Q. Where in the Bible does it specifically tells us to give a tenth? Can you settle an argument we are having about how much we are required to give?
Tithing was an Old Testament Requirement. There is nothing stated in the New Testament requiring tithing. This is a very important concept to keep in mind. The requirements of the Old Testament were given to the Jewish nation, they are not carried over into the New Covenant.
What the New Testament tell us is that we must give “cheerfully.” Read the following passages:
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
6 “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; 9 as it is written, “HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.” 10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; 11 you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.” 12 For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God. 13 Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all, 14 while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
Romans 12: 8 says…… “he who gives, with liberality….”
All of the Laws and regulations of the Old Testament are obsolete. They were nailed to the cross. The concept of a 10% tithing comes from the Old Testament.
Christians are required to give “liberally” and “cheerfully.” I believe a Christian may be able to do this and give 20, 30, or even 40% since we live under a Better Covenant.
“so much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.”
“But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.”
Therefore, if 10% was required under the Old Covenant, and we have a “Better Covenant,” how much should the Christian give? The answer is “give cheerfully and liberally.” Give until it makes you happy!
We should give “cheerfully.” The work of the church is to “sow the seed” (Matthew 13). The money the church receives is to “preach the Word” to a lost and dying world, and to help those who are in need.