Part Two: Practice

Chapter Thirteen: Tithing (pg 21 of 29)


Chapter 13. TITHING

The Old Testament clearly teaches tithing, which means the giving of one-tenth.

Num 18:20-21 And the Lord spake unto Aaron,... And behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance... .

Leviticus 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's: it is holy unto the Lord.

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.

There is no question but that the Old Testament method of giving under the law service was of the tithe or one-tenth. However, we must look not to the law service but to the service of the New Testament to determine the proper Biblical method of giving for God's children in the gospel age.

The New Testament way of giving is not a fixed part of percentage as existed under the law service. Rather, New Testament church giving is to be as the Lord has prospered us:

1 Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
Our giving to the Lord's Church as we are instructed under the New Testament is to be done cheerfully and bountifully:

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

2 Corinthians 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.

The simple fact is that tithing is not prescribed in the New Testament for the New Testament Church; and just as we do not burn sacrifices as was done under the law service, we do not tithe as was done under the law service. In fact, if tithing were the standard, then it would be wrong to give as the Lord has prospered us, since it would be just as far from the standard to give 11% as it would to give 9%. The widow that gave her two mites put in all her living and the Lord spoke affectionately of her giving. Certainly if tithing were the New Testament standard, the Lord would not have approved of her generosity, but would have corrected her and would not have noted her giving as an example for others. Jesus spoke kindly and affectionately of her giving as follows:
Mark 12:44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
God's children are to give to the New Testament Church as God has prospered them. Such giving is to be with a cheerful attitude. That is the way of giving prescribed by the scriptures, rather than some fixed standard as was prescribed for the law service of the Old Testament.