These two articles build off of the series entitled The Congregation's Support of Her Diaconate. Is it the obligation of each church member to financially support the ministry of the Gospel? This article looks at the Old Testament in order to answer this question. The author discusses tithing, free will offerings, and assessed fees, showing that these were given to support the tabernacle and temple ministry.
Malachi 3:10 must be understood in the context of the Old Testament and in relation to the other laws. Therefore, it will be wrong to demand tithing from Christians today based on this text. This article shows that the New Testament encourages Christians to give in response to grace shown them. The author also discusses guidelines to giving and means of giving.
In a previous article all relevant references to tithing in Scripture were discussed and it was concluded that the continuation of a tithing requirement can not be adequately supported by the exegesis of individual texts. In the present essay the authors assess the applicability of tithing in light of pertinent systematic issues.
This article address the question whether tithing, that is, giving ten percent of one’s income, is obligatory for Christians. This is the first in a series of two articles investigating this question by studying all references to tithing in Scripture. The discussion commences with Old Testament references to tithing prior to the giving of the Mosaic Law, the Mosaic Law itself and the historical and prophetic books, notably Malachi 3:8. This is followed by a close reading of the three major New Testament passages on tithing, i.e.