The Weekend Question: Tithing

When I had originally began this blog I had began posting a series of posts called “The Weekend Question” where I wanted to hear the opinion from my readers as well as strike some discussion on various biblical topics. I thought that I would begin this again. Please feel free to take the poll and leave a comment if you’d like to elaborate on your answer.

The first topic of discussion is on the subject of tithing.

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One thought on “The Weekend Question: Tithing

  1. I wrote a four part series on my blog on this subject; I would like to share a few points here. Jesus “redeemed us from the curse of the law” and the Word also declares that the law was “nailed to the cross.” Tithing is levitical law; if you’re a Christian, you are not supposed to be living according to the oldness of the letter, but through the newness of the Spirit. The New Covenant secured for us through Jesus’ blood changed everything. Being led by the Spirit in one’s giving is much more effective than adhering to a rigid system in this area of our lives, and is biblical from a New Covenant perspective.

    Tithing as it is typically taught in the church doesn’t require any relationship with God; it requires no listening to God’s voice. We give because we are told that this is what “God requires” if we expect to be blessed. And if we don’t, we are opening the door for the “devourer” to wreak havoc on our finances, and we are actually “Robbing God.” (Malachi 3).

    Malachi 3 is one of the most poorly taught and abused scriptures in the Church. We are not jews, we live not under the Old Covenant. Through Jesus, we are called to live by grace through faith…..hear from God, and do what He says. No where in the New Covenant is tithing taught. Only those who teach the scriptures inaccurately and out of context say otherwise.

    In closing, even under the Old Covenant, there were 3 required levitical tithes (the Lord’s tithe, the festival tithe, and the poor tithe) that were given, which amounted to around 25% of one’s provision if one were to calculate it. Who ever came up with just 10%? My point is simply this: those who claim, “if you don’t tithe, you’re robbing God” are actually thieves and robbers themselves according to their own theology. If your going to keep the law, you must keep the whole law; you can’t arbitrarily choose what to follow or what not to follow… We should be celebrating the fact that we are no longer under law, but grace, and generously and cheerfully scatter our financial seed through the leading of the Spirit, whether it be a missionary, your friend in need, a local ministry in your city, your church…… it’s wide open. God will impress on our hearts where to give, where it’s needed……

    Blessings to you, my friend.

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