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)

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379 comments on “10 Solid Arguments Against Tithing
  1. Mark Brooks says:

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. All things would include being financially blessed.(Not that money is my desire.) My God shall provide ALL of my needs according to his glorious riches. All my needs include money. The tax collector in the temple went away justified, which is a legal term meaning not guilty of anything. Did he have to tithe, to placate God? Those who tithe are doing the works of the law, unknowingly falling from God’s grace. Gal. 5:4

  2. Jessica says:

    Matthew 23:23,
    Tithing is for your heart- if you’re looking to justify why you shouldn’t tithe, then it’s more of a heart issue than anything else.
    “WITHOUT NEGLECTING the former”.

    Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. 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.

    • Jared Brian says:

      The irony is that you should not practice the latter of that verse without neglecting the former.

      Jesus confirmed at the beginning of Matt 23:23 that tithes only came from food. Money was never ever offered as a tithe even if that’s all you had to give.

      Let’s not neglect the former part of the entire conversation in Matthew 23 where Jesus words also said to “you” to obey the Pharisees.

    • John Gregory says:

      The quote from Jesus was to men who were under the Law of Moses. Please note that all of the items that they tithed were from the fields. Under the Law, only those who had crops, flocks and herds EVER tithed. Preach that on Sunday. The “heart issue” that you spoke of is covered by Paul in 2 Cor 8-9. It is accepted according to what we have. It is according to as we purpose in our heart.

      And whether we give little or much, we reap a harvest from our giving.

      We have no record of ANYONE preaching “the tithe” after Jesus rose from the dead. He abolished the Law at the Cross and replaced it with a new covenant, one that doesn’t get preached much because the Law gives such “order” to a life.

      One thing I don’t understand from the preaching of Malachi 3… If one of the reasons that we’re giving is to get Father to “rebuke the devil for our sakes”, aren’t we calling him a liar when he said through Paul that he “delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son”? I mean, if he did it, he did it. (Eccl 3:14) And, if he did, as Paul says, why would we give tithes to get him to do what he’s already done?

      • Ray Gentry says:

        30. Malachi 3 was never intended to be a message for New Covenant Christians, and the “church” was never the “storehouse” for New Covenant giving. In further studying the book of Malachi, we know that Numbers 35, Joshua 21, 2 Chronicles 31:15,19; and Nehemiah 10:37-38; 13:10 show that the Levites and priests lived in provided suburbs of designated Levitical cities. The people brought food to the Levitical cities, and then the Levites only brought 10% of that to the priests at the Temple, and then the priests at the Temple were to share with “Levites and singers and gatekeepers” (Nehemiah 13:5). The people were never the ones who were commanded to bring all the tithes to the Temple, therefore Malachi 3:10 must only refer to the priests who had removed the tithe from the storehouse, as seen in Nehemiah 13:5-10 (Eliashib the priest and Tobiah had taken over the storeroom and hadn’t given the proper share to “Levites and singers and gatekeepers”). Since the Levites had not been given their prescribed portions of food, “they and the singers who were to conduct the worship services had all returned to work their fields”. The priests had stolen the tithe from the Levites, and also the priests had married pagan wives, (“one of the sons ?of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was a son-in-law of ?Sanballat the Horonite; therefore I drove him from me”, Nehemiah 13:28). Then came along a priest (Ezra) and a governor (Nehemiah) who had the literal zeal to literally cleanse the defiled priesthood and restore the priests to their covenant (Ezra 9-10; Neh. 13:8-13, 29-31). We must not ignore this historical context of Nehemiah and Ezra when reading the book of Malachi. Those who were guilty of robbing God in Malachi 3:8 were the ministering priests and not the people. The majority of the book of Malachi is addressed to dishonest Old Covenant priests (see verses 1:6 and 2:1). For the second time, in verse 2:1, God distinctly makes it clear that He is specifically addressing the priests. Since there is no corresponding text anywhere else in the book of Malachi where God has changed his primary audience, then the conclusion must be that God didn’t change his primary audience for the remainder of the book, and is still speaking directly to priests. The only specific covenant mentioned in Malachi is God’s Covenant with the priests (and Levites). Malachi 2:8 says, “you priests have left God’s paths. Your instructions have caused many to stumble into sin. You have corrupted the covenant I made with the Levites”. The curse in Malachi 3:9 had already been used 4 times by Malachi in specifically addressing the priests. If Malachi 3:5 had referred to the entire nation sinning by oppressing the needy by not bringing tithes, then why are the priests NOT included in the list of those who need the tithes? Logic dictates that the priests must AGAIN be the OPPRESSOR rather than the OPPRESSED. Throughout the book of Malachi, the priests have been the main villains. So again, in Malachi, God is angry at the priests, and it’s the priests who have robbed God and they are the ones who are then presented with the choice of either blessings or curses (paraphrased from Russell Earl Kelly PhD)

        • Ray Gentry says:

          Jared Brian, I’d previously read you book “Breaking the bond of Legalism and Embracing the Spirit of Grace Giving”. I can’t help but want to share the Good News. I’d tithed for over 2 decades while drowning in debt and unable to provide for my family, but one day I began to search the scriptures myself rather than being spoon fed by preachers. What I found clearly and consistently in the scriptures matched what I found online. I believe that I also want to start a website to share what I found, and would like your permission to use references of some of your material. (I believe you have access to my email through this post)

    • John Gregory says:

      They were under a covenant – the Law of Moses – that required all of it from them. That covenant was destroyed when Jesus died on the cross, replaced by the New Covenant, one that requires us to give according to our heart and not according to a law.

  3. Robert Munyui Kamunyu says:

    Tithing was under and is under the law with a curse for Christians seeking salvation under the law, Galatians 3:3-13, Malachi 3:1-18.When bishops, pastors and priests candidly lie by quoting tithes in Malachi 3:1-18,under the law IN OLD COVENANT which was a prime contribution for the Levite tribe and Leviticus Priesthood, how many Christians line up to be served with food when tithes and offering under the law are given? Is the storehouse pastors’ and priests’ house or the Church being the bride and body of Jesus Christ? Saved Christians by grace IN NEW COVENANT who are lead and taught by the Holy Spirit are not under law or in generation curses in the law. Tithes in Malachi 3:1-18 were primarily for the tribe of Levi which was not allocated land for sharing among themselves , Numbers 18:20-28 . Those who simply imply Christians are under curse for not tithing put into question about unfinished work of redemption (SALVATION) by Christ Jesus on cross of Calvary which is bought and maintained continuously in tithes paid to them. Yet Christ is not ashamed to call us brethren whom He has sanctified. Hebrew 2:9-13.We have been redeemed from the curse of the law, Jesus Christ being made a curse for us : for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree. Galatians 3:8-13. Christians saved by grace are able ministers of the new testament born of love with exceeding glory which surpassed the glory that was in law with Moses. Offerings made in Christian Churches are for ministering the Body of Jesus Christ. We have been redeemed from the curse of the law to adoptions of sons in Royal Priesthood from the time the curtain partitioning the Temple was torn apart in into two when Jesus Christ was crucified and gave us free access to God our Father, Mathews 27:50-52. Pastors ,Priest and Bishops who are servants of God cannot subject sons of God in Royal Priesthood to tithe taxes which is absolutely illegal for we are not under the curse of the law, Galatians 5:1, Galatians4:4-5,2 Corinthians 3:1-18. Sins sacrifices ,offerings under the law, curses, and generation curses under law in the old covenant remained up to death of Jesus Christ on Calvary when He fulfilled the prophecy and requirements of the law. Salvation under the law one attains it at last breath on earth having done all that pertains to the law which is hard for one to accomplish. Even the tithe which was given by Abraham was under the law of sin and death from the fallen state of Adam and Eve at the garden of Aden. Those who lie would like to deceive Christians that tithe was before the law but before which law.

    • John Gregory says:

      Sir, every word you said is true. As Jesus taught us, that’s why so few will accept it. (John 8:43-47)

  4. Frank says:

    Wow,Thanks Robert and Ray I can rip Malachi out of my Bible now ,nothing in there relates to me….no lessons there either….seems all I have to do is abstain from meat offered to idols,not eat or drink blood,not eat any meat from a strangled animal and avoid sexual immorality and I am good to go,I don’t need to look at all that Old Testament law stuff….why do I need all that Old Testament stuff I’ve been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb….What??? Blood of the Lamb ,isn’t that just more Old Testament symbolism

    • John Gregory says:

      Typical irrational answer to the truth… Nice try. The Law was done away with at the cross, replaced by a New Covenant that is described by Moses and the prophets, yet disdained by the church that dares to call itself by Jesus’ name. Malachi has much to teach us, as does every book of the Old Testament…

      However, how to live in Christ isn’t described anywhere in there. It was written to Jesus and to him alone. (Psalms 40:6-8/Hebrews 5-7) How we are to live in Christ is described from Acts to Revelation, said life being witnessed by Jesus’ words that specifically speak to how we are to live in him after the change of covenants. If you put yourself under even one provision of the Law, even if you don’t concern yourself with the rest of it, you’re guilty of every provision of it that you don’t fulfill. Hence, “Christ is become of no effect to you, whosoever of you are justified by the Law; ye are fallen from grace.”

      One of those effects is forfeiting his having redeemed you from the Curse of the Law. Bad Career Move.

      As to your final remark about the Blood of the Lamb, the Old Covenant, which Jesus did away with so he could establish HIS will for us (Hebrews 10:9-10) required blood to be shed for every sin and transgression of it. Father told us through Zechariah that it was his intention to break the covenant that he’d made with Israel through Moses. (Zechariah 11:10-11) In order for him to do that, he had to provide a lamb for himself to pay the price for breaking the blood covenant that was established in Exodus 24:4-8. That’s why he demanded perfection in every animal that was offered as a sacrifice at his altar – the Lamb that he provided (Genesis 22:8) was spotless, blameless. (1 Peter 1:18-19) By the Articles of the Covenant that he himself wrote through Moses, his own sacrifice had to be at least as perfect as those he demanded of his people.

      Your derision and sarcasm are duly noted… As is your error.

  5. earlon b says:

    The arguments are poorly constructed and falicious. Nevertheless tithing today is abused and used to enrich charlatans.

  6. Robert Munyui Kamunyu says:

    Hebrew 10 : 8-10, 8 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, [a]O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been [b]sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Roman10:1-4, 10 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for [a]Israel is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.Christians saved by grace are not debtors to law for them to pay tithes.

  7. Victor says:

    l do not think the discussion of tithe should be centred around the law vs grace or old vs new testament or Jesus not really talking about tithes or tithes coming from the field vs salary. Rather we should understand that tithes were meant to help feed the levites who were working at the tabernacle.
    Num 18:21 As to the descendants of Levi, certainly I’ve given all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance in return for their services that they perform at the Tent of Meeting.
    The Levites did not have a source of income as they did not have an inheritance but spent their time at the tent of meeting serving people. Tithes therefore provided a sticky source of income or source of food for the levites.
    A church therefore, cannot survive without a steady source of income which is needed to cover fixed expenses (such as pastors’ salaries,rates and rent etc) as well as other variable costs. As long as a church has full time individuals who serve the congregants, there is need for a sticky source of income. l believe what needs to be corrected is how the doctrine of tithes is taught and the administration of tithes in modern churches. They should NOT be enjoyed by the pastor alone. A church is a system which need money to function well and tithes are one of the reliable sources of income. Projects,offerings, donations are ok but not reliable enough to meet the operational expenses. Once there is transparency in the administration of tithe, people will tithe out of love not fear of curses and misfortunes. l therefore do not think it is proper to debate on whether we should tithe or not. The church needs money to be able to continue serving US.

  8. John Gregory says:

    You do understand that only twice in any 7-year period did the tithes go to the storehouses, right?
    And that the storehouses were in every city and village?
    Only those who lived around Jerusalem would have taken their tithes to the Temple.

    Four of the remining 6 years that the Israelites were to work in that 7 year period, they themselves ate their tithe at the Temple.

    The seventh year, they weren’t to work at all.

    if you’re going to preach tithing, preach ALL of it, as GOD wrote it.

    Oh, and…
    God NEVER INTENDED for there to be church buildings. Even the synagogues so prevalent throughout Israeli history, from them entering the Promised Land to today…
    If you could point out just ONE Scripture where God ordained there to be synagogues or church buildings, I’d like to know where it is.

    • Victor says:

      Deuteronomy 14:22-28
      *[[Deu 14:22]]* “Be sure to tithe annually from everything you plant that yields a harvest in the field.

      *[[Deu 14:23]]* Then in the presence of the LORD your God, in the place where he’ll choose to establish his name, you may consume the tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your livestock and flock, so that you’ll learn to revere the LORD your God all your life.

      Everyone tithed. If you were far away, you were supposed to sell your produce and then buy closer to the tent of meeting.

      *[[Deu 14:24]]* Now the way may be distant from you, so that you are unable to transport your tithe because you have been blessed by the LORD your God and the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish his name may be distant from you.

      25 In that case, convert it into cash, secure the money, and then bring it to the place where the LORD will choose.

      26 You may spend the money to your heart’s content to buy livestock, flocks, wine, strong drink, and whatever you desire. You and your household may eat there and rejoice in the presence of the LORD your God.”

      *[[Deu 14:27]]* “But you must not forget the descendant of Levi in your town because there is no tribal allotment for him as there is for you.

      *[[Deu 14:28]]* Every third year, bring all the tithes of your produce of that year and store it in your cities

      *[[Deu 26:12]]* “When you have finished your harvest, reserve the tithe in the third year (the year of the tithe), and give the entire tithe to the descendants of Levi, to the foreigners, to the orphans, and to the widows, so they may eat and be satisfied in your cities.

      They ate but did not eat the tithe alone. Eating was not done at home. it was to be done at a sacred place to teach people the fear of the Lord.

      David wanted to build a temple but failed and then Solomon took over and built that temple, so yes buildings are needed.

      Lastly, tithe Must be offered, however, it is the doctrine which should be made transparent on the way tithes are administered. They should be eaten by the tithers, orphans, widows and those serving in the house of the Lord. No need to discuss on whether we should or shouldnt tithe coz no1, including Jesus, said we should stop tithing.

  9. John Gregory says:

    Tithing was never taught after the cross… From Acts to Revelation, the only mention of the tithe is in Hebrews 7, where Paul was using Melchizedek and Abraham to show how wonderful our Lord Jesus is…

    You know, Jesus, who had to keep the Law of Moses, therefore he WOULD HAVE tithed, if he had crops, flocks or herds, the only items from which tithes were given under Moses…

    But who abolished Moses’ Law when he died on the cross, establishing a NEW Covenant, one entirely unlike the Law of Moses…

    The Law of Moses, under which people were judged by THEIR actions…

    Versus the Law of the Spirit of Life…
    Where people are judged by their faithfulness to believe in what JESUS did for them.

    Oh, BTW, good job on finding those verses in Deuteronomy, not so good on understanding them, and a complete miss on understanding that no Gentile was ever taught to tithe in the New Testament…
    Acts 15 is an example… Only four subjects of ALL the Law of Moses were transferred to Gentile believers to observe of all the points of the Law of Moses by the Council of Jerusalem. (Acts 15)

    Tithing wasn’t one of them..

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