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What Scriptures Support Tithing

What scriptures support tithing? Why are Christian being told they are under a curse when they don't tithe, since the curse was under the law?

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We have nothing of our own to give God. If we are Christians, OUR money IS His money. We simply return to Him a portion of what He's given us. (We can never pay God what we really OWE Him...Jesus has already done that.)
---Donna66 on 2/6/10

revelation 14 vs 4 tells us that the 144,000 "were redeemed from among men,being firstfruits to God and the Lamb"..This number (be it literal or symbolic) were "sealed in their foreheads" by a sovereign act of God in ch.7 whilst upon earth,by ch.14 they are in Heaven..its just possible that there is a rapture of this 144,000..(they do not get mentioned between 7 to 14).Firstfruits also refer to christians and the righteous dead before Jesus,in the N.T it does'nt refer to money or farming produce.
---richard on 2/5/10

Honor Jehovah with your substance and the first fruits of all your increase (Prov 3:9)

Since God is our first and best why would we even have a nerve to discuss the minimum required when we know God sees right through our arguments to the core of the giving, contrite or deceitful heart?

If your looking to justify a lower obligation then you really don't believes HE is owed ALL.

When it comes to giving we a floor but no ceiling.
---lary on 2/4/10

---Rod4Him on 2/4/10 answer to this question is dangerously close to the truth.
If his answer is accepted as being true it would virtually do away with the institutional churches as we know them today. As for me, I totally agree with ---Rod4Him on 2/4/10.
---mima on 2/4/10

The only Biblical support for tithing comes from a misinterpretation of the Old Testament applied to a traditional/institutional modern church.

However, if people go to an institutional church, they should help with the expenses of the church, but that is hardly "giving." That is supporting their own "club." Giving is giving to someone or purpose with no concept of getting some of it back, such as giving to the poor.

MarkE. though I agree with you in some concepts, I disagree with you here. What scares me is it means to walk with and follow Christ, not how much I give. I don't track it.

Supporting those in "full time service?" I thought following Christ was a full time service.
---Rod4Him on 2/4/10

10% of income is a good quideline for anyone giving to the church, but it should not be imposed on everyone. Fortunately, there are people who give more.
---Donna66 on 2/3/10

While I agree that there is no "formal" command to tithe in the NT, are we really so arrrogant to think that these principles do not apply to believers?

When we stand before Jesus and give an account for all the "talents" we have been given, what will we say for money?

Did we invest in the kingdom? Did we give generously? Did we support the widows and orphans in our neighborhood? Did we support those in full time service?

If you don't tithe or give regularly, these questions should scare you.
---Mark_Eaton on 2/3/10

I will concede to you if you can give any scripture in the New Testament to support not paying the tithe since it was "enacted before" and therefore is "apart from" the law?
1 Cor 14 Paul refers to God not being the author of confusion and things being done decently and in order in the Church.
If no set order to giving is instituted how do you feel the Church would survive?
Even with tithing in place there are members who hang onto the coattails of other givers.
They use the same arguments some of you use in this post.
However, I do agree that if giving is not from the heart it doesnt matter how much it is.
Regardless, I wont stop.
---ashle7439 on 2/3/10


Great list of scriptures. I hope many read them. Indeed, those who devote themselves to work in the Lord's harvest deserve to be paid as any other worker. Hopefully, they will be supported generously by other Christians. But the "tithe", that is, 10% of income, is not mentioned here.
---Donna66 on 2/3/10

If you pay tithes, you will receive God's reward. If you do not pay, you will receive the opposite of God's reward (Malachi:3), make your choice. The Lord Jesus did not cancel tithing. It can be modified because of modernization but not erased. When the NT says give (2Cor.9:5-8)liberally, i believe this was not about tithes but free-will offering.
---Adetunji on 2/3/10

Ahhh..the "government" good point,Israel was set up to be the only "theocracy" in the world,their prosperity (based on laws such as freeing slaves every 7 years and returning land every 50 years,and the tithe,all of these things and more) were to be a witness to the gentiles of Gods Sovereignty and Grace...the church is not this way,to use old but sound teaching it is the job of the church to gather out the "Ecclesia"..Jesus is the Glory of Israel and a Light to the Gentiles.God already had the politics in place,Jesus married them to His future Kingdom..
---richard on 2/3/10

---Rod4Him on 2/1/10 really has asome eye-popping statements on this subject. Be sure to read it.
---mima on 2/3/10

Donna66, I pray these help.
Matthew 10:9-10
Luke 10:7
1 Cor 9:7-14
Excerpts - Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges?
who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof?
or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
11 Cor 11:8
1 Tim 5:18 For the scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward
---ashle7439 on 2/2/10

The Kingdom of God is a real government. Every gov. has a form of taxation. Jesus paid tax to Ceasar. He also said to give to Ceasar what belongs to Ceasar and give to God what belongs to God. Abraham was smart enough to give a tax of 10% to Melchiezedek who, at that time, was the only Priest of the Most High. And Abraham received a mighty blessing. God re-inforced the taxation not as a law but as a command. Jesus never do away with the commands. Jesus fulfilled the laws and the prophecies. The Minister of Christ shall receive the tithes and s/he shall tithe from the total to take care the Strangers, Orphans, Widows (SOW). Tithing is alive in the Kingdom. God has bills too in this world and He is no thief to rob banks nor a lier to pay late.
---patra on 2/2/10

Those who believe that giving/paying a tithe is appropriate for today, who do you believe should be the recipient of the tithe?

If you believe it's the local church,then you must believe in replacement theology. But the problem with that is that there was no monetary tithe even to the Levites. Furthermore, the Levites couldn't own land, so how can the clergy own land today? Pick and choosing...?

What happened was that someone came up with the teaching to give a tithe and people believe it because they were taught it, even if it is not Biblical.

People cloak themselves with belief systems and are generally not open to reality.
---Rod4Him on 2/1/10

ashle7439-- There IS no cherry-picking about tithing in the NT because there ARE no teachings of Christ about it.
(the one exception might be a single admonishion to the pharasees, who were under the law, to add charity to their tithes.Luk 11:42)

The New Testament and the new covenant leave us free to give what we will, whether it is 10% or more...or even less, if given cheerfully and not out of compulsion.
2Cr 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. (italics mine)
---Donna66 on 2/1/10

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Its funny how some pick and choose which teachings of Christ in the gospels they believe is applicable to us.
They agree most of Christ teachings are for us, however, because they are predisposed against tithing they make excuses.
Tithing began before the law was introduced. The Law regulated the ten percent.
Abraham tithed to Melchizedek, 400 years before the time of Moses and the Law, according to Romans 4:12 we are to walk in the footsteps of the faith of Abraham.
We give tithes like Abraham, not by the Law but by faith.
If the people of God paid tithes before the Law, and tithes under the Law, shouldn't we, who live by grace, be doing any less when we have a better covenant?
---ashle7439 on 2/1/10

Jesus spoke to Jewish leaders 2 parables against their legalistic and self righteous attitudes, concerning the tithe..He taught nothing (recorded)to His disciples which is unusually odd,"after the order of Melchisedek" eh?...kept that very quiet,no one until Paul mentions this fact in the N.T .....Paul made a long statement about collecting money and never used the word "tithe" to convey any meaning or shorten the sentance!
---richard on 1/30/10

Donna: You quote Luk 11:42 "But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone."

Then you contradict it by saying that tithing is not required for Christians. THESE OUGHT YE HAVE DONE, AND NOT LEAVE THE OTHER UNDONE!
---jerry6593 on 1/30/10

The new Testament does not suggest that anyone NEEDS to tithe...except for the pharisees who lived BEFORE the death of Jesus and were thus under the law. Luk 11:42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

For New Testament Christians, the instruction is:
2Cr 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.
---Donna66 on 1/29/10

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Tithing in the old testament was to provide for the tribe of Levi and Levitical Priests. Also to support the orphans and widows. Paul said we were under grace not under law. By grace you give what you purpose in your heart and give it cheerfully, because God loves a cheerful giver. God is more concerned with the quality of your giving then He is with the quantity. Those who teach 10 tithing in the church today are more concerned with quantity. If anyone is robbing God its those who preach 10% tithing and spend millions on their own selfish pleasures. The robbing in Malachi 3:8-10 was quality if you read Malachi 1:8,13 Footnote at bottem of page in reference to robbing is defrauding.
---Bob on 1/29/10

The truth and significance of this statement,"JESUS DID NOT COME TO CHANGE THE LAW.
---Francis on 1/28/10" is more fully understood when you realize that Jesus did not come to change the law but to COMPLETE the law.
---mima on 1/29/10

Malachi 3:6 For I [am] the LORD, I change not, therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept [them]. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Hebrews 7:8 And here men that die receive tithes, but there he (JESUS) [receiveth them], of whom it is witnessed that he (JESUS)liveth.

Hebrews 7:9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

---Francis on 1/28/10

The "Devourer" spoken of in Malachi ch3 was the Roman army of AD70, ch.1 vs.1 tells us this book was written to Israel.There is no teaching for the church to tithe in the N.T.Why doe's this statute and ordinance mean so much to Israel?..its because the church will be raptured and God will "seal" the elect Jews to protect them and so give back to Abraham in an act of pure covenant.
---richard on 1/28/10

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2 Cor 9:7 Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 1 Cor 16:1 On the first day of every week let each one of you put aside and save, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come. Paul an expert of the law did not mention tithing in his writings. He wouldn't allow circumcision in the gospel of grace because it was a law, so why allow the law of tithing 10 percent? The curse of the law condemns all those who don't give 10 percent and since there is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus, pastors are misleading those who are under the covenant of grace. Those who try to buy the favor of God fall from grace. Gal 5:4
---Bob on 1/26/10

You got it backwards, the tithers are cursed, not nontithers.
---Eloy on 1/26/10

//Because of bad teachers, some well meaning learned from bad, still, teach the precepts of men and not those of your Father!

I believe if you really looked into it in some depth you would find many of these bad teachings are based on very poor exegetics of the Bible.

And MOST bad teachings such as tithing, dietary laws, sabbath observance, etc. come from something found within the Old Testament, ignoring what is clearly taught in the New Testament.

Tithing to the church was really unheard of in the church until about the 18th century.

However, we are held accountable on how we manage all our resources including money to support the church.

---Lee1538 on 1/25/10

The Roman Catholic church prohibited asking for tithes for centuries. The Protestants, until the nineteenth century, also shunned the practice. In both cases, the custom was started in order to build an edifice. Christians give voluntary offerings and alms with joy *3. Acts 15:20, 29 do not mention tithing. However, Romans 14.
*1 Acts 13:39, Romans 3:20, 28, 8:1-17, Galatians 1:6-9, 2:16, 3:10-13.
*2 Job 36:15, Psalm 12:5, 72:4, Ecclesiastes 7:7, Ezekiel 22:7, 29.
*3 Romans 15:26, 1Corinthians 16:1-3, 2Corinthians 8, 9:5 (covetousness), 7 (necessity = obligation, commandment).
---Glenn on 11/1/09

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Preachers who try to place others under the curse of the law violate scripture *1. Tithes were salaries paid only in Israel by Israelites, on comestible crops, and clean domesticated animals (Leviticus 27:30-32). Tithes were not always accepted, Deuteronomy 23:18. Tithes were not paid on money owed, Matthew 5:23-24. A "Tithe" used for other than salaries, or exceeding the median salary, or excluding some workers, is a Malachi 3:9 curse, and was a form of theft. For the first few centuries, most giving was to the poor *2. Also, many church ministries, like many government ministries, are both extravagant and unaccountable to the common folk.
---Glenn on 11/1/09

Are YOU of the very elect? Is your leader adding/ subtracting from the Word, in ways that contradict and do not consent to the sound words of your Savior? What does the New Testament say about those that do not consent with the wholesome words of Christ?

1 Timothy 6:3-4
If any teacheth different, and consenteth not to sound words, those of our :Lord Jesus Christ, and to the teaching according to godliness, 4 he is puffed up, knowing nothing, but sick about disputes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife

How are many denying their savior today? By denying the teachings from His lips? .Because of bad teachers, some well meaning learned from bad, still, teach the precepts of men and not those of your Father!
---paul9594 on 11/1/09

It always amazes me how when Churches who want your money, they tell you to Tithe.

This is blasphemous!

Why dont they tell you to keep Kosher and circumcise your sons? When it is convenience for these greedy Pharisees to grab your money, they do not hesitate to blasphemy The Christ. The 1st century church never tithed, (see Sermon of the Mount)for the laws are written on your heart and the orginal church gave all they had. Not the 10%. They never resorted to the deceptive Stewardship classes either They were honest and said we need money, clothes, food, shelter etc. Christians gave in the true sprit of The Christ. But Pharisees are called Hypocrites by Jesus. And they still exist today dont they?
---Pastor_Jim on 10/31/09

a_servant**No where does God eliminate the tithe.

He eliminated the tithe as well as the requirements of the law at the Cross. Thereafter one is to live by faith alone, not by works of the law from which we cannot be justified. Romans 1:17

If the OT tithe was applicable to the church, then why did not the church require it of its followers? We find no teachings on the tithe in the early church.

The tithe, my understanding, was not heard of until the 18th century when greedy clergy decided to corrupt scripture in such a way to replace the teachings of indulgences held by the old Roman Church.
---Lee1538 on 10/31/09

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Because the liars want your money, and they could care less about your soul.
---Eloy on 10/31/09

The tithing meant back then and for today, was not of money but first fruits, like grain, and agricultural and other things.

If our Father meant for us to tithe money. The scripture would refer money as silver and gold which they used as money for what cannot be bartered!

You do not have to give your church money, you could give them things they need instead and is preferable. Money has been corrupting our leaders. Will we ever follow the Torah which means teaching instructions from our Father?
---Paul9594 on 10/30/09

About the coin. Matt. 22 v 21. For that is Caesers which is taxes - other. For that is God's, Tithes & Offerings.
---Lawrence on 10/30/09

Here is a test: Take a tithe of your money, or however much you want to give, and take it outside and throw it up into the air to God; now what stays up in heaven is clearly God's, and what comes back down from heaven is evidently your's.
---Eloy on 3/14/07

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Christ "like" is more comfortable. But we are the Bride, thus we are one with Him. He became sin (us), so we could become righteousness (Christ).

Gen 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam . . .

Gen 2:24 . . . they shall be one . . .
Gal 5:31 . . . shall be one . . .

Jn 17:22 . . . they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one . . .
---a_servant on 3/14/07

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

Christians are owned by God; His property.

Acts 20:28 . . . the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

1 Cor 6:20; 7:23 For ye are bought with a price:

How can he who is owned, own anything. Doesn't the Master own all the profits of His property?

ALL the $$$$ in a Christian's pocket is God's. We are fortunate He lets us keep any of His money. Give Him His tithe or be cursed.
---a_servant on 3/14/07

**I am blessed by God because I chose to be blessed.**
When the angel came down to Mary and told her she was blessed do you think this was her own choosing.
You can choose many things in life but blessings are from God and not yourself
---johnlovesginalyn on 3/14/07

No NEW COVENANT (New Testament) scripture commands a Christian to pay 10% of their earnings. Because false ministers want the parishoners money, and unlearned ministers divide the word of truth unjustly by misapplying abolished O.T. leaven to coerce God's children to pay for God's grace.
---Eloy on 3/14/07

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**I am blessed by God because I chose to be blessed.**

????WHAT???? So I guess the Apostles chose not to be blessed? Rebecca D tithing and giving are not the same. Do you understand that the tithe is a requirement, there is not an option when it comes to tithing. Giving is a freewill gift, you have the option not to give but you do not have an option to withold a tithe, that is the insidious nature of the common tithing doctrine.
---Ryan on 3/13/07

Ryan; No. If I was just giving to get, as you say. God would not bless me and my family the way he does. I am blessed by God because I chose to be blessed. I don't care if you don't agree with me about tithing. I am led to by God, so if you think it is false and so wrong for me to tithe, then take it up with God.
---Rebecca_D on 3/13/07

A Servant: I love blogged beautifully the truth except the last bit which says: Legally, we are Christ. I think it should be : We are Christ like. B.U.T.ful.
---jana on 3/13/07

Rebecca D what you just said is right out of the prosperity doctrine -Give to get-
---Ryan on 3/12/07

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**Tithing should be between them and God alone.**

Should read:

Giving should be between them and God alone.

With the change of the priesthood there is no longer a civil requirement to tithe to the sons of Levi as an inheritance.
---Ryan on 3/13/07

I'm not under the law to tithe. Tithing should be between them and God alone. It is no one's business on me tithing and how much. The bible tells us give accoriding to how much you are blessed. God blesses me everyday, I give with a joyful heart. I have things (house, food, clothes) not because I'm rich or have money, I have those things because I give accordingly to how much I am blessed. this is my thoughts and how I believe, so please someone don't argue with me. Duane: We all don't agree.
---Rebecca_D on 3/12/07

When unrepented sin exists, a curse exists. The curse is eliminated INSIDE the covenant when one lives in obedience, not outside the covenant in disobedience (which is lawlessness). God does not grant licenses to sin (i.e., disobey, don't repent and you are still blessed & shielded from curses).

Since God never eliminted the law (or the tithe) any disobedience has its accompanying curse, including not tithing.
---a_servant on 3/12/07

Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us . . .

But Christ DID continue & lived within the law, His works obeyed the law, so WE WERE NOT MADE A CURSE because He swapped His righteousness for our unrighteousness.
---a_servant on 3/12/07

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As He took our place on the cross (death), WE TOOK HIS PLACE IN GLORY (LIFE).

Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Our covenant is a "marriage". Because WE ARE ONE WITH CHRIST, WE HAVE OBEYED THE LAW (by His swap with us).

Thus, living INSIDE our "marriage" covenant counts for us as living inside the law. INSIDE the covenant the existing law can't condemn us because legally we are CHRIST.
---a_servant on 3/12/07

We all agree...The Christian tithe is false..its used to steal from the flock
---duane on 3/11/07

Lev 27:30, 32
Num 18:26
Dt 12:17; 14:22, 23, 28
2Chron 31:5, 6
Nehem 10:38; 13:12
Mal 3:6-14
Mt 23:23
Lk 11:42 Here are some of the Scriptures.

All of the following is in the NT.

God did not abrogate His Law. Heb 8:10 shows God putting Law into hearts & minds.
---a_servant on 3/12/07

Mt 22:36 Master, which is (not 'was') the great commandment (in the law)?
37 . . . Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
This covers Commandments 1-4.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
This covers Commandments 5-10.
---a_servant on 3/12/07

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Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change (not an elimination) also of the law.

The new covenant does not exclude every single item of the old covenant, but incorporates many old covenant requirements.

No where does God eliminate the tithe.
---a_servant on 3/12/07

They are being told this because they don't yet believe or understand that this tithe which was part of the law to collect for the Levitical priesthood has been done away with.
They don't understand Heb.7:12 that with the change of the priesthood came the necessity of the change of the law also.
---john on 3/11/07

Lawrence_Surles_Sr, there are absolutely no New Covenant demands for a Christian to tithe money to a building where God does not dwell. However, you are commanded to give with a cheerful heart to those less fortunaste than yourself. Three interesting side notes:
1) There are zero recorded accounts of Jesus tithing or commanding His disciples to tithe
2) There are zero recorded accounts of Paul tithing or commanding a tithe under the New Covenant
---Ryan on 3/11/07

#2 3) The only recorded case of Jesus speaking of a tithe is to admonish the Pharisees and Saudecees as hypocrites and they were tithing of their mint dill and cummin, not of monetary income

An honest study of the tithe reveals it was the inheritance of the tribe of Levi becasue they had no inheritance of land. And the tithe was only on the yearly excess of the agricultural goods.
---Ryan on 3/11/07

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