As you probably know that I am not a believer of tithing and think that it is unbiblical for us as new testament
christians to be under any compulsion to do so.

But here is a thought anyway. Is giving freely harder than tithing. Why do I ask? Because if a certain percentage is not specified, then surely what you do give, or if I am more specific, HOW you give exposes more about your heart. You see, you can have a person who pays his tithes every month without fail and it still can be unacceptable to God, where on the other hand, you may have a person who gives less than 10% and it can be totally acceptable to God because he gave with the right heart and the right motives. So I would argue that it is harder to give freely from your heart than a person telling you an amount or percentage to give and I believe that this is at the heart of why God has chosen this method of giving for new testament believers rather then tithing. Its all about our hearts. How we give and our motives for giving reveals a lot about our hearts.

Your thoughts?

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Comments
  1. Kip says:

    Obviously you don’t understand the difference between “tithes” and “offerings”.
    Typical Christian…

    • Gary Arnold says:

      You are absolutely correct. Tithing is not appropriate in the Christian Church.

      The first time tithe is mentioned in the Bible is Abraham’s tithe of pagan spoils of war, and Abraham kept NOTHING for himself. This was NOT an act of worship. The goods that Abraham gave the tenth from didn’t even belong to Abraham:

      Genesis 14:21 (NIV) – The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.”

      Notice in verse 21 the king of Sodom didn’t ask Abraham if he would give back to him the people, but rather said GIVE ME the people and keep the goods for yourself. The way that is worded indicates that the king of Sodom was claiming that the people and the goods belonged to him and those he represented.

      Genesis 14:22-24 (NIV) – 22But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, and have taken an oath 23that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’ 24I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me—to Aner, Eshcol and Mamre. Let them have their share.”

      Notice in verses 23 and 24 Abraham also acknowledges that the goods belonged to the king of Sodom and those he represented.

      Therefore, it is clear that both the king of Sodom and Abraham acknowledged that the spoils of war did NOT belong to Abraham, yet he gave a tenth of the spoils to King Melchizedek. This would seem that Abraham did something wrong, if not even illegal, but Biblical historians agree that it was custom in Abraham’s day to give the king a tenth of the war spoils. Had Abraham not given the tenth, he would have gone against custom.

      Conclusion: Abraham did NOT give a tenth of his income, or his wealth. Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils of war that didn’t belong to him. That is NOT an example for Christians to follow today.

      The next mention of a tithe is Jacob’s VOW to tithe. Jacob set the conditions, not God. Nowhere in The Word does it tell us that Jacob actually tithed. Genesis 28:10-22

      Next is The Lord’s Tithe. God gave His definition as a tenth of crops and animals which came from God’s hand, not man’s income. God NEVER commanded anyone to tithe on anything that man made or earned. Leviticus 27:30-33.

      The ordinances (instructions, or laws) for The Lord’s Tithe are in Numbers 18. God gave strict orders to take His tithe to the Levites. God NEVER changed that command. Anyone who takes God’s tithe to anyone other than the Levites is being disobedient to God’s Word.

      There are others tithes in the Bible such as the Festival Tithe and the Tithe for the Poor. It is The Lord’s Tithe that churches pattern their teaching after.

      Church leaders ignore God’s definition of His tithe, and ignore God’s ordinances for His tithe. They change the words to fit their pocketbook. This is nothing but manipulation of God’s Word. They are false teachers.

      The Bible CLEARLY SHOWS that the tithe ENDED at the cross in the Book of Hebrews. In the first nine verses of Hebrews 7 the words tenth or tithes appears SEVEN TIMES. The ONLY place in the Bible, after Calvary, that tithing appears is in Hebrews 7.

      In Hebrews 7:5 we are told that Levi (the Levites) took the tithes under the law. In Hebrews 7:12 we are told that when the priesthood changes, the law will change. Hebrews 7:18 is telling us that Numbers 18 was disannulled. Numbers 18 established the Levitical priesthood, and part of that establishing included tithing. When the Levitical priesthood ended (at Calvary, or at least in the year 70AD when the temple was destroyed), all laws that established that priesthood were canceled. If Numbers 18 wasn’t canceled, we would still be under the Levitical priesthood.

      Those who argue they didn’t have money or income then really need to study the scriptures. They had money and wages, even in Genesis. The farmers had income from barter exchanges, and they had markets to buy and sell as proven in Deuteronomy 14:24-26.

      Those who argue Malachi 3:8, robbing God, need to start with verse 7. God is talking about His ordinances in Numbers 18 which we learned were disannulled according to Hebrews 7:18. Also, if you start with Malachi 1, you will see that God is speaking to the priests, not the people. The priests robbed God of the tithe (Nehemiah 13) and the priests robbed God of the offerings (Malachi 1).

  2. Alan Higgins says:

    Kip, you obviously have misunderstood the article

  3. Tymon says:

    Nope. ‘Giving freely’ has become a cliche in practical Christianity, and it is one of the pep talks that seems to encourage low giving in the Church, especially in the USA. This is not off the top of my head – the polls from Barna group and others of repute attest to that! That said, it does not mean I’m against giving freely – I just want to balance things off by pointing out that giving freely is not unique to the NT: it was first taught in the Old Testament among God’s people.

    However, if it is a matter of the HEART, there’s absolutely no difference! Both the OT and NT point to giving from the heart. God from the onset had instructed His people specifically in this manner: “bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it WILLINGLY WITH HIS HΕΑRΤ ye shall take my offering” (Exodus 25:2, KJV). I don’t find any verse that might give the idea that our giving (whether OT or NT) could be any other than from the heart.

    • Alan Higgins says:

      But there are churches out there who make people give out of compulsion and make them feel guilty if they don’t. That’s the point

  4. Tymon says:

    True, and I think that the problem of compelled giving should be squarely dealt with by and large. The giving itself is not the problem – whether in the form of alms, tithes, contributions for special needs or purposes, etc. However, while expressing concerns for the abuses in many churches, we should be careful to not present issues in a mix up.

  5. Hello Alan,
    Your comment about tithing is simple and corrrect. I was a tither for 30 years before I discovered what the real tithe was in the Bible. When it came to the push that I had to leave my church because I was seen as a threat to the bottom line, I studied tithhing. It was my first attempt to study this extensive vast subject; So I put together this presentation for people to get interested in study. Take a look, http://www.holytithe.com/TithingPresent.pdf.

  6. Chris says:

    Giving is not hard….for a christian it is merely the nature of the indwelling Spirit being manifested through us.

    We are FREE to give as WE feel led to give. There are NO dictates…..and we will all give an account to God for our personal stewardship of our lives. Let His love flow through you….and there is NO condemnation.

    If you don’t want to give…then giving under compulsion is wrong.

    If you give because you have been manipulated this too is wrong….you need to purpose what to give.

    We are either FREE as Jesus says….or we are not.

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