Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Hello Friends, time for another fun leadership question.
Is tithing a new testament principle for today?

9 comments:

Bondservant said...

I think before any comments are made on this question I must make one on that new picture of you and Ash. You guys are simply beautiful, handsome and stunning. I think people this stunning have to be really smart too. So that make you really Intelligent beautiful saints of God most high. And you’re my family so it’s like a little bonus.

Caleb and Ashley Brown said...

Seth...amused here. I loved the reference that we should be smarter than asking this question! I laughed and laughed.

Unfortunately, I have heard this topic being discussed from places far and wide and felt the blogging world should weigh in on this one. Would love your imput sir.

Bondservant said...

Luke 11:42b:
“ You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things”. (emphasis mine)

At least eight times in the New Testament is the word tithe addressed. A minimum of twenty eight times in the Old Testament tithe is considered. Now, by the standard of Heb 13:8 I am going to take the position that God doesn’t change. Because God doesn’t change, I’m going to stand on the belief that His mind remains the same as well. If He is never changing then by deductive reasoning I’m going to conclude neither are His principles or promises. I refer to the above scriptures with emphasis on this example rather than others because here it plainly states “You should tithe”. Knowing what I know from Malachi 3:8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, In what way have we robbed You? In tithes and offerings. I will conclude that New or Old Testament there is no separation therein. God has a clear holistic mandate to tithe. Mark 12:17b “Render to God that which is Gods. Proverbs 3:9 “Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops”. This concept of tithing permeates the New and Old Testament alike. If you want the blessing of God to pursue and overtake you; tithe. Along with this concept of tithing there is a clear directive to tithe to the “house” that you are being feed from.
The what not to do’s are things such as… Well I’ll give my tithe to this needy family or this missionary because my tithe is to help people and this would be building the Kingdom. Wrong! This is an inaccurate misconception of this powerful dynamic principle of the Kingdom. Read your Bibles. Give God His money and stop robbing Him and yourself of the impatient persistent blessing desiring to devour you.

jonathandy said...

Why do you continue to ask questions that make me type two lines before backspacing and exiting?

;)

*@m@nd@* said...

The whole point of the New Covenant is that God has written His law on our hearts. In the NT He is very concerned about the condition of our hearts. Today's Bible reading in Matthew 15 said that it's not the food that goes in to our mouths that makes us unclean but what comes out of our hearts that makes us unclean.

That being said, money is an issue that reveals that state of our hearts. If we can't trust God with our finances then we can't trust Him with anything. This goes for OT and NT believers. Once we realize that God is letting us 90% of His money and He's asking us to give back 10%, we know that our hearts are right before Him.

Besides, if the Church was the Church and everyone tithed, we wouldn't have government welfare programs. The Church would be the solution to all our problems. But what is it, something like only 2% of the Church tithes? It might be more but that's the last I heard.

Tithing isn't about the money, it's about the condition of our hearts.

xoxo--->*@m@nd@*

ky palmer said...

Tithe

Jesse said...

haha, you know...I love you to man!! Those were the good old days haha I don't miss the roof at all though! But you know, memories, we have some amazing memories! Hey I miss you all to and love your guts! CLC is almost over so I hope to have a phone here in a week or two! Love you both

jonathandy said...

If you get a chance, find the big, fatty book of the combined works of John G. Lake. Check out his teaching on the sabbath from pages 107 to 114. It's a pretty powerful approach to the old/new testament confusions.

Anonymous said...

The new covenant so far excedes the old, I don't even understand the reason for the question. 10%?!!! Get real. God wants it all. And it is such a privilege to be able to give to His work. Hilarious giving seems to be the NT concept. Try it. You won't be disapointed.