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Should Christians Tithe

Should Christians tithe or is this just a system to take from the poor people and poor countries what little they have?

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Even in the Old Testament the tithe was for the Levitical Priesthood, the poor, the widow, and the fatherless.Read Deut 14 and it will explain all this. Poor people were never asked to tithe, the tithe was for them. Heb.7 teaches that the law was changed and also the Levitical priesthood. N.T instructions are to give cheerfully, not because of compulsion but freely and God will bless you in accordance to what you give.
---john on 3/26/08

God says to give %10 of what you have. Seeing as he's given you %100 of what you have I'd say you can give him what he asks for without complaining. It's not really a burden... look at it as a friend gave you some money and you're paying him back. Really, that's what it is.
---Icut2sis on 7/2/07

In the New Covenant, we are supposed to be mature believers, not the children of the Old Covenant. Tithing is a good thing, but it is useless if we grumble about it. We do not tithe because we owe God anything (that debt we cannot repay, nor are we asked to) but because we should - we are stewards while we are here on earth, and we are responsible to ensure that our earthly shepherds can provide for the churches we meet in, for lights, heat or air conditioning, and to meet the needs of our community.
---lorra8574 on 7/2/07

I think Helen is correct.
---mima on 7/2/07

Tithing is Old Testament. Christians are under the New Covenant and tithing is not part of that. "God loves a cheerful giver" (2Corinthians 9:7). I found tithing to be not cheerful at all, but a burden.
---Helen_5378 on 7/2/07

Yes because when Jesus died on the cross, he did it for all of us and we tithe because we owe him something.If he did not die we would go to Hell.
---Austin on 7/2/07

In the old days, tithing 10% of your produce etc was required to help others..This is where todays tithing's inception began..we need money to help pay 4electricity bills,Pastors wages, evangelism, help the poor etc ..God wants a cheerful giver..if u dont want 2give, then u wont be blessed dont like people like that.God said He will open up the windows of heaven and bless us..
---jana on 7/2/07

Titheing is an Old Testament custom, and not the New Testament way.
---Eloy on 6/25/07

Bills have to be paid in the churches of God. I do believe we should give as much as God has blessed us. I do not like to go to church service without an offering. I was raised that way. How much is nobody's business. I detest money lines, come to the front to be prayed for(those who are giving more than others) making $300,$500 or more pledges in front of others. Raise your hand if you are giving $100 or more. That's is so abusive and ungodly. I don't take part in this type foolery.
---Robyn on 6/24/07

I believe we should give cheerfully as it says in 2Corinthians. We are not bound by the Law but by Grace. Living under the Law does not please God. We walk by faith. Ten per cent puts a limit on your giving. Giving cheerfully and freely does not. God owns everything anyway. Why just give 10%? I would rather give more, if I have it and God has blessed me. I don't get tied up in the tithing issue. Just be a giver and God will bless you for what you do.
---Robyn on 6/23/07

Christians should absolutely tithe; it is God's commandment. But we cannot be walking in daily, unrepented sin and then tithe on Sunday expect to be blessed; you cannot "buy God off." This is the problem I have with Joel Osteen: he doesn't discuss the consequences of sin--which, of course, is why he is so popular.
---Gary_L. on 6/22/07

At the end of three years, there was a recitation. Partly an agreement that nothing was given(deut26:14)for the dead.
Luk 9:60 "Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead:" Luk 17:37 "Where, Lord?" they asked. He replied, "Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather."
They look alive, they are dead. Some are twice dead. Jude 1:12,"..trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;"
---jhonnymason on 5/17/07

Tithing was part of an agrarian national system that through a priesthood, the people would put God first. The priests failed, the people followed. What was important was "gain".
In Christ a marvelous change has taken place. We are the nation, the people, the priests,(1pe2:9), and we are the sacrifice as well(Rm12:1). Further the kingdom domain is within us(luke17:21). One.
---jhonny on 5/17/07

Helen: So we agree that Jesus said for them to take nothing for their journey. If the church or people want to take up an love offering for the Preacher, that is fine. But the preacher shouldn't ask for money and shouldn't say he won't preach unless paid.
---Rebecca_D on 5/17/07

RebeccaD - Jesus does say to take nothing for your journey when preaching the gospel. However, those preaching the Gospel are to be provided for, hence 1 Corinthians 9:14. I do not know how you can make that verse out to be what you said. It clearly says "live from the gospel".
---Helen_5378 on 5/16/07

It is obvious I might as well be talking to the window than trying to teach truth here. people will continue to deny and ignor scriptures with reckless abandon. I know a million men who lead a congregation with no wages from the church. they work for a living as scientists, engineers, teachers, doctors, lawyers etc. do they cry about it. No, they love God more than false doctrines of man. pastors are greedy men that want to sponge off others. if they weren't paid, 99 percent of them wouldn't do it.
---ashley on 5/16/07

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Helen: that verse means that you need to practice what you preach. Meaning we can't just abide some things in the bible, we have abide all of it. Either all of it or none at all. I'm not going against Jesus when he said take nothing for your journey, and he included money.
---Rebecca_D on 5/16/07

Ashley, That priests should do it for the love of God is true. But for us to deny a worker his honest wages is a sin. If you are living true to the Gospel, then the local pastor in your church is living in your house for as long as he serves in your community. If he is not in YOUR house, then it must be because he found another good Christian to house, feed and clothe him before arriving at your doorstep. It this how it works in your local Christian community?
---lorra8574 on 5/16/07

Rebecca_D I fail to see where you are coming from. My comment was concerning tithing. People act as though tithing is the only source of income. THey justify the demand for tithes by saying, "Oh how can we pay bills without a tithe?" My comment was focused on this disbelief. IF GOd wishes to have a building where people can go to worship and learn then by His grace alone will it be funded, not becasue of a man-made tithng doctrine.
---Ryan_Z on 5/16/07

Ryan: Okay, take the money that God let you earn, and don't pay any bills with it. Don't get anything you need, maybe a few wants. And see how far it would take for you to lose your home, vehicle, insurance, and the utilites be turned off. Go ahead Ryan, do that, oh ye of little faith.
---Rebecca_D on 5/16/07

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Rebecca D - If that is the case, then please explain 1 Corinthians 9:14 which says "Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel".
---Helen_5378 on 5/16/07

**christians most definately need to tithe how can a church pay its bills...**

Tsk...Tsk...Tsk...what a lack of faith.
---Ryan_Z on 5/15/07

christians most definately need to tithe how can a church pay its bills and how can we get if we havent learned how to give that little old lady gave all she had she knew she would be helped.
---kay on 5/15/07

Helen: When Jesus told Paul and the others to go and preach, he told them to take nothing for their journey. Mark 6:7-8, Luke 9:1-3. It is plain to see Jesus said take no money for preaching the gospel. So Ashely is correct. For Jesus said take nothing for your journey.
---Rebecca_D on 5/15/07

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Ashley - ("The Savior was explicit when he said NO ONE should be paid to lead and teach others His gospel") -- That is incorrect. 1 Corinthians 9:14 says "Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel".
---Helen_5378 on 5/15/07

Lorra, it doesn't matter if ministers, priests, or whoever is paid by the church, people or the man in the moon. The Savior was explicit when he said NO ONE should be paid to lead and teach others His gospel. They do it as a service because they love Jesus Christ and not for money. In todays' world however, people worship money ahead of God. If you asked 10 pastors if they would lead a congregation without being paid, 9 out of ten would say No. they are only in it for the money and power.
---ashley on 5/14/07

Ashley, the priests do not go to their flock to beg for their salary. It comes from the Church. The People donate freely to the Church. And Mina, money has never been an issue for missionary Catholics, they have always gone to the poorest of the poor. If that place did not have have God preached to them, I would want to know the history.
---lorra8574 on 5/14/07

Mina, one thing that has happened frequently in Latin America is that Protestant missionaries have gone in and "saved" Mexican and other Catholics. But I do not know what provision they made for them after that.
---lorra8574 on 5/14/07

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Several years ago while preaching in rual Mexico with an interpreter standing by my side we were seeing results. And when I ask the interpreter why these people had no church why there was no priest available to these people my interpreter says, because these people have no money. True story sad but truth.
---Mina on 5/14/07

lorra, your logic disagrees completely with the bible. It says you lead through love for God, not for money or pay. Just like many verses that disagree with what people believe, scriptures are ignored. Did you look up Isa 45:13, 1 Peter 5:2, 1 Tim 6: 6-12 etc. I work full time and fulfill my callings happily. God blesses me for it. The scriptures teach we have our reward to accept man's reward for services. but heavenly blessings are waiting for those who love God without receiving a reward for it.
---ashley on 5/13/07

Ashley, 1 Timothy 5:17-25 Note especially verse 18. A priest or presbyter is not to burden his flock, but he is entitled to eat. And since we demand a great deal more from our priests, it is only proper that we pay them. But any money given in my church is strictly voluntary. No one has ever been kicked out for not giving money, whether they could afford to or not.

Luke 22:35-36.
---lorra8574 on 5/12/07

Should Christians hate strangers, or kill witches? Please read Exodus 22:18; Deuteronomy 23:3-6. If you are going to keep 1 point of the abolished Old Testament law in order to justify yourself to God, then you must keep all of the abolished Old Testament laws in order to justify yourself to God. Tithing is not a New Testament Law currently in force, but an abolished Old Testament custom.
---Eloy on 5/12/07

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Rebecca. the reason others look down on those practising what they preach is because misery loves company. it is easier to follow Satan in life than follow God. To follow God, you abstain from evils present in the world and endure to the end. That is not easy. People feel threatened by others living the gospel and not just professing it. That is the problem. Jesus said be ye doers of the word and not hearers only. That is why many false doctrines were invented. To deceive many into a false security.
---ashley on 5/12/07

The tithe was one of a seven part service to enter into covenant with God. The principle was not to come before the Lord empty. What do we bring to enter the new covenant with God through His Christ.
The priests failed, the people failed.
Was the law the problem that they failed? The law reveals sin, not one jot or tittle shall pass from that. Thieves and robbers have been in God's house for millenia. The love of the truth protects you from believing anything.
---jhonny on 5/12/07

Ashely: I agree with you 100%. Other churches are looking down at my church and my Pastor because he isn't a paid Pastor. He works outside of the church to earn his money, he doesn't bum and beg for any money at all. No one in my congragtion is paid. Expect by God, for he pays us with lots and lots of blessings.
---Rebecca_D on 5/11/07

Lorra, you should look after the building and programs to help the poor and needy, but paid clergy is a taboo and is clearly defined in the scriptures. They lead the church because they love God, not for profit. No minister, pastor or deacon should be paid to be a servant of God. They should have jobs outside the church to provide their daily needs. Look at Isaiah 45:13, 1 Pet. 5:2, Luke 9:2-3, 1 Tim 6:8-12. As usual, these scriptures are ignored or not mentioned by everyone because they teach truth.
---ashley on 5/11/07

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a tithe is possibly a guideline.i cant give a tithe of mone but tithing time and talent? i try to do more in those areas.we need to give as we can to the church as bills need to be paid and church work an outreachpaid for.we should give to God til it costs us something wether it be money time talents and it shoud be more than10 % overall
---doree4573 on 5/11/07

In response to the preacher who called the sick lady up and told her to send her tithes to the church. This why a lot of people have lost faith in preachers and in the church. This is so sad. A lot of preachers need to hold down jobs and they would not be dependent on the church's money. Preach because God has called you and not for the money...only.
---Robyn on 5/11/07

I believe tithing is not for today, but giving from a pure and honest heart,is. Preachers know most of their members are not learned and does not read the Word faithfully and definitely cannot interpret the Word correctly, so they keep quoting Malachi 3:8 and keep living high on their members money, while we are barely living from paycheck to paycheck. You go figure.
---Robyn on 5/11/07

Tithing is not required in my Church, nor should it be. But giving alms and seeing to the financial support of your clergy and church to the best of your ability is proper and scriptural (NT). Those that do tithe in my Church do so because they want to and find that God provides for them. None have suffered financially from tithing, and most have actually done quite well. I only know that some tithe because I know them personnally.
---lorra8574 on 5/11/07

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Are we led by law,(tithing) or by the Spirit.
(giving)as we are led.
---duane on 5/11/07

I believe that tithing is biblical of course but one must be purdent as the body of Christ is not in Churches many times. Often times, there you are tithing to satan. Filling the bellies of false teachers. I believe in tithing in ministries of God as perhaps a christian 12 step drug rehab program ,or a program for battered women and children which leades them to christ etc. I have no confedence in Churches.
---jody on 5/11/07

Susie: That is wrong. A person should not feel oblagated to pay tithes. It is giving willfully. And what your heart desires to give. My Pastor has always said, I don't need your money, but it helps on the paying the utility bills. A Pastor of a church should not beg for money. If he wants money, then go out and work, and earn it. God sees these people such as these Mormans you speak of. They may think they're getting by, but God won't let them just get by.
---Rebecca_D on 5/11/07

Rebecca ... that is terrible.
Even in the OT times, when tithing was a custom, I am sure the temple would not behave like that.
---alan_of_UK on 5/11/07

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To give just because it is 'procedure' is wrong. God loves a hilarious giver! I think thats why some people get that warm, fuzzy feeling when they help others. Give when you see a need, not because it's expected.
---sue on 5/11/07

Tithing is an Old Testament principle and it no longer applies to Christians.
---Helen_5378 on 5/11/07

Rebecca...My hairdresser's elderly mother is Mormon. She is an invalid. The Elders come to her house every Saturday to collect her tithes.
---Susie on 5/10/07

If one feels led to tithe, then they should. But under no cirmanstance should one feel oblgiated to tithe. If a person thinks or feels it is an obligation, they shouldn't do it at all, because God gets no glory. Tithing is between God and that person. I know of a certian church that when one of their members got deathly ill and was unable to do anything, or go anywhere. The Pastor called her up and said if she didn't pay her tithes this month, don't bother coming back to his church. That is wrong.
---Rebecca_D on 5/10/07

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Tithing was done in the days of the Old Testament. We are now asked to give what we can from the heart!
---Dale on 5/10/07

At our house we believe in tithes and offerings and we are not poor! God has richly blessed us and we like to give back more than the 10%.
---Susie on 5/9/07

Tappie, tithing is one of the most dishonest doctrines in congregations that claim to be Christian. No!!! A Christian is under no obligation or commandment to tithe. We are commanded to give, that is all. There are no minimums or maximums, gifts are not 'offerings' and they are certainly not a tithe. If anyone tells you different they are ignorant to Grace and Salvation through Christ Jesus.
---Ryan_Z on 5/9/07

Tithes is a commandment from God. Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek. For every blessing contained in the Bible there is a condition attached. In Malachi 3:10-12 God says "Try Me in this if you do I will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing so great that your ban will not contain."
---Linda on 5/9/07

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