10 Solid Arguments Against Tithing

  1. tithing debateAbraham gave 10% of the spoils of war while Israel was required to give less from the spoils of war. (Hebrews 7:4; Numbers 31:28-30)
  2. Of all the recorded events about giving in the New Testament Church, there is not a single one about tithing.
  3. Are the children required to pay tribute? (Matthew 17:25; Galatians 4:5)
  4. Jacob freely offered the tithe because he knew without a requirement, it was of freewill to give. (Genesis 28:20)
  5. None of the Israelites tithed while outside of the promised land. (Deuteronomy 12:5)
  6. Abraham was born under an Old Testament covenant that was established long before Moses. (Genesis 3; Hebrews 8:13)
  7. The poor received the tithes and did not pay them. (Deuteronomy 26:12)
  8. Giving is the only gift that has a minimum requirement before you learn to exercise it as a Spiritual gift.
  9. There is no New Testament command to continue or even modify tithing according to the structure of the New Covenant.
  10. Israelites who did not grow food or raise animals did not tithe. (Leviticus 27:30)

Jared Bartholomew is the author of www.tithing.com. There are over 300 articles written on research and reviews about tithing information.

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342 comments on “10 Solid Arguments Against Tithing
  1. shawn says:

    It is emphasized by the Lord Himself in Mat 23:23 that much of the talk in the church should address weighty matters like Justice, Mercy and faithfulness in His word and tithing should not be neglected nonetheless. That’s why it clearly states ‘ You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.’ God Bless you all.

    • Shawn,
      Jesus also clearly states a few verses earlier to obey what the Pharisees, but you aren’t going around preaching that, are you?

    • Wes says:

      One important thing to note, which many pro-Tithers ignore.
      The whole verse says:
      “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”
      Sadly, far too many people focus on Jesus telling them they should Tithe, while ignoring the part where Jesus said Tithing was part of the law.

      • Brod Jon says:

        Wes, tithing was part of the Law. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees knew that fact very well. Jesus criticized them because they neglected the more important matters of the LAW – justice, mercy and faithfulness. But Jesus also affirmed tithing which should be practiced not neglected.

        • DANNY says:

          Jesus spoke to Pharisees, temple was there, old covenant Pharisees required to tithe. WE aren’t Pharisees + hey, where’s the temple to tithe at?… Enjoy!

    • Wes says:

      A few more things in that verse pro-Tithers ignore.
      1) Jesus was speaking to “teachers of the law and Pharisees”. Not to us.
      2) Jesus spoke of giving food as the Tithe. Not money.
      3) Jesus told these Jews that even though they were Tithing, that they were neglecting more important things.

  2. Achiyah says:

    Those who pay or receive tithes are totally blind to the message of light.

    • Dan says:

      @Achiyah. I’m not a pro-tither, but I think it is terribly unfair to characterize all who tithe and all who receive tithe as blind. The matter of tithing is really of little ultimate importance, either way. People who tithe are not ignorant of grace, and are not walking in darkness. Frankly, even though I don’t believe tithe in a requirement, I applaud those who do tithe because they are putting their faith into practice. It is not legalism, anymore than Christian who refuse to use foul language are being legalistic.

      • Garth says:

        Dan. Although choosing for myself to not tithe, after tithing for many years. I agree with you and your analogy is true. My feelings are that its a matter between God and the non or tither. There’s many aspects of Christian life that way, if we understand His Word.
        Seldom do I enter debates about tithing and several other matters, for the above reason I’ve given. However, I’ve known folk who are ‘hot gospellers’ for tithing, yet blindly refusing to ignore certain facts, self evident in their lives and church! I see their continued tithing in the face of nil blessings ‘overflowing warehouses’ etc. As the recognized long held identifier of insanity eg To keep repeating the same action[s] over and over–expecting a different result! Anyway, giving to God is between Him and us-surely?

  3. Achiyah says:

    Those who pay or receive tithes are totally blind to the light message of the scripture

  4. anonymous says:

    Yeah who needs tithing anyway? Who needs the ten commandments anyway? Who needs any type of system or objective standard for church support or discipline? Yeah let’s just forget about paying church bills, the Holy spirit will keep us warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The Holy Spirit will pay all the bills and take care of missionary needs. I live %100 on Holy Spirit….I’m also a breatharian, I never eat food, I just eat air. As a matter of fact I’m gonna tell Mr. Obama to be a breatharian and rely %100 on Holy Spirit to provide it all. Tithing?! Ppsshaww! That’s old school when folks were doing things, not for today.

    • Anonymous, seriously? Someone disagrees with one rule while giving scriptural support, and you practically accuse them of burning bibles. Your emotional discharge, overblown accusations, and lack of reasoning is evidential that you’ve figured out ALL biblical truth. Ppsshaww! you’re the guy who wrote the bible.

      • anonymous says:

        Yes you are right of course there is no need for tithing because the Great Commission is finished and every nation, kindred, tribe, and tongue has Bibles in their own language, radio programs, TVs, churches, and access to living Christians….We don’t need to tithe anymore because our work is done, we are just waiting for Jesus to come back any minute now..of course there are some radicals at the the joshuaproject that give reasons for systematic giving to support missions but that’s old school like tithing.

        • ‘Old School’ is something that’s just not popular anymore. Tithing isn’t old school. it’s been fulfilled by Christ.

          • anonymous says:

            yeah it’s fulfilled for sure, not only did Jesus pay for my sins he also sends his Holy Spirit to pay for all the heating bills and air conditioning and maintenance bills to keep up the church, not to mention the Holy Spirit miraculously provides an extra 3 trillion dollars a year free to support the obviously enormously successfully evangelism of the 10/40 window “cuz dear aint no such a thing as missions widout money” Jesus fulfilled %100 so I don’t have to give %10 or even %1, that’s all done away with, along with the law and missions. I had a notion to give my %10 to help support this website but no need because Jesus fulfilled it all. Hallelujah, for a moment there until I read this website I was so sure that God had set up something to reach the unreached people groups, those silly people at joshuaproject, what are thinking?

          • DANNY says:

            G’day Jared. The tithe preaching, receiving church I exited from countered your non tithing stance with as follows, paraphrased….Levitical Priests were the only humans, under Old Covenant Law authorised by God to receive tithes… Levitical priesthood ended :Melchisedek priesthood took over + the ministers of that church were/are [their translation] the required lawful tithe receiving humans, according to God…I understand that Christ was/is Melchisedek: a priest of God forever…Love to read your reply…

          • This post may help http://www.tithing.com/blog/do-we-tithe-to-jesus-as-the-high-priest/

            Other than that, there are so many other issues that conflict with that line of reasoning.
            1. Abraham only gave from the spoils of war not his own wealth
            2. Abraham gave 90% to the king of sodom
            3. It was ancient custom in that land to pay a 10% tax to the king.
            4. The tithing example in hebrews 7 was used to make the writers point only about the continuation of the priesthood. It is not a pasage addressing the usage of tithing in the church.
            5. The continuation of an eternal priesthood not bound by the law is the heart and focus. Tithing is just an expression.

    • DANNY says:

      Huh? Stop it! You’ll go blind!

    • DANNY says:

      To Anonymous…Huh? Stop it! You’ll go blind!

    • Femi Ogunjobi says:

      What are you saying, guy. Everything we have is giving to is because of his grace. We should give freely as purposeful as our heart, for God loves a cheerful giver. I hate the name calling of tithe , and I don’t like when churches assign a percentage to it. Whatever you can cheerfully give. God bless

      • Herb says:

        Dear Femi,
        I think you gave any an excellent reply. One can easily give cheefully when giving from the heart, as he/she is able to afford — (not by command). In fact, I Tim. 5:8 states that we should provide for our own household …. he has denied the faith and worse than an ifidel”. There are people on tight budgets. This is to say that scardficing our needsw is required but we do live in a an ungodly world where extortion exists (in all forms).

  5. DANNY says:

    As a former member 18 years,of a tithe preaching church. My observations thereon follow. For that 18 years, my wife + 4 kids suffered FINANCIALLY when I was tithing. Members like me: wage earning, married with kids suffered likewise.
    Businessmen/women did better because they tithed according to some orchestrated, ministerial system wherein they tithed after ‘legal beagles’ worked out [Pharisaical like?] a nett income to tithe on!
    The rich members, well, hey they always do ok.
    The church honcho[s], hierarchy, advisers ministry ‘rolled in dough!’ Yet, always their message was : they were battling financially, more money was needed to “Get the work done, buy something preach somewhere etc.”…The wealth/property/aeroplanes + total dollar value of that church was staggering! Yet,still the message was always to the effect, [emphasis mine] “Keep those dollars coming in!” There was much financial hardship endured by drones such as I; caused me to ask myself. If tithing law + reward as Biblically described is required today: why are we suffering financially + why does this church seemingly never have a full ‘storehouse?’ After exiting that church, I encountered through business and or socially: various tithe preaching churches members. Was struck by the fact that, so many of these folk were + are struggling financially….I’m not a church attendee, or member of any.My belief is that I should be giving offerings of my money, time and or energy, all three even, where + how I choose. Tithing to me, is for Pharisees, with a physical ‘temple’ of their choice.
    Did you folk know that EVEN the JEWS today, DON’T TEACH TITHING. Jews today, if I’m correctly informed: DON’T KNOW WHERE LEVITE TRIBE IS, NOR WHERE THEIR TEMPLE IS.

    • anonymous says:

      After this article Here is what’s next:
      10 solid arguments to disobey the ten commandments, 10 solid arguments to end man/woman marriage, 10 solid arguments why the Great Commission was just a recommendation etc…..

      • DANNY says:

        Hey ‘Anonymous’. I wonder IF you’re deliberately being provocative? Are you texting ‘Tongue in cheek?’ Tithing IS NOT part of 10 Commandments: enjoy. Do you believe there are Two great/ “Royal” commandments?

      • jjordan says:

        shame on you anonymous! Your sarcastic comments are not appreciated, and certainly not appropriate. I am here to learn about the issue, and I can see that your stance is completely naive. In your attempt to defend your belief you have alienated it.

        You can pay for and take those things that you mentioned: your fancy church building, your air conditioning, your furnace, and your fancy pulpit… I will take the truth, wherever it leads me.

        Do you really think that because these men say the tithe was not commanded, that they are also saying we should not support the ministry? Absolutely not!

        The emphasis is not to tithe, but to give… not to require men to turn in thier money as an act of law, but to give thier money as an act of love.

        I find that a careful study of tithing in the Bible leads to a lot of unanswered questions. The simple truth is, the way we teach the tithe today, is not the way the Bible taught the tithe, regardless if the tithe is a requirement for the New Covenant Church or not. Someone, somewhere, changed it to serve the interests of the modern day church. Was this appropriate and Bible based?

        I’ll leave it to you to find the answer… But I’ll give you a hint: look to the old testament descriptions of tithing, and compare them to today, they don’t match. Now look to the history books concerning church economics, there you’ll find when and why preachers stared singing a different tune about the tithe.

        After a long and careful study of scripture and history I find that the tithe was not a command for the new covenant church. I’ll admit, this shocked me, and it was very hard for me to accept and let go… months after I stopped believeing in tithing, I continued to tithe.

        Now I don’t tithe, I give… and the funny thing is, I give just as much now as I ever tithed before, in fact I often give more. I teach at a tithe paying church, and I started asking the elders what they believed concerning the tithe? Do you know what I found? The most active, engaged, and generous members of our church did NOT belive in tithing! They gave, and they gave freely. I learned a hard lesson that day, that it is better to give than to pay, and people are more willing to give than to pay.

        People are so scared to lose thier bread and butter when it comes to church support… the simple truth is, those that were willing to tithe are also willing to give. Why are we trying to force thier money out of them by demanding a tithe, when if you asked (as the New Testament clearly demonstrates) they would give?

        • DANNY says:

          Agreed, well said! As ‘newbie’ this website,I may be wrong regarding next observation. Seems to me, you folk need to address the question of ‘Stewardship’ regarding the spending of church monies, especially tithes. There are many website[s] examples of how tithe money has been misused, misappropriated + or plain wasted! The church from which I exited was a prime example thereof! Churches don’t pay taxes + NEED to be STRICTLY AUDITED by independent officials. Every incoming + outgoing cent MUST be accounted for. The ‘flock[s] of every church should be appraised regularly of their church[es] financial ‘doings.’ Secular world requirements are such; even micro business operators have to thus perform. Any church adverse to these requirements should be automatically regarded as ‘suspect.’ Most churches I’ve attended, associated with, during my ‘gullibility’ life phase. Did poorly on my test scripture: Mathew 6: 19-21 + v24…In fact one church [cult?] preacher literally refused to respond/speak to me after that scripture quoted to him.

      • DANNY says:

        Gidday anonymous,
        Do you believe in “Two royal Laws” of + from God?
        Regarding 10 Commandments:these Laws of /from God, written on stone, by God Himself, were placed INSIDE ark of the Covenant.
        Ceremonial law: written by human hand, on parchment,placed outside the ark.
        Ceremonial law of ordinances was nailed to Christ’s stake: ENDED.
        [1] Tell me this please: Which two great Commandments Fulfill all the Law + have never changed/ ended? [2] Do you believe tithing is absolutely REQUIRED by GOD + produces “Overflowing warehouses” in the practitioners thereof? Love to read your reply! PLEASE!

  6. Paul Nogaki says:

    Too many of the modern churched Christians are too “culturally imperfected” to see what the Bible teaches on this matter.
    I was first taught the truth of Christians being freed from all of the Old Covenant laws about 43 years ago when I first came to know our Savior. Unfortunately, all of us in that church were soon to be sold out by the two Pastors, when their ministry started attracting enough young people that the head Pastor figured out that he could quit his day job as an engineer, and we could start paying our tithe! He originally said it was just for awhile, until he got going again. But after he started Lording it over us in all matters, including for some, the setting up of marriages, we all woke up and decided that it wasn’t a sin against God to disobey your Pastor, as he was teaching us.

    The best part happened just recently when I met a Chinese pastor from the underground church in China. He told me that in those highly successful churches, the pastors are expected to have jobs just like all others in the church. The church doesn’t have cars and buildings to buy, light and heat bills to pay, or pensions to provide their staff. The pastors do the job of raising up the church only because they have a burning desire to see the bride of Christ in her perfection. They meet in homes, and people don’t have anonymity to hide behind.

    • Gideon says:

      Paul, interesting input. “Burning desire”: that’s a good way for a minister to be!
      “Freed from ALL Old Covenant laws”: to you, does that mean the 10 Commandments also?
      As the Chinese church is “underground,” wouldn’t it actually therefore, be “anonymous?”

  7. Ron Brown says:

    When we pray it is to be in secret. No bragging about how much we pray. When we give we are not to let our “Left hand know what our right hand is doing.” In other words secretly. No testimonies about “When I started to tithe God started blessing me. And if you people become a good Christian like me then God will bless you too.” This is “sounding the trumpet.” You have your reward. Also, only two per cent of Christians tithe. So while you are bragging about your giving you are discouraging ninety eight per cent of your fellow Christians. Ron Brown.

  8. Helen says:

    Correct Ron. Deliberate “braggers” stating their tithing practice as eg ‘good works’ and ditto about prayer life do receive their’reward’ Pharisee like and as you said.
    However, often when questioned about why their church always seems to need more $’s and why they’re not in excellent financial shape. The bragging stops!
    Seriously though, why do you folk even bother? Not meant as criticism; why bother? These folk choose their style of ‘churchianity,’ as did I, when in tithe preaching church. We all have to work out our own salvation path in “Fear and trembling.” That’s the hard and even scary challenge to Christians.

  9. Dr. Russell Kelly who did his PHD on Tithing is the best video expose I have ever seen on refuting tithing:


  10. Suz says:

    Wow, Mr. Sundquist, thx for suggesting that we listen to Dr. Russell Kelly. It really spiced up my day to hear him say that those who teach tithing should be shot. Hmmmm…. Seems a bit unchristian of him & statements like these could even turn off non-Christians to the gospel. Furthermore, his arguments interpreted the Bible out of context and seemed uneducated…at best. Additionally, he could be sued by Rick Warren for making money off of a website that posts Rick Warren’s content for financial gain without giving Rick any proceeds… Also a bit unchristian. It is true that sometimes churches go to far and ask too much of people and take advantage of them, but that is why we always need to read the Bible for our selves. Trusting God is much more important than pointing out that a pastor is wrong. If your not tithing and your finances are in the toilet, maybe you are missing out.

  11. Gideon says:

    Suz’s Quote “If you’re not tithing and your finances are in the toilet, maybe you are missing out” unquote. I understand you believe in tithing; I respect your belief and right to so do.
    Reality always batters theory and too, beliefs, into the state of being or the social construction of reality.
    Translates in the tithing world, as tithe paying folk actually living below the lifestyle of their non tithe paying counterparts: I’ve seen this reality…True, there’s tithe payers who live very well…There’s churches doing well financially, books well and truly in the black and they don’t practice tithing: they donate…There’s churches such as SDA, loaded with money and property: they’re a tithing church… When I practiced tithing, my family and I. We struggled financially, the whole time!..When I stopped tithing: we were better off financially…Many folk in my previous and tithing church, doing very well while tithing, proved to have other relevant factors, besides tithing. As follows [1] they were very wealthy BEFORE joining that church. [2] Being Business men/ women: enabled them to claim a nett income *AFTER business expenses + with cunning Accountants help. They tithed on that figure; wage earners paid tithes on gross wage without sizeable *deductions to lower that figure…One explanation I’ve heard is that those who’re tithing and struggling financially: lack faith and or tithe with the wrong attitude. Ergo: God doesn’t bless them!…Whenever discussions/ debates about tithing arise I always remember the state of play for THAT tithe receiving church: [1] Exorbitantly salaried hierarchy. [2] Private jets. [3] Impressive and expensive buildings/ homes/ jewellery /overseas trips by hierarchy/ mega bucks in accounts + highly paid lawyers on staff…Eventually I stopped tithing. No longer could I believe God required me to contribute 1/10 of my hard earned wage [sole wage earner] to that church. Better I thought: use all my not huge nett wage, to support my wife and 4 kids…Thus it was and is Suz!…Did I show lack of faith, wrong attitude or was I correct in my decision?…You tell me Suz-please. Oh, I now donate to the church of my choice, after having tried tithing for many years…

    • Suz says:

      Gideon, if your finances are ok, that statement was not for you. I come from a single-parent home with 3 siblings. My mom brought in less than $9,000 per year in 1999. I wanted you to know that since it sounds like you are making the argument that if I came from money, I can’t thank God for blessing and protecting my money after I tithe. Every day I thank God for my career and financial stability because I know that it all came from him. I know that I have been faithful in the tithe, and he has done what He said He would do. Are you telling me that you gave at least exactly 10% of your wages to God for at least one year and God didn’t bless you? Honestly, being able to support 4 kids and only have one parent work is a HUGE blessing – some would call it a luxury.

      • Gideon says:

        Nowhere does my previous contribution say you’ve “Come from money” – nowhere. reread my input: its about [1] My experience with tithing. [2] Observations about others both wealthy and not
        ” “… Including folk who were tithing, me included and not prospering as were others prospering while NOT tithing.
        You:”Are you telling me” me: absolutely! Furthermore my 10% was on GROSS not nett wage, later on that church changed to tithe on nett rule… The “luxury” statement: we weren’t rolling in dough. Frequently: not enough money to pay bills eg utilities, car repairs buy items that non tithers purchased as a norm etc. We were better off financially after tithing stopped. Their were occasions when my non tithing parents helped us out…The church receiving these tithes however, was enormously wealthy: $’s, salaries, possessions + property wise. That church prospered and grew from the tithes of the faithful members, no doubt about it! Was God blessing that church OR was it simple maths: the more tithe $’s they got the richer they got?!
        Is your church: one you tithe to, wealthy? Does the conregation receive a yearly statement: gross and nett balances shown, along with where the $’s are going and salaries etc? They should! Care to comment!
        Suz, apparently God doesn’t care WHICH church tithes are paid to? Mean: there’s churches with widely diverse views about how to serve Him and their practices vary. However tithing to any of them apparently is rewarded by God? That’s ‘apparently’ Suz…
        The J’sW church Watchtower arm, NO I’m not one and want nothing to do with ’em! Prospers, owns property + in 2007 had $951 million income. That figure doesn’t include income from their other tentacles. Suz, they don’t practice tithing. Imagine the annual gross + nett income of the tithing churches, all TAX FREE… Suz, care to tell us which tithe receiving church you support?…
        My previous input is simply about my and others experience with tithing: nothing more or less…Hope to ‘hear’ from you…

      • Gideon says:

        Suz. Please advise as I’m very interested to receive your response: especially addressing my questions-please!

      • Gideon says:

        Suz. Please reply!

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