Should Christians Tithe?
Malachi 3:8-10 ‘Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say, How have we robbed you? In tithes and offerings.
You are cursed with a curse: for you have robbed me, even this whole nation.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in My house, and prove me now by this means, says the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven, and pour out a blessing to you, such that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Matthew 23:23 ‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgement, mercy and faith: these ought you to have done, and not leave the other undone.
Probably one of the most controversial and neglected principles of the Bible is that of tithing. Some will say that it is an Old Testament rule that is no longer applicable to New Testament believers. Is this a legitimate argument? If so, do we disregard the Ten Commandments and all other rules and precepts contained in the Old Testament. In the Malachi passage God promises to bless those who tithe. Refusal to tithe would seem to indicate a reluctance to ‘test and prove’ that God will be faithful to fulfil His promise. In the verse from Matthew’s gospel, Jesus affirmed his approval of the practice of tithing.
Do you think Christians should tithe?
Why would you think tithing is not a valid principle today?
Do you believe God’s promise to abundantly bless those who tithe?
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Even a non-Christian writer, Paula Ryan writes the following: “Many other industrious and prosperous business leaders practiced tithing, including the Colgate, Kraft, Templeton and Heinz families. William Colgate learned about tithing from an old riverboat captain. Colgate ultimately tithed 50% of his annual income and his bookkeeping records were marked “Account with the Lord.” Additional reading link