Should pastors tithe too?

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Douglas Hagler

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Broadly speaking, pastors shouldn't encourage others to do things they aren't willing to try to do themselves.  Or, if we do preach about something that is beyond where we are now, we should be entirely honest about that.  Rendering to no one evil for evil?  That's beyond me right now - but that doesn't mean I can ignore the standard. Similarly, a pastor who doesn't tithe but still preaches about tithing should be clear and honest - this discipline is beyond me right now, but I understand that it is me failing to live in this discipline. That would take some guts, but for me the pulpit isn't about standing Oh High and pointing down at anyone. It is about sharing understanding and discerning what that means in the way we live our lives day to day.

by Douglas Hagler 2 years ago

Jean Williams

by Jean Williams 2 years ago

Danilo Britanico
When the word of God says it you must definitely do it without reservation, tithing is the financial stability of the church, if the pastor preach tithing he must give tithe otherwise his preaching will go against him, tithing compliment the necessity of funding to any program of  church by giving tithe it can move all the activities emancipated from the framework of the church tithing is good it must the message of all the preacher who wants to improved their financial matters in the church.

by Danilo Britanic...  2 years ago

Absolutely! The Bible applies to us too.

by Brad 2 years ago

Chet Gladkowski
The short answer is that it is a mater of conscious and freedom.  It is not a "closed fist" issue, it is an "open hand" issue.  The longer answer goes something like this;

- If the leadership of the local body clearly believes and teaches tithing (pulpit, bylaws, web site) then all leaders (pastors, elders, deacons, trustees, Sunday school teachers, etc) should tithe, it should be clearly stated in their expectations/ministry descriptions.  Additionally, they need to be asked whether they are in conformance with the expectation/ministry description on an annual basis.

- if the leadership of the local body does not teach tithing, then it is a matter of conscious between the pastor and the Lord.

by Chet Gladkowski 2 years ago

Jennifer W.
Yes. Dont preach it if you dont do it.

by Jennifer W. 2 years ago

Barry Nall
Yes. And give above and beyond that as well. It demonstrates credibility when we preach that we believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and we love Jesus and therefore should obey His Word.

by Barry Nall 2 years ago

I tithe like anybody else and more...Lord have mercy if i don't

by Jerry 2 years ago

Bill LaMorey
If pastors don't tithe, they shouldn't preach.

by Bill LaMorey 2 years ago

Nasel Ephraim
Yes pastors should tithe.

by Nasel Ephraim 2 years ago

Michael Dobbs
All God's children should....We use this preface in our childrens study group, and if it's good enough for our future church leaders it seems like it should be good enough for our current church leaders.  Praise only to Our Lord and Savior.

by Michael Dobbs 2 years ago

Klaus Poppenberg
You reap what you sow. If you want a tithing church you should do it, too. If you preach it, you should live it. As your live speaks louder than your words.

by Klaus Poppenber...  2 years ago

Michael J Duff
Everyone should, including pastors and preachers.

by Michael J Duff 2 years ago

Dennis Hutchinson
Jesus came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.  I don't see where Jesus abolished the tithe as a way to fund the work of God - what he had a problem with is the way people were using the temple.  

Overall I would think that we should be a people who gives their first fruits to God.  That includes pastors.

by Dennis Hutchins...  2 years ago

Yes, absolutely. You set the pace and the example. Give and give generously. It sets the example for a culture of generosity in the church.

by Raija  2 years ago

Dan Griffiths
Is it alright for anyone to rob God? I have heard of preachers/pastors who didnt tithe--almost always in those cases the church was aware of it. In many of those cases the pastor/preacher felt that their salary was so low that they didnt need to tithe. Those pastors/preachers were robbing God. They will give an account of themselves to God.

by Dan Griffiths 2 years ago

Pinky Ngcakani
Just to note that Barnabas was a priest from the tribe of Levi and he was the first to give all his possessions away. Pastors should tithe.

by Pinky Ngcakani 2 years ago

Toney Turner
He that preach the Word, must first be partakers of the Word.

by Toney Turner 2 years ago

Toni Hartman
REALLY??!! SERIOUSLY!!?? Is there any question in the minds of pastors?

by Toni Hartman 2 years ago

Larry Summers
Anyone that would even bring up that question has no clue of the heart of a real Pastor.

by Larry Summers 2 years ago

Don Logan
Sorry, I reject the question as being a religious one. The only way to answer it is with a religious answer. The answer is that pastors should be giving 100% in this life because the next life is the one that matters. We are all playing with Monopoly money at the present. Jesus said to the rich man that he should sell ALL his possessions. Zacchaeus, when responding to the grace of God, told the Lord in Luke 19 that he was going to give half to the poor. I'm not advocating a life of subject poverty for pastors. I am arguing for a better question and to witness more gospel answers.
"Should pastors tithe too?" You might as well ask, "What should pastors do to be above reproach and not subject themselves to claims of hypocrisy?" Or, "What is the minimum requirement of giving?" "What is "expected" and what will leave us feeling pretty good about ourselves?"
I don't need to see the financial ledger of a pastor to know if he is following Christ. Fruit is fruit. If it's seen then you don't need to examine the bark under a microscope.
The pastor should be the leading voice of a movement of people who are dying to themselves, being changed by radical grace, and responding extravagantly in grace towards others. The pastor should be rallying his people, not to a minimum standard, but to the ground in front of the cross. Only there will we find the power to "let go" of all the things we are clinging to and extracting hope from. Once that is healed, the question above will seem as silly to you as it should.

by Don Logan 2 years ago

Phil Ludos
Ahh, YES lead from the front and lead by example

by Phil Ludos 2 years ago

Rhonda Moaland
Short answer.  Mal. 3:10 "..bring ALL the tithe.."  Last I remember, ALL includes everyone.

by Rhonda Moaland 2 years ago

Steve Gallagher
Yes! All should give with a willing heart,understanding that some members & pastors give out of their abundant salaries,while others give from their poverty wages & incomes. The Lord knows all those small town pastors with few church members who struggle each week to put food upon their family tables. Let us not forget the tears of those small town congregations & pastors.

by Steve Gallagher 2 years ago

Alice King

Who told you that tithe was money?

Who told you that tithe was prelaw?

What other prelaw commands are we following?

Who told you that you owed your local church 10 percent of your salary?

Who in the Bible paid 10 percent of their salary to who?

This man made law is confusing and beneficial to the ones who made the law?

It is so sad that Christians fall for this and teach it to others without studying the Bible.

by Alice King 3 months ago

John Teets
Most do not, as they receive a relatively small amount of cash but huge benefits which their members have to pay for out of their earnings for themselves - home, car, pension, insurances, etc.  The pastor may give 10%, but it is usually under 5% of his total compensation, so it is uneven.  The truth is that the tithe was a food tithe of 23.3% - two 10% yearly tithes and a third tithe of 10% every three years.  The tithe was never on earnings in the O.T. But on FOOD.   Abraham's tithe was a one time thing.  One was to support the Levites, another to support the festivals, and the third to support the poor. The New Covenant never mandates a tithe and in fact it was unknown until hundreds of years later, and was a tax to build cathedrals.   All giving should be voluntary, the amount is up to the individual, and it is done in light of 100% of what we have belonging to God.  There is a huge amount of bondage in this area.  Remember that the rich young ruler was a tither and was rejected by Christ.  The pride and gross inequities in how churches calculate it is totally inconsistent with Christ's spirit and teachings.

by John Teets 5 months ago

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by Penny 12 months ago


Yes, but if a the pastor is the highest authority in the church and makes all the church deposits and is the only one who has access to make withdrawals from the finanical institution that he banks with, If he pays tithes, he is paying himself.  He is paying in front of the church and the money is given right back to him to deposit in a bank that only him or his spouse have access to? THAT IS NOT TITHING!!!!   Why don't all the members just do the same, just deposit 10% in our own bank acct?

I AM NOT against tithing,I BELIEVE in paying tithes but I believe it should be used for the upkeep of the church and winning souls to Jesus Christ. God's house (the church) should not be in ruins or in a ragedy condition while the Pastors house is supreme condition over God's house (the church)! Tithes and offering was never meant for pastors to boast and bragg amount their  New Mercedes Benzes, Luxuary Hotels, Mini mansions, tailored made suits and frequen shopping sprees.

THERE IS A REASON why Pastors only read Malachi 3:8, they know most people will not take the time to read chapters 1& 2. But if you read Chapter 2:1 of Malachi , (And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you) Malachi 2:1 God clearly states that the curse he was referring to was for the PRIEST, not the people. The Priest were mis-appropiating God's Tithes and so this angered God and he told the PREIST he would curse them!!! Not the people.  But because we do not read and study for ourselves, pastors always skip over chapters 1&2 so you will never know that the book of malachi is talking about the Priest and not the people. Sow the spirit of fear in you and tell you if you don't pay tithes God will curse you when malchi God is only talking to the preist for mis-appropiating tithes. God never said he would curse the people!!!

Galatians 3:13 says that we are free from the curse of the law  I pay tithes unto God for the upkeep and winning souls. I DO NOT pay tithes out of some false doctrine that I will be cursed!  PLEASE.... Read all of Malachi, there are only 3 chapters, read it and you will understand why pastor never read chapters 1& 2.  I am not bashing pastors but I would rather please God and dissapoint man, than please man and dissapoint God.

by Daughterofzion 1 year ago

Thomas Jaison
I agree that all who receive the grace from the Lord to work, earn and live have to tithe. But the question is to whom the pastors to pay the tithe? I want to know the evidences or the names of the chosen servants of God (from the Holy Bible) who had paid the tithe and if so to whom?

by Thomas Jaison 2 years ago

Adedayo Ayodele Adebayo
Definitely they should. It a divine command and not ours.

by Adedayo Ayodele...  2 years ago

Tim Brimm
Surely this is not a serious question! But, just in case it is... Yes, every person should tithe. Every Christian should tithe. Every spiritual leader should tithe. You are the pace-setter!! If you are preaching Gods Word and not doing it, you are a hypocrite! Then, I wonder what else you are preaching and not practicing!!
By the way, tithing (10%) is only the beginning of giving to God! Preach it. Practice it.

by Tim Brimm 2 years ago

Matt. Matthews
For sure we/they should tithe. It is a proven Biblical principle. You have to sow in order to reap/ harvest. We are to be doers of the word, not just hearers (see James), and set the example.

II Corinthians 9:6  "But I say this, He who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully." (MKJV)

Mark 12:17 "And answering Jesus said to them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at Him." (MKJV)

Matk 17:24 "And when they had come to Capernaum, those who received the didrachmas came to Peter and said, Does your master not pay the didrachmas?
Mat 17:25  He said, Yes. And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? From their sons, or from strangers?
Mat 17:26  Peter said to Him, From strangers. Jesus said to him, Then truly the sons are free.
Mat 17:27  But lest we should offend them, go to the sea and cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. And when you have opened its mouth, you shall find a stater; take that, and give it to them for Me and you." (MKJV)

Who would like to bend the rule on tithes? Same scenario; where does it stand that we should marry, to sleep together? Then it is nearly to late.

by Matt. Matthews 2 years ago

Steven Rathke
The tithe is pre law.  It should be upheld, but it is still an issue between you and God, but so is everything you do in your life.  We are saved by grace and the reason that we do things is not to gain favor from God, but because we favor Him.  Love with conditions is no love at all.  But giving with no conditions is an expression of obedience and love for our Father.                     18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: And he was the priest of the most high God.19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. Genesis 14:18-20

by Steven Rathke 2 years ago

Did Paul pay the tithe, or even Jesus? Jesus kept the law perfectly yet He decried the tithe and told the hyprocrites they were wrong in how they applied it. Looking at the history of the church we see the tithe was not even applied for many centuries after the death of Jesus. The Anglican communion did not institute this until after 1000 years after calvery. Even the people rejected the early tithe when the church tried to force the issue during the council of Macon. Remember what the tithe is. Not money, but food stuff. And only the wealty people were required to tithe, a poor farmer was exempt. ???The Law of Moses Binds Only the Jews and Not the Gentiles. Here the Law of Moses has its place. It is no longer binding on us because it was given only to the people of Israel. And Israel accepted this law for itself and its descendants, while the Gentiles were excluded.??? ???Moses has nothing to do with us. If I were to accept Moses in one commandment, I would have to accept the entire Moses.??? ???We will not regard him as our lawgiver??unless he agrees with both the New Testament and the natural law.??? ???For not one little period in Moses pertains to us.??????But the other commandments of Moses, which are not by nature, the Gentiles do nothold. Nor do these pertain to the Gentiles, such as the TITHE and others equally finewhich I wish we had too.??? August 27, 1525 Martin Luther.Luke 18:9 And he spoke this parable to certain which trusted in themselvesthat they were righteous, and despised others.Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray??the one a Pharisee,and the other a publican [tax collector].Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thankyou, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or evenas this publican.Luke 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give TITHES of all that I possess.Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so muchas his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful tome a sinner.Luke 18:17 I tell you, this man went down to his house justifi ed rather thanthe other; for every one that exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbleshimself shall be exalted.Luke 18:18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall Ido to inherit eternal life?Luke 18:20 You know the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do notkill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and yourmother.Luke 18:21 And he said, All these I have kept from my youth up.Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, You still lackone thing; sell all that you have, and distribute to the poor, and you shallhave treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.Luke 18:23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful, for he was veryrich.Notice that Jesus did not say, ???Sell all that you have, pay tithes to the priests, and give the rest to the poor.??? Why not? What happened to tithing?OK, how many pastors teach this?So should a minister pay a 10th? Yes but not out of leagilism, but to help support the building and the saleries of the church team. And to show the pastor cares about the church building as should the members of the church. We are all part of the church, the one body of Christ. Just teach loving giving, this should be the way instead of the dead letter of the law of the tithe.

by Jeff 2 years ago

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