Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tithe Sermon pt. 9

2. But some Christians use a principle that Old Testament commands apply only if reiterated in the New Testament. Tithing is reaffirmed in the New Testament by both Jesus and Paul.

a. Jesus affirmed the tithing obligation when He chastised the Pharisees in Matthew 23:23:

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Phairsees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices, mint, dill, and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law: justice, mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done without leaving the others undone."

b. Paul affirms that New Testament evangelists and preachers like Old Testament priests should be supported by the tithe. I Corinthians 9:13,14:

"Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel."

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