by Justin McIntosh
I am wondering whether the question of “tithing” has
ever been raised in this forum before.
I have never ceased to struggle with the doctrine of
tithing 10% of one’s income to the church. I have
studied the Word and it just doesn’t spell it out clearly
to me. Am I reading it wrong?
In all honesty, I would love to be convinced of the
The scriptural basis for this practice for New Covenant
believers so that I can have some peace because I
hate the confusion.
I vacillate between regular tithing for a while because
godly teachers whom I respect all seem to adhere to
this teaching. So I do it to ‘cover myself’. “They must
know what they are doing,” I think to myself. But the
Bible says, ‘whatever is not of faith, is sin’ and I know
I am not doing it in faith, but almost in superstition.
So I stop tithing again because I am not doing it with a
I have never just swallowed established teaching, no
matter how popular the practice of it, without checking
out the Scriptural basis and listening to the Spirit as
much as possible. I can honestly say that I want to
honor God with my money and will happily tithe till
Kingdom comes if this is biblically true.
But is it? Or is it a conveniently carried over Old
Testament law which makes budgeting and program
planning so much easier for churches?
Does there need to be a whole new revelation of what
God teaches about stewardship; one which brings
liberty, not law?
At the end of the day, how can something as specific
as giving 10 % of one’s income to their church be
classed as a ‘principle’ as I have been taught? Are
principles so detailed as to list the exact amount?
Blessings in Christ,