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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