You may have heard many pastors and preachers of the Word of God declaring that tithing is of the old covenant and therefore not applicable in our time. Even today there are still website owners that have and continue to publish their work disproving the paying of tithes. I also published an article on the topic of tithes where one reader posted a comment against tithing.
I can safely say that the people that oppose tithing are people that do not pay tithes. They have their reasons and some include the following:
- The New Testament does not compel people to tithe. Tithing is an Old Testament commandment and therefore not of our time. The reason why a tithe was necessary is no longer applicable today.
- Tithing is a law issue, meaning that those that tithe under the notion that it is compulsory live under the law. The Bible says people no longer live under law and therefore tithing is not relevant. Nicely put ‘We’re Under Grace, Not Under the Law’.
- God wants our hearts and not our wallets. Opposers say that God wants us to follow His lead, to decide in our hearts to give to His work and then to give it cheerfully.
- Jesus does not talk about tithing. Later we will see that He actually did talk about tithes.
Well known Christian leaders that oppose the prosperity gospel/theology often declare that tithing is not an obligation. Zac Poonen for example, he believes that tithing is not obligatory but giving to God should well be beyond the 10 percent Biblical tithing stipulates.
There are actually countless blogs and websites that shoot down the concept of tithing. Similarly, countless promote it and advocate for it, this website included.
Woe to prosperity gospel preachers that have hijacked tithes for their personal use. This one thing they should know, ‘God will never let any sinner go unpunished’ (Proverbs 11:21).
The Command to Tithe in the New Testament
Next I discuss why tithing is a command from Jesus. You will note that the verses I shall quote are Jesus’ words. It is always best to consider the context in which the Word is spoken but you may take literal as well and it will give you the same message in this case.
Luke 11:42 (New Living Translation) “What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.
Matthew 23:23 (KJV) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
I have no business explaining these verses because they are straight to the point. Nevertheless, I implore you to take time with the Lord in prayer and find out on His position on tithing.
I also want to suggest that you search the internet for revelations on what God says about tithing. I have seen good discussions on the subject and suggest you visit the post below:
The reference verses and the testimony linked to above, I agree with Wibitz C. Stewart on the 10 reasons why people don’t tithe.