Tithe, tithe, tithe!

The tithe debate seems to be gathering a lot of momentum of late. And even in the face of strong scriptural evidence that it is not binding on today’s church, there are those who still staunchly support it.

However, those who support it hardly provide enough scriptural evidence but tend to use a lot of buzzwords and personal opinion. Their favourite is that tithing is an eternal principle; a definition which completely lacks scriptural support.

It is not uncommon to hear them say that tithing is binding on today’s church because it was practised by Abraham before the law. Now this begs the question, was Abraham Jesus or was he God? Did God ask us to use him as our standard today and do everything he did? This approach completely lacks credibility.

Basing a doctrine on a single act of Abraham goes completely against the grain of scripture. He was not our standard, Jesus is and we understand from scripture that Abraham and all the saints of old did not even receive God’s promise nor could they achieve perfection without us.

39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us. Hebrews 11

God’s selection of Abraham as an ancestor of Jesus was done completely by grace. Since the Word was going to be made flesh and share our humanity, He needed to have parents and the parents an ancestry. This ancestry was traced in the book of Matthew to show that Jesus was the promised seed of Abraham.

Now the argument that one pre-law event is binding on today’s church is completely baseless because every event before and during the law spoke about Christ. Hence it made no sense to enforce circumcision or animal sacrifice in the New Testament; they were already fulfilled in Christ. Tithing cannot be the only exception.

Before the law, aspects of Christ’s person were revealed. He was the Word through which the world created, He was God’s Sabbath, He was the seed of the woman, He was the firstling of the flock of Abel, He was the seed of Abraham and establishing the law simply confirmed all of these. And they were all fulfilled in the New Testament.

And the essence of Abraham’s encounter with Melchizedek was to foretell the Priesthood of Christ and nothing more. It was to be the written evidence to future generations that a Priest could arise from a tribe other than the tribe of Levi

This change has been made very clear since a different priest, who is like Melchizedek, has appeared. Heb 7: 15

Thus, using Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek to justify tithing today, hardly does that portion of scripture justice.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. boyonabudget
    May 05, 2011 @ 13:47:18

    You are right – Jesus didn’t ask for 10% – he said give all to the poor. IF the church uses our tithe to help the poor and support missionaries spreading the word, why should we question? We should give even more than 10% if God has blessed us in a way to do so.
    Matthew chapter 19
    16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
    17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

    18 “Which ones?” he inquired.

    Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’[c] and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]”

    20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

    21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

    22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

    23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

    25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”

    26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

    27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

    28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[e] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

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    • eliteinchrist
      May 05, 2011 @ 14:25:26

      Boyonabudget,

      Thanks for stopping by. You have actually raised a fair point actually. The misuse and abuse of funds is one things then the lies and manipulations employed to raise these funds is another.

      May God help His church, amen.

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