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A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.
Whatever was produced by people but originated by God in the Old Testament was to be tithed upon by the people who had produced it. A tithe was ten percent of the gross product in the Old Testament.
It is true, and I won’t go into great detail in this short post, that the tithe was Israel’s system of taxation in the Torah. Of course, Israel was a nation totally under God, so much of the taxation was to further the work of the Levitical way of life. In the West, our countries are divided by church and state, and the taxes of the people go immediately to the state and bypass the work of the Lord. Consequently, the work of the Lord has no way to proceed without the faithful tithe of God’s people. I’ve always said tithe on what you feel God is calling you to tithe on. Since our income is severely taxed by the government, a tithe on the net is more than justified in this pastors limited understanding. Many believers don’t believe in the tithe at all. To which I respond, “When Did This Change?” The New Testament believers were under Roman rule, and overly taxed by the oppressor, however, they gave until it hurt at times to further the gospel (Ref. 2 Cor. 8:1-7). Since God has already promised to bless us for being generous (Ref. Luke 6:38), my answer to the original question is, “It has never changed, so just Keep Giving!”
Sometimes, like many of my friends, I wonder where the next supply will come from. But in the meantime help me to keep giving, because You’ve never failed me. Amen