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Tithing is an Old Testament concept. The tithe was a requirement of the law in which all Israelites were to give 10 percent of everything they earned and grew to the Tabernacle/Temple (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5). In fact, the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes which would have pushed the total to around 23.3 percent, not the 10 percent which is generally considered the tithe amount today. 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 New Testament nowhere commands, or even recommends, that Christians submit to a legalistic tithe system. Paul states that believers should set aside a portion of their income in order to support the church (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).
The New Testament nowhere designates a percentage of income a person should set aside, but only says it is to be “in keeping with income” (1 Corinthians 16:2). Some in the Christian church have taken the 10 percent figure from the Old Testament tithe and applied it as a “recommended minimum” for Christians in their giving. The New Testament talks about the importance and benefits of giving. We are to give as we are able. Sometimes that means giving more than 10 percent; sometimes that may mean giving less. It all depends on the ability of the Christian and the needs of the church. Every Christian should diligently pray and seek God’s wisdom in the matter of participating in tithing and/or how much to give (James 1:5). Above all, all tithes and offerings should be given with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the body of Christ. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
1 COR 16:2-3
ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK LET EACH ONE OF YOU LAY SOMETHING ASIDE, STORING UP AS HE MAY PROSPER, THAT THERE BE NO COLLECTIONS WHEN I COME.
I like to say it like this; In the New Testament we have graduated from “Amount” to “Proportional” giving and from regulated and demanded to freely, voluntarily and cheerfully. It is truly a joy to be a giver! The best givers I know have little but their proportions are very high giving away a large part of what they have. This is why those large amount donors who want a trumpet blown before them all the time so all will know one day will take a backseat forever in Eternity to little old ladies and people like Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
My heart breaks when I see the gold offering plates, the red velvet bags and the manipulation tactics that force each row to stand and go to the front under the guise of order! How about the”Everybody hold it up high!” (like if God didn’t see it in your pocket before you took it out!) Absolutely disgraceful!
Jose L. Bosque
How close are you to pleasing God with all He has trusted you with?