John Piper- Jesus endorses tithing: don’t neglect it.


John Piper, in a sermon Toward the Tithe and Beyond:

Some of God’s people are called not to do moneymaking business in the ordinary ways. They are called to be pastors and ministers and missionaries and ministry assistants, and so on. The rest of God’s people (call them “lay ministers”) are to be gainfully employed and support the “vocational ministers”—and the costs of that ministry. In the Old Testament God laid down that this be done by tithe.

If the question is raised whether Jesus, in the New Testament, continued this principle for the sake of his church, one of the strongest arguments that he did is Matthew 23:23 where he says,

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.

So Jesus endorses tithing: don’t neglect it. It is not as essential as justice love and mercy; but it is to be done.

 


3 thoughts on “John Piper- Jesus endorses tithing: don’t neglect it.

  1. Which version of the bible does what you have said exist? Some people are not called to money making businesses in the ordinary way while others are? Pleeease!

    Jesus was speaking as one who was still under the Old Testament law as it was still fully operational before His death. He was not even addressing His disciples or gentiles but the Pharisees who were already tithing as commanded by the law. Jesus never ever commanded today’s church to tithe.

  2. The statement, “Some people are not called to money making businesses in the ordinary way while others are?” is a quote from a sermon by John Piper. You may read the whole sermon in context by following the link above.
    Jesus said, “but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.” The ESV states, “For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. ”
    To say that because Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees here so that doesn’t apply to us is opening up a whole lot of other passages for us to throw out as unapplicable to our lives. Rather than try to exempt ourselves from Jesus’ teaching, why not apply His principles and commands in our lives?

  3. That still hardly builds a case for tithing. Are you now saying that all who have been miraculously healed of leprosy or any other skin ailments should go and show themselves to the priest and perform the rituals for purification because Jesus said so?

    We have to put things in proper context. What was the context of Mathew 23? The Hypocrisy of the Pharisees! They tithed at the expense of the more important aspects of the law: they were straining a gnat while swallowing camel. I repeat that this was no instruction to today’s church to carry on this practise. And it would be rather impossible for us to even tithe today because true biblical tithes were always the tenth part of agricultural produce and livestock never money. And Jesus’ statement also proves this as He mentioned the tithe in association to crops and not even money.

    If you are trying to talk about giving, that is a different thing altogether as scripture admonishes us all to give as we are able (2 Cor 9: 7) and never touts the tithe as the giving standard for today’s Christian.

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