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    Tithing

    in The Bible

    What is the understanding behind "tithing? "

  • Tithing: Consequences & Conclusions

    in Christianity

    Believers Not Learning How to Hear the Lord


    There is a stronghold of poverty in the church because of the mix of grace and law, that you are free to give as long as you have already fulfilled the law of tithing.


    Social Infrastructure Based on Money


    On a practical note, in Old Testament times, the tithes and offerings paid for government services, self-defense, disaster relief, roads, parties (festivals), and every need of society. Today, we pay taxes for these necessities.


    Not Giving God's Way is Contrary to Our New Nature


    There are at least four reasons the decision to tithe or not is a big issue. First, a lot of time, effort and manipulation is being used to get God's people to donate money, regardless of the need. Secondly, financially supporting something God isn't blessing can actually delay God's discipline in another's life, work or ministry. Third, not asking God what to do is ignoring His sovereignty in our lives. Fourth, deciding on our own is disobedience to the truth, and encouraging to the flesh.


    CONCLUSIONS


    Bereans (Acts 17:10-11)


    The Bereans were commended because they looked it up (in the Torah) for themselves, overcame the fear of man and their own traditions, and when they recognized the truth, they were willing to let go of their old ideas and act on what they were convinced of.


    Free to Give Only if Free Not to Give!


    We can't be free to give from the heart if it's a commandment and we must do it. It was for freedom we were set free.


    Are You Free to Give?


    Here's a little test: If you are currently tithing, or making regular donations to a ministry, group or person, ask the Lord each time if that is the amount He wants you to give. Then give Him an opportunity to speak.

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    Tithing: The Government & Taxes

    in Christianity

    Government Taxes Replace Theocratic Tithes (Romans 13:1-7) Paul is speaking specifically about governmental authorities, directing that taxes be paid to the state. In this case, Rome had replaced the theocracy in the governing of Israel. Though the Law of Moses was respected as tradition by the Romans, and the Israelites were allowed to follow the commandments, Israel was no longer a theocracy, and was not free to worship God the way God had commanded them to.


    Summary of Tithing Under Grace Throughout the New Testament, Paul's vocabulary and teaching suggest that giving is voluntary and that there is no set percentage. In fact, nowhere in the New Testament are believers told to tithe by anyone! Or even how much to give, when or to whom. They are only encouraged to provide for those who are in need, their ministers, and for the stranger.


    WHERE ARE WE NOW?


    Under Law? Under the Law, relationship with God is defined by how well you fulfill His commandments. Anyone can attempt do this; you don't have to know God to tithe. Tithing doesn't bring anyone into a closer relationship with God or with others, and it doesn't contribute to a relationship that already exists.


    Grace Full Relationship! We still find it so hard to comprehend that the God of the universe loves us so much that there is nothing He requires of us but to accept His love. He provides for us because He loves us.


    CONSEQUENCES (Why Is This So Important?)


    Matter of Control How much, when and to whom we give of our resources, our time and our money, is often one of the ways we gain or maintain control.


    Believers Not Learning How to Hear the Lord


    Social Infrastructure Based on Money


     
    Not Giving God's Way is Contrary to Our New Nature



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    Tithing: Caring, Grace & Giving

    in Christianity

    "So Let Each One Give as He Purposes in His Heart" (2 Corinthians 9:1-15)


    Paul not only exhorts the Corinthians to live up to their promise, but it is also a reminder that what they are giving was received through God's liberality. It is because they have a generous God that they can give generously. In contrast to the Law, we can give because God has already provided for all of our needs.


    "You Surely Did Care, But You Lacked Opportunity" (Philippians 4:10-20)


    Paul here exhorts that giving should not only be a condition of the heart, but a concerted effort as well. That acknowledging the desire to care for others is not enough, it must be acted upon with joy.


    Government Taxes Replace Theocratic Tithes (Romans 13:1-7)


    Paul is speaking specifically about governmental authorities, directing that taxes be paid to the state. In this case, Rome had replaced the theocracy in the governing of Israel. Though the Law of Moses was respected as tradition by the Romans, and the Israelites were allowed to follow the commandments, Israel was no longer a theocracy, and was not free to worship God the way God had commanded them to.


    Summary of Tithing Under Grace


    Throughout the New Testament, Paul's vocabulary and teaching suggest that giving is voluntary and that there is no set percentage. In fact, nowhere in the New Testament are believers told to tithe by anyone! Or even how much to give, when or to whom. They are only encouraged to provide for those who are in need, their ministers, and for the stranger. Giving in the New Testament is a reflection of the believers' new nature; the nature of God is to give. So even if we don't feel like it, we are now giving, liberal people. (There does seem, however, to be a need for training in this area.) "For God so loved, He gave..."

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    "UNEMPLOYED and STILL TITHING!"

    in Family

    Tithing is a dead concept that has been kept on "Life Support" by the biblically illiterate!


    I can't just blame it on the greedy Pastors anymore, we gotta call a spade a spade.


    It is the "people" the "CHUCH" that are IGNORANT!


    How can you be UNEMPLOYED and still TITHING! Just think about it, giving away your money to get extra money! It is downright stupid!

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    Tithing: CONSEQUENCES or Why Is This So Important?

    in Christianity

    CONSEQUENCES (Why Is This So Important?)


    Matter of Control


    How much, when and to whom we give of our resources, our time and our money, is often one of the ways we gain or maintain control. We try to control God, thinking that if we give we can get God to take care of us. We control others, thinking that if we give to a church, ministry or person, we should have some say in how the money is spent, or have a say in how they live their lives.


    Tithing also involves another area of control in the body; that of leadership over laity.


    Another way finances are used to control is the whole issue of tax-exempt status.


    Believers Not Learning How to Hear the Lord


    Believers are not being taught how to give, or to hear from the Lord for themselves! There is a stronghold of poverty in the church because of the mix of grace and law, that you are free to give as long as you have already fulfilled the law of tithing. But we study to show ourselves approved, not to get ourselves approved.


    Do we give to get, or do we give because we have already received?


    Social Infrastructure Based on Money


    In Old Testament times, the tithes and offerings paid for government services, self-defense, disaster relief, roads, parties (festivals), and every need of society. Today, we pay taxes for these necessities.


    Not Giving God's Way is Contrary to Our New Nature


    At least ask the Lord what He wants done. If you don't seem to get an answer, do what you think is best and go on to something else. He doesn't want this to become a distraction, either.

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    Tithing & Giving: Where Are We Now?

    in Christianity

    Because we now have a new nature, we don't need a reason to give (motivation); we give because that IS our nature! For God so loved, He gave! Giving allows God's nature, His Life to flow through us. But some may say, "But if I don't tithe, will God take care of me? I mean, why should He???" This is probably at the root of why tithing is such an issue. We still find it so hard to comprehend that the God of the universe loves us so much that there is nothing He requires of us but to accept His love. He provides for us because He loves us.


    CONSEQUENCES (Why Is This So Important?)


    Matter of Control


    How much, when and to whom we give of our resources, our time and our money, is often one of the ways we gain or maintain control. We try to control God, thinking that if we give we can get God to take care of us. We control others, thinking that if we give to a church, ministry or person, we should have some say in how the money is spent, or have a say in how they live their lives. But none of these are examples of giving, but of manipulating. In true giving, money (time, goods, services, etc.) are given unconditionally, with no strings attached.


    Believers Not Learning How to Hear the Lord


     
    We are sons of the King, which makes us all princes, who have access to our inheritance, which is the kingdom. Now princes aren't on the payroll of the kingdom; they've inherited the kingdom itself, and all its riches. So everything in the kingdom is at their disposal. Recognizing our immaturity, God has authorized His Holy Spirit, inside of us, to teach us to rule wisely, in dependence upon Him. And He does all things well!

    Social Infrastructure Based on Money


     
    In Old Testament times, the tithes and offerings paid for government services and every need of society. Today, we pay taxes for these necessities.



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    Tithing: The Fulness of Times: GRACE!

    in Christianity

    New Testament, Post-Resurrection, Under Grace


    Tithing, the Priesthood & Melchizedek (Hebrews 6:19-7:22, 8:6) Even before the law, the Levites tithed to Melchizedek, the priest of the Most High God, typically, Jesus, since they were in the loins (were the progeny) of Abraham. The stage was set for the instigating of the new, perfect, unchangeable covenant. In Abraham, all those who would seek to fulfill the law by tithing did so, once and for all, by giving the tenth through Abraham to Jesus. Levi tithed to Jesus because he was "in Abraham." Likewise, we "receive" because we are now "in Christ"!


    Caring for Ministers (1 Corinthians 9:1-18) Paul reveals that with freedom comes responsibility. Just because we are not bound by the law, we are bound by our new nature, which is love, at its root, giving. How this is done is directed on a personal level by the One Who knows the needs best, the Holy Spirit.


    Caring for Those in Need (1 Corinthians 16:1-4)


    1 Cor. 16:1 nasb
    Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also.


    1 Cor. 16:1 kjv
    Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.


    1 Cor. 16:1 niv
    Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do.


    "So Let Each One Give as He Purposes in His Heart" (2 Corinthians 9:1-15)


    "You Surely Did Care, But You Lacked Opportunity" (Philippians 4:10-20) 

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    Tithing: Summary of the Law & The Transition

    in Christianity

    Summary of Additions to the Law of Moses


    1. Tithing is always mentioned as a part of the whole; tithing is still a requirement to fulfill the Law of Moses.


    2. Emphasis on caring for those in ministry, the poor and widow, and the foreigner are a constant thread throughout scriptures.


    3. As the time draws near to the coming of the Messiah, the scriptures reflect God's coming to an end with letting the Law define His relationship with His people. As long as the Law is in effect, He can only have a surface relationship with them. He refers again and again to giving His people a new heart, with His commandments written on their hearts, so it's not doing rightly because they have to, but because it is now in their heart to do it. It is natural, because He changes their nature.


    THE TRANSITION (New Testament, Pre-Resurrection of Christ, Under Law) What did Jesus say about tithing?


    The Pharisees' Motives (Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:37-54) The Pharisees got mad when Jesus challenged them about why they were doing what they were doing.


    The Pharisees' Self-Righteousness (Luke 18:9-14) Again, Jesus' illustration was meant to expose the misconception about the purpose of the law: it was not meant to separate those who could perform from those who could not, but to expose an equal need for a Savior.


    Summary of the Tithe During the Transition Jesus never told anyone to tithe! In fact, every reference to tithing was in the negative sense!


    THE FULNESS OF TIMES: GRACE! (New Testament, Post-Resurrection, Under Grace)


    Tithing, the Priesthood & Melchizedek


    Hebrews 8:6


    Caring for Ministers (1 Corinthians 9:1-18)


    Caring for Those in Need (1 Corinthians 16:1-4)

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    Tithing: The Transition & Grace

    in Christianity

    THE TRANSITION (New Testament, Pre-Resurrection of Christ, Under Law)


    The Pharisees' Motives (Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:37-54) The Pharisees got mad when Jesus challenged them about why they were doing what they were doing.


    The Pharisees' Self-Righteousness (Luke 18:9-14) Again, Jesus' illustration was meant to expose the misconception about the purpose of the law: it was not meant to separate those who could perform from those who could not, but to expose an equal need for a Savior.


    Summary of the Tithe During the Transition Jesus never told anyone to tithe! In fact, every reference to tithing was in the negative sense! He only directed these rebukes to Pharisees, or those who considered themselves the elite, religious, productive, God-pleasers of their day.


    THE FULNESS OF TIMES: GRACE! (New Testament, Post-Resurrection, Under Grace)


    Tithing, the Priesthood & Melchizedek (Hebrews 6:19-7:22, 8:6), Hebrews 8:6 The book of Hebrews describes how even before the law, the Levites tithed to Melchizedek, the priest of the Most High God, typically, Jesus, since they were in the loins (were the progeny) of Abraham. In Abraham, all those who would seek to fulfill the law by tithing did so, once and for all, by giving the tenth through Abraham to Jesus.


    Levi tithed to Jesus because he was "in Abraham." Likewise, we "receive" because we are now "in Christ"!


    Caring for Ministers (1 Corinthians 9:1-18)


    Caring for Those in Need (1 Corinthians 16:1-4)

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    Tithing According to the Law of Moses

    in Christianity

    Summary of the Tithe as Legislated in the Law of Moses


     
    1. One-tenth (a tithe) of the produce of the land, fruit, grain and livestock, belonged to God, and was to be given to and used by His priests, the Levites. This tithe was dedicated to the Lord.




    2. The Levites were in turn to give one-tenth (a tithe) of the tithe they received to the High Priest.


    3. In what is probably a second yearly tithe, a second-tenth was to be taken up and used specifically for festivals and feasts. This was consumed by the tithers and the Levites before God.


    4. A tri-annual tithe, or a third tenth (of the produce only) was to be put into storage facilities to take care of the Levites and those in need in the local vicinity.


    5. Using the above summaries, 20% a year would be given off the top, with an additional 10% every third year, to support the religious, governmental and social structure of the day.


    6. When the tithes were to be given exclusively to the Levites, the Israelites were still wandering around in the desert. After they entered the Promised Land, they became much more home-bodies, multiplied, and needed other ways to not only take care of the Levites.


    7. There were no specific penalties or consequences for not tithing; the penalty of withdrawal of the Lord's blessing and His casting away Israel from being His people was if they did not keep THE WHOLE LAW!  No single aspect was singled out as more important to God than others.


    8. We can conclude that God, through Moses, DID indeed command the Israelites to tithe! And He gave specific parameters, as to who, where, when, how and the consequences of both obedience and disobedience to this commandment.


    9. "To tithe" is to fulfill the covenantal requirements as specified by God through the scriptures, laid out specifically in the Mosaic law in Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

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