Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Peach and Coconut - So what about tithing?

The chapter for this week is here. There was a lot of material to cover on Sunday, hopefully having it in written form will make it easier for people to digest, think about and comment on. I do appreciate all the people who have been giving me feedback on the various chapters. They're really helping to shape what's going into the book so please keep them coming, either via comments on the blog / Facebook or by emailing here.

If you want to give your finances the once over before Christmas why not think about doing the CAP money course, which starts this Wednesday (24th November) at 8pm in the K2 Hall. Catrina and I did it a few years ago and it transformed our financial planning.

Hope you have a great week.

Simon.

3 comments:

paul benger said...

great blog post Simon

Gary Arnold said...

There is no Old Testament "tithing principle" that applies to Christians today.

The ONLY people in the Old Testament that were commanded to tithe were those who INHERITED THE PROMISED LAND WITH EVERYTHING ON IT. They got the land, house, animals, crops, etc. ALL FREE AND CLEAR. No mortgage payment or rent to pay. And THEY were commanded to tithe on the crops and animals and take it to the Levites who INHERITED the tithe INSTEAD OF the promised land with everything on it.

HOW CAN YOU COMPARE THAT WITH CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE TO PAY THEIR MORTGAGE PAYMENT OR RENT, INCOME TAXES, PROPERTY TAXES, SALES TAXES, ETC?

There is no way to justify making some “principle” out of the Biblical facts and then apply it to Christians today. It is just flat out wrong and makes no sense at all.

Furthermore, Jesus didn't tithe. Paul didn't tithe. Peter didn't tithe. Wage earners did not tithe. The tithe was NEVER commanded on anyone's income. Rather, God command a tithe on ASSETS (crops and animals) that came from God's hand, not man's income.

To take God's Word and come up with a "tithing principle" and apply it today is purely man-made and not at all Biblical.

Simon Benham said...

Hi Gary,

First of all thanks for your comments. I took a look at your website, and although we've come at it from different routes, and with a different understanding of what tithing was in the OT, we've come to the same conclusions as to how giving looks in an era of grace. That our giving needs to be cheerful, generous and regular, and that believers have the responsibility for 'funding' the local church.

Simon.