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.