What the Bible Says About Tithes

Question:  What exactly does the Bible say about tithing?

Answer:  That’s a broad question, so let me give you an overview or a big picture of what the Bible says about the tithe along with scriptural references.  As always we encourage you to read and study for yourself.

First, the biblical tithe was established as a commandment through the Law of Moses (Mosaic Law).  The tithe command is one of the 613 commandments of the Law of Moses.  The Law of Moses is the covenant between God and ancient Israel.  Under the covenant, ancient Israel was commanded to observe all 613 commandments of the Law in order to receive God’s blessings (Deuteronomy 28: 1-2).

According the Law of Moses, God required ancient Israel is to pay tithes in the form of agricultural produce and cattle (Deuteronomy 14:23; Leviticus 27:30).  The tithes (food, drink and cattle) were given to the Levitical priests, poor, widows, fatherless and strangers within the gates of ancient Israel (Deuteronomy 6:13).  Also, tithes were part of ancient Israel’s system or religious/ceremonial worship.

Second, the death, burial and resurrection ushered in the New Testament.  This is why Christians are not under the Law of Moses (Galatians 3:24-25; Hebrews 8:13).  Once the New Testament was established, tithing ceased.  If you notice that throughout the New Testament there is NO mention of Christians practicing tithing.  The reason is that New Testament Christians practiced voluntary, Spirit-led giving (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Acts 11:27-39; 2 Corinthians 9:7).

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2 comments for “What the Bible Says About Tithes

  1. SCP
    July 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Hello,

    Acts 11: 27-39? is one of your references.

    God bless you

  2. April 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    You tried to use Galatians 3:24,25 as evidence that Christians are no longer under the Mosaic laws. Yes, mainstream Christians like to use those verses as such proof, but they misinterpret the verses, which, admittedly, is an easy mistake. Those verses must be very, very intensely analyzed, looking at context, looking at the definitions of the Greek words. Read the following explanation of those Scriptures, then decide if they conclusively, BEYOND DOUBT, BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT, really support the idea the Mosaic laws have been abolished.

    Galatians 3:24,25: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” — NKJV

    By far it is most likely the particular “law” referred to here is the same law discussed in nearby Galatians 3:19, which were the temporary laws involving sacrifices and offerings that ended after the death of Jesus. Hebrews 9:10 is additional evidence that the laws that were added then abolished were only the sacrifice and offerings laws, not other laws such as the Ten Commandments, tithing, dietary, festival, Saturday Sabbath, and other laws. The original Greek word for “schoolmaster” is paidagogos, Strong’s number 3807. This special word is used in the New Testament only 3 times, and according to Strong it basically means “guardian” or “disciplinarian,” definitely NOT “teacher” or “instructor,” which is a distinct and huge difference. Verse 25 therefore does not say that we are no longer under a teacher of the law or no longer under what the law says or teaches, but rather that we are no longer under the penalty, punishment, or disciplinary part (potentially death for disobedience) of the Old Testament sacrifice laws. Disciplinarians chastise, penalize, and punish people for breaking rules. As Romans 8:2 says, we (divine, Mosaic law obeying Christians) are no longer under the law of sin and death (the punishment part of the law), or no longer under the disciplining, chastising “schoolmaster” part of the law, the penalty part.

    You also tried to use Hebrews 8:13 as additional proof that we are no longer under the laws of Moses.

    Hebrews 8:13: “In that He says, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” — NKJV

    Yes, yes, the old covenant is abolished, now we are under a new covenant. However, the Mosaic laws were the part of the old covenant that still, according to many clear NT verses, are part of the new covenant, excluding the apostle itemized parts that have been nullified, such as circumcision, the Levitical priesthood, and the offerings and sacrifices. Remember, the old covenant ONLY offered or promised physical blessings and physical protection for obeying God. The old covenant DID NOT promise to the Israelites 1) the Holy Spirit, 2) eternal life, and 3) the COMPLETE forgiveness of all sins, now made possible through the sacrificial death of the perfect Jesus Christ. The much better new covenant now includes those 3 components. Mainstreamers make the huge mistake of equating only the Mosaic laws with the old covenant.

    Just several of many, many proofs that certain moral and civil Mosaic laws are still a vital part of the new covenant are the following verses:

    HEBREWS 10:16: “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my LAWS into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them.” — New King James Version

    The Greek for “LAWS” in the above verse is nomos, 3551, which refers primarily to the MOSAIC LAWS.

    MATTHEW 7:23: “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” — New King James Version

    Verse 23 refers to the distant future concerning the final judgment. The Greek for “lawlessness” is anomia, Strong’s 458, which refers to or at least includes the Mosaic laws (certain moral and civil laws such as the dietary, tithing, festival, etc. laws).

    The fact that there is no Scriptural evidence that Christians practiced tithing is not enough solid, conclusive proof that we no longer need to tithe. Yes, it is tempting to hastily conclude that since no mention is made of it, then it is abolished. That is not really enough proof, though, considering much evidence the Mosaic laws are still valid. Remember, when the Apostles wrote the New Testament, the Old Testament was in existence which adequately mentioned and explained the tithing laws, which the Christians were very familiar with. Perhaps the Apostles would have considered it redundant to record the routine tithing of church members since tithing was already in the Old Testament. Certain laws were clearly explained as abolished such as circumcision, the Levitical priesthood, and the sacrifice and offering laws. Never, never did any apostle go out of his way to say that tithing had been nullified.

    Jesus mentioned and commanded tithing, and Paul was a copycat of what Jesus taught according to the following verses:

    1 CORINTHIANS 11:1: “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” — NKJV

    ACTS 24:14: “….. I worship the God of my Fathers, BELIEVING ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAW and in the Prophets.” — NKJV

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