The Bible Does not Teach Mandatory Tithing for Believers: Answering False Proof-texts

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For decades I attended churches where pastors preached that the Bible requires believers to pay tithes to the church. Not only is mandatory tithing unbiblical—it is a harmful doctrine. In the next post I will share why mandatory tithing is harmful, but first we must deal with the major proof-text claims used by proponents of mandatory tithing.

Will a man rob God? Will a man rob God?

The Granddaddy of Mandatory Tithing Proof-Texts

In my personal experience and reading, one tithing proof-text rises to the top as the go-to passage for mandatory tithing, and it carries within it elements of both fear and greed, which are often used to convince believers to tithe to the church.

I am sure you have heard it; Malachi 3:10 reads:

“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.

“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’

“In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because…

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