Where is NT proof for tithing?

Question: Where is NT proof for tithing?Tithe

“What is the theological basis for tithe in Christendom?”



This is a very good question. There are some who believe that tithing ended at the time of Christ, and that Christians are not obligated to pay tithes. Is this what the Bible says? Jesus said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” (Matthew 23:23) According to Jesus we should not leave paying tithe undone.

When Jesus sent forth workers into the ministry He said, “Carry neither purse, nor scrip… And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire.” (Luke 10:4, 7) Jesus intended from the beginning for the ministry of the gospel to be supported by tithes and offerings. He could miraculously withhold 10% of our income but, instead, He allows us to have a part in this as a way to eradicate selfishness and keep before our minds the fact that God owns all things. Paul wrote,

“Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 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 Corinthians 9:7-14)

Peter and the other apostles said, “We will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.” (Acts 6:4) The apostles could not have done this if they had to continually support themselves and their families without the support of tithes and offerings.

The work of the ministry has always been supported by the tithes and offerings of God’s people. If God had intended for it to be otherwise, He would have told us. God said, “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:8-10) It is a serious thing to rob God, yet God says that is what we do if we neglect to return tithes and give offerings. God promises that if we do this He will open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings beyond what we can receive. If God had changed His mind about this, He would have informed us somewhere in the Bible, but there is no hint anywhere that tithing has been done away with. Tithing is still required by God. The tithe is to be returned on our increase, whether it be in our garden, at our job, or a gift from others.

I hope this helps to answer your question.

  • ounbbl

    Though the word ‘tithe’ appears in N.T. it is that of O.T. dispensation.

    • Lynnford Beachy

      I believe that tithing is part of the eternal moral principle in the Ten Commandments that says, “Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:15), rather than part of the temporary ceremonial law that was added because Adam sinned.

      • Judith Ann Olive Maness

        God’s laws are written on our hearts and minds in the sense that love is the spirit of the law. The law of Christ is love. Love trumps the law. Love does no wrong to anyone. The law defines what wrong is and points us , leads us to the need of a Savior. It is our schoolmaster. Once we are reconciled to our father we are not under the curse of the law. The law kills; the spirit gives life. Those in Christ for free justification are not under the law but under Christ. The cultic form of worship was destroyed in the first century and we have a new law under a new priesthood. Clinging to old things is part of the harlot/whore of Babylon and not part of the new Jerusalem where all things have been made new. All the old things were types and shadows not the substance. One not covered by the blood while in the wilderness had to pay for his own redemption. Are you covered by the blood or trying to buy your own redemption?

  • Judith Ann Olive Maness

    The old covenant world/age was ‘passing away’ in the first century. Heb 8:13. The End of all things was NEAR. 1 Pet 4:7. The end was of the old covenant kingdom age with it’s cultic form of worship, temple and holy city on earth. The new Jerusalem came down from heaven in the first century and God tabernacles in us. Lk 17:20-24. ‘Behold! I make all things new! New covenant, new priesthood, new law, new song, new city, new temple, new form of worship, from old to new, from seen to unseen, from external to internal, from temporary to eternal. Flesh vs spirit. ‘My kingdom does not come with your observance; it is WITHIN YOU.’ LK 17:20-24. ‘The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the holy spirit.’ Ro 14:17. We are the new temple where God tabernacles. We are the new creation. Jesus is our tithe, the 1/10th ephah of manna stored in the ark of the covenant where 3 things were kept to symbolize prophet, priest and king. Tithes were paid to the Aaronic priesthood for their livelihood as they could not own land or work outside the temple and it was used to purchase temporary redemption until reconciliation came. Adam separated us from our Father and all were DEAD to God. Jesus reversed that curse via the spirit. Paul preached a gospel of reconciliation. 2 Cor 5:18-20. God want relationship, direct communication with each of his children, not religion. All religions are man’s effort to reach God. God himself came down from heaven to reconcile us to himself so that we could have righteousness, peace and joy in the holy spirit’s communication. Who is your TEACHER? Matt 23:8-10. Who is the spirit? 2 Cor 3:17. Paul warned with tears about the false doctrines already being taught before he departed, as those who wanted to continue the priesthood of Aaron and hold authority over people. We are all equal in God’s sight as that wall of discrimination that kept the unclean, foreigners, women and the other tribes except certain ones born in ancestral lineage of Aaron, came crashing down and burnt in the fires of 66-70 AD.