Much like the issue of instrumental music, folks often use the Old Testament as a guide to giving in the church and thus follow the system of tithing.
However, since the New Testament is where the church gets its authority in worship, we must look to what the New Testament says about giving.
Nowhere in the New Testament do we find the church participating in the Old Testament system of tithing.
Jesus issued a command to give in Luke 6:38.
In 1 Corinthians 16:1-4, we find an example of when the churches gave: “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem. But if it is fitting that I go also, they will go with me.”
In these verses, we find that the church at Corinth gave “on the first day of the week” and they gave as they prospered—not according to a system of tithing.
Furthermore, in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 there are some basic principles about giving mentioned: “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudginglyor of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
These verses indicate that the giver is to give “bountifully,” “not grudgingly,” or “of necessity” but rather as one “purposes in his heart.”
Again, there is no mention of the amount or of tithing, but the principles involved in giving show that it is to be done with “purpose” and as one “prospers” upon the first day of the week.
Does the church where you attend give according to the directions given to the church of the Bible upon the first day of the week?
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