Is 10% Biblical?

tithing, bible, giving, generosity, 10% giving
Her mom made her spend $2 on her grandfather’s birthday gift when she was a child.

When she grew up, her grandfather gave her a substantial inheritance, but each year she continued to buy him a $2 gift.

Sounds ungrateful and childish, but I wonder if it isn't how we sometimes treat God. Statistics show that Christians rarely give even 10% of their incomes to God.

And ten percent is far too little for most of us.

Christ paid a price for us that we can never repay (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 1:17-19). New Testament giving is an act of gratefulness, not a legalistic command.

We need to drop the words tithe and 10% when it comes to giving and use New Testament words for giving:
• Freely
• Cheerfully
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
Copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011

What do you think…is 10% too much, too little or just the right amount to give? Leave a comment and let me know!
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  1. You know I agree that the tithe is not in the New Covenant but still struggle because my church says that's what we are supposed to do. I hpwever do give as I can and as I feel led but again I stuggle with guilt sometimes over whether or not its the right thing to do. Great post. Love that it's short and strait to the point.

  2. Thanks, Julie. I pray that you will "struggle well"--I know God has peace and understanding in this for you. Blessings on you!

  3. Thank you for this post. My church has always emphasized this and never calls an offering a tithe. I was actually surprised to find churches that still did. As in all things in the New Testament, we should do things out of love, not out of Old Covenant laws (although they are a good tutorial on how to shape our hearts).

  4. I agree that the traditional 10% is not in the New Testament--the elders and preacher at my church stress giving "as we have been blessed" (which I think sums up the process quite nicely). :)
    We must be careful in finding a church that does things as they should be done (according to the examples set in the New Testament--not the law of the Old).
    Thanks for the insightful reminder! :)

  5. What the church or rather the believers in Acts did was bring all they had and distributed among themselves as there was need - we certainly aren't modeling THAT standard. I don't think we have to drop the tithe. It was a set amount also just to take care of the needs of those working in the temple. We still have "temple" workers, and we have "temple" buildings that need taking care of and payment. The promises concerning the tithe in the Old Testament haven't passed away. Neither Jesus nor Paul, or any of the NT writers did away with tithing. If anything they added to it by saying giving should be done with a cheerful heart.
    Acts 2:43-45, Malachi 3:10,

  6. The New Testament doesn't mention "10%." However, while most people tend to see that as "freedom" from the obligation to tithe, the mentionings of giving in the New Testament go beyond the 10% obligation (such as with the widow's mite). The New Testament requires a lot more of us than most Christians today want to admit--everything. We give 10% plus an offering on top of that, because it's what we feel led to do. But, it's a choice we each have to make for ourselves. However, I think that a lot of Christians these days tends to use excuses, and grace, and everything else to do whatever they want and absolve themselves of the standards of living God sets forth in his word.

    (I left this comment anonymously because I feel that tithing is a private and personal thing and would never want it to be misinterpreted as "boasting" that I tithe...Christ mentions that as well)

  7. The word "tithe" is mentioned in the NT by Jesus, but the reference is regarding those who tithe, but don't do the "more important" things. Just because something isn't in the NT, that doesn't mean we dump it. Tithes are not offerings. They are totally different. Offerings are above & beyond the tithe. The tithe is the 10% (the least we can do to show our respect & thanks for what we've been blessed with) that we give to apply to the expenses of the church (that there may be meet in My houses. Mal. 3:10)

  8. I love how God gave us a guideline to live by, but also reminds us it is a heart issue. I love giving, and would give as much as God would have me too. I don't give with the intention of receiving stuff back, but God always blesses above and beyond. Whenever I am not obedient with my tithe I feel like I have less money then when I tithe.

  9. You can give without Loving, but you can't love without giving.

    10% is what should be given to God. It's not about having the feeling to be led. You dont have to feel led just to give ur tithes. It is an automatic thing for the Lord.
    Offering is different feom tithes.
    All this sums up to loving God. If you love God and is a part of a church, ofcourse you would want to help the men of God. I am a leader in my church but I dont get paid. And its okay. God blesses me anyway. I always see to it that the needs of my church is being attended like the electricity, rent, water and the like.

    We give because through giving we honor God. We show our love for Him and also, it is our OBLIGATION.

    Let's stop complaining and just give. ;) Godbless!

  10. We don't use tithes in the same way OT people did. It was primarily to meet the needs of the poor. We pay taxes for that and never stop complaining about it!

  11. We don't use tithes in the same way OT people did. It was primarily to meet the needs of the poor. We pay taxes for that and never stop complaining about it!

  12. Tithing and giving are two separate "tithe" or return to the Lord what is His, for all things are His, including money. However, make no mistake, He does not need our money. It is simply what we are called to do, return to Him the first fruits of what He has so graciously given to you to begin with. Then, anything above that is "giving" an offering, sowing seeds.


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