I Don’t Tithe.

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I don’t tithe.

I grew up in church. I was very active in my youth group. I attended a private Christian college, where I studied religion. Why am I writing this article? Because, in all of those years, I’ve never heard any preacher or teacher explain the Biblical basis for tithing…and I think it’s time someone addressed the issue. As theorized by the majority of Christian churches by around 42% of Christian churches, tithing is the practice of giving 10% of your income to your local church. I say “theorized” because churches that actually receive 10% are incredibly rare.

Based on what I’ve learned during my study over the years, I’ve decided not to tithe. Yes, I know. Many of you are thinking “this guy’s going straight to hell”. Bear with me for a moment, and you might end up agreeing with me. I’m not going to discuss church traditions or personal opinions here…I’m only going to talk about what the Bible says. You remember the Bible, don’t you?

There are three types of tithes mentioned in the Bible: The Mosaic tithe, Abraham’s (Abram’s) tithe, and Jacob’s tithe. Let’s look at them one at a time:

Abraham’s (Abram’s) Tithe

Genesis 14 tells of Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek. Note the following:

Jacob’s Tithe

Genesis 28 tells of Jacob’s tithe to God. Note the following:

The Mosaic Tithe

There are many Bible verses that deal with the Mosaic tithe, and I won’t list all of them here. I’ll keep this short by saying that the tithe was required by Mosaic Law, included livestock and crops, was compensation to the Levites, and was given as well to those with no inheritance in the promised land. This included priests, widows, orphans, and foreign converts to Judaism.

All of that is really beside the point, anyway: the Mosaic Law, based on God’s covenant with Abraham and his physical descendants, no longer applies to Jews and never applied to Christians.

Christians and the Law

In case that’s not clear enough, let’s read some of what Paul the Apostle has to say about Christians and ‘the Law’:

Need more? Well, let’s read Hebrews 8, especially verse 13: By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.

This passage clearly indicates that God’s covenant with the Jews has been replaced by a newer, and better, covenant.

What can we conclude from all this? Are we to tithe, or not to tithe? Simple: the Bible never commands Christians to tithe. If you want to give 10% of your money to a local church, that’s between you and God. However: those who preach or teach that the Bible commands Christians to tithe are simply wrong. They’re either ignorant about what the Bible does say, or they’re afraid to actually tell the truth.

Please don’t misunderstand: I’m not at all suggesting that Christians are free to not give. If someone wants to give any amount of money to their local church, they should feel free to do so. The Bible is undeniably clear that Christians should generously give to those in need…but it does not say that God commands us to give 10% of our money to our local church. This article isn’t about giving, it’s about the proper handling of Scripture. Preachers and teachers should teach the Word of God, no matter what their denomination’s traditions might be.

I’m open to correction on this issue. If anyone can find actual real Bible verses that contradict what I’ve written, I’d love to see them.


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Michael Waldron
Michael Waldron
March 11, 2014 9:55 am

Good article. Nice to see someone who actually studies the Word and comes away with the correct interpretation. Problem is, most parishioners have never really studied the subject, they just spout off the scriptures spoken from the pulpit.

amponsah nicholas
amponsah nicholas
March 13, 2014 5:25 am

have you read about Malachi 3:8-12 that will definitely help you to pay your tithe.

Rabbit
Rabbit
August 5, 2016 5:28 am
Reply to  Tony Scialdone

Romans 10:12

Rasugu Omariba
Rasugu Omariba
May 8, 2019 12:01 pm
Reply to  Rabbit

Romans 10:12 means that Jews and Gentiles alike can now have faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, they (Jews) are no longer saved by keeping the law seeing that Jesus has effected a new and better covenant.

Jules
Jules
January 18, 2020 7:48 am
Reply to  Tony Scialdone

When God refers to Israel, He refers to them as “this that are separatedinto Him”. He’s speaking to Believers. When Gentiles joined the Jews in the OT, they took on their Laws, their ways. Malachi is speaking to those who Believe…
I guess my question is, why are you working so hard to look at Scripture that supports in not giving? It might be because you don’t wish to give in the first place…which is fine. Them simply don’t give. God would appreciate that more, as the heart with which we give is most important. I will say this…God doesn’t need our money. Giving is a private experience between the person & the Lord…it says a ton about our faith & our obedience. It’s an opportunity for us to know in our own mind just what our level of faith is…& if you wish to hold on to the Scripture that you say supports your opinion, I have one more question. What about the time before there was Jew & Gentile? What do I mean?? Were Adam & Eve Jew or gentile? Cain, Able & Seth…Jew? Gentile? When Moses wrote down the Law, was it for only the Jew? Or was it for Gentiles? It was written for everyone & anyone who wishes to HONOR God….there are more than 10 commandments… we have the option to follow any..ir not. But how we follow or how we don’t follow says a lot about our heart, our faith & how we believe. It’s nite about Jew…it’s not about gentile…it’s about Heart…it’s about who we honor. Do you honor God…or do you honor yourself??
Tithing is a beautiful opportunity to see God work in your life…He actually tells us to test Him in this…why would you not take Him up on that offer??? The answer to that lies right there within you. Trust your mind to know it & ship following your heart…which is deceitful.

Nort
Nort
September 14, 2020 10:51 pm
Reply to  Tony

Thank you for this explanation Tony based on the scripture. I am really blessed.

amponsah nicholas
amponsah nicholas
March 13, 2014 5:28 am

the one that is having a homosexual feelings is totally evil.it is man and woman not man and man.please see a powerful man of God to deliver you or else it will destroy you one day.

Curtis
Curtis
September 4, 2016 10:29 am
Reply to  Tony Scialdone

Well stated!

echee
echee
May 22, 2016 6:11 pm

Amponsah,you are sick in your head.to heaven or hell with ur powerful man of God.follow follow christian.this article is on point.well done Tony.

amponsah nicholas
amponsah nicholas
March 26, 2014 4:15 pm

The bible is proof and truth of Christianity,do we have to leave some and obey some? no. there were some things that Jesus came to fulfill. he said i did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it.so if God wrote Malachi to the children of Israel then it means, the rest of the old testament books are not to be obeyed by gentiles.so now tell me, what brings the blessing of God to a christian.what do you think.

B R
B R
March 29, 2014 5:38 am
Reply to  Tony Scialdone

Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.” 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” 25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. 26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

This passage teaches that even those, to whom the Son Of God was not sent, can be blessed through their faith and belief. If one doesn’t have faith in God and the blessings of tithe, then tithing would have none effect and neither would prayers to Him be answered.

B R
B R
March 29, 2014 5:42 am
Reply to  B R

The above post was taken from St. Matthew 15: 22-28.

amponsah nicholas
amponsah nicholas
March 31, 2014 8:53 am
Reply to  Tony Scialdone

please lets get a clear foundation here,in Galatians 3:27 Paul said that if ye be Christs then are ye Abraham seed according to the promise.so even though the promise was with Isaac, as soon as you come to Christ you are entitled to the blessings of Abraham, even though there are conditions to the blessings.so now, physically we are not Israelite but spiritually we are.do you know that the dispensation of the OT is different from our own, so can we say that because Paul wrote 1 Corinthians,11 Corinthians etc to some specific people and not to Ethiopians or Italians ,Italians who accepts Christ will not obey what is written in 1 and 11 Corinthians, unless it is written specifically to them?unless you will tell me that when Jesus came,the pattern of how we should tithe was changed. you can also realize that what Jesus fulfilled in some of the laws of Moses is what we obey now.what do you think.

kutlo
kutlo
April 2, 2014 7:50 am

2 Corınthıans 9:

12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

kutlo
kutlo
April 2, 2014 7:21 am

I lıke that tony saıd ıt was wrıtten for us and not to us,that means that we are to look ınto scrıptures when we have an ıssue or ın a sıtuatıon,and u wıll certaınly fınd an answer ın ıt.the fırst thıng that you should know as a chrıstıan should be that we are the ısrael of today or consıdered the church,ıts suprısıng that you,tony,would say whatever was wrıtten to the ısraelıtes was wrıtten for us to learn from too,offerıngs and tıthıngs from way back ın the church were expected of Chrıstıans.thıs was to buıld on the church or to gıve those who were ın need.@ı dont tıthe: offerıngs are gıven from the heart and ıt can be any amount,example the woman who gave lıttle but had gıven all that she had.however tıthıng ıs takıng 10th that ıs 10 percent of what you earn,belıevıng that God has blessed you wıth ıt and therefore a way of gıvıng back to the Lord or those who labour to save you or to teach you of the Lord’s word and are consıdered as what God has gıven you to save you and thıs ıs a form of gıvıng back to hıs work,for example Aaron(ın Numbers 18:08 goıng down).oblıgatıons are not emphasısed on thıs ıssue,but we can say ıts between you and your God.you have heard the truth,offerıng and tıthıng ıs necessary ın the house of the Lord towards buıldıng hıs house,gıvıng back to Hım what he has blessed you wıth, gıvıng towards hıs work,and to gıve those ın need.

kutlo
kutlo
April 3, 2014 2:25 am

thank you Tony realıse the 12th verse,that ıt states that the service of gıvıng money to the church ıs supplying the needs of the Lord’s people,( that ıs your pastor ıf he doesnt work,and he lıves only to preach or those ın church who are poor) and also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God(to say thank you Lord,you have gıven to me,therefore let the church receıve thıs on your behalf as an apprecıatıon from me).you spoke of genorosıty,yes ıt should be gıven wıth genorosıty ın your heart not wıth murmurıng,ıf you stıll murmur or dont belıve ın ıt,then pray to God that he may reveal the truth to you.then ask yourself ıf 1.ıt means you havent changed much,repented or grown spırıtually that you stıll murmur about materıal thıngs,money,and gıvıng to the Lord,2.you dont apprecıate much the person who mınısters to you,because ı belıeve ıf you apprecıated the work and theır strıvıng towards workıng on your spırıt and preachıng to you real salvatıon and seeıng theır passıon towards Gods work you would be more than wıllıng to gıve 10percent of what you earn.ın Genıses 28Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” So early in the morning Jacob took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called the name of that place Bethel, but the name of the city was Luz at the first. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”…,thıs ıs the spırıt we (saınts of the body)should have when we have found a church that preaches the true gospel and real salvatıon

kutlo
kutlo
April 3, 2014 1:43 pm

Here ıs what ı wrote,we should gıve back to Gods work and Hıs churchhouse,Chrıstıans should try to ımıtate good spırıt found ın the bıble done by saınts that were redeemed,had a real salvatıon and were guıded by the Holy spırıt.

sej
sej
April 29, 2014 4:14 pm

thanks for the article, really liked it.
what do you say about Matthew 23:23 “Woe
to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill
and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice
and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without
neglecting the others.”
so Jesus himself tells them to tithe.

LiveCatholic
LiveCatholic
June 17, 2014 9:49 pm

A great article that will help me as a catholic Christian explain to my Pentecostal friends and family why they are incorrect when they claim tithing as biblical. I also note that your position as described above seems to me totally consistent with the Catholic Church.

Miguel Obando Rojas
Miguel Obando Rojas
August 6, 2014 7:26 pm

We in Latin America should thank God first and then thank the Americans for bringing the message of the Gospel to our countries and opening our eyes to see all the false teachings of the roman catholic church, but sadly, and I have to say that it is really sad, they also brought this false teaching about tithing with them.
By forcing this law of the Old Testament into the message of the Gospel, which is something, completely apart and different from the old covenant, they introduced us to: a false Gospel, or better said: something that is not the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
They, the Americans and now our different denominations and pastors in Latin America, they all preach a mixture of the Old Covenant with the New Covenant: salvation by grace but only if tithes are paid. They make one thing very clear: “Those who don`t tithe are robbing God”. For them, it doesn`t matter if Jesus Christ redeemed us!!! I can`t image a worst way to deny the true message of the Gospel of Christ!!!
And they are all so blind, that they can`t see the contradiction they teach!! If we are saved by grace, then we don`t have to pay anything!! And if we have to pay tithes to be saved then we are no longer saved by grace!!
It would be something different, if they would teach that anyone who wants to tithe is free to do it, and that anyone who doesn`t want to do it, or simple can`t do it for any reason, then he is not in obligation to do it, and he is still saved by God`s grace.

Gwendolyn Holsey
Gwendolyn Holsey
October 21, 2014 2:58 pm

I am so greatful for the TRUTH…but at the same time disheartened to learn that I had put trust in someone whom I beileved would always be truthful with me, especially when it concerns God’s word. Now the bigger problem is acutally finding a ministry that doesn’t brainwash the congregation in tithing. If you know of ministries that are teaching the unadulterated truth in GA please contact me via my email address.

Daniel Phineas
Daniel Phineas
May 6, 2016 4:06 pm

Good teaching. That is the truth: we as pegans, we are not under the law of Moses, but under the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus-Christ. As pegans we’ve never been under the law of Moses given only to the people of Israël. We only knew God through the new convenant ignogurated by Jesus. In this new convenant the new israel that Christians are, people give freely and willingly according to their prosperity with joy and love. Never in the new testament Christians thited. Preachers nowdays use the law of Moses in the old convenant of Israël to make money in order to support the charges and the bills of their temples. But they forgot that our body is the real temple of God.

Daniel Phineas
Daniel Phineas
May 10, 2016 4:01 pm

Hi Tony,

If those who encourage people To thite do not understand that thiting is not for Christians they should not teach on this topic. They are leading christians in a wrong way; this is blamable.
Dealing with the word “pegan”, consider it the same way that you use the word “gentils” as a jew would do it. This word was used by jews in order to speak about people that were not from Israël. But you are right people that do not know about that can be confused in their understanding. So please understand the context in which I used the word “pegan” it is concerning the old testament and the law of Moses for jews not pegan or gentils or Christians. Christians are not and have never been under the law of Moses that God gave to his people Israël. Our convenant is with Jesus-Christ based on God grace, on faith, on love, and freedom To do good deeds like giving money to the church according to your prosperity.

God bless you.

Daniel Phineas
Daniel Phineas
May 13, 2016 4:12 pm

Shalom Tony,
Thanks for your explaination. I agree with. I understand very Well what you mean. You are right concerning the salvation which does not dépend on the teaching about thiting but only on our faith in Jesus for good deeds. And you are also right about word “gentils” which is better to use than the word “pegan”.

I understand all that very well.
Thanks. Keep on that way helping people, sisters and brothers to understand better.
Thanks.
God bless you.

akinola
akinola
June 17, 2016 6:49 am

Tithe was based on the produce from the land of Canaan God gave to the isrealites. Infact it wasn’t money according to deut 12 or 14. Do not be brainwashed.

chua xiao qiang
chua xiao qiang
June 22, 2016 2:54 am

Any question or doubtful in mind should refer to Seventh Day Adventist Church to guide you through scripture reading.

God bless!

chua xiao qiang
chua xiao qiang
June 22, 2016 3:23 am

” How do we rob you [God]?
In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse – the whole nation of you – because you are robbing me [God].

if you do not pay tithe, the bible says you are robbing God and you are under a curse. This curse cannot be removed by your good works or the fact that you are born again. You can only reverse this curse if you start paying tithe. Tithe is the only key to prosperity and God’s blessing.
The bible is very clear about this and there is no way around it. You have to choose between being under God’s curse and God’s blessings, so abundant and uncountable.

Those who dont pay tithe are robbing God because all income is from God. All God asks is 10%, not 50%, not 90%.
God the giver of all just wants a little portion to take care of the men of God and help spread the gospel.

Core
Core
August 13, 2016 11:29 am

Thank you for bringing up this topic, its now a year having stopped paying tithes at my local church because a light has come. My heart has totally closed,I don’t want to tithe anymore and I told my pastor who in turn told me that I have been attacked by the devil. The pastor told me that tithe protects me, but as I read my bible, it tells me that they overcame the devil by the blood of Jesus and the word of their testimonies. The bible never said it’s because of paying tithes.
The pastor told me that I will go to hell if I do not tithe.As of now the pastor wants me to pay back for all the months that I did not pay plus the 5% interest. Right now I live with fear, I don’t want to go to church because of that.
But I tell you what I’m even free to give anyone who is in need other than tithing. I just want to be free.

Please help a sister. How do I tell my pastor that I disagree with him without making him feel dishonored.
I believe that I’m saved by Jesus Christ, and I’m the righteousness of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

José
José
October 4, 2017 10:10 am

Hi, thanks for such antes interesante topic. In fact, i’m having some issues about tithing and my local church. The pastor keeps replying that if i don’t tithe, i Will be cursed, and help me god that nothing bad happens. The other argument Is that, is the only way that The pastors can have an income, how should i debate this? Thanks

Angela Morrow
Angela Morrow
November 3, 2017 6:35 am

Hi Tony,
I too have grown up being taught that only when I tithe will I be blessed, and when things were failing it was because I didn’t tithe. I was not allowed to work in my church because I wasn’t tithing regularly. There were seasons when my husband and I had tithed thousands to this church and so much of our time that life kids went a bit wayward and we ultimately ended in divorce. I tried to continue tithing and stay connected to this church but my finances changed so drastically that I couldn’t keep up. I know we should not be looked at for our works but I started international missions for this church and did so with very little support from them while giving all the honor of my efforts to their name. When a position came open and leadership over that department wanted to give me the job which could changed my finances I was denied because they said they looked at my tithing record. It broke me for a long time. Today I reading this because I am on disability and barely am making it and was trying to decide whether or not to tithe. What I have learned from what you have written is that giving comes from the heart that love the Lord and it is He that leads us yo give where He shows the need. I do give but I now am confirmed that it is not my responsibility to make sure that my pastor continues to pad the pockets of his family and close friends while my gas and elecricity are being threaten. I am free and I thank you for knowledge imparted. I believe the word says we perish for the lack of knowledge. Job 36:12,Hosea 4:6,Proverbs 5:23 & 10:21. Getting understanding is our responsibility.
Thank You Again

Michael Royer
Michael Royer
January 23, 2018 7:46 pm

I really appreciate your facts pointing out about the tithe in the new testament. We are definitely on the same page and same agreement. Thanks for backing it all up with scripture. I will say yes Pastors do tithe, because think of it… They get it back.

Dr.Peter
Dr.Peter
February 3, 2018 9:35 am

Dear Tony,
It is really a biblically centred sound doctrine!
Thank you for words. It really helps me a lot for this particular topic.

Prince
Prince
February 7, 2018 5:35 am

I stopped tithing because it simply does not work for me. It actually put me in a bind as if it were a curse doing so. I only speak for myself. It’s a big time lie. I believe the catch and reel is “ the overflow of blessings you’ll receive”. My current pastor tried to convince me “ would I rather be cursed than to receive this overflowing blessing?” But I think peoples problem is they’re too concerned of what they can get out of sugar daddy Jesus that they miss the whole purpose of the Gospel. There are too many Jesus in the church, I could name a few: The prosperity Jesus, the name it claim it Jesus, etc. Back to my point, I was in church this past Sunday with my wife who is adamant about tithing but she doesn’t even tithe herself. When something goes wrong in the house she ultimately believes it’s because were cursed by God for not tithing. One day it was so bad that we had a meeting with the pastor of course to indoctrinated her with the whole tithing principal. I told the pastor that this 10% requirement feels like I’m paying for my church membership as if it were like I’m a member of a country club or fraternity. It is like I am paying for my salvation even though were saved by the grace of Jesus Christ. Long story short we all came to a disagreement in peace but he ended with telling my wife and myself that God has to reveal it to me about tithing and neither him nor my wife can change my mind until the spirit reveals it. Just to keep my wife from nagging I told my wife I would try again in faith, it was a bad idea because for maybe over a month of practicing it We did not see a overflow and my wife herself didn’t even pay 10%. I asked him “if I don’t pay tithes am I not considered save and or am I hell bound?” He told me no, but I’m under a curse. I thought to myself well that’s ridiculous, why are forcing the issue of tithing then? That was about two years ago and now the church membership has dwindled down very low and it’s more of the pastors family that attends. It use to be a packed house and we had a bunch of youth. Now it’s almost empty. The pastor has gotten a little bit more aggressive as far as posting the tithing principle in the church program where he breaks down that 80% goes to your expenses/bills, 10% belongs to God, and 10% you pay yourself. I felt like tried embarrassing me because during the collection or benediction he said “well I know this guy knows the punishment for not paying God His tithe”. I was livid because not only did that put me on the spot but my wife was pointing and laughing at me. I was so livid that now I will definitely never give to that church. I rather attend another church who is not going use fear tactics or warping scripture to their advantage. I sat down and talked to God about it every time to show me the truth and I don’t get a answer other than what I’ve read. This is not a conviction of the spirit but plainly a compulsive operation they use to try to consider on paying the tithe. It just seems like this is a desperation move. Lastly I don’t know how this May effect the whole tithing thing he teaches, but I discovered that the church is filed as a corporation(501c3) and I know most of these religious entities can’t do exactly what they want. It’s like a counterfeit church.

Lou Cagle
Lou Cagle
March 14, 2018 6:15 pm

Tony, it is you that has a problem with tithing. Gentiles were grafted in, tithing is of the heart, and the Lord says to test Him in this. He will bless us if we do this by faith. Kutlo up above says it very well and is trying to help you get it. Sometimes we have to face the truth, maybe you understand this tithing wrong, just maybe you are wrong. Try tithing and see the promises come your way, not financially but in many ways. Tithe means tenth. Yes, the tithe goes to the local church, and it goes from there to wages and to helping the poor, widow, etc. Open your heart and mind and ask the Lord to help you understand tithing. God will enlighten you. No debates, just be open to tithing. It is not the law, Christ came to fulfill it and we are (Christians) to tithe. Yes. This is a one time post.

Lou Cagle
Lou Cagle
March 14, 2018 6:22 pm

Chua, you are right. I had stopped tithing, and going through a time of trying to understand it. I will start again. I believe as you do and am asking God to help me in this. So, thank you for your post. That was one Scripture I had forgot. Things in the church stopped me in my tracks and I began to question a lot of things about the church, but now I am beginning to get it again. Thanks Chua.

Eyongpolo
Eyongpolo
April 19, 2018 9:15 am

what is the purpose of tithe?.can one make heaven without paying tithes?

Garrett
Garrett
May 25, 2018 10:55 am

I’m in a boat where my wife and I fully tithe along giving an offering of 5% of our gross income… (first fruits) this is recommended by the church. With all the money we give/tithe off of gross we give about 19%net. I work 2 jobs and wife stays at home with our 2 kids. (I don’t get much time with my kids) and We do not throw our money around.
Idk why I keep tithing cept the pastor puts fear into everyone saying you will be cursed and your robbing God.. And thiefs go to hell..and your situations will never get better…. So ya.
I do see where the scripture says to tithe but only addressed to Isreal along with the law… And the other tithes in the Bible were free will tithes.
My questions are… Did everyone tithe in Isreal? Such as anyone who didn’t have crops or animals?
Is there anywhere in the first churches where Paul or any Saint told the gentiles to tithe? All I find in the New testament is giving.
I understand that a church needs money and all… But to give/tithe about 1/5th of your net income is sorta making me not want to go back.

Kim
Kim
July 21, 2018 2:06 am

This answers to many questions for me. Thank you for writing this and thank you for replying to most comments (the comments and your replies were just as helpful as the article). God Bless you Tony!

J-Dizzle
J-Dizzle
July 23, 2018 2:05 pm

Tony! Help please,

My pastor teaches tithing and the whole curse thing which I find cringe worthy. I love my pastor and know him personally. I find that he is a extremely good and generous person. I believe he hears from God, but unfortunately it goes through the incorrect filter of what he believes to be true(which I regular find unfounded in the scriptures). Regardless of this, here’s my current delima. My friend (who use to be a member of the church) came back for a visit recently and of the course the sermon that was preached was on tithing and the curse. I could visibly tell that he was uncomfortable and even felt convicted by the sermon. He does well financially and is generous in so many ways but I don’t believe he ever tithe while he was at the church or currently. Should I reach out to him and share what I’ve gathered in regards to tithing and what the Bible really says or let him come to his own conclusions?

Ted
Ted
August 24, 2018 7:27 am

Thank you for this web page. It is one of the best I have found on the subject. I know tithing is not for the church,after doing it for 25 years. Now I am being removed from helping teach kids where I go to church because I don`t pay tithe. So sad…But God has opened a whole new door for me to help kids at a public school learning about Jesus !! That is where the harvest is anyway! 🙂

JesusisLove
JesusisLove
October 25, 2018 6:45 am

pastor preach about tithing, I don’t even think they tithe themselves!!

Paul CT
Paul CT
November 18, 2018 4:18 am

Thank you for this Tony. I love my church and they do focus on the 10% too much. I prefer to think of it as a number to get people to focus on. For me, I don’t give 10%, but I still give out of love. Anytime I try to think I can give more but crush my budget, an overwhelming sense of guilt comes over me.

I can’t tell if it’s feeling wrong for not giving 10% or it’s the fact that I’m focuse TOO much on 10% and instead should just give because I love my lord and savior.

Sometimes fear grips me too as I feel like God is angry with me for not giving 10%.

Tae
Tae
September 30, 2019 5:53 pm

I love that you wrote this article. I was always a faithful tithing until years ago when I came into the truth about Christian giving. I agree with you 100%. I still give money to the church but if different now that I’m not trying to follow the law that was never meant for me. Thank you for writing this!

Cathy
Cathy
October 15, 2019 1:31 pm

Thank you Tony for responding to my question on messenger.I grew up with the teaching of paying tithe, and not being “allowed” to teach or hold any position until I read and signed a agreement that I did pay my 10% and was not divorced.My husband and I have been married for 37 years and out of those he’s known the Lord the last 14.He also teaches this way about tithe.When he first told me what he had found in scripture about tithe,I thought there was no way he could be right but he went thru scripture and he showed me .We are a very small congregation,we are in the minority!We seek,we ask,we knock, and HE is always faithful! Glad that my sister shared this site with me.GOD bless you and your family!!!

Adrian
Adrian
October 31, 2019 12:19 am

Hey Tony, thank you for your kind answers to all the questions here. It is really refreshing! Here is my question:

My wife and I are starting in life, we just got out of college and are ready to enter the workfoce, so this subject is really relevant to us. We’ve been taught by our church that we should do tithing. The Church is teaching it in a very kind way, and we have no pressure from them to do it, we just don’t want to find ourselves robbing God.

I never really wanted to do thithing because to me it really looks like a thing of the old law, but recently, I stumbled upon Matthew 23:23: “You give a tenth of your spices — mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law — justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter *WITHOUT NEGLECTING THE FORMER*”. This is very interesting to me because this is said directly by Jesus, he excplicitly teach about it and ecourage people to do it. He NEVER does that about ANY other laws of the old testament, like if it was the only thing that they were doing right and that they should keep doing. Why do you think he said that?

Looking forware to reading you!

Dianne
Dianne
January 6, 2021 7:16 pm

Tony you seriously have it going on! Thank you…I gotta finish reading all of these posts…so much intense knowledge.

Scott
Scott
January 9, 2021 7:18 pm

Hello Tony. I have read your article and the balance of your responses to everyone who inquired about the tithing issue. You have a genuine pastor’s heart, and have been able to contend in some instances with the spirit of Christ-like love toward your brothers and sisters. That is wonderful and I know the Lord is pleased with this website. Many Protestants who had continued in their respective denominational tradition of their church fathers have forgotten about the reasons why they broke from the mother church; that is, the church of Rome. As a result, many of these believers are enamoring themselves in a works-based approach to God. If they want to work their way to God, maybe they should return to the Roman Catholic Church. In the denomination I am in we recall how the Papacy reigned for 1,260 years with an iron fist, especially over Europe; 538 AD – 1798 AD. I agree God has some true believers in Roman Catholicism; however, the Papal system has truly done a power play with many people . . . and this will be the case in the future. I feel a sense of sadness for many in my extended family who are in Roman Catholic tradition. Anyway, you are fantastic in graciously offering your weighted interpretations. Praise the Lord and I’m very grateful to you.

David
David
February 28, 2021 8:50 am

The reason tithing is a part of our life is Christian Stewardship. It is not a “law” and to seek such in it self is legalism….”I don’t tithe because I’m not commanded. “If there’s a Scripture commanding me, I’ll do it.”

The principles of stewardship are significant and essential in the kingdom.
I hope one day you find this truth for yourself.

Its ok to write a blog stating its not a command or law…although I’m surprised a bit this old argument still rumbles in belly of the body of Christ.
40 years people were saying, “stop tithing! Its not a command”, but such thought lacks the knowledge of the principle of tithing; the beautiful dynamic in stewardship is forsaken because no one says you must.

So many things we do are out of understanding the principles taught in Scripture, not only from the few laws we are commanded to follow.

Doug
Doug
February 28, 2021 9:13 am

Also, please note here where in the New Testament Paul speaks to you. All the words of Paul are written in letters specifically to groups of people, surely you aren’t an Ephesian or Galatian? Are you a descendent of the Collosians?
So why are you taking words spoken specifically to a group of people in a specific time and considering them relevant now?

How can you apply Paul’s teachings intended for others, not you, to your life?

You know exactly why.

Same as much of the intent of OT law & principles.

Keep it simple. Make your point. Fine. Its not a law to tithe. The other stuff you’re saying makes you seem a tad moronic.

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