IS TITHING FOR TODAY?
It seems when you want to talk about what the Bible says about giving there is always one or more who come back with the argument that we are not under the law of Moses. Even if your letter states that you already know that, it is still used as the rebuttal. Never, not one time, is there any personal testimony about giving from these disputers, giving God the glory about His faithfulness.
Never, not one time, is there any encourgement to give according to the vast amount of promises in the New Testament about blessings that come as a result.
Hebrews, chapter 7, the entire chapter is about tithing. It clearly states that we are not under the law of Moses. That law was abolished at Calvary. What they do not understand and do not teach is that we are under a new Priesthood, the Melchesidek Priesthood of Jesus. This is what Hebrews, chapter 7, explains in detail. It also clearly says:
Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. (Hebrews 7:3-8)
The very last verse tells us that Jesus still lives and receives our tithes in heaven. Agreeing with His statement in Matthew: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: (Matthew 6:20)
It's no wonder that it needs to be taught.
It's no wonder that to teach New Testament tithing is to open yourself up to the severest of persecution, misinterpretation and misunderstanding.
It's no wonder that "covetousness" is mentioned no less than 8 times in the New Testament.
It's no wonder that the last church mentioned in Revelation is the Laodicean church, a church rich and increased with goods but in reality wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.
I have seen so many Christians deeply in debt and overwhelmed with bills. Their businesses are going through the same recession as the rest of the country and checks written to them bounce, causing them to bounce checks and miss their credit payments. Living in the credit system of bondage and slavery. This is not the abundant life that Jesus has for us today. He wants us to tithe into His Kingdom so that He can open up the windows of heaven and pour us out blessings (Spiritually, physically and financially) that we can't contain.
Don't ever be a God robber. Trust Him and most of all, trust Him by giving to Him your first fruits and believe for the abundance that He promises in His Word.
This is New Testament tithing.