Method #1 in Support of the Tithe

Directly or indirectly the Old Testament Law is used to show the need for Tithing. Passages from the Law, or that were given to people once under the Law, are used for examples showing that God wants present day tithing. Almost on the level of the Ten Commandments, the tithe is held to have continued until today. Somewhere in all this it's assumed that the church merely picked up where the temple left off.

For this reason they [the early Christian Church] inherited and adopted the Jewish Scriptures as their own, which is why our Bibles today have an Old Testament. Thus they brought the teaching of the tithe along with them into the Christian era. It was not introduced into the church at some later date as many have supposed. The New Testament reveals newer, more radical teaching about giving, but it assumes the Old Testament tithe as background. (Questions about Tithing,

Blessings offered to the Israelites for obedience to the law are now offered as enticements to the church to carry on this practice. How that benefit is received is disputed, but most agree that there are temporal rewards. Some use alternate terminology with similar implications. They may refer to "spiritual blessings" but subsequently cite the way these may enhance everyday living. One printed document touted their list as the "benefits of tithing."


    If the tithe is part of the Law, and believed to be still in effect today, but is now administered by the church...

    A. It must be shown from the Bible that it's still to be in effect in the church age (New Covenant). That when (at least) most aspects of the Law, including civil, ceremonial and temple, were done away with -- fulfilled in Christ -- this part is still to remain.

    B. It must be shown from the Bible that the church is to administer it and additionally what its purpose is. For example; is there any direct (or even indirect) command to the church regarding this? What's the difference between an offering and a tithe?