Friday, October 21, 2005

Tithing...is it required today?

Tithing is a very controversial subject today. Is it required in the church today?

Personally, I believe that it is not required as we are under New Testament Law today. 2 Cor. 8:12 says If you are really eager to give, it isn't important how much you are able to give. God wants you to give what you have, not what you don't have.

Paul says that we should give what we have, not what we don't have. Sacrificial giving must be responsible. paul wants believers to give generously, but not to the extent that those who depend on them, their familes for example, would go without having their basic needs met.

2 cor. 9:7 says You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully.

I am definitely NOT opposed to tithing. I tithe myself. I am blessed to be able to do so. I just do not believe that it is required that I tithe.

We should support our church and our ministers financially. We should also give our time and talents where they are needed in the church.

Under the conditional covenant of the Old Testament tithing was a necessity. It is not a command in the New Testament, it is a principle. We give out of love, from the heart because we are under a New Covenant, not the Old Testament law.

Comments welcome.

5 Comments:

Blogger Carl Kincaid said...

If someone would have told mom 25 years ago that you and I would be discussing the nuances of tithing over a computer thousands of mile away, she would have said they were crazy. . . !

I can generally agree that by the letter of the law (OK, actually by GRACE under the new covenant. . .) we are now under Grace and not compelled to comply with some of the old testament/covenant laws.

However, I still think their is sanctity in tithing in as much that Jesus is constantly telling us to give what we have to the poor, share with the afflicted, all the things that our tithe goes for. I agree with what you found in 2 Cor 9. But in 2nd Cor. 8:7 Paul also says "excel in this grace of giving."

Is it 10%, a "tithe"? Probably not, but it does say that we should give, and Jesus constantly talks about giving and not being materialistic. And we here in the good-ole-U.S.A. (including yours truly) struggle mightily with materialism and misplaced priorities, and tithing (or whatever you want to call obedient giving, giving to reflect that all we have is God's) is an important part of our witness. Probably especially in today's America.

I agree that we are, in Christ and by His Grace, free from the law. And tattoos don't matter. And "legally," maybe tithing doesn't. But it's different. It's also a form of worship - giving. Kind of like you said. Bottom line, I'm supporting tithing as something that demonstrates the place we put God in our day-to-day. If I'm discipling someone, that's what I'm going to tell them. Along with the fact that we're under grace. . . ! See ya in a couple of months - can't believe how fast it's coming up.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Thanks for your comments my little bro'. I do appreciate your input. I do "tithe". I give 10 percent of my income because I want to support the Lord's work and I am giving back a portion of what He provides me with. Does it have to be a "tithe" though, or 10 percent? I myself don't believe so. However, I do "tithe" on my income. I know we could go on and on about it. Sooooo, when will Jackie give you permission to get that tattoo? heh heh heh. See you soon.

1:58 PM  
Blogger I-AM-C-Money said...

Our pastor tonight said that tithing was old covenant and that tithing wasn't required under Grace. I KID YOU NOT. Pretty crazy.

He did say that Christ upped the ante when it came to most things though. E.G. Old Covenant: Don't commit murder. New Covenant: Don't hate. Old Covenant: Don't commit adultery. New Covenant: Don't lust. In terms of giving, he spoke about Jesus' reaction to the widow who gave 2 mites, all she had, and how Jesus said she gave more than all these others, who gave from their abundance. . .

Anyway, pretty weird that it came up in sermon today, eh?

I think I'll just get my nipples pierced instead of the tattoo. . .heh heh heh

7:06 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Pretty interesting that your pastor talked about what we were discussing. God is good that way. Nipples pierced, hmmmmmmm. OUCH! I have enough problems with my nipples on my long runs.

7:01 AM  
Blogger Pinay said...

I believe in tithing and practice so. Although it is not 'directly stated' in the New Covenant as in Malachi 3:10, etc., I still believe that God will pour out His blessings to those who heartily offers Him what He asks. And I agree that it's a form of worship. I sort of recognize a tithe as the "seed" you plant. And offering is another thing. =)

9:09 PM  

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