For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
While reading in Galatians 5:13, we see that use of our liberty is commanded. If you keep reading we also see our limitations on it. We cannot use it as an opportunity for the flesh, but instead, maintain it by serving others. If liberty is a command, would a personal standard be considered a law or a principle? Standards are not laws, but instead, they are used to guide our personal liberty. Take what we give for instance. If a minimum amount of giving is a law, then Christian liberty cannot be involved in our giving. If there was no set amount to give then our liberty is maintained by a standard we have for our own lives. Law and liberty do not mix like water and oil. This brings us to our next question. Is tithing a law or liberty? We’ll answer that with another question. In classroom learning today, is the same teacher equally effective for every pupil? No. There may be more qualified and relevant teachers to help certain students. Because of liberty, we can use 7% or 11% as a teacher to help train our giving.
So without the command to tithe what principles can we use to train our flesh? Look at Galatians 5:16. Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. The Spirit is used to war the flesh, not the law of tithing. The Holy Spirit knows exactly what teacher you need to help maintain your liberty. He’s not going to put a pee-wee league player in the majors, nor will he put a major league player in the minors. We know that the Holy Spirit is capable of that, but the question is, are we capable of listening? Whether you believe in tithing or spirit-led giving, both positions have to listen to what God has said. Yes, spirit-led giving makes our giving unknown and unpredictable, and that makes checkbooks nervous. That’s why tithing has such a hold on the teaching and preaching of today. We can’t completely let go, and let the people of God be controlled by an invisible source because we’re physical people that want to rely on tangible things, written on stone tablets