TITHES and OFFERINGS

There are many people that ask about the definition of the tithe compared to
other types of gifts. The tithe definition in its broadest sense means a
tenth of one’s increase – Deuteronomy 14:22. That is the broadest definition
of tithe that is accepted by most of the population. There are even more
defined meanings of tithing out there. For instance some would say that the
definition of the tithe by nature, goes to your local church, and is taken
off of your gross income. This is because the tithe was delivered to the
local storehouse in the Old Testament – Malachi 3:10, and in Proverbs 3:9 we
are to honor the Lord with the first fruits of our increase.

Scholars and theologians constantly debate about the tithe definition.
Mainly because the tithe’s function was prescribed in detail in the old
testament, defined for the nation of Israel, and was not done so for the
Church in the NT. There seems to be many holes and many opportunities for
personal interpretation of how we should prescribe the tithe into the New
Testament Church. 

The definition of the tithe was very simple and plainly laid out for Israel.
They were to gather their harvest and count the tithe out from what they’ve
gathered. For instance, if you had 100 apples, you must count them out from
one-to-ten, and the tenth one you set aside for the Lord – Leviticus 27:32.

As is stated in the previous verse, it did not matter if that tenth one was bruised or under-sized, you still set it aside. Also, you set the tenth one aside, not the first one aside.

The Business Administration Circle (BAC) would like to thank everyone for their tithes and offerings.

Comments

  1. This is such a challenging topic…so many folks think “The church just wants my money – that’s all they talk about.”

    Actually Pastor Greg very seldom talks about tithing directly. He DOES talk about obedience to God, and the cheerful rendering of one’s tithes to God IS a matter of obedience.

    $20/week is PROBABLY not a true ‘tithe’ for most folks, but I know lots of people who believe $20 is the standard adult tithe, and yet are willing to fork over ? for a chocolate martini…shows where w have our priorities, doesn’t it?