Tithing can be a controversial topic within the Christian Church these days, but I have no idea why. There's no debate to be had. Tithing isn't Christian.
It’s taught and demanded by many churches, and assumed to be a valid requirement of Christians all across the globe, but mostly in the first world, where asking for money is even a worthwhile endeavor, but is tithing really required of Christians today?
Are the claims to Biblical authority made by so many Christian churches valid, or is the Body being duped? Let’s list the reasons why tithing isn’t Christian, starting with what I think the most important one is.
1. Jesus Paid Your Tithing on the Cross
The first and possibly most important reason why tithing isn’t required of Christians today, nor is it even Christian at all, is because Jesus fulfilled the law on the cross.
Most people when they think of the cross and Jesus’ sacrifice for the world by the shedding of His blood, they think of their salvation, their reconciliation to God, and Christ’s payment of their sins. What many of us fail to remember is that part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is also His fulfillment of the law.
Not only did Jesus pay for our sins and reconcile us to God by His sacrifice, but He fulfilled the old law, making the old covenant obsolete to Christians, and brought the New Covenant.
As Christians, we are free from the law and we have liberty in Christ. Tithing is a part of the Mosaic Law, which is not applicable to Christians, and was fulfilled by Jesus on the cross. He literally paid our tithing on the cross.
(Galatians 5:18; Romans 10:4; Luke 24:44; Colossians 2:14; Galatians 3:23-25; 3:13)
2. Tithing Isn’t Taught in the New Testament
The mental gymnastics that some churches and their pastors are willing to execute in order to justify mandatory giving is unconscionable, but nonetheless, they do it. The fact is, however, that the New Testament simply does not teach tithing as a commandment or requirement of Christians. Period.
Jesus never taught the law of tithing to the apostles, and the apostles never taught it to the Christian churches established under the new covenant. The few times the law of tithing is mentioned in the New Testament are mere references toward Scribes and Pharisees, but not to Christians or Christ’s disciples.
1 Corinthians 9:13-14 is commonly used by money serving churches to try and establish mandatory giving, but when read contextually and in its entirety, 1 Corinthians 9 actually makes greedy pastors seeking to make money on the gospel look really bad.