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The Bible talks about tithing. Do I really need to give 10% of my income to the church?

There are what I consider Biblical principles, or truths, throughout Scripture. One of those principles is tithing, or giving. However, tithing is not what I consider to be a New Testament principle. The Old Testament taught tithing based upon first fruits and a 10% offering. The New Testament simply says to give all. That is a big difference, isn’t it?

That said, I do believe there is a Biblical principle that works this way: I am blessed as I give. By making room in my budget, life, thoughts, heart, etc. for others, I open myself up to an awareness and realization of God’s blessing. So I believe the biblical perspective is that giving should be an integral part of all that we do as Believers. Certainly there are a variety of ways I can give in addition to monetary means, and I would encourage you to consider these carefully. However, I would also caution against giving in order to get. Your Heavenly Father promises to meet your needs, not because you give, but because you are His.

As Ephesians 2:10 tells us, we are created for good works. It is the motive behind the good works that is indicative of the flesh. If you are doing in order to improve your standing with God or others, it is flesh. If you are doing out of a heart desiring to express love and relationship under the power of the Spirit, you are most likely walking in the Spirit.