Ur Video: Tired of Tithing?
A new survey finds most pastors don't believe Scripture requires giving 10 percent.

A recent survey from the National Association of Evangelicals finds that a majority of pastors do not believe the Bible requires tithing. In this report from CNN, Leith Anderson and Brian Kluth discuss the survey and the theological basis for the tithe.

Anderson explains that while most evangelical pastors don't believe the tithe is required, most report that they give at least 10 percent and that the Bible encourages us to give far more. But Kluth reminds us that giving in the US has been declining for years, and therefore continued teaching on the tithe is helpful.

What do you think? Does emphasizing tithing actually limit Christian giving? And what do you read behind the survey's findings? Are pastors not taking the issue as seriously as in the past, or are they merely taking the New Testament's words about giving as more weighty than the Old Testament's? How should giving be taught today?

April 13, 2011

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Rob Bellani

November 17, 2013  7:49am

I have seen many books sold in mainstream Christian book shops relating to money and prosperity. In fact there is so much emphasis on our finances one would think that money is the focus and not God. The attraction of tithing would seem to be that tithing will help you to become financially secure and assume greater favour with God. Books on tithing try to sell this view as an infallible discovery of the secret of prosperity and procuring blessings which was lost due to ignorance of the biblical command to tithe. I've also noticed it being promoted as a way to help spread the message of the gospel. This could be seen as a convenient way not to get one's hands dirty or become directly involved in contending for the faith at the market place. Is this the intention of the scriptures for our service in God's Kingdom, the comfort of a carefree life style without embracing the orphan, comforting the widow or sheltering the homeless? The receiving becomes the reason for the giving. This holds strong to a fleshly way of life, not allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in our giving. The Pentecostal teaching of tithing holds strong ties with the Old Covenant commandments, materialistic gain being the proof of our favour with God. But prosperity is not a way to determine God's blessing in one's life and does not hold true to New Covenant living. There are many teachings which do demonstrate favour with God; prosperity is not one of them. I have yet to find scriptures which support tithing. I find a stronger emphasis in the opposite direction. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."(Matthew 5:3) "But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort," (Luke 6:24) "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." (Luke 16:13) It seems that the warnings of Jesus about money have fallen on deaf ears. Have we replaced dependency on God with dependency on money? One can see by Israel's lifestyles that a wealthy and materialistic way of life was quite apparent but was not beneficial. The offering and tithing requirements had seemed to become burdensome and were rebuked by God in the book of Malachi. Under the Law, God clearly distinguished between the righteous and the wicked by giving the Israelites prosperity and protection. This is true to Old Testament living, each covenant having its blessing and cursing. This is also true to New Covenant Teaching but on a very different level. It is not by physical prosperity or protection that identifies us as Gods people; but rather the love we have for one another, the joy in our hearts and on our faces which rise from the peace shed abroad in our hearts. We are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, assuring us of our salvation in Jesus Christ. This is where our eternal life and treasures are waiting. Looking for prosperity as an identifier to godliness could very easily lead to deception; after all there are many atheist and agnostic people who are wealthy, live long lives in mansions, enjoying their children and grandchildren to a ripe old age. Paul puts this very simply in his letter to Timothy (1Timothy 6:5). Regardless of what interpretation you wish to place upon tithing, it always ends up a law. We are saved by grace through faith, not law; we live by faith, not law and the "fruit of The Spirit is love…" Not law. (Gal 5:22-23, Ephesians 2:8-9, Jas 2:8)Tithing was never intended for the New Covenant way of life. Old covenant Law commanded tithes & offerings. As for the custom of tithing, it was never a commandment but free will, a self-imposed obligation of gratitude toward those of higher authority and in many cases a deity. The foreign rule of Tithing can easily breed an attitude of expectancy deep in the corner of our heart. New Covenant giving is not like this at all and is able to deliver you from an old stony lifest

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November 15, 2013  9:20am

Just don't fall into LEGALISM, which stinks just as bad as MATERIALISM. Don't be the 'drunken peasant' of Luther's parable that climbs up one side of the donkey , only to fall off the other side. The sadducees and pharisees were FANATICAL about tithing.....but missed the weightier provisions of the law (mercy and justice); this post is getting heavy, more later.

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August 15, 2013  1:36pm

LOOK! One-fifth of Americans are religiously unaffiliated — higher than at any time in recent U.S. history — and those younger than 30 especially seem to be drifting from organized religion. A third of young Americans say they don't belong to any religion. Among Americans ages 18-29, one-in-four say they are not currently affiliated with any particular religion. The United States is on the verge of becoming a minority Protestant country; the number of Americans who report that they are members of Protestant denominations now stands at barely 51%. Moreover, the Protestant population is characterized by significant internal diversity and fragmentation, encompassing hundreds of different denominations loosely grouped around three fairly distinct religious traditions - evangelical Protestant churches (26.3% of the overall adult population), mainline Protestant churches (18.1%) and historically black Protestant churches (6.9%). Some more alarming facts for you all, while you bicker about money and converting OT Law to our new covenant under the Blood of Christ! • Men are significantly more likely than women to claim no religious affiliation. Nearly one-in-five men say they have no formal religious affiliation, compared with roughly 13% of women. • People not affiliated with any particular religion stand out for their relative youth compared with other religious traditions. Among the unaffiliated, 31% are under age 30 and 71% are under age 50. Comparable numbers for the overall adult population are 20% and 59%, respectively. • Nearly six out of 10 Americans (59%) say being a religious person "is primarily about living a good life and doing the right thing," as opposed to the more than one-third (36%) who hold that being religious "is primarily about having faith and the right beliefs." And we Christians are the reason why! All this fighting we are all doing and improper hermeneutics when it comes to scripture is the reason why! We fight amongst each other because we don't want to fight the devil! You all are the reason why!!!! LOOK! Outsiders don't understand the reasons Christians fight. I understand why Christians fight because I am a Christian and that is because our hearts aren't in the right place. See, I feel that us as Christians fail to realize what it actually is to follow Christ. Scripture teaches us that Jesus said: "If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:26-27, NIV). I really don't think many of you understand what that truly means. If we are followers of Jesus Christ, then we are disciples of His teachings. If we are disciples, then we are to pick up our cross and follow our Lord. Nothing in our heart should come before our love for Christ Jesus and His teachings. He asks for our hearts and that is what the church lacks. Not tithing! Not money! The church is not a building that we go to on Sundays to worship. The church is the people; the disciples! We are God's temple, for the Spirit dwells in us (1 Cor 3:16-17, NIV). But, as disciples, our hearts are in the wrong place. In other words, God doesn't have the heart of the people that make up the church. Other worldly things are in the hearts of today's so-called "disciples." Things such as tithe money, pride, status, doctrine, envy, etc… Our sinful nature has taken hold of a whole lot of Christians. Religion has taken the hearts of Christians and not Jesus. The answer to this is God living among His people in the church. Now, how do we make this happen? Three steps: repent, renewal, and revival. So, if we as Christians are actually the church, then we all need to repent, renew, and revive our faith in Christ Jesus! There has to be a complete culture shift in us as people. Being a Christian is not easy, matter of fact, it is the hardest thing yo

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May 17, 2013  3:17am

First off, why should I care what another man thinks about my giving? God is the one who will judge me. I give as I have purposed in my heart to give (II Corinthians 9:7)- clearly defined as, it is left up to me what I decide to give, and I will let God decide if that is enough. I am tired of controlling, manipulating, preachers, who need my money to keep up their egos. Furthermore, I consider myself to be abundantly blessed as a citizen of the United States- I have food, shelter, transportation, good health, and I am considered low income- yet I fell extremely blessed. Most importantly I have love, peace, joy, etc. What more do I really need... another car, a bigger house, fame? Honestly! I will not be taking any of it with me when I die, besides the Bible clearly state all the works in the earth will be burnt up. C'mon people!! Wise up already! We are instructed from the Scripture, to set our affections on things above and not on the earth. Wherever your treasure is there is your heart, and out the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks - these are the word of Christ. St. John states, Love not the world neither the things of the world, for if you love the world the love of the Father is not in you. Get your eyes on Jesus people.

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May 05, 2013  8:02pm

its all about priorities, I think 10% is easy to give , but if you give because you feel you have to, You miss the point

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Matthew Richardson

April 21, 2013  4:56pm

The big issue is, many ultra-mega Churches have more or less turned into for-profits businesses. When tithing is used to fill greed instead of men, it's never a good thing. I do understand that it takes money to keep the lights on and doors open. I believe if tithing was viewed as optional and not required, then the congregation would see an increase in tithes.

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February 23, 2013  5:19pm

In the OT it was the law. Everything was law and believers were to tithe to fulfill the Law. God set up this system to provide for the priesthood,widows and orphans. In the NT we are not under law but under grace. So for NT believers it's a matter of grace. God does not mandate us to tithe,but to love. This is the what we are required to do" love as I have loved you". Everything we do must flow from a heart of love. So to tithe, if not done from the heart with gratitude is worst then not tithing at all. God does not want our money. He wants our heart. God looks at not what we do but why we do something. Man looks on the outside but God examines the motives. Weather you give 1%,10% or 90% is a matter of choice. Do not let anyone condemn your giving habits. It really comes down to a matter of the heart. Do as God has put in your heart to do any you will find His peace. Please God not man.

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January 26, 2013  1:13pm

So many of us are so fearful to talk to our pastors/leaders about our true feelings in this matter cause we are warned and frightened with "touch not God's anionted and do his prophets no harm" .

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January 26, 2013  1:06pm

Whether we agree or not on tithe, let's share in love. God commands us to do whatever we do in love. And I also agree if you believe that the Old covenant of Tithing is still in effect under the New covenant, you are obligated to follow the law to the tee or you are still disobeying the tithe commitment. Here are some key things that are outlined in the bible. If Tithing is still mandatory and we are still under that law, then it's essential that the law is followed to the tee just as it's writte

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January 26, 2013  1:01pm

I encourage people to contribute financially to their churches; the model in Acts is of people sharing freely with one another, and even selling property to contribute to the church's needs. "Obedience is better than sacrifice."

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