Tithing – Is It Biblical?


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One of our viewers wants to know: Is tithing biblical?

 

First, we must establish what is meant by biblical. There are two ways of looking at it.

One, everything in the Bible is biblical because it’s in the Bible. Therefore, tithing is biblical because it’s mentioned in the Bible.

However, what people are really asking when they want to know whether something is biblical is this:

Are you supposed to do something simply because it’s in the Bible?

In this case, should you tithe because it’s mentioned in the Bible?

Short answer – No. Here’s why.

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Every instruction, command or religious practice in the Bible is not intended for Christians to follow. The reason for this is that there were instructions or commands God ONLY gave to specific individuals and to the nation of ancient Israel. Therefore, every instruction, command or religious practice that’s biblical (or in the Bible) does not pertain to New Testament Christians.

For example, the Bible says a woman must bring a sacrifice after childbirth – Leviticus 12: 6 – 8.

6 “‘When the days of her purification for a son or daughter are over, she is to bring to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting a year-old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a dove for a sin offering.[a] 7 He shall offer them before the Lord to make atonement for her, and then she will be ceremonially clean from her flow of blood (NIV).

“‘These are the regulations for the woman who gives birth to a boy or a girl. 8 But if she cannot afford a lamb, she is to bring two doves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for her, and she will be clean.’

That command was strictly for the women of ancient Israel who were under the Old Covenant (or Mosaic Law). It’s biblical because it’s in the Bible. However, it’s not biblical in the sense that it does not apply to Christian women who are under the New Covenant. Therefore, Christian women are not required to sacrifice an animal after giving birth.

Likewise, tithing was a command given specifically to ancient Israel under the Old Covenant. It’s biblical, but it’s not something the New Testament Christian Church is required to do simply because it’s mentioned in the Bible.

RECAP

Is tithing biblical?

It’s biblical in the sense that it’s mentioned in the Bible.

However, it’s not biblical in the sense that it applies to New Covenant Christian simply because it’s mentioned in the Bible. The reason is that the tithe command was given specifically to ancient Israel under the Old Covenant.

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