” The Greek and Hebrew words for “tithe” literally mean “tenth” , so the basic meaning of tithing involves giving 10% of something. Therefore, if I choose to give 10% of my salary to my church then I have given a “tithe” according to the most basic definition of that word. The New Testament tells us to give generously , and my 10% offering would certainly qualify as generous giving.
However, many churches teach that Christians must give 10% of their salary to their local church, otherwise they are robbing God and shutting off the flow of God’s blessings. So when Christians talk about “tithing,” they’re usually referring to this idea that giving 10% of every salary to our local church is a Scriptural requirement or a Scriptural principle which Christians should be following.
The Old Testament Law Required Tithing Genesis 14:20; 28:20-22 — Both Abraham and Jacob gave tithes prior to the giving of the law at Sinai.
Leviticus 27:30-33 — Moses’ law required Israelites to give a tithe (tenth) of their increase to support the Levites (Num. 18:21-32; Mal. 3:7-10). In addition Israelites also gave free-will offerings, taxes, and other gifts to support the combined religious service and civil government (Ex. 35:29; I Chron. 29:1-19; Deut. 12:5-19; 14:22-29; Neh. 10:34-39).
Hebrews 10:9,10 — The old law, however, is no longer binding since Jesus replaced it. This means churches today have no right to require Christians to tithe. (See also Rom. 7:1-7; Col. 2:14,16; Gal. 3:24,25; etc.)
. The New Testament Requires Us to Give as We Have Prospered.
1 Corinthians 16:1,2 — On the first day of the week, each one should give as prospered. Some people are comparatively prosperous and should give more; others are comparatively poor and should give less.
Acts 11:29 — Every man determined to give according to his ability. (See also 2 Cor. 8:12; Mark 12:41-44; Matt. 25:14-30.)
2 Corinthians 9:6,7 — We should give generously as we purposed in our hearts, not grudgingly or of necessity, but cheerfully.