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Message - Re: tithing Posted By Gavin G. Coriell, M.S. Ed, Minister on 5/13/2011 7:01:00 AM - Subscribe to this discussion here - Subscribe

Chris,

I do not know why this just popped up on the Web Site and I am assuming it was posted when this site was still assigned to "The Electric City church of Christ" which no longer is in operation due the current economy.  I am now located in Middle Tennessee and the Web Site has been re-directed to the Antioch Congregation as noted in the Site information. I do apoligize and hope that you still find this helpful to you.





Regarding your question, the NT Church is no longer under the commandment of "tithing" as ion the OT way .  However, the "obligation" of a Christian in giving should carry with it a sense of feeling that one should give at least a tenth, if not more, because we have the wonderful position of not looking forward to the fulfillment of prophecy of the coming of a Savior, but we have the position of knowing that He has come and established His Church wherein Salvation is now a reality because of the sacrifice that "has been made" on our behalf. He has blessed us "with all spiritual blessing" -



Ephesians 1:3 "Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:"





We have a better "hope" than those under the law of the OT - Hebrews 7:19 "For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope [did]; by the which we draw nigh unto God."



We have a better Testament - " Hebrews 7:22 "By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament."





We have a better "covenant" with better promises than in the OT times - Hebrews 8:6  "But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises."



Therefore since we have a "better standing" because of Christ - shouldn't our giving exceed that of those who could only "look forward in the hope that prophecy would in fact become reality" and doesn't it stand to reason that our giving would be greater



II Corinthians 9:5-8 is Paul's' instruction regarding our giving today within the NT Church,



2Cr 9:5 "Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as [a matter of] bounty, and not as [of] covetousness.





2Cr 9:6 But this [I say], He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.





2Cr 9:7   Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.





2Cr 9:8   And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work:"





In Mark 12:42 - 44 we read this with regard to the NT era -



Mark 12:42 "And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.





Mar 12:43   And he called [unto him] his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:





Mar 12:44   For all [they] did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, [even] all her living.



What was Jesus saying here that was the most important, the "amount given" (2 mites verses abundance)or the "attitude" with which it was given?





So "tithing" per se is not what it use to be in the OT and therefore not applicable today as it was then.



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