What Is Tithing and Do I Have to Do It?



Does the New Testament teach tithing?


“The Lord had sworn and will not relent, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” (Psalm 110:4 NKJ).


The writer of Hebrews quotes this passage from the psalmist in Hebrews 7:17-21. And further states:


“For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled… who does not need daily as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself… but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.”


Jesus Christ is the perfected Son—our High Priest. He saved us from the penalty of sin. Acts 4 tells us about the giving habits of the early New Testament church. They sold all they had and laid it at the feet of the apostles to distribute as everyone had need.


God doesn’t ask you to sell everything. But Jesus left us with one command, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19-20 NAS). 


Going, telling, baptizing, and teaching takes money—money God provides by giving you and me the talents and abilities to earn money to care for our families and His church.


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