To Tithe or Not to Tithe, That is the Question
Tithing, the practice of giving a tenth of one’s income or produce to a religious organization, is a controversial topic within Christianity. While tithing has a long history dating back to ancient civilizations, its modern interpretation and application within the Christian faith has been the subject of debate and disagreement.
One argument against tithing is that it is not explicitly required in the New Testament, which serves as the foundation of Christian beliefs for many denominations. In the Old Testament, tithing was a practice that was commanded by God and was seen as a way for the Israelites to demonstrate their faith and devotion to God. However, in the New Testament, there is no explicit commandment to tithe.
Instead, the New Testament emphasizes the importance of giving generously and sacrificially, but does not prescribe a specific percentage or amount. In 2 Corinthians 9:7, Paul writes, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” This passage suggests that the motivation and intention behind one’s giving is more important than the amount given.
Another argument against tithing is that it can create a burden for those who are struggling financially. Tithing can be a significant financial commitment, especially for those living on a fixed income or those who are struggling to make ends meet. This can lead to feelings of guilt or shame for those who are unable to tithe, and may even discourage them from participating in the church community.
Furthermore, the practice of tithing has often been used as a means of financial coercion or manipulation within certain religious organizations. Some churches and pastors have been accused of using tithing as a means of financial gain, rather than as a way to support the needs of the church and its members. This can create a sense of distrust and resentment within the church community and can undermine the message of generosity and selflessness that is at the heart of Christian giving.
In conclusion, while tithing may have had a place in the Old Testament, it is not a biblical requirement for Christians today. The New Testament emphasizes the importance of giving generously and sacrificially, but does not prescribe a specific percentage or amount. It is ultimately up to each individual to determine how they can best support their church and their community in a way that aligns with their personal beliefs and financial circumstances.
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Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar was raised in a church setting where he frequently noticed that many attendees would eventually drift away. The church labeled these individuals as ‘back sliders’ or ‘fake Christians’ just looking for ‘fire insurance’. However, Mike realized the issue was rarely with these individuals but instead with the church’s message itself. The teachings heavily emphasized behavior improvement and one’s flaws, with only a fleeting mention of one’s identity in Christ. It felt as though every sermon was tailored to the church of Corinth, who as we know or committing sins that even unbelievers don’t partake in. This trend was noticeable not just in one denomination, but across Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, and many other churches. Upon understanding the true essence of the gospel – that our righteousness comes from Jesus’ actions, not our own – Mike was inspired to liberate believers from lifeless sermons and reconnect them with the genuine teachings of Jesus. He believes that one can nurture a vibrant and growing bond with Jesus, unhindered by rigid religious practices. And thus, “Jesus Without Religion” was born.
It turns out that it is grace that leads to repentance. And if our heart is to get others to walk in the Spirit and live a godly life, then the best approach is not a beat down sermon, but rather to remind other that it is only when we understand our true identity in Christ that we will live it out. Yes, it’s true, if you’re convinced that God thinks you’re a dirty sinner, you will ultimately continue a lifestyle that mirrors that view, but if you truly believe that even on your worst day, you are called holy, sanctified, justified, and will be presented blameless in the end, well, it turns out this is the secret to living out on the outside what has been worked in to the inside.