I am amazed at how tenaciously some folks cling to doctrine in spite of truth. In the coming weeks, I’m going to deal with some very serious damage done to the church by the building of doctrine around situational Biblical text. I promise, you’ll want to stay tuned for this because you’re going to hear some blockbuster truth that will shake your religious foundation to dust! But the one I want to deal with today is what may be everyone’s favorite:
Now, I’ve dealt with this on multiple occasions and in multiple articles and have empirically proven that tithing is not commanded for the New Testament believer. And before I get started down this path, let me say that I AM in favor of “grace giving,” in other words, give because it is right, give cheerfully, give generously, and give consistently.
There is no Scripture to support tithing for the New Covenant saint. Period. In order to support this construct, you must either drag up and dust off a covenant that was buried with Jesus and stayed in the ground when He was resurrected or build an extra-biblical straw-man, like, “How do you expect the church to have operating capital?” To this, I respond, “If you require all that money to operate, you may need to re-evaluate the purpose of your local church body…”
Either way it doesn’t work.
Proponents of tithing – by and large – go to Malachi chapter 3 to support their thesis. However, this falls flat when considering, a) Malachi was written to the priests, not the saints (Malachi 2:1), and b) That if Malachi is the template for the tithe, then the NT believer is beholden to the whole law – all 613 commandments (James 2:10). And a lot of NT believers – myself included – would be upset that we’d have to give up bacon to uphold the whole law!
Once the Malachi argument is laid to rest, tithing teachers turn to Abram (Abraham) and his encounter with Melchizedek. This is a comfortable place of retreat for the tithing crowd because they love to point out that this took place before the law. But we’re gonna flesh that duck out of that blind in just a moment.
Before we get to Melchizedek, we must firmly establish a fact about Abraham tithing teachers conveniently omit here:
Abram was rich. He was rich when he left Ur of the Chaldees. And he was rich-ER after his run-in with Pharaoh (Genesis 12:16, Genesis 13:2, 6). And, yet, there is no record of Abram tithing before or after encountering Melchizedek.
More to come in my upcoming book, “Deconstructing Religion”
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