Tithing – Definition & Scriptures Explained From a New Testament Perspective
What does the bible say about tithing? Are Christians Still Required to Tithe?
Under The New Covenant? You Might Be Surprised at The Truth
What the Bible says about tithing in the new testament: A look at important scripture verses on tithing and offerings in the bible. Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about tithing and giving 10% back to God.
The Religious Deception: Religion teaches the idea that if you don’t give a tithe of 10% of your income to the church then you will face many dangers, including unanswered prayers, broken fellowship, and some may even go as far as to say that God will actually curse you. Religion takes Old Testament stories about Abraham and Melchizedek way out of context to make their case for a mandated tithing system in an attempt to either guilt Christians into giving or put them in fear of God’s wrath. Famous man-made lines include “it’s Gods any anyway”, “who would give less under grace than under law”, and “God will open of the windows of heaven if only you will take a leap of faith”.
The Truth From a Grace Perspective: Tithing was a matter of law and believers have been freed from law. There is not a single post-cross message telling Christians to tithe, but instead we see a new way of giving in new testament. Give from the heart. Don’t give under compulsion. Give where there is need. Yes, Abraham did give a tenth to Melchizedek before the law, but (1) it was not a commandment and (2) he didn’t tithe from his own belongings but rather from the ‘spoils of war’ – someone else’s stuff.
Tithing in Malachi
Yes, Malachi does say to bring the whole tithe into the storehouse and God will poor out a blessing, but a storehouse is a place for storing food, not money, and religion has changed the verses meaning in hopes to make you think God has a special deal to ‘pay us back’. The truth is God is not a needy God and He does not need our money to spread the gospel, and He’s not testing our faith by our tithes.
Tithing was a system that existed under law and at a time when priests did not own property or draw paychecks (unlike the modern priest). The new testament tithes we see were BEFORE the cross and therefore under the Old Covenant law, and moreover we don’t see them tithing money, but rather mint, dill, and cumin. This teaching is not saying ‘don’t give’, but rather it saying God wants you to give freely, and the fact is you can trust your new heart and God’s Spirit in you, regardless of that amount being 1% or 20%. Lastly, there are Jews and Gentiles (non Jews) and we never see a single verse whereby Gentiles were commanded to tithe. Why? Because the law was for Jewish people only. Romans 2:14 tells us “Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law.
Then why give? Though we are not under a requirement to tithe there’s is still plenty of reasons to give. Our hearts want to see the gospel of Christ taken to our communities and throughout the world. Don’t misunderstand this post as an ‘anti giving’ message. Nothing is further from the truth. So yes, DO GIVE, but don’t let a legalistic sermon guilt you to giving a ‘fixed percentage’ in hopes that it might please God. Pray. Ask God what He would have you give. It may be 3% or it may be 30%, but it won’t be a law based answer He gives you. You can trust your heart, and Christ in you to guide you.
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