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.
The following link presents an excellent article called “The LIE of Tithing”, which is actually chapter 16 from a book called “The Great Dream”, published by ApostasyNow.com. I have not read the entire book as of yet (and therefore cannot comment as to whether or not I agree with the whole), however, this refutation of the doctrine of monetary tithing is excellent!
To read the article from the author’s website, click this link.
by Jack Helser
I recently found myself looking at the institutional church in terms of overhead, and what the end product is for the majority of people. There is a sense in which the church exists to deliver the message, which in the institutional church is typically a 20-minute sermon on Sunday morning. For the vast majority of the congregation, the sermon is the product they take home. For those whose only church involvement is in the capacity of a listener on Sundays, everything other than the sermon is overhead. For giggles I examined the topic of dedicated giving using a typical church as an example.
Article by Roger Sapp
Take the following True or False quiz to see how much your really understand about tithing. We predict that many of you will be surprised. Record your answers.
True or False? 1. The Lord Jesus Christ would have tithed.
True or False? 2. Simon Peter, originally a fisherman, would have tithed of the fish that he caught.
True or False? 3. Everyone in the Old Testament seeking to obey the Law of Moses would have tithed.
True or False 4. Abraham tithed to Melchizedek in the same way that believers tithe to the Lord Jesus Christ.
True or False? 5. The Lord Jesus Christ taught His disciples that they should tithe.
True or False? 6. There are many examples of people tithing of their incomes in the Bible.
True or False? 7. The New Testament teaches that we should tithe to ministers in the same way that Jews tithed to the Priests.
True or False? 8. The Bible teaches that God’s standard for giving is ten-percent.
True or False? 9. The righteous poor tithed in the Old Testament.
True or False? 10. Since everyone is held to the same standard, tithing is fair to everyone.
True or False? Bonus Question. The Bible teaches that everyone should give ten-percent of their ongoing income.
by Van Robison
Source article can be found here.
Many churches teach that tithing 10% of one’s income to the church is a part of obedience to God and a requirement in the New Testament, as well as the Old Testament. They love to quote Malachi 3:8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me, but you say, wherein have we robbed you? In tithes and offerings.” The truth is that when anyone does an in-depth study of the tithing issue, it will be found that the concept of “tithing” is very misunderstood, even from an Old Testament perspective. Many different authors have presented in-depth studies on tithing, covering all the issues in both the Old and New Testaments. While preachers love to make Christians think that “tithing” represents 10% of one’s “income”, it is easy to prove that in fact, tithes in the Old Testament involved several tithes, used for different purposes and that tithing is not at all what Christians have been led to believe.
Tithing is Not a Christian Doctrine
An Essay by Russell Earl Kelly, PH. D., July 5, 2006
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The following essay is a summary of my book, Should the Church Teach Tithing? A Theologian’s Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine. The book itself is a greatly expanded version of my PH. D. thesis. I challenge Bible educators to be bold, to open up their seminary level research and to promote studies on this subject in the Masters, Doctorate and PH. D. levels. This doctrine is simply too important to ignore.
In many churches today the doctrine of tithing has reached the level of a modern scandal. While on the one hand, most seminary-level textbooks on systematic theology and hermeneutics by highly educated theologians omit tithing, on the other hand, the practice is quickly becoming a requirement for church membership in the very denominations which insist on solid Bible-based doctrines. There is also increasing evidence that lay persons who question the legitimacy of New Covenant tithing are usually criticized and ignored as being troublemakers or weak Christians.
One denomination’s statement on stewardship is typical of what many others teach about tithing. It says that “tithing is the minimum biblical standard and the beginning point which God has established that must not be replaced or compromised by any other standard.” It adds that the tithe is from gross income which is due to the church before taxes.
The following points of this essay contrast the false teachings used to support tithing with what God’s Word actually says.
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Hi, welcome to the new website! Over the course of the past several years it seems that one of the most popular facets of the TruthForFree.com website has turned out to be the download of articles and e-books on the tithe. While the subject and discussion of tithing was never intended to be the principle focus of that site, it clearly showed itself to be an important issue to many people and which indeed affects most church-attending (and even some non-church-attending) Christians today.
So, for the benefit of visitors who are looking specifically for resources on this subject, I decided to dedicate a separate website entirely for this purpose (an app for smart phones may follow soon as well). I hope this will aid visitors in their search of the truth concerning 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.
My sincerest thanks for visiting this page. The page is now live on the Internet as of August 8th, 2012 and will be under construction for a few days. I appreciate your patience.