Question: Can you show me where in the New Testament tithing is stipulated for Christ’s followers?
Response: First, on what basis would one attempt to distinguish between the Old Testament and the Word of God? God gave both the Old and New Testaments. Paul says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16).
In Matthew 23:23, Jesus commended the religious leaders for their tithing while lamenting their lack of mercy and faith.
Believers gave tithe in gratitude for God’s blessings and support of His work. Would either of these reasons apply in Old Testament times only?
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:7-14 that those who preach the gospel should derive their livelihood from the gospel.
Also, in Hebrews 7:5, Paul says that descendants of Levi, referring to those in the priesthood in Paul’s day, took tithes according to the law. Thus the law of tithing was still valid.
Malachi 3:8, 9 states that withholding tithe is robbery of God. Would robbery in Old Testament not still be robbery in the New Testament? Is God changeable? He says He is not (Hebrews 13:8).
Tithing is based on eternal principles, which do not need to be reenacted in every age. Their validity is assumed.
Bob DuBose writes from North Carolina.© 2002 - 2021, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.