As long as I have been a Christian, I can remember people arguing and debating about tithing.Some say it was only an Old Testament Law that doesn’t need to be followed as believers under the New Covenant.Under the New Covenant, our salvation is not based upon our obedience to the 10 Commandments, but does that mean that we shouldn’t still follow them? Why would there be scriptures to repeat for us to do something that God has ALREADY said can be done of one’s FREE WILL in exchange for a blessing?“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!I tapped into the wisdom of others who have studied this subject out to great depths and hopefully we can better see what we as New Testament Christians need to know about tithing.If you search for the word tithing in the Bible (and tithe), you will find about 14 scriptures mentioning it (depending on which version you are using).So it is true that tithing isn’t talked about nearly as much in the New Testament as the Old Testament. Bill Miller puts it in his “Many believers who don’t want to tithe say that there are no scriptures in the New Testament that tell us we (must) tithe.
There are plenty of verses about tithing in the Old Testament and a lot fewer in the New Testament.You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin.But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.Even during the LAW where a specific form of tithing was REQUIRED, it was only for some of the people.There was never a universal tenth that was REQUIRED from everybody.In addition, even during that time after the tithe was instituted at the beginning of the Israelites’ second year in the wilderness, God PREFERRED Friend, giving to God is about HONORING Him for the great things He has done in our lives. We are not REQUIRED to tithe under the New Covenant.But where is the scripture that says we can stop honoring God under the New Covenant?And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.” – Gen -20 NIV into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.” – Mal NASB It is pretty clear from all the Bible verses on money and tithing (let alone the three above), that tithing is a Biblical idea.Now, what it means for us today is a hotly debated topic that we will explore in a bit. Our salvation is based on Jesus’ finished work on the cross, not on works.No, it doesn’t make sense that when we give all this money away, things will actually be better – but I have found it to be true in Years ago I worked at a bank as a teller, and I witnessed a local pastor do some things with tithe checks that didn’t quite sit right with me.There was nothing illegal going on (that I knew of any way) and there was no proof that he wasn’t using the money as he should. As a young Christian trying to wrap my brain around all this, it was definitely a struggle.