"ANTI-DEVO" - Day 5 - Don't need to tithe

Today I am addressing two things: one technically and one truly.

Technically we don't need to tithe: Tithing (or giving 10%) is a concept that has no bearing on us at all. First, most of us aren't Jews living under the Old Covenant. Second, it never dealt with money, but food products. And third, we simply don't have any support for tithing in the New Covenant. We do want to make sure we place our emphasis on justice, mercy and faithfulness, not religion or legalism.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. -Matthew 23:23 ESV

Truly, we should want to give.  Paul instructs the Corinthian church to not give reluctantly or under compulsion, but actually with excitement. (Check out 2 Cor 9:6-8, 12) Why would not want to be excited to share and be coworkers with God? We have a radical example of absolute generosity in Jesus, that we have the blessing to imitate. Plus if it is Jesus we are following, as He works in and through us, how would we not help those in need, when we have plenty? (1 John 3:16-18)

Godliness with contentment is true wealth. If we have food and clothes we should be thankful. Many people who are rich and want to be rich - live in sin. Since we have plenty, we should not be prideful but be generous, leaning on God and not on money. Let us who are rich be rich in good deeds, being generous and ready to share.  (1 Tim 6:6-10, 17-19 Summarized and Paraphrased)

I would encourage you to check out the passages above, good stuff.
You don't need to, but you might want to.   :)

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