Tithing is a Form of Worship, Not a Requirement

Many Christians believe that tithing (or giving 10% of your income) is very important and is in fact necessary in seeking the Christian faith. Some Christians even believe that if you are not a tither, you are stealing from God and that your income is cursed as a result of your lack of obedience towards giving.

This is however not biblical.  Here is the reason why:  Tithing is an instruction in the Old Testament, but not the New.  It was a part of the law given to seekers of God then, but when Christ came to earth, he renewed and fulfilled the law.  Many things that were before, were not once Christ came, died, and the church was first established.

Some of these things that were instruction given to the saints in the Old Testament but not the new include:  circumcision, blood sacrifice, cannot consume/eat any animal with a split hoof (eg, porcine), cannot consume/eat crustaceans (eg, crab, lobster), and an eye for an eye, just to name a few.  There were laws established that address dress code, appearance, and even social conduct.  Most of these things were readdressed and renewed in the New Testament by Jesus Christ and the writers of the documents therein.

Tithing is one of these things as well.  Corinthians 9:6-8 states, “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”  Tithing, which is a requirement or necessity in the old law, therefore is not necessary with regards to being a devout seeker of the Christian faith.

Moreover, tithing is never mentioned as a commandment or an instruction anytime in the New Testament.  In the New Testament, the Christian church was first established.  Matthew 16:18 states, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  Throughout the New Testament, the letters written provide instructions to disciples and followers of Christ.  Tithing is not once mentioned as instruction to the Christian church, and the only mentioning of giving is stated in the fashion of sowing and reaping, not giving out of requirement.

Tithing is not a bad thing, and I certainly am in great support of tithing as it is a form of giving and a form of worship towards God.  However, no one should feel convicted for not tithing as it is not a requirement in the Christian church today.

-Deshawn (@ShonJay714)

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13 Comments

    • Tammy
      October 17, 2012

      Very interesting & what a valid point!

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    • Erik
      October 17, 2012

      I respectfully and wholeheartedly disagree! Maybe we need to attack this one on the next podcast, assuming we can pull together to do another one before that great gettin up morning when Jesus takes us all home.

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      • Chris
        October 17, 2012

        I disagree too. Jesus clearly advocated in favor of tithing in Luke 11:42.

        We are called to a standard as Christians, as the elect, as redeemed, and as plain old saved folk. Too much is given, much is required and that can and prolly does apply to the way we steward money. As a Christian we should have a heart genuinely appreciative to all God gives us. We are to live with the mindset that we will do anything he asks in His infinite wisdom. And if that means giving up them duckets, his will be done.

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    • shonjay714
      October 18, 2012

      And see that’s the thing, I agree with everything Chris said, except Christ does not require us to tithe. I don’t understand tradition, nor do I understand why people elect to live by it and under it. if we are indeed disciples of Christ, let us live by his Word. His word does not require giving up the.dockets

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      • Chris
        October 18, 2012

        But, alas, that is where your argument fails. It is not merely tradition. Your example of Peter being told that it was okay to animals and not.call anything unclean was an explicit command. Jesus may have spoken little of tithe in the NT BUT he doesn’t ever say to not tithe.

        By that logic, growing up if your parents didn’t recite the house rules everyday you’d think that it was okay to throw parties. No, that’d be silky, right?

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    • Lii
      October 18, 2012

      I think I agree with the article… to me Jesus seems to speak more about giving than He does about tithe…which i believe are two totally different ideas….tithe is really a tenth and as mentioned by verse in the article that rule is nomore you can give 0% or 100% (whatever is in your heart)and when He does speak about tithe Matt 23:23 He doesn’t give it much weight or significance. It’s really just the principle of giving (whatever is in your heart) that seems to be the theme of the NT. What i think the tithe does do is show you where your heart is about money and what is important to you, that’s why I think Jesus leaves it up to us to decide … u get to see for yourself where you heart is…

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    • Marcus
      October 19, 2012

      TITHING IS A REQUIREMENT! LUKE 11

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    • shonjay714
      October 19, 2012

      Luke 11 is not talking about tithing. If u read the passage, he is talking about how the pharisees did not act in love, which they should have been doing. It was never a commandment of the tithe. Moreover, Paul gave instruction in the NT on everything Christians should do, even things but in the old eg, women should not lead/teach over men. In his instruction, he teaches on how to give

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      • Chris
        October 21, 2012

        It may not have been a commandment to tithe but he clearly said that you should tithe. No where in the NT does it say NOT to tithe, so when did that previous commandment become null and void?

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    • shonjay714
      October 22, 2012

      As the scripture in the article points out, we should not give grudgingly or out of necessity. Necessity = requirement. Ergo, we should only give what our hearts tell us to give, not because it is a necessity to do so as the tithe was. The scripture clearly defines how we should give in the NT

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      • Erik
        October 23, 2012

        But necessity doesn’t equal requirement. Necessity equals need. We shouldn’t expect God to be a mutual fund, where we give out of the wish that God returns it all back with interest. His promise says that He will, but that can’t be why we give. As far as the tithe is concerned, you can’t assume that because it’s not mentioned it’s no longer relevant. A more proper assumption would be that because it’s not mentioned, nothing has changed. The tithe was instituted to prove a point. Regardless of how much or how little we make/harvest, we can give the tithe back to God with the understanding that He is our source rather than work. Sometimes it’s financially difficult to tithe, but that’s the point. We have to learn to trust Him even when we lack. We can display that trust by being faithful in our tithes.

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    • ROBERT A VALENTINE
      October 22, 2016

      The Bible says that in the last days many false prophets will appear and deceive MATTHEW 24;11, that time is now tithing is an issue of the heart, every thing flows from it,the heart.we are workers together and it takes money to build the kingdom,why should other give from their heart to keep the lights on water running and bear the cost and others think other wise the bible says think on theses things what so ever is good and of a good report.if you are not giving you are robbing your self thats why you don,t give their is never enough or just enough,give and it will be given to you .A good measure, pressed down luke 6:38.for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness,ROMANS10;10 KJV WHEN THE HEART IS RIGHT YOU WILL GIE AND BE HAPPY BECAUSE GOD LOVES A CHEER FULL GIVER.

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