aren't commanded to tithe. Tithing was a law for the Jewish people
during ancient times which was similar to an income tax (Leviticus
27:30-32, Deuteronomy 14:22, Leviticus 27:32). In fact, in
some years, the Jews were required to give multiple tithes (Deuteronomy
26:12), sometimes resulting in up to one-third of their assets instead
of just one-tenth.
Should We Tithe?
However, Christians are freed from the Mosaic Law of the Old Testament
that the Jews were required to follow as a daily way of life. As
Christians, we don't live under the law, but rather under grace (Romans
2:12-27, 3:19-31, 4:13-16, 5:13-20, 6:14-15). Romans 6:14 says "For sin
shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under
grace." Although everything exists by the grace of God,
through that grace He gave the Jews the Law as a way of life. Although He
manifested Himself to them by grace, He still demanded that they keep
the Law as rules for their daily lives. They were required to
offer sacrifices, offerings, and tithes, to rest on Saturdays, and to
obey hundreds of other moral, civil, and religious laws. We
Christians are freed from the law, and now God not only reveals Himself
through grace, but he wants us to live according to grace as a way of
For Christians today, God tells us in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 how we
should give. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, "Each man should give what he has
decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for
God loves a cheerful giver."
According to this, it would be wrong to give any certain percentage. We
should give what we feel the Holy Spirit is leading us to give.
Otherwise, if we feel somehow compelled to give, it's not a grace gift.
This might be less than ten percent, but it also might be more.
Owen Weber 2009