Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Opus 2024-159: New Testament Tithing

In the Old Testament, Israel was told to tithe.  That should really be plural because some years there were three different tithes to be paid in addition to offerings.

Many Christians in the era of the New Testament, reject tithing.  They claim it belongs under the law and has nothing to do with them.  In a sense, they are right.  The Old Testament concept was a matter of paying the money.  It was a matter of whether you made your financial contribution. That’s not the New Testament concept.

Tithing is mentioned in passing in the New Testament.  It was not addressed in a straight teaching.  I believe it is still a principle for the life of a Christian.  It is a matter of giving up control of our assets and turning them over to God.  It is to be given to the church which is rather obviously the storehouse.  It’s a matter attitude and heart, of submission, not payment of a bill.  Some people give to their favorite charity and call it a tithe.  It is not a tithe because it is something they are still controlling.  The tithe again is a matter of obedience and submission. People reject it  because they don’t want to be submissive and they don’t want be obedient.

Or I guess it could just be because they are cheap.  

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