The issue about tithing is one that has divided opinions among many Christians. However, as the debate continues to rumble on, no concrete evidence has really been given from the Bible which instructs Christians to pay their tithes.
There are many people who pay their monthly tithes just because their pastors have told them to, but they do not really know the reason behind them paying.
Often, we do hear that failure to honour our tithe ‘obligations’ means that God will not bless us, but that is not true.
Here are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t pay your tithe:
1. It was Priests and Levites who received tithes
During the days of the Old Testament, it was Levites and Priests who used to receive tithes. However, under the new law of Christ in the New Testament, all believers are priests, led by Jesus himself 9 (1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 1:6; 5:10; 20:6; Heb. 7).
This should tell you that the new law closed that chapter of tithing when Jesus came.
2. Jesus affirmed tithe, but it was before the new covenant
Most Christians usually argue that Jesus Christ endorsed tithing when He praised those who willingly give it out (Matt. 23:23; Luke 11:42). However, what many fail to mention is that Jesus praised both tithing and offering sacrifices in the temple.
That was way before the new covenant, so if Christians no longer offer sacrifices in the temple, why then are some still paying tithes, when clearly Jesus most often categorized both when speaking.
3. Give to the poor doesn’t mean tithing
The Bible states clearly how Christians must give from their hearts but it never said giving means paying your tithes. Rather, it urged believers to give to the needy and destitute (Acts 2:43–47; 4:32–37; 11:27–30; Gal. 2:10; 1 Cor. 16:1–4; 2 Cor. 8:1–9:15).
1 Corinthians 16:1–4 clearly doesn’t mention anything about tithing but rather supporting poor saints in Jerusalem with gifts.
4. Tithe was tied to the land of Israel under old covenant
The Bible states that the people of Israel were supposed to celebrate tithe every three years in Jerusalem. But this is not applicable to Christians of today.
That is because the earthly Jerusalem is no longer central in God’s purposes (Gal. 4:25) and believers are now a part of the heavenly Jerusalem (Gal. 4:26) and look forward to the city to come (Heb. 11:10), to the new heavens and new earth (Rev. 21:1–22:5).
5. Believers no longer under Mosaic covenant
Christians of today are no longer under the Mosaic covenant (Rom. 6:14–15; 7:5–6; Gal. 3:15–4:7; 2 Cor. 3:4–18). You could argue that some moral norms under the Old Testament are still in force, but clearly tithing was never part of the commandments, not even under the New Testament.
Also note that, in Ghana, the Church of Christ is one of the leading churches that doesn’t conform to the regular paying of tithe as opposed to how a great majority of local churches actively support tithing.
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