Tithing, Grace Or Law?

Q. I have just read your article on tithing and I still have questions that are unanswered. First, the tithing for New Testament believers is very questionable to me. I find that in the entire N.T. there’s no place where Jesus instructs the church (except for the Pharisees) to tithe. The apostles do not mention tithing either. I was of the idea that N.T. believers were under grace and not Law.

In my entire life as a Christian, I have never been blessed because of the tithe but God always blesses me when I give. I believe that when I give I am making a covenant with God and He never disappoints me unless I did not give in the right spirit.

A. Right from the beginning, tithing has always been portrayeded as an expression of gratitude for the blessings one has received, not as a component of the Law. (Genesis 14:18-20) Like many things where the Lord is concerned, if you don’t have the right attitude in doing something you might as well not do it. (Isaiah 29:13)

Saying that you’re blessed when you give but not when you tithe confirms to me that you have different attitude about one than the other. If you start seeing your tithing as the free expression of gratitude that it is, instead of a law you’re trying to avoid, your attitude might change and you might begin experiencing even greater blessing. The way to tell when you have the right attitude is that you’ll want to give more, not less.

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