THE CHRISTIAN AND TITHING

Mike Johnson

Should Christians tithe today? This is a very good question and one that is important. Tithing involves giving one-tenth to God. Many speak of tithing today, but is it binding upon Christians?

Tithing was a part of the Law of Moses, and there are very strict regulations concerning tithing found in such passages as Leviticus 27:30-34, Deuteronomy 12:5-18, and Numbers 18:21-32. The Old Testament is the only place where we can learn how to tithe, thus, if we are going to tithe, it is from various Old Testament passages that we must learn how to do it.

There are many practices which were a part of the old law, the Law of Moses, which are not a part of the new law, the Law of Christ. Some examples are animal sacrifices, the Levitical priesthood system, Sabbath (Saturday) worship, and worship at the temple in Jerusalem. The Bible teaches that the old law has been taken out of the way (Col. 2:14-17, Rom. 7:6) and that it was not sufficient to take away sins (Heb. 10:1-4). Today, we are under the Law of Christ which is called the perfect law of liberty (James 1:25). The Old Testament is important, and we can still learn much from it, but it, as our law, was removed with the death of Christ.

Since the old law has been removed, the practice of tithing, which was a part of that law, has been removed and is therefore not applicable to Christians today. Does this mean that Christians are not required to give to God? Certainly it does not. While tithing is not required of Christians in the New Testament, we are still told to give on the first day of the week. I Corinthians 16:2 says, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store as God has prospered him that there be no gatherings when I come.” In the New Testament, the exact percentage/amount that one must give is not stated, but Christians are simply to give as THEY HAVE BEEN PROSPERED. The exact amount is left up to us. Not being told a precise amount might make matters even more difficult for us. We must make sure that the amount that we give is enough to be pleasing to the Lord. We would not want to abuse this “liberty” and give less than God expects.