Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Where in the New Testament does it specificaly state we are required to give 10% of our income?

to God?

In the OT, it talks about giving a tenth of everything from the land to God. I assume this means as a burnt offering to God.

Somewhere in the NT, Jesus asks his disciples whose picture is on the money and they answer, "Caesar." He tells them to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give to God what belongs to God.

How does this interpret to mean we HAVE to give 10% of our income to God?

15 Answers

  • RWLake
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    What is mentioned in the Scriptures with reference to the New Testament church is now relevant to all christians of all denominations.


    Giving is proportionate to the degree that God blesses a person without an obligatory figure being mentioned.

    1 Cor 16:1-2

    1 Now about the collection for God's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do.

    2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.


    John MacArthur is his "Commentary on the Book of Romans 9-16 (Moody Bible Institute) has this to say:

    ".......Christians are not under obligation to give a specified amount to the work of their heavenly Father. In none of their forms do the tithe or other Old Testament levies apply to Christians." page 233.


    Giving is from the heart.....

    In fact giving should be more appropriately termed free will offerings in the context of the New Testament Church for Paul commanded us to give as we purpose in our heart. If the amount is a fixed one, there will be no need to purpose in one's heart anymore!!

    2 Cor 9:7

    7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.


    I repeat there is no curse for "NOT TITHING" in the New Testament church (as is often implied on sermons from Malachi 3:10-12).We should not go back to Melchizedek (where tithing was an example and may be taken as a guide-line) or the Mosaic law (where tithing was by compulsion.) Our Lord has fulfilled all the requirements of the Mosaic Law and taken the curse of (not obeying) the Law away from us (Galatians 3:13). The New Testament Christian should abide by the teachings of the Apostle Paul (which has superseded Moses' Law.)

    Christians who insist on keeping the Law of Moses or part of it are under a curse!

    Gal 3:10

    10 All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law."


    Churches advocating tithing as compulsory are putting a curse on their congregations!

    So in summary, 'Giving' is a New Testament 'Church' Principle as opposed to tithing by Law (by compulsion.) Jesus clearly commanded (take note that it was not an option) that we have to give to God.

    Matt 22:21

    21 "Caesar's," they replied. Then he said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."


    "What is God's" implies a fixed sum. BUT we must remember that Jesus made the above statement in the context of the Mosaic Law which was still existent in His Time. Further on in the epistles, the Apostle Paul qualifies this "giving" as "from the heart" and proportionate to the degree that one is blessed. He specifically spoke against "compulsion" (from sources outside). Manipulating a person to give (whether directly or indirectly) is a form of witchcraft...........

    2 Cor 9:7

    7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

    (NIV) Emphasis mine

    "What he has decided in his heart to give" clearly has to be some amount (not zero). It may be ten percent or more. Well, it may even be less, but give as the Holy Spirit directs your heart; NOT AS THE PASTOR DIRECTS YOU. This is the distinct difference between giving to God and giving to the church.

  • Danny
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Long before the Law of Moses came, tithing was already in practice as requirement or a law apart from any other offerings. It was also "enforced" during Jesus' time as it was told in Mark 12:41-44. I believe the Lord Jesus was comparing here offerings by "percentage". Pharisees had a very popular reputation of tithing "everything" (Matthew 23:23, specially the last part). Under the OT, tithing was practiced with or "under" the law. In the NT it was practiced under "grace", under generous heart (2 Corinthians 9:6-15). Could this means that we should tithe MUCH MORE THAN tithing apart from other offerings ?

  • Rick G
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    There is no place in the "New Testament" that requires this. As you have seen, the Jews were require this 10% to support the Levites and the priesthood. They had no lands and their whole focus was to be toward the service at the Temple, not on providing wealth for themselves or their families.

    It was the clerics (Bishops, priests, Popes, etc) that came up with the 'adopting" of the 10% from the Jews to support themselves in the lifestyle they prefer.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Giving is proportionate to the degree that God blesses a person without an obligatory figure being mentioned

    2 Corinthians 9:7:

    Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There is a very interesting scripture even in the Law Covenant which can apply in principle to us today.

    It is in Deuteronomy 16: 16 and 17 - after describing the required attendance at the festivals in Jerusalem (ultimately), it says -

    "and none should appear before Jehovah empty-handed. The gift of each one's hand should be in proportion to the blessing of Jehovah your God that he has given you."

    So we may not be able to give much. But we should endeavor to not be "empty-handed" before our Creator. Of course, that may be just pennies. And if that is all we have, and it is from the heart, that is fine.

  • 1 decade ago

    It doesn't but tithes occurred before the Law of Moses. Abraham tithed to Melchizedek

    And if Old Covenant gave 10% (plus a 5% temple tax) is 10% too much for a New Covenant believer to give?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Tithing isn't in the context that you refer to. It's mentioned as giving 10% in Genesis 14:20,

  • 1 decade ago

    In the new testament Jesus basically asks you to give all your money away. I don't think it says any thing about tithing. Jesus wasn't with the establishment of religion. He was a righteous dude.

  • Marvin
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Sweetheart,we don't have to give GOD anything,we give because we want to give.If you are so worried about your 10% keep it GOD wont mind.He loves a cheerful giver and blesses the gift.Really confused aren't you.Stay out of will give you night mares.

    Source(s): some one who cares.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    that was made up by the church how much of that money does god get? check out the rolex your preacher is wearing riding around in his BMW

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