Hi, I have heard various answers to question in regard to tithing. My family believes in tithing (10% of our income) and usually offers it to the local church that we are part of. Occasionally, we give an offering to people who are doing God’s work (mainly missionaries or ministries that we like/ benefit from) out of our tithing. I heard some pastors having a strong opinion about how that’s not appropriate as it is not our decision on how the tithing should be spent/ proportionate. Others say if it is being spent on God’s people, then it is fine. Some say we need to give offerings to others outside of our tithing and tithing should only go to church. Any advice or biblical principles that we need to keep in mind when offering our tithing?
From my understanding tithing came into play when the Levitical priesthood was established (Numbers 18:26) (Leviticus 27:30). They didn’t do normal jobs so because of that the people were to give 10% of their income to help provide financially for the priests. They also gave a tithe to the temple if I’m understanding it correctly. Now that we are under a new covenant we are not obligated to do that. But you do see people giving financially to the body of Christ in the New testament.
Conditions Among the Early Believers
32 The group of those who believed were of one heart and mind, and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but everything was held in common. 33 With great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was on them all. 34 For there was no one needy among them, because those who were owners of land or houses were selling them and bringing the proceeds from the sales 35 and placing them at the apostles’ feet. The proceeds were distributed to each, as anyone had need. 36 So Joseph, a Levite who was a native of Cyprus, called by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and placed it at the apostles’ feet.
So it’s not wrong at all to help churches or Christians financially. And if you can I think you should do so. But it’s not a requirement in my opinion. You see this in the next chapter in Acts 5. Ananias and Sapphira had the choice to give whatever they wanted. They chose to lie about it because of their motives behind their giving. Them lying and presenting something as something it wasn’t is where they failed. You see the new testament has this going theme of revealing that God cares more about the heart than he does the action itself. A small amount goes far with the Lord vs a large amount from someone who doesn’t really want to give it.
Here are some more passages on tithing if you want to do more research.
I hope this helps some, God Bless