The Old Testament Law And The New Covenant

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The tithing (or giving) issue is one that comes up often and that tends to bring up larger issues of law, Christian freedom, grace, generosity, faithfulness and priorities. With this issue, as is true of so many areas of the Christian life and, more specifically, church life, there is broad freedom with respect to many particular decisions or courses of action we might take, provided we take them for biblical reasons and with biblical principles in mind.
First things first — no passage in the New Testament sets 10 percent (or any other specific amount or percentage) as a "required" amount to give as part of the Christian life. Without getting into the extremely complex theological issues surrounding the interaction between the specific
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Because of these gifts — both what Christ has done for us on the cross and the future promise of perfect fellowship with God for all eternity — we are free from the old restrictions and requirements of the law, and we are called to present our entire lives as acts of worship to the Lord (see Romans 11:36-12:1). Jesus frees us from the law so that we are free to love Him more — not as condemned rebels or slaves, but as sons and daughters.
That includes the way we think about and use our financial resources, whether they are large or small. Jesus told the rich man to give all that he had (and went on to promise spiritual rewards to those who give everything to follow Him - Matthew 19:29-30). He also commended the widow who gave essentially nothing in actual material value, because she gave "all she had" (Luke 21:4).
I think a good analogy to the "tithing vs. giving" issue is the change from the Old Testament Sabbath to the new covenant concept of Sunday as the "Lord 's Day." Are Christians required to keep the specific, technical, negative restrictions of the Old Testament Sabbath (such as the restrictions against work, travel, trade, etc.)? Most Christians think that we do not. But those same believers do believe in the concept of Sunday as the "Lord 's Day," on which
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