Two Cents on Tithing (Part 3)

Is tithing (i.e. giving 10% of one’s income) biblically mandated for the Christian?  Do texts like Malachi 3.10 prescribe the tithe as an ongoing requirement of God’s people in all places at all times?  Parts 1 and 2 suggest the larger context of Malachi does not enforce a Christian tithe but prepares us for a curse-reversing Savior. Before offering specific principles about Christian giving we should consider the purpose of […]

The Bottom Line on Christian Tithing (Part 2)

“Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9.7). Part 1 suggested Malachi 3.10 is about far more than instituting a Christian tithe.  Rather it was part of Malachi’s whole message to an apostate Israel.  Many preachers and churches lift Malachi 3.8-12 out of the context, overlay it on the church and impose […]