Change Worth Making
CWM: When I give 10% because I want to, I have begun giving under grace.
Kelly: Isn't that also true of those who sacrificially give 5% or 40% to the best of their ability after first providing for medicine, food and essential shelter? There is nothing mystical about 10% except in Babylonian religion.
The 10% "minimum" was NOT a standard minimum for anybody except those who lived inside Israel. Nobody working trades or crafts inside the cities of Israel could tithe, and that includes carpenters and tentmakers.
Have you ever read First Chronicles 23 to 26? Solomon counted 38,000 Levites and put them to work as both temple AND GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES. They were his rulers, judges and treasurers in all Israel. Why, why, why does this part of tithing get no discussion in churches today?
1 Chron 26:30 And of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brethren, men of valour, a thousand and seven hundred, were officers among them of Israel on this side Jordan westward in all the business of the LORD, and in the service of the king.
32 And his brethren, men of valour, were two thousand and seven hundred chief fathers, whom king David made rulers over the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, for every matter pertaining to God, and affairs of the king.