What’s in a Tithe?

Posted: August 17, 2011 in Kingdom & Church

I thought about titling this post ‘To Tithe, or Not To Tithe’, but usually when the topic of ‘Tithe’ comes up it is assumed that you are completely on one side or the other. In this case it couldn’t be further from the truth. I personally lean towards ‘To Tithe’, but find myself close to the middle when discussing its relevance and/or requirement for New Testament believers, for me its more a matter of the heart, then an act of following the law. I’ll let you in on an e-mail conversation, and you can decide who’s right, who’s wrong, or maybe you’ll end up right in the middle with me.


In regards to “money,” in over one of every six messages Jesus taught, He refers to finances, wealth or investments. I realize that each person must decide what ended at the cross, what began after the cross, and what came before and through the cross, but the following would require an explanation:
Matt 23:23 NASB
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
Luke 11:42-43 NASB
42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithe of mint and rue and every kind of garden herb, and yet disregard justice and the love of God; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
The tithing was so exact, that it went down to the smallest of herbs in the garden – and Jesus said, “You ‘should have done it’, but with an attitude of justice, mercy and faithfulness.
God has always required a physical demonstration of that which is spiritual. Therefore, Paul writes, “…present your bodies…”, not simply present your soul and spirit. Water baptism is a physical acting out of a spiritual decision – whereas, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is also required.
Did Jesus the son of man tithe?
Did His disciples tithe while they were with Him? 
Can a person tithe on money according to The Law?
If The Scriptures are silent on these things, then anything you and I come up with is merely speculation.
I don’t believe the Lord cares if we tithe a dollar or a million dollars, since it’s only money.  He is always interested in our hearts, and not our hands.  Money comes and money goes, but the things our Father is doing in us and through us are eternal.
There are probably hundreds of other arguments for and against ‘Tithing’, but, where do you stand?
Here are a handful of questions that may help your decision ‘To Tithe’ or ‘Not to Tithe’.
Is your money yours or Gods?
Do you give 10% of your money to fulfill the ‘Law’?
Does God love a cheerful giver?
Do I invest in the ‘Kingdom’?
Am I a better Christian because I tithe?
I’ll leave you with part of an e-mail response I gave to the subject:
All I have is His (Jesus’), am I required ‘by law’ to give back 10%?  I would say no, but, do I think He rejoices when I do give and give more than the law requires? Yes! Does it make me a better Christian? No! 
I have experienced supernatural provision when I have been tithing. God loves a cheerful giver.
I also believe we should be tithers of our time, and giftings. Again ALL we have is HIS and HIS alone!
In closing, what is in a tithe? My simple answer would be, a heart for the advancing the Kingdom of God. Notice I didn’t say, a heart for advancing the Gospel of the Church, big difference.
Thank-you very much for your time, May God Bless you today!
  1. Donald Borsch Jr says:

    Wow! The “Not to Tithe” person makes a lotta sense! I think I love them….

    To step away from the “tithe meaning” as we know it in the American church, I will simply say that if your heart is one of stinginess and greedy hoarding, you have a definite issue with God. And I would knock it off quickly.

    I may not “tithe” as described by so many, but the money I have, the wealth I have, ain’t none of it mine. At all. So why should I look at it as being “mine”? Exactly.

    10%, 15%, 38%…it doesn’t matter. The old widow gave a penny and Jesus spoke highly of her heart and her sacrifice. I like to rest right there, on that principle, and let that be my final say.

    • floridawayne says:

      I think we are on the same page, just at different ends, meaning that we are saying the same thing differently!

      Peace be with you, totally looking forward to seing you in VA! I love you brother!

  2. Dave Swavely says:

    Terrific thoughts about tithing and giving in general, Wayne! I love it!! Seems to me that tithing was the Old Testament form of taxation…it went to the government of Israel, and there were actually three tithes required–two annuallly and one every three years–so it was actually 23% of their income they had to give (similar to our taxes today). Beyond that they were asked for “freewill offerings,” which they were to give sacrificially and cheerfully and “as God prospered them,” to quote 1 Cor. 15:1. That seems more like giving to the church and other causes today. But though I don’t see a requirement in the NT to tithe, I think it is a good way to set aside as firstfruits of our income, consistently giving as God has prospered us. And I would add that for many people, 10% is too little…we are so blessed in this country compared to most of the world, so we should have much less luxuries and much more giving. For instance, I know of a pastor who was given a $10,000 gift one time, and he didn’t need any of it to pay his bills, so he gave it all to someone who did (with the permission of the original giver). I think that’s like the widow in the temple… she gave “all she had.” I doubt she neglected to pay her bills, so it was more likely everything she had that she didn’t need at the time. That is also probably the case with the selling of property in Acts to meet the needs of the poor in Jerusalem (Acts 2 and 4).

  3. vern ;) says:

    since you are on the topic of tithe 😉 ….thought I would throw this out there…. what would you say to a married couple in which one believes in and wishes to tithe and the other doesn’t want to tithe -either because he/she doesn’t think they ‘have enough money’ or they just don’t believe in it?

    • floridawayne says:

      First off, I’d like to thank-you for being a first time commenter and let you know you are welcome here @ mal46, I hope you continue to read and comment often.

      Secondly, I would leave this question in the hands of the ‘Head of the Household’ because he would be the one responsible for said giving/tithing. Saying you ‘don’t have enough money’ to me really sounds like ‘it’s not a priority’. I’ve heard it said we cannot afford NOT to give, and I believe that we as Christians need to put our money where our mouth is, and invest in the Kingdom of God more graciously! I hope that answers your question.

      Thanks again, God Bless you!

  4. Donald Borsch Jr says:

    I’m thinking about this tithe issue…

    I know Wayne calls it an “Abrahamic Tithe”, meaning to look at Abraham and King Melchizedek. (See Genesis 14 for this one.) The more I think about this, the more I must wonder:

    Since no Levitical priesthood had yet been established, and it is to be the Levitical priesthood who takes from the people a tenth, (see Hebrews 7:5), then Abraham was offering a tenth of his plunder to King Melchizedek, the priest of God, and not to a Levite.

    Since the Levitical priesthood has ended due to the New Covenant, (which makes us all ministers under the Great High Priest, that being Jesus Christ), then perhaps we should simply give a tenth of all our wealth, once and for all, and offer it to God, and be done with this tithing nonsense.

    A tenth. Of all you have. Once. And then live a life of generous giving and financial stewardship as a faithful son. No more weekly tithe. No more monthly tithe. A true tenth, a true tithe, on all your wealth and resources. Like Abraham did with King Melchizedek, pre-Levitical priesthood.

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