What is it about tithing that still has so many churches confused? The tithe was an Old Testament act that was a part of the nation of Israel (a theocracy). It is not a requirement for Christians today. Should we give money to our churches? Of course. But are we commanded to give one-tenth (a tithe). Absolutely not. If you need convincing of that this site might be useful, or you can listen to the second part of this podcast from Fighting for the Faith.
Christians are told to give cheerfully, out of love and as we purpose in our hearts.
1 Corinthians 16:2: “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income.”
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says: “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Yet some preachers continue to not only preach that tithing is for today, they’ll actually guilt or scare their congregations into paying up with Bible verse twisting. This shocking video is a few years old, but I only watched it for the first time this week (H/T Amy Spreeman).
This is Pastor Steve Gaines completely butchering the account of Ananias and Sapphira (who were struck dead by God for LYING. Not for refusing to tithe). This is the same Pastor Steve Gaines who just became the president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
If Gaines has repented for this bad Bible-twisting or has reversed his position on tithing I hope someone will let me know so I can be fair and mention that here.