Don’t give us your money

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I have heard before that tithing is not for the new testament (NT) Church.  I used to get really bad at this statement because I thought most people wanted a way out of giving to the Lord.  I was asked the other day what I thought about NT tithing so here are my thoughts.

TITHING which is a tenth or commonly know as giving 10% of your income to the church is for the church and is biblical for the NT church.  The most common argument against a tithe for the NT church is that tithing was Old Testament law.  Well…in Genesis we see Abraham giving a tithe to Melchizedek who was the priest of the most high God.  This tithe that we see took place over 400 years before the law came into existence.  Now with that said, I want to make sure everyone, especially at Journey Church, understands that tithing is not a destination but rather a starting point.  We see in 1 Corinthians 8 and 9 that the NT church gave sacrificially and well above the tithe.  I would encourage everyone to start with 10% and go from there.

Also, remember that the tithe should always be given out of devotion and never focused on a dollar amount. Journey Church members, if you give 10% because you think the church demands this from you then give your tithe to another church because we want people to give out of devotion to the Lord and to the mission that He has called us.

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  • Tony Isaac says:
    August 1, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I was actually expecting to see some hard evidence to support your view that tithing is biblical for the New Testament church and I didn’t find any. You’ve used the same weak argument pro-tithers the world over use: it was done by Abraham before the law.

    Now, was tithing the only thing Abraham practised before the law? He practised animal sacrifice, circumcision, and slavery. Would we now say these are valid today because they were practised 400 years before the law was introduced?

    We have greatly overlooked a very important fact about the law and the pre-law existence: the law was already operational before Moses! It was only codified by Moses. Adam observed the law, Cain and Abel observed the law and so did all that came after them. As it held clues as to who the messiah was going to be. He was to be the seed of a woman, the firstborn of all creation, who was going to be our Sabbath and a pleasing offering unto God. He would be the seed of Abraham and the son of David who would build an everlasting house for God.

    No portion of scripture ever tells us to follow Abraham’s example and tithe as his tithe had a completely different significance. It was used by the writer of the book of Hebrews to prove to the Jewish Christians that Melchizedek was the precedent of a High priest who was not a descendant of Levi and not made one by the law but was allowed to legally receive tithes. Jesus belonged to is same order as His priesthood was confirmed by an oath and not by the law.

    Since all of these have been fulfilled in Christ Jesus, it becomes pointless for us to keep observing the Sabbath, giving burnt offerings, tithing, observing the rite of circumcision etc.

    God bless.

  • Rhonda Calvert says:
    February 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I totally agree with you Pastor Jeff – and to Tony Isaac I would say this. If you can’t give with a cheerful heart and you begrudgingly give -then don’t do it at all! Scripture says Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor 9:7) Scripture also mentions tithes and offerings. I consider my tithe to be 10% – but my offering is more than that because I love the Lord and I know the money is for His work. God Bless, Rhonda Calvert

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