10 Reasons To Stop Tithing

10 Reasons To Stop Tithing January 15, 2018
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Here are 10 very good reasons to stop tithing your 10% every week:

  1. The command to tithe was given only to the Jewish people. It was intended to provide for the upkeep of the Temple in Jerusalem and to support the Priesthood who owned no land and did not work to support themselves.
  2. The Temple in Jerusalem is gone now and has been for over 2,000 years, since its destruction by the Romans in AD 70.
  3. There is no longer any need to support a priesthood made up of people who do not own land or work for a living.
  4. The Old Covenant is now obsolete according to Hebrews 8:13. Therefore no one needs to keep those laws anymore.
  5. If you are in Christ then you are now the Temple of God where He has made His home. [See 1 Cor. 6:19-20]
  6. Those who abide in Christ are automatically ordained into the Priesthood of All Believers. [See 1 Peter 2:4-5 and 2:9-10]
  7. The daily sacrifice that was once offered in the Jewish Temple is now replaced by the living, daily sacrifice of every member of Christ’s Body. [See Romans 12:1]
  8. The New Testament scriptures do not command anyone to tithe and the Church didn’t formally institute the tithe until 777 AD under Charlemagne. For over 700 years no one who followed Christ tithed anything to the church.
  9. The New Covenant standard is not 10%, but 100%. God owns everything, and we are commanded to surrender everything to Christ. [See Luke 9:23 and Mark 12:17 ]
  10. The early Christians only practiced a freewill offering, not a mandatory ten percent obligation.


Just look at what Tertullian, a second century Christian, tells us about what the early Church did with their offerings:

“Even if there is a treasury of a sort, it is not made up of money paid in initiation fees, as if religion were a matter of contract. Every man once a month brings some modest contribution- or whatever he wishes, and only if he does wish, and if he can; for nobody is compelled; it is a voluntary offering…to feed the poor and to bury them, for boys and girls who lack property and parents, and then for slaves grown old…So we, who are united in mind and soul, have no hesitation about sharing property. All is common among us- except our wives. At that point, we dissolve our partnership..”

No Christian today should continue to follow the Old Covenant mandate given to pre-Christian Jews to surrender ten percent of their income to their religious leaders.
Now that everyone who is in Christ has been named the Temple of God, and has become the daily, living sacrifice, and has been ordained into the Priesthood of God, there is no longer any need to pay tithes to upkeep a building or to support a separate group or class of religious leaders.
Under the New Covenant, God owns 100%. We are called to surrender all that we have to Christ and to follow Him with our whole life. Under this New Covenant, we do not relegate worship to one day a week, but we now seek and serve and worship Him every single day of our lives.

So, stop holding back from God. Give 100 percent of your time, your money, your talent, and your life to Him.

Stop following rules and begin to follow the voice of the Spirit of God that lives within you.
Give freely, because you have freely received. [Matt. 10:8]
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” [2 Cor. 9:7]
Keith Giles is the author of “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb” and co-host of the Heretic Happy Hour podcast. He is part of a house church in Orange County, California that gives away 100% of their offerings to help the poor in their community.
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  • So true yet so many in the christian world today have been taught old covenant principles by the church.Truths in this article, which are according to the new covenant will be accepted by a few of us but most will reject them and continue living by old covenant law. Thanks Keith for posting these truths of life in Christ apart from the law.

  • James B

    It’s the biggest scam of the church other than it’s usual scam of an imaginary God who will reward you with heaven. It’s all a big lie and a scam. It’s all BS !

  • steve

    Gods are imaginary.

  • foto51dude

    What about 1 Cor 9:14-16? In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it. Yet I have never used any of these rights. And I am not writing this to suggest that I want to start now. In fact, I would rather die than lose my right to boast about preaching without charge. Yet preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t preach the Good News!

    I know this is not tithing but it would indicates that those who “labour in the word” should be taken care of financially. I personally no longer support the church I attend because I have little faith in what they teach but the principle is still there.

  • C_Alan_Nault

    “The command to tithe was given only to the Jewish people. ”

    So were the 613 commandments ( there are not just 10).

    Also, the Bible tells us Jesus said he was here only for the Jewish people.

    Matthew 15:24 He answered, “I was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel.”

  • billwald

    The Devil is always in the details. Exactly how does one give everything to God? say, “God, I give you everything?” I’ve done that many times over the last 60 years in many formats. Does that complete the deal? Nothing else to worry about? I quit worrying because I don’t have an instruction list.

    I am a legalist. I don’t trust feelings. I don’t get special messages or dreams from God. If I have in the last 40 years, I have not recognized them as such.

  • Robert J Naumann

    Shortly after Jesus’ departure from earth, the Apostles lived as a commune, each person was supposed to gave 100%of their wealth to be distributed and used as needed. Except Ananias and his wife Sapphira held back some of their possessions and were both struck dead. I always though this account in Acts 6 would be an excellent sermon for the every member canvas pledge Sunday.

  • Malc Halliday

    Keith makes a good argument but the reality is that most Christians don’t even get to the 10% level of giving so to talk of giving everything to God is beyond most people’s comprehension. Surely 10% is a good start with the encouragement to keep on thinking and discovering how more can be given away.

  • Linguagroover

    When I was a Christian, I went through various versions of tithing in response to the guilt tripping exercised by those in leadership. Now I’m an atheist, free of the woo and superstition, and more able to direct the money and other resources that come my way, based on my own deity-free decision-making. Despite the stated aims and objectives, a lot of the loot that gets given to churches is to benefit them and not the wider world. Furthermore, the ‘not of this world’ are happy to grasp every tax break going. A final point: I love the cherry-picking that, on this occasion, writes off all the Old Testament as irrelevant. Why does this approach apply to money but not, say, sexuality?

  • It does apply to sexuality. 🙂

  • Don’t downplay Paul’s statement that he “would rather die” than to accept money for preaching the Gospel.

  • Emmanuel

    How now?

  • Linguagroover

    I see (well, really I don’t). Adultery, for example, seems to have undergone a rethink… http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/contra/adultery_punishment.html

  • Linda Coleman Allen

    Well, you just gave many evangelists a heart attack!

  • Linda Coleman Allen

    Malc, to me it means giving God 100% control of your life. Allowing God to direct your decisions on when and how to help yourself or others.

  • adeline

    Such a thoughtful, reasoned and articulate argument against deism! Everyone is currently rethinking their life choices! Wow! (Seriously though Steve if that sad bit of proselytizing is all you have save your strength, k?)

  • Ray Elliott

    I agree with the author that tithing for Christians is not a mandate given by Christ, and not required under the new covenant. Giving your all to Christ does not mean giving all of your money to the Church, it means living a life that reflects your faith in Jesus all of the time, and using your resources accordingly. 10% although not a mandate for Christians can be a Biblically supported goal for financial giving for those who choose to support the Church and it’s ministries. It boils down to giving to the Church being a personal decision between you and God. No person, including the author, can tell you what is the right or wrong amount for you to give or not give. My opinion it’s alright for a Church to suggest that tithing is a bullseye to shoot for, but if they make it a requirement for membership or worshipping there, I would personally find another Church to join!!

  • Disciple of YHWH

    5 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

    2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

    3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

    4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

    5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.

    6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.

    7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.

    8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.

    9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.

    They were struck down for lying to the holy spirit. What they sold was theirs and the money from it was also. This shows that what we have is our own and what amount we give(if any) is up to us. But lying to the holy spirit is worthy of death. Those are the principles given in these passages.

  • Michael S

    @billwald:disqus Totally agree! Giving everything is theoretical.. and getting down to thinking about it, even 70% is tricky because you have to pay to caesar what belongs to caesar.(taxes). If a human being is finding it difficult to give the lowest percentage of their money to God, they will never ever give God anything! unfortunately for today’s christians our Lord Jesus didn’t remove anything but commends it. Luke 11:42.

  • Larry

    I quit going to a certain organization’s fellowship meetings where they omit Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life, instead there’s some steps they take in order to have, as described in their official text, some kind of mystical experience. There’s a god they find whom each individual gets to define, “as long as it makes sense to them.” Members of this fellowship state their own particular god could even be a doorknob. I quit going over there as the doctrinal promises they made didn’t materialise.
    I was courted by an evangelical church at one point. I was assigned some work outside their building which took quite a lot of my time. I did some landscaping for them and then built a fence for them using some ” borrowed” lumber. This was donated labor on my part. I believe I was told it was very good for my salvation. I was later invited to their lucheon where they served tuna fish which according to the pastor, “the Lord provides”. (State v. Milhoan 1986 MT.) They knew I worked on the oil rigs locally and one sermon was entirely devoted to the policy of tithing. This preacher stated from the pulpit that he didn’t look at how well off someone was financially when he was seeking them out to bring them into his church. I donated $50 one time but I was given a room in his trailer home for a short while. This church eventually folded under a bad note on account of the court case I referenced in this comment. I read my bible, have a cursory understanding of the gospel, pray, and abide by the 10 commandments. Its pretty hard to actually be accepted in the small town church system. It seems I no longer go to mass either but I suppose I can if I go to this one that’s out of town.

  • Larry

    That’s like during colonial times they preached heaven, hell, and damnation to keep the unruly natives in line.