All these discussions on tithing would be incomplete without some dialogue with you on giving in general. Many contemporary churches seem to favor what is known as "grace giving." Basically, grace giving is giving as the Lord leads. It's a result of prayer and it is giving offerings without using financial parameters. John Wesley (1703-1791) pioneered this. He taught and preached, "earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can."
Tithing is a covenant and an act of worship. In the Old Testament, the tithe was used for the maintenance of the Temple and care of the priests. As we are in Christ, grace-giving transcends Old Testament sacrificial systems. Grace-giving donantions are another form of worship through finances. These grace offerings are intended to provide for every aspect of church life.
Church maintenance, salaries, all additional ministries, outreaches, discretionary care, the finances of spreading the Gospel and everything else, are funded by grace-giving congregations. Jesus said to give. Jesus said to take care of others. Jesus said to love one another. Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive. The Bible has innumerable promises for those who give. Christians are blessed as they sow and bring grace offerings. (Lu.6.38)
Tithes and grace offerings are the foundation of today's Christianity. It is love as the Lord loves--freely, openly and generously. What wonderful opportunities the Lord gives us!
Until next time.
Love in Christ.