What does the Bible say about tithing? | UNLEARN the lies (2023)


There have been a lot of false teachings about tithing, however, we can’t abandon giving altogether simply because certain people have misused it. We need to learn the Biblical truth about giving. So, what does the Bible really say about tithing?

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There have been a lot of false teachings about giving.

And the Bible warns us about false teachers who seek to get rich by exploiting others.


When someone talks about giving, it can make people a bit uncomfortable., I know, the feeling.

I’ve seen the abuse and manipulation that takes place in certain ministries, especially those teaching the prosperity gospel.

And it really disturbs me.


We can’t abandon giving altogether simply because certain people have misused, it.

We need to learn the Biblical truth about giving.

It’s popular in many churches to teach that you must tithe 10% of your paycheck, but is that really what the Bible teaches? Money was not typically used for tithes, except for the situation when your journey is too far to carry your tithe to the Feasts.

And in that case, you were allowed to take money so that you can buy what you need to eat at the Feast.


If the journey is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the TITHE, or if the place where the Lord your God chooses to put His name is too far from you, when the Lord your God has blessed you.

Then you shall exchange it for money.

Take the money in your hand, and go to the place which the Lord your God chooses.


You shall spend that money for whatever your heart desires: for oxen or sheep, for wine or similar drink, for whatever your heart desires;.

You shall eat there before the Lord your God.

And you shall rejoice.

You and your household.” –, Deuteronomy, 14:24-26 This is speaking about the tithe that’s used for the celebration of the Biblical Feasts, such as Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles.

This money was used to buy whatever food and drink.

You wanted to celebrate the Feast with.

This tithe was specifically for you and your family to eat during the Feasts.

The rest of the examples.

We see in Scripture about tithing have to do with providing food for the Levites and the poor.


The first thing we need to point out is that the Biblical tithe was a tenth of your produce, grain, and fruit.

“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 to the Lord.” - Leviticus 27:30 This is the tithe of the land.

And we see from other verses that it can include grain, wine, olive oil, and various other crops.

We, see, this type of tithe mentioned in the New Testament as well.

“But woe to you Pharisees! For, you tithe MINT and RUE and all manner of HERBS, and pass by justice.

And the love of God.

These, you ought to have done, without leaving the others.

Undone.” –, Luke, 11:42, We, see here that the Pharisees were giving tithes from their herb gardens.


Next type we see in Scripture is the tithe of the herd and the flock.

“And concerning the tithe of the herd or the flock, of whatever passes under the rod.

The tenth one shall be holy to the Lord.” - Leviticus 27:32 Notice that it’s the tenth animal that you tithe, which means if you only have 9 cows or sheep, you don’t give a tithe of your animals.

You were instructed to give a whole animal as the tithe, not a fraction of an animal.


Why? The tenth animal was given as a tithe.

The Bible also says, if you want to redeem your tithe, meaning, if you want to keep it for yourself, you can buy it, but you have to pay an extra fifth of its value.


A man wants at all to redeem any of his tithes.

He shall add one-fifth to it.” - Leviticus 27:31 This means if you want to keep your animals or produce, then you can buy them back.

But the monetary value would be 12%, not 10%, because you add a fifth to its value.

The tithes were given to the Levites as their inheritance, because they were not given a land.


These tithes were regarded as wages for the work.

They did in the Tabernacle.

"Behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work, which they perform, the work of the tabernacle of meeting.” - Numbers 18:21 The reason for this was because the Levites didn’t have any land.

So they couldn’t grow their own food or raise their own animals.

The purpose of the tithe was to provide food for the Levites.

However, even the Levites were required to give a tenth of the tithe from their portion to the Lord.

“Speak thus to the Levites, and say to them: 'when, you take from the children of Israel, the tithes, which I have given you from them as your inheritance.

Then you shall offer up a heave-offering of it to the Lord, a tenth of the tithe.” - Numbers 18:26 The, Bible also speaks about tithes being given to the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow.

"At, the end of every third year.

You shall bring out the tithe of your produce of that year and store it up within your gates.

And, the Levite, because he has no portion nor inheritance with you, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are within your gates, may come and eat and be satisfied, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand, which you do.” - Deuteronomy 14:28-29 In.

The third year, this special tithe was given from the increase of the land.

This was given to provide for the sojourners, the orphans, and the widows, as well as the Levites.


These are people who would have trouble providing for themselves.

So God made provisions for them.

The Biblical tithe was part of the Temple service and was given to provide the Levites.

And the poor with food.

Tithing was a type of sacrifice that was offered to God to support the ministry in the Temple.


The Temple was destroyed in 70 AD.

And we have no Levites to give our tithes to.

On top of that.

We aren’t even living in the promised land.

So, is tithing even a commandment that we can keep? If.

We’re only trying to keep the letter of the law, then no.


What about the spirit of the law? The purpose of the tithe was to provide for those serving in the Temple, for the poor, the widows, and the orphans.

The principle of tithing has to do with providing for those in need, and those in ministry.

I, don’t know if we should call it a tithe, and I don’t know if we should hold to a strict 10% model, but I do believe we should be giving to those in need.

We may not have a Temple or Levites, but we do have poor, widows, and orphans.


We can give to provide for their needs.


We still have people serving in ministry who need financial support as well.

Paul makes this same application when he compares the Levites with those who preach the gospel.

“Do, you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar, partake of the offerings of the altar? Even so.

The Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.” - 1 Corinthians 9:13-14 Paul said that God has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.

This means preachers shouldn’t, be seeking income from other sources.

They are expected to live from what is provided to them through the ministry.


They should be provided for by that ministry.

Those who labor in teaching the Word of God are worthy of their wages.


The Scripture says, ‘You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,’ and, ‘The laborer is worthy of his wages.’” - 1 Timothy, 5:18, Again, I’m, not saying we need to give a tithe to those in ministry.

But I am saying the principle of giving to support ministry is Biblical.

God uses some people to preach, teach, and evangelize.

But He also uses people to financially support.

Those preachers and teachers.

This is God’s design and plan for how ministry is funded.

Paul explains.

This is a principle found in the Torah.

“Do I say, these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say, the same also? For.

It is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain." Is.

It oxen God is concerned.

About? Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For.

Our sakes, no doubt.

This is written, that he who plows should plow in hope.

And he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.


We have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing? If we reap your material things?” - 1 Corinthians, 9:8-11, If, you find spiritual value from a teacher or ministry.

You should give to support that ministry, because “those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel” and “the laborer is worthy of his wages.” But.

We should also be giving to help the poor, the widows, and the orphans.

The principle we learn from tithing is to share some of what we have with those in need.

The Bible says, if you have the ability to help others and you refuse to do so, then you don’t love God.


Whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him.

How does the love of God abide in him?”? - 1 John 3:17 This is something we all need to think about because if we are unwilling to help others, that means we don’t really love God.

Giving to those in need is an expression of loving God and loving our neighbor.

Here are a few things you can do.


You know, a widow who is struggling, do what you can to help her.

You can also find an organization that helps orphans and support them, or you could adopt an orphan.


There are ministries that you believe in, then send them financial aid.

Get involved in things like this to share the love of God and help.

The kingdom grow.

And, when you give, remember that God loves a cheerful, giver.

“So, let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” - 2 Corinthians, 9:7, I hope.

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What is the real truth about tithe? ›

When we give a tithe to God, we testify that everything we receive is a blessing from the Lord. He is the giver of all good gifts, and we are stewards of His creation, for “the earth is the LORD's, and everything in it” (Ps. 24:1 NIV).

Does God punish you for not paying tithes? ›

God cannot accept the payment of tithes because of what Jesus has done. But God will accept you GIVING A TITHE. He will not punish you if you do not give a tithe. There is a big difference in paying tithes and giving tithes.

What did Jesus say about tithing? ›

Jesus says, “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.”

Is there a wrong way to tithe? ›

Maybe you prefer writing a check or giving cash because it's a physical reminder of the money you're taking out of your wallet and giving away. As long as you're giving, there's really no wrong way to do it!

Why Christians are not obligated to pay tithes? ›

The premise of Why Christians Should Not Tithe is simple: God, having freed his people from the Law through faith in Jesus Christ, does not place on them a burden from the Law. The thesis is equally as simple: Christian giving is not a tithe.

Is tithing required in the New Testament? ›

True: the law requiring us to tithe has been nailed to the cross (Col 2:14). That does not mean, however, that we can escape the principle of tithing, which is a part of the heritage of all Abraham's descendents. A comparable example would be the Sabbath.

Can I tithe without giving to a church? ›

Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College, said that giving part of one's tithe to ministries outside the church is acceptable, but hardly preferable.

Did God command us to pay tithes? ›

Tithing is a commandment of God

The Bible teaches us that God has always commanded His children to pay tithes. Abraham offered tithes (see Genesis 14:20). Tithing was a law for the children of Israel (see Numbers 18:21–28).

What is poor tithe? ›

The distribution of which to be given to those in need or want, especially widowed women and orphan children.

Why did God say we should pay tithes? ›

The truth of God's tithes and offerings is that we bring ourselves closer to Him when we give. Jesus says in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Giving tithes and offerings puts our love for God before our worldly wealth and shows that our heart is always with Him.

What are the three types of tithes in the Bible? ›

There are three types of tithes mentioned in the Old Testament. Each has a specific purpose. The Levitical tithe, the feast tithe, and the poor tithe were not given to the same people and provided for different needs.

Is tithing true to the faith? ›

Tithing is a test of faith with eternal blessings. In the Old Testament, Abraham proved his faith by paying tithes to the great high priest Melchizedek. Abraham's grandson Jacob vowed to the Lord, “Of all thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.”

What is tithing under the new covenant? ›

Besides not being taught by Jesus or His apostles, tithing focuses on fulfilling an obligation rather than responding from the heart. It hinders what a person could do by making them think that they have done enough. New Covenant giving, on the other hand, is an act of worship from the heart.

How much should you tithe each week? ›

A tithe is 10%. But Christians under New Testament law are not bound to Old Testament law. So give as much as you'd like, even far and beyond a tithe!

What religions do not tithe? ›

Members of certain churches, however, including the Latter-day Saints and Seventh-day Adventists, are required to tithe, and some Christians in other churches do so voluntarily. The Eastern Orthodox churches never accepted the idea of tithes, and Orthodox church members have never paid them.

Why do Catholics not tithe? ›

The avoidance of tithing reflects the sense of ownership parishioners feel toward their churches -- or more precisely, the lack of it. “The heritage in Catholic thought that still hangs over people is that they are just customers and the clergy really owns the church,” said Dean R.

Why does the New Testament not talk about tithing? ›

Second, while tithing is biblical it is not Christian. This was strictly a practice for the nation of Israel under the Old Covenant which has been fulfilled by Jesus Christ in the New Covenant. Furthermore, we do not see any instruction or example of a New Testament Christian tithing.

What churches have mandatory tithing? ›

Tithing remains an important doctrine in many Christian denominations, such as the Congregationalist Churches, Methodist Churches and Seventh-day Adventist Church.

What does the Bible say about paying tithes in the New Testament? ›

What Does The New Testament Have To Say About Tithing? In the new Testament, tithing is less about a strict 10% and more about positioning your heart to be generous. In 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 Christians are called to generously give in response to the gospel of the Lord Jesus, based on faith in God as Provider.

Do you tithe on gross or net income? ›

In fact, according to the Tithing Principles and Guidelines, published by the General Conference in 1990, “Tithe should be computed on the gross amount of a wage or salary earner's income before legally required or other employee authorized deductions.

Who are the beneficiaries of tithe? ›

13), and to request His blessing (v. 15). As far as Deuteronomy is concerned, tithes were always related to a meal, and the beneficiaries of tithe included the household of the payer, the Levites, the resident aliens, the fatherless and the widows.

Who was the first to tithe in the Bible? ›

Melchizedek, who appears in the Old Testament, is important in biblical tradition because he was both king and priest, connected with Jerusalem, and revered by Abraham, who paid a tithe to him.

Should tithes be paid to the Church or pastor? ›

The right thing to do and the right place where tithe should be paid is no other place than the local church. The payment should be made at the local church because that is where the spiritual benefits are being derived.

What does God promise when you tithe? ›

Paying tithing brings great blessings, especially in helping us better recognize the hand of the Lord in our lives. The Lord has commanded us to pay tithing. In return, He promises to “open … the windows of heaven, and pour … out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).

What should tithe be used for according to the Bible? ›

“The tithe is to be used for one purpose, to sustain the ministers whom the Lord has appointed to do His work. It is to be used to support those who speak the words of life to the people, and carry the burdens of the flock of God.”-MS 82, 1904. “The tithe is not to be consumed in incidental expenses.

How much should my tithe be when I retire? ›

In either case, this is an easy calculation by applying 10% to an income amount. Many retirees choose to tithe similarly to how they did in their working years. They simply tithe on whatever income they receive.

What is considered a full tithe? ›

Full-tithe payers have paid one-tenth of their income as tithing. (Full-time missionaries and those completely dependent on church welfare assistance are also considered full tithe-payers.) Part-tithe payers have paid tithing, but the amount is less than one-tenth of their income.

Can you tithe any day of the week? ›

When are you supposed to tithe? You do it on the day you worship. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 16:2, “On every Lord's Day each of you should put aside something from what you have earned during the week, and use it for this offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn” (TLB).

Do most church members tithe? ›

About 5% of churchgoers tithe (Church Development).

Churches can't expect they'll automatically receive the full portion of an individual tithe, which is why it's important to explain why givers should give to their church specifically.

Do Catholics do tithes? ›

Answer: Catholics are under no obligation to tithe a certain percentage of their income to the Church.

Does tithe have to go to church? ›

Most churchgoers say the Bible commands them to give. But their tithes don't always go in the offering plate. Half of Protestant churchgoers say their tithes can go to a Christian ministry rather than a church.

What percentage of the church actually tithes? ›

About 5% of churchgoers tithe (Church Development).

Churches can't expect they'll automatically receive the full portion of an individual tithe, which is why it's important to explain why givers should give to their church specifically.

Do Christians have to tithe to the church? ›

Payment of tithe is obligatory to Christian faithful. An Old Testament commandment, it is made popular by Malachi 3:10, where Christians are required to give 10 per cent of their income to God through the priest. If faithfully adhered to, the act is said to attract rich blessings from the Lord.

What does Jesus say about giving? ›

Matthew 6:1-4

Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

How does God want us to tithe? ›

So if you want God to bless your finances, you have to put him first in your money. This is the principle of tithing: You give the first 10 percent of your income back to God.

Do you pay tithing on benefits? ›

Those who tithe may choose to make their calculation on a “pre-Social Security” or “post-Social Security” basis. If they made the decision to base their calculation on income after deducting Social Security taxes, all of the benefits at retirement could be considered an amount they want to continue paying tithes on.

Does God command us to tithe? ›

Tithing is a commandment of God

The Bible teaches us that God has always commanded His children to pay tithes. Abraham offered tithes (see Genesis 14:20). Tithing was a law for the children of Israel (see Numbers 18:21–28).

Is it OK to split my tithes between two churches? ›

You surely can split your tithe between a church and a parachurch ministry. But know that as soon as you do that, you are not really tithing. In doing this, you are giving some money to your church and some to that ministry. We recommend that you give your whole tithe to your local church.

What is the backlash against tithing? ›

Opponents of tithing say it is a misreading of the Bible, a practice created by man, not God. They say they should be free to donate whatever amount they choose, and they are arguing with pastors, writing letters and quitting congregations in protest.

What is the average tithe per person? ›

The average amount that people seem to tithe is between 3-4%. It is best to calculate your tithe by using the Bible as a standard, the amount you feel led by God to give. Tithes can be anywhere from $0-$100 or more if you feel like you should do it.

What is the average tithe in the US? ›

77% of regular tithers give between 11 and 20% of their income. What this means for your church: Of the percentage of people who tithe, most give beyond 10%. Tithers are serious about giving, so it's important to take care of them and keep them engaged with your church.

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