X0611............Why The New Testament Church Did Not Pay tithes and make offerings
Many people would like to see "tithes and offerings" in the new testament--but the plain fact is that it is not.
Tithe preachers use all kids of tricky ideas and methods to try to make "tithe and offering" a part of the Christian church.
some say that "
tithe is "of the law" so it must be done!
Others say tithe is a super-principle of God--some how "above the law" since Abraham paid tithe to Mechisedec.
Tithe preaching contradicts itself!
But let's see if we can answer the question at hand..
Why was it that the new covenant church did not pay tithes and make offerings?
Well, the first Christians were Jews. They understood exactly what "tithe and offering" were.
If they were going to make an offering or pay a tithe, this is exactly what they would have done....
they would have gone into the fields, and caught some baby animals. Specific herd animals. Goats, sheep, bullocks etc. And, they would have taken 1/10th of these newborn animals.
They also may have (if the season was right) taken certain specific crops (corn, grains, oil, etc.) and set aside 1/10th of the harvest.
this was "tithe"
this was the amount of the offering.
Next they would have "offered" it.
How did they have to do this?
they had to bring this offering, into the temple in Jerusalem. They would give this offering to the Levitical priests, who would carry on from there.
the priest would slay the animals on the altar, and place the blood in specific areas and eventually carry the blood into the most holy place inside the temple. The crops and grain were also handled by the priests and "offered" to God as the law specified.
Why did they do this?
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. (Leviticus 17:11)
This was how Israel had it's sin forgiven in the old covenant.
Offerings were how Israel had it's sin forgiven.
"Tithe" was simply the amount God asked for, as a sin offering.
Now let's look at the new covenant church, the Jews who were the first Christians.
They were preaching a Gospel that said Jesus was the offering for sin...
Heb 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
They realize that Jesus had called Himself all the parts of the offering (bread meat and blood
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. (John 6:35)
55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him (John 6:55-56)
they realized that he had offerd blood that was better than
he blood of bulls and goat s..
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:13-14)
They were telling people that you can be saved, you can have your sin cleansed, forgiven completely, simply by faith in this blood offering. Jesus blood was the gift God has given--the grace that saves, and one no longer had to do the works that cleaned sin...
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
The church in the new testament did not pay tithes and make offerings, because ti would have contradicted what jesus had taught them. Tithes and offerings would have contradicted the Gospel, the free gift of salvation by faith in Jesus.
tithes and offerings still contradict the Gospel, open your eyes and see it.