Tithing is overwhelmingly misunderstood in modern western evangelical and protestant churches. The Bible teaches Tithing only as a Israelite/Jewish command, and under scrutiny of Bible passages, does NOT resemble the “tithe” in the modern church. Tithing was God's command to the Jews and has nothing to do with Christian/N.T. believers.
Apostolic writers talked about “giving as the believe sees fit”, and “sharing all your possessions with the poor”. The idea of a tithe being required from Christians by God was brought into the post-apostolic church in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, when bishops started making full-time jobs out of their church positions. Bishops began to consolidate power in the churches, and a distinction materialized at this time between “clergy” and “laity”. Prior to that, ministers/bishops retained their full-time jobs and also worked as bishop; and tithing was not a part of church life (except for Jewish Christians who still attended to temple traditions).
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