Why You Should Stop Tithing Immediately

*Note: this is not an exhaustive study on Old Testament or New Testament giving. Readers should do further research prior to making decisions about their personal giving models. This is also not an excuse not to give or to give miserly.

What Was The Tithe?

Tithe means “ten percent.” In short, this was part of the Old Covenant Law.  Those who were part of the covenant had to give 10 percent of their production (particularly livestock and crop). In fact, it is believed that multiple tithes were stacked, totaling up to roughly 23.3%! 

What Is The New Testament Precedent On Giving?

You may be surprised to hear that there is no mention of the New Testament Church tithing. In fact, the only usage of the word tithe in the NT is used in a negative context when Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for the way in which they tithe (Mt 23:23, Lk 11:42)! We know from the context that they were being overly legalistic, giving exactly what they had to give. More importantly, in a separate passage, we discover that the hypocrites were giving for public recognition and praise (Mt 6:2). Their motives were wrong. It’s not that giving ten percent was frowned upon. Jesus was not attacking the Law. He was addressing the heart of the giver.

Though the NT Church did not mention tithing (giving ten percent), giving was foundational to their model. It is important to recognize that the expectations and standards in the New Covenant are actually considerably higher than those of the Old Covenant (see: the Sermon on the Mount). While the Law set parameters, the Holy Spirit guides to perfection! While the Old Covenant Law demanded ten percent, the New Covenant model produced a community of individuals who gave everything that they had. Listen to the picture painted in Acts 4:32-35.

All the believers were of one heart and one soul, and no one said that what he possessed was his own. But to them all things were in common. With great power the apostles testified to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all. There was no one among them who lacked, for all those who were owners of land or houses sold them, and brought the income from what was sold, and placed it at the apostles’ feet. And it was distributed to each according to his need.”

Do you see a pattern?

Conclusion

No, I do not believe Christians should tithe (give ten percent out of legal obligation). I believe we should give all of ourselves to God and His kingdom. After all, it is not ours to begin with. We are only temporary stewards of God’s resources. The great struggle of the Christian life is the continual willingness to release control – totally, with thanksgiving and joy.  Second Corinthians 9:7-10 gives us the perfect picture of New Testament giving, “Let every man give according to the purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. God is able to make all grace abound toward you, so that you, always having enough of everything, may abound to every good work. As it is written: ‘He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness remains forever.’ Now He who supplies seed to the sower and supplies bread for your food will also multiply your seed sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.” Ten percent makes for a good initial boundary (in fact I believe there is something special about hitting that minimum marker), but we should not be giving out of compulsion or out of requirement. Givers are blessed both in their giving and in God’s response to the giver. Therefore, give and give cheerfully. Stop tithing and start trusting God with all that you are and all that you have!

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Should we be bound to the tithe or the unction of the Holy Spirit? Leave a comment below and share to get your friends in on the conversation.

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7 Comments
  • Hugo Plaiz
    Posted at 20:33h, 31 May Reply

    Perhaps tithing was never commanded in the final 40% of the book because it was just an ordinary part of life. We ought not forget though, that tithing was never about giving money it was food. If you couldn’t bring livestock and crop over long distances, you were supposed sell your goods, travel closer, buy the appropriate goods and give that.

    Give to the creator his creation.

  • Kennedy
    Posted at 01:50h, 01 June Reply

    Well explained! The new testament Church (born-again) is already a tithe unto the Lord, therefore all that he is and has belongs to the Lord.

  • Scott johnson
    Posted at 09:52h, 01 June Reply

    Tithes is also mentioned in Hebrews 7:8

  • Linus Leiker
    Posted at 15:29h, 01 June Reply

    To tithe was to give of everything you have, including your time, effort, and energy.

  • Pastor Christian Mawuko
    Posted at 13:47h, 03 June Reply

    I agree with you perfectly

  • Paul Gamaliel
    Posted at 18:38h, 06 June Reply

    Jesus said that we are to continue to tithe, not to stop. Don’t try to excuse what you say by trying to know Jesus intent. He said he did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. Hebrews explains that the tithe was not a bind but a free will by Abraham. 10 percent is not saying you can’t give more. Jesus said that what ever you give towards his work has 100 fold in this life time on it. That said…if the Word was obeyed then the blessing is still in tack. Once you do give use your faith for the return and as it comes back do more. If you remember someone you have offended leave your gift and make it right with them. Now give with confidence and be blessed.

  • bumble
    Posted at 12:10h, 07 June Reply

    I Believe in tithing
    That Said, you Are Exactly Correct
    Everything Belongs To God!
    #Kudos

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