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Should Tithing Be Abandoned

My friend says tithing is an OT principle and Jesus never said anything about it and should therefore be abandoned. I totally disagree. What are your views?

Moderator - It is impossible to follow the OT tithing principles today. However, GIVING 10% is a good place to start. In the NT, we are required to be cheerful givers.

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After reading many of these replies it dawns on me why we were asked to tithe to begin with. God wants our obedience and praise first and foremost, He does not need our money. One tenth of the first fruits of your labors. To re-interpret/change what was written for our own uses is so very human. In a world where we are expected to give 15-20% to someone who brings us food in a restaurant, who are we to deny 10% to the one who sent His only Son to die for us to have eternal life with His Father in heaven?
---Sandra on 1/4/07

Helen, thats new to me, where in the bible does that say its done away...the mind boggles..this is wrong teaching...why do you hold onto what is rightfully God's..
---jana on 1/4/07

Tithing has already been done away with by Christ's death on the Cross. Tithing was a part of the Law which Christ abolished. Under the new Covenant, God loves a cheerful giver, not one who gives of necessity.
---Helen_5378 on 1/4/07

Get rid of tithing? You do just that and your robbing God of His do you think churches and the poor are going to be looked after..who is going to pay for the power bill in the church, build the church, feed the poor etc etc..think again friends..God meant this portion of your money for His work..not for your pocket.
---jana on 1/4/07

The only place that God says to test Him are in the areas of tithes & offerings. Your finances will be cursed if you do not tithe. This is God's money not yours. I have tested God in this, and know.
---Leslie on 1/3/07

Tithing should be abandoned. However, I think that it would take just too much faith on the part of the church to just believe God for finances. Giving freely is New Testament.
---Helen_5378 on 8/4/06

There is only two places in the new testiment where titheing is mentioned,Mt 23:23,Luke 11:42 Jesus was refering to the pharasees paying tithe but over looking what was really important,judgement mercy and faith, The teaching of Jesus is to give Like your father in heaven looking for nothing in return he bless's the sinner and the righteous without prejudice we are to freely recieve by Grace all the promises that are yea and amen in Jesus and give out of our abundance.
---Exzucuh on 8/4/06

The doctrine of tithing is in the Old Covenant law and pertains to the support of the Levitical priesthood and the temple. Like the Sabbath it is not required of the church. However, Christians are encouraged to give on the basis of how they are blessed and encouraged to assemble together for communal worship - Hebr 10:25
---lee on 8/4/06

if God commanded us to, then we should, if He commanded us to obey His 10 laws, then we should..learn to obey God fellas..."Acts5:29 we ought to obey God rather than men".."Rom8:14 for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." are we all sons of God???? let Him be judge
---jana on 8/2/06

Elder. Yes, giving as the Lord has prospered is probably a lot more than 10%. That's what we found out. Our church quit the teaching on tithing and now people give more than 10%. But if there is a problem financially, they are not on a guilt trip that they haven't tithed this month. It doesn't place them under a law but gives them liberty and they respond positively.
---john on 2/12/06

In conclusion, should tithing be abolished? The simple answer is yes and replaced by grace giving - for one to give as he has been blessed. Of course, 10 percent is a good goal for most Christians; howbeit, if there are medical bills to be paid, loss of job, losses due to lawsuits, bad business ventures, etc. one should not have to borrow to met the goals of giving to the Lord's work.
---lee on 2/12/06

Mike - If one is a Christian and really loves the Lord he will give to the work of His church. The amount may vary from year to year in accordance to ones financial situation. Of course, what one gives should be of first priority. Most people can live on 90% of their income easily under good mgmt but there are times when a lost of job, medical situations, etc. preclude one from giving a specified amount. One should not have to borrow money in order to met a certain goal; as tithers often have to.
---lee on 2/6/06

Forget, for a moment, what the Old Testament says about tithing - The question still remains, do you give to the Church to meet the needs of the Church, and in what amount? You can't buy many Bibles, tracts, or food with good intentions.
--- meeting needs in georgia ---
---mike on 2/6/06

John "giving as God has prospered" us is sure more than tithing. Luke 6:38 says give and it shall be given you.
It is really a mathematical impossibility to be able to give and then keep records on what God gives back and then give on that part also. If you had to pay for the Salvation of your child what would you be willing to give. Aren't we glad that is a free gift?
---Elder on 2/2/06

Do any of you tithers really tithe? Have your read the rest of the story of tithing in Deut.15? Were it tells you to release every one of their debts. And any thing that you have lent out to allow the person to keep it. Then on the fiftieth year you give every one the property back that they bought from you. I'd like to hear from any one that follows through with all that law. But you would say "this is just for the Jews and it is law" And I would agree with you.
---john on 2/2/06

Rebecca D. Thanks for all the verses. They are all instructions to the pharisees who placed themselves under the law and were lost. Those are not instructions to the N.T. Church. The verses in Hebrews 7:5-9 specifically state that it was the Levitical priesthood that recieved tithes and it no longer exists. Therefore the law of tithing had to change.
---john on 2/2/06

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Delmar. When Paul said to bring the fruit of their increase he was not talking about tithing. It was a collection for needy saints in Galatia, not Levites or Priests for which the tithe was collected in the O.T. He said let every one give as God has prospered him. He didn't say let every one tithe.There is no teaching to the N.T. Church to tithe. I challenge any one to show me Scripturally, any teaching to the N.T. Church that tithing is required. I will repent and begin tithing when you show me.
---john on 2/2/06

Tithing comes from the heart. Those of you whom don't tithe and say it is a false doctrine, then you are only fooling yourself. You are stingy and robbing God as he says. With this attitude, you must not love God very much to give back what all he has blessed you with. You must think your not very blessed at all to think like that.
---Rebecca_D on 2/1/06

Go ahead, quit tithing, God doesn't need our money.
He doesn't want our money only our hearts and obedience.
When He gets those there is no question or problem tithing and/or giving. My experience has been that people that say tithing is wrong don't give anything anyway. The New Testament speaks of giving 10%, 50% and 100%. Take your choice and enjoy.
---Elder on 2/1/06

Tithing is not a false doctrine. It should not be abandoned. Lev 27:30-33, Mal 3:8-10 Mt 23:23, Lk 11:42, 18:12, Gen 28:22, Deu 12:11, Heb 7:5-9. Tithing all started with Abraham giving Melchizidek a tenth of all. Tithing doesn't mean money but it means all that one possess. Jacob pledges that if God blesses him, Jacob would give a tenth back to God. Tithing is made before the law to tithe was given but this offering is made in response to blessing, out of Thanksgiving.
---Rebecca_D on 2/1/06

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Tithing is in the new testament. Paul wrote that when the brethren gather on the first day of the week they should bring the fruit of their increase. The preaching of the grace of God has truly removed the fear of the Lord for many. Malachi is used in many sermons about robbing God and it is a needful thing today. There are to be works combined with our faith. The work of tithing should go with the faith that God loves those who have nothing to give as well. Even Jesus honoured the poor widow's mite.
---Delmar on 2/1/06

In the book of Hebrews the bible teaches that Jesus now receives our tithes. Tithing is therefore spiritually correct, and anyone who denies this is most likely a lover of money, which is the root of all evil.
---Ken on 2/1/06

Have any ofyou considered that everything all belongs to God anyway and that if we give, beginning with a tithe and then offerings, God is doing to take care of us. I know this frompersonal experience and the blessings are awesome. They are not always financial blessings and those can be better than all the money in the world.
---Hazel on 2/1/06

craig - tithing should be abandoned simply because it is a false doctrine. Secondly the NT advocates grace giving not the tithe and we are to give in accordance to how we are blessed. Last of all, those churches that teach grace giving have found they get more money than they would by teaching tithing.

Tithing basically is exploitation of the biblically ignorant by preachers that are much akin to con-artists.
---lee on 2/1/06

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Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. (1 Chronicles 29:9 KJVR)
This kind of giving comes from a joyful heart, not a dusty book.
-- for the right reasons in georgia --
---mike on 2/1/06

Tithing should never be abandoned. All the money we have, whether its wages from a job, a personal gift, or whatever, comes from God. To not give back to God is robbing Him.
---craig on 2/1/06

Deut. 15 continues with tithing and says at the end of the seventh year to release anything you have lent and free the debtor. At the fiftieth year it gets even worse. All of you who keep the tithing law, do you do that to or just pick the easy part of this law? Any Sabbath keepers there? You don't keep the Sabbath like it was instructed.(no fire, no cooking etc.) You just pick the easy part and then tell the person who doesn't do it that he is disobedient. Paul said if you keep the law, keep it all.
---john on 2/1/06

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:21 KJVR)
-- easy to understand in georgia --
---mike on 2/1/06

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In conclusion, should tithing be abolished? The plain answer is YES because it cannot be supported from a Biblical standpoint, and secondly, churches that teach grace giving find they can really raise more money to advance the gospel message. God's blessings are on those that preach the truth.
---lee on 2/1/06

Deut 14 states that if you live too far away from the temple where you are to bring the tithe, then "you shall turn it into money and bind up the money in your hand and go to the place that the LORD your God chooses
and spend the money for whatever you desire...".

So I think that 'a_servant' would have to agree that since we live far away from the Jerusalem temple, that we can spend the tithe on ourselves and not rob God at all!
---lee1538 on 1/12/06

2Cor 9 speaks to charity and attitude in giving to 1) saints, 9) poor, 10) sower, 12) saints, 13) men.

Lev 27:30 all the tithe . . . is the LORD'S: it is holy . . .

The tithe is reserved for God by God. It is not charity.

Mal 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me . . . In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me . . .

God personalizes His response BECAUSE the tithe belongs to Him. God does not like being robbed. Thus, the curse.
---a_servant on 12/30/05

1 Timothy 6:10 For the LOVE OF MONEY is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

It is God's money. I give back to Him as He requires, and more. Since He already lets me keep more than 70% of His money, it is unlikely He will not meet every need that I have. I will obey Him and be blessed. You can do what you want.
---a_servant on 12/30/05

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It is impossible to give your whole life to Christ, but only 10% of your wallet. Jesus said to the rich young man, "sell all that you have and give it to the poor and you follow me." Jesus wants our everything to be turned to Him and not only parts of us.
---Fred on 12/29/05

John, thank you for the explanation. I was thinking that no one gave to the church at all. But I see now it's an offering not just a 'because I have to' thing.
---bethie on 12/29/05

moderator, God desires mercy, the haves to share with the have nots. Instead, when he walked into the house of mercy, he found the people trying to buy his grace with sacrifices and tithes. When he saw the poor who went to church to seek God's help, and the ushers required that he needs to buy a sacrifice, Jesus felt the poor man's loss. Jesus never charged a tithe before he ministered help. These robbers, who abuse the scriptures this way will be cast out of the kingdom, and that poor will inherit it.
---Eloy on 12/29/05

2Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
---Ulrika on 12/29/05

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a servant, it is fine if you want to give a tenth of your income, or more to Lord. I believe when God was speaking of tithes, he was talking to the children of Isael.
Deuteronomy 12:5-17 / 14:22-29 \ 2Chronicles 31:4-6 Nehemiah 10:37-39 Haggai 2:4-9 Malachi 3:6-12 Matthew 23:23 Luke 11-42
---Ulrika on 12/29/05

Since Jesus never said anything, it is not possible that He abrogated tithing.

Since not tithing has curses attending (Mal 3), one should be very careful "assuming" to disobey God's command.

Haggai 2:8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.

All our money belongs to God. He is right to command its use. Servants (us) cannot "decide" to change God's command. It is called sin.
---a_servant on 12/29/05

its not done away with in the new testament he says;Luke 18:12, (The word tithe alone means 10%.) he also said in the new testament;John 14:15 - If ye love me, keep my commandments. 1 John 5:3. 2 John 1:6, all his commandments not just the 10. people would have NO money worries if they give more money to Gods work. he said he would open up the windows of heaven , he will STILL do it..he says to prove him ..I did and his promise still holds people!!!!!
---Jan4876 on 12/29/05

My pastors do not believe in tithing at all but in the biblical view of giving in accordance to how one is blessed; reflecting on how much one loves the Lord. We are a fairly wealthy church and we do not need to preach false doctrine in order to raise money.
---lee on 12/28/05

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Tithing is in obedience to God. Give unto God what is God's.....In our world today,money is required to survive. The churches need money to stay open and to minister to others with. God doesn't stop blessing us so we should not stop paying our tithes. If we do, we are in disobedience to Him.
---sheryl on 12/28/05

Bethie.We have bills at our church too and a great deal of food is distributed every week from our Storehouse at church but no one tithes. But people give as the Lord lays it on their hearts,not on stone.Stewardship. God gives you a job, you sow into His kingdom.He that sows sparingly will reap sparingly.But he that sows bountifully will reap bountifully.
---john on 12/28/05

But if no one pay tithes or gives offerings, how are the churches going to stay open. I know at our church we have to pay the light bill and oil, even phone, if no one brings the money do we function?
---bethie on 12/28/05

Jeremiah 7:11 Isaiah 56: Matthew 21:12,13 Mark 11:15 -17 Luke 19:45,46
From reading John 2:13-16, I believe Jesus was angry, because they were buying and selling animals in his Fathers house. These verses don't say anything about tithing, that I know of.
From what I understand from the OT, I believe tithing,the sabbath, and circumcision are part of the covenant between God and the children of Isaiah. If you are not Jewish, you are a Gentile.
---Ulrika on 12/28/05

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I totaly agree with you Rick!
---susanna on 12/28/05

In relation to this question; notice how much is spent on a place to assemble rather than to sending(ROMANS 10-15) out the message to the lost. The answers here given prove that much questioning is taking place in believers minds about this thing called tithing.--mima/12/28/2005
---mima on 12/28/05

moderator, Church is a house of prayer, but when Jesus entered the temple he found people buying animal sacrifices for the temple, this made him furious. So Jesus made a whip and beat and drove the moneychangers out and also the parishoners who bought and sold out of his church. A believer comes to church for sanctuary and ministering, but instead the sheep find robbers who wrongly demand their money- this is not of God. And many, especially the poor, stop going to church because of this sin.

Moderator - I thought Christ was mad because the animal sacrifices were blemished, but being sold as proper sacrifices. Therefore, the Jews buying the sacrifices were being robbed and God was getting second hand goods?
---Eloy on 12/28/05

In the O.T. tithing was the law. In the N.T. tithing is a sin, "Making my Father's church a den of robbers."

Moderator - Please explain in more detail your quote.
---Eloy on 12/28/05

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I tith to God, but no in a church offering. I give freely of food, clothing, help build shelters, help the addicts and the elderly. I tith more than 10%. But...try telling some of the local ministers that is tithing!!!
---Rick on 12/28/05

There is no reason to abandon it but why would anyone want to continue in it when it has been done away with? There is a new and better way that was brought in with the New Covenant of faith. It's called giving and stewardship. Listen to the Holy Spirit, He will tell you what to give. The O.T. priesthood had been abolished so why continue in it? Read Heb.7
---john on 12/28/05

Ricky. You say God has not changed and that is true but the Scripture says that in the fulness of time God sent His son to redeem those that were under the Law.God has a plan and He carries it out. Giving and stewardship is the N.T. way. The law is no longer written on stone. Let the Holy Spirit guide us into what we should give.
---john on 12/28/05

I believe that tithing still applies for today. Reason being is that God has not changed. Tithing opens you to get blessed as well. I always say, " Don't knock it til you try it." Meaning put forth faith in what God said in His word concerning it.
---Rickey on 12/28/05

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Tithing is Biblical..Look around your town. Lots a people are Hungary..homeless and helpless..They will see the Christ in you by you directly tithing to then. Feed them physically, then spiritually..Do Not feed the Beast..Be a wise steward.
---Lynn_Bedford77 on 12/28/05

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