Does the Bible really say to tithe, or is tithing just something religious people made up because they're after your wallet? Plus, didn't Jesus come to fulfill the Old Testament Law, making tithing now a thing of the past?
These are fair questions to ask, so let’s consider the various angles from which we can approach this topic. While you may agree or disagree with one or two of these points, what becomes clear is that the Biblical precedent for tithing goes far beyond one specific passage. The idea of the tithe is not cherry-picked from one random verse here or there, but rather, is thematic and consistent throughout Scripture. Read into some of the stories referenced to see for yourself:
In short, the tithe is very much an active and relevant principle for us as believers today! It’s true that we are free in Christ and therefore not ‘obligated’ to do it, but that doesn’t eliminate the reality that radical generosity is God’s nature and that it’s God’s desire for us to continue tithing. With the same logic, one could reason that we are no longer obligated to walk in purity, to read the Bible, to pray, etc. - and in a sense, they’d be right! Yet in all of these examples, the debate of obligation is a distraction from the big picture. Our goal is to wholeheartedly pursue and surrender to Jesus in everything, not to split hairs between what we ‘have to do’ and what we ‘get to do’ for Him. The real question is: how much can we do? How much can we become and live like Him?
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