The Bible says that tithing is not required by Christians today.
The word “tithe” means “tenth” in Scripture. Tithing was made a requirement under the Mosaic Law. Prior to that, there are examples of people giving a “tenth,” but there was no commandment to do so until God gave the commandments to Moses.
Under the Mosaic Law, tithing was based on the increase of the land: “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord” (Lev 27:30), and on livestock, “every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod” (Lev 27:32). The tithe was to be paid by the land and livestock owners, not the laborers. There were many other occupations in Israel during the Mosaic Law period, like weavers, metal smiths, harvesters, fishermen, and other laborers, but they were never ordered to tithe from their income. The only payment from income was the Temple tax (Matt. 17:24).
Many modern Christian churches teach that everyone should tithe from their income. The Day of Pentecost was the start of the Christian Church that is still in existence today. The truth about giving is found in the “Church Epistles” from Romans to Revelations. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Corinthians says, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7), but Christians are never commanded to tithe in the Church Epistles.
God want us to be giving people, and Scripture says we should give:
- Liberally ( 12:8)
- Generously (2 Cor. 9:6)
- To help the poor (Rom. 15:26)
- When we see the opportunity to help others (James 2:15-16)
- To support those who minister to the Church (Phil. 4:18)
There is a principle in Scripture that “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Cor. 9:6). That means that as we give “cheerfully” and “generously,” God will reward us back in kind.
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