WHY TITHING IS PERFECTLY OKAY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim
December 13, 2017
So much has been said about tithing: there have been debates and arguments, questions, condemnations and criticisms; so many are asking if they should keep tithing.
I did teachings on tithing earlier in the year. I am obviously against what I call legalistic tithing. I am against people being forced to tithe, and threatened with Malachi 3; I am against deception and ignorance.
Someone said that tithing is a sin. No, it is not. In the New Testament we can still tithe and be blessed for tithing, and there’s scriptural justification for it.
1) TITHING AS A PERSONAL DECISION
The Bible says, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” II Corinthians 9:7
Meaning that a believer can decide to give God a tenth of his monthly income and it would be perfectly fine.
2) TITHING AS A FREEWILL OFFERING
Abraham paid tithe, even if there’s only one record of it. He wasn’t compelled to, but he did, and he was blessed, even though he was already blessed by God. It’s perfectly alright to give God a tithe just as papa Abraham did. It’s actually a revelation.
3) TITHING AS A CORPORATE DECISION OF THE CHURCH
It was the church that reintroduced tithing hundreds of years ago. Yes, the church has the authority to.
Jesus gave authority to the Church to make binding decisions. He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
Even in the Old Testament God hearkened to the voice of the people when they demanded for a king. As long as tithing is not violating any “commandment” it is perfectly alright to tithe.
4) TITHING AS A LEARNED PRACTICE
Romans 15:4 says, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
There’s a lot we do today that was learned from the Old Testament: how we sing and dance, the way we pray, instruments of music, order, and even the regular Sunday offerings. Tithing can also continue as a learned practice.
5) TITHING IN HONOUR AND APPRECIATION TO GOD
Proverbs 3:9-10 says, “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”
Yes, giving honours God.
6) TITHING IN OBEDIENCE
The Bible clearly teaches that those who are taught the word should give to their teachers.
Galatians 6:6 says, “Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.”
Apostle Paul wrote: “If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.” I Corinthians 9:11, 13-14
Yes, a believer can decide to give the tithes in obedience to this scripture.
7) TITHING TO GOD AS THE OWNER OF ALL WE OWN
Joseph made a law instructing all Egyptians to give Pharaoh 20% of their harvest because all the land belonged to him.
Here’s what happened:
“Then Joseph said to the people, ‘Indeed I have bought you and your land this day for Pharaoh. Look, here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land. And it shall come to pass in the harvest that you shall give one-fifth to Pharaoh. Four-fifths shall be your own, as seed for the field and for your food, for those of your households and as food for your little ones.’ So they said, ‘You have saved our lives; let us find favor in the sight of my Lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s servants.’ And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt to this day, that Pharaoh should have one-fifth, except for the land of the priests only, which did not become Pharaoh’s.” Genesis 47:23-26
God is the One who gives seed to the sower; it’s perfectly okay and logical to return a tenth to Him if we decide to.
8) TITHING TO SUPPORT THE NEEDY
It’s the duty of believers and the church to help the needy. Even the church has needs. Therefore, it’s okay for a believer to decide to give a portion of his income to the church for this purpose.
9) TITHING FOR WISDOM’S SAKE
The truth is that majority of Christians today cannot and will not be willing to sell all their property and give the money to the pastors as the members of the Early Church did. And raising funds all the time for specific needs might be cumbersome. A church, and believers might deem it wise to receive and give the tithes for the administration and smooth running of the church.
No one is cursed for not tithing because Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13). Don’t tithe fearfully. God loves cheerful givers, not fearful givers.
Other teachings on tithing are on my website www.pastorchinaemeremjoshuaibezim.com
Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim
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