Answers to Key Tithing Questions – Is It Relevant?
Key Bible Verse: “One tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD and must be set apart to him as holy.” – Leviticus 27:30
Dig Deeper: Deuteronomy 12: 5-11
Is Tithing Relevant: Since Christians are under grace, not under Old Testament law, does the obligation to tithe still apply? I’ve had friends tell me that tithing is Old Testament law and is not relevant to the New Testament.
A: The distinction between law and grace is often misused, partly because the teaching is difficult to understand, but also because when it comes to money, most people tend to seek out ways to dodge obedience.
It is certainly true that Christians are under the principle of grace, not the principle of law. In other words, we attain righteousness not by our works but by the grace of God.
However, being under grace does not mean living by lower standards or giving less to God. On the contrary, it means giving and doing more (Matt. 5: 17-48). In my experience, I have found that many people who argue against tithing use their arguments to justify their own lack of generosity.
Furthermore, where in the New Testament does it indicate that tithing is no longer valid? Last time I checked, there is no such passage. In my opinion, tithing is still relevant for the New Testament believer. But it isn’t the finish line of giving; it’s the starting block.
—Lee Jenkins in Lee Jenkins on Money
My Response: What is my current perspective about giving/tithing to my Church? How did I develop this perspective?
Adapted from Lee Jenkins on Money (Moody, 2009)
Prayer for the Week: Heavenly Provider, speak to my heart about giving more generously and cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7-9); even during difficult financial times, may I learn from the example of the poor widow (Mark 12:41-44).