Those who refuse to work are not to be supported 1 John ; Jam. Our first priority is to those who are of the household of faith, but we are also to reach out to others in need as we are able Gal. This was given to the Levites for the temple ministry Numb. Apparently the offerer could use a part of this tithe for a feast at the sanctuary vv. This third tithe may have been separate from the second, though we are not certain.
At any rate, each Jewish family was responsible to give not ten percent, but approximately 19 percent. Because the tithe was required in the Old Testament, it was more of an income tax than a gift given under the theocratic kingdom of Israel. There is very good evidence the tithe is not for believers today.
There are godly men who teach the tithe, but they are clinging to an Old Testament theology that does not apply to the church today. The following is presented as evidence in support of this position. The tithe of the Old Testament was a part of the economic system of the Law but the New Testament specifically teaches that believers are not under law Rom. There is a two-fold emphasis here. The Law was a temporary system until the coming of Christ.
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The coming of Christ and the New Covenant, as it applies to the church, supersedes the Old Covenant with a higher law, the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus which enables believers to fulfill the spiritual and righteous requirements of the Law but through the leading of the Spirit rather than by the imposition of legal regulations. It is qualitative. It is not talking about just one specific law, as the Old Testament Law, but any kind of law. This means we are not under any kind of legal system of external rules or legal regulations which we are to keep in relation to our walk with God.
Though we are not without law, being under the law of Christ 1 Cor. This would include the tithe either under the Law or even before the Law, because either way, the moment a definite amount is established for believers to give, it becomes a legal and external matter rather than a matter of the inner man and the leading of the Spirit of God Rom. The New Testament teaches us that giving for the church age is to be proportionate by the grace work or leading of God through the Spirit 2 Cor.
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In keeping with this concept, when we turn to the New Testament we find no New Testament regulation or commandment which continues the tithe for New Testament believers. In fact, it is used only of historical occurrences where it pertained to Israel under the Old Testament economy, but never in such a way it could imply this is the rule of life for the church. Matthew ; Luke Both of these passages applied to Israel. Christ was speaking to Jews who were still at that time under the Law. They were also offering sacrifices in the temple. Luke is merely an historical reference of the prayer of a self-righteous Pharisee who was still under the Law and before the coming of the Spirit and the beginning of the church age.
Hebrews is an historical reference to Abraham who paid tithes to Melchizedek. Some use this as proof the tithe is legitimate for today. They say it was pre-law, so it should be used as a guideline for all dispensations.
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But there are two things wrong with that line of reasoning:. Other Old Testament practices predated the Law, yet they are not used as norms or as requirements for the church. To insist on a tithe is really a disobedience to the direction of 1 Corinthians Giving according to a tithe is a hindrance to proportionate grace giving as it is prescribed in the New Testament. Let me explain. Many believers give their tenth and never even consider that they could and perhaps should be giving even more. Actually, to demand a tenth from all believers is disobedience to the principles set down in 2 Corinthians because the tithe may become an unequal yoke.
By that I mean it is a burden to some, and a limitation to greater giving by others according to the principles of equality and proportionate grace giving 1 Cor. Please note the following:. See the illustration below concerning proportionate giving. They may decide to give sacrificially as did the Macedonians, but it should be the product of the work of the Spirit of God and not the legal demands of a church that insists on the tithe.
Indeed, the tithe is an unequal yoke. Think about it. If you tithe, you may be sowing sparingly. The big question is, what does it mean to give proportionately? How does one determine how much what percent to give? This is not socialism or communism which is coercive and seeks for a total equality that does away with any variations in society based on individual differences in hard work, in giftedness, and personal incentive cf. Daily Book of Positive Quotations. The latest in the Positive Quotation series Each maxim is followed by a few paragraphs that explain the quote's meaning, and that give practical advice for applying its wisdom to your daily Daily Conversations with God: Prayers for Women.
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And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
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Pray that your pastor will be a man of prayer and worship and that he will lead by example—teaching the congregation how to walk in a close relationship with the Father. Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians ; 2 Timothy ; Romans — For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. Pray that your pastor will not give in to discouragement, but will deal with inevitable criticism and conflict by committing himself into the hands of God, who judges righteously. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.
Pray for spiritual unity in the church staff and among the spiritual leadership of the church elders, deacons, etc. Pray that the enemy will not be allowed to create divisions, strife, or misunderstanding among the church leaders. Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. Pray that God will give your pastor a clear, biblical vision of what your church can be and should be for His glory and that he will communicate that vision clearly and confidently to the church. Pray that your pastor will seek God for personal revival and revival in your church and community.
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians ; Colossians —8; Ephesians Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. Pray that he will strive for personal excellence and will believe God for all He wants to do in the congregation. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Pray that your pastor will be a man of faith and have a passionate love for God, not giving in to worries, fears, or an uptight and anxious spirit. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Ask God to provide for the financial needs of your pastor and his family. Pray that he will be a wise steward of both personal finances and church funds.
Brothers, pray for us. Day Two: Strong Character and Integrity Scripture Reading : 1 Timothy , ; Ephesians —12 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Day Three: Pursuing Jesus Scripture Reading: Mark ; 2 Timothy —16 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. Day Four: Growing in Discernment Scripture Reading: Malachi ; James —6; John If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Day Six: Healing and Joy Scripture Reading: Isaiah To grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit. Day Seven: A Strong Family Scripture Reading: Ephesians ; Colossians —21 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Day Eight: Protection from Evil Scripture Reading: John ; Isaiah ; 2 Corinthians ; 1 Peter ; Psalm —10, —11 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
Day Twelve: Growing in Humility Scripture Reading: Micah ; Galatians ; John —18; 1 Corinthians —13 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
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