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Meeting_Abraham_Melchizedek_MBA_Rennes_73.47.1Plenty of Christians argue that tithing should continue for New Testament Believers on the basis that Abraham tithed, which was before the Law of Moses.

 

There are a number of obvious problems with this argument, of which I will mention a few.

 

The first and most obvious reason why Abraham’s tithe is an ineffective example is because, even though this occurred before the Law, Abraham did NOT receive the promises.  Indeed he was blessed by God for his faith and God proclaimed His promises to Abraham, but Abraham did NOT receive these promises in his lifetime.

 

“…these (the faithful people of old – including Abraham) all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” Hebrews 11:12-16

 

It shouldn’t be necessary to point out this truth, but the fact of the matter is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His New Covenant trumps EVERY OTHER COVENANT BEFORE IT!  Yes the blessings that are realized in Christ are the fulfillment of the promises made to Abraham, but as Christians we do not now receive these promises by keeping either the Law of Moses or by trying to mimic some pre-Law example, even of Abraham.  Faith in Christ Jesus is the ONLY requisite for receiving ALL the promises of God!  Tithing benefits you NOTHING AT ALL!

 

That is not to say that you cannot tithe (i.e. give 10% of) a portion of your income for some kind of Gospel work, but the Bible does not teach or require any such legalism.  In fact, it does not even suggest such as a recommendation. God shows favor only to those who Believe in Him through Jesus Christ and ONLY on the basis of Christ’s unmerited grace (by way of the cross).  No one is blessed because they keep a ritual like tithing.

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