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Christ blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and has taken them out of the way, nailing them to the cross.
Colossians 2:14


 

This website was created for the benefit of visitors who are looking specifically for biblically-based resources on the subject of tithing.

 

The articles, books, links, and audio downloads contained within this site are presented by various authors from many differing denominational backgrounds and Christian perspectives of doctrine. For this reason the viewer should expect the possibility of variance in details of opinions expressed. Though different authors may have slight differences of opinion on aspects of doctrine, it is important to note the consistent message present here, which is that monetary tithing is clearly NOT a New Covenant doctrine and has no place in the Church of Jesus Christ.  I hope that statement does not offend you; but if it does, I pray that you will take some time to read the articles and browse through some of the resources provided here.  It is not without strong Scriptural basis that such a claim is made.

 

 

The site is called “Tithe DIE” because for too long now, a lot of preachers, teachers, pastors and many Christians have tried to keep alive a doctrine that:

 

1.) Scripture actually does not teach (not the way it is understood today anyway)…
2.)  The Bible NOWHERE teaches that the tithe is money!
3.) Jesus never instructed His followers to tithe…
4.) Not even one of the apostles of Jesus in any book of the New Testament ever taught believers to tithe, and…
5.) The New Testament actually teaches the DEATH of tithing!  It died when Jesus gave His life on the cross and so does it need to die today from the errant, manipulative teachings so many continue to propagate and that so many others find themselves in bondage under.

 

He whom the Son sets free is FREE INDEED and that includes from the legalism of tithing!

 

To my Mormon (and other) friends visiting this site, I hope you will sincerely investigate this subject as well.  This subject is not necessarily limited to members of any specific group as there are many religious groups (patterned after the Judeo/Christian tradition) who accept the practice of monetary tithing as being an important facet and/or requisite of their belief system.  While my personal faith background stems from a number of Christian denominational and non-denominational origins, I no longer choose to label myself directly by any of these groups and my interest concerning the tithe is to embrace only what Scripture plainly teaches regardless of any outside influence by whatever religious organization may wish to impose their perspective views and legalisms.

 

 

For me, faith is about a relationship with God through Jesus Christ – not about tithing.  I will explain this reasoning more fully throughout the pages of this site.  It’s not so much that I do not believe in tithing, for the Scripture certainly refers to it; however, that which Scripture teaches is quite often contrary to the traditions many of us have grown accustomed to and have not often questioned.

 

 It is the strong opinion of this author that the truth concerning tithing (which includes the perspective that it holds no direct application for followers of Christ today in any form) is clearly taught in the pages of the both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.  When Jesus gave His life and shed His precious blood on the Cross, He cried out, “IT IS FINISHED!”  At that moment the Law, with all of its types and ceremonies, regulations and ordinances (including tithing) were put to DEATH right there!  If you are up for a journey into the Scriptures in the pursuit of truth (and wish to examine the logic behind this bold claim), then I invite you to explore this subject with me.

 

Yes, there is a bias here.  But perhaps not the one most people will assume.  I have no intention with this website to steer any reader to any specific church organization, nor was any of this setup to manipulate people to give money donations or any such thing.  My desire is simply to highlight the truth I have been convicted by and which has truly set me free; and that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This Gospel affords every true believer great joy, peace, and liberty and makes the Old Covenant legalism of the Law of Moses (including the legalism of tithing) non-applicable, utterly inferior to the path and influence of Grace, and replaces that dead legalism with a better way by which we may draw near to God, walk in His love with changed hearts, and be led by His Spirit.

 

If you’re interested in reading more of my personal thoughts and convictions concerning some of the motives behind this presentation of tithing discussion, I invite you to click here. (NOTE: article will open in a new page)  This page is still under heavy construction.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

 


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  • Ted:

    I feel sorry that you think loving and serving God is slavery. Paul puts much more emphasize on giving than just a tithe and until you surrender to Christ you will never have peace or fulfillment in this life. No being a Christian is not simply believing some of the scriptures, it is desiring to keep Christ’s commands every day.
    Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

    • Hi Ted,

      Thanks for your comments. Not sure where you got the idea that I believe loving and serving God is slavery. I have never said such a thing, nor do I believe such a thing. What I have continually said is that service must flow from love, otherwise it is vanity.

      1 Corinthians 13:3 – If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

      Colossians 3:14-15 – Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

      1 Corinthians 16:14 – And do everything with love.

      Sincere love motivates us to serve from the heart rather than from legalism. Religion lays heavy weight on serving because it says so. I have been in many different churches over the 30+ years of my church-going life (I am now 41). I’ve served in many facets over the years as well as in positions of church leadership. I am well acquainted with the kind of “serving” most churches expect, and I know for a fact that there is a mindset pressed upon people that if they serve the church, then they are inadvertently serving God, but if they do not, or if they feel the Lord leading them to serve in some other way that has nothing to with church or with paying tithes or giving money to the church, then this is thought to be illegitimate service and they become laden with guilt trips by the church’s leadership as well as from other members. This happens so often and in so many different kinds of church groups it’s ridiculous. Organized religion cares very little about what a person’s own conscience tells them and what the Lord and/or their own heart motivates them to do. The modern church system has set itself in-between man and God and made itself, rather than Christ, the mediator.

      I absolutely believe in service, but it MUST flow from a place of genuine love that is NOT motivated by compulsion of any kind. This is what the Scripture teaches plainly:

      2 Corinthians 9:7- You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

      Also, when the New Testament speaks of giving, it is not talking about paying for church buildings or the pastor’s car. It is talking about CHARITY; Helping other believers. When Paul was encouraging the Corinthian believers to set aside some gifts, these were not to pay for church programs… They were take to impoverished Christians in another city who were suffering! This is NOT how church funds are typically used today.

      Finally, you quoted an excellent Scripture… One which I have used very often in my writings on the subject of giving. While so many churches and religious leaders tell people to give on a benchmark of 10%, the passage you mentioned reveals so plainly that God owns us 100% and all we have belong to Him – and He asks us to present our ENTIRE bodies to HIM as a living sacrifice. What that so plainly tells me is that no pastor on earth and no church has any right whatsoever to tell you how or where to give your money. They may freely express their need, but they should NEVER guilt anyone to give (as so so so many do week after week and in the name of Jesus… it is despicable). The Scripture you pointed out says that we are to offer ourselves TO GOD. It is THIS that is our reasonable service (the benchmark if you will), NOT 10% of our money! God has full authority to direct each of us to give in whatever way He deems necessary to whomever and whenever He wills. No pastor or church has the right to get in the way of that relationship!

      And I do emphasize RELATIONSHIP! This takes us back to the matter of Love. God is NOT a taskmaster! We just read the Scripture which told us that God doesn’t want a gift that is given from guilty compulsion. He wants us to give ON THE BASIS OF CHRIST’S EXAMPLE OF LOVE! This is GRACE giving! We give because God GAVE and continues to give to us. And He only wants a cheerful gift. I am so sick of preachers who say, “You better tithe or be cursed by God… and you better be happy about it because God wants a cheerful giver.” This is stupidity and a total distortion of what the Scripture indicates. God tells us, you give WHATEVER YOU DESIRE TO GIVE FROM YOUR HEART! And He says, “DON’T DO IT BECAUSE YOU FEEL COAXED INTO IT… DO IT BECAUSE YOU WANT TO AND BECAUSE IT MAKES YOU HAPPY TO DO SO… AND THINK ON HOW HAPPILY GOD HAS GIVEN TO YOU AND LET THAT BE YOUR MOTIVATION.”

      Excuse my bluntness, but preachers ought to just shut up about the subject until they actually learn what it means to really trust God. Instead, so many of them remain servants of mammon and they feel they would not be able to serve others unless they receive a paycheck for it… so week after week they guilt the masses to put their money in the bucket. They preach long sermons to compel people to give them their money and all their sermons on giving end up being interpreted as MONEY TO THE ORGANIZATION rather than encouraging people to let GOD determine both what kind of gift is to be given, where, when and how often. They won’t do this though because they live in fear that their needs will not be met if they don’t keep up these false doctrines about giving. That is NOT faith at all my friend, it is fear and it is trust in mammon, which is a false god!

      I am not against people choosing to give money toward Christian service. I am especially not against people giving of their time and talents themselves to bless others, especially those who will never be able to repay it back. I believe wholly that it is the Love of Jesus that should be the catalyst, which sets the heart in motion – not legalism of any kind and no matter how subtle. Giving is a matter of the heart and of grace and it is the business of God and the giver – NOT ANY OTHER PERSON!

      The way the modern church sets up the subject of giving is to do it publicly so everyone can see you dropping it in the bucket. Many churches preach long sermons and even compel members of the congregation to give testimonies about their giving; sometimes to go ahead and share how much they give, how they have helped other people, and then (of course) how God blessed them in return. The whole thing is setup to encourage others to keep the money coming in. It’s all neatly dressed in Christian lingo, but this is NOT how our Lord taught us to handle giving.

      Matthew 6:1-4 – “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues (i.e. meeting places) and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

      Again, I remind you that the group giving we read about in the New Testament was specifically to help impoverished saints and on a few occasions to help send Gospel ministers on a journey. There is simply no concept described anywhere of a so-called “senior pastor” figure who remains in a static location and collects a salary and weekly compels people to give money so he can maintain an expensive religious edifice, landscaping, cars, houses, boats, vacations, etc. The Scripture is VERY plain that he ought to get to work! Those who think themselves to be spiritual and spend all their times meddling in people’s lives (like too many preachers do) are called busybodies and Paul said they ought to get busy and try working for a living.

      2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 – Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living.

      And Jesus also very plainly told us that the one who calls himself a shepherd (i.e. pastor) and takes a paycheck for it is NOT a true pastor at all, but simply a hireling who really doesn’t care about the Lord’s sheep (and I do emphasize the fact that they are THE LORD’S and not the pastor’s congregation).

      John 10:12 (The Message) – A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him.

      Now, all that having been said, I thank God that there are yet some honest men out there who are true pastors and really care about the Lord’s people. I do not mean to blanket coat every one. Many have good hearts, full of God’s love, compelled by His truth and who desire to encourage and build up the body of Christ. But sometimes even good men fall into deception and embrace wrong teachings. My hope is that they would be humble enough to see their error and allow the Holy Spirit to bring whatever necessary change He deems necessary. A person with a gift to pastor is no more special than any brother or sister in Christ. The modern church system tends to breed an elitist mindset among so many who bear this title. The problem is, it’s really not a title at all. It’s a FUNCTIONARY GIFT. A pastor is simply anyone whom God has gifted and called to watch out for his fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. He or she does not need a pulpit or a church building to exercise this gift. That idea comes from man-made religious tradition, NOT from the Word of God. So many of our traditions have nothing really to do with true Christianity at all and we ought not be afraid to re-examine some of these things and seek out the mind of Christ; our only true Senior Pastor and the only Reverend among us that is legit!

      Hebrews 13:20-21 – Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that Great Shepherd (“Senior Pastor” if you will) of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

      Psalm 111:9 – He sent redemption unto His people: He hath commanded His covenant for ever: holy and reverend is HIS name.

      I am so glad the LORD is my Pastor (Psalm 23). May He lead all of us into His truth and teach us to have true servants hearts, swelling with His love and great joy!

      God bless!!!

      In His grip,
      Dave

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