A Dirty Little Secret About Tithing 10% to the Church

There is a hidden truth behind tithing 10% that isn't talked about. But it's something that believers cannot ignore.

A Dirty Little Secret About Tithing 10% to the Church

Tithing 10% is something that I’ve always questioned the truth behind. I’ve never felt comfortable giving God that 10%. Because of this “check” inside of myself, I decided to start studying the topic of tithing 10%. In all honesty, I was unable to find it in the Bible. But, that’s a bold statement because every church preaches it. I decided to take 6 months to study this topic to really learn it. (Here’s a great video about why you need to study the Bible for yourself instead of just listening to someone else tell you about it.)

To my surprise, I discovered that the concept of tithing 10% is not in the Bible.

Now before you freak out and get mad thinking that I’m against giving to the church or get excited because you think you don’t have to give any longer and you can save that money – keep reading.

I’m going to briefly touch on where the 10% tithe concept comes from before explaining myself further. In the Old Testament and the New Testament, the times of tithing 10% were gathered as a tax to all of the people to rebuild/expand the temple. God never considered this to be a requirement to follow Him. (I encourage you to not take my word for this but really do your own research and reflection on the 10% tithe.)

So you may be asking, “what makes you think that the 10% tithe is not in the bible?” I’m glad you asked! I found out the truth about tithing 10% through the life of Jesus. You see, Jesus actually talked about money a lot; it seems that a large portions of the questions that people asked Him were on this topic.

So here it is… Ready? Jesus doesn’t want your 10%.

He wants your 100%. When Jesus says (throughout the New Testament) that in order to follow Him at the fullest, we must give every part of us, He was wasn’t just talking about time and lifestyle. He was also talking about our money. Jesus was talking about everything.

At the beginning of this post, I mentioned being uncomfortable giving God 10%. I am not uncomfortable with this because I want to give less, it’s because I believe 10% limits God and almost puts a cap on His expectation for our lives.

“God won’t give you a 100% blessing for a 10% commitment.”

So what does this look like practically?

Years ago I began putting this into practice. I started giving as much as I could, far more than tithing 10%. I was giving 100% of what I could. I have bills just like any other adult, so it wasn’t 100% of my income.

When my wife quit her job to start her own business, we lost a large portion of our income; obviously things would need to change for a time. However, I felt God tell me to not lower the amount that I was giving. Now, instead is giving 100% of what I could give, I was giving more like 120% of what I could give.

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My point in telling you this today is not to make myself look good. Instead, it is to share the truth about what God really wants from us when it comes to the “tithe”. In all honesty, I don’t believe in tithing. I believing in living a life as a cheerful giver who is willing to give everything away for the sake of the gospel; just like Jesus did for us.

Giving is essential to the life of a believer. Limiting what we give to 10% is like telling God we only want part of what He has for us.

I hope this post got you thinking today, that was the point of it. I encourage you to take time to pray, ask God what He wants from you in regards to finances; you may be surprised what you feel and hear from Him.

Question from Alex Sanfilippo, the author.

I know this is an unpopular topic to discuss, but I'd love to hear your thoughts. Comment below!

Written by Alex Sanfilippo

My mission is to live a life honorable in every way to God my father. I am passionate about building disciples and strengthening the church. My daily goal is to be a positive influence on the people around me and to make the world a better place.

6 thoughts on “A Dirty Little Secret About Tithing 10% to the Church

  1. Good word. Jesus always took the Torah and went to another level. If Moses said don’t commit adultery, Jesus built on that and said don’t even lust after someone with your eyes. If it was said don’t murder, Jesus said don’t even let anger and resentment fill your heart.
    If Abraham tithed to Melchizedek, then believers should go above that and give before God all they can. Always looking for ways to increase their generosity. It’s funny that most people who say “tithing is Old Testament” want to give less not more. But you’re teaching the truth. In this, I can say I don’t “believe” in tithing either.

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  3. This is more true than 98% of believers realize. It’s been misinterpreted, perhaps unconsciencesly by well meaning people, yet none-the-less, it’s a gross misinterpretaion. Let’s be honest, the “tithe” goes overwhelmingly to building buildings, paying saleries, and rediculously wasteful expenses to entertain the masses. It is correct that our covenant requires 100% of ourselves in exchange for 100% of God Himself. Not really possible on our part, yet that is the goal we strive for. We are to be givers of ourselves, our time, efforts , energy, wisdom, knowledge and yes, sometimes financial help to those truly in need and not able to help themselves. We were not ever instructed to build “churches” which in itself is a misnomer. We are the church without walls. We were never instructed to pay a salary to what was never meant to be a career . It’s a calling to preach, teach, evangalize, to be an apostle and profit in our sphere of influence and where ever the Spirit leads. The people specifically endowed with these gifts/callings are meant to raise up others to maturity in their own areas of giftedness so we all mature and become fruitful/productive in influencing others around us for good – to further the Kingdom in the earth. An excellent resousce for those interested in further study is a book by Matthew Narramore called, Tithing: Low-Realm, Obsolute & Defunct. With all the churches accross America and all the so called followers of Messiah Yeshua – Jesus – we have made so very little difference in influencing or society. Heart breakingly, we assimulate. I believe it is the accumulation of all of our shortcomings -sin – that adds up to the ills we are experiencing in the US today . 2 Chronicles 7:14 , If my people called by my name ( one in nature with) will humble themselves and pray and seek my face (perspective) and TURN FROM THEIR (our) WICKED (non-biblical ) ways, THEN I will forgive their sin and heal their (our) land, That my friends is the essence of giving. Strive to re-present the Lord in all we do. And when we mess up , fess up and get on track. This is what will make the diffenece. We must unite together in His cause. Be His voice. Be His hands,. Be His feet. Love as He does to the best of our ability. Be real, honest, fair, kind, generous, forgiving , patient , couragous and brave. God enable us!

  4. If it’s not in the Bible, who came up with the concept?
    I, personally, know people who tithe. The first 10% of anything that comes to them is immediately donated to their church. They are continually blessed with more and more.
    Does the 10% have to go to a church? Can’t any charitable donation, given willingly to help Jesus’ children, be considered part of my tithe?

  5. Praise God,this the Gospel truth,

    💯 percent
    Did you give your whole paycheck..
    If so,did your other needs get provided by God through other sources,to lay for your needs .

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