Sunday, April 16, 2023

907. False Assumptions: Giving 10% of All Your Money to a Church

It is often called tithing — usually interpreted these days as giving ten percent of your income—frequently to go to a church organization. But guess what? There is nothing in the Bible that tells us to do this ... in spite of preachers finding a way to make people think it is meant to be a "biblical principle" for Christians to apply. The way religion has stretched this out of context is mind-boggling. The "storehouse" for Israel was a place to collect the food tithes. The church is not some sort of modern-day storehouse to become a cash cow, as some have been told.

The Jewish tribes tithed their food to the priestly tribe of the Levites who did not own lands and cattle. It had nothing to do with money. It was part of a system of law that doesn't fit with where we are in a New Covenant as believers in Christ. We're not discouraging giving at all ... God loves a cheerful giver, as each person decides in their heart what they want to give and where to give it. The One who lives in you will guide you with that.

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