Apostolic Preterist

Tithes

                     Are tithes necessary for today under the new covenant?

                                                    By Thracia Gharst

I grew up my entire life believing that you need to pay exactly 10 percent tithes to your pastor. My beliefs on tithes was one that no one could talk me out of I thought, because I believed I had the bible on my side in this particular subject until recently.I felt like the more I learn about the old covenant being fulfilled by Christ the more I felt that instead of putting my usual exact 10 percent written out as tithes on my check to a higher amount of not much more written instead of tithes as just to my pastor. I didn't for sure know why accept I no longer wanted to look at it as tithes, but given from my heart and because the scripture. John 2:10"10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it." this scripture kept going through my mind. I didn't know it but I was keeping part of the law. I know that we are now under the new covenant and that all the law has been fulfilled or we couldn't be under the new covenant, because the bible says "until heaven and earth (old mosaic law) pass away not one jot nor one title will pass until all things be fulfilled." I know from studying that heaven and earth in bible prophecy refers to the old covenant most of the time. I knew it couldn't be a literal heaven and earth, because we would still be under the law ,because the literal heaven and earth had not passed away if it was literal. Moving on, even if you don't agree, most Christians do agree that Jesus was our new high priest in the new covenant. Under the law the Jews were required to pay the high priest 10 percent of everything they gained. Now that Jesus is our high priest we are no longer under the law of tithing. My mom told me that Abraham paid tithes when I was little, she said this was before the law so we should pay tithes. I now know that the law actually came when Adam and Eve broke the 1st commandment God gave them and that was "Not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil" that brought the law into the world. My pastor pointed out to me that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was the law, because the law tells a person what is right and wrong. Another good point to make is that animal sacrifices was before the written law, but we don't still carry out and justify animal sacrifices for today, because they were done before the writing of law. You might wonder what God requires of us now. Paul lets us know in 2 Corinthians 9:7 Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. He made it very clear how he feels about the old covenant tithing by his comments to the Pharisees about tithing. The problem is, a lot of people use this argument to try to say that we still need to pay tithes, but keep in mind as you read it this is before Jesus died on the cross and the new covenant officially came. "Woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manor of herbs, in past by justice in the love of God." These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. They paid tithes, because Christ had not died on the cross bringing in the new covenant. In my mind if under the old law 10 percent was required that we should at least pay God more than that. I also know from first hand experience if you start paying God a certain percent and then cut back that you will see that you're not as blessed as you were before. I use to think that this was God putting us under a curse, because of the sudden lack of blessing when one stops paying him the amount they were. God became a curse for us at Calvary to break every curse under the law, so under the new covenant how could he be cursing his own people?He wouldn't! Hebrews 7:8 Here mortal men received tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he believes. This doesn't mean that when you tithe you testify of the resurrection of Jesus. This scripture was quoted to the Jews letting them know there was a greater priesthood then the old mosaic Leviticus priesthood. In Paul Whites book between the pieces, he explains " The message says it perfectly; or look at it this way; we pay our tithes to priests who die, but Abraham paid tithes to a priest who, the scripture says "lives" ultimately you could even say that since Levi descended from Abraham who paid tithes to Melchizedek when we pay tithes to the priestly tribe of Levi they end up with Melchizedek" (Hebrews 7:8-10 MSG) Please note that the author says "when we pay tithes to the priestly tribe of Levi" he is referring to his Jewish readers. Remember who Hebrews was written to. Who pay tithes to the tribe of Levi. You are not a Jewish reader and you do not pay tithes to the priestly tribe of Levi. My conclusion is that God wants us to give from our heart and not because we are mandated to pay a certain percent. I also know that the more you pay out of your heart the more you're blessed. Please keep in mind that most preachers do not work outside of the church and are constantly on the phone helping people, visiting hospitals, speaking at funerals, and preparing the weekly sermons. That is why they need in my mind more support then what use to be required. Also, there's the church bills which are separate. Utilities and many other bills. Please keep this in mind while you decide in prayer how much you give. ` Sources ; The King James bible from biblegateway.com, Between the pieces by Paul White.

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