Is Tithing under the Law?
We are talking about tithing here not giving. Christians give, that is part of being a Christian, we can’t give to everyone that asks of us as we are bombarded with request from every charity going, however we do need to seek God’s guidance in our giving and seek to be led by the Spirit in what we should give. In other words we should be wise stewards with what God has given us.
Now the question is, should we tithe (give ten percent of our income to the church we go to). Is the law of tithing still binding to the church? The reason I am asking this question is because our Sunday morning speaker spoke on tithing saying we should tithe.
He was a very good speaker and came across very strong in what he was saying.
The first point he made was that it wasn’t being under the law as the first mention of it was to do with Abraham when he met Melchizedek.
That is right, Abraham willingly gave ten percent of all to Melchizedek after the battle with the kings. This was ten percent of the spoils of war, that which he had taken from the kings who he had defeated in battle. He gave ten percent of the spoil to Melchizedek and he gave back to the king of Sodom all that belonged to him which the kings had taken.
We could also say it is the same with circumcision, this was given to Abraham well before the law was given to Moses yet the Apostle Paul still saw it as being part of the law, which it was. Certain men which came down from Judea insisted that all who became Christians should be circumcised, while Paul and Barnabas argued against it. Although these Judeans believed in keeping the law they could have argued that it was given to Abraham before the law so therefore all who are Abrahams children should be circumcised. The point is this, you cannot seperate circumcision or tithing from the law. If you keep these things religiously then you are under the law.
The speaker then made a point of saying we could read all about tithing if we read Exodus through to Deuteronomy. Now these are the books of the law so to tell us it is nothing to do with the law then point us to the law seems a contradiction to me.
The speaker made it clear that if we want God’s blessing on the church then we must tithe, and that this is the first foundational stone of any church. The scripture that was emphasised from start to finish was Malachi 3 v10, “Bring you all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it”.
I agree that God will bless you if you keep the law. This verse of scripture is talking about the law of tithing and God will richly bless you if you keep the law of tithing. The problem is that if for some reason you neglect to tithe then you bring yourself under a curse. Not only that but if you bring yourself under the law then you must keep the whole law.
Let us read the two verses previous to this verse, verses 8 and 9, “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say ‘Wherein have we robbed thee?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse: for you have robbed me, even this whole nation”.
If we are going to tithe we must also pay the offerings as well. What we give as an offering is additional to the tithe.
So to bring ourselves under the law of tithes and offerings is to put a yoke upon our necks that God doesn’t want us to have, however we are encouraged to give and that cheerfully for God loves a cheerful giver. When we give to God by ministering to needs in the church then God will bless us and meet all our needs, not only that but we are also building up our treasures in heaven. God will reward us down here but He will also reward us in heaven one day. If we do not give to others in need then we will lose out on our rewards but we will not be under a terrible curse that we will be under if we bring ourselves under the law and then don’t fulfil the law.
I can understand people using the tithe as a guideline for what they feel they can give.