I recieved this e-mail this morning after talking to this Morning.
Larry, We talked about tithing! Here is my opinion:
Tithing/Giving is intended to be a joy and a blessing. Sadly, sometime people jeopardize their own well - being for their families, to give to the church so the church can live bigger and better but the church still does not go to taking care of children and seniors with the money they get nor do they do outreach to witness to the LOST.
Tithing is an Old Testament concept. The tithe was a requirement of the law in which all Israelites were to give 10 percent of everything they earned and grew to the Tabernacle/Temple (Leviticus 27:30;
27:30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD”S; it is holy unto the LORD.
31. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add there to the fifth part thereof.
32. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.
33. He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
34. These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Si’nai.
Numbers 18:26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe.
Deuteronomy 14:24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy GOD shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy GOD hath blessed thee:
2 Chronicles 31:5 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.
In fact the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes which would have pushed the total to around 23.3 percent, not the 10 percent which is generally considered the tithe amount today. Some think the Old Testament tithe as a method of taxation to provide for the needs of priests and Levites in the sacrificial system. (Maybe a Catholic thing of today) The New Testament nowhere commands, or even recommends, that Christians submit to a legalistic tithe system. Paul states that believers should set aside a portion of their income in order to support the church.
1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Ga-la’-ti-a, even so do ye.
2. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. ( I think) Paul addressed a question asked by the Corinthians (7:1, 25; 8:1 12:1) about giving (Acts 11:29, 30; 24:17; Rom. 15:25-28; 2 Cor. 8;9). The first day of the week was the regular weekly meeting day of the early church. Lay something aside expresses the concept of Christian giving in the NT. The OT tithe (altogether coming to about 23 percent0 was not adopted by the NT church, though certainly Christ practiced it. NT believers were encouraged to give liberally. But never a specified amount or percentage (Rom. 12:8) Paul wanted to make sure that the Corinthians offering would be collected before he arrived so that he would not need to pressure the people when he say them ( 2 Cor. 9:5). Whomever you approve refers to the person who would accompany Paul (v 4) to Jerusalem to deliver the gift on behalf of the Corinthian church.
There isn’t anywhere in the New Testament that designates a percentage of income a person should set aside, but only tells it is in keeping with income 1 Corinthians 16:2) Some in the Christian church have taken the 10 percent figure from the Old Testament where it talks bout the importance and benefits of giving. We are to give as we are able. Sometimes that may mean more than 10 percent. I believe it all depends on the ability of the Christian.. I also believe talents, work is a part of giving. When our ability to bless others and help them with their Christian walk with Christ is a way of giving to the LORD”S work.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth ot all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity” for GOD loveth a cheerful giver.
I believe all tithes and offering should be given with good attitude of worship not demanded of man. God does know our hearts and what we can do, not any man.
This is my belief on tithing. Some cannot give and GOD does not hold them accountable.
Maybe we will see you Sunday.
This lady attend a Nazarene church where no one can do anything unless they are tith payer's what do you all think about her opinion