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Five Reasons to Tithe

Posted on January 24, 2011

Some Christians decry tithing as Old Testament legalism that has been superseded by our freedom in Christ. You can tell them that they’re right: Christ frees us to give MUCH MORE than 10 percent. (That will get their attention.) But there are good reasons to make tithing a spiritual practice. (Photo by mtsofan, used by Creative Commons license. Thanks!)

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  1. The only correct biblical definition of HOLY tithes is FOOD from inside Israel which God has mirculously increased. Period. Therefore nobbody can tithe today. Yes, we can give sacrificially and, yes, that means more than 10% for some. But it also means less than 10% for ohers. 2 Cor 8:12-15

  2. NO ONE, absolutely NO ONE pays the Biblical tithe today.

    Leviticus 27:30-33, Numbers 18: The First Tithe – a tenth of crops and animals and commanded to take the tithe to the Levites.

    Deuteronomy 14:22-27: The Second Tithe aka The Festival Tithe – a tenth of crops, plus add to that the firstborn animals, and take for the yearly feast.

    Deuteronomy 14:28-29: The Third Tithe aka The Three-Year Tithe aka The Poor Tithe – a tenth of crops, kept at home, and invite the Levites, widows, orphans, stranger to eat.

    Now, tell me. Which of the above three tithes commanded by God does anyone follow today?

    The ONLY people in the Old Testament that were commanded to tithe were those who INHERITED THE PROMISED LAND WITH EVERYTHING ON IT. They got the land, house, animals, crops, etc. ALL FREE AND CLEAR. No mortgage payment or rent to pay. And THEY were commanded to tithe on the crops and animals and take it to the Levites who INHERITED the tithe INSTEAD OF the promised land with everything on it. No one else tithed. Wage earners did not tithe. Jesus didn’t tithe. Paul didn’t tithe. Peter didn’t tithe.

    HOW CAN YOU COMPARE THAT WITH CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE TO PAY THEIR MORTGAGE PAYMENT OR RENT, INCOME TAXES, PROPERTY TAXES, SALES TAXES, ETC?

    There is no way to justify making some “principle” out of the Biblical facts and then apply it to Christians today. It is just flat out wrong and makes no sense at all.

    There is no scripture to show that Jacob ever gave a tenth of anything. He made a vow, putting conditions on God to meet. Is that what you believe tithing is all about?

    Tithing ended when the Levitical priesthood ended according to Hebrews 7:5,12,18.

  3. Hi Gary. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. It’s absolutely true that tithing, as a “law” or any sort of requirement is totally out the window. But many churches suggest 10 percent as a goal, a benchmark, a standard for generous giving that has scriptural basis. It’s not a perfect fit, as you correctly point out, but neither is it promoted by churches as a law or requirement.

  4. Hi Russell. I agree that to whom much material wealth is given, more is expected. As pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church I serve, I lift up 10 percent as a suggested goal, stating up front that for many families it is neither possible or responsible for them to give so generously, though for others it may be minimum amount. But what they give — and many of my members give nothing at all — is immaterial to their status as a church member or a child of god.

  5. Tithing is a principle set in the Old Testament. Anything that God has set to be, sets forth an order for man to follow to guide him. It is not a matter of the land, money, or time, it is a matter of our
    hearts trusting God and our lives displaying His love by our obedience to His Word. He always gives to us, why do we have an issue with giving back to Him? As believers we should know better and do better.

  6. Good question, Lexis! I liked this article because it reminds us that 10% is not the end-all-be-all of our stewardship. In grateful response to God’s abundance we can and should give even more generously. After all, we delude ourselves if we think any of it really belongs to us anyway. Thanks for stopping in!

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