We have been redeemed from the curse of the law, jesus christ being made a curse for us. Compared to the guilt based and often dishonest proofs for tithing offered by certain christian leaders, this book is refreshingly biblical and solidly researched. Projects,offerings, donations are ok but not reliable enough to meet the operational expenses. Many christians wonder if the tithing is commanded in the bible as an old testament or new testament teaching. Once there is transparency in the administration of tithe, people will tithe out of love not fear of curses and misfortunes. Here are 3 of the most powerful arguments for and against tithing. The tithing debate is tithing really a biblical command. Read the apostle pauls letter to the romans in this translation of the new testament into biblical hebrew by franz delitzsch. If this latter be intended, it is with me past all doubt and question that a bountiful part of our enjoyments is to be separated unto the use and service of the worship of god, particularly unto the comfortable and honorable supportment of them that labor in the ministry. They take the truth, expounded and relate it to life and action. Then as i was reading the book of galatians, i suddenly realized that the tithe debate of today is identical to the circumcision debate of the early church.
Tithing debate and controversy mystic minds philosophical. The book of hebrews may be looked upon as in three partsall concerning the son and his superior salvation. The term tithe that is found in scripture maser asar, in the hebrew and dekate dekavth, in the greek, translates into the tenth. Many christian churches preach tithing as a means of supporting the work of the lord today. However, even if one were convinced that christians must tithe, a.
I personally think the church would be better off if more christians tithed. Aug 01, 2009 why christians should not tithe is a thorough discussion of the four tithes in moses law, jesus comments on tithing, and the twentyone principles of giving developed by the apostles in acts and the epistles. Lets take a look at what the bible says about tithing and how it. The hebrew and greek words for tithe both simply mean a tenth. This epistle may have been written in greek, but youll be surprised to see how the hebrew paradigm and rabbinic jewish. Feb 18, 2015 tithing a christian concept, or a jewish one. The authorship is in question and cannot be undeniably proven. By setting aside a second tithe, the one described in deuteronomy 14. The lord made tithing a commandment under the law of moses or mosaic law. I tithe to my home church, but also support an impoverished child in kenya so he can go to school and support other ministries here and there. Christians are commanded to give to the poor and needy in our midst, but we are not bound by tithe laws. Tithing in the new testament what does the bible say.
It may be noticed that in the priestly part of the book of ezekiel xliv. A tithe means ten percent of all benefits that come our way, such as, our salary, inheritance, gifts and even the interest one might earn on bank accounts, etc. It is written in a very smooth and articulate style that im guessing will be understandable to most people, but at the same time dr. Christians today often think that what they give to their local church is a tithe, when in reality it is an offering. It appears the apostle paul is not the author, and quite possibly, apollos or barnabas3 was the author. A look at the sacred tithe, the tithe of feasts, and the tithe for the poor.
The scriptures tell us that god does not want us to do whatever we want or what seems fit. Christians who want to please the lord often have questions about tithing. He is also called king of salem which means king of peace. Tithing debate and controversy tithing a tax or assessment of one tenth, especially when payable in kind.
The author of hebrew s intention is not to teach how christians to tithe but to explain the superiority of jesus over several old testament figures. The word tithe there are two hebrew words for tithe, asar and maaser. Many christians struggle with the issue of tithing. Tithing research thursday, june 23, 2016 reading time. A tithe means ten percent of all benefits that come our way, such as, our salary, inheritance, gifts and even the interest one might earn on.
The author of hebrews intention is not to teach how christians to tithe but to explain the superiority of jesus over several old testament figures. The discussion of tithing in hebrews chapter 7 was only included to prove that the priesthood of melchizedek was superior to the levitical priesthood. Does hebrews 7 teach christians to tithe to jesus through their pastorslocal churches. The principle of giving to god does extend to the old testament. Tithing in the bible is tithing for the new testament. When confusion exists about what certain words mean in the bible, such as tithe, tithing, tenth or ten percent, this book will examine the hebrew and greek language to bring to life what these words actually mean in context. How to say tithe in hebrew whats the hebrew word for tithe. The tithing debate is tithing really a biblical command for. It was a common practice in the old testament and was. Next we are considering the fifth and final warning in the book of hebrews.
In the first place, melchizedeks name means king of righteousness. This epistle may have been written in greek, but youll be surprised to see how the hebrew paradigm and rabbinic jewish background of saul of tarsus shines through nonetheless. Thus the second tithe was dedicated to the good of man himself, for a vacation and specifically, a vacation with a religious purpose, such as going to camp meeting. The issue gets more confusing within christianity specifically. Maybe not a tithe but the point of the article still stands. This play is a threeway debate about what the bible says. And some say that it is just a relevant to new testament christians as it was in the old covenant. Therefore, the amount of the tithe is irrelevant in the discussion of hebrews 7. New testament believers are not required to keep the laws of moses concerning tithing or follow some principle of the tithe and rigidly give ten percent of their income to their local church. Does hebrews 7 teach christians to tithe to jesus through. The truth about the tithe finallyseparating fact from fiction. An additional tithe mentioned in the book of leviticus is the cattle tithe, which is to be sacrificed as a korban at the temple in jerusalem.
Some say it was only an old testament law that doesnt need to be followed as believers under the new covenant. You could not bring your tithe just anywhere you want. The dictionary defines the word tithe as a tenth part of something paid as a voluntary contribution or as a tax especially for the support of a religious establishment. Hebrews 7, melchizedek, melchisedek, titing, tithes, tithe.
The israelites gave because of their obedience to the law. Giving tithes and offerings is a very important part of the christian life. Doug harris is hosts a debate between rev mike kola ewuosho and russell earl kelly on the subject of should the church teach tithing. What is the difference between tithes and offerings. Dec 29, 20 god says in the place where i will choose you shall eat, the tithe of your corn, wine, oil and firstling of your herds. The law of moses consists of 6 commandments that the ancient nation of israel was required to follow. Today there is much confusion about the giving of tithes and offerings and because of this, many christians are leading a defeated life. There are five words in scripture that were translated into the word tithe or tithes. Jun 23, 2016 does hebrews 7 teach christians to tithe to jesus through their pastorslocal churches. Abraham gave melchizedek a tenth of everything he had captured. He averred that those religious rituals are not obsolete. And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our god. With the price of everything else going up these days, arent you glad the lord hasnt increased the tithe to 15 percent. They received from all israel a tithe of food or livestock for support, and in turn would set aside a tenth portion of that tithe known as the terumat hamaaser for the aaronic priests.
We ought to give because of our gratefulness for jesus sacrifice and that should be more than 10% in my opinion. Serving overseer of citadel global community church formerly known as latter rain assembly, pastor tunde bakare has perhaps for the first time joined in the fray of the debate over tithe, offering and firstfruit. Just as there were apostles and leaders on each side of the circumcision debate in the early church, there have been leaders on both sides of the tithe debate today. The five warning passages of hebrews disciple lessons.
God says in the place where i will choose you shall eat, the tithe of your corn, wine, oil and firstling of your herds. Biblical scholars have seen the differences in these sources concerning the recipients of the tithe as due to the social background of two separate sources, each having its own applications. The commandments were the rules and regulations that governed ancient israel. The best book ive seen that fairly lays out the main views of these warnings and points out the strengths and weaknesses of each position is herbert w. The author of hebrews is building a case for lord jesus and the chapterbychapter logical progression is listed below. In england it was a tenth part of the yearly proceeds arising from and from the personal industry of the inhabitants, for the support of the clergy and the church. I have no idea that this is true, but one reason for the debate on tithing is that far too many claiming the name of christ live for self. Ministry magazine the three tithes of the old testament. If ancient israel did not tithe according to the requirements of the law then they would be guilty of breaking the law. Preliminary information about hebrews much controversy surrounds the book of hebrews. However, a serious problem with understanding tithing appears at the very beginning of this book because of the serious disagreement about the definition of tithe. The first thing that you do, is you need to go to a special place to bring the tithe, that is one of the requirements of the law. There is a difference between tithes and offerings, not only in language but most especially in spirit. At the same time, many christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the lord.
When trying to distinguish between tithes and offerings, it is important to first understand the concept of tithing. The book of hebrews is comparing the old covenant and the new, demonstrating that we have a totally different and better relation to god than men under the law of moses. No more tithing for new testament christians paperback. The main biblical passages regarding the tithing of produce are.
The first reference to the tithe command appears in the book of leviticus. The tithe conspiracy and the lies behind monetary tithing. This is a free downloadable book about tithing written by russell earl kelly, ph. Hebrew maaser or maasar plural form maasrah means a tenth. Why christians should not tithe is a thorough discussion of the four tithes in moses law, jesus comments on tithing, and the twentyone principles of giving developed by the apostles in acts and the epistles. Capetalk host john maytham shares his top book picks for the. Yet christ is not ashamed to call us brethren whom he has sanctified. So for those who say we are not supposed to tithe or give a tenth i would challenge you to give even more than the tithe. Apr 30, 2012 doug harris is hosts a debate between rev mike kola ewuosho and russell earl kelly on the subject of should the church teach tithing. Jun 19, 2019 i have no idea that this is true, but one reason for the debate on tithing is that far too many claiming the name of christ live for self. It has been said the book of hebrews is the riddle of the new testament. The tenth part of the increase arising from the profits of land and stock, allotted to the clergy for their support, as in england, or devoted to religious or charitable uses. The church does need money, but god still commands us to tithe. These warnings are an integral part of the message of the epistle.971 198 1020 364 843 1300 626 1222 1414 1570 755 1121 492 933 426 1532 1288 1543 460 1169 985 799 1448 899 1299 1264 555 1140 832 409 17 908 588 910 1024