Does the Bible really define the tithe as 10%?

I was engaged in a series of discussions with a pastor over this issue of the tithe. And according to him, tithes and offerings are freewill offerings with the tithe of 10% a bible commanded guide to giving. He is one of the millions who define the tithe as 10%.

I visited another sister’s blog where she has written a post extolling the effectiveness of the tithe. I and Several others left comments and she wrote a rebuttal to counter some of the comments she did not think were “scriptural”.

I proceeded to comment on her rebuttal and while writing out my comment, I was suddenly aware that nearly everybody defines the tithes in percentages and that is not at all scriptural!

I pointed this out to the pastor and he told me I was wrong but still ended up proving my point. He pulled out every reference to tithing in the bible including their Hebrew names and all called the tithe A TENTH and not 10%. How do both differ?

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, the TENTH is a position and not a percentage. And the tithe is the TENTH part of agricultural produce alone. And the tithe of crops was determined by grouping them into 10 equal parts and separating the TENTH part as the tithe. No portion of scripture ever commands us to tithe money; it is practically impossible. While the tithe of livestock was determined by separating every TENTH animal. No tenth, no tithe!

30 “One tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy. 31 If you want to buy back the Lord’s tenth of the grain or fruit, you must pay its value, plus 20 percent. 32 Count off every tenth animal from your herds and flocks and set them apart for the Lord as holy. 33 You may not pick and choose between good and bad animals, and you may not substitute one for another. But if you do exchange one animal for another, then both the original animal and its substitute will be considered holy and cannot be bought back.” 34 These are the commands that the Lord gave through Moses on Mount Sinai for the Israelites. Lev 27

The only time percentages were ever used in relation to the tithe was in terms of its MONETARY VALUE. Further proof money could not be tithed even though it was present at the time.

In the portion of scripture above, we see one of the references to the monetary value of the tithe. God instructed that if anyone wanted to buy back his tithe, he should pay the MONETARY VALUE of the tithe plus 20% of this value. And this poses this question, if money could be tithed, how would it be possible to buy back money with money thus redeeming your tithe?

The other reference to the MONETARY value of the tithe was with regards to the tithing banquet. Here God commanded that if the venue was too far, the tithe could be converted into its monetary value and every cent spent on anything the tither liked.

24 “Now when the Lord your God blesses you with a good harvest, the place of worship he chooses for his name to be honored might be too far for you to bring the tithe. 25 If so, you may sell the tithe portion of your crops and herds, put the money in a pouch, and go to the place the Lord your God has chosen. 26 When you arrive, you may use the money to buy any kind of food you want—cattle, sheep, goats, wine, or other alcoholic drink. Then feast there in the presence of the Lord your God and celebrate with your household. 27 And do not neglect the Levites in your town, for they will receive no allotment of land among you. Deu 14

This 10% lie has been preached far too long and many people believe it to be true.

God made Aaron and his descendants priests and gave them the entire tribe of Levi as helpers. As such the tribe of Levi were not given any allotment within the promise land. God commanded that the tithe of agricultural produce the remaining 11 tribes brought was to be received by the Levites who in turn gave a tithe of the best portions to the priests.

22 “From now on, no Israelites except priests or Levites may approach the Tabernacle. If they come too near, they will be judged guilty and will die. 23 Only the Levites may serve at the Tabernacle, and they will be held responsible for any offenses against it. This is a permanent law for you, to be observed from generation to generation. The Levites will receive no allotment of land among the Israelites, 24 because I have given them the Israelites’ tithes, which have been presented as sacred offerings to the Lord. This will be the Levites’ share. That is why I said they would receive no allotment of land among the Israelites.” 25 The Lord also told Moses, 26 “Give these instructions to the Levites: When you receive from the people of Israel the tithes I have assigned as your allotment, give a tenth of the tithes you receive—a tithe of the tithe—to the Lord as a sacred offering. 27 The Lord will consider this offering to be your harvest offering, as though it were the first grain from your own threshing floor or wine from your own winepress. 28 You must present one-tenth of the tithe received from the Israelites as a sacred offering to the Lord. This is the Lord’s sacred portion, and you must present it to Aaron the priest. 29 Be sure to give to the Lord the best portions of the gifts given to you. 30 “Also, give these instructions to the Levites: When you present the best part as your offering, it will be considered as though it came from your own threshing floor or winepress. 31 You Levites and your families may eat this food anywhere you wish, for it is your compensation for serving in the Tabernacle. 32 You will not be considered guilty for accepting the Lord’s tithes if you give the best portion to the priests. But be careful not to treat the holy gifts of the people of Israel as though they were common. If you do, you will die.” Num 18

Now does the tithe being practised in today’s church resemble this in anyway? And since the New Testament calls every single believer a priest, who then are the Levites that give a tithe of the tithe to us the priests? Also who are those that are representative of the remaining 11 tribes that will bring their tithes to the Levites?

All those who teach that the Lord’s tithe is 10% of money and compel other believers to part with it are guilty of theft by deceit. Those who give 10% of their gross or net earnings as God’s tithe and believe it to be scriptural lack knowledge.

The belief that God commands a 10% minimum to be given cannot be found anywhere in the bible. And the New Testament teaches us plainly that anything we give, as far as we give willingly and cheerfully is acceptable to God. No minimums or 10% guide is commanded.

I found this link describing the Biblical tithes in a bit more detail. A very good read!

Found another link that gives the history of tithing!


48 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. youthguyerik
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 16:50:53

    I appreciate your post and have been struggling with this matter for a while. I am curious of your thoughts on Jesus mention of tithe in criticism of the Pharisees. He tells the audience that they ought to follow the teachings of the Pharisees and the scribes, but not as they do it. he then criticizes them for tithing on mint and dill but neglecting matters of justice. This is the sticking verse on the new testament stance on tithing in my mind. Just curious of your thoughts because I am pretty uncertain on this topic.


    • eliteinchrist
      Aug 25, 2011 @ 21:06:25

      Hi youthguyerik,

      Thanks for stopping by. The answer to your question is actually staring us in the face but the false teaching of the tithe has completely masked it.

      The first thing is this Jesus did not say anything new about the tithe, He maintained the same you find anywhere in scripture: The tithe was always food. Secondly, Jesus was not addressing gentiles but Jews who still observed the law and thirdly, the Old Testament was still operational because Jesus had not yet gone to the cross.

      Unless we want to call ourselves Pharisees, this verse of scripture does not apply to today’s christian.

      I hope this helps.


      • Shisei
        Jan 14, 2013 @ 00:33:25

        T I T H E

        (A lament to the priesthood)

        Dost the heart give out of its depth, or out of its hunger?
        Surely, people stay where the food is good and satisfying;
        Is not the tithe given for consumption, a witness to “God in action?”
        Lo’ lest the priests of the temple destroy the high places and altars,
        The Holy altar is not cleansed; for it is the resting place of His Shechinah-
        When His House is not in order, a famine consumes the whole of it,
        Indeed, doth His priest sanctify themselves in sufficient number?
        Surely then, shall the people gather themselves together;
        The Torah becomes the heritage only of a people suited to its demands-Selah
        Does not the “tithe” in and of itself personify perfect and divine order?
        Verily, verily, I say unto you,
        That the storehouses of abundance shall overtake His House,
        Lest the priests fail to become porters,
        or heed the warnings of the watchman;
        Indeed, do you feed strangers, the fatherless,
        And widows every third year out of YOUR tithes O’ priests?
        Lo’, Those who serve at the altar shall live by the altar,
        watch, and pray, lest your brother fall,
        Indeed the priests cover the High Priest, as the High Priest covers his own;
        Armour bearers beget armour bearers as fools beget fools,
        Repair the breach lest your inheritance be stolen!
        More effort is needed when the axe is dull, comfort blunts the edge
        And complacency breeds contempt, stir yourselves up lest you die!
        Know you not that the Kingdom of God is within You O’ Priests?
        Coddle not your brother lest you enable him,
        Cleanse the temple! Cleanse the temple! Double Portion awaits at the Gates!
        Know you not that you are linked one to another?
        Compromise breaks the bonds of unity;
        Protect and correct your brother,
        Lest Yahweh require his blood at your hands!
        The treasures of His throne ache to pour out their abundance,
        Longing to lavish you with His goodness!
        Your life is the dowry, the Bride-Price of the Groom,
        Are you not bone of His bones and flesh of His flesh?
        Sacrifice yourself to live out your sacrifice,
        The meat satisfies best fresh from the Altar,
        Are you not to be broken bread fresh from the Oven of Heaven?
        Abide in the furnace that His House be made full…

  2. Cher
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 18:00:35

    Once again, you have brought new light to a common topic. And as you’ve read in my last blog, I have had questions about tithing. Thanks for you input 🙂 You remind me of Rob Bell, just in that you talk about Biblical topics in a way I’ve never heard them talked about. I’ve read Rob Bell’s Velvet Elvis and was amazed. Although, now I don’t know how I feel about some of the things he discusses, but that’s another discussion.


  3. eliteinchrist
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 18:52:15

    And once again thanks for the kinds words. I have never really heard of Rob Bell before though but did a Google search on him. I would really like to know more about what he teaches.


  4. Abigail of Blackberry Cottage
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 17:18:48

    I’ll be posting a blog on my studies of tithe later today – you may find it an interesting addition to your own thoughts here. I’ve already written one on the personal blessings of tithe, but the study fills out the picture…
    Bottom line tho, I agree with you – the way tithe is taught in today’s churches is WRONG, and ABSOLUTELY not what scripture recommends.


  5. Perry Martin
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 00:12:35

    I read your post and your links, some things not mentioned. I don’t know if it was referred to as a tithe but Adam was to not eat of the Tree but was to Harvest the Tree and give it to God. In eating of the tree he took what he knew to be Gods. The old testament used animals and harvest because that was the monetary system of the time. I don’t remember which King it was but so much “tithe” was brought into the temple they couldn’t hold it all and so the kept the Gold and piled the silver outside the gates. In 1 Corinthians 9 they talk about the tithe and supporting the ministers of the gospel. The Bible is alive it is not Just a Text Book. If I believe that I am to tithe 10% then that is what I will do. I give offering as well as my Tithe and I give it in Faith. I have seen more blessing in my life, not just financial, since I started this practice. Also sowing and reaping is something Jesus taught on several times. Why? Because it was something the people could understand. Today Israel grows crops in the promise land but in the occupied lands it is only dirt and sand. Does God not bless Israel still. I am trying to understand your belief system. Do you discount all the old testament as old news since we are now saved by grace. Your mathematical Tom-foolery says you are trying to explain an infinite God with you Human finite mind. You can’t explain God. Don’t Tithe if you don’t want to. That is your choice. Also you asked me who got rich tithing. Well beside everyone in the Old Testament, and if God is no respecter of persons why would he not bless us as sons with a better covenant, at least as well as he did the unsaved old Testenent Saints. As for modern rich people anyone you can name that isn’t a crook has been a giver. Bill Gates, Sam Walton, Rockafellers(sp?), the list goes on. They were and are all givers. The spiritual law of giving and receiving is a natural law as well it seems. Just look at everything in the earth. Not one thing exists of its own doing. Everything comes from a planted seed and a harvest. I can’t prove God but I look at the creation and believe God Exists.


    • eliteinchrist
      Nov 24, 2011 @ 13:15:51

      Mathematical tom-foolery? LOL!

      You are saying what you do which is all good but have not once given any scriptural proof. It is completely ridiculous to even consider the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as a tithe. That has got Kenneth Copeland written all over it. God didn’t even tell them to harvest it! Where on earth did you get that?

      But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. Gen 3: 3 So much for harvesting it.

      I don’t remember which King it was but so much “tithe” was brought into the temple they couldn’t hold it all and so they kept the Gold and piled the silver outside the gates. Providing the exact scripture would be nice.

      1 Corinthians 9 talks about the tithe? Are you serious? Could you please provide the exact verse that talks about tithing? Because as far as I know, the tithes were not part of the sacrificial offerings that were offered at the altar.

      Don’t you realize that those who work in the temple get their meals from the offerings brought to the temple? And those who serve at the altar get a share of the sacrificial offerings. 1 Cor 9: 13

      You are hell bent on proving you are right and do not seem in the least bit interested in seeing what the scriptures say about this.


  6. Jose
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 05:29:59

    A lot of people in the church have a problem with tithing. Most Christians don’t tithe. but not for biblical reasons. As a Christian, whenever I didn’t tithe is was simply because, “I can’t afford it”. or “all the church wants is money, thats all they talk about” .. I’m going to give you my opinions based on how i feel about tithing and greed.

    I believe people love money. for a lot of people, that is all they constantly think about, how to make more of it, how to save it, where to spend it. we work 40 hours a week for it. and if you want to do anything in life, you have to have it. people gamble for it, get divorced for it. fight over it, kill over it, steal, envy other people for it. the list goes on and on on how peoples minds work around money.

    Basically, people make money their god. constantly thinking about it, and working everyday for it. and because of that, you can say they are slaves to their own money. I think this is why Jesus says “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Matthew 6:24

    so what is my point, what am i getting at? well… as for biblical arguments about the amount. I wont argue with you. you seem set on your beliefs and not changing them. especially since you believe you have found ultimate truth in your beliefs biblically. but, I believe that tithing 10% of your money really shows where your heart is. if you are unwilling to do so, I would ask that you examine your heart as to why. because its biblical?, or because you can’t let go of what is “yours”.

    now ive been under the assumption that everything under the sun is owned by God. including your money, God blesses you in your life with the ability to work. with the job you have. and the money you make, its a blessing as well.

    If you can’t let go of just 10% for God’s sake, then ask yourself why?

    let me ask you something, do you give 5% of your money? 2%? 1%? do you think about God when you get a paycheck? do you set aside anything for God? The owner of JCPenney gave 90% of his income to God. 90%, that’s not biblical! is he wrong for doing that? should we tell him how he shouldn’t be? The woman that was at the temple and gave an extremely small amount, but Jesus said “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.” Mark 12:43. but what? she only gave a fraction of a penny. how could she have given more then ALL the others, including rich people who put probably thousands?

    Its not about the amount you give. its about putting God first in your life. with everything, including your money. so, whoever is still reading this, the next paycheck you get. if you are a Christian, before you pay your bills, before you withdraw money, or even buy groceries. try putting the only person who is responsible for the salvation of man first. and give to God the first portion of money you made. and then you might ask “how much?”.

    THAT is why I give 10%…


    • eliteinchrist
      Jun 20, 2012 @ 22:05:41

      You’ve said a lot without actually saying anything. You are free to give God any percentage you deem fit. If you believe giving God 10% shows where your heart is, good for you but that is not something the bible teaches.

      Like many people I encounter, you’ve jumped on the same band wagon of trying to argue the validity of tithing through personal opinion and not scripture. My position is simple but you’ve refused to see it because you are already biased; there is no part of the bible that says we all must give a minimum of 10% for our giving to be acceptable before God. That is a man-made idea through and through.

      You’ve not made any sense with what you have said and trust me my brother giving God 10% is not an indication of your love for Him.


  7. angel
    Jul 14, 2012 @ 11:45:23

    you guys are all stupid ignorant fools.
    Churches need the funds for people
    in need of refuge.The bible states this clearly
    you dummies.Dont look for a copout and
    dont try to prove a point.Were does the money then
    come from the government.


  8. wilbur lewis
    Sep 28, 2013 @ 21:02:01

    After reading the posts, I am almost indecisive as to what to say since there is too much information on tithing in the Bible that a few comments will not cover much ground.
    I would quickly state my position as greatly opposed to tithing as a method of raising money for the church as this is truly not scriptural. I would say that if anyone is truly interested in the truth on what a tithe is from scripture 10 percent or the tenth, then all you have to do is search on-line for as many references to the tithe for and against and ask the Holy Spirit’ guidance as you do and you should come to a conclusion. I have done just that and I have come to a conclusion from what is in the word of God and not mans’ opinion.After all the scripture give you the right to compare, study and search.-
    Isa 28:9
    Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

    Isa 28:10
    For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

    2Tim 2:15
    Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

    1Thess 5:21
    Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.-
    I must say that if you want to hold any position good or bad you can pick one or a few text from the Bible and create a doctrinal belief on them, but in order to have a proper understanding use the Bible method of studying in Isa 28>10. Find all that is said on a particular subject and then reason it out with the Holy Spirit, the only safe way.
    When studying the pros of tithing from commentaries you will quickly find that only a few texts on tithing are quoted and mostly out of context, whereas the cons on tithing after the cross there is a preponderance of scriptural texts to provide background and validity to the doctrine. Consider someone who holds back information from you verses someone who gives you all the information for you to properly make up your mind, decide who will you trust.
    “Will a man rob God” is a favorite text that is used out of context from Mal.3>10, except that Mal. starts from chapter one to set the scenery of Mal.31 states to whom the discourse was to or about. There is too much information to comment on right here in this post only to reiterate if you are searching for the truth you will take the time and study and the information is at your fingertip.
    In closing the New Testament has a proper plan to take care of all the church’ needs but it is not what many folks want to hear because it takes faith.

    Rom 14:23
    And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

    I will not give all the texts from the New testament to support freewill giving from the heart so that those searching will find them because there are a finite amount that deals with giving in any case.
    Walking by sight says collect 10 percent from everyone
    Walking by faith says allow the Lord to impress those that are able to give and they will decide from their own heart how much to give. -Entirely scriptural-
    The second choice does not ‘gel’ with our current way of worldly outlook because the accountants want to project how much should come in based on the numbers collecting from, rather than allowing God to do His work and there will always be sufficient to meet the needs of the gospel in all areas.
    May God bless His people as they sincerely search after truth.
    Brother in Christ,


    • eliteinchrist
      Oct 01, 2013 @ 10:11:38

      Thanks for your comment. Ironically, even with the vast resource on the internet that echo the views of the bible with regards to the tithe, many still refuse to see the truth. May God help His church, amen.


  9. wilbur lewis
    Sep 28, 2013 @ 21:09:06

    In my post please correct the mistake where Mal.31 should be Mal.2 verse 1

    “Will a man rob God” is a favorite text that is used out of context from Mal.3>10, except that Mal. starts from chapter one to set the scenery of Mal.31 states to whom the discourse was to or about.


  10. wilbur lewis
    Sep 28, 2013 @ 21:16:50

    One last correction my post reference to Mal. 3 verse 10 should be verses 8-10


  11. Del Lawson
    Oct 02, 2013 @ 21:54:46

    Honor The Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of your produce; then your barn will be filled with plenty, and your vats bursting with wine. Proverbs 3-9-10

    Old Testament wisdom. Spoken in a time where many tilled the soil and were shepards . It was how their wealth was measured, how much land or many sheep and other livestock. If God changes not, does he still require a tenth of the fruit of our labor in the 21 century?


    • eliteinchrist
      Oct 03, 2013 @ 14:46:53

      And in what way does the verse of scripture you’ve provided show that the tithe is 10% of that today’s church is supposed to carry on this practise?
      And the Old Testament wealth was not measured in gold, precious stones and money? How come no one was ever commanded to tithe those items?


  12. Del Lawson
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 21:28:02

    Perhaps I did not word my question clearly.

    Why shouldn’t we give tithe to The Lord now? Even though the fruit of our labor is not the same. The Ten Commandments still apply to the New Testament church. The sacrificial offering…Jesus himself…is still necessary. Our economy and lifestyle differ from those days….why would God not deem us responsible for the care of our priests and widows and needy? Isn’t that what the tithe was/is used for?

    “Honor The Lord with your wealth and first fruits of your produce; Then your barn will be filled with plenty, and your vats bursting with wine”

    Give to God what is God’s and Caesar what is Caesar’s.

    I think you might be missing something.


    • eliteinchrist
      Oct 08, 2013 @ 11:35:39

      I didn’t misunderstand you but it appears you are the one who’s completely misunderstood me. Giving to God in the New Testament has got nothing to do with the tithe. The ‘priests’, widows and the like can still be taken care of without the tithe as was done by the early church – everyone gave as they were able.
      As you have rightly pointed out, our lifestyles have changed from what obtain in the bible days but one thing remains constant; our obligation to pay taxes to our respective governments. The biblical tithe was solely a tax on agricultural produce from within the land of Israel alone. Nowhere in scripture was the realm of the tithe extended beyond the Jews nor substituted with non agricultural produce. My point is, those who still demand the tithe from God’s people are not being truthful because it is practically impossible for us to tithe today.

      “Honor The Lord with your wealth and first fruits of your produce; Then your barn will be filled with plenty, and your vats bursting with wine” has got absolutely nothing to do with the tithe. If anything, it was simply reminding the Jews of an aspect of the law – the command to bring the firstfruit. And this again was related solely to agricultural produce.

      I get the sense that you assume God commanded a tithe on agricultural produce because money was absent, money was very much present even from the time of Abraham. He paid for the land he buried Sarah in with money, Joseph’s brothers sold him to the Ishmaelite for money, his brothers came with money to Egypt to buy food, even at the time the law of the tithe was introduced God allowed the children of Israel to buy back their tithes by paying its monetary value plus 20%. Also those who lived far away from the venue of the tithing banquet were allowed to convert their tithe into money and then spend every single penny on anything they liked. If one could tithe money what sense then will it making converting money into money?

      I will end by quoting Paul’s take on giving; anything given will be accepted as long as it has been given willingly and cheerfully. No tithe is mentioned here.

      God bless.


    • darryl
      Sep 12, 2014 @ 18:46:08


  13. Roy
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 17:21:47

    I agree with what you have to say about titheing. I myself have no problem in helping people but I totally refuse to give money to church especially Catholic, I’m not knocking religion but so much of the money given to them is to help bailout sex offender priests that just get jockeyed around to different churches etc. Well, I figure one is part of the problem if you are sending money to help out with that, to me it seems one condones that kind of behavior and that should never be tolerated. Also if the Catholic church is so concerned about people all over the world why do we have homeless and hungry people anywhere, there’s simply no excuse for that. There’s no reason that folks that may not have enough money to give to have to feel guilty , besides, all the churches should have some form of disaster relief such as clothing, food, shelter, counseling for substance abusers, instead of making people so dependant on the government. I know that will never happen but it is something the churches need to consider if they want to show how Gods love is affecting them by giving. Have a great day and Yahweh Bless


  14. Ed Harris
    Mar 13, 2014 @ 10:05:30

    Who’s to say that my minister is the one true determiner of how, and to whom, gifts to God are to be distributed? Are not gifts to such as the Salvation Army, Boy’s Town, Disabled Veteran’s ,Food Pantry, etc. equal ? Gifts, tithes, call it what you will, appear in many guises. Cheerfully given, they serve God’s purpose.
    Can this be wrong?


  15. Dominique
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 04:58:33

    Hi there, is the blog still active? I’ve noticed there’s not been any activity since 2012.


  16. Dmehms
    Jun 03, 2014 @ 14:57:22

    Is it possible to tithe with your “time”? I am a musician in our churches youth program. Does the time I spend playing for the youth contribute to a “tithe” or an offering of some kind? The reason I ask is bc I struggle to have the money to tithe, my wife and I are way behind on all our bills, but I still want to give to the Lord.. So does it have to be 10% of your income or are there other ways to tithe?? Thx!


    • eliteinchrist
      Jun 10, 2014 @ 13:08:00

      From a scriptural viewpoint tithing is no longer required from the NT believer so the need to ‘tithe’ one’s time does not arise. Besides it is practically impossible to tithe your time as everything you do has to be God centred.

      I think you are facing this conflict because you are genuinely unable to give up to 10%. God never commanded that we must give a minimum of 10% or make it up with church volunteering if we are unable to give up to that amount.

      My advice is give what you are able to and this is what the bible teaches. We all should give as we are able and it will be accepted as long as it has been given willingly and cheerfully.

      I hope this helps.

      God bless.


    • ryan
      Aug 30, 2014 @ 06:25:34

      yes you can tithe your time! I volunteer at church, and I plan to give 10% of my income. thats my decision. everyone must draw their own conclusions and make his own decision. but donating your time is definitely as valuable as money. (in my opinion, and my pastor said this explicitly, too)


      • eliteinchrist
        Sep 02, 2014 @ 12:44:55

        It is way impossible to tithe your time because everything you do has to be God centred. If you are refering to volunteering at your local assembly, that is a completely different thing and it is definitely not a tithe of time.

  17. Avidor
    Jun 24, 2014 @ 14:54:28

    Don’t be foolish….


  18. Rafie
    Jul 26, 2014 @ 21:23:53

    you have a point in your blog. then if the tenth part of your firstfruits (base on Old testament) is not the 10% of my earning, how can i fully quantify the tithe I should give? has anyone been offering tenth of their harvested crops or herds in their Church today? although I fully agree with regards to the New testament saying give cheerfully and not reluctantly since the Lord is after our hearts when we give. Thanks


    • eliteinchrist
      Jul 27, 2014 @ 20:28:35

      Hi Rafie,

      Glad you found it a blessing, God bless.

      Tony Isaac


    • eliteinchrist
      Sep 02, 2014 @ 12:40:48

      Hi Rafie,

      I only just realised I never answered your question. The long and short is scripture does not require a tithe from the New Testament church as that is a completely different concept that is part of the Law. Instead we are allowed to give anything we are happy with. Hope this helps?

      God bless


  19. ryan
    Aug 30, 2014 @ 06:22:48

    I can prove God right now. if I exist, then God exists. now the catch here is that I CANNOT prove that I exist. think about it! how do I know I exist? it is my arrogant assumption that I exist. I cannot prove it. deep down, somehow, I know it, I refuse to question it. but if I hold that stance, that assumption, that I exist, then God exists. as a side note, its kinda like chicken and the egg. if a chicken exists, he knows that eggs exist too, without seeing an egg, simply because he knows he came from an egg. similarly I know I came from somewhere, I came from God. (the universe created me, because I know absolutely, for an fact, that I did not create myself — the chicken also knows he had to come from somewhere, an egg must have preceded him) sorry I am a bit long-winded here, this is a rough draft, hope it helps.


  20. Ed Harris
    Oct 05, 2014 @ 20:37:13

    Ryan, you’re a good egg. Keep the Faith.


  21. wynn
    Oct 21, 2014 @ 20:04:15

    this is not complicated they counted the animal 10 gave 1 they counted 100 gave 10
    the pharisees did the same with the food or agricu produce. if you have money give money if you have animals give animals but have something to help you measure your tithe


  22. Fada
    Feb 15, 2015 @ 05:21:26

    Good information there. Very useful. I have never believed in tithing in modern church. The way many pastors go on about it only shows that it’s a money making scheme. Many ignore teaching on spirtuality and morality and literally threaten worshippers with the wrath of God for failing to pay tithes. People using human logic to convert agricultural produce to cash. Gold and silver were clearly in use in many ancient civilisations including Israel. Nobody was ever asked to tithe gold, silver, fine clothes or horse-drawn carriages (a kind of Ferrari of those days) that they possessed.


  23. osabuohien
    Aug 28, 2015 @ 02:06:18

    Eliteinchrist, thank you for this topic, for some time i have been troubled in my heart about this question,( if the tithe paid by most people is it used for the church?) why is it that most time the members have to donate for any new development, it is a good thing to pay tithes to help the poor in the house of GOD making the house of God a comfortable place of worship to my understanding tithes most not be 10% because Christ made it clear (if you have two give one to your brother who doesn’t have) 20-30-40-50 % can be given, Christ also said what so ever we do to the list of our brethren we did for God, our God is all i will say doing good helping one another in need also can be a way of tithes,providing the needs that the Church lack giving to the poor in the house of God and every where.We all still need the HOLY SPIRIT to direct us in all understand through Christ our Lord helping us to understanding Amen


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