Date sent: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 14:23:42 +1100 From: <Justin.A.McIntosh@...> "Tithing Troubles" I am wondering whether the question of "tithing" has ever been raised in this forum before. I have never ceased to struggle with the doctrine of tithing 10% of one's income to the church. I have studied the Word and it just doesn't spell it out clearly to me. Am I reading it wrong? In all honesty I would love to be convinced of the Scriptural basis for this practice for New Covenant believers so that I can have some peace because I hate the confusion. I vacillate between regularly tithing for a while because godly teachers whom I respect all seem to adhere to this teaching. So I do it to 'cover myself'. "They must know what they are doing," I think to myself. But the Bible says, 'whatever is not of faith, is sin' and I know I am not doing it in faith, but almost in superstition. So I stop tithing again because I am not doing it with a clear conscience. I have never just swallowed established teaching, no matter how popular the practice of it, without checking out the Scriptural basis and listening to the Spirit as much as possible. I can honestly say that I want to honour God with my money and will happily tithe till Kingdom come if this is biblically true. But is it? Or is it a conveniently carried over Old Testament law which makes budgeting and program planning so much easier for churches? Does there need to be a whole new revelation of what God teaches about stewardship; one which brings liberty not law? At the end of the day, how can something as specific as giving 10 % of one's income to their church be classed as a 'principle' as I have been taught? Are principles so detailed as to list the exact amount? Blessings in Christ, Justin. (Australia).