Tithing


This page features a term paper I wrote in 2006 on the subject of tithing, examining how it’s taught in many churches today versus what Scripture teaches on this subject. I’ve divided this paper into six parts, and the following is an outline for this series:

The Modern Practice of Tithing in Light of Christ Fulfilling the Law

(PART 1)

A. Introduction
B. A Look at the 17 Scripture Passages Which Mention Tithing 

I. Described prior to the Law of Moses: in the lives of Abraham and Jacob

1. Genesis 14:8-24
2. Genesis 28: 8-22

(PART 2)

II. Prescribed under Mosaic Law: three different tithes

3. Leviticus 27:30-33
4. Numbers 18:21-32
5. Deuteronomy 12:5-19
6. Deuteronomy 14:22-29
7. Deuteronomy 26:12-15

(PART 3)

III. Reforms of King Hezekiah, Nehemiah, and the prophets Amos and Malachi

8. II Chronicles 31:4-12
9. Nehemiah 10:28-39
10. Nehemiah 12:44
11. Nehemiah 13:4-13
12. Amos 4:1-5
13. Malachi 3:5-12

(PART 4)

IV. Spoken of in the New Testament by Jesus and the author of Hebrews

14. Matthew 23:23
15. Luke 11:42
16. Luke 18:9-14
17. Hebrews 7:1-10

C. Tithing in History

(PART 5)

D. Ways of Viewing the Law of Moses Today and a Summary of Galatians

E. Tithing in Light of Christ Fulfilling the Law

(PART 6)

F. New Testament Giving
G. Conclusion/References

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7 thoughts on “Tithing

  1. I stopped tithing/giving a long time ago. I already know who is in control, who allows me to have a good job where I can pay my expenses and from time to time be able to bless others through stewardship and accountability.

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  2. I agree…Isaiah 58 seems to be the Father’s target…NOT missing the mark. I attended a church where they have a 12 million debt for the building & then the preacher goes into a message regarding the tithe…a guilt trip really. Then he would ask the assembly to take out a dollar bill & pass it to the collecting usher for the ministry in Belize that took care of aids babies, all the while there were people in the congregation that were homeless, or single moms who struggled bcuz the dad’s left or abandoned them & they were never assisted cuz the money went to the building needs. That’s when individuals stepped forward to help, but more often than not it went without being known or made aware of.

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Suzanne. I do think, as you suggested, that modern teachings on “tithes and offerings” are driven to a large degree by the need to maintain expensive church buildings.

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