TITHING WAS NOT PRACTISED IN THE EARLY CHURCH

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“It (tithing) was not practised in the early Christian church but gradually became common (in the Roman Catholic church in western Europe) by the 6th Century. The Council of Tours in 567 and the 2nd Council of Macon in 585 advocated tithing. Made obligatory by civil law in the Carolingian empire in 765 and in England in the 10th Century… The Reformation did not abolish tithing and the practice was continued in the Roman Catholic church and in Protestant countries (until it was) gradually replaced by other forms of taxation. The Roman Catholic church still prescribes tithes in countries where they are sanctioned by law, and some Protestant bodies consider tithes obligatory.” (Emphasis added)

– Encyclopedia Americana [p6, 259]

“It is admitted universally that the payment of tithes or the tenths of possessions, for sacred purposes did not find a place within the Christian Church during the age covered by the apostles and their immediate successors. (Emphasis added)

-Hasting’s Dictionary of Apostolic Church

“In the New Testament the words tithe and tithing appear only eight times – Matt. 23:23, Luke 11:42, 18:12, Heb. 7:5-6, 8-9. All of these passages refer to Old Testament usage and to current Jewish practice. Nowhere does the New Testament expressly command Christians to tithe. (Emphasis added)

– Nelson’s Bible Dictionary

Tithing is not taught in the New Testament as an obligation for the Christian under grace… Because we are not under law, but under grace, Christian giving must not be made a matter of legalistic obligation, lest we fall into the error of Galatianism…

“The LORD commanded the Israelites to ‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house….’ (Malachi 3:10) Christians are often urged to tithe based upon a mistaken appeal to this Old Testament text, which is wrested out of its rightful context, when applied to such a purpose… The storehouse is clearly the temple, not the church… Taken in context this passage lends no support to the mistaken doctrine of `storehouse tithing,’ whereby Christians have been directed to restrict all their financial giving to their own denomination or local church, or as a variation, church members have been directed to pay the tithe to the local church, and restrict giving to outside organizations to amounts over and above the church tithe.” (Emphasis added)

– Jerome Smith – The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (p.1152)

 

 

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One Response to “TITHING WAS NOT PRACTISED IN THE EARLY CHURCH”

  1. sage_brush Says:

    Reblogged this on The Vine Vigil and commented:
    Churches that mandate “tithing” are Judaizers.

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