We asked Dr. Glenn Kreider, professor of Theological Studies, what he teaches his students about tithing, and whether it’s biblical.
“I tell them that tithing is biblical like polygamy, slavery, and animal sacrifices are biblical. These concepts are included in the Bible. But they are all part of another covenant, one replaced by the New Covenant in the work of Christ.
“I tell my students that the tithes were a means of providing for Israel’s governmental costs, similar to taxes for us today, as well as for their religious services. Thus, providing for ministry costs is still our responsibility. On this subject, the New Testament teaches generous giving and loving your neighbor as yourself. For some, a tithe seems impossible. For others, a tithe is pocket change.
“I tell my students to give generously, regularly, systematically, and that this should include both their local church and other ministries they choose to support.”