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Do Christians still have to pay tithe?


The short answer to your question is yes, Christians should still pay tithe.  The clearest scripture that shows that it is God's will for us to pay tithe is in Malachi 3:8-12. This is the only text in the Bible in which God says to "prove me".  There are great blessings to those that pay tithe. I know because of the blessings that God has given to my family.  In Matt 23:23 and Luke 11:42, Jesus is not saying that we should not pay tithe, He is condemning the religious leaders who were fulfilling the letter of the law without having the right spirit.  Notice that He is still telling them that "these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone."

"Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel" (1 Cor:13-14).  Here Paul is restating the principle in the Old Testament that those who are ministers are to live by the funds that are paid into the Church. The offerings were to pay the expenses of the Church and the Tithe was to pay the wages of the ministers.  The Priests of the Old Testament are the Ministers of the new.

Are we to pay tithe? Yes, as long as we are in this world and we need ministers of the Gospel.

--Thanks to Ron Hartwell for answering this question!  Let's not focus on how little we should give to God; but instead, let's do our best to give as much as we can since everything belongs to the Lord anyway! (Psalm 24:1)  At the very least, we should return to God the first 10% of our income.  The Lord laid this out for us in the Old Testament (Genesis 28:22 & Numbers 18:26), but that doesn't mean that New Testament Christians do not have to pay tithe any longer.  It's still God's plan: "For I am the LORD, I change not"  (Malachi 3:6).

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