To Tithe Or Not To Tithe

Q. I was reading an article about tithing. I’d like to know what you think about it. The goal of the article was to show that tithing is not a NT requirement, although the writer did make clear Christians should give generously, willingly, and joyfully to the Kingdom but that the OT tithe looked completely different then and what it has become was invented by man and that we are not obligated to tithe 10% but only what we are able to give.

A. People who argue against tithing are missing the point. Tithing is a matter of expressing our gratitude. It pleases the Lord when we do this and He blesses us with more. People who have experienced the blessing that comes from tithing are always looking for ways to give more, not less. Some people use the phrase “give generously” to justify giving less than 10%. If you left a tip of less than 10% in a restaurant you would be called stingy, not generous.

The bottom line is we’re free to give whatever we want. But we should understand that the measure we use in giving to the Lord will be the measure He uses in blessing us. 2 Cor. 9:6 says that who ever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and in Luke 6:38 the Lord said that with the measure we use it will be measured to us. So the choice is ours.

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