Pastors today say that because we are children of Abraham, we should at least give a tithe because Abraham did it in Gen 14:20, and this occurred before the giving of the law.

But the question is, when did Abraham become a man of faith? Was it before or after he gave tithes to Melchisedec?  It is after, because this is when he believed and became a man of faith.

You see, at Gen 12:1-3, God only told him what was going to happen. There was no response from Abraham that he believed God, and so he wasn’t a man of faith at this point in time.

However, after he had given tithes to Melchisedec at Gen 14:20, he believes God at Gen 15:6 and so he becomes a man of faith.

Now Christians are children of Abraham who is our father in the faith. Abraham is not our father before he had faith (Gal 3:6-7).

Furthermore, Paul never mentions tithing in his two whole chapters on giving in 2 Cor chapters 8 and 9.

The word Christian ’tithing’ should never be used as God simply loveth a cheerful giver.

Harley Hitchcock

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To the believer, giving to God's work is a duty, a privilege and a joy. Under the dispensation of the law, Jews were obliged to pay a "tithe", meaning one tenth of their income. This could take the form of money, cattle, goats, sheep, produce or any other kind.


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