Personal Conclusions On Biblical Giving and Tithing

Without references, here are my conclusions on the Bible’s teaching on giving and tithing.

The Bible teaches us that:

  • Christians should regard everything they have as being owned by God.
  • Christians should give generously, sacrificially, cheerfully, and as God leads them to give.
  • The Old Testament tithe was of agricultural products only. (Those who made a living through commerce did not tithe on the portion of their income that came from commerce.)
  • In Old Testament times, the largest portion of an individual’s tithe was not given to the priests or the temple.
  • The largest portion of the tithe was consumed by the person giving the tithe (and his family) and/or was given to the poor and needy.

Historical writings teach us that:

  • The Pharisees believed that a tithe should be made against all forms of income, not just agricultural income.
  • The tithe was not a part of the early church.
  • The tithe was implemented by the church sometime around the third century to support the church’s infrastructure and building programs.

Summary Conclusions

  • The Bible does not teach that Christians should tithe.
  • It is wrong to say that the Bible teaches that Christians should give 10 percent of their gross income to their local church.
  • God wants to be in control of our finances, just like He wants to be in control of every facet of our life.
  • For any given Christian it may be right or it may be wrong to tithe.  It depends on what God wants them to do with His money.
  • It is wrong to say that not to tithe is the same as robbing God.

In the next few posts, I’ll restate my conclusions and give references in support of each conclusion.

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