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Is it biblical to tithe?

Is it biblical to tithe?
Jeremy Walker
Jeremy Walker Jeremy is the pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley.
04 April, 2024 3 min read

If you mean, ‘Is tithing in the Bible?’ then the short answer is, ‘Yes!’ I suspect you mean, ‘Is tithing what Christians should be doing today?’ The answer to that is trickier. Most people think of tithing as a mechanical requirement to give a tenth of our income to the church, based in the assumption that ancient Israelites devoted a tenth of everything they received and produced (their ‘increase’) to the temple.

The first thing we should say is that this might not give proper credit to the ancient Israelites, who were typically more generous in their giving to the house of God. Various calculations have been made concerning what they gave, bearing in mind that it was not necessarily in monetary terms. Sometimes they gave thank-offerings and freewill offerings (Exodus 36:2-7).

I fear that some churches who are rigid concerning the tithe use it as a way to get money, and some people as a way to keep money. It is possible to be scrupulously precise with regard to a mechanically mathematical tithe and still be a lover of money and a robber of God, like some of the Pharisees and scribes of Jesus’s day (Matthew 23:23; Luke 16:14).

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