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Tithing: Should we tithe today?


     Many religious groups tell their members to “tithe” (give 10% of their income), but tithing was part of the Old Testament law that was given to the Hebrew nation (Deut. 14:22-29).  The Old Testament law contained various rules about giving, keeping the Sabbath day, animal sacrifices, special priests, etc., and this law was in force for about 1,500 years.  After Jesus came into the world He said His death would bring about a new covenant (Lk. 22:20) and this happened.  Jesus took away the entire Old Testament system by dying on the cross (Rom. 10:4 and compare Heb. 8:5-13).  If people try to bind any part of the Old Testament law on people, and telling people to “tithe” is one example of this, the Bible says people are “fallen from grace” and are “severed from Christ” (Gal. 5:4, ASV).
     Instead of tithing, members of the New Testament church make a personal decision on how much to give.  In fact, the church that belongs to Christ is governed by two basic rules when it comes to giving:  (1) Give “cheerfully” and (2) give as we have been “prospered” (1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:7).  Since the New Testament says give as we have been prospered, telling people to “tithe” (give 10%) is wrong.  Such a teaching is a “different gospel” (Gal. 1:6-9).  This error is so serious that Paul said those who try to bind some part of the Old Testament law on people are like a woman who is married to two men at the same time (Rom. 7:1-4).
     Jesus “nailed the old law to the cross” (Col. 2:14) and the removal of the Old Testament law includes the elimination of the Ten Commandments.  Things like murder, theft and adultery are still wrong (Rom. 13:9), but these acts are wrong because they are forbidden by the New Testament.  People can “learn” from the Old Testament (Rom. 15:4), but the New Testament is the law all are under now.