I've been wanting to hop in this discussion for the past couple of days but have held off because I thought my answer may not be intelligent enough but here she goes...1) I still have yet to see anyone who believes in the tithe show in the Scriptures where we are still held to this. 2) I do find this in the New Testament however;

2 Corinthians 9 (NASB-Taken from www.biblegateway.com)
1For it is superfluous for me to write to you about this ministry to the saints;
2for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the Macedonians, namely, that Achaia has been prepared since last year, and your zeal has stirred up most of them.
3But I have sent the brethren, in order that our boasting about you may not be made empty in this case, so that, as I was saying, you may be prepared;
4otherwise if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we--not to speak of you--will be put to shame by this confidence.
5So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren that they would go on ahead to you and arrange beforehand your previously promised bountiful gift, so that the same would be ready as a bountiful gift and not affected by covetousness.
6Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
7Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
8And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;

9as it is written,
"HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR,
HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER."

10Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;
11you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.
12For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God.
13Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all,
14while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you.
15Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

I think we find our answer in verse 7. We are called to give as we have purposed in our hearts. Now, it seems that some have purposed in their hearts to give a tithe, others have purposed in their hearts to give more, and yet others have purposed to give from cheerful hearts no matter what they give and they do so as giving unto the Lord; not to abide by Alcorn or Burkett or Dollar or Hinn or whoever else would compel men to give according to what they believe. (I use these names purely as examples) Now I don't hold it against the brother that believes the tithe is mandated. You may do so in accordance with your conscience and I'm sure that those who don't believe the tithe is mandated do so in keeping with their consciences as well, and are not doing so simply to find a way to do away with the tithe. If the latter was the case I think we should honestly call into question our hearts yieldedness to our Lord. Anyway there's <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/my2cents.gif" alt="" /> for what it's worth.


tj
"-that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection..."