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Tithing

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Going Beyond Tithing : The Call for Radical Generosity

  We’ve covered a lot of arguments both for and against tithing in our discourse on the topic of giving. One thing we have clearly established is that a Christian’s money and possessions cannot be separated from his pursuit of and obedience to God. Randy Alcorn, a popular American author and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, a non-profit Christian organization, writes: “Fifteen percent of everything Jesus said is related to money and possessions. Our Lord made more reference to money…

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What Malachi Says About Tithing

When it comes to the subject of tithing, the most quoted reference is Malachi 3:9-10 (ESV) which reads, “You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until…

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Tithing Today

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Tithing Today

To tithe or not to tithe? This remains to be among the top questions Christians ask today. We want to obey and honor God in our lives -- we read the Bible, we pray and go to church, try to be and do good to others -- all pretty straightforward.  But when it comes to honoring God with our money, we hit a snag. All of a sudden, all these questions about the biblicality of tithing, its relevance to modern-day…

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Giving a Sermon on Tithing

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Giving a Sermon on Tithing

If tithing is such a difficult subject to understand, given the varying and often polarizing views about its biblicality and modern application, it is even harder to preach about. The fact is, it’s probably even suicidal for a pastor to preach on tithing! It is risky at best and a pastor stands to lose members and their much-needed contribution to support the church if they do not agree. On the other hand, there is the real danger of being too…

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The Purpose of the Tithe

It is important to note that throughout the Scriptures, two kinds of giving are consistently taught: compulsory—required or mandatory giving (as to the government in the form of taxes) and voluntary—when giving to God (as an offering) and to charity. The misunderstanding stems from the nature of the Old Testament tithes. Israel then had a theocratic government with the Levitical priests acting as the civil government. One of the purposes of the tithe then was to: Fund the priesthood. These…

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Did Jesus Tithe ?

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Did Jesus Tithe?

  Did He or didn’t He? That is the million dollar question! Of course he tithed! Jesus was a Jew, and tithing is basic to Jewish theology! Many people are quick to assume that simply because he was raised in a Jewish home—and one that strictly obeyed Jewish practices and traditions, and because he lived during the time of the Law, then Jesus must have tithed. Also, because Jesus rebuked the Pharisees about their manner of tithing as recounted by…

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What is the Tithe?

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What is the tithe

Of all the topics on money, the tithe is probably still the most controversial in the Church today. Many people argue that it no longer applies, that it is just an Old Testament concept, while others believe it is still relevant and continue to practice it today. But before we delve into the theology of tithing, let us first understand what the word means. Simply put, the word tithe means “tenth,” but let us go deeper and look at other definitions.…

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tithing in the new testament

In our previous discussions, we have established that tithing was mandated by God and was required of his people in the Old Testament. With that said, the next question then would be whether God still required it of believers in the New Testament. The most interesting thing about the concept of tithing under the New Testament is its almost virtual absence. Of the numerous teaching of Jesus, we find only four passages which actually mention the word "tithe.” Matthew 23:23…

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