2 Corinthians 9:7 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

So if you PURPOSE in your OWN heart to give 10%, or 30%, or 90%, GREAT! Do it with a cheerful heart voluntarily and don’t brag about it, don’t tell anyone let only God know of your sacrifice, you should expect your reward in the after life not here on Earth, you’re not ‘buying’ God’s material blessings if you think you’re being more righteous by your good works in obeying obsolete Old Testament law.  Don’t be jealous of others who won’t subjugate themselves under the Law and have liberty in Christ to give freely with joy. Remember what the Apostle Paul wished on some that wanted to burden others to follow Jewish Laws such as circumcision, he wished that their knives would slip and they’d castrate themselves. (Galatians 5:12)

“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” – Colossians 2:13-14

I found that there are many well researched papers out there on the internet that agree with what I have been convinced in reading the Bible, which is encouraging and not just from a personal affirmation point of view, but that hopefully more Christians can experience the true joy of giving freely and cheerfully not out of any obligation or compulsory law commanding it.

A short example:

John MacArthur is his book entitled ” The Macarthur New Testament Commentary, Romans 9-16”  said:

“…. Christians are not under obligation to give a specified amount to the work of their heavenly Father. In none of their forms do the tithe or other Old Testament levies apply to Christians.”   — John MacArthur

Please note that even though I offer these links below as examples of pages I have “skimmed” quickly, I can not vouch for the authors especially on anything else they may have written about.  I present links to these pages since after quickly skimming through them or for some after completely reading the page, I have found it to make some very good point that I agree with and not necessarily that I agree with every single point made, yet overall I deemed their good for proving that mandated TITHING under the Law has no place in the New Testament Church. Here are some of those web links:

http://tithinginfo.com/

http://hushmoney.org/

http://www.agape.com/tithe.htm

http://www.lapstoneministries.org/giving.html

http://www.bibleanswerstand.org/tithing1.htm

http://bibleanswerstand.org/tithing2.htm

http://www.seekgod.ca/tithing.htm

http://www.seekgod.ca/tithing1.htm

http://www.seekgod.ca/tithing2.htm

http://www.seekgod.ca/tithing3.htm

http://www.seekgod.ca/tithing4.htm

http://www.seekgod.ca/tithing5.htm

http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/why-i-dont-teach-tithing/

http://www.providentplan.com/977/tithing-in-the-bible-summary/

http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/gods-provident-plan-giving/

http://www.providentplan.com/787/tithing-in-the-bible-the-statute-of-tithing-numbers-1820-32/

http://pastors.crossmap.christianpost.com/article/is-tithing-compulstory-for-the-new-testament-christian/item25.htm

http://transformed-by-truth.blogspot.com/2011/03/chapter-2-tithing-under-old-covenant.html

http://www.revivalorriots.org/archives/1403

http://www.askelm.com/tithing/thi005.htm

http://www.askelm.com/tithing/thi006.htm

http://www.tithingtoday.com/Part1/tithe.htm

http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/2Cor/Results-Generous-Giving

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%202:15&version=KJV

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20corinthians%209:7&version=KJV

http://www.biblicalheritage.org/Bible%20Studies/tithes.htm      (Jewish perspective, Judaism still holds to the Tithe)

http://www.firstfruitsteaching.com/     (I clearly do NOT endorse anything on this page, but its interesting to read to see the other side’s view and reasoning.)

http://www.tbn.org/about/newsletter/index.php/497.html     (Again I clearly do NOT endorse anything at this link, same as above link)

http://www.firstfruits101.com/summary.htm

http://www.bibleed.org/

http://www.tithing101.com/

http://www.realanswers.tv/answers/answers36.html

http://cnview.com/churches_today/chapter_6_truth_about_the_church.htm

http://cnview.com/on_line_resources/truth_about_tithing.htm

http://www.wordwise-bible-studies.com/tithing.html

http://ichthys.com/mail-tithing3.htm

http://bible-truths.com/tithing.html

http://bible-truth.org/msg129.html

http://bible-truth.org/msg130.html

http://www.mtio.com/articles/bissar56.htm

http://www.daveramsey.com/article/daves-advice-on-tithing-and-giving/lifeandmoney_church?atid=davesays     (I do NOT agree with Dave Ramsey of course in his requiring Christians to abide by Old Testament tithe, its interesting reading some users comments to his post. I do not know much about Dave Ramsey, but I’ve heard he’s similar to some Christian money coaches? I tend to have a dislike for most motivational speakers/coaches including or especially supposed Christians ones, but that’s just me, perhaps worthy of another separate article on such programs ie http://20.sharperiron.org/showthread.php?t=5084 )

http://www.bibleinsight.com/ti-second-third-tithe.html

http://www.bibleinsight.com/ti-old-covenant-tithing.html

http://www.bibleinsight.com/ti-animals-tithe.html

http://www.hallvworthington.com/George_Fox_Selections/foxtithing.html       (just noticed might be some crazy things on this site, but I skimmed the tithing page, has some points..)

http://www.seedofabraham.net/tithe.html   (this author seemingly of Jewish descent by the name believes the tithe is still valid today, but I include it for an interesting read..)

And here’s some links that I mainly haven’t read, many talk about how tithing increased their monetary blessings, and shows why most people want to believe in TITHING for today. They want a CLEAR equation of give and get back even more money whereas the truth of New Testament charity is GIVING freely and cheerfully as you purpose in your own heart as the Holy Spirit leads you without any guarantee of getting back all that money and much more.  Isn’t it wrong to see GIVING as merely a way to LEND GOD your money and get it back with TAX? Everything belongs to God, we are his stewards of what he has given us. Feel free to read user comments from some of the links below, I have not read most…

http://christianblogs.christianet.com/1118400976.htm

http://christianpf.com/should-you-tithe-while-trying-to-get-out-of-debt/

http://www.thechristiandollar.com/question-should-people-tithe-before-or-after-investing/

http://www.gnmagazine.org/booklets/AT/q&a.htm  (even those proposing Old Testament Laws like the Tithe are still binding, recognize it was always on the INCREASE not on GROSS income/produce, therefore one can subtract any business expenses, land lease, building lease, some would say your home MORTGAGE and any contractual bills can be deducted first.)

http://www.biblical-personal-budgeting.com/christian-giving.html   (I do NOT agree with any of the above links that endorse the TITHE as BINDING LAW on New Testament Christians but I include to show how some endorse the Tithe as mandatory even now for the Church…)

Please feel free to comment and suggest any good research papers on this subject. I hope pastors everywhere will stop commanding their parishioners that they must prove their faith by the Old Testament Tithe applied to their income, but teach Biblical cheerful giving so that they themselves may live by faith that God will provide for their needs.

“And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:3)