Does God truly require the New Testament church to give beyond the Old Testament tithe?

There is the general belief in some Christian quarters that Jesus raised the bar or increased the standard for the New Testament believer. This belief is fuelled by Jesus’ statement in Matthew 5

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Matthew 5

This is quite commonly used as proof that God instituted the “tithe” as the starting point of giving because Jesus’ above statement seems to raise the game a little bit. But the problem is, this statement was made before the church came into existence. His audience was always the Jews. Anytime He spoke to the gentiles, He always reminded them that their time had not yet come even though He did some miracles in their midst. This was simply because the law still existed and it alienated the gentiles from the commonwealth of God as Jesus had not yet gone to the cross.

The shedding of His blood promptly made way for the gentiles to be partakers of salvation and thus the church was born. All of this was in line with Jesus’ statement in Matthew 5

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Therefore the standard of the New Testament believer is not the Old Testament law. Whatever was required from those of the Old Testament is of no relevance to the New Testament because Jesus fulfilled every requirement of the Old Testament on behalf of the New Testament church. We are no longer required to observe all 613 laws of the Old Testament because they were all fulfilled on our behalf by Jesus Christ.

The standard of the New Testament church is the Holy Spirit and scripture makes it crystal clear that those who are sons of God are led by His Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us live right, He helps us know and obey God’s will. When it comes to giving, God has not instituted the Old Testament tithe as the guide or “training wheels” for the New Testament church; He gave us the Holy Spirit in its stead.

Those who proclaim that God requires the New Testament church to give beyond the Old Testament tithe are definitely not speaking for God. As this is not taught anywhere in scripture.


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