Why do churches teach that the law is done away…

Why do churches teach that the law is done away with, but tell their congregation they must tithe?

PS I appreciate all the discussion below…

27 comments on Why do churches teach that the law is done away…

  1. Right? The Old Testament isn’t for us, but the only mention of tithing is in the Old Testament. SO I guess that means I’ll keep my money.

  2. Great point! I’d love to see the congregation bring dill, spices and produce to the church instead of cash…lol!

  3. Tithing in today’s culture is used more as a general term for giving than actually referring to giving 10%.

  4. Tithing is a biblical principle that was introduced before the law was given. Genesis 14:18-29; 28:22 Jacob made a vow to God to tithe.
    “…of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.”

    Was implemented with the dispensation of the law. Deuteronomy 14:22-24

    And is instructed after the law. Paul instructed the church at Corinth…
    “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” 1 Corinthians 16:2

    It is also important that we tithe in support of our Pastors. 1 Corinthians 9:14 “Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.”

  5. Just to clarify, in Genesis 14:18, Melchizedek is introduced and is described as the king of Salem and “priest of God.” Abram (later Abraham) offers Melchizedek a tithe and is blessed. The name Melchizedek is the combination of the Hebrew words for “king” and “righteous,” making Melchizedek a righteous, kingly priest.

    That said, many Christians struggle with the issue of tithing. In some churches giving is over-emphasized. At the same time, many Christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the Lord. Tithing/giving is intended to be a joy and a blessing. Sadly, that is sometimes not the case in the church today.

    Tithing is an Old Testament concept. The tithe was a requirement of the Law in which the Israelites were to give 10 percent of the crops they grew and the livestock they raised to the tabernacle/temple (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5). In fact, the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes—one for the Levites, one for the use of the temple and the feasts, and one for the poor of the land—which would have pushed the total to around 23.3 percent. Some understand the Old Testament tithe as a method of taxation to provide for the needs of the priests and Levites in the sacrificial system.

    After the death of Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law, the New Testament nowhere commands, or even recommends, that Christians submit to a legalistic tithe system. The New Testament nowhere designates a percentage of income a person should set aside, but only says gifts should be “in keeping with income” (1 Corinthians 16:2). Some in the Christian church have taken the 10 percent figure from the Old Testament tithe and applied it as a “recommended minimum” for Christians in their giving.

    The New Testament talks about the importance and benefits of giving. We are to give as we are able. Sometimes that means giving more than 10 percent; sometimes that may mean giving less. It all depends on the ability of the Christian and the needs of the body of Christ. Every Christian should diligently pray and seek God’s wisdom in the matter of participating in tithing and/or how much to give (James 1:5). Above all, all tithes and offerings should be given with pure motives and an attitude of worship to God and service to the body of Christ. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

  6. There’s nothing wrong in suggesting to give 10% to the church where a Christian belongs to, so long as it stays as a “suggestion”. It’s our obligation to provide financial support to the local church we belong to though

  7. I have not come accross any major denomination in the UK that imposes tithing. Perhaps I need to get around more!

  8. Mine doesn’t. My wife’s former church uses this as an example but not a standard. Give as you are led.

  9. Well you can’t expect the church to run on it’s own, and they can’t just ask the people for money either.
    So it’s the best way for the church to get support from it’s followers

  10. NT talks of giving our first fruits. 10% should be a benchmark. what we sow is what we reap. If we give little we reap little. If what we sow is greater we will reap bigger

  11. 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
    18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”

    Matthew 5 17-18

  12. The Catholic Church does not tithe. Gods not interested in 10%. He’s interested in what I do with the other 90% he provides for me.

  13. That was only Jacob’s offer. God didn’t not a requirement for Jews or Christians. It is a personal preference. That Genesis reference spells that out clearly. Many people today even give more than 10% back to God.

  14. Since Christ replaced the first covenant with the NEW covenant there is no tithe. It is not a biblical principle as propossedly thought. It is a heart decision, not a biblical one. Don’t take it out of context and make it a Christian principle.

  15. It worked for the patriarchs, the Nation of Israel and de facto via taxes works for the richest country on earth, the United States ( well, they take more than 10%) it also makes cults and mega churches very wealthy. My only problem is there does not seem to be a clear distinction in the bible between a ‘benevolence fund’ and tithing. In fact Jesus inferred that tithing was indeed food Matthew 23:23. The famous tithing text, Malachi 3,often misquoted from many pulpits each Sunday explicitly sates the purpose of the tithe was to bring it into a ‘storehouse’ not a treasury or bank and further clarifies what tithe is by clearly stating,” that my people may have food to eat.” There would be no church going people on food-stamps or welfare if churches made the tithe what God intended, the entire benevolence fund/ God’s Welfare for God’s people. Tithing in this manner is what God intended to take care of his people and as I said, it obviously ( de facto) works quite nicely for the entire United States. Another issue that I have is even if a person or church chooses to keep tithing he should never do it superstitiously thinking that God will curse him if he doesn’t or you will get more money if you do. God only rewards true, spontaneous and self-sacrificial giving.To some this may be tithes and offerings to others it may be the widows mite because she gave all she had. God wants a cheerful giver not a fearful giver. To some people like the Pharisees in Matthew 23:23 who tithed meticulously even their herbs and spices, it is nothing but a show or religious observance and has nothing to do with a contrite and broken heart before God and creates some of the most double-minded hypocrites you will ever meet. “ You strain out a gnat out of your drinking water but you swallow a camel!” Neither gnats or camels were permitted as food by Levitical law yet Jesus told the Pharisees in effect,”
    Your good at tithing your last cent, finding the tiniest fault in other people but you swallow an entire unclean camel of injustice and evil hypocrisy.”

  16. I believe the argument is that if God required 10% in the old testament then it should be the minimum starting place in the new covenant. It was however not just for the worship of God it also was the government (theocracy). We have to pay as much as 50% to our government so another 10 on top could be a stretch for some.

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