When it comes to tithing, Christians aren’t biblically required to give 10 percent of their income to the church, as Jesus cares more about an attitude of generosity than a particular number, two pastors have said.
In a recent video posted on the Gospel Coalition website, Jonathan Leeman and John Onwuchekwa discussed what the Bible says about tithing and what it means for Christians.
Leeman, author and elder at Cheverly Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., said that tithing — a word meaning “tenth” — was required of Old Testament Israel in a certain way.
“I don’t think we are required to give a 10th of our income in the same way Old Testament Israel did,” Leeman said. “We’re not under the mosaic covenant law in the same way. In fact, they had more than just the tithe. They had a number of things that were required of them. But no, I don’t think it applies to us directly. So observation one, not a particular percentage.”
Leeman added that believers aren’t “compelled” to tithe, citing 2nd Corinthians 9:7, which reads: “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
“I would say Christians are called to give cheerfully, generously, and according to their means,” he said. “So on the one hand, no, I don’t think we can give Christians a particular percentage, but I think, one, according to your means, two, generously, three cheerfully.”
The pastor encouraged listeners to “prioritize” their church, adding: “I think that whatever percentage I have as a Christian, the first of it should go to my church.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett