World-renowned prosperity preacher Sam Adeyemi, based in Nigeria, who has previously taught that tithing was a requirement for Christians to allow God’s blessings to flourish in their lives, recently stunned followers and critics in a recent message when he announced that, the requirement of giving tithes had expired because Jesus freed people from the practice.
“So I say again, tithing as practiced under the Law of Moses as a regulation has expired. No Christian should feel guilty for not paying tithes. No Christian should be made to feel guilty for not paying tithes,” Adeyemi said this in a hotly debated video clip posted online.
“Question: “What does the Bible say about Christian tithing? Should a Christian tithe?”
Answer: Many Christians struggle with the issue of tithing. In some churches giving is over-emphasized. At the same time, many Christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the Lord. Tithing/giving is intended to be a joy and a blessing. Sadly, that is sometimes not the case in the church today.
Tithing is an Old Testament concept. The tithe was a requirement of the Law in which the Israelites were to give 10 percent of the crops they grew and the livestock they raised to the tabernacle/temple (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5). In fact, the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes—one for the Levites, one for the use of the temple and the feasts, and one for the poor of the land—which would have pushed the total to around 23.3 percent. Some understand the Old Testament tithe as a method of taxation to provide for the needs of the priests and Levites in the sacrificial system.…..read more”
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