The term “tithing” isn’t as controversial as the definition is.
Quite often, in faithful churches around the world, you will hear the word “tithe” attached to “offerings” as a traditionally general way to describe giving. A pastor might say, “This morning you can give your tithes and offerings in the buckets as they go by or online.”
Usually, this is referring to general giving and is not thought of beyond that.
However, there is a large swath of church leaders who mean something very specific when they use the word “tithe.” These teachers insist that tithing is commanded for New Testament believers today and that to give any less than 10% of your income to the church is “robbing God.”
There is no reason to be unkind and suspect that all of these teachers are false or evil, but there is reason to study Scripture and make sure that we are teaching and obeying it accurately. Some Christians I’ve met have gone their entire life without every studying the topics of tithing, money, and generosity. There is so much to learn and life-changing truths are just waiting to be applied to our worship of God and love for others.
In this video, fellow pastor Kyle Swanson and I speak openly and biblically about what the tithe is, and whether or not it’s commanded today.
Should we be incredibly generous in our giving? Certainly! Should we be flippant in how we handle and obey Scripture? Certainly not.