Some say tithing was only for the priests and was paid in grain. Is this relevant for today? Many churches teach that we must pay 10% of our income to the church. Is that what Scripture actually teaches?
Some who say that the Torah was abolished, also tell you that you must pay 10% tithe based on your income. This is good for pastors, but is it scriptural?
If you think they paid tithe in grain because they did not have money, that thinking is unfounded in scripture.
Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land, and spoke to Ephron in the ears of the people of the land saying, “But if only you would please listen to me. I hereby give the price of the field. Accept it from me that I may bury my dead one there.” Genesis 23:12,13 TLV
Let’s see what scripture has to say about giving. We find in the following passage that Elohim loves a hilarious giver.
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Let each one give as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion—for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace overflow to you, so that by always having enough of everything, you may overflow in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 TLV
If you think we should not be paying tithes, how does your church or assembly by things they need or pay the bills? How do your pastors get paid?
The elders who lead well are worthy of honor and honorarium—especially those who work hard in the word and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,” and, “The worker is worthy of his wage.” 1 Timothy 5:17,18 TLV
What soldier ever serves at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink its milk? I don’t say these things merely as a man, do I? Doesn’t Torah also say these things? For it is written in the Torah of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it is threshing.” Is it the oxen that concern God, or is He speaking entirely for our sake? Yes, it was written for our sake, because the one plowing ought to plow in hope and the one threshing in hope of a share in the crop. If we sowed spiritual things into you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 1 Corinthians 9:7-11 TLV
Don’t you know that those who perform the holy services eat from the Temple, and those who wait on the altar receive a share at the altar? So also the Lord ordered those who proclaim the Good News to get their living from the Good News. 1 Corinthians 9:13,14
Even scripture asks, who works for free? Who plants a vineyard and doesn’t eat of it? Who tends a flock and doesn’t drink its milk? If we sowed spiritual things into you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?
I urge you to support the ministry. The ministers who work in it are worthy of their hire.