The purpose of this web page is to highlight what the Bible really
teaches concerning giving money and other resources. Contrary to
popular belief, the Bible does not teach us that we should still be
tithing. Tithing was one of the many commands that God gave to the
Israelites. No where in the Bible is it taught that we should stop
doing all the other things contained in those laws (like sacrificing
animals, honoring God on the Sabbath, not eating certain animals, etc)
except the law of tithing. The Bible clearly does not teach that
tithing is the only part of the Old Covenant laws that we should still
be doing .
God did make a promise to the Israelites
in the book of Malachi but New Covenant Christians were not the
intended audience. We are told in Hebrews 7:22 and
other places that the covenant God has for believers ever since his son
Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead is a 'better' covenant.
This covenant of grace is better in all ways.
This message is not some new trick to try to get people to give more.
Instead this is an attempt to teach that Christians can be free of the
bondage of tithing and give the same way it is taught and demonstrated
in the New Covenant. The Bible teaches that we are to enjoy being
What is tithing?
None of the 'tithing' that occurs now has
any connection to the definition of tithing contained in the Bible.
(other than to mention 10%). In a nutshell, there were three tithes from some
of the Israelites and a 4th from the Levites to the Levite
1)The Levitical tithe required those who
raised crops (not everyone and not all professions - just those who
raised crops) to give 10% of that to the Levites. This tithe only
occurred 6 years out of the 7 year cycle. It also required those that
raised 10 or more animals to give each tenth animal that passed under
the rod to the Levites. If a person raised less than 10 animals, they
were not required to tithe.
2) From what was given to them, the
Levites in turn had to give a tenth of the very best to the priests.
3) The festival tithe required that those
who raised crops or animals to set aside 10% for the annual festivals.
It was for the people to have a party and consume the food joyfully and
alcoholic beverages (strong drink) if they wanted.
4) The Poor tithe occurred only in the
3rd year of the seven year cycle. This was set aside for
All tithes were always food and NEVER
money and yes, they did have money and silver back then. Everybody did
not raise crops for a living.
I go into more detail on my other website
www.inyourbible.com/video.html, where, if you have a high speed internet
connection, you can view my FREE series of 10 - 30 minute lessons titled
"The Truth About Tithing". ( I recently added a much more
condensed 3 part series titled "No More Tithing" that starts
at lesson 147 )
I take two of the lessons to explain the
'Truth About Abrams Tithe'. It clearly is NOT the precedent setting
example that we have been told. For starters, Abram did not give his own
money or valuables.
We should be generous but the poor widow
is NOT our example. She was being plundered by church leaders.
(Video – Truth About the Widow’s Gift) There is no single formula
for Christians to be able to judge for themselves whether they are
generous or not.
Each person needs to hear from God for
It is my hope that you will come to study the
Bible yourself after reading these web pages.
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