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freshsky01 said: Ptr. Park, how are you? I wanted to ask your opinion about tithing in the New Testament. Do we still give our tithes at this day and age?
Hey my dear friend, doing pretty well. Thank you for even asking this …!
I wrote on tithing about a year ago and my opinion has remained pretty much the same.
A few thoughts to consider:
- The Old Testament system was an ongoing narrative for a specific people in a specific time. Whenever someone brings up the OT Law as a trump card, I have to remind them that this part of history was God’s unfolding plan for His people which had not yet culminated into the church by grace. Yes, God is timeless and He does not change: but there is a beginning, middle, and end to our story, and we are somewhere near the end. There is good history behind us but it’s not our current story, and there is more ahead of us to come, which is not for us today.
- If we’re to tithe like the Old Testament, then it’s actually more like 23% and not 10%. So I’m not exactly sure why we’re saying a tenth all the time.
- In 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, Apostle Paul appeals to the Corinthians to give to the Macedonian churches. But Paul does not appeal by the law; he actually brings up Jesus and the Gospel in verse 9. In other words, our motivations for giving are 1) freely by God’s grace, 2) uncoerced (Paul says “I’m not commanding you,” which means he could but didn’t), and 3) without any kind of fixed amount to give.
- Though I technically do not believe tithing is “biblical” for our current church, I still give to my church anyway. I think 10% is probably a good starting place, but I would hope you can be compelled to support your church even more, and God would understand if you had to do less or you would rather support missions and social causes.
- A last note: Your wallet is a good indicator of your priorities. If you look at your bank statement or follow your budget, you can see what takes up most of your heart. I only say that because giving to God is a way of protecting yourself from greed and promoting the muscle of generosity in your heart. All this is motivated by Jesus, who was once rich in Heaven and became poor to clothe us in grace. So pray this out, repent of any pride on the issue, and find a sweet spot where you can give with joy.