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 grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.