I vote no on continuance of tithing as outlined in the Old Testament. It's application is impossible; it applied only to agricultural increase on the produce of the land of inheritance; it was given to Levites for support of the sacrificial and temple system, and included two other tithes serving other purposes. This is ceremonial law, fulfilled in Christ.
However, it has spiritual application of certain principles. New Testament giving should be proportional, sacrificial, prioritized, purposeful, and joyful for the support of the ministry and relief of the destitute. Giving should also be in the context of God's ownership of all we have and of ourselves.
J. Glenn Ferrell, Pastor, Sovereign Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Boise, Idaho http://sovereignredeemer.org
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2010 12:05:48 -0400
Subject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Tithing Questions
On 10/9/2010 10:32 AM, Glenn Ferrell wrote:
Tithes were on the increase of one's herd, flock, seed and fruit in the Land. There were three tithes; the first was paid to the levites. How many cattle, sheep, acres, olive trees, or vines to you own in the Land of the Inheritance?
So your vote is "No continuance/application whatsoever"?
Larry Bump (but it's at the top of the message beside "From:")