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Payment Of Tithes A Requirement

Is the payment of tithes compulsory to all Christians?

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the only kind of giving God does NOT want is compulsory giving, because it is not supposed to be a tax, but an act of love.
---curt on 4/4/08

Even though tithing was before the law ,Abraham was not specifically instructed of God to pay tithes he did it out of his own volition, so why think its compulsory for a christian if we be heirs of Abraham?And why was it never mentioned by Paul in his letters to the church, He only mentioned offerings?
---chy on 1/24/07

Some Christians will say no, but God says YES. The Tithe IS God's money not ours. If you don't give your tithe, you are stealing from God the Bible says.
---Leslie on 1/7/07

its not compulsory. though god said to the israelites to give a tenth of their increase and from there we just willingly give with all our hearts...I have been giving more than 10% most times because I love the lord so much and I get so much blessings each day..and I love to help those in need, thats why the tithing..christ died for us..can we repay him?? give willingly
---jana on 5/8/06

There was a time when I didn't, but Since I started paying tithes, it was always 10% and rarely little more. This went on for years. Lately I have been giving Considerably more and doing it with real joy in my heart onto the Lord, and I have been getting my socks blessed off. I can't keep up. The more I give the more the Lord is blessing me. It's a vicious cycle, but it's good! I can hardly believe it. I'm getting more blessed and blessed, and it seems like it's out of control. I can't outgive God!!!
---John on 5/27/05

, in answer to your question, sheila, if you are giving cheerfully, why do you measure out ten percent? nobody gives an exact amount or percentage unless they are paying a bill.
---curt on 5/14/05

Curt on 5/8/05-Just cuz someone give 10% regulary doesn't mean they are doing it cuz they feel it's required.If someone gives 10% cheerfully on a regular basis, what's wrong with that?
---Sheila on 5/12/05

any giving that is compulsory, or even feels like it is required, is exactly what God does Not want. we should give according to our love for God. ten percent shows that we are "paying a tax".
---curt on 5/8/05

Surprise!! We don't own one thing here on earth. It ALL belongs to God. He allows us to use His money, His goods, His sweet creation, even our breath. He doesn't owe us one thing! He gave His all to us in the life, death, burial, and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ who went to heaven to prepare a place for us. As icing on the cake, He sent the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us all the days of our lives. Now, dear one, what do you think we owe God? 10%? Listen to the Holy Spirit; He will tell you what to give and when to give it. Just be sure you give cheerfully.
---Elsie on 5/4/05

I always felt that 10% was the very minimum we owed our God. A very small portion indeed for all He has given us. Much less than government tax rates of 30% plus.

"2 Corinthians 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
---CarolT on 5/3/05

The old church used to sell indulgences to raise money but many modern churches today teach that Christians are obligated to give the tithe. I would stay away from those kinds of people.
---lee on 5/3/05

Darryn, what you say about the widow is EXACTLY what Eloy was saying ... that 10% is not enough ... we should give 100% of ourselves.
---Alan_of_U.K. on 5/2/05

Darryn, i don't argue. Let me reiterate the fact i stated earlier: God does not require a tithe, instead he requires 100%, just as the widow has done.
---Eloy on 4/28/05

Eloy, your argument becomes unsubstantiated by the mere fact that Jesus commenetd on the lowly widow who put all she had in the offering. And then commended her and told us to do like wise. Read and understand what was going on, the temple cleansing came about because those who were selling the pigeons and exchanging money were ripping the poor off, they were profitting off money and sacrifices meant for God, which is why Christ became angry, because the poor were seing teh house of God not as a place of refuge but a place where they would be robbed and ridiculed.
---Darryn on 4/28/05

Alan, i agree. The problem with tithing is 1 it's Old Testament law, and 2 people believe that: "i have done my duty, i paid the 10%, therefore i'm obedient and i will go to heaven." Wrong! That's why he purged the temple. Jesus did not just give 10% of himself on the cross, he gave 100% of himself, and that same price God also requires of each one of us that are true born-again Christians who are called by his name- anything less, and your lost (even as the rich young ruler went away weeping).
---Eloy on 4/27/05

Yes Eloy I agree all thst you say baout the "Temple cleaning" and we cannot buy our way into heaven nor should the church charge for people to come in to receive Christ's blessing.

But I think we agree that giving to the church, or other missions or charities, Christian or secular, does not count as buying God's goodwill.

I do know someone who says that no giving is altruistic ... we only do it so we can feelk good, not really to benefit the person we are giving to. How cynical!!
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/26/05

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Alan, They were selling pigeons and lambs for temple sacrifices. And he completely purged the temple from all those who were buying and selling. Tithing is an O.T. law. Jesus actually hated those moneychangers in the temple, for it is a sin to charge any amount for his grace which is totally free. Jesus says give to the poor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, but none were doing that in the temple. The poor were getting poorer, the hungry thinner, and the naked colder, but the priests were getting fatter and fatter.
---Eloy on 4/26/05

Eloy ... You seem to be saying that we should not give money to God, because that means we are trying to buy our way into heaven. Is that what you mean?

I do not recall Jesus using his whip on those who were giving .. He used it on those who were exploiting them.

I hope I misunderstood your first comments.
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/26/05

Alan, yes it is harsh, Jesus beat them all out of the church with a whip for it; but apparently it's not harsh enough, because many people still refuse to learn from it and are still stuck in Old Testament laws which never saved anyone.
---Eloy on 4/26/05

I love Tommy's 3007 answer. Christians do not tithe under the Levitical priesthood (Malachi). Rather we tithe under the Melchisedek priesthood as did our father Abraham. Tithing as Abraham did it is out of faith, love, appreciation. Under this order 10% is peanuts. "Return" tithe as Abraham did, and watch God increase you above your imagination.
---June on 4/26/05

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remember everyone, that if you give ten percent because it's required, you are loving yourself nine times more than you love God, because you kept ninety percent for yourself.
---curt on 4/25/05

part 2
I was fired from a job on the 24th of February. I still have my home, car, cats, clothes, belongings and the bills have all been paid, I have not had to beg borrow or steal, and my new job makes more money than the last. I tithed from my unemployment,which wasn't much!! Let God prove his faithfulness. He tells us to test him in this. God is faithful to provide, we can do no less than give Him what he asks. If you don't give the 10% The other 90% won't be enough anyway. God's math makes no sense, just enjoy it!
---Julie on 4/25/05

Not compulsory. But necessary. If we don't give the ten percent, we are guilty of robbing God. Malachi. I have been poor my whole life. And I have tithed ever since I came to accept grace 14 years ago. I have never been naked, hungry, cold, homeless or without transportation. I have never had my car repossessed, never been evicted, never had the utilities turned off. Every move I have made, car I have bought, has been a move up.
---Julie on 4/25/05

Eloy ... that is harsh ... when we give to God, we know we are only giving it back to Him & we are not trying to buy our way into heaven. And yes, God will use it.

I wonder when was the last recorded incidence of God printing bank notes and putting them through the pastor's door.

No, if the note went through his door, they were given by people.

And yes, it does take money to buy food and send it to Kosovo. And that I believe was God's work
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/25/05

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To all who think that they are doing God a favor by buying his grace, remember what Jesus did with the whip in the temple, your money perish with you.
---Eloy on 4/25/05

I found scripture supporting payment of tithes, & others that told me to give w/a cheerful heart. I wasn't doing that. I was giving, but constantly worried about past due bills. One day, I gave up & gave in. I began happily paying my tithes & trusted God for the rest. I have been paying faithfully ever since & found that I have had not only the ability 2 pay past due bills, but 2 pay them off quicker. God is faithful to keep His promise when we are faithful to Him & put all our trust & faith in Him. All good things come from the Lord - our money is His to begin with. He simply blesses us w/it.
---Dorothy on 4/25/05

The payment of tithe is a requirement for all christians (See malachi 3:7 -12). It is so, that the works of God may continue unhindered.
---yemisi on 4/25/05

I think we should give honestly to God, but this does not necessarily giving it all to our church. For example, giving part to a separate mission, or even a secular charity, may be considered giving to God

But as to the amount ... I do not think we are bound to a tithe. Read Galations Chapter 2. We are released from the old rules
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/25/05

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I believe God would want you give what you can. I do not believe in the 10%. It should be what you are ABLE to give. I have seen some people who are so brain washed thinking that God will get mad at them and not send them to heaven if they don't give 10%. Then they do without for a month having to ask neighbors and friends food to feed their children and familes because some denomations tell their people that. I think it is terrible. People if you can give 10% or more do it. But don't pick on the ones who can't.
---Kim on 4/25/05

To tithe 10% is an Old Testament teaching, correctly identified in Malachi. However Jesus teaches us in the New testament that all wealth and possesions belong 100% to Him, and by rights we should give all to Him, however as His ways, He allows us to determine to what extent we give, because it is an act of freewill and of obedience combined. Give with a cheerful heart out of the abundance and the lack thereof.
---Darryn on 4/25/05

I will say this, tithing is no more compulsory to "christians" than it is compulsory to God to provide our daily sustenance. Do you appreciate what God has done for you? Then show it by giving up what you THINK is yours. God gives us according to our needs, and wants us to honour Him by returning a portion to His church to show our faith in Him and to support those who minister in His name. If you don't "feel" compelled to give out of love for the Lord, maybe you don't think He has done anything for you? Know this, God doesn't "need" our money, time or talents.
---tommy3007 on 4/25/05

Yes, tithe is compulsory as long as you are a child of God.
---Abiodun on 4/25/05

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The New Testament says, It is more blessed to give then to receive. "Every man according as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver." II Corinthians 9:7.
---Eloy on 4/25/05

One minor correction: One does not PAY tithe, one RETURNS tithe. God owns everything already. He only asks that we return 10% of what He has lent us.
---Jerry on 4/25/05

Hi, The payment of tithes is compulsory to all Christians, this is not debatable. Please, i will like to refer you to the following passage:
Malachi 3, vs 8-12
---NIKE on 4/25/05

Malachai 3:8-10,
---abdua3953 on 4/25/05

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There are 2 Testaments, and we must rightly divide the word of truth. Jesus never charged 10% before he ministered to anybody, he did not even take one cent to heal or to pray for or to resurrect anyone, and he also told us to give this free grace to others likewise for free. "No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other: or else he will lean to the one and despise the other: you all cannot serve God and richesTake free, donate free."
---Eloy on 4/25/05

I believe it depends on each individual and it also reveals the individual heart motive. God says in His Word it is more blessed to give then recieve. Tithes, I believe is an expression of the heart. A person reaps what he or she sows. Read Mal 3. Jesus came to fulfill the Law and not do away with it. Also, Jesus said to render to man what is man's and render to God what is God's.
---Michael on 4/25/05

Absolutely! It clearly states in the bible that 10% should go to tithe. And all Christians should commit to this.
---Scott on 4/25/05

I don't like the term "compulsory" It makes it sound as though God forces us to tithe. He does not force us to do anything BUT he does claim one tenth of our income-the tithe-as His. The tithe was instituted by God to be placed in the church treasury to support His work. God appreciates a cheerful giver, one who gives out of love/appreciation. In return He promises to bless abundantly those who practice good stewardship.
---Pierre on 4/24/05

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