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What are the main views in Christianity regarding the issue of whether evangelized gentiles are expected to tithe? Which scriptures are commonly cited to support each position? Lastly, is this a controversial topic or does there appear to be consensus among the majority of denominations?

  • This matter was decided on in the early church by the apostles. As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing [circumsision], save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication. Acts 21:25. These four things are all that was (and is) required of converted Gentiles.No tithing. No sabbaths. No circumcision. No sacrifices. . . . . Just the four things, (one of them, blood, being an instruction by Noah to the whole of humanity after the Flood). – Nigel J Sep 26 '20 at 14:33
  • @NigelJ what you say makes sense, but somehow, it doesn't appear to be so obvious in many congregations where tithing is still a widespread practice. Why is it so? – Spirit Realm Investigator Sep 26 '20 at 20:59
  • Jesus made it very clear that giving alms is voluntary and a private matter and the right hand should not know what the left hand is doing. Prayer, fasting and alms-giving are all done in secret, as private service to the Father and to the Lord (see the Sermon on the Mount). That some people contravene all this and turn it into a pantomime is lamentable but does not change anything. Tithing is first seen when Abraham gave a tenth to Melchisedek who is representative of Christ, not Moses, by the way, – Nigel J Sep 26 '20 at 21:06
  • I don't know of any Christian denomination which mandates tithing. Or even a strong expectation. Giving is a different matter. – curiousdannii Sep 27 '20 at 2:15
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    @curiousdannii mormons are one example, SDA is another one. – Spirit Realm Investigator Sep 27 '20 at 2:16

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