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Tithing Scriptures: What the Bible Says About Tithing

Finding and Understanding Tithing Scripture

Discover what Bible scripture says about tithing and how it can change your life.

Discover what Bible scripture says about tithing and how it can change your life.

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Tithing Scriptures in the Bible

From one end of the pew to the other, the gold-plated collection plate is passed as its lustrous surface scatters light along the ceiling and walls.

The act of tithing, as such collections are called in the church, is one of the most questioned practices in Christian living; however, tithing scriptures in the Bible tell us it is one of the greatest acts of obedience a Christian can practice.

The purpose of tithing, found in Deuteronomy 14:22-23 (NLT), is made clear: to “teach you always to fear the Lord your God.” By practicing good tithing habits, scripture tells us we are showing God our desire to put him first place in our lives.

In Deuteronomy, Christians are directed to not only give ten percent of their income, but to give their first and their best. This means Christians should strive to not only pay or take out tithes upon receiving your paycheck, but to always put God above your bills and other responsibilities.

While tithing scripture lays out the foundation for why the tithe is an important part of obedience, a struggling economy or other interests can tempt us with fear or greed to skip the tithe.

Writing from Macedonia to encourage the Corinthians to solve internal struggles, Paul defended the collection of tithes in scripture, saying, “Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly,” (2 Corinthians 8:12, NLT).

Paul points out a family’s needs should not be affected by tithing, but rather, each person should give in proportion to what they have been given (2 Corinthians 9:10) while giving as much as they are able to (2 Corinthians 8:12, 9:16).

2 Corinthians also contains two other important factors in which Christians are encouraged to measure their giving against, including following through on previous financial promises (8:10), such as pledges to ministries not met; and to give according to what your own heart and mind tell you is right.

The latter factor is an important one, as church debate and debate among other Christians on tithing can create pressure on a person to pay more, thinking they won’t see the blessings or favor of God without increasing their tithe.

These feelings of fear or unnecessary pressure are the works of the enemy; don’t listen and instead, do as Paul outlines in 2 Corinthians 9:7:

“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

Finally, tithing scripture even outlines directions in measuring whether or not the ministry you are tithing into is the right place for you to sow your seed.

Twice in the Bible, scripture dictates churches and other Christian ministries should give at least a tenth of tithes collected (Numbers 18:25-29) to advance the kingdom of Heaven on projects outside the church, such as feeding the needy and providing assistance to struggling families or communities (1 Timothy 5:3).

When the church tithes, regardless of economic climate or uncertainty, you can be assured that God will return to you in full measure grace, favor, mercy and blessings you cannot contain.

Remember what Paul said:

“Right now you have plenty and can help those are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it,” (2 Corinthians 8:15).

This is the only area in which God directly tells us to challenge Him; invest in Christ’s people by sowing your seed--your tithe--into strong Christian ministries and be a cheerful giver!

Living the Tithe

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Robert Munyui Kamunyu on June 25, 2016:

Tithing was under and is under the law with a curse for Christians seeking salvation under the law, Galatians 3:3-13, Malachi 3:1-18. When pastors and priests lie by quoting tithes in Malachi 3:1-18,under the law IN OLD COVENANT which was a prime contribution for the Levite tribe and Leviticus Priesthood, how many Christians line up to be served with food when tithes and offering under the law are given? Is the storehouse pastors' and priests' house or the Church being the body of Christ? Saved Christians by grace IN NEW COVENANT who are lead and taught by the Holy Spirit are not under law or in generation curse in the law. Tithes in Malachi 3:1-18 were primarily for the tribe of Levi which was not allocated land for sharing among themselves , Numbers 18:20-28 . Those who simply imply Christians are under curse for not tithing put into question about unfinished work of redemption (SALVATION) by Christ Jesus on cross of Calvary which is bought and maintained continuously in tithes paid to them. Yet Christ is not ashamed to call us brethren whom He has sanctified. Hebrew 2:9-13.We have been redeemed from the curse of the law, Jesus Christ being made a curse for us : for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree. Galatians 3:8-13. Christians saved by grace are ministers of the new testament born of love with exceeding glory which surpassed the glory that was in law with Moses. We have been redeemed from the curse of the law to adoptions of sons in Royal Priesthood. Pastors ,Priest and Bishops who are servants of God cannot subject sons of God in Royal Priesthood to tithe taxes which is absolutely illegal for we are not under the curse of the law, Galatians 5:1, Galatians4:4-5,2 Corinthians 3:1-18. Sins sacrifices ,offerings under the law, curses, and generation curses under law in the old covenant remained up to death of Jesus Christ on Calvary when He fulfilled the requirements of the law. Salvation under the law one attains it at last breath on earth having done all that pertains to the law which is hard for one to accomplish. Even the tithe which was given by Abraham was under the law of sin and death from the fallen state of Adam and Eve at the garden of Aden. Those who lie would like to deceive Christians that tithe was before the law but before which law. When Christ our High Priest was born He was given gifts and not tithes Mathew 2:11-12. Jesus Christ our High Priest and Apostles of Jesus Christ did not ask for tithes. To whom do they pay allegiant to for them to justify asking for tithes today? Salvation under spiritual law of love by grace is freely given and attained with free miracles from God our Father, Ephesians 2:4 -9, Ephesians 2:13 -20. Under Leviticus priesthood which belonged to the tribe of Levi, tithes were given to Levites priests for use by the whole tribe of Levi and tithe of tithe to the high Priest for they shared no land apart from the walled towns they were allocated to stay in for their continuous sacrifice to God, Numbers 18:20 -29. Widows, strangers ,fatherless and orphans benefited from tithes and offerings given to Levites, Deuteronomy 14:22-29. In Christianity widows were asked to be catered by close brethren to ease burden to the Church. There were also tithes of different kinds in Israel. There was also a tithe where a family had to eat all before the Lord, Deutreronomy12:6-7. In Christ Jesus we are saved by grace to adoptions of sons in Royal Priesthood of Christ (for Christians saved by grace )and not by works of law ,Galatians 3:8-13,Acts13: 38-39, Galatians 4: 4-5, Galatians2:16-21, Galatians 5:18. Sons have direct access to the Father and free common inheritance not bought or worked for from the Father. For servants ( Pastors and Priests) are servants of God worthy all respects and due help. Much preaching is done in grace and love to Christians at early stages who are later sleeking entangled and enslaved in fear under the bondage of law in tithes emphatically taught by many in seeking dwindling fortune entrenched in tithes falsehood. The Church of Christ is founded in love by grace and a worker is worthy his labor. The Apostles and disciples of Jesus Christ understood from onset of Christ's Ministry that they were not under Leviticus Priesthood and had no share in Leviticus Priesthood allotments. Thus questions were raised of their take and benefits in the Royal Priesthood of Jesus Christ Ministry in the New Covenant, Mathew 19:23-30 . Leviticus Priesthood which was upheld under the law without partiality had allotments which existed before well-known and were already defined in obliged tithing. God had also to deal with wayward priesthood and a rebellious nation under the law. Malachi 2:1-17, Malachi 3:1-18. Christians were never left under leadership of Leviticus Priesthood. Christians are humbly called upon to support tithes sweetened falsehood purposed to enhance good glorious intentions communicated a smart way which forms practically some mega success which should not divert Christians from free spiritual giving. The essence of Christians righteousness in salvation by grace in the Loyal Priesthood of Jesus Christ is more falsely tied to tithes by the clergy and the bar raised often higher as they become masters of confusion in tithes falsehood teaching. Even Judas Iscariot is not recorded asking for tithes. We firmly stand by the truth our mouths being boldly louder and we faint not as we manifest the truth to man’s conscience to God without honoring personality clout in uncovering tithes falsehood taught,2Corinthians 4:1-2. They keep asking what is wrong with us to be at pains on tithes falsehood? There is nothing wrong with us and we have wronged no one except those who stumble on the truth who want to appease in falsehood.

IN NEW TESTAMENT two priesthood are compared and the need to replace the old covenant expounded. Hebrew7: 7-28, Hebrew8:6 -13, Hebrew 9:6-9, Hebrew 10:8-23. Leviticus priesthood under the law with tithes, death, discontinuity and its acceptance under glory of law without the great commission was done away in Christ and the Holy Priesthood of Christ without tithes, death and discontinuity with exceeding glory under which Christians are in salvation being a Holy nation and Loyal Priests to preach to the world GOD being their Father in New Covenant Ministry. In that He said, a new covenant He has made the first old. Now that which decays and waxed old is ready to vanish away Hebrew8:-13. God related with Adam and Eve in the garden of Aden under command of not eating from tree of knowledge and evil , Abraham related to God in faith when he was called out of Ur. The Israel related to God under law given to Moses under old the Covenant and we saved Christians relate to God under Spiritual law of love by grace in Jesus Christ in New Covenant where we get our salvation. Tithing weakens the Royal Priesthood of Christians in Christ where Christians are supposed to give themselves as living sacrifice in the mission vision fields. The Christians Royal Priesthood in Christ Jesus is internally weekend from within ,fought and economically drained mostly for indoors ministries under revival of Leviticus priesthood by pastors. The Royal Priesthood is internally spiritually emaciated and trodden upon.2 Corinthians2:1-13, 2Peter 2:5-9. Priesthood involves sacrifices and Jesus Christ did not choose Priesthood among the five fold ministry since all saved Christians are in the Royal Priesthood of Christ and we have been asked to give ourselves as living sacrifice. The priesthood was changed from the old covenant( Leviticus Priesthood) to the new covenant (Loyal Priesthood of labor in Christ without tithes allocations which is not appreciated) and the law governing it was changed Hebrews 7:7-12. Christ requested His disciples to give the crowd food to eat , Matthew 14:15-16. Jesus Christ told Peter look after his lambs and later to look after His sheep ( service) in clear shift from Leviticus priesthood which does not apply to Christians, John 21:15-17. JESUS CHRIST our High Priest , mediator of the better New Covenant.

Robert Munyui Kamaunyu on February 07, 2015:

Tithing was under and is under the law with a curse for Christians seeking salvation under the law, Galatians 3:3-13, Malachi 3:1-18. When pastors and priest quote Malachi 3:1-18, under the law IN OLD COVENANT , how many Christians line up to be served with food when tithes and offering under the law are given? Is the storehouse pastors' and priests' house or the Church? Saved Christians by grace IN NEW COVENANT , lead by the Holy Spirit are ministers of the new testament born of love with exceeding glory which surpassed the glory that was in law in Moses and we have been redeemed from the curse of the law to adoptions of sons in Royal Priesthood ( Pastors ,Priest and Bishops who are servants of God cannot subject sons of God in Royal Priesthood to tithe taxes- absolute illegal) and are not under the law, Galatians 5:1, Galatians4:4-5,2 Corinthians 3:1-18 . Salvation under the law one attains it at last breath on earth having done all that pertains to the law which is hard for one to accomplish. Even the tithe which was given by Abraham was under the law of sin and death from the fall of Adam and Eve. Those who cheat would like to deceive Christians that tithe was before the law but before which law. When Christ was born He was given gifts and not tithes Mathew 2:11-12. Salvation under spiritual law of love by grace is freely given and attained with free miracles from God our Father, Ephesians 2:4 -9, Ephesians 2:13 -20. Under Leviticus priesthood tithes were given for the tribe of Levi and tithe of tithe to the high Priest for they shared no land apart from the walled towns they were allocated to stay in for their continuous sacrifice to God, Numbers 18:20 -29.Widows, strangers ,fatherless and orphans benefited from tithes and offerings given to Levites, Deuteronomy 14:22-29. In Christianity widows were asked to be catered by close brethren to ease burden to the Church. There were also tithes of different kinds in Israel. There was also a tithe where a family had to eat all before the Lord, Deutreronomy12:6-7. In Christ Jesus we are saved by grace to adoptions of sons in Royal Priesthood of Christ and not by works of law ,Galatians 3:8-13,Acts13: 38-39, Galatians 4: 4-5, Galatians2:16-21, Galatians 5:18. Sons have direct access to the Father and free common inheritance not bought or worked for from the father. For servants ( Pastors and Priest) are servants of God worthy all respects and due help . NEW TESTAMENT two priesthood are compared Hebrew7: 7-28, Hebrew8:6 -13, Hebrew 9:6-9, Hebrew 10:8-23. Leviticus priesthood under the law with tithes, death, discontinuity and its acceptance under glory of law without the great commission was done away in Christ and the holy priesthood of Christ without tithes, death and discontinuity with exceeding glory under which Christians are in salvation being a Holy nation and Loyal Priests to preach to the world GOD being their Father in new covenant ministry. Tithing weakens the Royal Priesthood of Christians in Christ where Christians are supposed to give themselves as living sacrifice in mission fields. The Christians Royal Priesthood in Christ Jesus is internally weekend from within ,fought and economically drained mostly for indoors ministries under revival of Leviticus priesthood by pastors. The Royal Priesthood is internally spiritually emaciated and trodden upon.2 Corinthians2:1-13, 2Peter 2:5-9. Priesthood involves sacrifices. The priesthood was changed from the old covenant( Leviticus Priesthood) to the new covenant (Loyal Priesthood of labor in Christ without tithes allocations which is not appreciated) and the law governing it was changed. Jesus Christ told Peter look after his lambs and later to look after His sheep ( service) in clear shift from Leviticus priesthood John 21:15-17. Under Leviticus priesthood un animal for sacrifice was alive between the alter of sacrifice and the Levite priest holding the sacrificial knife. Sheep remained alive for a period of time only when they were delivered many animals for sacrifice and the alter could not hold them all for sacrifice .We are dead to sin and alive in Christ who live in us being a living sacrifice to God. Levite Pastors and Priest are comfortable with brethren who live like dead sacrifice. Levite priests were to labor to sacrifice and not tendering the flocks. Pastors and Priests who revive the Leviticus priesthood removed by Christ and merge it to the Loyal priesthood of Christ do so for personal gains in mass cheating for self tithes allocations. Leviticus priesthood under law remained hostile to the Ministry of Christ and His disciples who suffered in their hands even after Christ death. Levite priests beat and wanted to kill all disciples of Christ whom they told not to preach in His name. Acts 5:17-42. What pastors are not telling the Church (the bride/sons/ children) is the reason Christ had in choosing the twelve disciples ( under new covenant in Grace ) and opted not to use the Levite Priests ( in old covenant under law) that were well established and placed had they to be chosen preach to the world. LET PASTORS , BISHOPS AND PRIESTS HONESTLY PURGE THEIR HEARTS AND SPEAK THE TRUTH ON TITHES. CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW IN THE OLD COVENANT. The intrigue of doctrinal falsehood on tithes smartly engineered and flamboyantly taught by them worldwide cannot be justified or be cleansed by their religious social status. Let Bishops ,Pastors, Priests and Church Elders handle the Church of Christ within Christians doctrines established by Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles in the mission field vision. CHRISTIANS MUST FACE AND ADDRESS THE MASS SWEEPING AND SOOTHING FALSEHOOD TAUGHT BY SOME WELL EDUCATED ELITE CHRISTIANS ABOUT TITHES IN A SOBER SPIRITUAL REALITY FACE OUT . The Royal Priesthood in grace is quite different from Leviticus Priesthood under law. Leviticus Priesthood in the old covenant belonged to the Levite tribe among the eleven tribes in Israel but the Royal Priesthood in the new covenant under oppression and suppression belongs to all brethren in the world in Christ Jesus ( the body of Christ) who are commissioned to preach to the world. The Royal Priesthood is well placed to reach the world effectively at close quarters in Christ love. It is quite unfortunate that Christians unknowingly are victims of systematic unmarked professional intellectual falsehood commercialization cover up in tithes teaching by learned Christians brethren. But Christians have been warned not to be fools Ephesians 5:15-16. Tithing impoverish the Royal Priesthood of Christ which make the Great commission less effective. When all saved Christians are in Royal Priesthood, to whom do you tithe to in the new covenant?

A fountain cannot produce sweet and bitter water the same time. James 3:8-18. We Christian are saved by GRACE IN CHRIST LOVE(Spiritual Law) for we cannot be subjected to law of sin and death crucified and done away by Christ on cross of Calvary. We are subjected to spiritual law of life in Christ Jesus and ought to have the spiritual understanding of the Word of God in liberty without corrupting the Word of God. Roman 8:1-2, Colossians 1:9-10. As God has blessed us in common inheritance of the saints, we should give sacrificially as we have purposed in our hearts in liberty and in love, Galatians 5:1, 2Corinthians 9;6-7, Galatians 6:6-7, Hebrew6:6-12,Hebrew13:11-16. Christ taught spiritual giving to God and to our parents, Luke 6:8 ,Matthew15:5-9. Paul also taught the same .2Corinthians 9:6-14, Philippians 2:4-5. Aaron was given unto Moses, the Levite tribe was given unto Aaron, the eleven tribes of Israel were given unto Levite tribe to serve them but we Christians are purchased through the blood of Christ we are no man servants but servants of Christ 1Corinthians 7:21-2 , God is our father and our readily help in times of needs and not men. Numbers 3:9-15. No servant can hinder children access to the Father and His blessed inheritance.

Those under the law are under curse and the law kills 2Corinthians 3:6. Those lead by the Spirit are not un

oscar thomas on September 22, 2014:

The tithe was a requirement of the Law in which give 10 percent of the crops they grew and the livestock they raised to the temple. In fact, the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes—one for the Levites, one for the use of the temple and the feasts. Some understand the Old Testament tithe as a method of taxation to provide for the needs of the priests and Levites in the sacrificial system. The Tithing outlines are best for such information.

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Repent! on March 23, 2014:

Congregating is nice, but how is this developing your relationship to get closer and closer to the Lord? For the most part these ministers/pastors are not going to encourage you to move on in the Lord by insisting that you study to further prepare yourself for your own work in the Lord, because we are all in the body for a reason to do something. But why wouldn’t they tell you this? First you might learn and know more than they do and second, they may have a fear of you leaving thus losing headcount, funds/money. We were never saved/called to follow a man to this degree. I have personally never met a true pastor. I’ve met a lot of preachers. A true pastor is a somewhat overseer and warns the people in hopes of not losing any brother or sister in Christ. So what is a mega Church? by the way this place we call the Church is actually a meeting place and it does not take a million dollar building, tents and folding chairs will do. But if you say you go to or you have a mega Church, then who is overseeing you properly or how are you overseeing thousands. Also as a large side note, or pretty much a question, Please show me in scripture this message that these ministers are preaching about health wealth and prosperity or any of these raising-money a-thons. Where and when did Jesus or any of the Apostles carry this message? We fall into many hurtful things by not knowing the scriptures. Do you people realize how many times these pastors have sent their kids to college on your money while you can’t send your kids? and buy these huge homes with the peoples money while you can barely afford your rent or do you even care? Do you think that these people are more loved or special than you in the sight of THE LORD? really? Interestingly the Apostle paul worked a job and provided for himself and if I’m correct I believe he said that he helped those around him. Although paul received some help here or there he also said that he rejected the people’s gold(money) and fine raiment. So are we saying that these pastors are above the Apostle paul? Absolutely NOT! unless we have lost our minds completely. Have we? People! we are bordering on Idolatry by placing a man above Christ or on the same level as Christ. The is a grave error and should be stopped immediately! I believe that we have lost perspective. This way of thinking did not come from above. As for the entire body of Christ, let no man deceive you. Let no man take you crown nor give it to him. Let no man/pastor/bishop or alleged prophet tell you that you have nothing to say as a member in the body of Christ. Please remember that you were personally invited to the wedding feast by The One who saved you and not by man. You are very important in the body of Christ and let no man tell you otherwise. We should be willing to give all to GOD through JESUS. That is our heart, mind, and body. Please do not be afraid to point out, speak up and expose any and everything that is not like GOD in accordance to the scriptures, no matter if they be a bishop or a pastor. Do these things internally. Keep JESUS first and endure till the end. Remember! in the world you will have trouble but in him you will have peace, but the scripture did not say: in the world you will have trouble but in him you’ll have peace. I found out the truth about the tithe and the no tithe under The New Covenant about 19 years after being saved and I did not receive it from a man directly. Also, lets not fall for the Abraham argument. Let’s not revert back! The last information that we were given concerning the tithe before the Old Covenant was closed off, is that! whatever the tithe was that suppose to have preceded the Law, be it the Abraham or Jacob tithe. The latest and the last update that we have is that The Lord gave all of the tenths/tithe to that particular tribe of Levi, and there is no known scripture that reverts us back to pre-law and even if there were to whom would we give them to? We would have to find Melchizedek, drum up some spoils of war, give the tenth part, and then give the 90th part back or 90% back, which would leave the tither with zero. None of these ministers/preachers/pastors/bishops/alleged prophets are Melchizedek nor a High Priest. As a side note: I have heard some of the Melchizedek Shem debate. Please read! Please read! Please study for yourselves and repent.

Thanks for your time

Your fellow servant in Christ

Repent! on March 22, 2014:

Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and render unto GOD what is GODs. What in the world does that have to do with the tithe? Remember this one fact! The Lord speaks specific! He is the true truth! so when it comes down to it, let EVERY MAN be a LIE! and let GOD BE TRUE! I also believe that: Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s was referring to a literal tax imposed by Caesar. But render unto GOD what is GODs” is something that I believe Him to be saying: render the all of you to GOD, mind, body and soul in full service, day and night. The body of Christ is suffering because we are willingly ignorant. We will not study/read for ourselves. We rather be lazy and depend on a man/pastor/preacher instead of Jesus the one that saved us. Remember! Christ is the Head! everyone else is the body and that includes your pastors and bishops. They are merely your fellow servants. Everything that you want to know concerning TRUTH is all found in the WORD. If you want to know about the tithes, take time out and commune with the Lord in His Word and He with show you The Truth about the tithe, if you really want to know! The tenth/tithe is simply of a food source and has been given to a specific tribe of Israel, the Levites! Numbers 18. The tenths/tithes is not on a filthy buck but on FOOD! and I challenge anyone to find in scripture where the tenths have been changed from food to money by the Lord Himself or where is it written any where in the scriptures that the tenths/tithes have been transferred from the Levitical priesthood and given to a gentile minister/preacher/pastor/prophet/bishop. We are all priest in the body of Christ. Please don’t believe that lie that they did not have money back then because that is a huge lie, study it for yourself. This false tithe that men take today and it’s frequency is not found written anywhere in my Bible according to my 4 years of research. Can anyone tell me if they have received a poor tithe or did you even know that it existed? What about the festival tithe? this tithe was eaten before the Lord in the place that he would prescribe. We were all duped by following man/pastors with the book of Malachi, and it’s our own fault! All we had to do was to read the book of Malachi starting with chapter 1. The Lord clearly say’s who He is speaking to, and it is not us. He tells you plainly who is robbing him and what nation he is talking to, the scripture did not say the ENTIRE WORLD. He is speaking to a specific people in a specific nation, and if I may say the windows of Heaven is simply rain, and meat in MY house is simply food and the devourer is literary insects/bugs eating up the crops. So the question is! why are these ministers telling us this falsehood, it isn’t but two reasons why. They are unlearned and are following the traditions of men or they are doing this intentionally, either way they are wrong. If by tradition of men! then why are you telling people things that you know not about, or on the other hand, if done intentionally! it is our job to confront these wicked ministers and to expose them, or continue to sin with them. Remember! there is no mediator between GOD and man but JESUS alone, NOT any PASTOR or any man, they are just your fellow servant. Also why do we give to one man/pastor? The scripture says that he is to get his living from the Gospel NOT TO MAKE his living off the Gospel. Have we lost our minds! Why do we continue to give to one man and neglect our brother or sister sitting right next to us? Have you ever realized that you have to wait mystically, in faith, on your financial blessing! but the pastor gets his right off the top which takes no faith at all. So either the Lord loves a certain part of the body more than the other, or we have this thing all wrong. Listen, if I have anywhere from 3000-30,000 people that I have convinced to give me money every Sunday and Wednesday twice in one day! and some Monday’s! then guess what! I am paid, and this does not include this unscriptural tithe that they take, that does not belong to them. Sorry, but for the most part the gathering should be for those that have a need, that the needs of the people might be met. We are all guilty of making one brother/pastor/fellow servant wealthy and left all others in the same body lacking, and then we actually believed that this foolishness was from the Lord, to boot! Why would we keep giving to one person that is obviously well supplied and fed. We knew to stop in our hearts when we seen the Mansions and Rolls Royces plus the benzes. What part of this resembles Jesus, john the baptist, or any of the Apostles. We have over paid these pastors/members in the body of Christ and don’t even realize that we have done evil. This is not what took place in the early Church as per the book of Acts. They at least tried to meet the needs of the brethren that there would be no lack, and I don’t mean making one rich or excusing anyone from working a job. Let’s get one thing straight, these pastors, preachers, bishops, and alleged prophets are NOT Apostles. You all know full well that you can’t find any of the apostles or Christ himself asking for or receiving a tithe. How could they? When all of the tithes were given to the tribe of the Levtical priesthood by GOD for the work they do for serving at the meeting tent, and that’s within Israel. So let’s stop equating these gentile pastors and bishops to the tribe of Levite or The High Priest, in which JESUS CHRIST himself alone is now our High Priest and not any man. By the way, who told you as a gentile to pay a tithe? was it a man or the Lord? Before you answer, back up your answer with scripture and not with what a man told you. That would be putting man before God. To really know the truth about the tithe and any other partial or snippet of scripture that you think that you were taught by these alleged pastors, you would have to step away from the visible Church house and go directly to your source, The Word of God and ask the One that created you, saved you and The one that you plan on spending all of eternity with, and see if He will not help you. Also the visible Church is not the Church, the people that make up the body of Christ is the true Church, in fact any body in the body of Chist is the Church. Be not deceived! quite a bit of these ministers may have started off well, but have become overtaken by money, fame (egged on by the people), and their own ego. Remember! you cannot serve mammon and God. If you think that this can be done by the majority of ministers, just see if they will sell all and give to the poor. Ok, lets try this, how many people do you know personally that have been healed? 1 person 2 people? half of the people or all of the people? how many delivered? how many raised from the dead? or how many made wealthy among you? as if the gospel was delivered to us to make us wealthy. The scriptures say that the poor you have with you all way, but you see that we have a conflict! the lot of these ministers say that you are suppose to be rich. So who’s lying here? We know it’s not The Word of God. We have fallen into all of this false teaching and twisting of scripture because we will not study! or in better words: commune with GOD through JESUS in His Word, The Bible. We have substituted getting to know our Husband The LORD by not studying, and have looked instead for brownie points by going out to a building that we call the Church every Sunday and Wednesday and saying within ourselves that this should be a credit to my account for getting into Heaven, knowing full well that we have not learned anything, but you can say that the Choir was nice or on point and things like, he sure did preach! He preached what? Do you mean that he was entertaining? because for the most part the saint that has been saved for any period of time have already heard this same message. We’ve heard the gospel preached, received the Gospel and are now saved. So why do you keep listening to the Gospel message again and again after you have believed and received. Shouldn’t we ought to be spreading the gospel after we have received it? Congregating is nice, but how is this developing y

J De Martine on August 22, 2013:

After Jesus died and sent the Holy Spirit , we began the New Covenant .

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This is the New Covenant in my blood ". Luke 22:20

Romans 7:6 "In the new covenant we serve God in a ~new way~ in the Holy Spirit , not the written code ". Ephesians 2:15" He abolished the law, made it obsolete ".

We give from our 'hearts' , cheerfully, generously , according to what we have NOT what we don't have ". 2 Corinthians 8:12

The word used us "gifts " in the New Covenant , means " grace " in the Greek. You can't give from your own ' hearts ' and book of law both !!

J De Martine on August 22, 2013:

After Jesus died and sent the Holy Spirit , we began the New Covenant .

This is the New Covenant in my blood ". Luke 22:20

Romans 7:6 "In the new covenant we serve God in a ~new way~ in the Holy Spirit , not the written code ". Ephesians 2:15" He abolished the law, made it obsolete ".

We give from our 'hearts' , cheerfully, generously , according to what we have NOT what we don't have ". 2 Corinthians 8:12

The word used us "gifts " in the New Covenant , means " grace " in the Greek. You can't give from your own ' hearts ' and book of law both !!

Brainstormgraffx on October 26, 2012:

How about simply "Trusting God" with our money and time. God does not need our money. However, obedience to His Word calls us to tithe. How about the blessings that come from "faithful tithing". The best example of giving unto the Lord was the woman Jesus pointed out who gave but a "mite" and it was all she had. This woman showed true Trust in God with all she had. I believe this was the example Jesus wants us to follow. Tithing is not a "monetary" issue, but a "trust" issue. If we love the Lord we will obey Him. Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God... AMEN

THEWORDOLOGIST on October 20, 2012:

Yes tithing was before the Law but so was animal sacrifice (when Cain killed Abel). So are we still practicing animal sacrifice ?

D. Davis on September 10, 2012:

Straight from the word of God how one was required to tithe by God. Lovers of tithing believe in tithing their way not but according to God's commandments. Tithing according to the author of tithing.Every third year you must offer a special tithe of your crops. In this year of the special tithe you must give your tithes to the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows, so that they will have enough to eat in your towns.

"For the tithe of the sons of Israel, which they offer as an offering to the LORD, I have given to the Levites for an inheritance; therefore I have said concerning them, 'They shall have no inheritance among the sons of Israel.

Thou shalt truly TITHE all the increase OF THY SEED, that the FIELD bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, IN THE PLACE which he shall CHOOSE to place HIS NAME THERE, the tithe of thy CORN [raw grain], of thy WINE [fresh grapes], and of thine OIL [ripe olives], and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be TOO FAR from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: Then shalt thou TURN IT INTO MONEY, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt GO unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul LUSTETH after, for oxen, or for sheep, or FOR WINE, or FOR STRONG DRINK, or for whatsoever thy soul DESIRETH: and thou shalt EAT THERE before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household . . . -- Deut. 14:22-26

onelove1970 on August 15, 2012:

With all that God has done for us, why are we questioning tithing to Him? Everyone claims to do research and come up with their version of the so call Truth. It is your opinion. Everyone interpret the bible different. Some interpret it to make it say what they want to hear. Talk about truth hears the Truth. God gave him only son for our sins. And you questioning giving a 10th? Really?

Tymon on July 14, 2012:

@William,

Tithing is not a man-made religion and teaching - YOUR assumptions and conclusions are simply man-made. That is why you will not find any verse in the entire Bible condemning tithing even once! Rather, it is 'negative attitudes' to any type of giving that the Bible condemns.

Your style of argument is very weak indeed. Just because neither Jude, John, Peter nor Luke mentioned a particular word in the NT, it does not therefore condemn anyone who tithes today. Arguing like you do will only make your own faith an empty riddle.

For example, Jesus did not once even mention the word 'GRACE' to any of the apostles or disciples - He DID NOT use the word 'grace' even once in all His earthly preaching and ministry. Do we then conclude that 'grace' is a man-made religion and teaching dribbled into the NT?

There are MANY other words or terms that we as Christians have embraced today which you will not find even once mentioned by ANY of the writers of the Bible. A prime example is 'TRINITY' - and in the same manner as you argue, Christians have gone to war over the Trinity with many people concluding that it is 'man-made'. You will be surprised to find the number of anti-tithers who condemn the teaching of the Trinity simply because it does not appear as a word ANYWHERE in the Bible.

Christians can express their giving in various forms - including tithing. That does not bring us under the Law of Moses as many anti-tithers dubiously and erroneously conclude. If your problem is about whether or not the apostles used a particular word in the NT, rest your heart - there's no anathema to those who tithe.

Anti-tithers who argue over which words were used by the apostles will NEVER tell you that they (anti-tithers) also use many OLD Testament words which NONE of the apostles ever used in the NT! For example, you will hear or read of anti-tithers talking about 'freewill offering' for Christian giving - BUT you will not find any verse in the New Testament that uses the word 'freewill'.

We know that 'freewill' is used only in the OLD Testament (at least, no less than 10 times in the Law of Moses); but why do anti-tithers NEVER tell you that the apostles condemned 'freewill offering' because it was used in the Law of Moses for the Jews?? Why do anti-tithers NEVER tell you that 'freewill' is a man-made religion simply because Paul did not mention anything about it to Titus? Why do you NEVER read any anti-tither condemning 'freewill offering' just because neither Jude, John, Peter, or Luke mentioned that term ANYWHERE in the NT?

I hope you can see the weakness of your argument? Just because a word was not used by any of the apostles in the NT, or just because a specific word was used by the Jews, does not therefore mean that Christians who apply those concepts are inclining to your idea of 'man-made religion'.

As I said, concepts in themselves are not the problem - rather, YOUR own presumptions of those concepts are fatally flawed. If you apply your style of reasoning to your own Christian life, there would be absolutely NOTHING left of your Christianity - because MANY of the words and terms that most Christians believe today are not found anywhere in the Bible.

If you don't give, good for you. If you do give, then let others have the freedom to give as they have chosen to do so - including tithing - without drawing baseless and weak arguments that amount to nothing.

Tymon on July 14, 2012:

@Eric,

Thank you. Your concise and frank comments should sum it up for wise readers. It so happens again and again that while many people are actually looking for 'reasons' not to tithe, one will not find even a handful of anti-tithers who are willing to give up EVERYTHING they have in order to follow Jesus.

Sue Ellen on July 12, 2012:

Correction: Not Romans 3:10, is is Galatians 3:10

Sue Ellen on July 12, 2012:

If a person desides to give ten percent of their money received to the church, this is a good thing and a blessing to all. If a person pays being demanded or put under a law by man to tithe ten percent of their money to the church, they are following a man made law. The Mosaic Law never told God's children to give ten percent of their money to the temple and neither did Abraham, Jesus or the Deciples. We are under Grace. If you want to be among the pharisees in Matthew 23:23, be one but remember Romans 3:10 as you try to obey the Mosiac Law.

William on May 28, 2012:

I wonder why Paul did not emphasize importance of tithing to his young brother, Timothy? Paul wrote about qualification to be leader in book of Titus, yet Paul did not mention anything about Tithes?

How come Jude, John, Peter and Luke never mention importance of tithing as obey Lord in rest of New Testament?

So... tithing may be man-made religion and teaching.

rachel on April 05, 2012:

Oh my word! Amen Adam0987653!! Why could it not have ended there?? If I wasn't already a Christian who is firmly established in my faith, reading this would only confirm what the world says about Christians-they are a bunch of hypocrites! For claiming to know your Bible so well, you are missing the point. The Bible is full of gray areas but, it is pretty clear that we are to love one another as we love ourselves and as Christ loved us, and we are to grow in our likeness of Christ. I don't sense a lot of love or godliness in this "conversation", and no one is fooled by the smiley faces. Whether you tithe (or whatever you want to call it) or not is between you and God. Obviously there is a right answer and you can give your opinion for why you believe what you do but it's not your job to convict or convince others any more than it's their job to do that to you. If you want to have an arguement about it, do it in private. You should be ashamed of yourselves...

Gary Arnold on March 22, 2012:

@Eric,

Not looking for a reason not to tithe, but rather looking for truth.

Eric on March 21, 2012:

Dont ask if tithing has been changed because of Laws that were and are ask yourself why you are looking for a reason not to tithe. Ask yourself if Jesus asked you to give up everything you had and follow Him, would you?

Gracie on February 18, 2012:

If you want to think of what Jesus thought of the tithe paying Pharisees who were still bound by the Old Covenant since Jesus had not yet died on the cross to fulfill the law, it is right there in Matthew 23:23. He not only did not praise them for tithing but went on to say tithing was the least important aspect of the law. So there, all you modern day boasters and braggers your tithing Pharisees! Jesus didn't congratulate them and neither will he congratulate you for stealing his glory and taking credit for the Lord's free daily grace and giving it to yourselves for your tithe payment. Better check you may have fallen from grace and not saved! See Galatians Galatians 5:4

"You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace".

Eloise on February 14, 2012:

When you find God's beautiful Grace & remove yourself from mixture you will truly see blessing from God! Most people under the tithing law will never enter God's complete rest or see his beautiful side. Why because you are under a dangerous mix & have fallen from grace! Your works of giving to get God to bless you will never happen! You are trying to live like an Old Testament Jew! You are a gentile & even the Jewish do not tithe because there is not a Levitcal priesthood to give the tithes to! Try asking God where your money should go! Maybe your neighbor is poor & that's where it should go! God directs our steps, not some preacher from the pulpit trying to pad his wallet!! Find true Grace & you will find a faithful Father! Quit trying to get God to bless you through your tithe as you have fallen from His grace! Read your bible correctly & know who the apostles are talking to! Are you a Jew a gentile a gnostic? If you are a gentile then know that Paul is for you & not anyone else!!

DF on February 12, 2012:

Yes Jesus said he did not come to abolish the law and the prophets but Tithe enforcers stop there, keep reading where Jesus said he came to FULFILL IT. Romans 10:4 Christ is the end of the law for righteousness for everyone who believes.

NO one but our sinless Savior fulfilled the whole law to a tee with perfection!

One day some Christians are going to get a revelation of the word GRACE and Paid in Full. One day they are going to understand Galatians 3:13-14 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law and verse 14 explains it is because of Jesus and the Holy Spirit that we have the blessings of Abraham. One day the body of Christ will understand Jesus blood was sufficient for God with Christ to FREELY GIVE US ALL THINGS. One day they will understand when they quote Hebrews about Jesus being a High Priest that they need to keep reading Hebrews where it says in Hebrews 7:18 "The former requirements are rejected because they are weak and useless". One day I pray Christians understand that Jesus words on the Cross- Paid in full, does not mean PAY IN FULL!

DF on February 12, 2012:

Dear Oscar Wms and others like him. Abraham's one time tithe is not the same as Christian tithing. If you want to tithe like Abraham you would have to fight a war against 5 Evil leaders (or Kings) win the war, take the material stuff from the war then tithe one time with somebody's else's stuff! Stop trying to make a square into a circle. Abraham was not a continual tither on his personal money and things.

Peace on February 06, 2012:

Jesus said, "I did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it". Therefore, it seems that we should defer to the tithe as set forth in Deut. 14:22-29

22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. 23 Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the LORD your God always. 24 But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the LORD your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the LORD will choose to put his Name is so far away), 25 then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the LORD your God will choose. 26 Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the LORD your God and rejoice. 27 And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own.

28 At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns, 29 so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied,

SINCE JESUS IS THE HIGH PRIEST, WE ARE TO TITHE TO HIM. Let us not forget to do as the scripture says, "

22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. 23 Eat the tithe of your grain,...

YAHWEHTRUTH on February 04, 2012:

The purpose of tithing, found in Deuteronomy 14:22-23 (NLT), is made clear: to “teach you always to fear the Lord your God.” By practicing good tithing habits, scripture tells us we are showing God our desire to put him first place in our lives.

According to the above verse Deuteronomy 14:22-23, we are to tithe the increase of our seed year by year and to take our tithe to the place chosen by him and eat it. If the place it is too far away, we are to convert to money and when we arrive then we buy whatever our heart desires and then eat it before the lord our God.

Doesn't sound like this scripture applies to what is taught in churches today. Do you take your tithe to church and spend it?

A study of the scriptures prove that tithe is never money.

Jews and Messianic Jews do not tithe today. There is no temple and they are no Levite priests. Modern tithing was thought up in the 5th century as a way to provide to the churches. It is not biblical.

In the NT, giving freely is encouraged, but never tithing.

Gavin Mcleod on January 11, 2012:

Www.tithingdebate.com. Tithes were never commanded to Christians but early Israel. See this insightful website.

Gary Arnold on December 29, 2011:

I did not post the above comment. Someone illegally used my name on that post. To use someone else's name like that it immoral, illegal, and just plain shows lack of character.

Gary Arnold on December 28, 2011:

I like to argue and debate. I think that is what God really wants is for others to see us "Christians" arguing.

Gary Arnold on December 25, 2011:

@Pastor C,

Since the New Testament (New Covenant) doesn't begin until after Calvary, Matthew 23:23 doesn't apply. There is NO teaching of tithing in the scriptures after Calvary. None.

Pastor C on December 24, 2011:

Yes, it's in the New Covenant!

Not only is the truth of the tithe in both testaments, but the New Testament approaches

tithing as being timeless and as always being offered by grace, not law! Never make

the mistake of failing to remember that all God's blessings and covenants are always a

gift of His grace, always initiated in His love and always sustained by His mercy.

Jesus Himself addressed the issue of tithing. Both Matthew and Luke record an occasion when, confronting that tough breed of religionists—the Pharisees—He strikes out at their habit of ritually attending to the letter of Old Testament law, yet entirely avoiding its deep, honor-with-your-heart spiritual demands.

"'Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and

cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and

faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone'" (Matt. 23:23,

NKJV; see also Luke 11:42).

Now look closely with me so we make no mistake about what is and what isn't said.

People deserve to be shown that the "woe" Jesus announces on the religious fakery of these hypocrites was not for their tithing, but for their neglect of faith's "weightier matters." In pressing His point, He doesn't condemn their fidelity in tithing (indeed, they were even weighing out the tithe of the tiniest of spices—mint and cummin!)

Here's God's chance to clear the decks. If tithing was unimportant to the Savior—now to become meaningless under the new order—He could have said, "Take care of justice and mercy, and quit bothering with tithing—mint, cummin or anything else!"

But rather, our Savior, whose habit is to say, "You have heard it said, but I say unto you," does nothing to dismiss the concept of tithing. Instead He reinforces it, saying, "These you ought to have done" (a clear reference to their tithing) "and not to leave the others undone" (referencing their shallow attitudes and manifest heartlessness regarding justice and mercy).