F.2d 848, 851 (2d Cir. 1947) – dissenting opinion

    By carelessly allowing one’s tax liability to be higher than can be helped, one becomes a voluntary party to whatever is funded with excess taxes.

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